"The Veiled Male"
...in the costume contest at our local witch's ball, wearing my EGA costume:
Fortunately, it doesn't have red rot - and I actually have never seen a case of it. But he's right - those old horns generally don't sound all that great. Intonation and accuracy problems all over the place - we've learned a few things about making good brass instruments in the intervening century; one of the few things where older isn't better. I too played French Horn, for about 25 years. But a large part of the problem in the mellophone vids are my chops being 25 years out of date. I actually play it much better now - yet still pretty crappy - my chops are starting to "build up" again. And if you think the mellophone videos are bad, take a look at the cornet ones. I'm definitely NOT a cornet player, and a completely different key signature doesn't help.I watched the mellophone video with my husband, who retired from playing French horn a couple of years ago after a career of many decades. He said, "That's the reason people don't play 111 year old brass instruments: they sound like crap." The he went on to talk a bit about red rot and I don't know what else. I'm just a poor little girl who used to play strings (poorly), but I suspect y'all would have things to talk about.
Technically its a skirt/shirt combo - not that you can tell from any distance. I'd wear that for concerts, but I sure as hell wouldn't wear a suit and/or necktie. Which will probably keep me out of getting back into band/orchestral playing. Tight crap around my neck doesn't cut it, neither does wearing wool under stage lights (or much of anywhere else for that matter).How cool that youn played French horn. I think maybe I knew that and had forgotten.
My husband started playing in ensembles when he was still in grade school and played until 2020 when covid closed the city band down for the first time in its 110 year history. He'd already retired from the symphony and dispersed his french horn ensemble and decided to retire completely when covid closed both the city band and the community college band where he played mostly to encourage the kids and to buff up a thin section. His only music now is directing the barbershop chorus, and he even quit taking a salary for that. He's continuing to direct until his second in command has the chops to take over completely. Says after over six decades of performance, he just doesn't have the desire to do it any more.
But he never dressed as snappy as you do. That dress would make fine concert black for someone.
Agreed, what an amazing voice!You're gorgeous! And what a great voice you have, Zorba. Isn't it strange to know people for so many years and yet never hear them speak?
It started back up last summer. My husband decided it would take too much effort to get his chops up to speed, and besides, he was tired of performing. I think that last is the true reason he dropped out- sixty plus years of performance was enough.
Back when he was performing in half a dozen ensembles regularly as well as working a day job, sometimes the only proof I had of his existence was the sound of the horn wafting up from the basement music room or the arrival of six or eight other horn players to practice in our living room. ThereIn addition, performing is the tip of the iceberg. It's all the preparation beforehand that is most of the iceberg under water!
Sorry I’m late! But i concour!! Lovely voice! I can imagine you as a voice actor too.You're gorgeous! And what a great voice you have, Zorba. Isn't it strange to know people for so many years and yet never hear them speak?
I probably let my irritation show too much - at least if the subject is facesuck or smartphones!Bet he can pontificate in that voice like nobody's business!