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    All it does is mislead the 'helpful' cornet...

    All it does is mislead the 'helpful' cornet player handing out parts into giving you a silly part that you'd rather not have on your stand - because obviously bass clef concert couldn't be your first...
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    There was a thread on the 4BR FB page about...

    There was a thread on the 4BR FB page about Desford not being there. Those who had actually spoken to the people in question made it clear that there was no "not permitted" about it - they simply...
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    I think you are confusing them with the Illinois...

    I think you are confusing them with the Illinois Brass Band, who have won two NABBA hat-tricks, 1996-8 and 2000-2, but now compete in the 1st section. Chicago have only ever won NABBA once, in 2004,...
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    Nice little contest, this one - placed at the...

    Nice little contest, this one - placed at the intersection of the London, West, and Midlands regions, an opportunity to see how your area preparation is measuring up against some bands that aren't...
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    Last time I looked (2008 ), the Chicago Brass...

    Last time I looked (2008 ), the Chicago Brass Band were all on big 5/4 or 6/4 type CC tubas.
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    Historical accident. Exactly what kind of...

    Historical accident. Exactly what kind of historical accident is less clear, but what I wrote on the first page of the thread you linked to is still the extent of my understanding on the subject:
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    This does have an air of obvious nonsense about...

    This does have an air of obvious nonsense about it... Some of the finest band players of all time have been inveterate scribblers on parts, and any MD prefers players who make notes on what they want...
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    Just posting to correct a common misapprehension...

    Just posting to correct a common misapprehension - SCABA have nothing to do with running the L&SC regionals.
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    I remember playing it on much-photocopied...

    I remember playing it on much-photocopied manuscript in the late 90s. Is it actually published?
  10. I suppose also there's the effect of considering...

    I suppose also there's the effect of considering whether going to County Cork in the summer or County Armagh in the autumn would be a more pleasant day out weather-wise... Mind you, Clonakilty's...
  11. I think part of it is there's already a separate...

    I think part of it is there's already a separate NI brass band forum. But that's never seen a large amount of traffic, and last time I checked it, that seemed to have tapered off to very little.
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  12. Welcome aboard! We haven't ever had a lot of...

    Welcome aboard! We haven't ever had a lot of input from NI banding, so it's nice to think that we might have some more. Which band(s) are/were you with?
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    Nah, that's the toilets

    Nah, that's the toilets
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    Might get 12 and throw 6 in the bin for the sheer...

    Might get 12 and throw 6 in the bin for the sheer consumerist helljoy of it
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    Nice...

    Nice...
  16. Glad you found something nice! Dropped in on...

    Glad you found something nice! Dropped in on Wessex Tubas yesterday morning (in Andover - so about an hour from you) to have a look at their new range of sackbutts, and rather got distracted by...
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    I'll just insert (with a bit less caution than I...

    I'll just insert (with a bit less caution than I usually do there as it tends to make people there upset - there's a lot of emotionally-invested mythology talked about bell metals there, by a lot of...
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    There seem to be a cycle of perpetual...

    There seem to be a cycle of perpetual dissatisfaction that we work our way around:

    1 ) Start contesting
    2 ) Use a simple adjudication system
    3 ) Discover that this reliably causes some...
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    Blast from't past... I was there - I think on...

    Blast from't past... I was there - I think on some form of trombone? But maybe something with valves.

    My Dad (Martin Taylor) was there on tuba - his fault I was there, as I wasn't regularly...
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    In case my reply got lost in the last few posts -...

    In case my reply got lost in the last few posts - #240 at 10:29.

    I think where the drop in communication came was in my applying the (fairly unarguable) idea that there is a natural tendency to...
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    It doesn't stack up as a real life position to...

    It doesn't stack up as a real life position to take - so I wonder if what he was saying was more along the lines of "Even if you do this, if you have underlying problems, it won't fix them"?

    But I...
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    Ah, I wasn't intending to spark personal needle...

    Ah, I wasn't intending to spark personal needle here. Just a simple observation that it gets progressively harder to bring oneself to re-evaluate one's views as one moves through life. Is that...
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    No sign of the Kopprasch 60 studies on this list...

    No sign of the Kopprasch 60 studies on this list any more? I remember playing number 52 for my Grade 7 ABRSM euph in 1992, and rather liking it. Certainly more than I liked number 54 for Grade 8 in...
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    And while I'm here, let's try the same exercise...

    And while I'm here, let's try the same exercise for bands another 50 UK places lower:



    Band
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    Some some statsy digging... To recap: ...

    Some some statsy digging...

    To recap:



    One question that occurs to me deals with whether we see this bias continued further down the contesting tree, and whether if it is, we see it so...
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