Conch Horn Theory

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  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    In the Bahamas, the shells are quite plentiful. There are a number of Conch Fritter restaurants. I am not sure they are sustainably harvested. I tested out a number of shells that were already made into a horn in Freeport on the Grand Bahama, but they were very crudely made and rather expensive, so I purchased one for five dollars that had been harvested for food, then plugged the hole where they cut the animal out of it. There were also shells in Nassau on Paradise Island. I seem to remember seeing a native selling a bunch on the dock. The Bahamas are fairly sparsely populated, and there are many small islands/Cays with no inhabitants, so I would like to think the Conch may be OK there. In general the shells are byproducts and people eating them are the problem.
     
  2. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Heh, be kind to Dupac. He's sharing his technique with us. One thing his sharing of this post proves... He is definately not Shell-fish!
     
  3. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    I must admit the flare on the conch helps get a better range, because it helps when covering the opening. I put my hand in the end then bend my wrist over to get two or three more notes than just putting the hand in the shell.
     
  5. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    ........................were moving like an octopuses.

    I don't know, would you perhaps want to say; Octopi???? just surfing for a clue here.
     
  6. SmoothOperator

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    Of course that is in addition to flare being a confirmation that a conch is mature and has had a chance to reproduce therefore sustainably harvested.
     
  7. jtpowell

    jtpowell Pianissimo User

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    All Blues on a conch. That was nice.
     
  8. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    That's better KT - a little better. :-P
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    You need to be really careful playing that axe. Once you are unconchous, there is no choming back.
     

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