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  1. What Rick says is absolutely correct. Given that...

    What Rick says is absolutely correct. Given that you don't have any experience with maintenance and repair at this point, taking it to someone to check it out is a good idea. However, if your...
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    It appears that the new web site for this shop is...

    It appears that the new web site for this shop is http://semusical.com/ .
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    Shoot an email to Dan Schultz...

    Shoot an email to Dan Schultz (http://thevillagetinker.com/) and see if he might have some lying around. Also, you might ask him about the feasibility of using valve cluster from some other brand...
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    If you are reluctant to learn Eb fingerings, keep...

    If you are reluctant to learn Eb fingerings, keep in mind that it is in fact quite possible to play the Tuba Christmas Tuba 1 part on a 4-valve large-bore euphonium. I've done it several times on my...
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    You REALLY REALLY should read this entire thread...

    You REALLY REALLY should read this entire thread before you make any decision about the Mighty Midget: http://www.dwerden.com/forum/showthread.php/22842-Old-old-OLD-and-trying-to-get-back-in

    Note...
  6. My wife watches those fixer-upper/house-flipping...

    My wife watches those fixer-upper/house-flipping shows (there seem to be hundreds of them now) ALL the time. Luckily she only has a kind of fantasy/theoretical interest in them. :rolleyes: This...
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    No. But 72 is old. You'll see. :rolleyes: ...

    No. But 72 is old. You'll see. :rolleyes:

    (Although now that I got my back fixed, I really feel no older than ... well ... maybe 65. It's just the comorbidities that get you at an accelerating...
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    While in the abstract I very much like the idea...

    While in the abstract I very much like the idea of using some sort of tablet for displaying my sheet music, and playing from it, as a practical matter my own feeling is that the current technology is...
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    This is a good thing to keep in mind, and I'm...

    This is a good thing to keep in mind, and I'm loathe to make generalizations (particularly not knowing what sort of printers/scanners people "typically" have), but I don't think I've encountered a...
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    One of my major pet peeves is how way too many...

    One of my major pet peeves is how way too many people approach writing on music in community bands I've played in. This is currently not a problem since the band I'm playing in has a completely...
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    The whole Visitor Message thing is very poorly...

    The whole Visitor Message thing is very poorly implemented (and maybe was never fully thought through or fully implemented or certainly tested by a sane human). That being said, I've discovered that...
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    But surely a real artist wouldn't be influenced...

    But surely a real artist wouldn't be influenced by that. :rolleyes:

    I wonder if, instead of getting a euphonium first and then attaching plates to it, anyone has tried buying a set of plates first...
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    Sounds like you're pressing the mouthpiece too...

    Sounds like you're pressing the mouthpiece too forcefully against your lips/teeth. The Doug Elliott suggestion is a good one.
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    Yes, this is what I did (i.e., I did it -- not a...

    Yes, this is what I did (i.e., I did it -- not a tech) to the 1st valve slide on my Cerveny 781 BBb horn. It's quite simple to do IF the slide legs are really parallel. I then used standard valve...
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    You might want to reconsider this. I don't quite...

    You might want to reconsider this. I don't quite get the claim that running your furnace air circulation system is "supposed to keep the humidity down". In the absence of central air conditioning,...
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    Valve front euphoniums with piston valves and...

    Valve front euphoniums with piston valves and upright bells are unusual. Valve front euphoniums with rotary valves and upright bells are not all that uncommon in certain areas (and Cerveny currently...
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    This is pretty much the old home remedy. ...

    This is pretty much the old home remedy. Sometimes it works, but it depends on "how stuck" the slide is. I have seen it result in putting a dent/crease in the inner part of the slide crook.

    FYI,...
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    What to look for is always the same: The extra...

    What to look for is always the same: The extra tubing (which then also leads to longer valves because they have to support two runs of tubing going through them).

    As a simplistic approach, if you...
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    That horn may have (probably has?) the medium...

    That horn may have (probably has?) the medium shank European receiver -- like my Amati of the same vintage does. You can get one from Doug that will interchange into the DE cup you have.

    I've...
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    You mean like more places in the music? Or more...

    You mean like more places in the music? Or more shady places like bars, parties, bandas, etc? :cool:
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    I'm not trying to be obstinate, but what is that...

    I'm not trying to be obstinate, but what is that comparison useful FOR? What does it give you an idea OF? What does it provide to you other than just knowing the raw data on thickness? From the...
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    Yes. But in addition to how it's worked, it's...

    Yes. But in addition to how it's worked, it's also the specific alloy and the type and thickness of the plating. My 1924 Buescher (at least double thickness sliver plated) tuba and 1965 Amati oval...
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    I've read through this Rev. Proc. and don't see...

    I've read through this Rev. Proc. and don't see where this in any way permits the deduction of travel expenses to/from community band rehearsals and other events. It seems to discuss deductions taken...
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    The last time I looked into this in detail, this...

    The last time I looked into this in detail, this kind of stuff just couldn't legally be done. It's similar to deducting for services to the organization that you might contribute as -- for example...
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    Yes. The reason for my question about the...

    Yes. The reason for my question about the clarinet preference is that among the most common (non-double reed) woodwinds, clarinet is sure the most challenging and demanding.
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