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ProBIRT Newsletter - March 2005

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Update on ProBIRT Video Tour Ė Spring 2005

Iíve set aside two weeks in late spring to travel to shops around the country Ė APRIL 23 THROUGH MAY 7 Ė to tape technicians doing a clinic. These tapes will be put up on ProBIRT under the ďStreaming VideosĒ channel. Youíll be able to attend a clinic without leaving your chair! Based on the location of the people who have volunteered to do a video so far, Iíll be traveling to North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Itís not too late to be added to the tour. If youíre interested in getting in on the action and doing a streaming video clinic, email me at and Iíll send you more details.


ProBIRT is Growing

ProBIRT is growing more than I ever dreamed. In fact I almost scrapped the entire project several times because I didnít think there would be much interest. I threw caution to the wind and launched the site in January anyway. Two and a half months later, the site is more than 375 members strong with more registrations still trickling in. There definitely seems to be interest! Now we just need to pull you out of your shell and get you to share the tips and techniques you have up your sleeve. ProBIRT isnít ďmyĒ site after all, this is ďYOURĒ site. So now itís your turn to throw caution to the wind and share your knowledge. Whether youíre a 30-year veteran or right out of repair school, there are things you know that others donít. ProBIRTís the place to reveal it! Post away!!!


Straubinger Workshop

Iíve just returned from attending the Straubinger Pad Certification Workshop. I had an awesome time and I learned a LOT!!! Iíve posted an article, lots of pictures, and some tips I learned. (See the home page of ProBIRT.) More tips to follow once Iíve had a chance to try them out myself.


A Note About Posting on Ė ďHow do I add content to the site?Ē

First, in order for the features to be enabled that will allow you to post content to the site, you need to use your first name followed by your last name as your Member ID (i.e. JoeSmith). Otherwise you are given read-only access to the site. See the Memberships Page - for info on membership levels. If you missed this before registering, no problem. Just let me know you'd like to be able to post and I'll change your username over. Email me at Please include your Member ID and your real name.
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Spring Alert

Five days until spring!!! Smile


Thanks for reading,

Michelle Williamson

Questions, comments, and reviews

Magnehelic gage PhilBonnice (3/31/2005)
Didn't get an answer yet to my somewhat cryptic question in the shout box...anyway here it is again...I'm preparing to purchase a Magnehelic gage from the manufacturer or on e-Bay, to build my own pressure question is: what range of the gage should I buy? They are available in 0-.5 inches of water to 0-4 inches of water. My guess would be 0-4 to be able to apply as much pressure to the instrument as I can. What is the range most of you use in testing flutes, etc? Thanks for any help.
which gauge? stevemarti (4/7/2005)
My tester has a 0-10"-water gauge. That's not a lot of pressure. 10" is about 0.36 psi

Most techs set them up free flowing @ 8" and about 1 scfm?

The idea I think is to apply press within a reasonble range compared to playing. Too much pressure would force normally closed keys open, for example.


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