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« Reply #60 on: Sep 15, 2016, 12:37PM »

Rework the bell section with three standard valves, or four, don't use the slide, stick a mouthpiece lead pipe where the slide usually goes, and it might come out close to Bb.

If your thing worked for all of them, it would probably be really bad at all of them.

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« Reply #61 on: Sep 15, 2016, 06:02PM »

It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!
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« Reply #62 on: Oct 02, 2016, 09:38PM »

The contra build is nearly done  Pant Good! Amazed and now comes the fun of buffing and then off to final finishing.

Here are some photos of the levers.





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« Reply #63 on: Oct 02, 2016, 11:48PM »

You really made it from scratch? Well done! Good!

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« Reply #64 on: Oct 03, 2016, 03:38AM »

The contra build is nearly done  Pant Good! Amazed and now comes the fun of buffing and then off to final finishing.

Here are some photos of the levers.

Those paddle-ends look absolutely identical to the paddle-ends on my independent converted Holton 169 - really just the same; same-looking metal, same shapes, same curves. I'm told that the conversion work on my trombone was done by Burt Herrick in 1969. Just a coincidence, or is there a connection?
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« Reply #65 on: Oct 03, 2016, 10:29AM »

Your valve levers were modified under Bob Weller's ownership. That might help.

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« Reply #66 on: Oct 03, 2016, 12:42PM »

Those paddle-ends look absolutely identical to the paddle-ends on my independent converted Holton 169 - really just the same; same-looking metal, same shapes, same curves. I'm told that the conversion work on my trombone was done by Burt Herrick in 1969. Just a coincidence, or is there a connection?
I model my valve paddles after the way Larry Minick did his, so that's probably the common connection.
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« Reply #67 on: Oct 04, 2016, 09:48PM »

Here is a quick video Brad captured today of our good shop pal, (and tubist extrodinaire) Blake Cooper, demonstrating the BBb contra low register. As you can see, "farty sizzle" is a specialty of this particular instrument  Evil

https://youtu.be/4kQKDPSdCWA

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« Reply #68 on: Oct 04, 2016, 11:02PM »

Any clips yet of this thing being played normally?
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« Reply #69 on: Oct 05, 2016, 02:07AM »

"farty sizzle"

I will certainly continue to keep my eyes open, but I've yet to find a chart marked with performance instruction.  Evil
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« Reply #70 on: Mar 14, 2017, 12:54PM »

Got the instrument back from silver-plating! Final assembly this week and she'll be ready for the front lines  Amazed



I'll post final shots when all the parts are on the horn.
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« Reply #71 on: Mar 14, 2017, 01:40PM »

Holy cannoli, that is one gorgeous contra. The slanted braces on the valve tubing look really slick. I look forward to the day that I can make one of my dream horns a reality, just like you've done here.
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 16, 2017, 05:52AM »

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!  Amazed  Amazed  Amazed

You guys did a fantastic job with making that horn from scratch!  Good!
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« Reply #73 on: Mar 16, 2017, 06:33AM »

That's just freakin gorgeous!!!!!!




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« Reply #74 on: Mar 30, 2017, 12:45PM »

well, it's been about a year since we started this project and I'm happy to say that the instrument is finally completed! A real beauty too! So much fun to play. Brad did an amazing job, stunning work and design. I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out.

I'll have this contra at ITF in Redlands this year at my Brass Ark booth, so feel free to stop by, take a photo and have a blow on it!

Without further delay, final photos:




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« Reply #75 on: Mar 30, 2017, 01:57PM »

Shoot, I need to book a flight to Redlands. :-0

I've been following this project quietly since you first started it. What an absolute work of art it turned out to be. Kudos to Mr. Close on his stunning work!
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« Reply #76 on: Mar 30, 2017, 02:14PM »

Beautiful horn. But I have to ask: why the double slide? I thought that was the kiss of death with contras last.
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« Reply #77 on: Mar 30, 2017, 02:20PM »

Beautiful horn. But I have to ask: why the double slide? I thought that was the kiss of death with contras last.

Wanted to do this one in BBb, and that means double slide (or really long arm extensions  Pant)

Actually, the slide action turned out to be quite good on this horn!
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« Reply #78 on: Mar 30, 2017, 03:20PM »

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!!!  Amazed

Nice job!
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« Reply #79 on: Mar 30, 2017, 05:38PM »

What are you using for a case?!
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