The reversal;1. iPhoto color altered Olds Bb single

By: frugalhorn

Mar 28 2012

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Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:6mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:DMC-FZ5

Recently I had a Reynolds single Bb horn for sale on eBay and I got this note on the ebay question page:

“I’m looking for a Bb horn that I can have converted into a right handed horn while I try to get my left arm tendonitis under control. From what I’ve read on the internet, a semi-fast conversion can happen on a Bb single horn if there is no 4th valve. I believe the valves unit is unsoldered, flipped over and then resoldered. Then the pivot rod assembly is soldered onto the reverse side with some amount of adjusting. Then the thumb and little finger anchors are moved. I’m looking for a relatively cheap Bb horn, and I’m looking for a person who can do the work. I’ve already lost 3 weeks of practice trying to get my arm better. I’ve got new music coming for the brass quintet I’m in and… I practice 2 or 3 hours daily to keep up with the group when the new music arrives. I currently play a Holton Farkas double.”

This is not the first time I’ve come across the Tendonitis/ carpal tunnel phenomenon. I personally changed my life because of carpal tunnel.  I was a cabinetmaker/ furniture builder and lived with carpal tunnel until it got to the point where I had to sleep sitting up in a chair. After the diagnosis, recommendation to have ‘micro surgery’ , discussions with folks I knew who had various procedures and most said, “Don’t do it, it just comes back”.

In my career as a woodworker I had the not-unknown run-in with moving steel and the resulting severing or shortening of digits and during the recovery was told by my physicians that I “throw a lot of scar tissue” So the decision was made not to ‘go under the knife’ for my carpal tunnel, but to change my life style.

So I went back to teaching for 20 years, but now I’m in a new life, which began part-time about 17 years ago, but is fairly full-time now….

So I could relate with the letter and replied: ( see next blog)

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