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Difficulty of adding tuning kicker

Postby DouglasJB » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:49 pm

I recently received my (New to me) Wessex Berg, I am unable with this layout to reach the 1st slide to adjust it, how difficult is it to add a tuning slide kicker for left hand? (Looking for info from anyone who has experience adding these)
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Re: Difficulty of adding tuning kicker

Postby PaulMaybery » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:47 pm

Hmm. I also have a Berg and was just commenting the other day how easy that 1st slide is to reach. (Either with the left hand over the top branch or under it, and with the thumb braced on the lead pipe.) I do use a chair rest or a tuba stand to position the horn when playing, so the left hand is free. I hate wrestling with a tuba. The 1st slide is lapped as smooth as silk. I know, and am sorry this does not answer your question on tuning slide kickers. I do concede that moving the 1st slide is valuable for a few pitches. I like top space 'g' all the way in and then out about a 1/4 to 1/2 for most other pitches.
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Re: Difficulty of adding tuning kicker

Postby fourbass » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:59 pm

I just looked at a picture of the Berg and I see what you are saying. The 1st slide on my Piggy CC was basically un-accessible. Fortunately, I had a great repair person. I had them attach a a saddle from a trumpet 1st slide in such a way that I could operate the saddle with just one finger under the top bow. It works great!

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Re: Difficulty of adding tuning kicker

Postby Tabor » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:39 am

How do you think a T bar would work on it, to raise up the level closer to the top?
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