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    Poll: Oh, to be 61 again, still young and naive.

    Oh, to be 61 again, still young and naive.
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    I think I had one of those. A Commodore, as I...

    I think I had one of those. A Commodore, as I recall.
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    Sounds like music teachers are being offered the...

    Sounds like music teachers are being offered the same opportunities that elected officials have.
  4. Thread: Teeth.

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    If you're missing your two front teeth, do you...

    If you're missing your two front teeth, do you really need the flute? :o)
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    Don't worry, G. I have played with many...

    Don't worry, G. I have played with many musicians two decades older than you, including a fine trombonist who took oxygen as he played.
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    Check all your local techs. Many of them save...

    Check all your local techs. Many of them save orphaned clarinet barrels.
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    I'm sure you already know, but the sax embouchure...

    I'm sure you already know, but the sax embouchure is not like the clarinet. For me the alto is not so much "looser" as "rounder", with the lower lip out more and the corners in more. Others...
  8. A tech I have used -- and probably many, many...

    A tech I have used -- and probably many, many other techs -- have vast selections of used barrels collected over the years. Call around.
  9. Thanks for the tip, Terry. I searched out a few...

    Thanks for the tip, Terry. I searched out a few Lucas joke sites.

    "If Lucas made guns, wars would not start."
    "Vacuum cleaners are the only Lucas products that don't suck."
  10. I knew Fiat owns a big chunk of Chrysler. I did...

    I knew Fiat owns a big chunk of Chrysler. I did not realize they are also involved with Jaguar.
  11. The accelerator on a small 1950-era British car...

    The accelerator on a small 1950-era British car is more accurately described as a volume control.
  12. Reminds me of the time I removed a radiator from...

    Reminds me of the time I removed a radiator from a Triumph TR3. First, disassemble the front cowling ...
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    The added plus to playing for the Little Sisters...

    The added plus to playing for the Little Sisters is they provide a good bar at their celebrations -- with a nice selection of Irish whiskey. And everyone sips, no one guzzles.
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    Perfect NYE Gig

    As I age I have avoided New Year's Eve gigs. The drunks and the late hours are in my past. But this year I have the almost perfect gig... Little Sisters of the Poor retirement home, from 7:00 'til...
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    Just that legendary Buffett factory quality.

    Just that legendary Buffett factory quality.
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    might keep the pads from sticking to the tone...

    might keep the pads from sticking to the tone holes
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    And where can they be found?

    And where can they be found?
  18. Thread: Eb Alto keys

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    The fewer notes an alto can play, the better.

    The fewer notes an alto can play, the better.
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    My first reaction was that Chicken Little wrote...

    My first reaction was that Chicken Little wrote the Wiki entry. Then I realized that all reed players die.
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    Hi, doc. Welcome to the forum. You'll note a...

    Hi, doc. Welcome to the forum. You'll note a paucity of white noise compared to the last place I saw your posts.
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    A lot of clarinetists insist that wood sounds...

    A lot of clarinetists insist that wood sounds better. I believe the sound depends on the design and care of manufacture. And, of course, the player.
  22. It's not an alto. Might be a Bb, might be an A...

    It's not an alto. Might be a Bb, might be an A (assuming Conn made an A in the director line). Bb clarinets are soprano.
  23. Thread: Should I?

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    As a survivor of 71 years on this planet, I...

    As a survivor of 71 years on this planet, I strongly suggest you buy things when you need them, not before. It took me years to learn that.
  24. I could be wrong, and I'm sure someone will...

    I could be wrong, and I'm sure someone will correct me if so, but I can't imagine the AFM is much of a factor in Iowa. It's not what it was in the day.
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    Not all orchestras are suffering

    There are some symphony orchestras experiencing success:
    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/16/4412681/symphonys-good-fortune=becomes.html
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