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    That is really nice Rick. Thanks for the link. ...

    That is really nice Rick. Thanks for the link.

    John
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    I think you have to listen to good vibrato to...

    I think you have to listen to good vibrato to know what to develop. Of course, in the end it will be your sound. A couple of examples:

    Whenever I've listened to him I thought Adam Frey had a very...
  3. Thread: 51D but bigger?

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    I would talk with or email Doug Elliott. Usually...

    I would talk with or email Doug Elliott. Usually that's sort of a facile recommendation, but I think Doug could come the closest to what you want.

    John
  4. Sousa conducting the Marine Band at the White House

    Nice but short video from a 1930 newsreel of Sousa conducting the Marine Band for President Hoover at the White House. Some nice views of American Baritones, and the sound is good enough that you can...
  5. Thread: Yamaha 642 Neo

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    I never liked the 51L which ships with the 642...

    I never liked the 51L which ships with the 642 Neo, too narrow and shallow for me. I use an Alliance E2, which has the cup depth roughly of the SM3 or 3AL. When the horn is warmed up, I usually pull...
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    "Because back in the day, a guy named Blaikley...

    "Because back in the day, a guy named Blaikley was the first one to put it into use in horn construction. (I would love to have a year on this innovation, by the way.)"

    David Blaikley of Boosey &...
  7. You could add the Willson 2950/2960 to the hefty...

    You could add the Willson 2950/2960 to the hefty list.
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    "I am still rather lost when it comes to tuning...

    "I am still rather lost when it comes to tuning on the fly against other players during rehearsals, I just can't figure out if I am sharp or flat even if I sometimes know I am not in tune, so I...
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    Get a Yamaha 321, play it using a Bach 7C...

    Get a Yamaha 321, play it using a Bach 7C mouthpiece. You will seriously produce lively, high overtones, which will sound great from a trombone player's perspective. No need to spend the extra...
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    Barry is right, it was designed by Denis Wick for...

    Barry is right, it was designed by Denis Wick for his use. To read the history of the 4AL, go here https://www.deniswick.com/product/classic-trombone-mouthpiece-silver-plated/ and click on the tab...
  11. Thread: Help!

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    I've played or owned all the ones you mention...

    I've played or owned all the ones you mention (and am now playing the Neo, which is the goldilocks horn for me). It's either the Miraphone 5050 or the Adams E3 you want. Nothing feels wider than the...
  12. Thread: New Besson artist

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    They do say these things, whenever they have a...

    They do say these things, whenever they have a sponsor. Robert Vos is a top player, and I like to think these things would be sincere enough, and just not solely money driven. Generally, great...
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    Well, the truth is in the music, and so much...

    Well, the truth is in the music, and so much beautiful euphonium playing has been done on the AL series, that really all that matters is what works best for you as a player. Anything else is just...
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    Maybe it's these guys: ...

    Maybe it's these guys:

    http://www.miraphone-tubaquartett.com

    John
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    The Warburton DT is a wider mouthpiece than the...

    The Warburton DT is a wider mouthpiece than the SM4U and is comparable to the SM3U in width. The DT is shallower and more open than comparable Wicks--in short, it's a big change. I might try...
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    The old 642 can be bright & loud. When I played...

    The old 642 can be bright & loud. When I played one I found the original SM3 mitigated against those tendencies. Given your preferred cup width, I'd try the original SM4, might work.

    John
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    I think you have to try and experiment. Any of...

    I think you have to try and experiment. Any of these might work:

    51D or BB1 if you like a more American sound.
    SM5, SM5U, 5AL, 4AL, SM4, SM4U, SM4X, etc. if you like a more British sound.
    Any of...
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    "Perhaps it doesnt have the weight of sound in...

    "Perhaps it doesnt have the weight of sound in the lower register of the regular U4X..."

    Perhaps it doesn't work well for all around use....
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    WTB: Besson 967 Sovereign, German production

    For the last 7-8 years I've been playing either a Yamaha Neo or Adams. Now I'm interested in exploring the sound and playing qualities of the German 967. Cosmetics are not really important as long as...
  20. Thread: New mouthpiece

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    The BB1 is too narrow, too sharp rimmed, and too...

    The BB1 is too narrow, too sharp rimmed, and too deep for many players. Your question is based around comfort and playability, and to you the 52 feels better. That's reason enough to try one.

    John
  21. Thread: Yamaha 642 Neo

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    Yes, the Neo is closer to a Besson sound than the...

    Yes, the Neo is closer to a Besson sound than the older 642.
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    Hi Jim, I've been playing a Neo for a while now....

    Hi Jim, I've been playing a Neo for a while now. For me, the Alliance E2 (the mouthpiece which ships, or did anyway, with the Prestige) has been a great match.

    John
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    Very nicely done. Who are the members of the...

    Very nicely done. Who are the members of the quartet?

    John
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    I would look at trombone mouthpieces for a...

    I would look at trombone mouthpieces for a shallow cup and a small throat.
  25. Thread: Solo ideas

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    Here's a very pretty slow melody, "Summer Isles", by Philip Sparke:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM1cyxB5dOY

    This is a brass band version, but Sparke's web site says there is a wind band...
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