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1  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: How far can you get alone? on: Yesterday at 07:44 PM
Some of the very best players have been self-taught, or at least they claim to be.

However, I started with private lessons from the very beginning, and I do think that's the best way.

As you say it really depends on the person.  Especially "innate attention to detail."
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Help With Antique Horn on: Yesterday at 06:24 PM
Nice engraving.  I can see from the damage why there's no slide, it probably got destroyed.  Put an appropriate size slide with it and get the damage fixed by somebody good...  and you might have a playable horn.  It's going to take some work.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece/horn synergy on: Yesterday at 10:18 AM
I think the timeline may not support that.  I'm pretty sure the Remington mouthpiece existed before the Giardinelli "clones" which have little resemblance to the Remington.  The Giardinelli Symphony T and Van Haney models weren't even the same, they were just sort of close.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Plating on the rotor casing on: Yesterday at 08:43 AM
I think it's really two soft surfaces that will gall most easily, but anything will with no lubrication.  And anything will be fine with sufficient lubrication.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Looking for tuba advice from non-tubists on: Yesterday at 06:36 AM
Good choice, maybe a little bigger than you want but that's a good standard tuba that will always hold its value.
6  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS/WTT DE XT N 104 Gold on: Dec 09, 2017, 11:42PM
I'd make you a trade...
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece/horn synergy on: Dec 09, 2017, 03:41PM
As long as the rim size is compatible with your playing mechanics, a pair designed together will probably yield good results.  Not everybody can use those particular sizes, however.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Never seen a tuba like this... on: Dec 09, 2017, 09:04AM
This is a BBb horn according to the second video posted about the horns design (the B designation appears to have been a mistake

B is the German (and other European) name for Bb, where B natural is called H
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Looking for tuba advice from non-tubists on: Dec 08, 2017, 09:04AM
OK, not being facile in tenor clef, I'll bite: excepting British brass band and certain "world music" ensembles, tuba parts are non-transposing instruments (i.e., are notated at concert pitch, so how does facility reading tenor clef make an Eb preferable to a BBb, C, or F?
I had to think a minute because I would never try to play an instrument that way, but:

Third space bass clef Eb looks like Bb in tenor clef.  Both are open notes on Eb and Bb tubas, in the octave to be the 4th partial.
If you read a bass clef part in tenor instead, it plays correctly on an Eb instrument - written Eb, read Bb, Eb comes out.

But realistically even without perfect pitch I think it's better to hear the correct note and know what you're playing, instead of pretending it's something else.  On an Eb half of the fingerings are the same, you only have to learn the other half. 
10  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Build a cool a arranging style on: Dec 08, 2017, 06:28AM
That's some really great stuff, Rob.  Nice Christmas album.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Looking for tuba advice from non-tubists on: Dec 08, 2017, 06:02AM
Try before you buy. 
I have a 1907 Eb York Monster that was High Pitch and I had to have an extension made for the tuning slide to get it down to normal pitch.  I didn't know that until other work had been done so it was playable.
Whatever you're looking at, do some research.  If you're not willing or able to put more money into repairs, go somewhere you can try a bunch.  Baltimore Brass is probably the best known place for that.
Valve configurations vary widely.  You're used to right hand 3 valves, left hand 1 valve, right?  You can get used to anything with enough practice, but a lot of tubas are right hand 4 valves - how's your pinky for operating a valve?  I can't really do it, especially pistons.
Try before you buy.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Looking for tuba advice from non-tubists on: Dec 07, 2017, 09:47PM
Tubas come in lots of different configurations, far more so than trombones.
The "quarter" designations are sort of related to bore size but really they are marketing designations for different sizes within each manufacturer's offerings, and there are no standards at all - there are big overlaps in bore size vs quarter sizes.   It's really more about the size of the larger tubing closer to the bell.  For a doubler, to be easier to play look for 3/4 or 4/4 at the most.  BBb will be the easiest to learn if you already know fingerings, and will make the most sense since the bottom of the range matches your expectations.

The Cerveny on eBay is probably workable, but if you buy something like that expect to possibly put hundreds of dollars into repairs to get it playable. Shipping can get expensive and hard to avoid shipping damage.  A lot depends on where you are - there are specialty shops and specialty repair people who can give you good advice, and one of those places is probably the best place to buy, so you're not getting unknown problems.
13  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: James Levine, students, festivals on: Dec 07, 2017, 03:50PM
My high school choir director was suddenly let go and moved out of the area, in the middle of the year.  We were never told why but it was shortly after he said some very inappropriate things in class which I won't repeat here.

This stuff has been going on forever.
14  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Help Wanted: Topic for Scholarship Essay on: Dec 07, 2017, 03:44PM
It seem to me that asking for help with this kind of defeats the purpose.
15  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Healthy competition on: Dec 07, 2017, 07:46AM
If you play with people worse than you, there's a tendency to lower your own playing to their standard.

However, in that situation you can also use the opportunity to be a better example and bring the overall level up.  It can strengthen your own playing if you have that attitude.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Is this gal playing an Olds Recording? on: Dec 06, 2017, 01:23PM
If the is more bottom lip in the mouthpiece than top lip, the airstream makes the bottom lip protrude and the air goes up.  A small percentage of brass players have facial structure that favors that situation and they can't play any other way. 

Some of the most famous brass players in history have had that style of embouchure -
On trumpet: Doc severinsen, John Faddis, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis
On horn:  Dennis Brain
On trombone: Kai Winding, Dick Nash, Blair Bolliger
On tuba:  I can't think of names right now but there are some.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Pbone vs Yamaha YSL 354 on: Dec 06, 2017, 10:05AM
People are still actively using Bachs, Conns, Kings, etc. from 100 years ago, and they are still in demand.
I still occasionally use a YSL354 that's probably at least 30 years old.

How long do you think a pBone will last?
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Pixie Mute on: Dec 06, 2017, 06:48AM
It has to go in at least far enough so you can use a plunger over it, and not so far that you can't grab it to remove.

Those are the practical considerations.
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: articulation in the high register on: Dec 05, 2017, 04:16PM
There is not one thing that's more important than the others - unless it's something you're NOT doing that needs to happen.  If you're missing something, the others have to overcompensate.   All of those things are important, in the right balance. 

Tonguing in the high range can be tricky, because "movement" for articulation can upset "position" needed for sustain.  It's also hard (or even impossible) to whistle high notes and articulate, for the same reason.   I like to work on double and triple tonguing in the high range because it can teach you things you won't learn any other way.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Is this gal playing an Olds Recording? on: Dec 05, 2017, 04:09PM
Not mine, it looks kind of like a Josef Klier.
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