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    I just re-habbed an older Yamaha YAH-201 student...

    I just re-habbed an older Yamaha YAH-201 student model alto horn belonging to the New England Brass Band. I purchased a DW 2 tenor horn mouthpiece that fits the leadpipe/receiver just fine.

    Doug
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    Will, I preferred the euro shank on these...

    Will,

    I preferred the euro shank on these horns. I felt that the intonation, response, and sound was slightly better. If you already play a Doug Elliott, Wick, or DEG mouthpiece, the euro shank is...
  3. I really do not know. The various other E3's I...

    I really do not know. The various other E3's I auditioned when I tried my horn were either .55 or .60 brass bells (no sterling silver) while mine is a .70 brass bell and had a richer sound IMHO....
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    I learn something every day. I must say I liked...

    I learn something every day. I must say I liked the old handrest better. In fact MUCH better. Never had to have it re-soldered to the inner or outer branches and I preferred the positioning. Every...
  5. Money has not been an object for me in the 5...

    Money has not been an object for me in the 5 euphoniums I have owned over the last 39 years. These include a 1980 Besson Sovereign 967, 2007 Besson Prestige 2051, a 2009 Sterling Virtuoso customized...
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    This is definitely a New Standard, but it appears...

    This is definitely a New Standard, but it appears to have the Besson Sovereign valve caps and finger buttons. The serial number 671xxx does date it to 1982 which means it has a large shank receiver....
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    The handrest changed with the introduction of the...

    The handrest changed with the introduction of the 967GS (full floating leadpipe) in the mid 90's. The Round stamps had the early handrest and the metal tab valve guides. Then Besson switched in the...
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    Proud of you guys even if you did get your butts...

    Proud of you guys even if you did get your butts kicked at the Little Big Horn.
  9. New England Brass Band - Wilmington, MA -Immediate Opening!!!!

    I am re-posting this as a new thread since the person who committed to our solo euphonium chair had to pull out at the last minute due to health problems.

    Vacancies:

    New England Brass Band...
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    I prefer to NOT use a lap pad or pillow. I use a...

    I prefer to NOT use a lap pad or pillow. I use a "guitar foot rest" under my left foot at my home studio. I often prop my left foot up on the leg of a chair by raising my heel against thee left front...
  11. Thread: SM3U vs BB1

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    These are two radically different mouthpieces....

    These are two radically different mouthpieces. The SM3U is a wide/deep mouthpiece that is significantly larger in rim diameter (26.4mm) than the 51D (25.55mm). The 51D plays smaller though it has a...
  12. As long as both of them are medium shank, they...

    As long as both of them are medium shank, they are essentially the same horn produced at the same facility to the same acoustic spec. The only difference was valve caps, finger buttons, and...
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    To add to Dave Werden's list of mouthpieces, Wick...

    To add to Dave Werden's list of mouthpieces, Wick makes a 4AY (similar to 4AL and 4AM but small shank). This is what I use on a Yamaha 321, but it is not a beginners mouthpiece. Also, the Yamaha 48...
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    To be honest, in general, the mouthpiece will be...

    To be honest, in general, the mouthpiece will be a pretty significant determining factor. When I play a Yamaha 321 with a Wick 4AY, I sound pretty "big" and would not feel bad about playing in any...
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    David Bandman played a 321 exclusively until he...

    David Bandman played a 321 exclusively until he purchased a Besson 2051 (small bell) Prestige. I know he uses a small mouthpiece (Bach 7 to 12) on the 321 and am not sure what he uses on the 2051.
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    Mike, Congratulations. Let me know how the horn...

    Mike, Congratulations. Let me know how the horn plays wrt to pitch. I am happy with my E3, but find the 6th partial being in tune causes problems trying to play in pitch with seatmates who play...
  17. I use the Gard bag. I have taken my baritone to...

    I use the Gard bag. I have taken my baritone to England twice with the bag in the overhead. I have toted it all around England, Wales and Scotland on the London Tube, and trains.

    Pro: It is...
  18. Thread: Yamaha 642 Neo

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    Dave I am in full agreement. I am not completely...

    Dave I am in full agreement. I am not completely certain why Misa Mead plays a 967T (Sovereign with a trigger), but note that the leadpipe of the Sovereign makes it more suitable for a smaller player...
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    Mike, I will take the Doug Elliott XT J cup....

    Mike,

    I will take the Doug Elliott XT J cup. $50
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    Dean, Wagner tubas are designed to be played...

    Dean,

    Wagner tubas are designed to be played by french horn players. The valves are left handed and the lead pip is VERY skinny. Is the horn in the picture left or right handed. If it is right...
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    Natalie, Some facetious and serious tips: 1....

    Natalie, Some facetious and serious tips:

    1. Regarding nail care: I find that gnawing on mine suffices. Occasionally I gnaw too far but it has never stopped me from playing.

    2. Regarding hand...
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    Ater selling my 2007 Prestige 2051, I bought a...

    Ater selling my 2007 Prestige 2051, I bought a 2001 967 in silver for around $3,500. The horn was in superb shape, everything about it was perfect, valves were good, and it played well. I ended up...
  23. Great article. Though I have been playing in...

    Great article. Though I have been playing in British brass bands since the summer of 2008, I first heard/saw this essential information presented by Helen Harrelson at the first NABBSS in 2014 (?)....
  24. The serial number for this horn (551178)...

    The serial number for this horn (551178) indicates this is definitely a 1971-1974 instrument, likely 1972 or 1973 but definitely not 1950s. It could well be a large shank horn from the factory. I...
  25. SOLD -Cronkhite Gig Bag for Sale - Good Price - $120

    Back in 2007, I asked Steven Mead how he transported his horn for International travel. He told me he used a Cronkhite Gig bag. His answer:

    "Hello Douglas,

    I highly recommend a good gig bag for...
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