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    I think about that as well, since when I practice...

    I think about that as well, since when I practice my bell points directly at my wife (through my ceiling/her floor). But some mix & match can work for some things. For example, in the Art of Phrasing...
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    I would say the Arban student would be better...

    I would say the Arban student would be better prepared, if the choice were ONLY THE Arban OR ONLY THE Rochut. Many of the Arban's songs are familiar, which can aid one in developing musicianship,...
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    Not to be overlooked: the Complete Conservatory...

    Not to be overlooked: the Complete Conservatory Method of Arban has 150 songs in the middle and several full solos at the end, most of which have a verse and a theme. Certainly the Rochut is more...
  4. Very nice (and well played)! One might listen to...

    Very nice (and well played)! One might listen to the first 75% and think, "Gee, I could probably sight read that." But then it gets a bit exciting near the end!

    FYI, I added it to the "Euphonium...
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    I have said for years that my desert island book...

    I have said for years that my desert island book is the Arban Complete Conservatory Method. No book has everything, but this one has a great variety. And you can extend it with a little imagination....
  6. Welcome to the forum, and thanks for your...

    Welcome to the forum, and thanks for your thorough review!

    Here is a little video I did 4 years ago, which might help you deal with this more easily:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhMzkgQQtSw
  7. Bill, I looked for this post earlier to answer,...

    Bill, I looked for this post earlier to answer, but instead I found your other post in the same category:
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  8. The next reviewed has requested a slight...

    The next reviewed has requested a slight logistical delay, but I think that is about expired now. Things should start to happen again soon!
  9. 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!
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  23. 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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