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  1. Mello

    THANK YOU

    Now that my tenure with The Band of The Kings Division is coming to an end, I thank every single member present and past, for their friendship and kindness during our time together, including Ant working away in the background. I wish you all , the very best of success & happiness in the future...
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    Earplugs and playing

    As you say, If the MD cant hear the drums and hardly the Troms , neither can the audience ....or adjudicators ! I played regularly for 3yrs with a Radio Band , recording stuff for such progs as Nightride. The percussion was always screened off , watching the MD thru the window.. However...
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    Earplugs and playing

    Without delving into H&S which these days seems to overrule everything. I am just glad I never had to wear them whilst playing . I do know that recent H&S regulations have messed up what I considered the balance - and tuning, of many bands where the rules are strictly applied. Take the Army...
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    Briefly . . .

    Some of us are on the edge of being a never was been !! It may be a generation /age thing . I did my first contest in 1949 on Pride of the Forest on 2nd Hn at Spring Festival Belle Vue. In 1951 my first on Solo Hn , at Rhyl on Songs of England. I can remember now a little solo in SoE, but...
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    Briefly . . .

    Thats very kind of you so say ....But for the majority , I am indeed a Hasbeen . In fact I belong to a Hasbeens Lunch Club ,with such members as Derek Garside Alan Lawton Kevin Wadsworth Gordon Clough Colin Hardy Barry Daykin etc ( our members list numbers 30 All whom have graced the RAH many...
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    Briefly . . .

    Hasbeen
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    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    Thank you John for linking my book review.Very unexpected and a lovely surprise. Im pleased to say it has been well received...but having said that There is no way I will ever write another even tho I have been asked. Thanks again...Cheers G
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    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    Thanks again for the kind words.....Re the tooting....I am afraid I did my bit with a mouthpiece on my chops.. For the past 6yrs I have been teaching as visiting Professor to the musicians in the Band of the Kings Division. As you probably realise they are fine players ...having been thru...
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    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    Sorry Jack, having heard physically the comment ..." ...typical, if you cant play. talk " Not very pleasant , but maybe true otherwise why say it ? I am conscious of how much I say. and know I do have a tendency to go on a bit....even possibly come across as a know it all, though I...
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    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    Some interesting posts obviously. Maybe I can add a few pointers which I have come across over the years. I realise I am one of those old guys in the corner who rambles on for which I apologise. However , at the risk of ridicule,.. here we go ... 1)Harry Mortimer was a fine cornettist &...
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    DENNIS HOLMES FUNERAL

    By the request of his daughter Sue Stirzaker , I announce the funeral arrangements of Dennis Holmes ( ex Euphonium player with Clayton Aniline and CWS Mcr.) Following his recent passing , the funeral arrangements for Dennis Holmes are Tuesday 25th June at 2.30 pm Oldham Crematorium (...
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    Instrument maintenance

    Just a small point which is not a criticism. .When tuning ..it may be a good idea to look at the tuned percussion first . Example it have to be either a special or very old Xylophone to be in A 440 as these days the general pitch is A 442. ...Just worth a mention as with vibes intro into...
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    Instrument maintenance

  14. Mello

    Advice please on a strad 37

    I agree,.......as I said in my blurb ......"; If you are really happy with the the way it plays ....leave it as it is " Good luck
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    Advice please on a strad 37

    " Plating is a cosmetic thing and risking what you have for the sake of cosmetics doesn’t make sense to me " Silver Plating adds metal to the surface of the instrument ....Laquer doesnt add metal despite it being thicker. There are even heavy wall instruments are available. ALL these processes...
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    Harmonic series and triggers

    Just so everyone is in no doubt. The quote that David Broad refers to is NOT actually mine. It was an extract from a post by Tom King ....to which I was responding to. Basically ....my response bore similarities to David's response. If anyone is in doubt about what I actually said I suggest...
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    Harmonic series and triggers

    QUOTE "There's an odd phenomenon that some sop players sometimes encounter which sounds alien until experienced... where you get to the end of a phrase and can't help but breathe OUT before you can breathe IN (and the breath in is often then quite uncomfortable ") Having been around a while...
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    New member from France but old guy

    Welcome.......I guess I am an oldie like you and dont post too often ....but its a nice way of keeping in touch with whats going on. I just add a few comments here and there. So enjoy ....cheers Mello
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    Harmonic series and triggers

    Well said .Actually one of my sayings is "Blow the Bloody thing. It's a wind machine & if you don't blow...it don't go "
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