Hold your horses valves if they are good quality do not corrode. And Boosey made great valves.
Valves accrete residue that is hard and almost impossible to remove without causing catastrophic damage like sandpapering the valve.
Fortunately I have solved most issues and it involves a home chem...
Apologies for the lateness of my reply
This is the Boosey Class "A" Silbron Cornet pitched in Bb and A
It appears in the horn-u-copia website under reference ID 10357
Be aware that ancient makers mouthpieces can have odd sizes and odd tapers.
Standardisation between makers was I think a...
Curiosity far from killing the cat makes us aspire to great things and has led us to where we are today so I love curiosity.
A wise man said once "there are no bad questions there are however bad answers"
Thats also a good point about the many approaches to crack the nut that different...
It is my understanding that the playing with zero pressure on an instrument suspended by strings was solely a demonstration of the possibility of doing so with a well developed embouchure and was never intended as a serious practice tool.
The originator of this technique is said to have...
I attended a music venue last night and I was rendered partially deaf after less than a minute. My ears are still ringing now. Less than one minute exposure damaged my hearing.
The volumes were far in excess of any emergency sirens, jackhammers, fireworks, or anything else I have experienced...
Now it is my turn to learn Jack,
Thank you for those well studied remarks and valuable information.
They say you learn something new every day well I just did thanks to you and I am pleased as punch.
Ok this will be lengthy due to its complexity,
I am not an acoustical engineer I was an engineer a lifetime ago, and I have worked in automotive.
As a result I have gathered information from many sources over the years that may help understand what might be going on.
First of all the number...
This appears to be a Denis Wick 4AM
The shape of the mouthpiece appears subtly incorrect for a Wick
The Words stamped on both my Wick mouthpieces appear as DENIS WICK . LONDON
With a dot stamped between the words WICK and LONDON
I have seen Wick mouthpieces on sale on ebay with the...
You are totally correct 2nd tenor YouTube listening is extremely important for the reasons you have stated in your OP
As for my tips there are many many tips that I could give and some might even be useful, but I will pass on one single piece of advice that I believe transcends all others...
I believe I have a view on this.
I have played throughout the lockdowns giving performances every day to all who are in earshot and I can tell you that many youngsters are not only willing to learn brass but easily develop a deep love of brass instruments and I have personally experienced many...
I am going to jump to the defence of John Morton.
I did not consider his post either condescending or rude just speaking frankly about musicianship.
Being a good musician and having good musicianship are I suspect two very different things.
We are a large family we musicians and I respect...