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    One of the "flaws" of the design of the saxophone...

    One of the "flaws" of the design of the saxophone is that there is no such thing as uniform key height, this because the keys (and, by extension, the touch pieces attached to them) are set at a...
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    Now someone will start worrying about split bell...

    Now someone will start worrying about split bell keys...
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    I own a Hercules baritone stand. My only comment...

    I own a Hercules baritone stand. My only comment there is "Meh…"
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    It appears designed for the German/Austrian...

    It appears designed for the German/Austrian string ligature, hence the ribs...
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    And, yet again, the baritone saxophone community...

    And, yet again, the baritone saxophone community is ignored. Sigh…
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    I used to use a guy who once worked for the old H...

    I used to use a guy who once worked for the old H & H Music, but he died on me five years ago, and I haven't found anyone locally to replace him.

    My symphony contact retired at about the same...
  7. Thread: Bass Clarinet

    by SOTSDO
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    That's the trick to moving an alto clarinet - say...

    That's the trick to moving an alto clarinet - say that it's something else (an apple peeler, a closet bend (look that one up, if you will) or a oil well Christmas tree, and don't include a photo. It...
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    An update: I've finally processed the...

    An update:

    I've finally processed the photographs and am starting in on the captions. Stay tuned...
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    I've played them well during my days in the...

    I've played them well during my days in the 1970s, but I couldn't tell you dreck from Shinola about them other than the neck angle on the baritone suited rock and R&B playing quite well. I could get...
  10. Brook Mays is a defunct musical instrument...

    Brook Mays is a defunct musical instrument marketing company. They've been gone since the early 2000s, so anything made for them has some age on it as it is.

    I once found a flute head joint at...
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    A careful read of the section reveals that they...

    A careful read of the section reveals that they are not just talking about bassoons, but rather all woodwind instruments. They just decided to save a pile of words by putting the "(and other winds)"...
  12. I also think that it is easier to move from...

    I also think that it is easier to move from clarinet (after developing the embouchure for the clarinet) to saxophone, than the other way around. Easier to start out taut and go to loose, than the...
  13. Although I don't understand all of the grading...

    Although I don't understand all of the grading system talk (or, for that matter, the "abrsm" acronym), what I do know is that a multi-instrument background is critical to instrumental music teaching....
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    The crooked alignment of the stamp also points...

    The crooked alignment of the stamp also points towards a stencil. I've seen few manufacturer stamps so crooked, but a lot of stencils so applied.
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    More than just a call...

    When the recession in 2008 hit, it hit here hard, at least as reflected by our musical bookings. The last big gig that I did not have to "work" to get was one thrown by Shell Oil, that being a party...
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    And, this is where I add that I used to be able...

    And, this is where I add that I used to be able to "(In conics) I can floor peculiarities parabolous" (with apologies to W.S. Gilbert). These days, I consider myself fortunate if I can figure the...
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    A Dissenting Viewpoint

    While there has been a lot of talk about the musical side of "big band" versus a smaller group, the main question in my mind has always been not about the full and lush harmonies (which I enjoy as...
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    Hell, I learned about that over thirty years ago...

    Hell, I learned about that over thirty years ago without ever having to hold a note on the bassoon.

    Back when I used to work a ten hour day downtown, pick up my vocalist/performer girlfriend and a...
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    Oddly enough, there have been considerable...

    Oddly enough, there have been considerable numbers of full Boehm Selmer clarinets on eBay over the past two or three times I have done my survey. Since my soft palate problems persist, I have...
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    An auction opportunity of a lifetime!

    Call your friends! Here's a horn that's sure to go for more than the listed price, so high is the demand:
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    Yeah, I've used Finale and its system of note...

    Yeah, I've used Finale and its system of note entry, so I know of what you speak. However, Composer's custom keypad was clearly labeled and separate from the typewriter system of the regular...
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    Yup. Irregularity makes it sound much more...

    Yup. Irregularity makes it sound much more authentic.

    Regarding Mark of the Unicorn's Professional Composer (?; it's been almost thirty years since I last used it), one thing that I miss a lot is...
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    Well... When you look at how synth stuff is...

    Well...

    When you look at how synth stuff is used in productions, you see things like pitch variation added to the layered strings so that it sounds "section-y" instead of one massive tonality. The...
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    I'm not looking for the kind of expressiveness...

    I'm not looking for the kind of expressiveness that many on here strive for every second that they are playing a horn. As I've said many times before, I consider myself more of a mechanic who is...
  25. Thread: EWI USB style

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    One thing that I forgot to mention above is just...

    One thing that I forgot to mention above is just about as critical as the tone of the synthesizer used with the EWI.

    The "ergonomics" of the EWIs that I have held (and that includes all of them,...
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