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    If he's just beginning, a small shank Bach 6.5AL...

    If he's just beginning, a small shank Bach 6.5AL would be a good choice I think. Yamaha 48 is an option too, or a Wick 6BS.
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    That's actually what I do on my Willson. I tend...

    That's actually what I do on my Willson. I tend to use my 5AL instead of my 4AL or SM4 because it feels like I can control the horn just a little bit better. Intonation, articulation, volume and...
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    Well, depends what you want from your upgrade. I...

    Well, depends what you want from your upgrade.
    I went from my Schilke 51D to the Wick 5AL for a couple of reasons:
    - More open throat to reduce resistance;
    - The rim shape felt better (this is...
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    Agreed. 24mm diameter is unecessarily torturing...

    Agreed. 24mm diameter is unecessarily torturing yourself. As someome that started out on a Besson 5 mouthpiece, which is basically a Bach 7C with a insanely wide rim, until I was 18; that's what it's...
  5. In the case of tubas and trumpets, constantly...

    In the case of tubas and trumpets, constantly having to move tuning slides sounds like an even bigger pain to me personally, both literally and figuratively. French Horns didn't have any other way to...
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    One of my fellow euph players in one of my bands...

    One of my fellow euph players in one of my bands actually went down in size from a 3AL to a 4AL, mostly because it was just that much easier to play on. With the 3AL he had this HUGE, loud sound that...
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    I honestly don't really care about plating and...

    I honestly don't really care about plating and materials. As long as the damn things sound good, fit me, don't rot away under my hands and don't cause harmful physical reactions or activate allergies...
  8. Thread: Steven Mead

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    So, first time (and only time so far) I met...

    So, first time (and only time so far) I met Steven Mead was at a workshop day (with a concert with the brass band it was organised by in the evening) when I was... 14 years old I believe (gosh that's...
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    Agreed. Bell-front instruments are only really...

    Agreed. Bell-front instruments are only really useful for marching, and even then they are uncommon even in the typical fanfare orchestras when they march. I have also seen a laquered 1984/1985...
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    This happened when I was 10 or 11. We had...

    This happened when I was 10 or 11.
    We had finished marching through the village at at the local fair and were packing in our instruments when my baritone (open-wrap Besson New Standard) that I was...
  11. Thread: Geneva Baritone

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    I guess one of the advantages of having a trigger...

    I guess one of the advantages of having a trigger as standard compared to a compensating system is that you take away any additional resistance created by the compensating system, along with some...
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    I genuinely wish I'd been taught with Arban when...

    I genuinely wish I'd been taught with Arban when I was younger (sometimes I forget I'm only 24, yikes), I feel like I'm missing so much finger speed and coordination because of it compared to people...
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    Be careful to note that on the 621, the 4th valve...

    Be careful to note that on the 621, the 4th valve is inbetween the 3rd valve tubing wrap and the main tubing on the back, so ergonomics are... interesting
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    For me it's the following: 'Pedal' refers to...

    For me it's the following:
    'Pedal' refers to everything from pedal (or fundamental/1st harmonic) concert Bb/tc C down.
    'Low [note]' refers to everything inbetween 2nd partial concert Bb and pedal...
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    Mike Cavanagh uses a Besson 955 actually. And...

    Mike Cavanagh uses a Besson 955 actually.
    And agreed, Katrina Marzella's sound is a great inspiration and something to strive for, although I personally like a slightly clearer sound when playing...
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    I had to use a 4v in-line instrument for 2/3...

    I had to use a 4v in-line instrument for 2/3 weeks when my main euph was in for maintenance, and I HATED it. Mainly because I am used to holding my euph while sitting down instead of putting it on my...
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    I wonder if they have tested the new Prestige...

    I wonder if they have tested the new Prestige leadpipe on the Sovereign as an experiment, since according to Steven Mead, he barely has to use the trigger on his Prestige anymore to manage the...
  18. A couple of days ago I watched this video of...

    A couple of days ago I watched this video of Besson featuring Steven Mead, telling about his experiences with Besson.
    Interesting is the part from the 29:25-ish minute mark....
  19. How different were the ergonomics compared to...

    How different were the ergonomics compared to your Besson Prestige? Back in 2015-ish, that was my main gripe with the Genevas, mostly the way the valve cluster was positioned compared to the leadpipe...
  20. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    I just checked the price of a new Neo with...

    I just checked the price of a new Neo with trigger, and it's €7.3K-ish, which would be the equivalent of roughly GBP6.700 and $8.6K
  21. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Yamaha Neo+Trigger would be roughly 1K-1.5K more...

    Yamaha Neo+Trigger would be roughly 1K-1.5K more than that Geneva.

    Also, be careful especially with the Geneva since ergonomics are quite different between it and a Besson. Something you would...
  22. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    What do you mean with 'little tube beside the...

    What do you mean with 'little tube beside the bell'?
    Do you mean the leadpipe (where the mouthpiece goes into) or the handrest (parallel to the valves)?
  23. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Yep, Doug provided a bit more information on that...

    Yep, Doug provided a bit more information on that above. In other words, those are definitely try-before-buying instruments.
  24. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Also, it's made in 2004, which is in the 'risk...

    Also, it's made in 2004, which is in the 'risk period' of Besson, iirc.
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    One of my bands had a flugelhorn player play euph...

    One of my bands had a flugelhorn player play euph because our 2nd euph player suddenly couldn't attend the concert, and he used a... Wick 6BL I think? He borrowed my Willson and sounded really damn...
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