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What is this savage and beautiful kitchen utensil?

My wife bought this at an estate sale here in Austin, from a box of kitchen utensils. If it's a kitchen utensil too, what is it used for? If not, what purpose could it serve but the violent ones that come to mind, perchance? And are there other tools made with this grace you could turn us on to? ("JAPAN" is stamped in the metal.)
posted by rleamon on Sep 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Name my brass quintet!

My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 15, 2014 - 36 answers

How to further polish brass plated hinges

What is the best way (if any) to keep cleaning these brass plated hinges? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Aug 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Custom metal casting - Need help with the summoning ritual

I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Jan 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Fragile, delicate, tarnished brass necklace. How to clean it?

I bought a beautiful necklace a couple of years ago, and it tarnished almost immediately. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Music for woodwinds/brass + voice only?

I'm looking for examples of musical traditions or performances centered around (i) the human voice, and (ii) an instrument (or instruments) played by blowing (flute, trumpet, pan pipes, whatever). It's okay if other instruments are involved too, but they have to be secondary to the breath + voice combination. The platonic ideal of what I am after would be a thriving folk tradition in which a single performer alternates between singing and playing a flute. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Losing sleep over ska

Help! I'm going crazy over a song I know, heard a part of in a restaurant today - and can't put a name to. Can any of you help me name this song? The song is ska-ish, I would say nineties, not so fast for a ska song (maybe 80-100 bpm?) The riff that sticks in my mind is a horn riff, starting with 2 very accented half notes at the beginning of the bar (same note), then 3 beats of staccato unaccented quarter notes (varying notes). I know that's not much to work with - but I'd be forever indebted! Thanks!
posted by Riton on Apr 10, 2013 - 14 answers

What can you tell me about my head?

My partner's Grandma recently passed away, and my partner kept this brass head that she owned as a memento, because he'd always been drawn to it as a kid. Can you tell us anything about it? Pics inside! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Jan 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Methed out Elizabethan musicians?

Can you please help me figure out what old-fashioned brass and choir music this was that I found (and then lost) on an LP? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Dec 9, 2012 - 1 answer

See the horn, see the horn it shines / Don't get too close or it'll burn your eyes

I'm looking for quite a few marching band/concert band covers of rock, especially punk rock bands. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Sep 16, 2012 - 14 answers

What is this mystery code token?

Mystery token! What is it's use? What is it made of? When was it made? What do the numbers mean? What do the letters mean? What does the grid mean? What does the dial mean? What is the significance of AM? What does W. & H. CO. mean? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Sep 16, 2012 - 22 answers

DIY Brass instrument repair?

How do I hammer my brass instrument back into shape? [more inside]
posted by rdhatt on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Can anybody identify this mysterious brass disk?

When a friend's grandfather died, the family found a drawer full of mysterious brass disks. The grandfather had a lot of random scrap metal and other odd items around the house and grounds. The disks are pretty much identical and appear to be brass. My friend told me that at some point someone brought one to a jeweler or something and they were told that the disks were brass with a small amount of gold mixed in. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jun 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Roaring Brass

Recommend me some music with roaring brass. [more inside]
posted by mcav on Jun 10, 2012 - 21 answers

How to unstick brass valve?

How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Snappy Brassy Girl

How can I apply a patina to the shiny brass snap fasteners on my jacket? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

I want to hear new horns.

Let's have some non-traditional brass band recommendations [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Oct 2, 2011 - 20 answers

Bring on the pipes and drums!

Looking for songs with marching bands! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 1, 2011 - 22 answers

Thrifty mystery

Thrift store treasure pot! Probably not, but can anyone tell me what the heck I just bought? [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Jan 2, 2011 - 3 answers

What to do with some awesome antique doors?

What to do with some awesome antique doors? [more inside]
posted by msbutah on Jul 10, 2010 - 8 answers

I want brass and I will alliterate to get it

What are some big, bombastic brass bands that will blow out my brains? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on May 31, 2010 - 28 answers

Repair of cracked brass

I have a brass gas line manifold for a draft beer system that has developed a hairline crack. To fix it, I'm contemplating one of the following: (a) fill/wick with solder using a plumber's propane torch; (b) JB Weld epoxy; or (c) asking a friend to weld it (hi MrMoonPie!). Thoughts?
posted by exogenous on May 4, 2010 - 17 answers

What's the best method for adding color to metal?

What's the best method for adding color to metal without it chipping off? I have some brass flowers like these that I want to color but I have no idea where to start.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Correct mute for low brass

What type of mute do I need to buy for a King 625 bell-front Euphonium? [more inside]
posted by rumsey monument on Dec 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet?

Aviation buffs and antique enthusiasts: can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Feb 28, 2009 - 13 answers

How to start with Balkan brass

Trumpeters: Help me find the right trumpet. Music-lovers: some Balkan music recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jan 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Brass lamp socket?

Where can I find a lamp socket (like this one) but in brass?
posted by Marky on Dec 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Bye Bye Baby

Question about dentition and brass instruments [more inside]
posted by plinth on Nov 15, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I easily oxidize brass?

What is the best way to oxidize brass chain? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Oct 3, 2008 - 5 answers

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible

Phill Niblock. Peter Hansen. Jóhann Jóhannsson. Terry Riley. Distant trains. Find me more gorgeous, drifting, droning horns, please.
posted by mykescipark on Sep 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Which Wind Instrument Requres the Least Amount of Lung-Power?

Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it up on. Any help with this query will be most appreciated!
posted by Buddy-Rey on Oct 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Recent pieces for solo brass instruments?

[New-Classical-Music Filter] What are your favorite pieces from the last few decades (or have you written anything) for solo trumpet, trombone, bass tbn, or tuba? Seeking scores and/or recordings to study (online availability would be a huge plus). Small-chamber works, other than brass quintet, would be great too. Asking because I haven't written for brass insts. except in orchestra/large-ensemble contexts, and I want to explore solo/chamber writing for them. Yes, I'll also get what I can from newmusicjukebox. Thanks!
posted by allterrainbrain on Nov 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Know what it takes to sell real estate?

Where can I buy a pair of Brass Balls? [such as those seen in Glengarry Glen Ross] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 3, 2006 - 2 answers

What is this brass ornament thing?

What is this brass ornament thing? [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath on Apr 22, 2006 - 5 answers

I need cheap, hot Sax.

Years ago, when I needed money badly, I sold my beautiful Selmer tenor sax...I went into another branch of the arts, but lately I've been fooling around with a friend's horn, and I'm really enjoying playing. I don't intend to do anything but amuse myself and maybe play with some like-minded buddies - mostly traditional jazz, some soul horn section type stuff, but definitely no Smooth Jazz or Wailing Rock. The problem is I can't really justify the big bucks replacing my Selmer would cost...and I'm spoiled, of course, by the horn I once owned. Any advice for tenor horns under $1,000 - new or used? How about $2,000? I know the proof is still in the playing and trying, but I'd love some help getting started. thanks!
posted by soulbarn on Apr 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Badinage for Brass recording

My dad is looking for a recording -- format doesn't matter -- of Harold L. Walters' Badinage for Brass. [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Mar 12, 2006 - 4 answers

Christmas carols by brass quintet?

Recommend unaccompanied brass quintet recordings of Christmas carols on CD. [more inside]
posted by cribcage on Dec 2, 2005 - 3 answers

Showcase showdown.

I have an embarrassing confession: I love the music on The Price is Right. Help me find more like it. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jun 16, 2005 - 13 answers

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