I am not sure regarding the VB 24AW! I play on one (the mt. Vernon era) and it is brilliant, the newer mouthpieces seem to lack continuity in the cutting, some do not have the lovely open thoat that old ones have. I suggest trying a Melton or B&S 24aw where the quality is carefully monitored.
My evidence comes from The Stalybridge 100 yrs anniversary (1814-1914) book, which, if you care to read, states the facts I mentioned..... A copy of this book can be found in stockport library, or the Harry Mortimer research facility at Salford. I am not out to change history for anybody's...
It's the highest placed local band not in the prizes. Well done to everyone. Fairfield played 'three musketeers' & Whaley played 'Egmont'
I would like to publicly thank Alan Wycherley, who came in to do the last week & the day after suffering his heart attack, a fantastic & brave man.
The result does matter if it is the area contest & you want to strive for promotion. assoc. contests are different.
The conductor picks the concert programme to suit the band. a set testpiece is a completely different situation, in any case, who mentioned concerts?
"I agree with you on the size of the section 25 /24 bands is far to many when you look at the 2nd section only 10!!!!!
Easiest thing is to promote 5/6 bands from 4th section into 3rd and promote 4/5 bands into 2nd section from 3rd.
That will give the second section more bands and more...
Every band & conductor has the opportunity to rescore, re allocate parts to get the best overall 'picture' of the performance. if re jigging parts make the difference between competing and not going, do it I say.
I did very little of this for the area as I have good players, I cut some parts...
A few manufacturers make compact basses, Rosetti Series 5 are super, they are modelled on the besson prototype, but wth a large bore for around £650. this type of bass is ideal as it is not much bigger than a euph.