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    Hello, I am a new member and want to introduce myself:

    I am Martin, screenname MarChant, 45yo living in The Netherlands. I have been playing classical music for over 40 years. Started on violin, didn't like it; switched to piano. Then when I was about 9yo, my older brother, who had stuck to violin, started piano as a second instrument, I chose trumpet as a second instrument, because my dad had an old German trumpet (or more likely Flugelhorn) lying around and I was fascinated by it. It seemed I had some talent for it and at 10yo joined the local Youth Orchestra. Piano lessons became less and less and eventually stopped, somewhere in the first few years of Middle/High School, probably because playing/practicing two instruments and a sport (baseball) were too much to combine with school (and I didn't like piano as much as trumpet ).
    Then at 15yo my School Orchestra acquired a Tuba and I fell in love with it, so I decided to switch to Tuba. Combined Tuba and Trumpet a few years but Tuba slowly took over. Then "studied" Tuba for a few years at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, but for me it was more for the convenience of having regular lessons than really wanting to become a professional (also having trouble with studying discipline at the time...)
    A few years later my life was going nowhere, and I joined the Military at 25yo, the Royal Marechaussee (Military Police). I also wanted to join their Band, but at the time they only had an opening for Euphonium, so I switched to that. Enjoyed that for a few years, but when my Military contract ended, I had to quit band. Got married soon after, moved to a small appartment and my wife didn't particular enjoy classical music, so I sort of quit playing at all. After a hiatus of almost 10 years, I began thinking of starting playing again. My wife somehow didn't mind, as we had moved to a regular house in the meantime and she actually agreed/encouraged me to join a local community band. That was about 5 years ago. Since then I have divorced and moved back to a small appartment, but get by with practice mutes...
    At the beginning of the Covid-pandemic in 2020, the band couldn't play together so I started playing for myself. Came across a cheap Tenor/Alto Horn and started playing with that for a few months. Now since a few weeks, the band is allowed to rehearse together again and I decided to switch to the Horn section instead of Euphonium. However, since it is a Symphonic Wind Band they use regular French Horns instead of Tenor/Alto Horns. The first few sessions I managed to get by playing a circular Alto Horn in E flat, but now I've dcided to really switch to French Horn.
    So that is my history as a player/musician.

    I also am interested in vintage brass instruments and own a small collection of antique instruments, mostly cornets (my oldest cornet is from the 1890's).

    Apart from my love for classical music and interest for vintage brass instruments, I also enjoy growing Chilli Pepper plants on my window sill, taking walks in nature, sometimes combined with GeoCaching, and am interested in the history of WWII in Western Europe.

    I joined this forum because I have some questions regarding French Horn playing, but enjoy reading (and maybe joining) other discussions as well.

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    Welcome to Talk Classical Martin (I could do this in Dutch, but English is the prescribed language...). Enjoy the forum, it's mostly harmless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Welcome to Talk Classical Martin (I could do this in Dutch, but English is the prescribed language...). Enjoy the forum, it's mostly harmless.
    Art, define harmless!
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    That's quite an impressive array of instruments you could probably cover if pressed.

    Welcome.

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    Wow, that was some story. Welcome to the club, Martin.

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