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Fantasy Worlds!

If you could chose a fantasy world from literature to live in, which one would it be?
Mine would be Harry Potter for the most part, but Middle-earth really appeals to me as I love Tolkiens' writing!

Just a side note, but I am in a essay writing class of like 10 people and I was the only one who had read any Tolkien before we started! Now writing an essay on light and darkness in the Silmarillion.

More Cymbal Sounds

I don't know about other people who use MDL but I think it would be great if cymbals had more options than just the six that are there. Some good ones would be:
- Crash chokes
- Hi Hat
- Tap chokes
- Sizzle sucks (also called splash chokes, sizz-ucks)
- Clicks

Examples of most of these are demonstrated in these videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A66Ag7t0hU&index=2&list=PLL57OZ9ZkRlNCzfFR-igiC6Enxp493RDj
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjoOxCGGZw&index=3&list=PLL57OZ9ZkRlNCzfFR-igiC6Enxp493RDj

Is there any chance that we can get more cymbal sounds in future updates of MDL?

MuseScore Drumline Not Working

Hey there! For some unknown reason, my MuseScore Drumline Extension quit a few days ago, and I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling both MuseScore and MuseScore Drumline. It will not play—even when I'm adding the notes in on the software—and there's no playback. I didn't do anything to make it stop working, but maybe I can keep trying to reinstall it and see if it works. If anyone has a similar problem, please let me know as soon as possible. I have a huge drumline project due, and if MuseScore Drumline does not work, I won't know what to do.
Thank you!

Saxophone Investments

Hello! I've been playing Tenor Saxophone for 5 years now and I am curious about a good investment. I currently have an Allora Intermediate Series Tenor and I would like to have a more permanent investment saxophone.
Another topic I would like to know more about is a good Soprano Saxophone investment since if you don't buy a good one, repairs can get quite expensive! 

Pad savers! Do we need them ?

I’ve been playing the Alto Saxophone for over 2 years now, and I’ve never used/owned a pad saver.
However I recently brought a new saxophone and the dealer insisted that I buy a pad saver as it is essential to prolong the life of a Saxophone,
He also mentioned that without a pad saver the saxophone pads would be at risk of moisture/humidity, which will reduce the life of the Saxophone pads to a year or two.

Now most of the advance/pro saxophonist I’ve met do not use pad savers, instead they prefer to use swabs to clean out all the moisture after playing the saxophone and keeping the case open for an hour or two to allow the residual moisture to dry out.
Moreover some(including me) believe that pad savers actually do more harm than good by retaining moisture in them, and if you keep it inside the Saxophone then it could damage the pads.

What are your thoughts about pad savers?

Flute Angles (and horn angles in general)

I'm curious. Does your school enforce horn angles (in marching band) as strongly as my band director does?

His rules (sort of by instruments):
Trumpets/Directional Brass (mello, trombone, etc) - Must have bell pointed towards the press box, or about 27 degrees about parallel with the ground.

Flutes - Parallel with the ground. Always. And parallel, in actuality, for those who don't know, feels like it's a bit MORE than parallel.

Saxes - "Chicken wings" (Elbows point a out when at attention)

I'd love to know what your school does, as I've seen many many many many many other schools who let their band get away with bad horn angle (namely flutes who are definitely NOT parallel).

PS. For any fluatist who hasn't heard about the whole parallel flute thing, it is actually better than not parallel, as it opens up your lungs and straightens your spine and neck. It REALLLLLY makes a difference in both sound and your effort (it's a whole lot easier to breath with a straight windpipe).