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    I might add that there is no way I would get a...

    I might add that there is no way I would get a trigger for this horn. One of the main reasons I bought it is to have a lighter (much) weight horn than my Sterling due to my advancing tendonitis in...
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    John, Many thanks. Just to note that I...

    John,

    Many thanks. Just to note that I already have "RUBY" finger buttons (red "quartz-like" inserts). I really like your horn and the engraving. I would skip a trigger. The only sharp notes a...
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    David, I think .60 is as thick as one can get in...

    David, I think .60 is as thick as one can get in SS.
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    Customizing my Adams E3

    Hi folks,

    As many of you know, I have an Adams E3 prototype .70mm yellow brass bell and short action top sprung valves. Aside from the valveset, my horn is a plain vanilla E3 in brushed...
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    I always used Hetman #1 on the Connstellation....

    I always used Hetman #1 on the Connstellation. The valves on the particular horn I had were pretty tight, the 1st valve in particular after I had it replated. Hetman #1 is a bit thicker than Blue...
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    I think he is pretty set on a Willson. He has...

    I think he is pretty set on a Willson. He has been playing it for 15+ years. I have PM'd Charley and Willi to see what suggestions they have. I have checked Baltimore Brass and Dillon's and they have...
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    WTB - Willson 2900 in lacquer

    Hello all,

    A good friend of mine plays a Willson 2900 (medium shank) in the usual silver. He has had his horn since he was in high school. He graduated with a BA from Ithaca College and got his...
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    2008 Sterling Virtuoso Intonation

    I have not charted intonation on my Virtuoso (300 mm bell). However, it is very similar to what Dave has charted, so see what he posted in his tuning charts. I practice my daily routine using a...
  9. Just one more reply. The new Sterling Virtuoso's...

    Just one more reply. The new Sterling Virtuoso's are in stock at Baltimore Brass and are available for $6,295 (silver plated with trigger). This is DEFINITELY on the warm side.

    Doug Ruby
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    And, of course, as my good friend Don knows, I...

    And, of course, as my good friend Don knows, I want to play with the British sound, so the Sterling just amplifies the sound I hear in my head!

    Doug
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    No. All Sterlings will tend to exhibit intonation...

    No. All Sterlings will tend to exhibit intonation tendencies similar but perhaps slightly better than a Besson (Sovereign or Prestige). Use of the trigger is recommended.



    Wendy, the Sterlings...
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    I do not know what the difference between the...

    I do not know what the difference between the HBS378 and HBS479 are. This horn has the screw in receiver, so you can use small, medium or large shank mouthpieces. I am pretty certain that the 1st...
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    The 6BS is an excellent baritone mouthpiece. I...

    The 6BS is an excellent baritone mouthpiece. I believe this is what Katrina Marzella uses. It is my personal 2nd choice after the Bach 5G.
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    Only way to tell is by the model number inside...

    Only way to tell is by the model number inside the bell down near the joint with the bottom bow. A 1065 is standard weight bell. A 1065H has a heavy bell.

    Not a huge difference between the two....
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    Wendy, VERY nice looking instrument. This horn...

    Wendy,

    VERY nice looking instrument. This horn definitely would be significantly superior to any JP374/JP374 horn.

    It is a pretty recent instrument with the current (new) style trigger design...
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    I spoke with Paul Riggett and with Baltimore...

    I spoke with Paul Riggett and with Baltimore Brass this last Friday (both). They have three Sterlings sent out by Paul about 2 weeks ago. Two "regular" Virtuoso's (1065) and a heavy bell (1065H).
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    I am back on 4AL on my Adams E3 which I am using...

    I am back on 4AL on my Adams E3 which I am using in the New England Brass Band. I use my Doug Elliott on my Sterling. The Sterling is a slightly smaller bell (300mm instead of 12") and sound "warmer"...
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    No I do not know. Good question to ask the...

    No I do not know. Good question to ask the seller. I can tell some things by looking at pictures.
  19. Graeme, The gentleman (Bob Ricker) who...

    Graeme,

    The gentleman (Bob Ricker) who invented and sold the QHR passed away a couple of years ago. While is Euphonium Horn Strap has been picked up by someone else, I am not aware that anyone...
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    My recollection is that the "Custom" was an older...

    My recollection is that the "Custom" was an older fixed configuration Virtuoso with yellow brass 12" bell, no trigger, no gold trim, and (perhaps) a Cerveny valveset, that was marketed in the USA by...
  21. Even though I work religiously to keep my horns...

    Even though I work religiously to keep my horns clean, I also use a professional service to clean them every couple of years, or so. The Herco Spitballs, various cleaning swabs, and my Quick Horn...
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    Sara, The British baritone's degree of conical...

    Sara,

    The British baritone's degree of conical tubing and bell taper is more like a cornet while the euphonium is more like a flugelhorn. This is the most apt comparison. The American baritone is...
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    Hirsbrunner are fine horns. They used the...

    Hirsbrunner are fine horns. They used the Bauerfeind valvesets AFAIK which are very well made. If so, parts (guides, felts, etc.) can be sourced from Adams. If the horn is in good-excellent...
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    Nick, It looks great! I should add that the...

    Nick,

    It looks great! I should add that the body of the horn and the 24i bell are 100% original. This horn really is in great shape. I am glad you own it now, Nick!

    Doug
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    Absolutely not the same. The JP374 design and...

    Absolutely not the same. The JP374 design and manufacturing were assisted by Paul Riggett, the proprietor of Sterling Musical Instruments, but it is manufactured in China. The Sterling Virtuoso is a...
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