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Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby tbonesullivan » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:41 am

I've been playing more euphonium lately, and as a "downstream" player, I find it hard to get in a comfortable playing position with my horn. Looking at pictures of other Euphoniums, I can't tell if the leadpipe has already been adjusted or not. It seems to angle downwards slightly, and I'm used to seeing them angled pretty much at a 90 degree angle to the horn.

Does it look like my leadpipe has been bent downwards a bit? I tried to get the photos as straight on as possible.

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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby KingBassTrombone » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:10 pm

It may have been built to suit a slightly more angled/closer-to-horizontal horn position. You could get it adjusted to fit your particular playing style, that's up to you.
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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby tbonesullivan » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:24 pm

KingBassTrombone wrote:It may have been built to suit a slightly more angled/closer-to-horizontal horn position. You could get it adjusted to fit your particular playing style, that's up to you.
Yeah, there is some sign of soldering around the brace. It's possible that it took a hit as well, as it's definitely a horn that had some marching miles put on it, as far as I can tell. I've never had a euphonium before, so I wasn't sure if that was the regular angle that the receiver "should" be at.
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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby bloke » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:07 pm

2D pictures can be deceptive, but it looks screwed up to me.
(I've mounted quite a few euphonium mouthpipes on quite a few models.)
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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby tbonesullivan » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:19 pm

bloke wrote:2D pictures can be deceptive, but it looks screwed up to me.
(I've mounted quite a few euphonium mouthpipes on quite a few models.)
Yeah, it does, the more I look at it and play it. I mean it's not horribly out of alignment, but I end up having to hold the euph at a kinda strange angle to get the mouthpiece comfy, and that can't be good. I also compared it to the leadpipe on my Yamaha Tuba, and that thing is precisely 90 degrees.
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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby bloke » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:35 pm

Put on a thin cotton glove (like an "assembly glove" or a "cheap marchin' band white glove"...same thing) and run your fingers around the mouthpipe tube where it crosses the front of the bell diagonally. If that 'pipe feels oval (instead of round) it's nearly a sure bet that the receiver has been jacked. Often, though, they can be CAREFULLY pulled back up (using an inserted drumstick or even an inserted mouthpiece as a "wrench"), they pull right back into place, and the tubing also restores to round. ...but it's also easy for someone who's never done this to fold the mouthpipe tube upward. (eek :shock: )

If you lived within a half-day commute of me, that job would be a while-u-wait.
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Re: Does my Euph Leadpipe need Adjustment?

Postby tbonesullivan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:51 am

It's soldered directly to the bell (thankfully) for most of the length, so the only part I can really feel a little bit "oval" is about an inch or so from the receiver. I just can't tell if it took a hit or if someone "adjusted" the angle. It's not majorly messed up, from what I can tell. I'll probably just bring it along in one of my regular trips to Dillon music when I "need" to spend a few hours playing on lots of trombones.
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