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  1. Ok, let me be very specific. I want to know if...

    Ok, let me be very specific.

    I want to know if anyone has a known and affordable method of confirming the measurement of a taper.

    I don't care what type of number I get at first. I just want...
  2. Anything I can do to get some more useful...

    Anything I can do to get some more useful information besides spend another $5k on horns and measuring equipment?
  3. K, I have at least one of every "common" tenor shank mouthpiece

    (Except for whatever goofy thing H.N. White used on the Trombonium)

    Now what? I don't have horns to test all of them on because I don't have anything bigger than medium shank (yet).

    There have...
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    Just some random thoughts as they come to me. ...

    Just some random thoughts as they come to me.

    French Horn is a pretty terrible instrument to start on. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's much better if you already have a skill set that...
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    I haven't had such an expensive day anytime...

    I haven't had such an expensive day anytime recently, but yes. It's been rough going recently.
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    I've never played any such beast. My weapons of...

    I've never played any such beast. My weapons of choice tend to run the low end of three digits. I do, however, have a suggestion. Try some earmuffs or an ear plug and cover/protect the ear closest...
  7. Snagged another one on my quest to acquire one of...

    Snagged another one on my quest to acquire one of everything. It's an absolute gem.

    ЗДМИ Корнет : ~5" bell, ~.433" bore, .436"/.470" tuning slide. Absolutely magnificent instrument. They don't...
  8. WTB: Besson medium shank reciever

    If anyone has one that they've pulled off a horn, I'd like to buy it for demonstration and measurement purposes. The exterior quality isn't important, nor is the leadpipe side condition. The...
  9. Willson 2975 used to be a thing and there's one...

    Willson 2975 used to be a thing and there's one for sale on ebay if spending less on a Wessex doesn't suit your fancy. ...
  10. Never played the Maly, but the ergonomics are the...

    Never played the Maly, but the ergonomics are the same as a any other rotary. The only difference is the flipped bell curve, and the fact it's mega compact.

    Use your left hand to hold the bell...
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    I can't imagine downsizing to a 51D. I sorta...

    I can't imagine downsizing to a 51D. I sorta kinda downsized from a 6.5AL to a Schilke 44E4. Haven't had a reason to look back. I get everything I want from a 24mm (or smaller) rim and I only have...
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    No F slide. No mouthpiece. Costs more than...

    No F slide. No mouthpiece. Costs more than brand new Chinesium.

    High school had some Olds Marching Altos... I had my own Conn, but I tried the Olds horns a few times to make sure they were in...
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    Apologies in advance for my not being a legit...

    Apologies in advance for my not being a legit musician, but I made a video trying to see if I can detect any sort of odd behavior with the short-action valve. I didn't notice anything, but it's...
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    I don't notice anything out of the ordinary...

    I don't notice anything out of the ordinary besides the valves just being really fast. The valves on my example are a bit worn as should be expected from a immediately post-war horn, but I don't...
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    I remember measuring a bunch of my horns to see...

    I remember measuring a bunch of my horns to see how they compared. I don't have the numbers anymore, but that's alright.

    Long story short, the only thing that can compete with the old Conn...
  16. This thing has been on ebay for a long time. If...

    This thing has been on ebay for a long time. If someone is going to play it, they'd better buy it now. Coronavirus is about to make me rich, and I'd love to finally put a real American Baritone and...
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    I love me some alto instruments. There are...

    I love me some alto instruments. There are endless variants and I own entirely too many of them. I'll tell you right now, there's no such thing as a perfect alto instrument. Every single one of...
  18. That was beautiful. I wish that my ventures in...

    That was beautiful. I wish that my ventures in bored at home recordings were so fruitful.

    As far as mouthpieces, I'm not sure how we arrived at "modern" sizes. I guess when people starting...
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    I'll say this. There are mouthpieces that sort...

    I'll say this. There are mouthpieces that sort of fit that description. You are absolutely going to struggle with range and intonation going this route. I have tried to play my big Alto with an...
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    Tenor Sousaphone doing what it does (National Emblem)

    I am very bored. I decided to do what I do best and record myself clamming and desecrating another great piece of music.

    This is a pretty reasonable expectation of what the Tenor Sousaphone from...
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    Oh. You want Eb Alto, not Eb Bass. Yeah, that's...

    Oh. You want Eb Alto, not Eb Bass. Yeah, that's a thing.

    The old Russian Alto Horns are so big as to basically be Alto Tuba. Literally the same profile and relative bore as a British Baritone...
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    I have a really old Eb Bass with a 12.25" bell...

    I have a really old Eb Bass with a 12.25" bell and .604" bore...so it's a similar idea. Maybe a little bigger than what you're thinking, but close enough. It can be played as a Euphonium with a...
  23. It's just misaligned. Just slip some valve oil...

    It's just misaligned. Just slip some valve oil down the fitting and push it (CAREFULLY) back into alignment. Don't try to pull it out and further until it's straight.

    Don't take the screw out...
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    Yes. Most instruments have a smooth transition...

    Yes. Most instruments have a smooth transition from the receiver to the leadpipe. If you use a mouthpiece with a smaller shank than what the horn is designed for, you get a negative gap. For...
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    I know it's confusing as heck. Until I started...

    I know it's confusing as heck. Until I started adding European instruments to my collection, I never put much stock into mouthpiece gapping stuff because all of the instruments I had used before...
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