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  1. I'm ignorant about such things. How much does the...

    I'm ignorant about such things. How much does the valve change the key/pitch? It's a pretty cool-looking old horn!
  2. To some extent, yes. That is what makes comparing...

    To some extent, yes. That is what makes comparing them difficult. Another approach that would help in one way is for me to spend at least a week on a single mouthpiece, then record excerpts. Then...
  3. Without commenting too much on the outcome, let...

    Without commenting too much on the outcome, let me say that the DC3 is a bit harder to play when life gets intense in the higher registers. That is a factor in my overall decision. I suspect the next...
  4. Large Room Test #2: Wick 4AL vs Alliance DC3 (David Childs Signature)

    Here is the 2nd round (same session; different video clip assembly). The DC3 is a similar width to the 4AL, but feels slightly larger than my own 4AL (perhaps due to rim shape). The DC3 has a...
  5. I appreciate all the comments so far! I am not...

    I appreciate all the comments so far! I am not saying much about the sound comparison myself so I don't influence this conversation.

    FYI, the other 2 videos I'll post soon are the same session,...
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    Nice horn! I hope you don't mind that I changed...

    Nice horn! I hope you don't mind that I changed the subject line to include "Antique Finish." That sets it apart from most other horns and might draw someone's interest a little quicker.
  7. I DO enjoy playing the DC4, but when I switch...

    I DO enjoy playing the DC4, but when I switch back to the 4AL (like for this test) it is also fun to play. Mostly I think the DC4 is slightly easier to play, but only slightly.
  8. Thanks! I think that is partly because many folks...

    Thanks! I think that is partly because many folks rely only on their tongue to play those. But that is the lesser of the input the music needs from us. Mostly it is air. Here is a video I did just on...
  9. Large Room Test: Wick 4AL vs Alliance DC4

    OK, here is the first of 3. This one compares my 4AL with my DC4, using my church sanctuary. For this one I deliberately had the mic well back in the room to give a better perspective of what a...
  10. Micah, Maybe I missed a post about it, but I'm...

    Micah,

    Maybe I missed a post about it, but I'm not aware of how a player can purchase the music. Is there a source at this point? Thanks!
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    It is the older version of the mic I talk about...

    It is the older version of the mic I talk about here:

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/entry.php/793-Recording-Options-for-Good-Quality
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    Well, THAT is interesting! For a while I switched...

    Well, THAT is interesting! For a while I switched from a 4AL to an SM4U (I assume that is what you mean). The 4U gave me better articulation! In theory, according to the Bach mouthpiece manual, a...
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    I think we have a few folks here who are more...

    I think we have a few folks here who are more into trombone than I, but my instincts are the same as yours. FWIW, here is an anniversary model that is listed for $2,500. NOTE: that doesn't mean it...
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    New Setup for Mouthpiece Test

    I'm working on a video comparing a Wick 4AL, and Alliance DC3, and an Alliance DC4. My home tests are done with the mic within a foot of the bell's edge, and that can show some factors. But what I...
  15. Um, probably not. In my experience they A) don't...

    Um, probably not. In my experience they A) don't have enough samples of a popular horn to have much choice about what to send (I know that is the case here), and B) there really isn't much a...
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    If I understand correctly, I think that's called...

    If I understand correctly, I think that's called a reverse slide. Usually (not sure if that is why in this case) it is done so the sound moving through the tubing can slide OVER the joint instead of...
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    Welcome to the forum! I don't know about that...

    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't know about that model, or even the current generation of Blessing. I played one about 30 years ago that was a Conn 88H copy. It played fairly well but seemed a little...
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    Welcome to the forum! As with most things on...

    Welcome to the forum!

    As with most things on euphonium, when you build high range you want to do so gradually, consistently, AND correctly. There are "shortcuts" that people try, like shifting the...
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    As with John, I can't think of any other than the...

    As with John, I can't think of any other than the Sinfonico and Adams. Certainly not the major brands (Besson, Yamaha, Willson). Miraphone does some things in a traditional way, but I don't know the...
  20. Ooooo, I LOVE a challenge! I'm overqualified for...

    Ooooo, I LOVE a challenge! I'm overqualified for AARP myself, but I may try that phrase near the end. The loud part is up high, which saves air, and then you are in a diminuendo, so...maybe. But I...
  21. I see what you mean. although the seller says all...

    I see what you mean. although the seller says all valves and slides move smoothly. That would lead me to wonder about the alignment issue. I did not notice the patch...or rather, I thought it was a...
  22. FS: Besson 4-Valve Compensating Euphonium in Lacquer - Medium Shank

    This listing looks pretty good. The horn shows some wear and dents, but nothing out of the ordinary. The ugliest thing I can see is the bell rim, which could stand some straightening (I think most...
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    FS: Willson 2900B in Silver

    This is an auction starting at $1,999.99. Naturally I expect it to go much higher, but it could still end up as a bargain. The condition looks like it's what I would call "good, used." There are some...
  24. Thanks, Rick. That is very well done! I saw it...

    Thanks, Rick. That is very well done!

    I saw it on my Facebook feed, but nowhere else. How did you come across it? (Just curious)
  25. I'll see what I can do about clips from a larger...

    I'll see what I can do about clips from a larger room. In a couple weeks I have a tentative recording session planned in my church's sanctuary, and Sara won't be there. Do a mouthpiece comparison...
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