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    Great story Ann! One is never too young or old...

    Great story Ann! One is never too young or old to learn something new!!! Keep at it!!!
  2. Sold! Thanks to all for their inquiries, and...

    Sold! Thanks to all for their inquiries, and special thanks to Dave and Rick for their thoughts on the Adams!
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    Awesome stuff. Congrats!!!

    Awesome stuff. Congrats!!!
  4. The Adams is still available Roger. I replied to...

    The Adams is still available Roger. I replied to your email.
  5. Thanks for the plug Dave. It's a great horn, but...

    Thanks for the plug Dave. It's a great horn, but I need to downsize my euphonium collection and the Adams E1 is the one I play the least.

    I'll be listing this on eBay soon if I don't get any...
  6. Price reduced to $4,500.

    Price reduced to $4,500.
  7. Price reduced to $5,000 with a Yamaha hard shell...

    Price reduced to $5,000 with a Yamaha hard shell case instead of the Marcus Bonna.
  8. If one is looking to audition for top spots but...

    If one is looking to audition for top spots but is unsure when opportunities may arise, being close to audition shape at all times is going to be the best course of action. In my case, I want to...
  9. It's a good watch - especially if you've never...

    It's a good watch - especially if you've never been in a Steve Mead masterclass or had private lessons with him. It is breathing-centric with some buzzing to match - and if one doesn't have...
  10. FS: Adams E1 Custom euphonium with sterling silver bell and trigger

    Hello all,

    I recently picked up an Adams E3 Custom, and to help fund that I am reluctanty offering my Adams E1 Custom for sale. It is a few years old, has .55 gauge thickness with a sterling...
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    I suspect Besson wasn't terribly keen on Mead...

    I suspect Besson wasn't terribly keen on Mead putting lefreque plates on their premiere euphoniums in the first place. Mead is a Besson artist, and the use of lefreques suggests their 2052s don't...
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    Ahhhh lefreQues.....they are always good for a...

    Ahhhh lefreQues.....they are always good for a bit of a debate.

    I've tried lefreQues and found them to be a placibo effect. When you first put them on, your brain is expecting there to be a...
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    In my case there is a learning curve with the...

    In my case there is a learning curve with the sterling silver bell, and for solo work I need to work on methods to utilize the material to take advantage of its qualities. I've been maining my red...
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    I have a Sterling Virtuoso with a red brass bell,...

    I have a Sterling Virtuoso with a red brass bell, and an Adams E1 with a sterling silver bell along with an overall thinner gauge than the Sterling. I find the above descriptions describing the...
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    I feel your pain on the Sterling side of things. ...

    I feel your pain on the Sterling side of things. I've been trying to date my Sterling Virtuoso euphonium for years to no avail. Paul Riggett has told me a couple times he'd look it up but he's...
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    Bravo!!

    Bravo!!
  17. Several times I've been in solo or competitive...

    Several times I've been in solo or competitive situations where warm-up time is very limited. It would be interesting to hear how Dave has prepared for similar situations throughout his career!
  18. Thanks to John, Dave, and Mike for their...

    Thanks to John, Dave, and Mike for their responses. Kevin Powers is an hour and a half from my house, and he's a former employee of Custom Music with extensive Sterling experience. I've contacted...
  19. Michigan / midwest brass repair recommendations

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for recommendations for brass repair shops in the Michigan and surrounding area to do some work on my Sterling Virtuoso euphonium. I asked Dave for a suggestion last week, and...
  20. The last time I met up with Steven Mead he...

    The last time I met up with Steven Mead he discouraged me from using a strap, saying it adds additional stress to the arm. I haven't used a strap since, however the euphonium is a heavy instrument...
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    I have an Adams E1 with a sterling silver bell...

    I have an Adams E1 with a sterling silver bell and .55 metal thickness. It has a brighter sound than my Sterling Virtuoso that I attribute rightly or wrongly to the metal thickness...although the...
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    This looks to be a Besson manufactured before...

    This looks to be a Besson manufactured before they moved to Germany. Many Besson euphoniums of the late 90s and early 2000s had quality issues while the company was experiencing financial...
  23. Stellar instrument and a good initial price that...

    Stellar instrument and a good initial price that could undoubtedly be negotiated lower. I'd consider it if I was in the market for a Besson.
  24. That is a lovely horn. $6,000 seems quite a bit...

    That is a lovely horn. $6,000 seems quite a bit on the high side though, and is likely intended to make Buy It Now offers higher.
  25. It is a BR140, and I believe it's one of Wessex's...

    It is a BR140, and I believe it's one of Wessex's earliest attempts at emulating a British baritone. It's a backup instrument that I lend out to other brass banders in my neck of the woods who need...
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