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    Another choice if you want a more British sound...

    Another choice if you want a more British sound is the Wick 4AY. Essentially a 4AL with a small shank for the Yamaha 321.
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    I want to second everything that Dave said about...

    I want to second everything that Dave said about 3-valve Besson New Standards and your horn in particular. If this were a 4 valve horn, I would say $3,000-ish or perhaps more. BUT...the lack of the...
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    All's quiet here in the greater Massachusetts...

    All's quiet here in the greater Massachusetts scene. All of the musical organizations I normally work with are shut down. For sure, I have no musical activities now through the end of April, and in...
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    By the way, if the serial number is a CONN serial...

    By the way, if the serial number is a CONN serial number, this is a 1914-15 model, however if it were a "Pan-American" number, it would be 1937-38. In the latter timeframe, Conn produced the 50I...
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    Dave, I am almost certain this is a Conn...

    Dave,

    I am almost certain this is a Conn stencil. The wrap (1st valve in particular) and shape of the bell makes it look identical to a Conn 14I.

    Doug
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    Yes, I couldn't remember the name. Besson DID use...

    Yes, I couldn't remember the name. Besson DID use Nitrocellulose lacquer on the old horns. The lacquered Sovereigns (which my 1980 was before I had it restored in silver) were very prone to lacquer...
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    Horn 1: The first horn is a New Standard. As Dave...

    Horn 1: The first horn is a New Standard. As Dave said, prior to 1975 due to the med-shank receiver. It is very clear that it has been heavily buffed since the Besson logo on the bell is almost gone....
  8. Thread: Willson 2950

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    The UK leadpipe was prototyped by Charley...

    The UK leadpipe was prototyped by Charley Brighton on his personal 2900. He purchased a York Eminence leadpipe and receiver from leftover stock when York went belly up. He had it installed on his...
  9. Thread: Willson 2950

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    I think mouthpiece choice is entirely personal....

    I think mouthpiece choice is entirely personal. For me the answer is yes because I play a 4AL. If I had a med-shank Willson, I would use a 4AM. Charlie Brighton plays a 2900BT (large shank) and uses...
  10. Thread: Willson 2950

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    The solo euphonium of the New England Brass Band,...

    The solo euphonium of the New England Brass Band, Aaron Rivkin, played a Willson 2900 (medium shank) and sounded great. Even though he got his masters from RNCM under Steven Mead, he played the 2900...
  11. Wow, this really motivates me to go out and...

    Wow, this really motivates me to go out and purchase some of these instruments!
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    Sticky: Hi all, I have two data points. Not...

    Hi all,

    I have two data points. Not surprisingly, since Adams horns use Bauerfeind valves as does my 11 year old Sterling, they are both virtually the same, center to center.



    Adams E3...
  13. Thread: Rusty slide

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    Barry, you da man. I stand corrected. However the...

    Barry, you da man. I stand corrected. However the effect I described is still the same..
  14. Thread: Rusty slide

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    Not rust. Just garden variety corrosion. The...

    Not rust. Just garden variety corrosion. The green stuff on the inside is normal. The brown on the outside of the slide is also normal for a wear spot. Many horns (like Besson, Sterling, etc.) have...
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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...
  23. 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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