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    Probably of no help, but just for the sake of...

    Probably of no help, but just for the sake of information:

    A friend of mine went to an unpleasantly wet Whit Friday several years ago. Mixture of drizzle interspersed with torrential downpours -...
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    :oops:

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    Well, that does make a difference; at least...

    Well, that does make a difference; at least googling "frusta" will get one as far as "whip" ...
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    ****** Hell, Mr. Taylor: that's impressive, even...

    ****** Hell, Mr. Taylor: that's impressive, even by your standards ...
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    Idle curiositry: Percussionists?

    In the recent review of "The God Particle" (Europeans set test this weekend) on 4BR:

    http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2015/1504.asp#.VUO0H03wvGg

    ... About half-way down the page there is a...
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    I've seen euphonium players use carrying straps...

    I've seen euphonium players use carrying straps similar to bass straps on long marching jobs. Would one of these be any use in taking the weight around the shoulders so that the arm/hand is used just...
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    Hadn't thought of it like that before, but that's...

    Hadn't thought of it like that before, but that's a very succinct way of putting it; certainly applies to our band. We really don't want to be in the Championship section, firstly because we know...
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    Possibly just a Guards thing; they like to think...

    Possibly just a Guards thing; they like to think they're special ...
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    Agreed. Many years ago we got 2nd place off of a...

    Agreed. Many years ago we got 2nd place off of a number 1 draw. Winning band were drawn much later (can't remember exactly - might have been 12th or something similar). At the time, most people we...
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    I particularly like this idea; the overall...

    I particularly like this idea; the overall atmosphere could be dramatically enhanced by the sound effect of a hungover timpanist vomiting all over his drums ...

    (actually, almost happened to us at...
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    I've been reliably informed (by a former...

    I've been reliably informed (by a former principal cornet of a Guards regimental band) that the "done thing" is to play the final eight bars slightly slower than the first six bars; can't say what...
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    Pistons are metal, yes; couldn't say about...

    Pistons are metal, yes; couldn't say about whether or not they're interchangeable.
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    FWIW, the Tromba design doesn't have this...

    FWIW, the Tromba design doesn't have this problem; valves come out the top of the casing for oiling, as with a normal instrument.
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    Actually had a blow on a plastic trumpet for the...

    Actually had a blow on a plastic trumpet for the first time ever today - think it might have been a Tromba(?). wasn't too bad, but the first valve was still sticking after several applications of...
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    You mean, like 13th out of 15? Like 2003 with...

    You mean, like 13th out of 15? Like 2003 with "Prague" ... ?
    Never say never ...
  16. Thread: Exciting Openers.

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    True, although I always preferred to hear the...

    True, although I always preferred to hear the piece taken a bit slower, so that the triplets could be single-tongued; felt it had a bit more maestoso about it ...
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    Poll: Well, yes, but playing a contest without a...

    Well, yes, but playing a contest without a "warm-up" immediately prior to playing is no different to a trombone player having to sit idly on stage throughout the first three movements of Beethoven 5,...
  18. Thread: Exciting Openers.

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    If you're happy to go with the tried'n'tested,...

    If you're happy to go with the tried'n'tested, James Curnow's "Fanfare and Flourishes" is a reliable choice. Used to be a bit overdone, but I haven't heard it for quite a while now, so might be due a...
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    Indeed; our withdrawal was caused entirely by...

    Indeed; our withdrawal was caused entirely by difficulties with player availability. FWIW, personally I would have been in favour of open adjudication.
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    I think the root of the problem might be that...

    I think the root of the problem might be that most of the skills that are required in order to be a successful MD (with the possible exception of a sound understanding of musical theory) can't really...
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    "2 cents" is an Americanism, however there is an...

    "2 cents" is an Americanism, however there is an English precedent:

    "That's my twopenn'orth" (contraction of "two pennies worth")
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    To the best of my knowledge, Egham have withdrawn.

    To the best of my knowledge, Egham have withdrawn.
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    I have a few recordings; probably not of interest...

    I have a few recordings; probably not of interest to the wider forum membership, so I'll send you a PM with more details.
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    I have been using Finale professionally for...

    I have been using Finale professionally for around twenty years now. Most people would consider me an "expert" user, although I will readily admit that there are areas of the programme where I have...
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    Contrary to what I said in an earlier post, I now...

    Contrary to what I said in an earlier post, I now find that Finale2014 does indeed have a brass band template. I have never used it, having always set up my own from scratch, so I can't say how...
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