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    Kelly Mouthpieces

    So, I just got a Kelly-51D for marching band this season, but upon sticking it in my horn it bottomed out... I ordered the large shank model for my large shank marching horn, but doesn't fit the large shank, and also does not fit in at all in any small shank horn I have. Could this be a medium shank piece or just a mistake or even a mismatch of horns?

    Any ideas?
    Adams E1 SS, Gold Brass Body .6mm DE Euph N103 Jcup, J9 shank
    Meinl Weston 2141 Eb Tuba PT 84

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    Does it bottom out in your Adams? If so, then it is almost certain that it was a marking/packaging mistake and you have a medium-shank model.
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    Yes, on my Adams it bottoms out completely and does not seat at all. On the marching horn(yamaha large shank model) it goes all the way to the end of the shank and creates some seal but not perfect by any means.

    Thank you for your response Dave, I don't own, or know someone readily available that owns, a medium shank horn that I could use to confirm a mix up in the product that was sent.
    Adams E1 SS, Gold Brass Body .6mm DE Euph N103 Jcup, J9 shank
    Meinl Weston 2141 Eb Tuba PT 84

  4. The Kelly website lists both shank sizes available with the Euro Shank corresponding to a receiver diameter of .51 and the Large Shank to a receiver of .55
    Perhaps a caliper to check, but seems certain they sent you the wrong one or else this would be a more widespread reported issue. Good luck!
    Bob Tampa FL USA
    Euph -- 1984 B&H Round Stamp Sovereign 967 / 1978 Besson NS 767 / Early 90s Sterling MP: 4AL and GW Carbonaria
    Tuba -- 2014 Wisemann 900 CC / 2013 Mack 410 MP: Blokepiece Symphony American Shank and 33.2 #2 Rim

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    Can you clarify where I need to measure?
    Adams E1 SS, Gold Brass Body .6mm DE Euph N103 Jcup, J9 shank
    Meinl Weston 2141 Eb Tuba PT 84

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    1 inch from the end.

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    Definitely a medium shank mouthpiece. measurement came out to be about .515
    Adams E1 SS, Gold Brass Body .6mm DE Euph N103 Jcup, J9 shank
    Meinl Weston 2141 Eb Tuba PT 84

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    Will contact them and see what we can do. FWIW the mouthpiece is comfortable, just cant use it Xb.

    Thanks for the help all!!!
    Adams E1 SS, Gold Brass Body .6mm DE Euph N103 Jcup, J9 shank
    Meinl Weston 2141 Eb Tuba PT 84

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