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    And I will take "sledge" as a spelling variant of...

    And I will take "sledge" as a spelling variant of "sludge," which can inhibit tuning slides from falling out.
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    For the same principle applied to a different...

    For the same principle applied to a different instrument and whatever insights can be gleaned from it, Google "fender dead spot" and fatfinger.
  3. I've got a transition-era horn: a Hawkes...

    I've got a transition-era horn: a Hawkes "Excelsior Sonorous" engraving with the Blaikley compensating system and a long main slide for A=440. It's a *heavy* horn, almost like it was made from...
  4. Down this path lies either genius or madness

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6mkuSc_G7o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyYlHXMcSHs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0h91rTh7C8
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    Old postcard

    Anybody want to take a crack at identifying the type of the large horn?
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    The big caveat is that colleges and universities...

    The big caveat is that colleges and universities should not hire their own graduates. That is where the problem of intellectual inbreeding arises (all one point of view), and it jeopardizes...
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    I phonium You phonium We all phonium

    I phonium

    You phonium

    We all phonium
  8. I got one of these -- a converted HP horn about...

    I got one of these -- a converted HP horn about ten years older -- with case for about the opening bid of this horn, but my horn is not nearly in so good a condition cosmetically.
    After the usual...
  9. This looks just like my horn, but I thought these...

    This looks just like my horn, but I thought these went out of production long before 1959.
  10. That phrase "microfiber cloth" is sending up red...

    That phrase "microfiber cloth" is sending up red flags for me. Isn't microfiber perhaps too abrasive for cleaning valves and casings? Would not plain old cotton, like in a scarp of t-shirt, serve...
  11. Well, I'm rocking a mid-sixties Besson New...

    Well, I'm rocking a mid-sixties Besson New Standard and a transition-era Hawkes ---> Boosey, with Blue Juice. I guess those old horns need the largest molecules they can get. :)
  12. How much more perfect could this be? If anybody...

    How much more perfect could this be? If anybody wants to ship a cache of Blue Juice to this young lady, I'll cheerfully throw in towards the cost.
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    Or, if you wanted to go primitive, you could use...

    Or, if you wanted to go primitive, you could use some bungee cords and a skateboard.
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    Hijacking the thread here, but how "tight" is...

    Hijacking the thread here, but how "tight" is "just right tight"? My tone and power on my New Standard are much better than they ever were with my Conn 30i, but they still do not approach what I...
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    Excelsior and Sonorous are Hawkes & Son models. ...

    Excelsior and Sonorous are Hawkes & Son models. Don't know how relevant that document would be to Besson/Blaikely/Boosey horns.
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    Gary and Snorlax, Got you both beat on the...

    Gary and Snorlax,

    Got you both beat on the grades. As an undergrad I logged an F in second semester business math and a D in typing(!). But I take comfort in G. K. Chesterton's axiom, "If a...
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    When I saw the word "Myfanwy" the first thing it...

    When I saw the word "Myfanwy" the first thing it brought to mind was the British poet Edward Thomas, who named his youngest daughter that (Thomas gave all three of his children Welsh names). And...
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    Both my horns take a medium-shank mouthpiece. My...

    Both my horns take a medium-shank mouthpiece. My Hawkes & Son gets a 51D while my Besson New Standard runs a Bach 5G SS Megatone. The SS stands for "short-shank" and the mouthpiece itself is a...
  19. I did Dave's bathtub boo-boo in ninth grade back...

    I did Dave's bathtub boo-boo in ninth grade back in 1964, with my Conn 30i double-bell. Soaked it in hot water to clean it, and off went the lacquer. Sent it to Conn for a professional cleaning,...
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    Somebody needs to give this horn a HOME!!! It is...

    Somebody needs to give this horn a HOME!!! It is a three-valve compensator New Standard just like mine, and the case alone is worth $100. I got mine (with case) for a couple of hundred less as a...
  21. Some mouthpieces, like the Bach megatones, come...

    Some mouthpieces, like the Bach megatones, come with a short shank option -- sort of like a mouthpiece shank cut at the factory.
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    How about this as a litmus test? Let's closely...

    How about this as a litmus test? Let's closely scrutinize Steven and Misa's videos made from this point forward. Whether or not the device is present on their horns will say a lot.
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    Why don't we try pursuing this thread within its...

    Why don't we try pursuing this thread within its context? I was replying to and extending Barry's post #4 and, using my experience (and dozens -- if not hundreds -- of other bass players), pointing...
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    With enough time and the proper lab equipment,...

    With enough time and the proper lab equipment, all those tests you suggest could be performed for a more objective, scientific, verdict. But the best evidence we have right now is the Misa video,...
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    As someone who has played electric bass over a...

    As someone who has played electric bass over a period of more than fifty years, and over that same interval wrestled with dead spots in the neck (aka the "Fender dead spot"), I think I know what is...
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