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    Agreed that the instruments Besson are making now...

    Agreed that the instruments Besson are making now are the best instruments that they have ever made. I don't understand the nostalgia that exists in some circles around the round stamps.

    I think...
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    I briefly tried a few models on trombone. They...

    I briefly tried a few models on trombone. They are absolutely beautifully made and are very efficient. I like that they aren't jumping on the bandwagon of "bigger is better" with regards to cup...
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    started on euphonium, majored in trombone. I have...

    started on euphonium, majored in trombone. I have two tubas, one I bought so I could sub with a brass band on tuba (E-flat) and one I bought mostly for noodling around but also for musical...
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    Nice job to both of you Vito, really enjoyed...

    Nice job to both of you Vito, really enjoyed listening to that!!
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    gold-plated trim fancy case trigger standard on...

    gold-plated trim
    fancy case
    trigger standard on the prestige (although available on sovereign)
    heavy top and bottom valve caps (although standard sovereign style caps are included in the case)...
  6. I'd avoid. You can play it like that but it's...

    I'd avoid. You can play it like that but it's going to require a lot of valve oil. But these just aren't that good to start with, even if the valves are fine.
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    I played on post horn at the back of our property...

    I played on post horn at the back of our property and my wife played on coach horn at the front. We're pretty spaced out so we weren't sure if any neighbors would hear it, but we wanted to do it...
  8. You don't get a super huge amount of water in...

    You don't get a super huge amount of water in there and because of the larger bore at that part of the instrument you have to get a lot of accumulation before it becomes a gurgle. For me, this is...
  9. I never had a problem with slides on the 2056 but...

    I never had a problem with slides on the 2056 but the bottom valve caps are really tough!!
  10. No. The 956 also has a weird little U-turn bend...

    No. The 956 also has a weird little U-turn bend in the fourth valve loop, but if I am remembering correctly it has a water key there already. It's been a while since I played one and couldn't find...
  11. right at the bottom of the second loop. never...

    right at the bottom of the second loop. never happened to me often enough that I felt like I needed to add a water key, but under some conditions it does tend to collect there.
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    I don't think he means feel on your face. The 101...

    I don't think he means feel on your face. The 101 size is a measure of the diameter of the rim. That's what you "feel" when you put the mouthpiece up to your face. A EUPH 101 is exactly the same...
  13. Is that Doug's old one? Looks really nice. I just...

    Is that Doug's old one? Looks really nice. I just don't know what I'd ever do with such a thing. It'd be fun to mess around with, but I can't see ever using it anywhere.
  14. Thread: Alto horns?

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    formerly ;) in my experience, euphonium...

    formerly ;)

    in my experience, euphonium players doubling on tenor horn get a really great sound on that instrument!
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    Lots of people prefer yellow brass. Euphonium is...

    Lots of people prefer yellow brass. Euphonium is dark enough as it is, it's nice to get that clarity of tone and articulation that a yellow brass bell brings to the table. But I suppose it may depend...
  16. Thread: Steve's Euph

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    it's a special model with gold-tinted lacquer and...

    it's a special model with gold-tinted lacquer and no stud brace holding the leadpipe midway, so more like a sovereign from that perspective.

    "sweetheart of a guy"?? absolutely not.
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    yeah, Sheona White has one of the darkest sounds...

    yeah, Sheona White has one of the darkest sounds around on tenorhorn. It can be done with the relatively small TH mouthpiece. It's all about the warm air, relaxed embouchure, etc.
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    the other thing to keep in mind is that older...

    the other thing to keep in mind is that older less acoustically developed instruments do more weird things than more modern instruments which have been well thought out. You can use a wide range of...
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    40b?? That’s unbelievably small. 48(c) would be...

    40b?? That’s unbelievably small. 48(c) would be more like a standard baritone size.
  20. Thread: Oval Baritone

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    totally agree, and I think the french tuba is a...

    totally agree, and I think the french tuba is a great thing to use when the rest of the brass section also plays scaled down instruments. But tubists really like a big grand orchestral contrabass...
  21. Thread: Oval Baritone

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    I think Corentin Morvan's instrument has four...

    I think Corentin Morvan's instrument has four valves up top and two on the side and I suspect is similar to the Mahillion in the Simonetti collection:
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  22. Thread: Oval Baritone

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    See, that's exactly why I like it on tuba. It...

    See, that's exactly why I like it on tuba. It gives it an unwieldy quality. The good players can make it sound easy but still somehow clumsy. And just the volume and breadth of the sound while still...
  23. Thread: Oval Baritone

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    notaverygoodname - I had a conversation with Mr....

    notaverygoodname - I had a conversation with Mr. Alessi last summer about this very thing, about how the ovalform Bb tenorhorn you can buy today isn't all that different from the instrument available...
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    Looks like a B&S 3046, I like it! I have to say,...

    Looks like a B&S 3046, I like it! I have to say, though, I really enjoy when a really good tubist performs it. I understand this is blasphemous as a euphonium player, but it just gets a certain heft...
  25. All the DC military band players are fantastic,...

    All the DC military band players are fantastic, and largely the jobs they've got are a function of what job opening existed when they were "ready," but Hiram is really special!
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