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    I have used a strap while marching. It's not a...

    I have used a strap while marching. It's not a question of weight, per se, but the arthritis in my hands made it uncomfortable to hold.
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    Good point, but we play in a symphonic wind band,...

    Good point, but we play in a symphonic wind band, so we're all euphoniums. And since it's an amateur group (section leaders are all pros), there are no two euphoniums of the same make or model.
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    I took the liberty of posting this to my Facebook...

    I took the liberty of posting this to my Facebook page (with full attribution to Des and to this forum). I pointed it out to Walter Barrett, who is first chair euphonium in the Westchester Band...
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    I saw a production of Urinetown in Chatham NY...

    I saw a production of Urinetown in Chatham NY this past weekend. The credits for the small pit band included one trombone. As I listened to the second tune of the night, I realized he was an...
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    Hah! Nice way of characterizing it. I'm curious...

    Hah! Nice way of characterizing it. I'm curious about your reference to "2nd harmonic." Were you thinking 2nd partial? The fundamental on a euphonium is pedal Bb, and the second partial is Bb on the...
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    Have you considered a consultation with Doug...

    Have you considered a consultation with Doug Elliott? He's known not only for his mouthpieces but also as an embouchure expert.

    By the way, 50 is not bad. For me, it was a time to start reaping...
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    Beautiful tone, excellent accompanist; very well recorded. Great job on the planning and timing of the entire program, too.
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    Thanks, Dave. I should have remembered that. I...

    Thanks, Dave. I should have remembered that. I just searched YouTube and my 2022 video hasn't yet been posted. I have it posted on Facebook, but the link to the video doesn't seem to work.
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    I played. I try to do so for Veteran's Day at 11...

    I played. I try to do so for Veteran's Day at 11 AM and Memorial Day at 3 PM. I don't think this forum supports MP4 files, but I'm on YouTube; search for my name if you're interested.
  10. Bass trombones can be heavy. My arthritis led me...

    Bass trombones can be heavy. My arthritis led me away from piano and back to euphonium. I took up trombone to play with a local orchestra, and I play a medium-bore Bach 36B, a tenor trombone with an...
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    What did Doug Elliott recommend for you? Just...

    What did Doug Elliott recommend for you? Just curious.
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    Hope you enjoy your new digs, John. Time to...

    Hope you enjoy your new digs, John. Time to update your signature regarding ensembles you belong to!
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    Audrey has decided it's for sale. She's asking...

    Audrey has decided it's for sale. She's asking $300, local pickup in Westchester County, NY. If you're interested, I'll put you in direct touch with her.
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    It doesn't surprise me that the part is played by...

    It doesn't surprise me that the part is played by a trombonist. Doesn't Joseph Alessi play the Bydlo solo when the NY Philharmonic performs "Pictures?" The one time I saw the Philharmonic perform...
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    Bydlo - Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra

    I was listening to this recording yesterday and it seems to me that the Bydlo solo was not being played on a euphonium - or if it was, perhaps the age of the recording affected the timbre. Is anyone...
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    I will ask her. Audrey works at Sam Ash and she...

    I will ask her. Audrey works at Sam Ash and she sees a lot of unusual instruments that people come in trying to sell.
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    Can anyone identify this tuba?

    My section mate Audrey recently was given an old tuba - small bell flare and three rotary valves. We can't find any manufacturer's markings. It's pitched in BBb. Can anyone identify it? Manufacturer...
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    There IS a bass trombonium. A collector friend of...

    There IS a bass trombonium. A collector friend of mine had acquired one. However, it was four valves (non-compensating) so I don't think B1 was playable (i.e., just like a single valve Bb/F bass...
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    For your own sake, don't think of going as...

    For your own sake, don't think of going as quickly as possible. You are re-training muscles to work in a different way. Progress will be slow, with setbacks. You may have breakthroughs or you may...
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    I find that very interesting. I had read that the...

    I find that very interesting. I had read that the BB1 was a tweaked version of the Schilke 51D. I don't recall the source.
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    Mouthpiece design

    A few weeks ago I recall reading a post that mentioned that the BB1 mouthpiece, which I use, uses a different design philosophy than the very popular DW 4AL, and that mouthpieces like the 51D and BB1...
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    The Bowman BB1 is a tweaked version of the 51D....

    The Bowman BB1 is a tweaked version of the 51D. Perhaps it'll work for you.
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    The Tyrell book is still in print. My teacher had...

    The Tyrell book is still in print. My teacher had me start working on it just this past year. https://www.amazon.com/progressive-studies-trombone-bass-clef/dp/B0007IXI72
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    I have the Mack Brass euphonium. I've tried...

    I have the Mack Brass euphonium. I've tried Hetman, Blue Juice (yes, the odor), Yamaha, and Resilience. I've found the best results and least build-up of gunk with Resilience. My body chemistry may...
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    I have a similar story. 1972, during college. I...

    I have a similar story. 1972, during college. I went to see Jaki Byard. My friend Ken's band was opening the show. His band took the stage and his piano player didn't show. Ken saw me sitting in the...
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