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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    Yep, I think it would make a World of difference to Banding in general. It all seems a long time ago now but most of what my own Band plays is reasonably melodic but IMHO a lot of Brass Band music is ostentatious cr#p that has got little to no entertainment value. What Jack is doing in these...
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    Converting a Bb or Eb instrument to C

    Some Trombones are available in C and in a way that’s an easy option (eg. John Packer JP138 Bb/C Trombone). Some folk also just learn a new set of fingering (or shifts) to play what they have as if the instrument was build in a different pitch. Cutting a Baritone would be the easiest way to get...
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    Is it ok to rehearse a brass quintet outside?

    Personally I echo John’s thoughts above. The film Pirates of the Caribbean has a particular line that comes to mind: “the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules”. I’m not one to slavishly follow rules, I won’t flout them but from time to time they get ignored or bent using...
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    Is it ok to rehearse a brass quintet outside?

    The rules within the U.K. change over time, change between the ‘home nations’ and they can also change depending upon where you live within them (some of the northern England Cities have local local-downs). If a small group happened to have access to an open air area where they could socially...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    CV19 is still with us but for the moment at least in a very much contained and regulated way ... off course it may all go pear shaped again. The last six months has flown by but in a very different way as there’s been no banding here or rather none that I’ve engaged in. My own Band has looked at...
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    Music display devices

    Well time has passed, your original post became a distance memory and I had hoped that more people would respond to it. I’ve just checked the price of a 12.9 inch iPad Pro and in the U.K. they’re about £1000 each. At that price paper is still awfully attractive, but if I already had a Pro then...
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    WOBplay

    Thanks for the context. Please don’t be overly concerned about the quality of your English, it seems good enough to me. Welcome to the forum. Several active members are current or ex-Salvation Army players so you’ll fit in fine. Some members have lived in Continental Europe too. IMHO this...
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    WOBplay

    All good points I think. If you have more on what is basically environmental subject matter then why not raise some addition new threads, there is a special part of this forum for ‘off topic’ matters (things that aren’t strictly Brass playing). I don’t think that we can put all of the World ‘to...
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    WOBplay

    That echoes my own thoughts but on the other hand the OP makes members aware of an issue and perhaps that awareness was he objective rather than discussion. Whatever, it adds interest and traffic to the forum so that’s a plus. I wonder what the relative resource and power consumption is for...
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    WOBplay

    To my mind the OP assumes too much awareness of WOB play and streaming platforms. Personally I don’t stream any programmes or music over the Internet and don’t believe in that rental method preferring instead to purchase outright or not at all. As for power consumption and the global warming...
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    Lockdown practice

    In general folk would be surprised what can be played on a Tuba, it just needs an expert driver (which I don’t claim to be). Doubtless some parts of the pieces you mention can be played by players with lesser skill levels so let’s not close our minds to anything; really it’s a case of making...
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    CV19, why the inequity?

    CV19 is here and it won’t be gone for a while yet, well that’s my opinion. What’s surprising me is that there is a somewhat large discrepancy allowed to happen and persist between reasonable behaviour in terms of infection control and what folk are actually doing on mass. I doubt that this BBC...
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    Lockdown practice

    Never really liked Arban myself and gave my copy away to younger and better player than me, lots of other folk do like Arban but it’s just not my ‘cup of tea’. Do you have any other ‘method books’ that you like? What are your favourite pieces? I’m always on the lookout for new music to play and...
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    Lockdown practice

    Interesting really about the Bass section. I’ve found some really able people playing Bass yet typically the Band parts use but a small part of what skills they have. Yep, the section does provide the base on which all else sits yet I’ve never met an MD who ‘really’ interfaced with a Bass...
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    Lockdown practice

    Yes, that’s the attitude! Playing for the simple pleasures it brings. If what you’re doing gives you some form of pleasure or satisfaction it then matters not whether anyone else hears or benefits from it. One just needs enough hours in the day to do all the other ‘important’ stuff too.
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    Lockdown practice

    Practice, h’mm that’s an interesting idea but like (I suspect) a lot of other players I really wonder where it will lead to? I tend to find that I have a fairly stable underlying foundation of skills which doesn’t seem to move forward much for practice and that whilst practice does help with...
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    cially those playing Euphonium89 and not out.

    I add my own welcome to TMP, it’s an interesting place and although there is little traffic here now the old posts (via the search function) are a Treasury of useful information. With regard to leaky old valves I’ve found a light smear of lithium grease on them followed by a little normal oil...
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    Ain’t that the truth. I have many friends who are shielding now and they know (as best anyone can) that all those that are critically vulnerable have not already died. CV19 has been a crisis but the Government is, I very much suspect, aware that in trying to manage a public health crisis they...
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    Fair point although, I’m just glad to see someone using the forum (keeps the posts coming Jack). Perhaps a Mod will move the thread to the Bar Room and Off Topic Chat. Edit. This forum does promote and discuss Banding issues. Without wishing to appear or to be negative in any way could I...
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    Tuning Forks - a useful alternative or ‘old hat’ ?

    With the absence of replies I can but guess that those old enough to remember what was used before electronic tuners have either stopped playing or do not frequent this forum. From a contesting perspective I’d have thought that a prerequisite need would be for the Band to be tuned to a common...
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