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  1. These used to be made just for traditional band...

    These used to be made just for traditional band music in Europe. Then Roger Bobo hit upon the idea of using one with a larger mouthpiece for "tenor tuba" repertoire because it resembled the type of...
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    The Wessex isn't bad at all. I think the Willson...

    The Wessex isn't bad at all. I think the Willson is better, but it's not 4x better.
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    Of course there's the Canadian Brass brand...

    Of course there's the Canadian Brass brand marketed by Getzen which was a re-branded Willson/Marzan 2975.

    The only other one I know of was a one-off rotary-valve compensating euphonium made by...
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    yep, Iíve always wanted one of these! Iíll let...

    yep, Iíve always wanted one of these! Iíll let you all know when I get it.
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    The rim size is (mostly) immaterial, it's the...

    The rim size is (mostly) immaterial, it's the total volume that influences the sound. I say mostly, because there is some difference, but it's more subtle. But the problem is most mouthpiece designs...
  6. There's a cool podcast that these two guys in...

    There's a cool podcast that these two guys in Berlin do, it's called the "Best Ever Brass Instrument Makers Podcast." I think I have the details of this sort of right... They told a story about how...
  7. That's really nice that they are sending extra...

    That's really nice that they are sending extra dampers and felts with the instrument now. I love the way Besson instruments play but I sold mine and moved on to something else because I had to wait 3...
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    I've met Jerry a few times and he knows his...

    I've met Jerry a few times and he knows his stuff. I'll bet that's pretty good.
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    It can absolutely damage the brass if they are in...

    It can absolutely damage the brass if they are in there too long, but vinegar is a much weaker acid than the stuff techs use to achieve the same goal. As long as you keep an eye on it and don't do it...
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    pistons - soak in distilled vinegar for about 20...

    pistons - soak in distilled vinegar for about 20 minutes and then scrub with a brush with nylon bristles. Rinse well with clean water. They typically don't need polishing, they've been honed and...
  11. blue. a bit more presence.

    blue. a bit more presence.
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    It'll work. Depending on what kind of guitar amp...

    It'll work. Depending on what kind of guitar amp you have it may or may not sound OK. Guitar amps are generally designed to provide a colored sound that compliments the sound of the electric guitar....
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    I suggest a waxed linen thread like they'd use to...

    I suggest a waxed linen thread like they'd use to sew leather. There's a diagram on the Berger serpents page that shows how to wrap it. https://serpents.ch/sample-page/mundstueck/?lang=en

    As far...
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    I don't believe I have one of JC's anymore, but I...

    I don't believe I have one of JC's anymore, but I used to -- and I have some other wooden mouthpieces I use on serpent. On euphonium it's a little softer and less focused, maybe a little buzzy. It's...
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    http://www.jcsherman.net/rogers-serpent-mouthpiece...

    http://www.jcsherman.net/rogers-serpent-mouthpieces
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    1. because they can. many tubas are designed so...

    1. because they can. many tubas are designed so the slides are easily accessible in playing position. this is not so much the case with the standard modern euphonium design. some euphoniums have a...
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    It looks nice. This era isn't particularly...

    It looks nice. This era isn't particularly collectible and there aren't many playing opportunities where it'd fit in. It's probably in high pitch (A=452ish) and intonation and response probably...
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    Most of the L&H imports from this period I've...

    Most of the L&H imports from this period I've seen were Bohemian imports manufactured by Bohland & Fuchs, but if yours says France on it it wouldn't surprise me. These come along fairly often on eBay...
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    Well this is weird: ...

    Well this is weird:

    http://www.vfcerveny.cz/en/news/375-cerveny-is-still-producing

    I'll bet the full story is interesting, because I'm confused. Might be new ownership or emerging from...
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    That's interesting. There was a recent thread...

    That's interesting. There was a recent thread where we discussed the apparent fact that Cerveny/Amati had gone out of business and their workers and designs had shifted over to Lidl. But now there's...
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    tuning trigger seems to use something like a...

    tuning trigger seems to use something like a bicycle cable for the linkage which is a nice solution I wish more brass instrument makers would look at.
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    Here's a video about the prototype from March...

    Here's a video about the prototype from March 2019

    https://www.facebook.com/GenevaInstruments/posts/2130449787009934

    And a review from Aug. 2019
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    It's been out almost a year, the only player I...

    It's been out almost a year, the only player I know of using one is Steve Ridler in the Fairey Band. Given the unusual design it might be difficult to find converts. Almost all of Black Dyke is...
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    Small room is bad in many ways, so your best bet...

    Small room is bad in many ways, so your best bet is to get as direct a sound from the instrument as you can in order to minimize the sound of the room as much as you can. SM57 is going to have a...
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    Gotcha. It's fun to visit brass instrument...

    Gotcha. It's fun to visit brass instrument factories even if they aren't making instruments you'd want to buy yourself. Lidl is in Brno, I believe. I haven't heard that they've been making any of the...
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