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    I like the look of the piston horn more. But my...

    I like the look of the piston horn more. But my GUESS is that the rotary would be a safer pick if you can't test both of them. While it's possible to screw up both rotary and piston valves, rotary...
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    I got a variant of that for Christmas from my...

    I got a variant of that for Christmas from my wife. Oddly prescient.
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    As someone who once had experience working in a...

    As someone who once had experience working in a French group, allow me to suggest "breath control".
    Or alternatively, possibly the closest single word may be "projection".
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    It took me about 6 months of trial & error and...

    It took me about 6 months of trial & error and some physical modifications to adapt my bass trombone TO ME (one of Yeo's primary strong recommendations). This involved installing a Bullet Brace left...
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    From the other Doug's (Yeo) web site ... My...

    From the other Doug's (Yeo) web site ...


    My teacher, Edward Kleinhammer (retired bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) once told me this true story about doubling:

    One...
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    On the other hand, war tends to produce fairly...

    On the other hand, war tends to produce fairly full employment. This disaster is in the process of producing the opposite -- in an economy that had achieved what was pretty much full employment. And...
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    To introduce another dimension -- and I hope no...

    To introduce another dimension -- and I hope no one is offended by this -- and with the full disclosure that I'm 72 and zeroing in on 73 ...

    My experience in several community bands is that ......
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    I hope the Olds works out. If it doesn't and you...

    I hope the Olds works out. If it doesn't and you can't find anything else, you might take a look at https://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/used-euphoniums/.
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    It's true that there are a lot of the Olds...

    It's true that there are a lot of the Olds Ambassadors out there. SOME of them are in good condition and playable. But many have been "used, abused, and put up wet" (as my wife has described some...
  10. These kinds of questions -- as is usually the...

    These kinds of questions -- as is usually the case -- start to resolve along the lines of a distinction between what a composer intended or expected in terms of a particular sound vs. what can be...
  11. Yes (I suppose to repeat), mostly: This ...

    Yes (I suppose to repeat), mostly:

    This



    and this:
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    In a lot of cases you'll get a Master's on your...

    In a lot of cases you'll get a Master's on your way to the Ph.D. anyway -- you just don't want to view it as an "intermediate step" or "pre-requisite" for getting the Ph.D. since that separate step...
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    I've never been able to use the 120S -- it seems...

    I've never been able to use the 120S -- it seems to suck the air out of my lungs. Over time (about 20 years) I also came to prefer the bowl (German) style tuba mouthpieces to the Hellebergs, though...
  14. The tech should be able to just expand the inner...

    The tech should be able to just expand the inner slide a bit by using one or two expander balls. So pretty much just a couple of minutes of "work". But even then -- as Dave said -- you're looking...
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    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb...

    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb trombone, a whole lot of people (including Doug Elliott) think very highly of the Yamaha line, including models like the YSL 354 which is officially...
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    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the...

    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the increase in graduate departments that recruit -- and then award degrees to -- people who can't get those jobs. Still, there are professional...
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    If the environment for these jobs was not the...

    If the environment for these jobs was not the university (bastion of intellect, education, and preserver of academic freedom and our accumulated knowledge) there would be talk of company towns and...
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    I'm with Snorlax also -- partly from my...

    I'm with Snorlax also -- partly from my perspective of about 30 years in business/industry and my prior perspective of 10 years as a professor in academia.

    I was struck just reading the initial...
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    I've made my own (tuba and euph) guards out of...

    I've made my own (tuba and euph) guards out of leather -- which is great, but tends to be a bit expensive even if you can get to a Tandy store (or something similar) and buy random pieces of...
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    I'm not sure how you'd tip after the fact --...

    I'm not sure how you'd tip after the fact -- assuming you had some way of knowing that your instrument had actually received the desired treatment.

    Maybe I have the wrong model/scenario in mind --...
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    Somewhat amusing that it's targeted on trumpets...

    Somewhat amusing that it's targeted on trumpets -- which almost certainly have the lowest incidence of checking problems and avoid (as a result of their size) the immediate notice that anything...
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    Perhaps you had some minor corrosion in your...

    Perhaps you had some minor corrosion in your horn, and the new oil's anti-corrosion additives are ... er ... anti-corroding it -- resulting in the brown color as a suspension in the oil. If so, a...
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    The tuba as pictured is quite unusual -- since...

    The tuba as pictured is quite unusual -- since it's left-handed. :rolleyes: It would appear to be a left-handed copy of the Miraphone 186. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

    Also the 'S' characters in...
  24. Yes. Definitely call anywhere you're planning on...

    Yes. Definitely call anywhere you're planning on going in advance to be sure of what they have. I wasted a trip to Tuba Exchange a few years ago even after "confirming" with the John Packer people...
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    Also ... keep in mind that protection against...

    Also ... keep in mind that protection against dents, bent valve stems, and other mechanical damage is one thing. A floor stand may adequately protect against that. But a floor stand won't protect...
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