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    Adding to that, while the 51D is an INCREDIBLY...

    Adding to that, while the 51D is an INCREDIBLY deep mouthpiece, the throat is only 7mm, compared to the 7.38 of the Wick 4AL and the 7.4 of the SMxU series, which also balances things out.
  2. Which begs the question... If it's such a...

    Which begs the question... If it's such a widespread and well-known issue, why aren't water keys on that penultimate bottom bow a standard thing these days?
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    also, doubling on different brass instruments can...

    also, doubling on different brass instruments can be a challenge because of mouthpiece sizes. I, for example, am physically unable to play the trumpet or the french horn in any decent capacity,...
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    I did miss dampers, although they've never been...

    I did miss dampers, although they've never been in there to start with.
    I ordered some and just installed them, along with the new Sovereign springs, and it does seem to help a little bit, but not...
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    Valve springs for B&H Sovereign

    Right, I have a small problem.

    The springs in my B&H Round Stamp Sovereign are... not the best anymore. They're bent out of shape (outside of my doing, but still) and lost their tension somewhat....
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    atm I'm only using one Mead spring in my...

    atm I'm only using one Mead spring in my Sovereign's 4th valve - for the rest of the valves, it feels like it's not strong enough, but other Sovereign springs I've tried also didn't fit that well...
  7. Thread: Willson 2950

    by TheJH
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    the large-shank Willsons are very underrated, but...

    the large-shank Willsons are very underrated, but they are extremely good. as Dave linked earlier, the intonation is incredible, and the sound is great. I would describe the sound more as dense,...
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    That sounds absolutely amazing! Great recording!

    That sounds absolutely amazing! Great recording!
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    Sticky: I know there's already a Sovereign on the list,...

    I know there's already a Sovereign on the list, but just checked mine to see if there's a difference between iterations/British-German made:

    B&H Round Stamp Sovereign: 6.37 cm
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    Well, one thing you should never do is use two...

    Well, one thing you should never do is use two different kinds of oils at the same time, you always have to clean your valves before applying a different kind of oil (same goes for slide grease etc)....
  11. Thread: Willson 2950TA

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    wow, if there's no hidden rot in the tubing that...

    wow, if there's no hidden rot in the tubing that might probably the best deal of the next decade! Nice one!
  12. Thread: Willson 2950TA

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    I got my second-hand 2960TA for roughly 3700...

    I got my second-hand 2960TA for roughly 3700 which is like, $4000-ish? So yeah that's a VERY low price for a professional-grade Willson.
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    Wick 5AL, 4AL (and 4,5A(B)L I guess), and...

    Wick 5AL, 4AL (and 4,5A(B)L I guess), and comparable Yamaha, Schilke and Bach variants.
    The 5 size is a good transitioning size between the smaller (6 size) and larger (4 and up size) mouthpieces....
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    inner cup shape, outer cup shape, transition from...

    inner cup shape, outer cup shape, transition from cup to throat are different. The bite of the rim is slightly more rounded on the SM4.
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    I went from a 51D to a Wick 5AL (Classic, not...

    I went from a 51D to a Wick 5AL (Classic, not Heritage). Warning though: the rim contour on a Classic Wick is a lot flatter so that might not work for you. Or it might. But the Wick has a lot bigger...
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    For my Sovereign, I actually use 1-2 for the G....

    For my Sovereign, I actually use 1-2 for the G. Somehow makes it better in tune than 1-3 or 4, although 4 is my second go-to alternate fingering.
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    Agreed. I've often read the advice that the...

    Agreed. I've often read the advice that the mouthpiece should be set on the bottom lip and the upper lip should be left 'free' so to say, or things similar to that. Well sadly I can barely play that...
  18. I would wanna buy a Yamaha 642 II Neo, a Geneva...

    I would wanna buy a Yamaha 642 II Neo, a Geneva Symphony or Cardinal, and a Besson Sovereign baritone horn
  19. Thread: lefreQue Times 4

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    Yeah just the costs of the things alone is an...

    Yeah just the costs of the things alone is an initial big nope for me.

    For the rest... When I tried them (yeeeeaaaars ago) I found the changes to be for the worse, actually. Goes to show that you...
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    I played on a 3-valve non-compensator of that...

    I played on a 3-valve non-compensator of that series for years and tried a 3-valve compensated one of a colleague euph player and both were good horns, lightweight, very quick and consistent...
  21. Thread: 3rd valve use

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    Same here. Depends on intonation, tuning,...

    Same here. Depends on intonation, tuning, response, sounds, resistance... I often use 3rd valve for my A below the staff (TC) in FF passages because I can just put a bit more air through it and be...
  22. Thread: SM4 Mouthpiece

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    Since the second half of July I've slowly been...

    Since the second half of July I've slowly been changing from my 5AL and 4AL to an SM4 as well, and I have to say... so far, I really like it. It has a similar cup depth to my 5AL, so it's not like...
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    Not gonna lie, because people are always...

    Not gonna lie, because people are always referring to the 'original Besson sound' I've always had that nagging feeling that I should buy or at least try out an old medium shank Imperial or New...
  24. Thread: Yamaha 642 Neo

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    Thinking about it, it surprises me that they...

    Thinking about it, it surprises me that they deliver it with a 51L, instead of a 51DL, which is specifically made for euphonium according to their chart.
  25. Thread: Yamaha 642 Neo

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    Honestly, I see the difference in price between...

    Honestly, I see the difference in price between the Neo and 842 similarly to the difference between a Sovereign and a Prestige. Both are professional-grade horns, but are at a different price point...
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