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  1. I doubt it's patentable as removable valves have...

    I doubt it's patentable as removable valves have been made for brass instruments since the 19th century. Nevertheless, the Stauffer/Hornguys valve is just a copy of what yamaha used to make. I...
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    I don't know for sure, but it has been a trend in...

    I don't know for sure, but it has been a trend in European orchestras to play at A=442 and sometimes higher for the past ten years or so, so it makes sense.
  3. I like the BR140 a lot! A couple of minor...

    I like the BR140 a lot! A couple of minor intonation issues, but no worse than the besson, which is the benchmark.

    I do not like the alliance baritone mouthpieces. Too deep -- baritone mouthpieces...
  4. I find baritone to be quite a bit more difficult...

    I find baritone to be quite a bit more difficult to play than euphonium. The idea about the baritone sound is it's a different vowel sound than euphonium. Whereas euphonium is a big OHHH baritone is...
  5. Thread: Valve felts

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    clanky valves might be just felts but it could...

    clanky valves might be just felts but it could also be worn valve guides.
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    I'll definitely do V+flat3 on trombone for B-flat...

    I'll definitely do V+flat3 on trombone for B-flat as well for added resistance if I need to be really soft and smooth. Depends on the valve. Works really well on a rotor. Less so on a thayer. 2nd...
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    There are certain Chinese-made instruments that...

    There are certain Chinese-made instruments that will play circles around certain German-made instruments that cost 4x the price in every conceivable way.
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    you'd also need the top valve cap, stem, button,...

    you'd also need the top valve cap, stem, button, spring, felts, and valve guide. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of an extra $100 per valve.
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    My guess, knowing that Willson parts are...

    My guess, knowing that Willson parts are generally on the high end of the spectrum, is that pistons 1-3 would be somewhere around $500 each. That's just a guess but I would bet I'm not too far off....
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    the wessex superbone is not a bad idea! you could...

    the wessex superbone is not a bad idea! you could always have the valves to fall back on, and the bore and bell is not out of the realm of appropriate for 3rd seat in a big band. The original Holton...
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    Hmm... the good news is it looks like a 2900,...

    Hmm... the good news is it looks like a 2900, which is perhaps the most popular euphonium around, at least in the US. The bad news is it looks like the pistons are missing, which would be extremely...
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    well, for big band use a small-bore valve...

    well, for big band use a small-bore valve trombone would be OK. I think the Jupiter is .500 and the Yamaha is .500 and those are both decent. The King and Bach are both smaller because they use...
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    Oh wow, that's very nice! I'm going to have to...

    Oh wow, that's very nice! I'm going to have to chase down the CD now! Thanks.
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    Huh. Never heard of one before, but I found a...

    Huh. Never heard of one before, but I found a photo on hornucopia. https://www.horn-u-copia.net/instruments/Wilson/Wilson-Excelsior-Euph.jpg The regular compensating Willson baritone is a nice...
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    I'm not a big fan of these. They didn't put much...

    I'm not a big fan of these. They didn't put much effort into the acoustical design of their baritones until the sovereign. It's extremely difficult to play these in tune.
  16. Thread: Horn selling

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    ahh, if it's not installed and you have a buyer...

    ahh, if it's not installed and you have a buyer for the trigger alone, I'd go ahead and sell it separately. You almost always make more money by breaking apart bundled items like this.
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    I definitely think you're right that it's a good...

    I definitely think you're right that it's a good price. I'm severely tempted but I can't imagine ever needing one!
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    I was going to say the same thing. marching...

    I was going to say the same thing. marching baritone isn't exactly like a british baritone, but marching euphoniums are much bigger.
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    I always have a giggle at that "bump in the...

    I always have a giggle at that "bump in the airstream" business. You're going to have a small bump either way. Is it constricting or expanding? and is it at one spot or 3 inches away at a different...
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    If I'm remembering correctly, Solbron wasn't a...

    If I'm remembering correctly, Solbron wasn't a maker but it was a trade name of Boosey for instruments with soldered bronze pistons. soldered bronze = solbron
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    both sound great! the adams is a really big...

    both sound great! the adams is a really big expansive sound whereas the wessex is smaller and perhaps a tiny bit sweeter.
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    I definitely believe the yellow brass bell has...

    I definitely believe the yellow brass bell has more snap and liveliness than the sterling silver. I actually dislike the sterling silver because of this.

    I also certainly think there's a tendency...
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    I have. I've never had a circumstance in which I...

    I have. I've never had a circumstance in which I needed to deal with buyer protection, so I have no experience with it.
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    yep, hyperbolica is right on the money....

    yep, hyperbolica is right on the money. Especially with rotary valves, they can be easily misaligned in assembly. Big globs of solder can accumulate inside the bore at joints and go unnoticed. subtle...
  25. These used to be made just for traditional band...

    These used to be made just for traditional band music in Europe. Then Roger Bobo hit upon the idea of using one with a larger mouthpiece for "tenor tuba" repertoire because it resembled the type of...
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