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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Ultra low price tuners on: Oct 27, 2017, 07:11PM
Snarks are very popular, though tricky to use with a trombone.  Or just use one on your fancy phone, if you have one.
2  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Holton TR181 bass trombone! on: Oct 22, 2017, 09:03AM
I do love the kitty.
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: High Register, whisper g closed teeth and other "cheats" on: Oct 21, 2017, 08:38AM
I try to play with my teeth as closed as possible WHILE STILL MAKING A GOOD SOUND.  I encourage others to do so as well.  I also endeavor to avoid "opening up" for a bigger sound, or for lower notes.
4  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / WTB: Edwards Tenor Bell (Yellow Brass, Bright-Sounding) on: Sep 18, 2017, 12:34PM
Hi there.

I'm looking for a bell for an Edwards large-bore.  Looking for a bright combo with lots of zip.  If you have something you think might work, please contact me.  Thank you!
5  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Harry James' really BIG book... on: Sep 06, 2017, 08:05PM
I did the Harry James "ghost band" and can assure you the book was MUCH smaller.

I was also in the Glenn Miller Orchestra...our book was THICKER than the picture you showed.  And that was only half the book...the other half lived under the bus. 

5 months in and I was still sight-reading nightly!
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Where can I find one of these? on: Sep 03, 2017, 12:30PM
I've seen that kind of bumper on Martins.
7  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: King 3B Silversonic on: Sep 02, 2017, 04:13PM
Well...obviously gotta see some pictures of this lacquer!
8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Reinhardts Pivot System for embouchure.......... on: Aug 29, 2017, 12:17PM
I worked with Doug a very long time and know this to be true.  I learned a great deal from him and I use that knowledge myself with my own students, such as they are.
9  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / Re: Chuck Mangione on: Aug 24, 2017, 11:03PM
His Brother Gap still plays around Rochester regularly.  It used to be Chuck would show up unannounced at one of Gaps gigs from time to time and sit in, but that hasn't happened in quit a number of years.  Chuck's Friends and Lovers album is still one of my favorites.  He was an OK horn player who wrote and recorded some great music.  Rumor has it around Rochester that he can't play anymore, if that's the case it's sad.
Hmmm.  I think he was a fantastic player.  And definitely did record and write some great tunes.  Corny maybe, but I'm partial to "The Land of Make-Believe."
10  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: How is Chip Hoehler? on: Aug 15, 2017, 03:46PM
I've heard nothing of this and suspect I'm not alone.  Would someone kindly either elaborate or put me in the direction of where I can learn more? 

Sad to hear this and crossing my fingers he'll be alright.
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: 12 major scales in 2 octaves in 2 minutes? on: Aug 10, 2017, 08:28AM
Sounds like 10 seconds per scale.  I bet you can do it.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Rath R1, R10, R12 how do you like yours? on: Jul 30, 2017, 08:53PM
thanks for the feedback. really appreciated.  have you swapped parts on it ever?  how did the different leadpipes feel?  Or do you just stick with one setup?
Just stuck with what's in the box. 
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Rath R1, R10, R12 how do you like yours? on: Jul 30, 2017, 05:55PM
I have an R1 and an R12.  I have some other Raths, too, but you only asked about these.

My R1 plays great.  Records great.  Very easy to play, plays bigger than you'd think, and rings.  Unlacquered yellow brass.  Great horn, for sure.

My R12 - Best ballad horn I've ever had, maybe.  Hard to say.  The Williams make great ballad horns, too.  It's similar in spec to the 2B, but plays so much easier than most 2Bs.  The Dorsey stuff I do really shines with the R12.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: "Steampunk" Trombone on: Jul 28, 2017, 12:12PM
I wonder how it plays.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 27, 2017, 10:43AM
I just want to end by saying: Why do I care so much?

Because I don't want any more people to sink $6-7K into trombones that consistently break on your freelancing gigs mid session without proper support to get them fixed. My schedule is too busy to ship a horn to Kansas City every two months to fix a new problem.

This is my livelihood. If you're a hobbyist, enjoy a shiny unique horn. But every day my horn doesn't do what I need it to do that hurts my bottom line.

Ultimately I hope everyone can find a horn that they love that allows them to express their individuality and musicality. BAC, Rath, edwards, Yamaha, Wessex, anything! That's what it's all about!



Good posts.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 25, 2017, 02:09PM
For $9k, maybe you wouldn't get such a big water trap in your F attachment. After 10 minutes of playing trigger notes, you're going to be blowing bubbles.
TWO water traps.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Thein tenor setup on: Jul 22, 2017, 09:44PM
I don't know they bore but I will guess .547. They have made this American style if that makes sense.

It's new, built about 3 weeks ago. That's tape residue to keep it from getting scratched !  Way cool
Ahh.  That makes sense.  I'd love to get confirmation of the actual bore size.  I've heard a few numbers thrown around, a few of them ridiculous on the surface of it.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Thein tenor setup on: Jul 22, 2017, 09:27PM
Excellent posts so far.  What is the bore size of the slide?  Is the horn used?  What's going on with the slide crook?  Looks like the lacquer got chewed up.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Thein tenor setup on: Jul 16, 2017, 10:35PM
Good write-up!  I'm curious to hear what you think of the Thein long-term and in a section.  Keep us posted.
20  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: dilemma with my band on: Jul 16, 2017, 07:54AM
I think it's the right thing to do to ask the leader if you can at least get comfortable with the book.  Once they hear you play it they might want you there. 

The pop thing bugs me a lot, too. 
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