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  1. Poll: I would tend to think that picking him would be...

    I would tend to think that picking him would be such an obvious slap in the face for those he'd be playing with, those that he went so far as to badmouth in print, that the loss of team morale...
  2. Poll: As a keen cricket follower and one who for his...

    As a keen cricket follower and one who for his sins (of which there must have been many) has found himself at various times getting pinned with some of the more tact-requiring jobs of brass band...
  3. Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    It depends very much what kind of organisation...

    It depends very much what kind of organisation holds the copyright. B. Schott's standard terms and conditions for granting a right to arrange are that once completed, you give them all copies of what...
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    That's a beautiful instrument!

    That's a beautiful instrument!
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    It's not clear whether you mean that you want the...

    It's not clear whether you mean that you want the whole thing to be physically lighter to hold or whether you want it to take less air to blow?
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    I think what they want to see is a section below...

    I think what they want to see is a section below the championship that would be suitable for the setting of the kinds of test pieces which are (often not really correctly) regarded as 'too easy' for...
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    I can actually see Pictures of Glasgow as a real...

    I can actually see Pictures of Glasgow as a real piece. It might suit the musical language of Simon Dobson?
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    Only 1 of the 8 in 1906, by the look of it -...

    Only 1 of the 8 in 1906, by the look of it - Gossage Soap Works, in Widnes. The other are all named by location: Wingates, Shaw, Wyke, Pemberton, Irwell Springs, Irwell Bank, Rushden.

    Here's a...
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    Just comparing with some modern masters of the...

    Just comparing with some modern masters of the contesting form... Some have similar percentages, but nowhere near the sheer numbers of bands conducted that their much earlier predecessors did:
    Bob...
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    Maybe even more impressive than that - often when...

    Maybe even more impressive than that - often when he conducted a band that didn't win, it lost out to another band also conducted by... William Rimmer.

    Some other 'Golden Age' MDs whose records...
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    I tend to think that almost all area sections...

    I tend to think that almost all area sections have more bands within them than can reasonably be sorted with any hope of accuracy. Once you get beyond 10 or so, the subjectivity inevitably starts to...
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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)...
  23. 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...
  24. I wish

    I wish
  25. 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...
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