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    Adams Endorsement

    Originally posted by: spkissane ...I'm curious about the long-term durability of the adjustable mouthpiece receiver...
    Given how it feels, it would never cross my mind that there could be a durability problem. The receiver itself has to be turned to bring it in or out, and the threads that is uses feel very smooth. Then when it's where you want, you tighten a thumb screw with a flat head. The whole thing feels quite substantial. In addition, there are no particular stresses on it in daily use, and I don't see any points of vulnerability. But obviously I haven't had this long-term loaner long enough to really test durability.

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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  2. #12

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    Durability could be a problem if you let crud build up in the receiver/gap/leadpipe, but other than that, I don't forsee durability being problem. An occasional drop of valve oil or a dot of slide grease on the threads ought to be sufficient to keep the thing in fine fettle.

  3. #13

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    Dave -- always like it that an artist continues his searching as a musician for the best instrument for him. I certainly came close to buying an Adams several times. Probably would have if I had taken up the Tuba Exchange's offer to try the instrument for a few days, rather than just play it in their shop. And when I did decide to get serious, I found that the Sterling silver belled one went -- I think -- to Matt Tropman.

    (By the way -- for those who have not heard, the Tuba Exchange has been sold. Vince not longer owns it. Luc Kerkhof is the new owner. Luc is a very personable, with a good vision of where he wants to take the business. I've enjoyed meeting with him and talking about a wide variety of musical subjects.)

    John

  4. #14

    Adams Endorsement

    Originally posted by: JTJ
    (By the way -- for those who have not heard, the Tuba Exchange has been sold. Vince not longer owns it. Luc Kerkhof is the new owner. Luc is a very personable, with a good vision of where he wants to take the business. I've enjoyed meeting with him and talking about a wide variety of musical subjects.)
    Is part of that vision dropping the idiotic "We'll only service your instrument if you bought it from us" policy that Vince instituted?

  5. #15

    Adams Endorsement

    pam, yes. they will service any tuba or euph, regardless where it was bought.

  6. #16

    Adams Endorsement

    Originally posted by: spkissane ...I'm curious about the long-term durability of the adjustable mouthpiece receiver.
    As I mentioned before, I think it's very well made and feels like a quality assembly. However, I just noticed on the Adams website that you can order one with a standard receiver:

    http://www.adams-music.com/nl/wf/instruments/euphonium/

    For me, though, I think it's a worthwhile option. If you happen to switch mouthpieces at some point, this might allow you to find the most comfortable setting. A new mouthpiece could change the gap to the inner leadpipe; perhaps that is partly why Adams thought of it. Every time we change to a mp with a slightly different insertion depth, we change not just the mp specs but also the gap distance, so it makes it impossible to know how much the mp affected the results and how much the wider/narrow gap affected the results.

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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    Twitter: davewerden
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    The receiver is actually one of the things that's attracting me to the horn. I'm currently on a (school-owned) Willson 2950 and a Wick SM3U, and I wrap the end of the mouthpiece in a thin layer of plumber's tape because the response (for me at least) is greatly improved with that seemingly hair's-width difference. So yeah, as long as the quality's there (and from what I'm hearing it is) I'd definitely love to get my hands on one of these.

    edit - I should also say congratulations on your affiliation with the Adams brand! I don't mean to derail the thread or anything. It's so exciting to see so many new (relatively speaking) top-level horns available now. When I started playing seriously, it seemed like the options for a professional horn were basically Willson, Besson or Yamaha. Now coming back to college after a 7-year playing hiatus, I find the options available staggering by comparison, especially for such a short period of time. The hard part now is trying to find the time and means to explore all these options!

    Sean

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    Originally posted by: spkissane ...I'd definitely love to get my hands on one of these.
    What city are you in? I'll see what I can find out.

    And thanks for the cograts! I agree with your observation and have commented in several places about how terrific it to have so many fine horns to play. Who'd have thought there are so many people out there who want to spend that much on a horn?! And don't forget that a lot of the horns being bought now (i.e. Prestige, Virtuoso, Adams, ...) are at a higher price point relatively than the Besson/Willson/Yamaha you refer to as the old choices.

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
    YouTube: dwerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    Twitter: davewerden
    Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

  9. #19

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    I'm in Indianapolis. Like I said earlier though, I'm really only "casually" in the market right now. I just started back at school this past fall, so finances are a little strict right for me right now, and the Willson I'm renting will do me fine through the end of the year.

    Still, it'd definitely be nice to try a few out sometime for when I'm able to buy my own (hopefully around the beginning of next semester, but I know too well how seldom things go according to plan so I'm not holding my breath!).



    Sean

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    Hey, I'm just a half-hour south of you, spkissasne.
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