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    As someone who was in an identical situation, I...

    As someone who was in an identical situation, I bought a Randelfalk R3 and that is perfect in terms of diameter. Slightly bigger than a 4 but without ballooning into 3 dimensions; thoroughly...
  2. My 1983 Round stamp sovereign 967 was definitely...

    My 1983 Round stamp sovereign 967 was definitely made with metal tacquets, which I have since replaced with nylon Willson equivalents, It is also a popular modification to adapt the valves to have...
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    Thanks for your reply. Interesting stuff. I...

    Thanks for your reply. Interesting stuff. I don't how or why you think this is a Besson bashing exercise. It might help if I explain that I have owned, in order Boosey Solbron, Besson New...
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    Creating the perfect euphonium

    If it was possible to amalgamate the various parts of euphoniums you have owned in order to create the best of them all, what would it consist of? Having owned numerous euphoniums, largely...
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    Just out of curiosity, how much shorter are the...

    Just out of curiosity, how much shorter are the alternative tuning slides? Short enough to go from c442 to c438?
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    If an instrument is potentially worth spending...

    If an instrument is potentially worth spending any money on, itís worth playing. No review gives any indication of what an instrument actually plays like. Like food reviews, utterly pointless. ...
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    That's not true about drums sounding the same...

    That's not true about drums sounding the same from behind the kit as in front of them, demonstrably not true. It's also not true about a drum sounding the same if hit by anyone. Where drums...
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    No it isn't. Even in The Torchbearer there...

    No it isn't. Even in The Torchbearer there aren't that many, bearing in mind it's written in a key in order for difficulties' sake. I have an enormous library of test pieces, concertos, and solos,...
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    I don't believe I accused anyone here of only...

    I don't believe I accused anyone here of only being in it only for the money. The key word, possibly overlooked, is "endorsers".

    As for other people testing an instrument, how does this...
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    What Is the Value of Instrument Reviews?

    Reviews are interesting, if entirely without actual value. Endorsers are only in it for the money.

    My principle instrument is the drums and the world of drum kits really is an appalling...
  11. Besson are the Jaguar Land Rover of the euphonium...

    Besson are the Jaguar Land Rover of the euphonium world. If you get a good one it excels all others, otherwise youíll end up with something thatís charming and luxurious but youíll never quite know...
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    Unpopular? The word you're looking for is...

    Unpopular? The word you're looking for is "wrong". :)

    24mm is small even for a baritone horn let alone a euphonium. There is a sweet spot that allows projection with a full sound that doesn't...
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    Surely in the case is the best place for it? ...

    Surely in the case is the best place for it? Unless it's being played my euphonium is in its case. No reason for anything other than that, unless unzipping a bag or undoing a couple of latches is...
  14. Bending half the notes? Must be a real dog horn...

    Bending half the notes? Must be a real dog horn if that many notes need adjusting. The biggest issue Iíve found with most euphs is notes that are flat not the sharp ones. Thatís probably just me...
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    It was a vogue in brass band circles a while back...

    It was a vogue in brass band circles a while back but generally the bigger the mouthpiece the worse the sound in my opinion. The 4AL 26mm mouthpiece has worked for a very long time and seems to...
  16. I find the obsession with floating leadpipe a bit...

    I find the obsession with floating leadpipe a bit odd to be honest. Of my thirteen euphoniums Iíve owned, four have had the floating leadpipe, and all the ones I prefer havenít had.

    I am...
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    Martin Ellerby is a bit of a curate's egg of a...

    Martin Ellerby is a bit of a curate's egg of a composer, capable of brilliance (Tristan Encounters) but too often writing utter dross. I did buy Tormod Flaten's CD with the Ellerby Concerto on and...
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    A fascinating read. I might have to book a...

    A fascinating read. I might have to book a couple of sessions with the indefatigable Mr Mead, if there's ever any danger of actual playing happening again!
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    Fascinating! I briefly had an Alliance 4 which...

    Fascinating! I briefly had an Alliance 4 which was too small, but even so, had something tangibly better about it. Iíve been thinking about trying one for a while. I think I will investigate.
  20. I prefer the red sound, and the intonation seems...

    I prefer the red sound, and the intonation seems more predictable. The blue projects a little better I think, but is brighter sound, which to my brass band ears is not as desirable as breadth of...
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    I didnít hear anything unusual there. ...

    I didnít hear anything unusual there. Horrendously out of tune, stilted, and vulgar is every piccolo, surely?
  22. Why wouldn't you like the British sound?

    Why wouldn't you like the British sound?
  23. Iíve owned a 1968 Besson New Standard, and two...

    Iíve owned a 1968 Besson New Standard, and two B&H round stamps, including the one made for Lyndon Baglin.

    Itís not surprising given the regard that both these euphoniums are held in that in my...
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    I’m currently writing something....

    I’m currently writing something....
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    The R3S is the one Iíve been looking at. The...

    The R3S is the one Iíve been looking at. The current vogue seems to be for very flat rim, I guess for endurance purposes, but I prefer a very rounded rim and up until I heard about these, the Bach...
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