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Postby Mark Finley » Fri May 27, 2016 10:45 pm

This actually is a semi serious post.. really

I don't like the curved tip paddles on my Prague, so I'm thinking of adding coins to the spatulas to give them a little more tactile feedback.

If you were living in Texas, playing a Chinese horn based on a Czech design with a British name engraved on the bell, which coin (or coins) would you solder to the valve paddles?

no, they don't all have to match, I'm trying to be creative
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Re: Which coins?

Postby arpthark » Fri May 27, 2016 10:53 pm

Obviously a Texas state quarter, a Czech koruna, a fifty pence piece and a Chinese yuan.
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Re: Which coins?

Postby bloke » Fri May 27, 2016 11:01 pm

yeah...
He's right, of course, but I would go with four of the same...

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Re: Which coins?

Postby Mark Finley » Fri May 27, 2016 11:02 pm

arpthark wrote:Obviously a Texas state quarter, a Czech koruna, a fifty pence piece and a Chinese yuan.



I was thinking along those lines, but I didn't know the names of the foreign coins.

I like the half dollar. The back side is the eagle landing on the moon, and I was born while Apollo 11 was still on the moon
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Re: Which coins?

Postby Mark Finley » Fri May 27, 2016 11:05 pm

bloke wrote:yeah...
He's right, of course, but I would go with four of the same...

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so classy... God bless Texas
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Re: Which coins?

Postby bisontuba » Sat May 28, 2016 9:33 am

Golden color coin might look nicer with a lacquered horn...beautiful image too...

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Re: Which coins?

Postby Donn » Sat May 28, 2016 9:49 am

I assume US mint coins would take solder OK. 3:1 nickel and copper, on the surface.
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Re: Which coins?

Postby windshieldbug » Sat May 28, 2016 10:21 am

Keep it consistent...

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Re: Which coins?

Postby PaulMaybery » Sat May 28, 2016 10:23 am

Donn.
I didn't particularly like the curved paddles either.
I took them off and straightened them in a vice. They bend rather easily. But then I felt I needed to adjust the angle downward just a tad (by bending the push rods)

But before that (I have the Wessex Cimbasso) I tried 5 Italian coins on them with the image of Victor Emanuel on the head. For the cognoscenti, "Victor Emanuel Re di Italia" of course is abreviated into an anagram for VERDI.(would have been very appropriate) I felt they were a bit too clumsy so they were removed.

I often thought someone could have a neat 'after-market business' supplying upgrade parts for the Chinese imports. There is one particular machinist in my neighborhood who could make that kind of stuff and who actually does do jobbing for major American makers.

But, my vote for coins though would be "TEXAS"
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Re: Which coins?

Postby Michael Bush » Sat May 28, 2016 10:31 am

When I wore through the nickel plating on the 410 I had for a few years, I first thought of getting Miraphone ones and called bloke. He said it wasn't going to work, but German marks from around the 70s are cheap on Ebay and have heavy nickel on them that won't wear through in decades. That's what I did. With the eagle side showing, it looks pretty cool. Not creatively themed like some of these suggestions, but nice looking and durable.
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Re: Which coins?

Postby arpthark » Sat May 28, 2016 11:30 am

Michael Bush wrote:When I wore through the nickel plating on the 410 I had for a few years, I first thought of getting Miraphone ones and called bloke. He said it wasn't going to work, but German marks from around the 70s are cheap on Ebay and have heavy nickel on them that won't wear through in decades. That's what I did. With the eagle side showing, it looks pretty cool. Not creatively themed like some of these suggestions, but nice looking and durable.


My grandfather was stationed in Germany in the 60s - I have a chocolate tin full of all the old German marks from his time there. I'll probably put four on the Alex someday. Thanks for the inspiration.

Back to Mark's question, despite my initial answer I do think the look of four uniform coins would be more appealing - I like the Texas state quarter idea.
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Re: Which coins?

Postby tuben » Sat May 28, 2016 11:38 am

If I may: Choose coins of a design or location that mean something to you. (birth state, trips abroad, etc)
Then, choose dates similarly. (anniversary, children's birth years, etc)

Why not have them be happy reminders of other parts of your life?
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Re: Which coins?

Postby arpthark » Sat May 28, 2016 11:42 am

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Re: Which coins?

Postby balchb » Sat May 28, 2016 1:29 pm

Solder or super glue?
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Re: Which coins?

Postby Mark Finley » Sat May 28, 2016 1:47 pm

balchb wrote:Solder or super glue?



solder
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Re: Which coins?

Postby Rick F » Sat May 28, 2016 2:32 pm

How about some gold $2.5 Indian quarters? Depending on the vintage it might cost more than the tuba.

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Re: Which coins?

Postby bort » Sat May 28, 2016 3:10 pm

bisontuba wrote:Golden color coin might look nicer with a lacquered horn...beautiful image too...

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Re: Which coins?

Postby Mark Finley » Sat May 28, 2016 3:11 pm

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Re: Which coins?

Postby Michael Bush » Sat May 28, 2016 3:13 pm

windshieldbug wrote:Keep it consistent...

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That would actually be cool.
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Re: Which coins?

Postby Mark Finley » Sat May 28, 2016 3:23 pm

Michael Bush wrote:
windshieldbug wrote:Keep it consistent...

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That would actually be cool.



Except that's from japan.
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