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    I've had the same experience with mouthpieces --...

    I've had the same experience with mouthpieces -- both in terms of using a smaller piece to get a note and then going back to the larger one, and using a larger piece to get the (low) note and then...
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    You have my sympathies John. We've never had...

    You have my sympathies John. We've never had that kind of damage here. But we do have surge protectors on our surge protectors. I think that with a powerful enough hit, nothing will do much good....
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    However one feels about the benefits of playing...

    However one feels about the benefits of playing or listening to music, there are some wonderful examples of pseudo-science in this particular "research paper". It's a great mishmash of references and...
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    It's not exactly rocket science (although the...

    It's not exactly rocket science (although the actual acoustic theory gets pretty hairy). Having been a woodwind player in my youth (grade school through college), in my mid-40s I decided to play...
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    In my experience, some of the best PRACTICAL...

    In my experience, some of the best PRACTICAL fingering charts are here

    For non-compensating 4-valve BBb tuba: https://norlanbewley.com/bewleymusic/tuba-fingering-charts/4-valve-bbb-tuba-nc/
    For...
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    That's pretty much what I expected. In that...

    That's pretty much what I expected. In that case, I'd be inclined to use some sort of strong bonding agent (glue -- probably an epoxy). Or better, if it's possible, actually work the joint free and...
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    Just as a matter of curiosity, WHERE are the...

    Just as a matter of curiosity, WHERE are the leaks? It's just hard for me to imagine choosing silicone seal to solve any particular leak problems that I'd encounter with such an instrument.
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    Piston valve tubas in general are fine. In fact,...

    Piston valve tubas in general are fine. In fact, they're usually great. I have two. I used to play a Cerveny rotary tuba, and it too was great, but I prefer the "feel" of piston valves. However,...
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    I like the look of the piston horn more. But my...

    I like the look of the piston horn more. But my GUESS is that the rotary would be a safer pick if you can't test both of them. While it's possible to screw up both rotary and piston valves, rotary...
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    I got a variant of that for Christmas from my...

    I got a variant of that for Christmas from my wife. Oddly prescient.
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    As someone who once had experience working in a...

    As someone who once had experience working in a French group, allow me to suggest "breath control".
    Or alternatively, possibly the closest single word may be "projection".
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    It took me about 6 months of trial & error and...

    It took me about 6 months of trial & error and some physical modifications to adapt my bass trombone TO ME (one of Yeo's primary strong recommendations). This involved installing a Bullet Brace left...
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    From the other Doug's (Yeo) web site ... My...

    From the other Doug's (Yeo) web site ...


    My teacher, Edward Kleinhammer (retired bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) once told me this true story about doubling:

    One...
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    On the other hand, war tends to produce fairly...

    On the other hand, war tends to produce fairly full employment. This disaster is in the process of producing the opposite -- in an economy that had achieved what was pretty much full employment. And...
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    To introduce another dimension -- and I hope no...

    To introduce another dimension -- and I hope no one is offended by this -- and with the full disclosure that I'm 72 and zeroing in on 73 ...

    My experience in several community bands is that ......
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    I hope the Olds works out. If it doesn't and you...

    I hope the Olds works out. If it doesn't and you can't find anything else, you might take a look at https://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/used-euphoniums/.
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    It's true that there are a lot of the Olds...

    It's true that there are a lot of the Olds Ambassadors out there. SOME of them are in good condition and playable. But many have been "used, abused, and put up wet" (as my wife has described some...
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    These kinds of questions -- as is usually the...

    These kinds of questions -- as is usually the case -- start to resolve along the lines of a distinction between what a composer intended or expected in terms of a particular sound vs. what can be...
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    Yes (I suppose to repeat), mostly: This ...

    Yes (I suppose to repeat), mostly:

    This



    and this:
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    In a lot of cases you'll get a Master's on your...

    In a lot of cases you'll get a Master's on your way to the Ph.D. anyway -- you just don't want to view it as an "intermediate step" or "pre-requisite" for getting the Ph.D. since that separate step...
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    I've never been able to use the 120S -- it seems...

    I've never been able to use the 120S -- it seems to suck the air out of my lungs. Over time (about 20 years) I also came to prefer the bowl (German) style tuba mouthpieces to the Hellebergs, though...
  22. The tech should be able to just expand the inner...

    The tech should be able to just expand the inner slide a bit by using one or two expander balls. So pretty much just a couple of minutes of "work". But even then -- as Dave said -- you're looking...
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    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb...

    If you're just talking about a simple straight Bb trombone, a whole lot of people (including Doug Elliott) think very highly of the Yamaha line, including models like the YSL 354 which is officially...
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    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the...

    Actually, it's considerably worse because of the increase in graduate departments that recruit -- and then award degrees to -- people who can't get those jobs. Still, there are professional...
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    If the environment for these jobs was not the...

    If the environment for these jobs was not the university (bastion of intellect, education, and preserver of academic freedom and our accumulated knowledge) there would be talk of company towns and...
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