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    You mean like more places in the music? Or more...

    You mean like more places in the music? Or more shady places like bars, parties, bandas, etc? :cool:
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    I'm not trying to be obstinate, but what is that...

    I'm not trying to be obstinate, but what is that comparison useful FOR? What does it give you an idea OF? What does it provide to you other than just knowing the raw data on thickness? From the...
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    Yes. But in addition to how it's worked, it's...

    Yes. But in addition to how it's worked, it's also the specific alloy and the type and thickness of the plating. My 1924 Buescher (at least double thickness sliver plated) tuba and 1965 Amati oval...
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    I've read through this Rev. Proc. and don't see...

    I've read through this Rev. Proc. and don't see where this in any way permits the deduction of travel expenses to/from community band rehearsals and other events. It seems to discuss deductions taken...
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    The last time I looked into this in detail, this...

    The last time I looked into this in detail, this kind of stuff just couldn't legally be done. It's similar to deducting for services to the organization that you might contribute as -- for example...
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    Yes. The reason for my question about the...

    Yes. The reason for my question about the clarinet preference is that among the most common (non-double reed) woodwinds, clarinet is sure the most challenging and demanding.
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    I'm a converted saxophone (and later, flute)...

    I'm a converted saxophone (and later, flute) player. 15 years of lessons/playing on the saxophone; self-taught on the flute. If you choose flute, you'll at least be playing a brass (or maybe...
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    I think it's a BBb. Way too much tubing for an...

    I think it's a BBb. Way too much tubing for an Eb. Looks a lot like a Yamaha YBB-105WC.

    Were those guys actually playing those instruments? Or was it all faked?
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    ... :p

    ... :p
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    It's displayed fine for me from the beginning. I...

    It's displayed fine for me from the beginning. I think y'all got some image issues on your devices. Of course I only read this forum on my 24" monitor under Win 10. :rolleyes:
  11. Just to add some more frustration :) ... I...

    Just to add some more frustration :) ...

    I have never found learning the extra set of fingerings to be problematic, and I'm pretty sure that you would be able to manage it in quick order and with...
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    In the New Horizons band I played in for about 6...

    In the New Horizons band I played in for about 6 months some years ago, there were 9 -- when they all showed up. :)
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    Sure. I still do what I've come to think of as...

    Sure. I still do what I've come to think of as "hobby philosophy" -- including writing a book that I should be working on instead of typing this. :):):)
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    Because of all the other anecdotal evidence...

    Because of all the other anecdotal evidence (perhaps even more compelling) to the opposite point of view? There's a classic fallacy of informal argument called "special pleading" (strongly favored...
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    Both of which COULD be alternatively explained by...

    Both of which COULD be alternatively explained by the realizing the readiness of teachers (and very likely particularly music teachers) and would-be musicians to jump at the chance for a well-paying...
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    I was originally self-taught as well, and at...

    I was originally self-taught as well, and at precisely the same time -- but a slightly different path. I was 9 years into an academic career and an Associate Professor of Philosophy (with tenure!)...
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    When I was working at Bell Labs in that period,...

    When I was working at Bell Labs in that period, the central processing switching systems were either VAX 780s or AT&T 3B20s with a maximum of 12 Meg of memory. The individual memory cards, as I...
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    I have to dispute this, despite the offered...

    I have to dispute this, despite the offered empirical evidence. Your point about the symbolic language is a good one. And for many musicians it goes deeper than than in their understanding and use...
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    I'm not sure that there's a particularly strong...

    I'm not sure that there's a particularly strong correlation here, and in fact I suspect that there's not. However, if you look at anecdotal evidence, you do run into a number of "musical people" who...
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    Agreed. I wouldn't even try it without being...

    Agreed. I wouldn't even try it without being able to display a prescription for it (similar to physical therapy).

    Also ... in reaction to an earlier comment ... beware of the "no one's come...
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    I can't offer any intelligible thoughts on this...

    I can't offer any intelligible thoughts on this since I don't have a good enough idea of how to measure the "bigness" in question. But my own experience and intuition (and I suspect that of most...
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    Maybe to some degree, but I don't think that's...

    Maybe to some degree, but I don't think that's the real issue.

    A lot of the classic German/Czech tubas have 15"-ish bells and have no problem projecting their sound (true for both BBb and Eb). ...
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    I've been using the #1 on my bass trombone valves...

    I've been using the #1 on my bass trombone valves for a couple of months and it seems to work very well. I don't notice any of the odor once I put it on the horn. Haven't noticed any residue or...
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    Maybe they work well in Yamaha horns and clones...

    Maybe they work well in Yamaha horns and clones thereof, but perhaps not in at least some other designs? I have them in my Mack Brass Yamaha clone and don't think they're too light. I don't like...
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    Dave's right about this. The Allora BBb tubas...

    Dave's right about this.

    The Allora BBb tubas (105, I presume) are direct copies of the Miraphone 186 horns.
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