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  1. Sticky: FS: Best Brass Practice Mute (Travel Mute)

    Depending on how the bidding goes, this could be a great buy on the mute that I use for practice and travel when needed. It's very compact and really cuts down the sound! Bidding starts at $30 for a...
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    Mark me as on the side of being wary of too large...

    Mark me as on the side of being wary of too large a sound. I heard a recital a few years ago at an ITEC by a euphonium player who, I think, was using a huge mouthpiece. He was playing a Willson 2900,...
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    Just caution on my part, not based on any bad...

    Just caution on my part, not based on any bad experience. The edge is a joint of stainless steel, brass, and solder. And any polishing you do is apt to affect edges more than flat surfaces. That's...
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    Do Your Slides Not Move Smoothly?

    Now and then a little polishing is useful on the legs of tuning slides. It makes a remarkable difference in how smoothly they move! You CAN get by with just slide grease, but the action will feel so...
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    We need to keep in mind the situation in almost...

    We need to keep in mind the situation in almost all instruments today. How much innovation has there been in trumpets? A modern trumpet looks like the ones from 100+ years ago. Given the larger...
  6. FS: Customized Besson 4-Valve Compensating - mid 1970s

    This one is interesting and looks like a winner! It has good lacquer and valves that are fairly fresh. It has a custom peg with more "subtle" attachment pieces than the add-on pegs, and there is a...
  7. FS: Besson 4-Valve Compensating from Mid-1970s

    This horn look very good based on photos. Not much info on condition, but then again, the price is quite low so far. Bid is at $1,025.

    WOW - SOLD FOR $1,331!
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    Welcome to the forum! The tuba was probably...

    Welcome to the forum!

    The tuba was probably made in 1977-78. Those were good years for Besson, so it should be a good horn.

    I believe all New Standards were compensating. If so, this horn...
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    To clarify, the top-sprung system on Doug's horn...

    To clarify, the top-sprung system on Doug's horn does not shorten the piston travel. I suggested it for Adams to try out because it eliminates the issue of springs getting sideways in the bottom and...
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    I'm not aware of a group project such as you...

    I'm not aware of a group project such as you describe. It's an interesting idea. Here are some quick thoughts.

    For group members, at some point in the process some builders need to be involved to...
  11. Oh, my - that does change the appearance! What...

    Oh, my - that does change the appearance! What does Adams call that finish?
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    Largely because of COVID, I purchased one of...

    Largely because of COVID, I purchased one of these for use at church. It is quite effective!

    https://www.amazon.com/Original-Spit-Catcher-Brasstache-Single/dp/B08FZ43X92

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    I have only just heard of the company, and the...

    I have only just heard of the company, and the only products I have are the 3 shown in the photo. So I'm clueless about the other products.



    I assume a thicker grease would be the solution, but...
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    It's been my observation that the more business a...

    It's been my observation that the more business a company from schools & musical organizations, the worse the website is. Wenger, for example, is very unfriendly for a general purpose shopper.
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    Right here! ...

    Right here!

    https://www.schmittmusic.com/stores/bloomington-mn/
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    Are you saying that you do NOT get the gunk with...

    Are you saying that you do NOT get the gunk with petroleum oil? For me it seems able to show up with either.
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    Euphonium Field Trip!

    I just visited the new Schmitt Music store, which is greatly expanded. The last time I visited their old store, they had 3 or 4 euphoniums, which included a 3-valve student model.

    Now they have a...
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    The marketing is annoyingly vague! But I suppose...

    The marketing is annoyingly vague! But I suppose they don't want to give away too much info.

    I can say that in my testing so far, both the #1 oil and the grease are superior to the comparable...
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    Update: it's still not been a long-term test, but...

    Update: it's still not been a long-term test, but I'm very impressed so far. In fact, I just ordered 3 bottles of the light oil and 1 of the grease.
  20. Ouch! But I don't see much in the photo. I've...

    Ouch! But I don't see much in the photo. I've never had skin cancer, but I have had several pre-cancerous "things/spots" removed. One was on my lower lip in the edge of the red area. It was frozen...
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    FS: Nice Bargain on a Willson 2900BT

    The horn looks quite sound, but has plenty of "normal" wear - scratches, some minor dents, silver wear. But it is priced VERY fairly and includes the Willson hard case. It has a large shank receiver....
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    Thanks! I bought it in high school from the...

    Thanks! I bought it in high school from the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $5. It needed a water key cork and a patch for a cracked tube. I used it in college for a valve trombone on a couple dance...
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    For Adams valves, use: Valve Oil 1 Synthetic...

    For Adams valves, use:

    Valve Oil 1 Synthetic Light Piston 50ml with Dropper

    For the slides, use:

    Slide Gel 7 Synthetic 30ml with Dropper

    Both are shown in the photo above. The #3 oil in...
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    In short, cold air vibrates more slowly and...

    In short, cold air vibrates more slowly and produces a lower pitch. Violins will go sharper when cold, but they are not channeling a column of air.
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    Update: I tried some of the slide grease today,...

    Update: I tried some of the slide grease today, and it is easily the best I have used. The oil is working great, too, but this has not been a long-term test yet.

    If you are interested, they are...
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