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Re: Trombone slides, etc.

     In response to Steve Fowler's enquiries, most of the sackbut makers I 
     know use slides made by a firm in Germany, although one that I have 
     discussed this with wouldn't name the source. I can find out if you 
     want. Regarding the "I hope he knows how to spin a bell", bells of 
     sackbuts were never spun. They were hammered to shape on a stake and 
     then burnished onto a case-hardened mandrel. Spinning only came in to 
     general use in the 19th century. Needless to say, the old technique is 
     slower, but it requires less sophisticated machinery, and of course 
     the result is more in keeping with the period. The slides are another 

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