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    Not that many, I bet!

    Not that many, I bet!
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    We've been settled for some time on a format for...

    We've been settled for some time on a format for when the areas are by slowly evolved consensus, but it's worth remembering that dates have in the past varied widely over the first half of the year....
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    Here's the most extreme example that sprang to...

    Here's the most extreme example that sprang to mind quickly: 1906 Nationals, William Rimmer conducted each of the top 4, as well as 6th place and also 3 others. Different era, different ways of doing...
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    Murray mint sausages - not an acceptable variant

    Murray mint sausages - not an acceptable variant
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    What's your favourite flavour of sausage?

    What's your favourite flavour of sausage?
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    Yes. National Sausage Week is in November -...

    Yes.

    National Sausage Week is in November - time to start preparations now.
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    I thought I might fry up a pack of sausages and...

    I thought I might fry up a pack of sausages and have a tasty treat
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    yesyesyesyesyes Salamander or Seascapes for...

    yesyesyesyesyes

    Salamander or Seascapes for 1st section final?
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    Well if they did have another disaster next year,...

    Well if they did have another disaster next year, I daresay that "Come on, we're Black Dyke, recent kickers of contesting derrieres at the Nationals, Open, and Europeans, and consistently ranked as...
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    Assuming Dyke don't get disqualified again next...

    Assuming Dyke don't get disqualified again next year, they'll stay up with ease - 6 bands within 4 points of them at the bottom of the table going into next year, none of them (with all due respect)...
  11. Worth noting (not sure if this is already obvious...

    Worth noting (not sure if this is already obvious to people, apologies if so) that every traditional rotary valve out there on a trombone has a distinct and inherent non-circularity of bore within...
  12. I wish

    I wish
  13. It's usually a good idea to take along a highly...

    It's usually a good idea to take along a highly trusted pair of ears to comment on new instrument suitability. Much harder to deceive an external listener than oneself - and you don't know how it...
  14. If a trombone works for you, it's a good one......

    If a trombone works for you, it's a good one... Seemples...
  15. Depends how non-circular the bore is through the...

    Depends how non-circular the bore is through the valve; depends (as you say) how the valve is laid out internally. There's a great variation in performance characteristics between different makes of...
  16. Yeah, you're right. In the 50s and 60s we were...

    Yeah, you're right. In the 50s and 60s we were presented with the fruits of 100 years worth of US-led R&D on the trombone, but the US takes on other band instruments (where they even existed) were...
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    Looking at journey times and road distances,...

    Looking at journey times and road distances, Stranraer aren't the furthest attendees in Scotland - Campbeltown travel 159 mi / 4 h in comparison to their 145 mi / 3h. I remember once trying to drive...
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    Tewkesbury 122 mi straight line distance...

    Tewkesbury 122 mi straight line distance. By road, Google Maps reckons its 139 mi / 2h 20 m from Tewkesbury, 158 mi / 2h 25 m from AV. A long hike for both bands...
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    The longest straight line distances BBR has for...

    The longest straight line distances BBR has for bands attending each of the areas in 2015 are

    Jersey Premier Brass (L&SC) - 205 mi
    Alder Valley Brass (WoE) - 132 mi
    Stranraer Brass (Scot) - 120...
  20. I thought I was banter-compliant. Alas!

    I thought I was banter-compliant. Alas!
  21. Me neither. Hope it came out okay!

    Me neither. Hope it came out okay!
  22. At the risk of incurring the conversational...

    At the risk of incurring the conversational displeasure of the mad B flatty one...



    Bang on. The whole 'closed wrap' thing is pretty much nothing more than a marketing ploy as it currently...
  23. There's various reasons for trombonists getting...

    There's various reasons for trombonists getting more interested in specs than other band instruments, imo. Also, note that if one thinks this limited amount of inquiry is geeky and inward-looking,...
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    Ah, accused of being out of tune in a brass...

    Ah, accused of being out of tune in a brass band... Pierced to the heart!

    p.s. With you 100% on "raspy and piercing".
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    1st and 2nd trombone are split more than the two...

    1st and 2nd trombone are split more than the two euphs because the trombones offer tonal relief within the brass band. Everybody else bar percussion is wallowing around in their woofy conical...
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