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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    Yes Pete, I'm in Southampton Monday morning. I have to be back onboard for IPM duty at noon. Know any good spots for coffee in the a.m. In the port area?
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    I've figured why I had no problem with excess baggage. When you travel with a seaman's book, you're allowed a larger basic amount!
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    Headed for Gibraltar, using ship wifi. Pricey and slow, so mainly just checking emails. I gather someone was trying to PM me; I've freed up space in my mailbox.
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    In Malta today. Managed to find a cafe with a solid free wifi connection and Skyped with home. So far, guest entertainers have been a pianist, a popera singer and a violinist.

    We have played the...
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    So far, just with guest entertainers. A pop/concert pianist. Lots of exposed flute on his book - flute embouchure while sailing is challenging! The other is a popera singer. Easy charts, all...
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    I always watch my carbs!

    Played my first shows with orchestra yesterday. Keeping your flute embouchre in place while sailing is interesting. Nice thing about this band is that I'm not the old guy...
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    Barely been on the ship 24 hrs. Arrived on a night off for the band, so I really got to explore the place.

    Musicians are allowed to eat at the buffet! It's big and varied, and my worries about...
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    Yep, 889 Artist model.

    Dimedici 1011 flute, and my old Selmer 10s clarinet. My 10s has a Bb bis mechanism that Steve Fox made for it about 20 years ago. Never know when you're going to have to...
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    I chose to transport my tenor in the original Jupiter coffin case, but bubble wrapped and gate checked. It arrived in excellent shape. When I take my alto, it's going in a Walt Johnson case as...
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    Re: Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    I was contracted for tenor/clarinet/flute, so that's what I have with me. This first contract is just over a month, then I have a week off, and return to a different ship on alto/clarinet/flute.

    I...
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    Merlin's Cruise ship gig thread

    So, I'm in Messina, in a lovely little hotel overlooking the harbour. It's taken me close to 24 hours from the time I left Stratford to get here. Drive to YYZ, plane to Rome (if you can avoid...
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    Just hanging in the departure lounge at YYZ. The flight confirmation only arrived in my email 11 hours ago.
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    Flying out from Toronto tonight. Quick stopover in Rome, short flight to Catania, drive to Messina. Overnight in a hotel, then boarding the Arcadia on Thursday morning!
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    It seems to vary from line to line. The ships I'll be on are adult only cruises. They're also not the largest vessels. The compensation actually exceeds what I expected for a first time ship musician...
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    Re: Anyone know Vito mouthpiece sizes?

    I want to say the R3 soprano pieces have a tip opening somewhere in the range of .045" to .050".
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    With most of the theatre work here being seasonal, it may be that going out on ships will help keep the income a bit more consistent for me.
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    Wow, there's a lot of paperwork and running around to get OK'd!

    Coolest thing though - the doc who did my medical is a saxophonist!
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    P&O, actually.
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    I plan on checking in as often as I can. Home port will be Southampton, UK, so I'm hoping to meet Pete Thomas!
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    Re: Just did a cruise ship audition!

    Turned out my audition went over very well - I'm flying out Tuesday to join a ship in Italy. Tenor sax/flute/clarinet. Contract runs til the end of November, and it looks like they've got another...
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