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  1. Phil Green

    Single and Double Basses

    The Eb pitched instruments that we play in bands should technically be called Eb Tuba/Bass. Here's a video of a true EEb tuba. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL6PWDkUZ4U
  2. Phil Green

    EEb Tuba choice...

    Opinion Hi, The old Imperials are very much in vogue at the moment with some very good and knowledgable players stating their virtues. I've never played on one personally although I have a brand new 'version' that's as close as you can get to an instrument of this era. What one has to...
  3. Phil Green

    Eyes or Ears - what are we actually listening with?

    BTW - my comments aren't aimed at Flowers or about them being a lesser band - but they're not one of the named bands that I think Craig refers to in his post.
  4. Phil Green

    Sold/Expired Wessex EEb Tuba

    I think that the price, which doesn't even account for the lack of VAT on a second hand instrument, might be the issue Matthew :-)
  5. Phil Green

    Eyes or Ears - what are we actually listening with?

    Craig, I'm not sure this is a problem. The top bands are the top bands because they're the best we have. There are bands that used to be considered amongst the best (Imps, Hammonds for example) that get no sympathy or kudos (or points) because of who they are (or were). In fact, most bandsmen...
  6. Phil Green

    Sold/Expired Besson Sov EEb bass for sale

    Good luck with the sale - this seems a really good price. I had a 1991 981 and it was probably the best instrument I'd ever played until the one I have now. Have seen some chancers trying to sell Sovs for much more than this (they're still for sale!).
  7. Phil Green

    Just a bit of advice...

    Howard Snell's books cover this well...
  8. Phil Green

    David Childs back with a band...

    Wow, great signing for the band. I wonder if the Flowers to Cory path might start to get reversed now.
  9. Phil Green

    Help needed

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  10. Phil Green

    Help needed

    Chris, sorry to question this as I'm a big fan of Paul but I don't think you should forget exactly what Phil H did with the band before he left. Numerous Entertainment prizes including a hat-trick(?) at Yoevil, Grand Shield victory and an Open performance that, if it hadn't been oblitorated by...
  11. Phil Green

    Embou-Sure

    I've just sent off a 24AW to be done to see if it works, as my favourite gold-plated one is starting to wear thin in places. If anyone's interested I'll let people know how it comes back.
  12. Phil Green

    areas 2014

    But what if none of the bands in a given area could play it? Some might play the first section better, some the slow, some the finale - how does that sort out the bands?
  13. Phil Green

    English Nationals 2013

    It's a real shame that the English European qualifying event is now down to one top band going (with some very good bands too I'd just add!). If only the powers that be had let the All England Masters be the event to provide the English band, they would have still had the best bands going there...
  14. Phil Green

    Sold/Expired FOR SALE: Mr. Tuba 3+1 EEb Tuba - Lacquer (made by Melton/Meinl Weston

    Hiya Jonny, Those are very good instruments - is this the one you had at Flowers?
  15. Phil Green

    Spring Festival 2013

    Just to throw a spanner - I don't believe that Foden's FF at the Winter Gardens is the same as they use at Symphony Hall. Both Resident and Pro this year reminded us to keep a lid on the dynamics because of the venue. That said, we didn't win :-)
  16. Phil Green

    Spring Festival 2013

    But surely, if over half of the bands in the Open struggle with a particular piece, there is no point in giving 20 bands a test that might become a "how close can they get to it" contest?
  17. Phil Green

    National finals 2013 test piece rumours.

    http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=16943#.UYpNg79R98s
  18. Phil Green

    Reality TV series following Eikanger-Bjørsvik (English subs)

    I think I was as nervous as the band when the Euro results were announced! The series really dragged me in and was a great demonstration of the commitment needed and the sacrifices made to play at that level. Unless you've experienced it no one can imagine the guilt and frustration of leaving...
  19. Phil Green

    National finals 2013 test piece rumours.

    A Stephen Roberts piece for the Open?
  20. Phil Green

    Brass Band Rotary Tubists - Step Forward!

    I can't talk for anyone except myself but I practise both long and hard and after 12 months my little finger would still stick 2 fingers up at me on a regular basis! A month? I would suggest much, much longer if you're going to be totally proficient. Yes, in normal, run-of-the-mill, parts...
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