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  1. MoominDave

    Peter Bale

    He was 66, I learn from his Facebook profile. No age at all these days.
  2. MoominDave

    Peter Bale

    That's very sad. Peter was a good man, and did so much to keep this place functional when no-one else would. RIP Peter.
  3. MoominDave

    Is there anybody out there?

    Vague memory stirs that I spoke about it at the time. Quick Google doesn't turn up that particular thread, but it does produce this time machine: https://www.themouthpiece.com/threads/facebook.26840/
  4. MoominDave

    Is there anybody out there?

    Not sure that these are related quite as closely as you suggest, Jim. We're only 20 years into the age of mass internet use now, there's been a lot of churn in the way people communicate and absorb knowledge, and there will be a lot ahead of us, although some patterns are becoming clear. I think...
  5. MoominDave

    Is there anybody out there?

    You mean to create a Facebook group with the TMP branding? Not sure that would make great sense - it might have say 12 years ago, when TMP was still in the greater banding consciousness to some extent and Facebook hadn't been about for ever. Indeed, I have a vague feeling somebody did do that...
  6. MoominDave

    Spectrum

    Yeah, although by the time Vinter write it in 1969 the transition to Bb/F was well under way. But there were still plenty of Gs in use in that year, and Vinter was at the end of his life, so scoring for a G made sense. His Salute to Youth of 1960 has an intriguing error on the bass trom low...
  7. MoominDave

    Is there anybody out there?

    Facebook, mostly
  8. MoominDave

    What became of Denis Carr

    BrassBandResults has his most recent conducting at a contest as 1991, and his most recent adjudication as the 1992 Open. Sorry I can't help more than that - that's the fruits of an internet search for me.
  9. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Some bookings are trickling in; others are trickling out. Park jobs are touting for summer business, but it isn't clear how possible they'll be - some contracts this year have acquired a no-fault organiser cancellation clause for obvious reasons. The "Kidlington 800" community concert we were...
  10. MoominDave

    The picture which inspired Victorian Snapshots

    If you take a wider perspective, rotary valves are very commonly used on brass instruments - on French horns more or less everywhere, on tubas and trumpets in many other countries (particularly those that follow a Germanic brass tradition), and of course as seen in UK brass banding, as a...
  11. MoominDave

    The picture which inspired Victorian Snapshots

    I suspect they look like the artist wasn't paying close attention to the layout of the individual instruments...
  12. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    That seems a well-balanced viewpoint, 2T. Compassion and optimism are what will see us through in mental health good enough to look the facts in the face without flinching.
  13. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    I see that whatever else you may be worried about not being able to do, you've not lost your ability to rant Jack! :-) Chin up, it'll be okay.
  14. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    The vaccine will make a big difference, never fear Jack. With enough people vaccinated to achieve (the much-misused term) herd immunity, we'll be able to live lives around each other again pretty safely. We're not there yet, but vaccine coverage increases every day at the moment, and I suspect a...
  15. MoominDave

    How to find how old a besson euphonium is

    This (https://www.vancouverconcertband.ca/images/pdfdocuments/bandh_handlists_web.pdf) runs up to 2002. Looks like circa 2005 to me.
  16. MoominDave

    Left-handed trombone players...

    I wonder if the child that the 2004 post asked about still plays the trombone left-handed?
  17. MoominDave

    oldie; Beginning trombone. Played in Abingdon Band yrs ago --bass trom. So much forgotten! Live witney . Retired teacher. Took grade 2 piano 2017. 25

    Yes indeed, I'd make Witney band your first port of call. Message me if you can't find a contact for them, and I'll put you in touch.
  18. MoominDave

    What’s happening?

    The music hombre has been gone for many a year. As have most of us, it seems. Running on the occasional puff of nostalgia for the heady long-lost days of 2004...
  19. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    We must be using entirely different constructions of cover, as I haven't been able to tell a difference with either my face or my ears. Perhaps placebo is also playing a part?
  20. MoominDave

    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Bell covers don't affect the sound - they're just an elasticated circle of thin material. We held several rehearsals with all players using them before we shut down again this week; you can't tell the sound or blowing difference. It's nothing like a mute, much less a practice mute such as a...
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