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    When taking bell materials into consideration,...

    When taking bell materials into consideration, please understand that silver is much softer than brass. When my sterling silver belled Adams E2 was weeks old, I made the mistake of placing it bell...
  2. I've read that Dennis Wick developed the 4AL to...

    I've read that Dennis Wick developed the 4AL to get the sound he wanted from the Conn 8H and 88H trombones. Although I use a 4AL on euphonium, it doesn't work for me on trombone. (But then I'm...
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    Dave's reply sounded approximately right. The...

    Dave's reply sounded approximately right. The website is pretty well constructed. In my experience, shipping costs show up before you commit to buying. Hope that helps.
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    I've had great service from Steve Mead's...

    I've had great service from Steve Mead's euphonium store, including fast shipping. Oration is available there for less than $13.50 (plus shipping). https://www.euphoniumstore.net/search=oration
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    Once you experience the din of the exhibit hall,...

    Once you experience the din of the exhibit hall, you'll appreciate the John Morgan's advice to arrange to audition favored instruments in a nearby practice room, outside (if the day is nice), or in...
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    I was able to obtain a free sample of Resilience...

    I was able to obtain a free sample of Resilience Oil F1 Valve oil (evidently now referred to as oil #2 according to bbocaner). I tried it for several weeks. I found it to be one of the slickest and...
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    Sam Pilafian died

    Tubist extraordinaire and apparently, to those who knew him, an all around nice guy, died this weekend. Like many, I loved his work with the Empire Brass, Boston Brass and, my favorite, Travelin'...
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    I recently noticed that David Vining has...

    I recently noticed that David Vining has published a book entitled "Trombone Intonation Mastery." I don't have direct experience with this book, but have another of Prof. Vinings books (Range Songs)...
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    One of my teachers in college, Henry Charles...

    One of my teachers in college, Henry Charles Smith III, started on euphonium and then learned trombone in order to play in his school orchestra. It worked out for him, as he later became principal...
  10. The "regular" Mead valve springs I have used in...

    The "regular" Mead valve springs I have used in the past were identified for valves 1-4. The new set of "light" Mead valve springs I recently received have only #4 identified. Is this correct?
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    Great news! Hope that things continue to improve.

    Great news! Hope that things continue to improve.
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    There are many people who love their Wessex Dolce...

    There are many people who love their Wessex Dolce (especially on this forum) and some others who seem to think their John Packer was worth the extra. So it is an individual choice.
    (That said, John...
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    For inspiration check out Carol Jantsch...

    For inspiration check out Carol Jantsch (Philadelphia Orchestra), Velvet Brown (Penn State U), and Dr. Deanna Swoboda (Arizona State U), all wonderful tubists who happen to be female. (The list is...
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    lzajmom...

    lzajmom wrote: "At 5'4", I'm not long and I'm not strong, so having a comfortable reach seems important."

    If you need any inspiration from a woman who may be approximately your size (or smaller),...
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    As has been reported previously on this forum,...

    As has been reported previously on this forum, Wessex seems to be moving their US headquarters from Michigan to the Chicago area. That could explain the difficulty of reaching them.
    Dave Werden has...
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    Hi Larry, I have gone through what you are going...

    Hi Larry, I have gone through what you are going through. One of my goals in retirement was to return to playing euphonium. So after 40 years of no playing, I picked up my euphonium again. I found...
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    Thanks and Merry Christmas

    As 2018 draws to an end, I wanted to thank Dave Werden and Doug Ruby for their work on keeping this forum alive and well. I'd also like to thank ghmerrill, RickF, DaveBj, John Morgan, bbocaner, and...
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    Snorlax has posted a Mach euphonium for sale on...

    Snorlax has posted a Mach euphonium for sale on this forum. It's not new and not a Besson or Adams but would get you by for awhile. Snorlax is a very skilled player and I'm sure that the instrument...
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    I think that daruby is on the right track. Hetman...

    I think that daruby is on the right track. Hetman makes a full range of tuning slide lubes, so switching to a "heavier" lube such as a Hetman 7, 7.5 or 8 might be a cheap, quick fix.
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    Thanks to all who responded. It gives me leads to...

    Thanks to all who responded. It gives me leads to follow.
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    Karl King The Iron Count

    The Iron Count (Overture), a march by Karl King, was distributed to a community band that I play in. Does anyone know who or what the "Iron Count" refers to or have other information about the origin...
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    Kenneth D. Friedrich wrote a nice melodic piece...

    Kenneth D. Friedrich wrote a nice melodic piece for euphonium and piano: Ballade in D flat. It's not difficult. Range is from F below the BC staff to high B flat above. His website is ...
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    I auditioned a Schilke 51D and a Wick 4AM (a...

    I auditioned a Schilke 51D and a Wick 4AM (a medium shank version of the Wick 4AL) on my medium shank Besson New Standard in a school orchestra room. Listeners unanimously thought that the Schilke...
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    For anyone else who might come across this...

    For anyone else who might come across this problem, I would suggest completely taking out the thumb screw. Then try to push a knife blade (utility knife) into the gap where the sections come...
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    A friend played a marching baritone in the...

    A friend played a marching baritone in the voluntary "pep" band for our local professional soccer team. (She complained about the ergonomics of the instrument.)
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