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  1. Mouthpiece for Doubling Tuba - Yamaha YBB-631

    I did end up getting the YBB-631S, which Yamaha describes as a 4/4 BBb compensating tuba. Mouthpiece choice seems to be something a lot of people get hung up on, and I seem to be hung up as well.
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    Wow, a Pro-Tec bag lasted only 3 years? How did...

    Wow, a Pro-Tec bag lasted only 3 years? How did it break? Zippers or stitching? I've got two Pro-Tec trombone cases and they've lasted for years with no signs of failing.

    I also am going to be in...
  3. I am assuming you mean the State in the U.S., and...

    I am assuming you mean the State in the U.S., and not the country?

    If you are looking for a used pro horn in the U.S., this is one of the places you are going to find them.
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    Well, after playing on the Ybb-631 a bunch, I...

    Well, after playing on the Ybb-631 a bunch, I kinda bonded with it. Matt at Dillon gave me some good pointers, and I took it home with me. Now I begin the process in earnest of learning how to slow...
  5. Where are you currently located? There are...

    Where are you currently located? There are generally some used offerings at Baltimore Brass and Dillon Music. However these are in the U.S., and if you are international, it's often much easier to...
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    The BBb tubas, even the smaller bore ones, just...

    The BBb tubas, even the smaller bore ones, just do play differently I guess. It's a lot longer tube to get vibrating, and it's so easy to pour in a TON of air. Tomorrow I'm going to go back down and...
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    I tried out an older Miraphone 186 and a King...

    I tried out an older Miraphone 186 and a King 2431UB for a bit, and I Found the same issue. The "shorter" instruments just seem to work better. There was a Norwegian Star there, but it was brand new,...
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    Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice

    I am for the most part, a tenor and bass trombone player. I finally got the itch for a Tuba, mainly so I don't have to deal with out of tune tuba players in community groups anymore. I went to Dillon...
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    I'm not sure switching mouthpieces would really...

    I'm not sure switching mouthpieces would really improve the issue you are having. Usually response seems to stem more from the instrument than the mouthpiece, in my experience.
  10. I have found that if you don't have time to...

    I have found that if you don't have time to practice every day, the P.E.T.E. from Warburton is a good way to maintain and even build up endurance. It really does help strengthen the embouchure...
  11. Probably also the Yamaha YEP-642TSII Neo with...

    Probably also the Yamaha YEP-642TSII Neo with Trigger. I've got a few Yamaha horns, and they always are well made and dependable.
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    Try it out. For me, i just found it annoying to...

    Try it out. For me, i just found it annoying to have facial hair around my lips in general, as well as when playing. It all depends on the person.
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    I played trombone with braces for years. You...

    I played trombone with braces for years. You pretty much have to completely re-learn how to use your lips when you've got things on your teeth like that. IMHO the teeth are the "base" upon which the...
  14. Looks like a great horn! My Sterling is an...

    Looks like a great horn! My Sterling is an earlier model, but the level of original construction is very nice. I think the valve tubing on these is usually all Nickel Silver? Mine is as far as I can...
  15. What mouthpiece are you currently using? Do you...

    What mouthpiece are you currently using? Do you know which wedge mouthpiece the Euphonium player was using?

    I tried one a while back, and it didn't give me magical powers of high range. Regardless...
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    Most likely, his secret is a tech that lapped the...

    Most likely, his secret is a tech that lapped the slides for him, making them smoother and decreasing the diameter just a bit. That would make them easier to move, and then he probably uses "Slide...
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    Ahhh, now I see. I've seen the adjusting before,...

    Ahhh, now I see. I've seen the adjusting before, but just hadn't seen many people with the string before. I had noticed that most tubas have the first valve slide pointing upwards, so it can be...
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    Thinking about the 3+1 compensating system, when...

    Thinking about the 3+1 compensating system, when did people start using main tuning slide triggers in the widespread sense? Yamaha didn't even have them until 2017, and they are usually pretty on top...
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    It all depends on location. In some areas, where...

    It all depends on location. In some areas, where they are BIG on band instruments and big on spending on them, they consider anything not top of the line to be "intermediate". So trombone players...
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    It's more of a question of mouthpiece receiver...

    It's more of a question of mouthpiece receiver size than bore size. For many years, most Euphoniums around had the "medium" or "european" shank, such as pretty much all Bessons. There were also...
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    The Yamaha 600-series brass instruments should...

    The Yamaha 600-series brass instruments should all be considered "professional". I don't see why anyone could consider the Neo to be "intermediate". I think WWBW used to categorize some instruments...
  22. I feel that it has a good sound. Very rich. I'm...

    I feel that it has a good sound. Very rich. I'm still working on adjusting my "inner sound concept" from trombone to euphonium. But I guess it's not much different from trumpet players who also play...
  23. Here's the main tuning slide, which looks like it...

    Here's the main tuning slide, which looks like it may have taken a hit at some time, though the slide itself is also "warped" like this.
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  24. Finally got pictures, because I'm lazy. It's...

    Finally got pictures, because I'm lazy. It's definitely been used a bit, and if I go by the sticker on the somewhat destroyed case, a previous owner used it in the Junior South Jersey Band, which...
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    I should also mention that there are trombone...

    I should also mention that there are trombone players who have to have tuning slides lengthened or cut down, even on such legendary horns as a Mt Vernon Bach 50 Bass trombone. Even when you have a...
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