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  1. Having played all three of these models at one...

    Having played all three of these models at one point, I wouldn't say that the Geneva sounds like a baritone or really has a baritone-like quality. I've heard that from people before when comparing...
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    This post has me wondering why modern...

    This post has me wondering why modern compensating horns never have recording bells
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    Opinions of Karl Hammond Mouthpieces

    I was in the stockroom at my shop yesterday and happened upon a few Hammond trombone mouthpieces with the ML cup. After a tiny bit of research I decided to take the 11ML for a spin, as it seemed like...
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    I'd been wondering if the UNT euphonium factory...

    I'd been wondering if the UNT euphonium factory would be switching to Bessons over the coming years, and perhaps this is the answer.
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    I got to test the horn for about five minutes...

    I got to test the horn for about five minutes while Jim had it at a rehearsal, and he left out one very important thing: it looks cool.



    I will chime in on this to say that as much as I enjoy...
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    I recently had a meeting with some reps from...

    I recently had a meeting with some reps from Eastman to plan a tuba/euph day at my shop in Jan/Feb of 2022 and was told that the custom series would likely be ready by then.
  7. Is that Q41-anon or Q40-anon???

    Is that Q41-anon or Q40-anon???
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    I've found the general "Facebook Marketplace"...

    I've found the general "Facebook Marketplace" kind of sucks for selling high-priced, niche instruments such as ours. I've had MUCH more success with the "Tuba/Euphonium Marketplace" group on...
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    Variance in the same model

    Most of us like to try new horns - I certainly do (even though I've settled into what I consider the perfect setup for me currently). And when shopping and testing, and shopping some more and testing...
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    These types of instruments always interest me....

    These types of instruments always interest me. I'd love to get the chance play one (or a Miraphone or an Alexander) at some point. IIRC people on these forums have said that they can be a bit hard to...
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    I have played this horn and can attest to its...

    I have played this horn and can attest to its quality. Great price!
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    If you're wondering about steel and titanium, you...

    If you're wondering about steel and titanium, you should reach out to Ivan Giddings. He obviously knows a huge amount about both and would probably be happy to tell you about the differences/benefits...
  13. As a slight aside, I'd like to add a post here...

    As a slight aside, I'd like to add a post here just to sing the praises of Austin Custom Brass's world-class customer service. The transactions I've had with them over the past year have been great,...
  14. Sold!

    Sold!
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    Interesting about the buttons. I've owned two...

    Interesting about the buttons. I've owned two Willsons, a 2950 which I bought new from WWBW circa 2003 when it was still a real store, and a 2900 that I believe was from the mid-90s (I can't remember...
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    I asked Martin about this once, and apparently...

    I asked Martin about this once, and apparently the process/design would be extremely difficult and expensive for compensating valves. Something to do with the fact that there's very little material...
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    Any idea why that is, Dave? More difficult to...

    Any idea why that is, Dave? More difficult to manufacture?

    My particular E1 was already made with the SS leadpipe, and honestly I've never had a horn I enjoy playing more. Now, whether or not the...
  18. Gonna bump this one more time (hopefully that's...

    Gonna bump this one more time (hopefully that's ok Dave!) since it's been a few months. A great horn is just sitting here not being played!
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    ITEC 2021 Cancelled

    Just in case anyone hasn't seen our announcement yet, here it is in full:

    ITEC 2021 CANCELLATION NOTICE


    The Executive Board of the International Tuba Euphonium Association regrets to announce...
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    Valve clearance/compression/"tightness"?

    So, over the past year and a half or so, I've owned three different euphoniums - from Willson, to Geneva, to finally settling on the Adams E1 I fell in love with at ITEC last summer. All three have...
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    The Adams website does a pretty good job...

    The Adams website does a pretty good job explaining the differences between the four bell materials they offer on the custom E1 here:...
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    Since the website calls it the "Mack" ZO...

    Since the website calls it the "Mack" ZO euphonium... perhaps it's Mack's answer to the Wessex Sinfonico/JP Sterling quality/price point? I don't really know anything about Mack, but that certainly...
  23. Thread: Willson 2900

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    I just saw one on one of the Facebook groups for...

    I just saw one on one of the Facebook groups for $5000. It has the Gail Robertson seal of approval in the comments.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/375649609538783/permalink/914835608953511/
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    I have to roll my eyes at that sentiment just a...

    I have to roll my eyes at that sentiment just a bit. I get that they're speaking specifically about the market, but it's all perceived value. IMHO it's a better doubler's (or jazz) horn than a...
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    I ended up selling mine on ebay for $1200. I...

    I ended up selling mine on ebay for $1200. I might've been able to get more if I'd been more patient, but I really just wanted to make the sale (I recently saw the guy who bought that horn from me...
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