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  1. I'm an older return player as well. I had an...

    I'm an older return player as well. I had an accident where I nearly drowned in a freezing lake, which I feel damaged my lungs, so I've been fighting the diminished capacity thing as well. I'm mostly...
  2. I like these comparisons. To me, a trombone...

    I like these comparisons. To me, a trombone player, the difference was pretty clear. The first horn sounds clearer, and thus better. The second horn is very dark, which I imagine is good in some...
  3. Poll: I started on a rented King 605 trombone. I can...

    I started on a rented King 605 trombone. I can still remember the new smell and my amazement at the case and how the thing went together.
  4. The loop looks like 2 things Dave has mentioned....

    The loop looks like 2 things Dave has mentioned. 1st, it would collect water, but so would the main tuning slide. I doubt this was a design element, maybe just something that happened due to the...
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    I'm an amateur trombonist (former pro) who...

    I'm an amateur trombonist (former pro) who doubles on euph and sometimes tuba. I read bass, tenor, alto and treble clef (non-transposing - transposing treble is just tenor - 2 flats). Clefs and...
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    You've asked a very subjective question. It hits...

    You've asked a very subjective question. It hits on a lot of trigger topics for euph players and the answer depends a lot on a number of things - how you feel about compensating systems, low notes,...
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    Two things: I use an Olds compact valve trombone...

    Two things: I use an Olds compact valve trombone for travel. It fits right in my suitcase with the clothes around it. If you have a trombone Yamaha Silent Brass mute, that works great with it, stores...
  8. I'm a euph doubler from trombone, and the 2280 is...

    I'm a euph doubler from trombone, and the 2280 is the one that makes the most sense to me. Compensating systems don't buy you much unless you play below the staff a lot. 2280 is a very flexible...
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    Silent Brass for Euph

    Has anyone used the Silent Brass for euph? I have one for tenor trombone (the newer small one, not the bowling-pin-looking thing) and it really works well. The euph model is soooo much more...
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    Slide Hampton played a large tenor much or all of...

    Slide Hampton played a large tenor much or all of his career. I've known some bass players who can really swing, but it's more of a novelty than anything.

    One thing you might check out is a...
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    My wife, it turns out, is tolerant because of my...

    My wife, it turns out, is tolerant because of my euphonium habit. When I was just collecting trombones, she was tolerant as long as I didn't use household money for it (and as long as I don't play...
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    There's smart music...

    There's smart music https://www.smartmusic.com/pricing/#academic which is ~$40/year. I've heard good things about it, mostly from teachers.

    Musescore is $70/year, and has a lot of "stuff". I've...
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    Not really directly related to your question, but...

    Not really directly related to your question, but the TubaPeter.com site has a lot of game and film music arranged for bass clef valve instruments. Might be entertaining while you're waiting for a...
  14. It's great to hear you play these side by side....

    It's great to hear you play these side by side. I've typically been a fan of some of the larger sizes simply because of how they feel to play, really without regard for how they sound. I tend to...
  15. Maybe I should also mention that when I do take...

    Maybe I should also mention that when I do take out the 1st valve comp loop, it comes out with a jerk and hits the 3rd valve circuit.
  16. I'm not consistent about emptying water. I do it...

    I'm not consistent about emptying water. I do it infrequently enough to let the slide freeze. If I can get by without it that's what I do. I've done it just a few times since I've owned it, usually...
  17. Well, yes, it does have a loop that hangs down,...

    Well, yes, it does have a loop that hangs down, and it is removable. And yes, it did have some water in it. I didn't notice it gurgling, though. I think this loop had been stuck until I had it worked...
  18. I've never or rarely (once or twice) had to dump...

    I've never or rarely (once or twice) had to dump anything that wasn't accessible via a water key in the 2 years I've owned my Festivo. I don't play it daily, and I usually play 30-50 minutes at a...
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    Yeah, the Mighty Bright is the one to have. It's...

    Yeah, the Mighty Bright is the one to have. It's no fooling around. Bright enough to read music. Runs batteries or plugin. Pricy, but you don't have to worry about if its bright enough or not.
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    Thanks for that. JLSmith looks promising.

    Thanks for that. JLSmith looks promising.
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    Valve felts

    Sorry, bone playing valve noob here. I've got a Conn 24i with clanky valves. Recently bought it from an unknown past. I'm assuming that I can replace the felt or rubber pieces under the buttons and...
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    I have 3: Festivo, 114g without caps - 90...

    I have 3:

    Festivo, 114g without caps - 90
    King 2280, 121g without caps - 92
    Conn 24i, 70g without caps - 56

    Only the first one is compensating, and the Conn is significantly...
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    I have 3, well, 4 valve instruments. Valves are a...

    I have 3, well, 4 valve instruments. Valves are a double for me, so I don't need these to be top quality, just being "mostly" functional is good enough for what I do with them.

    Conn 24i It's kind...
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    Thanks for all that. I've started practicing some...

    Thanks for all that. I've started practicing some of those valve effects, they're not easy.
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    Sometimes a note will feel funny even though it...

    Sometimes a note will feel funny even though it doesn't sound bad. I have a horn that has a funny resonance on high F# that you can only feel from behind the bell. In front of the bell there is no...
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