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    Tolerant Spouses

    It's a common theme with some brass players. Those who have a few horns are appreciative of a tolerant spouse who accepts the expense and storage ramifications. (John Morgan has often talked about how great his wife is in this regard.) But check this out - a post from Charley Brighton in England. What you see here is only a part of his flock!

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    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Indeed!! That IS a very nice flock of euphoniums. Now comes the silly question. Is "flock" correct? There can be a gaggle of geese, a flock of birds, a murder of crows, a pod of whales and a school of fish. What do you call a bunch of euphoniums other than a bunch of euphoniums? I think maybe a compensation of euphoniums, ja? Or maybe a fourvalvery of euphoniums, ja? Or maybe a murderous gaggle of euphoniums.

    My wife was and is an absolute gem when it comes to me getting euphoniums or any instrument for that matter. Never a no in my entire marriage which is in the 5th decade. And she is the ultimate groupie, comes to every single rehearsal I have in whatever musical group, and to every performance. She also plays in one of the concert bands that I play in (she is a percussionist). I could not ask for a better wife, I am a very lucky man!!
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

  3. Charley's wife plays baritone. Charley has converted his passion for vintage euphoniums into a business, servicing and restoring all kinds of horns. He is talented and patient. I have spent quite a bit of time with Charley and his collection. Couldn't meet a nicer man and Sue (his wife) is terrific too!
    Sterling Virtuoso 1065HGS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HGS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

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    I’ve just received a wonderful new euphonium as a 44th wedding anniversary present.

    My non-musical spouse couldn’t be more “tolerant”.

    He left for yesterday’s outdoor concert before I did, to help set up seating, comes to every single concert I play in, and provides coverage when a baby sitting emergency comes up during my practice time.

    In short, BEYOND tolerance!

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    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    My wife who I’ve been married to for over 50 years is also very tolerant. About eight years ago I was drooling over the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador horn but thought it was too expensive. She said, “why not go ahead and get it?” So I did. I also prefer to practice in the living room due to the vaulted ceiling and larger room where it sounds better. No problem she says.

    Also like to add that Charley Brighton is indeed a really nice fellow. Many years ago we swapped emails and he sent me some music via ‘land mail’ - or over-sea mail at no cost to me.
    Last edited by RickF; 10-25-2021 at 12:26 PM.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank

    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    El Cumbanchero (Raphael Hernandes, arr. Naohiro Iwai)
    Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed)

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    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Summerville (SC)
    My wife mostly suffers in silence my practise sessions ... )

    She has patiently tolerated my wandering-eye affairs with the flugel horn, Bb trumpet, short and soprano cornets, and finally... My discovery of the euphonium -- my true and forever brassy love.

    Yet the whole concept of "I need to upgrade my eupho, Dear!" seems to be obscure to her, at least for the time being... I must get a lot better at playing on my Festivo, and finding adoptive Daddies for my extant murder(!) of horns before she possibly relents again to my, Ahem... Yearnings for euphonological upgrades.

    (!) Note... To my non-brassophilic wife, my playing horns feels not quite as musical as the call of crows, hence my little harem of horns would be deemed but a.... Murder of horns at best *Grins!*

    Regards, Guido
    Last edited by guidocorona; 10-25-2021 at 10:39 AM.
    Wessex EP104 Festivo + DC4, SM4U

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    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Sacramento, CA area
    Quote Originally Posted by John Morgan View Post
    Now comes the silly question. Is "flock" correct?
    I have never heard an actual answer to this one, but I am going to try a couple answers of my own. Five or more euphoniums (or any brass instrument) in one place is a "band" or maybe a "racket". Depending on how well they are playing together (smile/joke).

    Loving all the horn candy we see in this group. - Sara
    Baritone - 3 Valve, Compensating, JinBao JBBR1240

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    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Summerville (SC)
    Congratulation Ann for your 44th.... And for your new euphonium!

    With apologies for my minor derailing of this delightful thread, here is a question for you Ann... What wonderful horn did you adopt at the conclusion of your quest?

    Regards, Guido
    Wessex EP104 Festivo + DC4, SM4U

  9. My wife, it turns out, is tolerant because of my euphonium habit. When I was just collecting trombones, she was tolerant as long as I didn't use household money for it (and as long as I don't play scales or exercises - those drive her crazy she says). She didn't really want to hear trombones when she was trying to watch Survivor or something. But when I started playing euphonium, that sound was mellower, and she prefers it. If I had bought 3 more trombones, she would have looked askance, but when I bought 3 euphoniums, well, that's ok with her. Maybe I can sneak a compact valve trombone in there and tell her it's a euphonium... She bought me a Yamaha Silent Brass mute for trombone (which actually works great), but no such "gift" for euph yet.
    Last edited by hyperbolica; 10-25-2021 at 02:03 PM.


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