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  1. Thanks, Dave. I swore I would never own another...

    Thanks, Dave. I swore I would never own another Besson/Buffet Crampon instrument after the awful customer service I received from them on the multiple 2052 and 2056 I used to own. The Jin Bao is...
  2. WTB: wessex br-140 or similar 3-valve compensating baritone

    I love my Yamaha Neo but I've just started a brass band and I'm looking for a good instrument for our 2nd player! Wessex seems to be out of stock on their web site so I'm looking to see what's out...
  3. Some of the recordings of Black Dyke and other...

    Some of the recordings of Black Dyke and other British bands from the 1960s era show very clearly that they were grappling with much more than just "slightly" sharp 6th partial notes even then,...
  4. Sticky: missing the trigger lock nut, right? not...

    missing the trigger lock nut, right? not necessary to have, but not "intact" either.
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    my repair guy uses scotch brite green scouring...

    my repair guy uses scotch brite green scouring pads to clean corrosion off tuning slide legs--never pistons though and not trombone slides either. I wouldn't do steel wool on any instrument part...
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    Rath. I bought four of them and have an...

    Rath. I bought four of them and have an additional two instruments on order to cover the whole spectrum of my trombone needs, excluding historic and German.I'm blown away by the quality of...
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    Having played examples of each, but never...

    Having played examples of each, but never identical instruments with the bead wire being the only difference, I can't speak directly to what the soldered bead wire does on euphonium. I do however...
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    I'll play them in all 12 keys! It's great...

    I'll play them in all 12 keys! It's great transposition and ear training practice because you know them all so well. Octave down is great for developing low register and it also really does amazing...
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    wow! that's different!

    wow! that's different!
  10. When I bought a Prestige in 2011 I tried six of...

    When I bought a Prestige in 2011 I tried six of them and five of them were almost indistinguishable and the sixth had some obvious quality defects (sharp edges on the guard wires, bottom vent hole on...
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    I think the 11.5" bell is actually a heavier...

    I think the 11.5" bell is actually a heavier gauge bell. I think the 11.5" bell model is intended to compete with the Willson 2900. Notice that while both models are available with both sizes of...
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    I suspect the reason these exist is that Besson...

    I suspect the reason these exist is that Besson USA came across a RFP from a college or school district that wanted something like 30 tubas, 30 euphoniums, 30 trombones, --oh, and 5 marching...
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    ahh, I think it's a Blessing M-200. So it would...

    ahh, I think it's a Blessing M-200. So it would have been made at Blessing's factory in Elkhart. I believe that model uses the tooling from the old Olds marching trombone which was highly regarded.
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    It is not a bass trumpet. Besson did not...

    It is not a bass trumpet. Besson did not manufacture marching trombones (which is what this is), but they did put their name on marching trombones from a number of other makers. Probably to meet...
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    contrary to popular belief, there is some small...

    contrary to popular belief, there is some small benefit to intonation in having compensation for notes in the staff - concert B natural and E natural are both very slightly lowered by the short...
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    all sold!

    all sold!
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    That's a pretty tall order. Maybe if you find an...

    That's a pretty tall order. Maybe if you find an identical or similar instrument from the same maker, you can take the valves from it. The cost of repair of such instruments usually far exceeds their...
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    That's too new to be something I know anything...

    That's too new to be something I know anything about :)
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    The bore of the instrument doesn't really have a...

    The bore of the instrument doesn't really have a direct correlation to the size of the receiver. If a trumpet mouthpiece fits, this is usually almost exactly the same size as an alto horn / tenor...
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    Interesting. It thought was explained to me at...

    Interesting. It thought was explained to me at the time as being an "innovation" that was introduced with the GS instruments, but it's possible I'm misremembering or that I misunderstood them at the...
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    The other thing that changed in late 1993 when...

    The other thing that changed in late 1993 when they started making the "GS" instruments is instead of individually hand fitting each piston to the casing, they had a machine that could purportedly...
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    No, it didn't. It was quite a bit later that the...

    No, it didn't. It was quite a bit later that the handrest changed. Might have been late 90s or it might have coincided with the start of parts production in Markneukirchen, but there are lots of...
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    There's a lot of questions packed in there... ...

    There's a lot of questions packed in there...

    -Overall, I like the post-2007 German ones better.
    -between 2000ish and 2007 parts were made in germany (keilwerth-schreiber) and assembled in UK...
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    1993. I got the first one sold in the US as a...

    1993. I got the first one sold in the US as a high school graduation gift in 1994.
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    I think that's a great choice given your...

    I think that's a great choice given your requirements! Enjoy!
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