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  1. That's probably my best instrument: tacit horn....

    That's probably my best instrument: tacit horn. Except when I screw up the counting ....

    Then, you ought to try playing The Swan Of Tuonela, by Jean Sibelius, some time very soon.

    For all of...
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    Regarding the balance issue, I think that the...

    Regarding the balance issue, I think that the simple correction for same on the Yamaha at least would be to provide a proper thumb rest. I note that it is not integral to the body of the horn (which...
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    Sticky: SOTSDO = Sounds Of The South Dance Orchestra, a...

    SOTSDO = Sounds Of The South Dance Orchestra, a Houston-area musical group specializing in danceable music for those who can't fox trot; in the process of relocation to the Florida panhandle
    IOH ...
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    The keywork on a Yamaha EWI is bad enough as it...

    The keywork on a Yamaha EWI is bad enough as it is; the touchpad system seen on the "instrument" above would be agony for me to play. But, then again, I'm used to some 'feedback' coming through my...
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    Oh, and we forgot one: E-mail = Electronic...

    Oh, and we forgot one:

    E-mail = Electronic mail

    Not really an acronym; more like an abbreviation, really
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    "What does WF mean?", I innocently ask... All...

    "What does WF mean?", I innocently ask...

    All kidding aside, it is a very good practice to identify the contents of acronyms the first time that you use them. Not everyone has the same knowledge...
  7. And, like a new automobile here in the US of A...

    And, like a new automobile here in the US of A (United States of America, for those challenged by acronyms), a new musical instrument depreciates about 20% when you drive it out of the showroom. Shop...
  8. That was more or less the point of the analogy....

    That was more or less the point of the analogy. The dollar amounts are not set hard and fast, but are relative to each other in the general way that horn and accessory pricing is set up.

    Here in...
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    As I too have been sentenced to the agony of a...

    As I too have been sentenced to the agony of a EWI, I am aware of the decorative nature of the "ligature". Pete - well, I don't know about him...
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    If a ligature's only function is to look "cool",...

    If a ligature's only function is to look "cool", then a tasteful single or double wrapping of barbed wire would suffice.

    Wait - that may have been too harsh. Perhaps his effort was to absorb the...
  11. Push comes to shove, the quality of a decent...

    Push comes to shove, the quality of a decent student or intermediate instrument is good enough to carry you a long, long way. Ultimately, it's the quality of the player that will matter the most.
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    And cracks. On an Eb horn, a micro crack can be...

    And cracks. On an Eb horn, a micro crack can be all it takes to leak as a erzatz register key.

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    There's a big 'un by the register key. Make sure to take photos of the tenon on that end of...
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    Yeah, excepting only that their chocolate tastes...

    Yeah, excepting only that their chocolate tastes like Bakelite...
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    Well, when I make my grand exit, I expect a bit...

    Well, when I make my grand exit, I expect a bit more from youse all than a four letter acroynm...
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    Lay low on the jazz stuff until you at least have...

    Lay low on the jazz stuff until you at least have the basics mastered. All the major scales (and the chromatic one), stuff like thirds and all of that. Rubank (and (my favorite) Lazarus) cover all of...
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    Also, keep well in mind that every manufacturer's...

    Also, keep well in mind that every manufacturer's horn may respond differently. For that matter, depending on the state of maintenance of your instrument, every individual horn, even of the same...
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    Get ready for a greater presence of the...

    Get ready for a greater presence of the contrabass saxophone in our world.
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    I'm looking for an arrangement...

    ...specifically the one used for the Robert Palmer video of Love Me Or Leave Me. Anybody have any idea where it's best to start?

    The tune has a mean bass clarinet line in same, as good as the one...
  19. Assuming we're talking about the G (fingered...

    Assuming we're talking about the G (fingered •••|ooo) on the saxophone, I've never heard of it "motorboating" before. Low D (•••|•••), sure, but not low G.

    If it is the G, then...
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    For all of the efforts of traditional/electric...

    For all of the efforts of traditional/electric typewriter folks to bring their traditional machinery forward into the Twentieth Century, the die was cast as soon as the computer possessed both a...
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    Yeah, I've done some ballets ("balletes"?) in the...

    Yeah, I've done some ballets ("balletes"?) in the past, but always as part of a traditional small pit orchestra (two clarinets, two flutes, one oboe, one bassoon, plus the usual brass, rhythm and...
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    Are you looking to play it, or looking to sell...

    Are you looking to play it, or looking to sell it?

    If you're selling, the best way to value it is to look for the same item on eBay and assign the value according to the selling prices on finished...
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    Jeez...talk about worse than that cheesy looking...

    Jeez...talk about worse than that cheesy looking silver thing used by the Czech maker...
  24. When starting out on any horn, it's always best...

    When starting out on any horn, it's always best to work side by side with someone experienced on that particular instrument. The instant feedback that such a relationship offers is well worth the...
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    I had one of those ergo Macintosh keyboards,...

    I had one of those ergo Macintosh keyboards, bought just for the hell of it. The strangest thing is that we have absolutely no idea what became of it.

    The split enabled a better wrist angle and...
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