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    Yes, that's right. A number of years ago I...

    Yes, that's right.

    A number of years ago I found a rare book in the library on Isabelle Vengerova, the great piano pedagogue. I wrote to the author (care of the University his bio said he was...
  2. I think you have to choose the mouthpiece that...

    I think you have to choose the mouthpiece that works best with each instrument. I know Walter Barrett uses a Doug Elliott 114 rim on his euphonium, his tenor trombone, and his bass trombone. I don't...
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    About 20 years ago lightning did hit at or near...

    About 20 years ago lightning did hit at or near our house. All power went off. The surge protectors worked in that case (they were completely burned out), but the worst was to come a few minutes...
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    If you're going to be a music major in college,...

    If you're going to be a music major in college, you may want to contact your prospective college instructor in advance. My teacher, Rob Stattel, had acquired a Besson in high school but when he later...
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    I did it and posted a video to my Facebook page....

    I did it and posted a video to my Facebook page. I saw a reference in this thread to signing up - I wasn't aware I was supposed to do that.

    I am a little embarrassed that the horn slipped a bit in...
  6. Thread: Wick 2AL

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    Walter Barrett, who's my section leader in the...

    Walter Barrett, who's my section leader in the Westchester Community Band, plays euphonium and trombone using Doug Elliott mouthpieces. His rim size is 114, if I remember correctly. I've heard him...
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    DE implies that he makes several different rim...

    DE implies that he makes several different rim styles in the 101 size. From his web site:

    The MT series has a general "feel" about like a 7C.
    The LT series has a general "feel" about like a 5G ...
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    I got the DE used - it's a gold-plated XT101 rim....

    I got the DE used - it's a gold-plated XT101 rim. I like the rim a lot, but the cup that came with it was too small to get a good sound from the euphonium. I feel that I get a better vibrato with the...
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    Have you considered the Bowman BB1? It's a...

    Have you considered the Bowman BB1? It's a tweaked 51D and I find it gives me a nice tone on my Mack Brass horn. I was using a Steve Mead 4UX for a while, and I've tried the Kadja, but I find the...
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    Doug: thanks for the detailed answers and the...

    Doug: thanks for the detailed answers and the photo. If I understand what I'm looking at, the piston ports are oval for the compensating loop but round for the non-compensating loop?

    I've never...
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    Doug: Does the oval shape affect sound or...

    Doug:

    Does the oval shape affect sound or responsiveness? While I will acquire a short-throw E3 only in my daydreams, I'm still curious.
  12. Thread: ZO Euphoniums

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    Thank you for the correction, Jonathan.

    Thank you for the correction, Jonathan.
  13. Thread: ZO Euphoniums

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    The Mack Brass euphonium I have has stainless...

    The Mack Brass euphonium I have has stainless steel pistons. I see that the current model he's selling now has monel pistons, with the stainless steel pistons on the ZO model. I like the engraving on...
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    I have another suggestion for a book on harmony....

    I have another suggestion for a book on harmony. The first harmony book I worked from (in elementary school - I really loved music theory) was Walter Piston's "Harmony." In college, my theory...
  15. Thread: Barry Rogers

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    Thank you, John. My wife and I are working...

    Thank you, John. My wife and I are working remotely from home, and we only go out to walk the dogs and once a week to the supermarket (at 7 AM, during senior hours). I try to stay optimistic by...
  16. Thread: Barry Rogers

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    Yes, a Wagner tuba has a very different flare...

    Yes, a Wagner tuba has a very different flare approaching the bell. Thanks for finding that photo.
  17. Thread: Barry Rogers

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    Barry Rogers

    A question for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Around 1972, the Brecker brothers were joined by Barry Rogers in the band Dreams. The liner notes said that he had found a Wagner tuba which was his doubling...
  18. Thread: Newby

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    My favorite dog at rehearsal story: Carl the...

    My favorite dog at rehearsal story: Carl the drummer used to play with one head on the bass drum, the other side open and a pillow stuffed inside to dampen vibrations. So the band was rehearsing at...
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    Update from Westchester County, New York. I play...

    Update from Westchester County, New York. I play trombone in a community orchestra that rehearses in White Plains - near the New Rochelle epicenter. All rehearsals canceled for the foreseeable...
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    Jazz (see my photo) is almost completely deaf and...

    Jazz (see my photo) is almost completely deaf and he cheerfully curls up near me when I practice. Sometimes if I'm doing range exercises he'll lift his head when I try going above C5.
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    I adore his trumpet playing, and while the music...

    I adore his trumpet playing, and while the music he plays on trombone is stellar, I'm not enamored of his tone on trombone, either.

    I pick up my trumpet once in a blue moon (usually to add a part...
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    I was using Yamaha springs in my Mack Brass...

    I was using Yamaha springs in my Mack Brass (JinBao) horn. I started using the lighter version of Mead springs a few months ago, and I like the change.
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    I'm not an expert, but I suspect there are two...

    I'm not an expert, but I suspect there are two issues:
    first, the compactness of the instrument, i.e., the tightness of the bends coupled with a smaller bore than a modern orchestral F or CC tuba,...
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    I guess Willson didn't want Wessex to corner the...

    I guess Willson didn't want Wessex to corner the market for aging arthritic euphonium players, like myself.
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    I listened to it on YouTube and I agree that it...

    I listened to it on YouTube and I agree that it was amazing. Coincidentally, YouTube automatically queued up another video right after that - Demondrae Thurman playing the same piece!
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