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  1. Thread: DC3 v. SM4U/X

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    Ok guys! I only interpret on what I see! The...

    Ok guys! I only interpret on what I see! The days of really top class British brass band soloists over 40 are gone. The likes of Trevor Groom, John Clough, Lyndon Baglin et al, playing into their...
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    Indeed, but given the increase in decent...

    Indeed, but given the increase in decent competition, shops nailing their colours to a single mast is shortsighted at best. Having worked in the trade, at one of the best specialist brass dealers,...
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    I entirely agree. It gets even worse when people...

    I entirely agree. It gets even worse when people buy into the whole SM mouthpiece propaganda, also look at the number of top level British players whoíve studied with Steven Mead.

    Itís why,...
  4. As soon as I saw the first slide in the wrong way...

    As soon as I saw the first slide in the wrong way round, I lost interest. Also, if thatís the sort of euphonium sound thatís gaining currency, god help us all.
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    Ah yes. Well I drive a VW, but Iíd love a...

    Ah yes. Well I drive a VW, but Iíd love a Porsche, if theyíd give me one for nothing.

    The most concerning thing for me about the Adams euphonium is that there are no brass band specialist...
  6. My last three euphoniums (and all associated...

    My last three euphoniums (and all associated accessories) have come from Jenny, and she merits my highest recommendation. Excellent service, well priced, and brilliantly sourced. The hooters are...
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    This is a great thread. And has given me much...

    This is a great thread. And has given me much food for thought.
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    Can’t go wrong with Holst. Weirdly we don’t go...

    Can’t go wrong with Holst. Weirdly we don’t go in for it much in the UK, but what I’ve played is very nice.
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    As a late-ish starter and someone who relishes...

    As a late-ish starter and someone who relishes the learning challenges playing Euphonium provides, I only know that the end of enjoyment will be the catalyst for my retirement. How or why this will...
  10. Thread: DC3 v. SM4U/X

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    No doubt youíre right, but over here these...

    No doubt youíre right, but over here these mouthpiece revisions are being greeted with no little cynicism. Rather than go all out on the ďmoney makingĒ angle I try and reason through that. As it...
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    It may have been said in jest, but that attitude...

    It may have been said in jest, but that attitude sums up everything that is wrong with top level brass banding in the UK.

    These players make a living out of pastime that the rest of us pay to...
  12. Thread: DC3 v. SM4U/X

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    Personally, I think his sound has got brasher...

    Personally, I think his sound has got brasher with age, certainly since going from an older Sovereign to the new Prestiges.

    Listen to some of his early 1990s recordings, and doesn’t sound like...
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    Re-covering a case

    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions about refurbishing an old (ancient!) Sovereign case?

    Itís one of the vintage blue ones (Iíve two in fact), and appears to covered in a oil cloth,...
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    From memory I recall Revelation (Philip Wiley)...

    From memory I recall Revelation (Philip Wiley) being extraordinarily difficult, ... Dove Descending (Wilby) likewise, especially the euph cadenza in natural tones only using the fourth valve. ...
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    Well Iíve had a listen, although I concede it may...

    Well Iíve had a listen, although I concede it may have been an identically titles piece, but it doesnít seem any trickier than a lot of other pieces, unless it is in a truly vile key.
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    Is there a score I can look at? Iím...

    Is there a score I can look at?

    Iím intrigued to see how hard it can be because Iíve seen pieces that were nigh on impossible, and thatís at the very highest level of British brass band...
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    I’d vote for Masquerade.... and just leave this...

    I’d vote for Masquerade.... and just leave this here.6933
  18. In addition to what you’ve said about the sound...

    In addition to what you’ve said about the sound of the Globe Sovereign, I prefer the ergonomics too. I’m on my second!
  19. Itís definitely an octave lower. My...

    Itís definitely an octave lower. My understanding of the dotted line is under the stave to indicate down and above to reverse that. The second euphonium part has a lot of straight metal muted...
  20. I played on a Yamaha when I started, as quickly...

    I played on a Yamaha when I started, as quickly found it limiting. However, I should have stuck to my mouthpiece rather than search for the holy grail. Which I’ve not found, although the current...
  21. I donít think youíll get much lower than this.......

    I donít think youíll get much lower than this....

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    And then this....

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    Fascinating! I cordially dislike the thin...

    Fascinating! I cordially dislike the thin brass, the 3rd slide water key, the floating lead pipe, and the flimsy build. Ergonomically they’re all wrong too - the angle at which I play meant my...
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    And that neatly sums my issues with SM range, be...

    And that neatly sums my issues with SM range, be it classic, Ultra, Ultra X, and no doubt Ultra XR. I wonder if heís thought about putting the word ďtronĒ on the end? Or excelsior. Thatíd be good.
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    Another premium instrument? Crikey, that’s...

    Another premium instrument? Crikey, that’s bold. I know that it won’t sell in the UK, just like Adams haven’t, Willson haven’t, Meinl haven’t, Hirsbrunner haven’t, or Yamaha haven’t, certainly not...
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    The broadcast of the new Gregson Concerto was...

    The broadcast of the new Gregson Concerto was stunning, at the RNCM. David Childsí playing was as sublime as you might expect, and this was well worth the wait. Truly a wonderful Concerto by...
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