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101  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Valve Wraps on: Apr 04, 2017, 06:17AM
I have seen Benn's work at Joe's apartment and it is indeed stunning... never seen better custom work.
That sort of work does not come cheap or quick and I suspect the OP is looking for a quick turnaround at modest cost... there are people who can do that kind of work in the UK... but not many.

Chris Stearn
102  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Valve Wraps on: Apr 04, 2017, 03:18AM
I looked again... I would want to change that too... not good... if you can find a tech who has a smaller bend (like the F attachment bends) you could get the tubes directed around the back easily and joined by the smaller bend... open wraps are more about fashion than function anyway. Just thinking...

Chris Stearn
103  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Sackbut questions/reviews on: Apr 04, 2017, 12:48AM
So the bottom line looks to be... buy a replica or don't bother.... oh, and don't buy replicas by certain makers.

If this were applied to other areas of non professional music making, most people would have to give up..

I'll just steer clear of sackbuts..

Chris Stearn
104  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Valve Wraps on: Apr 04, 2017, 12:40AM
New tube has a cost, sure... but new custom bends will cost a lot more... which the King style slide would involve.

Chris Stearn
105  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Valve Wraps on: Apr 03, 2017, 05:34AM
See if you can get the second valve tube turned around so it is on the same side as the F valve tuning slide.... you may need to get the F side open wrapped too... It's a job I have done on my own instruments, but it may be expensive to get a tech to do it.

Chris Stearn
106  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How to get a better sound when playing loud? on: Apr 02, 2017, 02:13PM
I practice way to little loud, and in fact I practice to little soft. Its too much in the middle like mp-mf. So I think I play too little in the real extreme volumes. Well, just have to put it in during the day. Focus on good sound all the time. I noticed I have a tendency to use more tongue when playing, loud. Maybe it should be less in fact?

Leif

We work at what we need to. I have to play very loud and very soft with control and an acceptable sound. I have to play simple things exactly as they should be. An odd job in some ways. Nice to play good tunes in moderate dynamics as you show us so often.

Chris Stearn
107  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How to get a better sound when playing loud? on: Apr 02, 2017, 01:16AM
Denis Wick used to say that most people cannot play loud because they don't practice loud.... has to be pretty central to it. Most young players only play loud in ensembles, expecting it to just happen when needed. It does not.

Chris Stearn
108  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Mar 31, 2017, 02:08AM
Chris, I'm really interested in how this turns out.

EC

Well, this is not my project.... as you can see, I have my doubts, but the guy doing it is very confident and the Zirconium Rath B2 copy was very accurate, apart from the rim, which changed under polishing. What they have is an early Mt Vernon example with periods after Mt and N Y and the slightly longer early shank. I think they plan to do it in brass first, then perhaps Zirconium, which I far prefer to Stainless.... a clone in brass would be fine with me...

Chris Stearn
109  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Mar 31, 2017, 12:58AM
I bought an Artisan 1G a while back out of curiosity. In that case, I think the weight helps it tremendously, and the other design tweaks they did are excellent. It ends up being a credible alternative to Yamaha Yeo mouthpiece, a Griego .75, a Greg Black 1-1/8G, or something like a 113/L or M Doug Elliott.

As far as I am aware, Vincent Bach never made a 1G, so I don't know what they found in the 'mouthpiece fault' but that 1G generally available could indeed do with some improvement.  As for the 1 1/2G, there are enough people out there that love their Mt Vernon examples to create a demand for copies that are the same as the original... however, I doubt that they can be recreated, which is why many of the copies have been 'improved'....
We shall see.

Chris Stearn
110  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Mar 30, 2017, 02:52PM
Well, Bill (WGW) tried the Artisan today, and I think felt the same as me.... whilst not a bad mouthpiece, the extra weight and change of distribution of that weight on the outside does not improve the mouthpiece.... why did they do it ??
What is wanted is a real top quality copy with no messing around... no 'improvements'....
I have sent one the my mt vernons down to someone in London who will have it copied on a CNC lathe.... holding breath.....

Chris Stearn.
111  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Adrian Hirst, Black Dyke Band, UK on: Mar 29, 2017, 03:36AM
It is good to hear such positive news. It may be a long road back, but it looks like the road is there to be travelled. Having had a nasty accident myself years ago, I know how the world can change in a second... and how you can get back on the treadmill... with time and effort.

Chris Stearn
112  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Has anybody even seen a Conn 111H before? on: Mar 28, 2017, 02:23AM
Yes, that is a Conn 111H.  Could that bell be yellow brass ? Interesting....

Chris Stearn
113  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Rath Nickel-Silver bell and Uli Pfreimbtner on: Mar 28, 2017, 02:15AM
Each bell material has it's own challenges for the bell maker, from soft copper to hard springy nickel silver. We might get an insight from member 'Bellend' who has been a bell maker. A highly skilled job.

Chris Stearn
114  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / MOVED: Rath Nickel-Silver bell and Uli Pfreimbtner on: Mar 27, 2017, 12:23PM
This topic has been moved to Instruments.

http://tromboneforum.org/index.php?topic=98954.0
115  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Rath Nickel-Silver bell and Uli Pfreimbtner on: Mar 27, 2017, 07:46AM
I was around the factory when the first nickel silver bass bells were made.... the process was exactly the same as for all other bells.

Chris Stearn
116  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Der Rosenkavalier Suite - 3rd trombone part? on: Mar 27, 2017, 01:25AM
THe challenge is not the notation... it's where you put the notes and how you make them sound....

Chris Stearn
117  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 25, 2017, 03:59PM
Sometimes it is worth paying someone who knows, for an hour of their time. This is one such time. Find the right person and pay. This is not going to be sorted here. Good luck finding the right person.  Evil Evil

118  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Helping vs Self Validation? on: Mar 23, 2017, 02:18PM
At what point does posting a comment to help a member become more about self validation? Topics concerning range seem to particularly fall victim to this, and often the OP disappears off the radar leaving a trail of fractious comments.
It's difficult not to get involved when it's a topic that may have a lot of resonance due to one's own past difficulties. I try and post based on my experiences, which may be very different from others on this forum, but I'm often left with the feeling that there's a desire for a convergence, to only have one possible solution to an issue. "There Can Be Only One".
This has a chilling effect, and creates an intolerance to newer ideas. Your thoughts please.

Goodness.... I don't post to self validate.... I've been around far too many years.... 33 at Scottish Opera and 26 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland... to need to massage my ego on this site. I am sure that some people find me arrogant, self opinionated and domineering..... but that's my nice side....
Many posters are wracked with certainty and burdened with insight, but that is what forums are all about.
What anybody can do on here is pretty limited.... honestly, I can do things in a one-to-one session that simply cannot be done here... period.
This forum is what it is... and it has incredible value, but also incredible limitations.
Enjoy.

Chris Stearn
119  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Rath R8 - to buy or not to buy on: Mar 20, 2017, 03:11AM
Hi Merv,
An R8 can be a very attractive trombone. It will look pretty and feel great to play. It will not make you a better player though. I am using a double (R9) and single (R8) setup. The R8 is a lot lighter and you will get a massive list of options so you can build a unique instrument. More than anything you get the joy of owning a hand crafted beautiful instrument.... downside... you have to pay for it  Evil
If you want to go for it I can talk about options via PM if you want.

Chris Stearn
120  Town Hall / Comments and Suggestions / Re: Thank you, moderators and frequent posters. on: Mar 16, 2017, 01:42AM
It would be rude of me not to respond on behalf of the moderating team and say how much we appreciate the sentiments expressed.
It is nice to know that people like this place.

Chris Stearn

Chief Administrator/Moderator.
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