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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000586.txt from 1999/06

From: James Leonard Hobby <jhobby@-----.Net>
Subj: [kl] Doodad anxiety: reed players vs. brassholes
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 12:54:36 -0400

Lelia,

But brassholes are very resourceful. <g> The discussion reminds me of one
fall (too many years ago) when I was at university. People in the music
department drew names for Christmas, and (usually) gave gag gifts. My
fiancee drew the name of a trumpet player, and having the same warped
personality as me, gave him a box of tampons. (Great hillarity had by all,
of course, at the party.) A few days later, I walked by the instrument
repair/maintainence room. He was standing at the sink, using the inserts
from the tampons to clean the valve casings. <g> Waste not; want not!

Jim Hobby

====================

>But believe me, a lot of brassholes find ways to complicate things. I
wasn't
>exaggerating about their preoccupation with thousandths of an inch in the
>bore, the taper, the diameter and the depth of the mouthpiece. They go on
>and *on* and ON about that on the trumpet forums. Maybe I just need a
little
>more time to turn into a full-blown brassaholic, but before I start
>obsessing over mouthpieces, I think I'd better learn how to croak out a
>recognizable chromatic scale of more than one octave....

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