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    1960s Conn Director Baritone (3rd valve piston needed)

    Personally I’m all in favour of keeping old instruments going until it is clearly impractical to do so, so good luck with getting a replacement valve. On some instruments the 1st and 3rd valve are effectively the same, have a look at the valve ports (pipes out of their casings) and see if they...
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    Help please!

    I’m glad that you have updated the thread and that you found a Brass Band to join.
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    Instruments, are we Owners or Custodians?

    Although the Bands that we play with are towards opposite ends of the ability spectrum it seems (to me) that we’re of an overlapping mindset. In my Band the two Tenor Trombones play circa 1960’s small bore instruments and just having them there and playing is the thing rather than a particular...
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    Instruments, are we Owners or Custodians?

    Thank you for the responses, it’s helpful and interesting to hear other people’s perspectives. I find myself with both a utilitarian attitude towards some instruments and a more personal link to others; to an extent that’s a function of instrument age and of quality too, but coupled in with...
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    Instruments, are we Owners or Custodians?

    The years go by and I now look at my instruments - and many other durable possessions too - with an altered and maybe more educated perspective. As a younger person I worked for and then bought items with which I then felt free to do with as I chose. Now when I look at my instruments I think...
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    Long serving conductors

    Some quite incredible achievements both in terms of service to a Band and longevity. I wonder about the many Pro’s and Con’s of one person being a Band’s Conductor for extended periods, but (IMHO) that’s not for this thread and maybe for a separate one instead. What would be interesting here...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    I put the full quote in for context. In my own reading of the comment I had not believed that all people were simply split into two different groups but had believed that two different groups within a spread of attitudes were described. Perhaps I’m incorrect but it seemed obvious to me that some...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    As a young man I was not really aware of charity from or within the USA but I think that your rephrasing is a good clarification and, of course, any broad brush comment is always going to lack the finesse needed to give a true picture. Just out of interest let’s explore things a little further...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    I was going to say that it’s rare here in the U.K. too but in truth I don’t really know for sure that that is the case or rather changed to be the case. In times past we used to have face to face conversations and in general they were both more civilised in nature and general in topic, if a...
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    Hello!

    Welcome to tmp, it is generally a quiet but friendly site. Most of the members here are historically U.K. based, but USA based members are active here too. I note that you have a Blessing Trombone; when I returned to playing I was lent a Blessing Scholastic which for some reason played much...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Threads sometimes drift or get a life of their own, and so long as the conversation remains good natured we all benefit from the exchange of views. New topics and posts keep the forum alive and I think that this one has been very good too in reaching out across the Atlantic. Please keep your...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Any political party or representatives will tell you that your vote is wasted if it isn’t cast for them, self interest is their only guide and as such they should be ignored. When I cast my vote I’m looking to see it make (by my particular values) a positive difference in some way. Tactical...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    As a young man I used to like the seemingly common USA attitude of every man and woman for them selves, let them that can do and those that can’t perish. I regard myself as a do-er and the results of my hard and thought targeted labours have been good - I’m not rich but don’t have money worries...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Perhaps it’s just my particular experience but the most ridged, dogmatic and often outright aggressive people that I come across on-line are older people. To an extent that’s been a surprise to me that folk who are more than old enough to know better do, in fact, behave badly towards others...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Your experience might be different to mine but in the last year or so I’ve found social media sites who’s members are very anti any point of view but their own. IMHO that’s not a healthy situation, but polarised politics and he who shouts loudest seem to be becoming the norm. Personally I’d...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Is Trump good or is Trump bad? He’s not my ‘cuppa of tea’ and I’d have preferred Hilary, but that’s just my preference. The one thing I’d hate is for friends here to fall out over politics. I’m a centre ground type of chap myself and annoyed with polarised politics that pleases 51% of the...
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    Democrats to flee the country?

    Personally I’m not hoping for his nomination or re-election but IMHO Tom’s assessment of the situation is spot-on.
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    Referring to the post that I originally answered (above) it seems that there are now at least two of us who suggest that oiling valves is worthwhile. Getting back to the original post I own a small bell three non-comp valve Tuba and just love it. It’s light, it’s an easy blow, it wasn’t...
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    The Zen of Playing Silence

    As a very general comment, for any readers in general, I would add that slowing down the metronome is good too. Tap the rhythm out slowly and then gradually build up to the pace expected, and maybe a bit quicker than it too. Once the rhythm is mastered then add in playing, again slowly to...
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    Playlite spares

    It’s anybody’s guess what has happened there and, of course, they might have been bought out by someone else or have sold their tooling to somebody else. By chance I noticed that Classic Cantabile sell a similar range of plastic instruments so perhaps you might get some joy or more details from...
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