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another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symphony

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:26 pm

Apparently, Delta wadded up yet another of his tubas (this time, a 6450) into a little ball, so it was time for a visit to blokePlace (Mid-South Music) to get it un-FUBAR'ed and run through the patented blokePlace Scratch-Free Dent Removal Process.

The 5th rotor (ever ACTUALLY removed when taken to his local shop to be chem-cleaned...??) needed disassembly, a good acid soak, and a good scrubbing, and Delta's tuba-bounce had also messed up the 1st valve and the 1st valve slide, so...
We also picked over a few things we discovered that he described as "normal", to which we replied, "This normal sucks", and raised up "normal" for him.

Anyway, he's happy, and bought yet another Sellmansberger "blokepiece" tuba mouthpiece (plus an extra shank/back-bore) while he was here.

Mrs. bloke fed him some Mrs. bloke's Nachos and some (well...It's New Year's) Irish creme...so he's in good shape and on his way home...

...and of course, I had to show Austin my tenor tuba project.

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Postby bigboymusic » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:41 pm

Still love that view. Both the tuba and your pond!!
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Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:50 pm

Dammit. Making me miss blokeplace. I need to bring my daughter with me next time so she can see your dogs.
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Postby BopEuph » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:30 pm

Glad to see Austin doing well!
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:31 pm

Mark Finley wrote:Dammit. Making me miss blokeplace. I need to bring my daughter with me next time so she can see your dogs.


Bring your newly-repainted car (once it's newly-repainted).

Mrs. bloke now has FIVE dogs. :shock: This (winner of WORLD'S SILLIEST DOG COMPETITION) is her most recent...uh...acquisition...now: TWICE the size as seen in these pics:
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If you're hungry, she's gotten to where she can smoke a pork shoulder as well as (better than) I can...or you could ask for the house specialty, the Mrs. bloke's Baconturtlefrankburger...

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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:35 pm

DAMMIT!

HMMM. still have a week left of vacation... 15 hours driving (round trip)

Maybe....
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Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:40 pm

Mark Finley wrote:DAMMIT!

HMMM. still have a week left of vacation... 15 hours driving (round trip)

Maybe....


Austin's played it...You ain't...

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Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:41 pm

DAMMIT
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby THE TUBA » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:45 pm

bloke wrote: Mrs. bloke's Nachos


Silver or lacquer?
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:48 pm

THE TUBA wrote:
bloke wrote: Mrs. bloke's Nachos


Silver or lacquer?


a more appropriate question than you know...

Debbie, Austin, and I agreed that - since she ULTRA-loaded them up (which really softened up the chips) - they ended up FAR more resembling enchiladas.

moot:
- good flavor / filling
- We were all really hungry. (' worked all day on the tuba...no lunch break)
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby Rivercity Tuba » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:05 pm

Guess the Accord case failed again.
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:10 pm

Rivercity Tuba wrote:Guess the Accord case failed again.


He had ordered a Wiseman case (which he now possesses), but it did not arrive in time for that trip, so off it went in an MTS. He auditioned in St. Louis with a folded-over bell and a first valve that was hanging unpredictably.

I just don't see any case (regardless of manufacturer claims) being airline-proof, considering the types of abuse to which airlines subject tubas in cases. Though my services are not really in demand outside of this area, I'm not really interested in flying with my Walt Johnson cases. If they didn't manage to destroy the instruments, they would surely at least destroy the cases, and today's Wiseman cases cost as much (inflation factored in) as the Walt Johnson cases did when they were still in production.

I encouraged him to consider renting a car and driving (as most of his trips are 1200 miles max, and the majority are half that far or less).
A 600 mile driving trip vs. a 600 mile airline trip both consume a full (pro'lly 9 - 10 hour) day...and - with the rental car - the ground transportation is already at the ready upon arrival at the final destination. Whether the TNFJ agrees with my advice, I believe that's his plan for the future. There's a fairly-newly-blokePlace-installed genuine "Symphonie" bell (which he found) now installed on his F tuba. I believe he'd like this one to stay crease-free.
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Re: another blokePlace visit from Austin Howle/Montreal Symp

Postby Rivercity Tuba » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:59 am

bloke wrote:
Rivercity Tuba wrote:Guess the Accord case failed again.


He had ordered a Wiseman case (which he now possesses), but it did not arrive in time for that trip, so off it went in an MTS. He auditioned in St. Louis with a folded-over bell and a first valve that was hanging unpredictably.

I just don't see any case (regardless of manufacturer claims) being airline-proof, considering the types of abuse to which airlines subject tubas in cases. Though my services are not really in demand outside of this area, I'm not really interested in flying with my Walt Johnson cases. If they didn't manage to destroy the instruments, they would surely at least destroy the cases, and today's Wiseman cases cost as much (inflation factored in) as the Walt Johnson cases did when they were still in production.

I encouraged him to consider renting a car and driving (as most of his trips are 1200 miles max, and the majority are half that far or less).
A 600 mile driving trip vs. a 600 mile airline trip both consume a full (pro'lly 9 - 10 hour) day...and - with the rental car - the ground transportation is already at the ready upon arrival at the final destination. Whether the TNFJ agrees with my advice, I believe that's his plan for the future. There's a fairly-newly-blokePlace-installed genuine "Symphonie" bell (which he found) now installed on his F tuba. I believe he'd like this one to stay crease-free.



Joe is correct! I drive and wont fly in the continental USA
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