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    What pieces would you like to see at the 2020 areas?

    One-upmanship is pretty much the definition of sport... and contesting is music as sport to a certain extent. Have you ever attended a contest of this sort? I can see that the idea itself may not appeal to you, but you might find it interesting to see just how much the standards of performance...
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    What pieces would you like to see at the 2020 areas?

    I think you miss the point of area contests, 2T.... there's always one that takes a snipe at it in threads like this (not necessarily just here, but on facebook etc also) and I can never let it pass. Contests are not about entertainment or about what the "ordinary public" might be interested in...
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    What pieces would you like to see at the 2020 areas?

    Cloudcatcher is an all time favourite... but it's definitely a musical test first and foremost - very few championship bands would (should?) be struggling to survive the dots. So you'd be likely to see a few controversial results (IMHO). If I were put on the spot to pick right now, I'd...
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    What pieces would you like to see at the 2020 areas?

    I find this a difficult question because the pieces I most enjoy listening to tend to be "musical tests" (pieces which are not technically as difficult but are difficult to give convincing musical performances of)... But those kinds of tests tend to produce more controversial results. In an...
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    Earplugs and playing

    Couldn't possibly disagree more with this line. Yes, playing loud and projecting properly takes practice (though proper balance within a band will make it sound louder). But playing quietly, properly, is arguably the hardest aspect of playing - everything gets harder playing quietly...
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    Help identify cornet

    In amongst all that is the maker (Antoine Courtois). Beyond that I don't know (I'm no expert on these) - it appears they've marked it specifically for the dealer/importer that sold it,
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    Tuning the top space E

    Massively overused things, digital tuners - far too many people assume that when the tuner says they're right on then they're always right on and stop listening to what's going on around them. Listen, listen, listen!
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    Tuning the top space E

    Yep - open is a naturally flat partial, some instruments moreso than others but it's to be expected. Playing it 1+2 will sharpen it (playing off the G harmonic which is usually a touch sharp if the E is flat), perhaps too much so be prepared to trigger if necessary.
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    Valve Alignment at Home

    Just be careful with this test... Having a loose part (whether that's a top cap, valve button, lyre screw, waterkey screw, etc) can introduce vibrations that change the feel of the instrument (often making it feel more open, in my experience). I don't personally think this is a particularly...
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    A Cautionary Tale!!

    I've seen Mike's videos on his mouthpieces, I'm intrigued (though whether set super glue is any better for allergies I don't know?), I may have to have a go at making some myself...
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    Valve Alignment at Home

    Yep, that's the idea. What you're looking for are ones with a little screw-on cap with a mirror inside it, allowing you to see at 90 degrees from the camera. (I'm not keen on the idea of the ones with a mirror on a stick, all else aside they look bulkier to me) Probably... but then that...
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    Valve Alignment at Home

    Just bear in mind that felts will wear in over time. While new they'll pack down much more quickly, when older they're more stable... So if the valve is sitting a fraction high with valves down (or low with valves not pressed) then the felt wearing will bring the alignment closer to correct -...
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    Valve Alignment at Home

    Nope. In the foreground (lightest gray) you can see the inside of the tubing that links valve casings together. Looking at the near-side port in the valve itself, at the bottom you can see bottom of the valve-port standing slightly proud of the bottom of the casing-port (ie: too high). Looking...
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    Valve Alignment at Home

    To be honest, it depends on what tolerances Yamaha sets - as felts wear the alignment changes anyway (in your case, it'll get better with use). It's common to see a bit and it's more noticeable on smaller bore instruments - how does it play?
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    Cheers Ron That one is the larger bell (in red brass) - more recently I've been using this one more than the regular one, but that may change again at some point. As to whether I'd recommend it over the standard... Personal choice. I suspect more players than not would find the large a little...
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