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    Locked-up lock-down valves

    Washing Soda takes me back to when I was a teenage Lad and had my first Tuba. It was old and I washing and bushes it out using a solution of washing Soda plus a couple of two gallon buckets. Seemed a good idea at the time and a lot of muck came out if it. The valve bodies themselves weren’t too...
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    Ripped off on Ebay

    I’ve bought and sold on eBay. Generally sellers haven’t deliberately misrepresented or mislead me, but beware of some that frequently trade in second hand goods. To me Ebay is a generally good marketplace that has the occasional problem transactions. eBay isn’t perfect - I too have had problems...
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    Locked-up lock-down valves

    Having got the Band’s Tuba going again (for preference I normally play my own smaller one) it was left to one side safe in the knowledge that the valves, etc were all oiled and ready for use. Fast forward some months and I was astonished to find the valves solid again ... left me scratching my...
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    Obligatory Areas Rumour Thread (or What Would You Like to See at the Areas?)

    “Or even what would I like to see”. The lower section finals are just around the corner and to keep an edge on things some Bands (I certainly know of one) have for many months been rehearsing any which way they can and ‘sod the consequences’ whilst other folk have been very mindful of CV19 and...
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    Steep Learning Curve on Trombone

    Absolutely 😁. I’ve got to watch out for the incidentals though ‘cause they can catch you out. 🤔
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    Steep Learning Curve on Trombone

    I think it an easy enough mistake to make and experts, like yourself, can very easily loose track of the fact that knowledge and nuisances common to them don’t always register with less experienced people (eg. people like me). Sometimes I can inadvertently indicate more knowledge than I actually...
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    How are you doing?

    How am I doing? The lockdown was naff but we’re pretty much out of the wood now and my Band have kept things going with virtual rehearsals, groups of six and under (when legal) playing outside and the main Band is now rehearsing in a large hall, but there’s no pressure to attend or to do public...
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    Mystery Sshhmute

    I’m glad that you found the point about ergonomics useful. Years ago I damaged my arm playing Trombone and had to take a break for some time. I’ve had very positive experience with my Regent Tuba, they might be beginners instruments but really my thoughts on that are: ‘lucky beginners’. I used...
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    Mystery Sshhmute

    With regard to Trombone mutes they can be an ergonomic disaster in that they make the Bell heavy and so the instrument twists in your hand. I sold my practice mute but used a Dennis Wick one which was OK, a cheap alternative is to unplug the bell side of the Tuning slide - worked for me but...
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    Let's talk about sound

    Nice to see you posting Tom. :) . I hope that you are well and that the pandemic hasn’t been too awful for you - I’ve got by OK but am glad to be vaccinated, etc. I know the contesting stuff lights your fire and you know that I don’t think much of contesting; IMHO test pieces aren’t really...
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    Let's talk about sound

    It’s good to see such interesting and thoughtful posts here on TMP again, thank you. I haven’t watched every video but the ones that I have watched (and listened to) have certainly displayed a lot of technical ability - excellent stuff to aspire to - if not necessarily on pieces that I would...
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    Old press cutting

    I can see why someone might think tabloid. I suggest A4 format because it’s a photocopy of the article, the article appears to cover all four corners of the page and larger than A4 photocopy is relatively uncommon. Printing double sided at circa A3 size (and then folding) would give A4 pages...
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    Old press cutting

    It seems to me that the publication was in A4 format or something very near to that, that’s unusual for a paper and maybe indicates a small publisher with small sized printing presses. Monthly indicates a small circulation and I’d suspect restricted to one ‘local’ area or one interest. The Co-op...
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    Three Old Instruments

    The settlement of estates is difficult and time consuming, I don’t envy anyone with that task and am sure that errors happen. It’s easy to get hung on detail with smaller assets and not see the bigger picture of things like property (house) value / marketing and the demanding logistics of...
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    Derwent variations. George Doughty

    I’m sorry if this isn’t quite what you had hoped for but try here: Doughty, G ... £7? Doughty is famous for Grandfather’s Clock and on the off chance that he used just one publisher I was led back to and checked W&R. You (on a separate thread) were looking for another Doughty piece too and I...
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    Daytime playing for charity

    You’re welcome. Most of us will live too remotely from you to share in what you’re doing in North West Leicestershire but some people might still like to know more about your activities and even start similar groups local to themselves. Perhaps you might share details of what music you use...
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    Daytime playing for charity

    This looks like a jolly good idea to me and I wish it was nearer to where I live. Over the lockdown period I’ve played in small groups (when legal and safe to do so) and found it a very positive experience. Matt Kingston has a big selection of small group music available and doubtless there are...
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    Moving to North West /Midland Area in October

    Where there is a will then there is a way. All that is required is for people to post and, IMHO, we’ll be on our way back to better things. It’ll take a few years, I reckon, but worthwhile things don’t happen without a bit of effort. I’ve put up a few new threads recently, why not have a look in...
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    Moving to North West /Midland Area in October

    To my mind the place tore itself apart via failure to tackle Trolling activities and allowing some particularly contentious topics to be discussed here. To be fair the Moderators didn’t, at that time, have the tools to successfully tackle the Trolls, they are volunteers, and their willingness to...
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    Moving to North West /Midland Area in October

    I guess that you’ve been restricted in what playing you could do on Skye and so it might be wise for you to consider how good a player you are now and what arrangement might suite your long term aspirations best. There’s a map of Brass Bands on the web (google Brass Band results) that shows...
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