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    Loud have ceased production due to some...

    Loud have ceased production due to some family-related issues.
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    I have never been a fan of the Blaikely...

    I have never been a fan of the Blaikely compensating system--it always seemed to me to be a kludge designed to solve one problem while creating a few others...I wonder why the compensating system...
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    If you're near LA, try HORNGUYS.COM and see if...

    If you're near LA, try HORNGUYS.COM and see if they're taking visitors.
    I know they carry JP; the 274 has received excellent reviews and is approximately in your price range.
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    I ordered one from the UK last week...will share...

    I ordered one from the UK last week...will share my impressions after I've had it on for a while.
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    Doug...I was first-chair TUBA (didn't start on...

    Doug...I was first-chair TUBA (didn't start on euph until 1976) in the NJ all-state band under Frederick Fennell in 1969. Do you remember your program? I had a two-LP set of our '69 concert--the...
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    Yulia~ It would also be useful if you took the...

    Yulia~
    It would also be useful if you took the valves out and posted a picture of them, so we could see how worn they are (if at all).
    Worn valves could make a significant negative difference in...
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    Andrew... The Chicago TC, as you likely know, is...

    Andrew...
    The Chicago TC, as you likely know, is normally held in conjunction with the Midwest Clinic, which is CANCELLED
    for 2020. I'm on the board of the Harvey Phillips Foundation and things...
  9. My degrees are in Foreign Language and Finance...

    My degrees are in Foreign Language and Finance (there's a combo!)...never took theory & sorta know where middle C is on the piano...but I never let that stop me, even now at age 68. GO FOR IT.

    I...
  10. Adding to Dave's info above, any jazz arranging...

    Adding to Dave's info above, any jazz arranging book has a chart showing the lowest possible range for each interval to avoid the "grumbleosity" Dave describes above. I'm sure you're aware of that...
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    Yes and Yes.

    Yes and Yes.
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    I'm finding that online lessons are great for...

    I'm finding that online lessons are great for "Coaching" on pieces that students are working up. Surprisingly, the sound produced by even basic systems is OK for coaching purposes.
    What's harder,...
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    He's one TALENTED guy! If I may be somewhat...

    He's one TALENTED guy!
    If I may be somewhat heretical, I'd rather listen to stuff like
    that than much "modern serious euphonium literature."
    Also check out David Bandman if you haven't done so...
  14. Given the amount of tubing necessary for a...

    Given the amount of tubing necessary for a compensating instrument, is it even possible to make a top-action compensating euphonium that doesn't resemble a Three Stooges plumbing adventure?

    ...
  15. Thread: Wick 2AL

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    Hi, Mr. Patino...may I call you Longhorn? When...

    Hi, Mr. Patino...may I call you Longhorn?
    When switching to a larger mouthpiece, the temptation is to try to do--instantly--everything you could do on a smaller mouthpiece. That can lead to several...
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    Wishing you a quick recovery! Fusions are nothing...

    Wishing you a quick recovery! Fusions are nothing to mess with--my L4 and L5 were fused in 1965, when the surgery was primitive compared to today's techniques. Happy birthday, too...despite all the...
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    Same for Jazz...it's even a blippier blipolette...

    Same for Jazz...it's even a blippier blipolette...
  18. Thread: Barry Rogers

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    I'm pretty sure I heard that guy in NYC a few...

    I'm pretty sure I heard that guy in NYC a few times when I lived there--he could cover up an entire band.
    I was pretty connected to a Puerto Rican community in my neighborhood--they "adopted" me...
  19. Thread: Oval Baritone

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    I really like that Bydlo!! Too many euphonium...

    I really like that Bydlo!! Too many euphonium players try to make it pretty when it's supposed to be an oxcart lumbering through town, and too many tuba players try to play it and it sounds TOO...
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    On a side note, I have lost virtually all faith...

    On a side note, I have lost virtually all faith in "peer-reviewed" literature, especially in the social sciences. Eight years on a tenure and promotion committee (among other things) took that faith...
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    I was taking a break from a HUGE Finale project....

    I was taking a break from a HUGE Finale project. I am indeed a fountain of useless information. At least I have a major project to work on, bring in some extra bucks, and prevent mindless posting. :p...
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    The first melody was for many years the opening...

    The first melody was for many years the opening theme for Chicago Cubs baseball on WGN TV, and the trio was the theme for the "Joy Boys" radio show in the 50s, a show that gave Willard Scott his...
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    We should also remember that the instruments and...

    We should also remember that the instruments and mouthpieces in use when Melody Shop was written were pea-shooters by today's standards...much smaller bored than ANY large-bore compensating horn...
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    Indiana is also closed down. Schools are out...

    Indiana is also closed down. Schools are out until May 1st (at the earliest), Indianapolis Brass Choir, Indiana Wind Symphony, and Crossroads Brass Band all on hiatus until further...
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    The "percussionist" was last seen working for the...

    The "percussionist" was last seen working for the Houston Astros...
    But good stuff!
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