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    Ah, yes. Searching for the perfect mouthpiece is...

    Ah, yes. Searching for the perfect mouthpiece is like the Quest for the Holy Grail. It is also a very personal quest, as everyone has their own preference.

    I was very happy with my Wedge.
  2. I am pretty sure he plays Bydlo on an F tuba. On...

    I am pretty sure he plays Bydlo on an F tuba. On his website, he tells a story about the moments before that recording, and he says he dented his C tuba, but just before he says "I took my tubas, and...
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    1st valve weird problem

    Not Euphonium, but Alto Horn, however the problem probably could occur on any brass instrument with piston valves...

    I have a BM Symphonic Alto Horn that I really enjoy playing. It has a beatiful...
  4. Thread: Alto horns?

    by MarChant
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    I can't believe I did not find this topic...

    I can't believe I did not find this topic before...

    Last year during the lockdown in The Netherlands I started to play around with Alto Horns. My first one was a Mahillon 510 model I got cheap off...
  5. Mike Cavanagh is a Besson artist:...

    Mike Cavanagh is a Besson artist: https://www.besson.com/en/artist/michael-cavanagh/

    "Having always played on a Besson Sovereign Baritone, Mike firmly believes the Besson range are the best on the...
  6. For me, the first Besson sounded the best. Best...

    For me, the first Besson sounded the best. Best option of course would be a "French" tuba in C.

    The Couesnon probably has some leaky valves, maybe it could benefit from thicker oil.

    A good Eb...
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    My instrument collection

    I never really thought of myself as a collector, until yesterday when I decided to register all instruments I had lying around in my tiny home. I was a little bit shocked to discover I had 31 of...
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    Back in High School, me and some friends went to...

    Back in High School, me and some friends went to go see another friend's High School Musical performance. It was not my school, but I knew some students that performed in the pit 'orchestra' (it was...
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    The visual style of the instrument certainly...

    The visual style of the instrument certainly hints to the late 19th, early 20th century.
    The wikipedia article mr. Werden linked to mentions that the company moved "all Wurlitzer manufacturing"...
  10. Thread: Tacoma FD

    by MarChant
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    Tacoma FD

    Tacoma FD, season 3, episode 7: The quiet party

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    The gag is that the crew throws a silent birthday party for one of them because their Chief dislikes birthday parties at work, and the...
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    As it is quite top-heavy, I suspect it would have...

    As it is quite top-heavy, I suspect it would have a tendency to fall out of a bell-front. Even with the straps, it would slide out and not fit well I'm afraid.
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    Regarding the brand, Mahillon was a Belgian...

    Regarding the brand, Mahillon was a Belgian instrument maker from Brussels, from early 19th century to mid-20th century. In the earlier years they were a very high quality brand, but later the...
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    Yes, for daily use, the Daily Routines are great....

    Yes, for daily use, the Daily Routines are great. This is truly the book I use every day. I've had good results with the Euphonium-version by David Vining, so the first thing I did when I switched to...
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    Just out of curiosity...if you were talking to...

    Just out of curiosity...if you were talking to Steven Mead a few weeks ago about his particular instrument, would it be very weird to email him, remind him of the conversation you had and ask if he...
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    So, I recently started playing around with an...

    So, I recently started playing around with an Alto Horn and I like it very much. So much so, I'm even considering switching from Euphonium to Alto Horn when the Covid-rules allow band practice again....
  16. It looks beautiful. I have a similar looking horn...

    It looks beautiful. I have a similar looking horn but with regular rotor mechanism and less ornate braces. Mine was listed as a Euphonium at the time, but when I received it, it turned out to be a Bb...
  17. Very nice! Sounds like you are blowing a bit too...

    Very nice! Sounds like you are blowing a bit too hard though. I find these fun little horns do not need as much air as the bigger ones like euphoniums or tubas. The more you play with it, the better...
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    Today I have played the three horns at my mom's...

    Today I have played the three horns at my mom's house. She couldn't hear a difference, but I believe the Courtois has a little bit more warmth in its tone. The BM Symphonic is the best player of the...
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    @MikeS: interesting, I had not heard of these...

    @MikeS: interesting, I had not heard of these "banda saxor" before, but that is good news for alto horn enthusiasts.

    @Shawn: I can't tell you how the Courtois sounds just yet. It has a leak in the...
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    I've always had my eye on the Alto/tenor horn,...

    I've always had my eye on the Alto/tenor horn, but never had the opportunity to play one, until a few months ago when I came across a vintage Mahillon from 1927 for cheap, so I dove right in. I...
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    I have two ringtones, but neither one of them is...

    I have two ringtones, but neither one of them is euphonium related. My phone is on buzz 99% of the time anyway.

    The first is a silly (no offense to yodelers) tune that makes me happy:...
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    I would surely try to get a hold on that Hawkes...

    I would surely try to get a hold on that Hawkes "Dictor" 1Cor13:4 spotted! Bids are low now, but I'm sure they will get higher as the end of listing approaches, but if you're lucky you could get a...
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    They do have a "compensating" Euphonium called...

    They do have a "compensating" Euphonium called the "Dictor" in their 1923 catalogue:

    https://brasstacks.de/ce_photo/html/image.html?imageUrl=../../ci_16770416/big_32319879_0_850-1032.jpg

    The...
  24. Thread: Valve oil

    by MarChant
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    I always use La Tromba T1. Maybe not the...

    I always use La Tromba T1. Maybe not the cheapest, but the bottles last for a very long time.
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    I use a Wedge 102E, per the advice by Dr. Dave....

    I use a Wedge 102E, per the advice by Dr. Dave. Although it might be a bit smaller than a Wick SM4U I did not have any trouble getting used to the new feel. I did seem to notice a slightly easier...
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