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backhanded insult...?? backhanded bragging...??

Postby bloke » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:36 am

It's no secret (at least, not here) that - though I enjoy my work very much - I don't dawdle or chit-chat after concerts. I just don't like waiting in line to leave (combination of impatience, manual shift, and really ready - by then - to be home).
Tonight, there was no tuba in encore #2 (William Tell), and (in fact) my wheels were rolling well before the last E major chord.
Someone cornered me between the back of the stage and my car (a tuba player who - according to what they told me - works in a city roughly a hundred miles from the concert venue) and said something to the effect of,
"Wow, what a great sound...all night long...so what kind of TUBA is that?"
[i.e. "Surely, old fat man, it wasn't you who should be credited with making those sounds; it had to be some sort of "magic tuba" or something."]
...or (per the title of this post) by repeating the ["compliment"...??], am I - perhaps - just finding a backhanded way to brag about it? (...so yeah, I'm definitely "leading with my chin" by asking this question, am I not ?)

Also, this is the second time that a colleague brought a repair job to me at the gig, was told that they would need to meet with me to take it out to my car during intermission - as I would be nowhere to be found after the concert, and they didn't take me seriously.


subsequent post wrote:OK, bloke...so what kind of tuba WAS it...?? :P :lol:
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Re: backhanded insult...?? backhanded bragging...??

Postby Ken Herrick » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:47 am

I'll bet................ the one made from all wood...............sugar maple to be precise...........it gives the sweetest, syrupy bel canto effect imaginable.
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Postby ckalaher1 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:58 am

The dude probably thought you sounded great and just wanted to talk shop.
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Postby bloke » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:02 am

ckalaher1 wrote:The dude probably thought you sounded great and just wanted to talk shop.


I choose THIS ! :D
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Postby windshieldbug » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:54 am

Just for laughs, which horn were you using?

A tuba player could be forgiven for not recognizing your Buescher "C" helicon, for example... :shock:
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Postby bloke » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:07 am

nah...a regular currently-manufactured model with a plain-ol' lacquer finish.
Here are ~some~ (there were three or four more...some patriotic stuff...GBA, S&SF, some James Bond stuff...etc.) of the tunes played (A trumpet player stuck this on facebook this morning, and I grabbed this image.)
...yeah...a pops concert...and there was a singer

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Postby joebob » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:36 pm

When someone tells me that my tuba really sounds great I often reply, " Yes, just look at it, doesn't it sound great?"
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Postby bloke » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:15 pm

joebob wrote:When someone tells me that my tuba really sounds great I often reply, " Yes, just look at it, doesn't it sound great?"


perfect.
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Postby Oldschooltuba » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:18 pm

is it silver plated?
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Postby ken k » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:04 pm

world class sound, I'm sure....
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Re: backhanded insult...?? backhanded bragging...??

Postby bloke » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:11 pm

ken k wrote:world class sound, I'm sure....


truth:

It (the sound) was being thrown out over the grounds through two behemoth stacks of speakers suspended way up in the air...
I have hardly played this summer (school-owned & other instruments repairs / house repairs / grass cuttin' / etc.), I played a handful of gigs in September (no practicin'), my face was sore after two rehearsals of very heavy-duty playing (under a music director who consistently asks for Image-to-the-wall low brass).

I pulled the microphone down about five inches from my bell, and backed off a good bit (from the amount of sound that I had put out during our (indoor/acoustic) rehearsals.

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Postby barry grrr-ero » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:06 pm

Be grateful that someone thought enough of your playing to come and tell you about their reaction to it. Bask in the glory while you can, regardless of whether you thought you deserved it or not - people just want to show their appreciation. Let them have their moment.

Even when I play a goofy Oktoberfest in some dumb town, if someone comes up to tell me how much they enjoyed the music, I take a moment take to thank them for coming out to hear it. Then again, being sun-sign Leo, I can't get enough adulation - I live for it.
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Postby Three Valves » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:03 am

bloke wrote:[i.e. "Surely, old fat man, it wasn't you who should be credited with making those sounds; it had to be some sort of "magic tuba" or something."]


It's the shoes!!

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Re: backhanded insult...?? backhanded bragging...??

Postby Mark » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:43 pm

This reminds me of one of my favorite photography stories. At an exhibition of the legendary photographer, Alfred Eisenstadt, a man and little boy approached the photographer. The man asked: "Mr. Eisenstadt, what kind of camera do you use?". Eisenstadt replied: "a Leica". The man looked down at the little boy and said: "See Tommy, we will buy you a Leica and you can take pictures just like Mr. Eisenstadt's".
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