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  1. The tech should be able to just expand the inner...

    The tech should be able to just expand the inner slide a bit by using one or two expander balls. So pretty much just a couple of minutes of "work". But even then -- as Dave said -- you're looking...
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    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb...

    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb trombone, a whole lot of people (including Doug Elliott) think very highly of the Yamaha line, including models like the YSL 354 which is officially...
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    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the...

    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the increase in graduate departments that recruit -- and then award degrees to -- people who can't get those jobs. Still, there are professional...
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    If the environment for these jobs was not the...

    If the environment for these jobs was not the university (bastion of intellect, education, and preserver of academic freedom and our accumulated knowledge) there would be talk of company towns and...
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    I'm with Snorlax also -- partly from my...

    I'm with Snorlax also -- partly from my perspective of about 30 years in business/industry and my prior perspective of 10 years as a professor in academia.

    I was struck just reading the initial...
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    I've made my own (tuba and euph) guards out of...

    I've made my own (tuba and euph) guards out of leather -- which is great, but tends to be a bit expensive even if you can get to a Tandy store (or something similar) and buy random pieces of...
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    I'm not sure how you'd tip after the fact --...

    I'm not sure how you'd tip after the fact -- assuming you had some way of knowing that your instrument had actually received the desired treatment.

    Maybe I have the wrong model/scenario in mind --...
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    Somewhat amusing that it's targeted on trumpets...

    Somewhat amusing that it's targeted on trumpets -- which almost certainly have the lowest incidence of checking problems and avoid (as a result of their size) the immediate notice that anything...
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    Perhaps you had some minor corrosion in your...

    Perhaps you had some minor corrosion in your horn, and the new oil's anti-corrosion additives are ... er ... anti-corroding it -- resulting in the brown color as a suspension in the oil. If so, a...
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    The tuba as pictured is quite unusual -- since...

    The tuba as pictured is quite unusual -- since it's left-handed. :rolleyes: It would appear to be a left-handed copy of the Miraphone 186. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

    Also the 'S' characters in...
  11. Yes. Definitely call anywhere you're planning on...

    Yes. Definitely call anywhere you're planning on going in advance to be sure of what they have. I wasted a trip to Tuba Exchange a few years ago even after "confirming" with the John Packer people...
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    Also ... keep in mind that protection against...

    Also ... keep in mind that protection against dents, bent valve stems, and other mechanical damage is one thing. A floor stand may adequately protect against that. But a floor stand won't protect...
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    If I played euph regularly (and played regular...

    If I played euph regularly (and played regular euph parts instead of other stuff I do with it), I'd probably use the 104 rim. I had one for some time, but discovered that I never used it. I might...
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    It's all relative ... The dogs we had tended to...

    It's all relative ... The dogs we had tended to be in the 75+ lb range. So I think of medium as maybe in the 50-70 lb range and small as in the 15-30 lb range. Anything below that is XS or XXS. We...
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    Which illustrates that the euphonium stand...

    Which illustrates that the euphonium stand requirements are somewhat dependent on the size of the dogs. :rolleyes::)
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    Good idea. Why? Seriously. While it can...

    Good idea.


    Why? Seriously. While it can be nice to have a floor stand while you're playing, if you want a stand for safety but ease of access for long periods of the day while you're not...
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    I suspect that the most common inhibitor of poor...

    I suspect that the most common inhibitor of poor tone among beginning to moderatly advanced students (and likely beyond that) is not playing with an "oral cavity" (as Dave mentions) that is open...
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    I find the 1 1/2G to be a bit big and instead use...

    I find the 1 1/2G to be a bit big and instead use my regular DE Euph mouthpiece (but it's already pretty big). I find the Wick 3AL to be a bit small for this purpose. It depends partly on your...
  19. I question whether the upright bell will make...

    I question whether the upright bell will make this more attractive -- especially since it's a removable bell with the Frankenbolts and such. For many people, the models with the integral...
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    In terms of sound, I think that a muted bass...

    In terms of sound, I think that a muted bass trombone provides a much closer match to a bassoon (and the intended sound in most passages) than a euphonium with or without mute -- and this is...
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    Surely the Bach 1.5 (and its clones and numerous...

    Surely the Bach 1.5 (and its clones and numerous imitators) is the most commonly found bass trombone mouthpiece. A 1G would fall on the "large" side (along with the Doug Yeo piece which has a...
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    As I've mentioned in other threads, for years...

    As I've mentioned in other threads, for years I've been using Nu Finish on my lacquered instruments. It's not a wax, and it isn't a polish in the sense that a lot of typical polishes are. It's more...
  23. Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by...

    Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "Helleberg" -- whether you're referring to specific mouthpieces that are CALLED "Hellebergs" by their maker, or you're referring to the Helleberg STYLE...
  24. As I recall (vaguely), the 67C4 is one of...

    As I recall (vaguely), the 67C4 is one of Yamaha's takes on the Schilke 67. I know I've tried it, but can't quite remember the details. The 67 always seemed a bit big for me, and the 120S always...
  25. What Rick says is absolutely correct. Given that...

    What Rick says is absolutely correct. Given that you don't have any experience with maintenance and repair at this point, taking it to someone to check it out is a good idea. However, if your...
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