Brad T.

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About Brad T.

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    2009-2012 Cincinnati Tradition, 2013-present Columbus Saints
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Phantom Regiment 1989
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    Columbus, OH
  1. Realistically, how long can a corps last claiming each season will be an inaugural Open Class season, convincing members and staff to buy in, and then being denied the Open Class spot, and having to scrounge a season of limited SoundSport events and a few potential exhibitions? It's hard to recruit for drum corps as it is, then recruiting for something that isn't a sure thing is even harder. You can recruit for SoundSport. You can recruit for Open. Recruiting for Open and delivering SoundSport really misses the bar on member and staff experience, especially in areas with established DCI Open a
  2. I believe there were three corps that applied for Open Class: Horizon, Columbus Saints, and Appalachian Sound. And I'm fairly certain all three were denied. Perhaps DCI should be looking at what they can do to better prepare SoundSport ensembles to make the jump to Open Class. If all three corps have been highly successful in SoundSport (with the Saints being used many times on social media), then how did not a single one, especially Horizon, get a nod for even a limited tour? Southwind and Guardians both made the jump within their first years fielding, and Heat Wave was close behind. So
  3. Check eBay. I picked up a rather ugly looking Dynasty 3v for $99 a few weeks back.
  4. Good luck. It was easier for me to find an Olds Ultratone II two valve picc than it has been to find a 4 valve 5/4 DEG Super Magnum contra
  5. I've taken a look at some Top 12 990s. I completely agree that some are one flat tire away from ruin at times. But to even start the cycle of a horn contract, the initial money needs to be fronted. I don't know if manufacturers will ship on a payment plan. So the first year of a contract is the most expensive, especially if the previous horns don't sell whatsoever. Obviously this can be offset by capital campaigns, crowdsourcing, and member fund raisers. The bottom line is, the first year in a contract is a steep price to pay. A corps with low brand recognition or placement may not be able to
  6. Adams marching brass is built in Europe from Taiwanese sourced components. I've detailed the corps contract setup, yet people still say corps get things for free and make money hand over fist. Instrument manufacturers have multiple trade prices for a given horn: Manufacturer's cost to produce, retail purchase price, retail purchase price for bulk orders, retail sale price, retail sale price for schools, and drum corps contract prices. The retail sale price is the one listed on every website like WWBW and so forth. That is a price all music shops whether online or brick and mortar a
  7. So, I find this whole idea intriguing. So much so, that there is one song that is note for note the same, except transposed down a whole step. This would be Phantom's Fire of Eternal Glory. If I could find a better version of Madison's "Never Walk Alone" besides one lot recording from 2001 on G, I could also do the same with that piece. Attached are SoundCloud links to the original 1993 gymnasium recording (on Dynasty G bugles) in Concert C, a high quality recording of Phantom in 2012 during an encore performance (on Jupiter Bb/F brass) in Concert Bb, and the same 2012 recording pitch sh
  8. Deep pockets? I wish. That's why this ideal drum corps will never happen. I am aware the activity exists in other nations. If these other countries wish to build their own instruments, great. But the fact the instruments are built and sold purposely to undercut American markets makes me very angry. Sadly I can't buy American made electronics anymore. I can barely find American made clothes. I could argue that a nation that divests its entire manufacturing infrastructure will never survive a catastrophic global market collapse, but this is DCP. Those contract deals you mention aren'
  9. Much like with American made everything else, this mass flooding of the market with cheaply made Chinese garbage will put American workers and factories out of business. As a consumer I would rather pay more and know I'm helping to keep food on the table of a citizen of my own country. I'm not a MAGA type, I'm just a consumer who finds the flood of cheap Chinese garbage in the market to be wholly offensive. If I ran a drum corps, and some day wish to, I will only purchase King or Kanstul. And since I will be buying a brand new line of G bugles, Kanstul will be my horn manufacturer
  10. The JinBao System Blue horns are junk. Made of thin brass that dents easily and have very poor quality control. The Professional line was redesigned when pulled from King so as to not be direct copies. There are just small changes between the King versions and the JinBao versions. The standard line or whatever they call it is all clones of Yamaha and Kanstul equipment.
  11. Roughly once a year I try to put up a want ad for a Willson DEG 4v Super Mag Contra. I've been searching for about 6 years now for one and still haven't had the opportunity to pick one up. With DCA going bando like DCI and allowing any brass, and a number of DCA corps ditching G, there has got to be one floating around. Hey Kilties, got any you're not using anymore and willing to part with one? Jim Ott Brass Ensemble bought the whole lot of Empire Statesmen horns that was posted here about 3 years ago so those former Super Mags are not for sale. Someone has to have one for sale fo
  12. To me, having played a number of different Yamaha horns, it takes way too much effort to get any decent volume or projection out of them, especially the tubas. Yamaha tubas sacrifice actual tone quality for weight savings. I thought Spirit and Genesis had a nice rich low brass sound with some nice overtones. Very similar to G horns - better be since Kanstul's Bb and G lines use the same parts! I've heard that Yamaha horns also don't have a rich bass voice simply because that's not what the Japanese like to hear. Japanese music values mid and high voices more so than the low voices, whereas Am
  13. Talked to the Adams rep at Finals. He told me they were in discussion with a few corps to sign contracts upon completion of current ones. Clearly Spirit was the first one whose contract was up. As much as I actually find Adams to be decent playing horns, it is a step backwards from Kanstul. They weren't the best hornline the past few seasons, but the depth of sound and tone color they had simply wasn't had by any of the Yamaha or Jupiter corps.
  14. If you'are playing with concert pitch instruments, you have to use concert pitch fingerings unless you find music written specifically for G bugle. That means the written middle C is 1st valve. I think a primer on transposition for trumpets would help you greatly with your confusion. Simply put, in a band setting, you have to change your fingerings to play the correct pitches that everyone else is. If you're playing solo, no one will care whether you play in concert pitch or transposed. I have a chart somewhere that has all of the fingerings for G bugles to play the correct concert pitch bas
  15. Follow up: if you're dead set on playing a G baritone in a street band that is playing out of something like a Real Fake Book, and you want to play from treble clef sheets, your useable note range, provided the horn has 3 valves, begins on a low Db (1-2-3) that you'll never see written in a fake book. The lowest you'll see in a fake book is probably a G (0). Using your standard valve pattern for a major scale, if you start on the G two lines and a space beneath the treble clef: G (0), A (1-3), B (1-2), middle C (1), D (0), E (1-2), F# (2), G (0). You should be able to figure out the rest from