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    People

    There are two types of people in this world: 1. Those who classify people into two types. 2. Those who don't.
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    Earplugs and playing

    Even with musician's earplugs, the sound changes, and you have to figure out how to judge your timbre. Recording yourself when you practice can help you correlate what you hear to what the audience hears. BTW - This works for playing in general, too; you'd be surprised what the audience hears...
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    BOLO for Stolen Horn

    I realize that California is a long way from the UK, but contraband can travel globally, and besides, I don't think I'm the only one in the States who is a member of TheMouthpiece.com . Here is a link from a post on TrumpetBoards.com :
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    Some Comic Relief!

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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    You're destroying your valves. Lubricate them every few days with a synthetic valve oil, or every day with a conventional valve oil. No excuses!
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    Advice please on a strad 37

    Glad you're happy with it. Please let us know how well it lasts, if you don't mind.
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    Advice please on a strad 37

    I'd get it replated. I'd look for someone with a stellar reputation to do it. Being able to see examples of work they've done would be nice. The risk of timbre change has more to do with prep than plating. Good refinishers don't overbuff; care is taken to ensure engraving is just as crisp as...
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    Some Comic Relief!

    Thank you, Jack E!
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    It would have been amusing to have both. Maybe then rockets would shoot out of the guy's ears!
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    Hello everyone...

    I might add that the depth of knowledge available here is impressive!
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    Hello everyone...

    It's good to see you here, too. If I could access TM archives (fat chance!), I'd be able to tell you who mentioned theMouthPiece.com, as I don't remember. Good people here; I like it.
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    A marking of FFF is loud!
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    It adds new meaning to the term "hot licks", doesn't it? :D
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    Maybe this will change your mind:
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    Crotchets and quavers

    Decades ago a talk show host on the radio here in the US held a contest. The first caller who answered his question would win a million dollars, and there would be a limited number of calls to be accepted. Assuming that no one would be able to answer the question, he asked: "What is a...
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    2nd Tenor, I'll give you the example of how the challenge system worked in my experience as described above. The trumpet section was divided into Solo Cornet, which was the section leader and the best player, followed by 1st Cornet, 2nd Cornet, 3rd Cornet, and 4th Cornet. Each part had 3 - 4...
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    Instrument water works

    One of the things I like about Amado valves is that when you release the water, it ends up on the floor, not on your clothes, and you have to be a bit careless for it to end up on your shoes. As has already been said, there is no reservoir, so you have to use the valve a bit more often, and the...
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    Unexpected effects from mutes

    +1. I use a practice mute when I travel, and I use the time to pay softly-to-medium softly. If you try to match volume with that of an unmuted horn, you'll have a harder time readjusting to playing open. I ignore intonation with the practice mute and just focus on resonance; that way I don't...
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    The sound of the trumpet just resonates with me on a primal level. When I was a kid, my ears perked up whenever I heard one being played. When my junior high school band played a recruitment concert and I saw and heard that it was possible for someone like me to play the trumpet, I just had to...
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