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    A big plus for me - the ships I'm booked on are...

    A big plus for me - the ships I'm booked on are adults only.
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    Going on a cruise gig!

    I think I've been somewhat conspicuously absent of late.

    It's been a year of upheaval and worries, though I have been working steadily, if not as busily, with the Stratford Festival.

    I'd...
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    I try and make sure none of my horns has an...

    I try and make sure none of my horns has an extreme setup requiring a significantly hard or soft reed. When I play sax in show or jazz contexts, all of the horns have some kind of #3 on them....
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    Vandoren's own recommendations for the 5RV are...

    Vandoren's own recommendations for the 5RV are 3-4. I'd got with a 3.5 V12
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    Your context fails to mention what mouthpiece you...

    Your context fails to mention what mouthpiece you use. Personally, unless you're playing a tip opening of less than a millimeter, I'd say there's absolutely no reason to use a # 5.
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    Checking WF on my phone!

    Checking WF on my phone!
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    I hacked away on bassoon from my early college...

    I hacked away on bassoon from my early college days on and off. When the Producers was running in Toronto in 2003/04, I had to buckle down and get a bit more serious about it.

    The biggest leap...
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    Stratford Festival 2014

    I'm playing Crazy for You at the Stratford Festival for the 2014 season. We go up Apr. 21 and run 3-4 shows a week 'til October.

    My book is Reed 5 (rental edition) - baritone sax/bass...
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    Sticky: Update: I'm still a woodwind doubler. I've...

    Update:

    I'm still a woodwind doubler. I've resigned myself to the fact that people still want to hire me on oboe & EH, so I reacquired them last year. I've been trying to keep busy making bassoon...
  10. Thread: Clarineo?

    by Merlin
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    I had a Clarineo gifted to me by the former...

    I had a Clarineo gifted to me by the former Canadian distributor. It's fun...and might make a good starter for kids...but I think of it as the answer to a question no one asked.
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    I don't know how you could make that judgement...

    I don't know how you could make that judgement just from seeing the mics. We were onstage.

    The theatre seats over 3000. Everything was mic'd.
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    It was a big vee setup. Big band on stage left,...

    It was a big vee setup. Big band on stage left, expanded rhythm section centre stage, and the strings were stage right.
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    Reed 5 book on the Family Guy Live show in...

    Reed 5 book on the Family Guy Live show in Toronto:

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/9990724323_75772aaae6_c.jpg
    Untitled by Merlin Williams, on Flickr

    Flute/clarinet/bassoon/baritone sax.
    ...
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    Paragraphs. In short, you won't know 'til you...

    Paragraphs.

    In short, you won't know 'til you have the instrument in your hands and get a few lessons.
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    Get a decent cane reed. If you insist on playing...

    Get a decent cane reed. If you insist on playing synthetic, go with a Legere Signature. I've never heard a really good sound on any horn with a Bari synthetic.
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    by Merlin
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    I think knowing how to write music by hand...

    I think knowing how to write music by hand teaches you a lot about how to properly space music on staffs.

    A lot of beginning arrangers leave all of the layout to their notation software and end up...
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    by Merlin
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    Finale is available at a student/educational...

    Finale is available at a student/educational discount at any time. It's a great tool, but do yourself a favor and learn to write with pencil and paper first.
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    I do all of my Finale entry with the arrow keys...

    I do all of my Finale entry with the arrow keys and numeric keypad.
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    There's no magical formula. It depends on who...

    There's no magical formula.

    It depends on who the contractor is, what the instrumentation for the show is, whether the conductor likes your work (or even if they like YOU!).

    Some players get...
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    I play in the pro pits in Toronto. In fact, I'm...

    I play in the pro pits in Toronto. In fact, I'm currently playing for the touring production of Anything Goes. It's the Roundabout Theatre production that won a Tony 2 years ago for best revival of a...
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    Reed 3 of the 4 on this show.

    Reed 3 of the 4 on this show.
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    Here's my pit setup for Anything Goes. This is...

    Here's my pit setup for Anything Goes. This is the Tony-winning Roundabout Theatre production which is on tour at the moment. Toronto has the show for a month (we close Aug. 18th.)

    L-R: Linton...
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    I found this tremendously helpful: ...

    I found this tremendously helpful:

    http://www.blockiflute.com/Pneumo-Pro_p_1.html

    The Trevor Wye series of method and study books is a great asset as well.
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    I only lug the ones they're paying me to play......

    I only lug the ones they're paying me to play...

    I'm currently doing a 3 week run of The Sound of Music, and it's just flute/clarinet. Every time I leave the house I feel like I've forgotten...
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    Can't you borrow a bass clarinet for the show?...

    Can't you borrow a bass clarinet for the show? Substituting Bb clarinet for bass doesn't really cut it; you'd be better off playing the part on baritone sax instead.
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