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    Toothy-pegs.

    I have teeth that break easily. I have one implant on the bottom and a second one in my top jaw that is complete apart from the crown, which I get next week. Mine are molars. Only the missing bottom one affected my playing. My first one lost a bit of bone because there was a gap between...
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    Locked-up lock-down valves

    He did say he had been practicing on a different instrument. I just keep my spares well oiled and lubricated using oils that are less likely to dry out. Never had a problem.
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    Locked-up lock-down valves

    This is surprising given that the clearance between the outer casing and the valve in a tuba is large compared to smaller brass instruments. My guess is there was an existing issue with debris, corrosion or mineral deposits. I had this with a euphonium once that had been in storage. I took the...
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    Lockdown practice

    Here is the biggest problem I have noticed: Intonation. Not playing with other people has really affected my intonation. It's not just me. I did a few recordings with a brass ensemble and over the last year and all the other players intonation has got worse. I discussed it with a friend who...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    In Scotland, the plan is to get to "Level 0" by July. Level 0 does not permit choirs or brass bands to meet, even outdoors or in small groups. I find this particularly frustrating as I on weekly testing for Covid and have had both vaccinations. I am pretty much a zero risk in either direction. I...
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    I didn't decide on being left or right handed and my school decided I should be right handed. If I have problems playing a difficult technical passage on the cornet I find I can learn it easier by playing left handed! I was originally a French Horn player which is left handed, because the right...
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    We need major classical composers to write for brass bands. They do write for brass, just not brass bands. This would bring in fresh musical ideas and give brass bands exposure outside our current narrow audience.
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    The science behind masks is only valid when there is a certain level of community infection. I can't speak for other parts of the country but where I live its 1 in 4000 people who are carrying the virus, based on random testing of the population. Part of the reason why masks were brought in was...
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    I haven't worn a mask as I have not had to use public transport or go into a shop, but with regards to brass bands: 1 in 4000 people local to me have the virus so if I met 20 people a day it would be 200 days before I met anyone who had it. I wouldn't attend a brass band rehearsal today, but...
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    Brass instruments are viewed as especially risky. Previous research disputes that e.g. The air leaving a cornet bell is travelling at 0.2mph and we don't circulate any more air than a person in the audience. However, there is already a hysteria about hearing loss from brass players and I know...
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    Any new cornets about to be launched?

    Besson have been exhibiting a protoype cornet made in consultation with Philip Cobb. That's all I know about it. Maybe someone on here has seen it or played it?
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    Are there less people for brass bands?

    Same in Edinburgh, although we have the added historical issue of schools only teaching orchestral brass until recently. They only started teaching brass band instruments in the past ten years. I think this was due to our culture of having a lot of kids at private schools that still only teach...
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    Are there less people for brass bands?

    Perhaps the elephant in the room: Is there an audience for brass band music? I am reminded of Don Lusher phoning his agent (the legendary jazz agent Jack Higgins) to ask why he wasn't getting any gigs. Higgins asked if he had seent he poll in the Sunday Times showing that trombone was the least...
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    Are there less people for brass bands?

    I had to stop playing in brass bands because I won't do contests. I do occasionally help bands out - they then try and recruit me as a permanent player, but I won't do contests. Its a red line for me and for a surprising number of players round here.
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    Which cornets and mouthpieces to try out?

    If you play a 1 1/2C then a Wick 2 or 2B is closest. A 2B should be manageable. I play a 2 and I don't find it a drag at all, but it seems to depend on the instrument. The 2B is an easier bet and there are a lot of them around so you probably don't need to buy new.
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