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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby cambrook » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:46 pm

Hi Klauss,

I don't know the exact model number etc, but it's an Adams euphonium - from memory the body is the medium weight lacquered brass with a silver bell. It has an Adams adjustable gap receiver.

It sounds very good in the orchestra, but I admit I have a soft spot for the original Hirsbrunner ones with the lever on the tuning slide. I know they might not be every euphonium players' favourite, but I think they make a great tenor tuba sound in an orchestral context.

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby bububassboner » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:16 am

Heavy_Metal wrote:Bel Air Community Band - Winter 2014 Tuba Section: The Alexanders are Taking Over

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From left: Cheryl Wald (unk make German BBb), Jim Laisure (Alex 163 CC) me (Alex BBb, unk model) Mark Chachich, principal (Alex 163 CC)

For Alex fans, here is a shot of all our Alex players:

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Jim, me, Mark and Thomas Boram with his Alex French Horn.


Your Alex BBb is just a very old version of the 163. Alexander has one just like it sitting in their factory. I can't see detail on the shields that are on the bell but I'm guessing pre WW1.
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby PaulMaybery » Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:00 pm

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:17 pm

bububassboner wrote: Your Alex BBb is just a very old version of the 163. Alexander has one just like it sitting in their factory. I can't see detail on the shields that are on the bell but I'm guessing pre WW1.


Thanks- if that's true, the bore on these horns was increased at some point in time. The 163's bore has been 20.5 mm/0.807" for years, while this one is just under 20 mm/0.787" as measured at Baltimore Brass. The valve circuit tubing on this tuba is noticeably smaller too, though I don't have measurements on it. But here is a shot of the shield, which at least shows the name:

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Interestingly enough, Gebruder Alexander's site lists the 163's bore as 21.5 mm/0.846", which is the same as that of the 164. Not sure if that's a glitch or not:

http://www.gebr-alexander.de/en/instrum ... a-mod-163/
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Mark E. Chachich » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:19 pm

bububassboner wrote: "Your Alex BBb is just a very old version of the 163. Alexander has one just like it sitting in their factory. I can't see detail on the shields that are on the bell but I'm guessing pre WW1."

That makes sense, Frank's Alex sounds like a 163 and blends with the two 163s in the section very well. The shield looks like an Alexander shield that I saw on an Alex made around 1900. Whatever model Frank's Alex is and whenever it was made, it sounds very good in our section. Also, the intonation in our section is excellent with the three Alexanders.

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:43 pm

I think a trip to Mainz is in order!

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:47 pm

PaulMaybery wrote:New Sousa Band photo from Mid West. 2011
Don Harry, Tim Olt, Gil Corella, Willy Clarke, T.J. Ricer, Paul Maybery (Holton Rain Catcher)


That's some serious firepower! Might I ask what the other horns are?
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby hbcrandy » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:36 am

Mark E. Chachich wrote: Also, the intonation in our section is excellent with the three Alexanders.


Gee, Mark. Everyone on Tubenut knows that no one can play Alexanders in tune, especially when there are BBb's and CC's in the same section.
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby PaulMaybery » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:05 am

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Not totally sure of the models, but Don has his signature Mirafone CC, Tim with a Gnagey CC, Gil with a Miraphone CC, Willy with a Rudi CC, T.J. with a Nirsch CC, and Yours Truly with a Chicago Holton 6/4 Raincatcher. (the token BBb)
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby PaulMaybery » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:09 am

Here is a neat photo from a concert last fall with the Minnetonka Concert Band (Minnesota). I used the cimbasso on a couple of select numbers where it was appropriate.
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Mark E. Chachich » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:15 am

"Gee, Mark. Everyone on Tubenut knows that no one can play Alexanders in tune, especially when there are BBb's and CC's in the same section."

Sorry Randy, I forgot. We will have to start playing the Alexanders out of tune.

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby tuben » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:35 pm

Mark E. Chachich wrote:"Gee, Mark. Everyone on Tubenut knows that no one can play Alexanders in tune, especially when there are BBb's and CC's in the same section."

Sorry Randy, I forgot. We will have to start playing the Alexanders out of tune.

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:21 pm

hbcrandy wrote:Gee, Mark. Everyone on Tubenut knows that no one can play Alexanders in tune, especially when there are BBb's and CC's in the same section.


I love it! :twisted:

On a different note, has anyone else noticed how whenever this thread is resurrected, we seem to get a LOT more pics?

We need to resurrect it more often.
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby bort » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:07 pm

Heavy_Metal wrote:
hbcrandy wrote:Gee, Mark. Everyone on Tubenut knows that no one can play Alexanders in tune, especially when there are BBb's and CC's in the same section.


I love it! :twisted:


In tune? That must mean that the Alex's are in tune with each other. The rest of the band... meh! :lol:
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby bort » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:20 pm

I don't have anything recent, but here goes:

Here's me with a few tuba players from Swarovski Musik Wattens, taken in Wattens, Austria, June 2005.
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This blurry photo is me (far right), Neal Sipe, the late Steve Harsch, and someone else I don't remember. December 2006.
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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:51 pm

After playing this morning's Easter service, Havenwood Presbyterian Church, Timonium, MD:

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From left- Josh Bock, Zora-Maya Keith, me w/Alexander, Bob Hudson, Chris King, Bill Stephens
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Postby MacedoniaTuba » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:29 pm

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Low brass section of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. Dimce Belcovski as principal, Branko Ilievski as second, Victor Ilieski bass trombone and Aleksandar Ninikj on tuba. This one is from the concert at the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb,Croatia this October.
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Postby bloke » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:46 am

Rodgers & Hammerstein pops - Jackson Symphony

extraordinary singers...
I did a two-week stint with the NYC "Carousel" touring company several years ago...
This young man (singer on the right...below the bassoon - Evan Jones - Eastman alum / Florida State voice professor), was a better Billy Bigalow than the singer with the touring company.

fwiw, I did a rehearsal w/the Besson Eb. It would have worked fine. It was just too easy on the 5450, though. :|

nothing "hard"...but very much a *fun* gig...and I consider Richard Rodgers to be one of the world's great composers.

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Postby tbn.al » Tue May 12, 2015 8:33 am

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Re: POST YOUR LOW BRASS SECTION PHOTO HERE

Postby T. J. Ricer » Wed May 13, 2015 3:40 pm

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A bit of low brass rarely seen out in the wild. Jared Lantzy with the contrabass trombone for the Bartok gliss and I've got an H. N. White Rotary CC.
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