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  1. I hear similar comments from band and audience...

    I hear similar comments from band and audience members when I solo on my Sterling. It has a very warm and rich tone that I could never get from my Besson Sovereign 967.
  2. Treble clef is the same as tenor clef if you add...

    Treble clef is the same as tenor clef if you add two flats.
  3. Sticky: The Besson baritones I've played are mostly from...

    The Besson baritones I've played are mostly from the mid-90s, and they've been hit or miss in terms of quality. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the German Bessons, and the price listed is...
  4. Indeed - this was my biggest challenge when I...

    Indeed - this was my biggest challenge when I started brass banding a couple of years ago. I had learned how to read treble clef from a polka band I played in previously, but brass band music is...
  5. I have a friend in one of my bands who I...

    I have a friend in one of my bands who I recommend this instrument to, and he had the winning bid. He was borrowing a nearly identical horn from a friend and wanted one for himself, so this was a...
  6. I've been playing a Sterling Virtuoso for a few...

    I've been playing a Sterling Virtuoso for a few years after migrating from a early 2000s Besson Sovereign 967 (which suffered from the quality issues the Besson factory was having at the time) and a...
  7. I am pleased and honored that I was able to...

    I am pleased and honored that I was able to contribute to your outstanding article section in an indirect way Dave!
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    Steven Mead has a video about developing high and...

    Steven Mead has a video about developing high and low range. It's worth a look IMO.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKksrjLlNbs&t=11s
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    Thank you sir. I have no plans to attempt to...

    Thank you sir. I have no plans to attempt to deduct mileage from driving to rehearsals -- I was merely curious. I do my own taxes, and the risk of my messing this up likely outweighs the few extra...
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    I picked up one of the Simply Singing books at...

    I picked up one of the Simply Singing books at NABBA this year, and I frequently use it for warm-ups - especially when I'm tired of going through the same routines every day.
  11. I had just posted a link to a PDF version of that...

    I had just posted a link to a PDF version of that article in a baritone mouthpiece thread yesterday! Great minds think alike I suppose! :)
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    On a tangent....does anyone here deduct their...

    On a tangent....does anyone here deduct their mileage for concerts with non-profit bands, which covers about 99% of all bands in existence?
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    Baritones in a brass band serve a distinct...

    Baritones in a brass band serve a distinct purpose depending on which part you're playing. Your role in the brass band should be a factor behind which mouthpiece you select for your instrument.
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    With the federal standard deduction being doubled...

    With the federal standard deduction being doubled to $12K for individuals and $24K for unions, itemized deductions (of which I'm not sure instrument expense can be applied) are off the table for a...
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    I found out via New England Brass Band's Facebook...

    I found out via New England Brass Band's Facebook page shortly after NABBA concluded. There was also some chatter about it on NABBA's own Facebook page. The first section had a lot of issues with...
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    Awesome! I've been 1st baritone with the Capital...

    Awesome! I've been 1st baritone with the Capital City Brass Band for a couple of years, and I've been its president since the summer of 2018 (my term ends in summer of 2020). We did serious...
  17. The Demondrae is a MP I'd like to make work, but...

    The Demondrae is a MP I'd like to make work, but I have to balance work, family, and other "real life" stuff in addition to practice, so I can't give the MP time it needs for my embouchure to be...
  18. Parker had components at NABBA to allow you to...

    Parker had components at NABBA to allow you to construct your own MP, which consists of the rim, cup, and shank. Michael Parker was there, and he helped me construct a MP based on my MP history and...
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    Brandon - I IM'd you about the Marcus Bonna case....

    Brandon - I IM'd you about the Marcus Bonna case. Thanks!
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    Indeed - the New England Brass Band is a...

    Indeed - the New England Brass Band is a excellent organization that put on a wonderful performance at NABBA this year. I'd happily audition for an open position, but I live in Michigan which would...
  21. I too have the Demondrae MP and although I enjoy...

    I too have the Demondrae MP and although I enjoy the big sound I get from it, it requires constant work on my end to stay in good enough shape to be able to play in the upper register for extended...
  22. Thread: Adams Options

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    Poll: They are both beautiful instruments. I prefer...

    They are both beautiful instruments. I prefer the multi-colored version though -- it's an eye catcher done in a tasteful manner.

    Steven Mead also plays a gold-plated euphonium, and I think it's a...
  23. Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi has the euphonium part...

    Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi has the euphonium part going down to C2.
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    The euphonium solo in The World is Waiting for...

    The euphonium solo in The World is Waiting for the Sunrise is among the most challenging runs I've had to prepare in a wind band.
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    This year's NABBA was dominated by Bessons,...

    This year's NABBA was dominated by Bessons, Yamahas, and Sterlings. There were a few Willsons and Adams (even saw a Wessex), but they were outliers.
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