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41  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2018 on: Jan 15, 2018, 02:47PM
I started the new year off by making Scotch eggs.

I read a lot of murder mystery novels from different countries.  It's not uncommon for a British detective to eat a Scotch egg, but I never knew what they were.  So this year I looked it up and made a few. 

They were a bit of work but the results were great.  We might have a new Superbowl tradition here.



The Scotch egg is for me, the finest snack ever invented. I consume far more than I should.

Chris Stearn
42  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Wessex PBF565 bass trombone on: Jan 15, 2018, 02:28PM
Indeed, I think this is a very good trombone or I would not have signed it off and allowed my name to be attached to it. Just saying that it is new school, not old school. I would love to get a really nice old school bass together and have not lost the chance.
Let's see how this first one is received.

Chris Stearn
43  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Wessex PBF565 bass trombone on: Jan 15, 2018, 12:28PM
Remember gentlemen that I was asked to design a modern style bass and those of a  more traditional inclination will probably not like it so much. There was a Holton 185 clone that was not right... that is still in my workshop awaiting development. One day.....

Chris Stearn
44  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Wessex PBF565 bass trombone on: Jan 14, 2018, 03:14PM
Way more effort went into this than a tweak of an existing model. First I got them to copy a frankenbone I had built. I got that back and asked for every part they currently made for any bass model to be sent. I then messed around. The result is not based on any one horn... it contains parts they have made before and parts they have never made before. It is unique and pretty big in the bell section. 562 bore slide.

Chris Stearn
45  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Is it worth getting a 1G for bass trombone? on: Jan 14, 2018, 03:03PM
The great players got there by practice... not changing equipment.
That said, not all 1 1/2Gs are created equal.  If if you can, try a few Bachs... if you cannot, get a Greg Black 1 1/2G or a Rath B 1.5 or Rath B 1.5W if you like a wider rim.

Chris Stearn
46  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mpcs in British orchestras on: Jan 14, 2018, 05:43AM
Any professionals use Wick bass mouthpieces?

To answer the question.... NO.

Chris Stearn
47  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Wessex PBF565 bass trombone on: Jan 13, 2018, 12:30PM
Wessex recently displayed a new bass trombone (the PBF565).  I didn't see it in person, but they posted a picture of it on Facebook.  Chris Stearn, is this the new bass trombone you designed?  Any additional details you could share?



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156008399327790&set=p.10156008399327790&type=3&theater

Yes, that is indeed the new bass trombone. The prototype was built up by me. I have tried two pre production examples built at the factory and they were really excellent. The brief was to design a bass in the modern American style and I think this ticks the boxes !! Blows and sounds well when put against anything, not just the intermediate market.

Chris Stearn
48  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mpcs in British orchestras on: Jan 12, 2018, 03:39PM
The 4AL was Denis Wick's choice for his 88H.  I found the 4AL to be an air hog, so I play a 4BL.  Back then they didn't have AB's or half sizes; maybe a 4.5 ABL would be better for me Don't know  I'm not changing now.  A 4BL on large bore and a 4BS on small bore.  Works for me. Good!

Denis always used an 8H, never an 88H..... he used a 42B for a bit but never liked the valve.... he could honk out the valve notes as fakes on an 8H no problem.
The 4AL was the original. Everything else followed on.

Chris Stearn
49  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mpcs in British orchestras on: Jan 12, 2018, 02:21AM
4G-5G sizes are almost universal for orchestra tenor players

Bass players vary a bit more... a lot of 2G, some 1 1/2G, some 1 1/4G and a few outliers on big stuff.

Chris Stearn
50  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: How far can you get alone? on: Jan 10, 2018, 01:49AM
All the youtube and forums in the world are no substitute for one-to-one sessions with an expert.

Every minute of every lesson should be individually focussed on the student and that will be priceless.

You get no idea of what it would be like to have lessons with me by looking at my forum posts. Teaching is complex and plastic.

A very few people can make it by themselves... most don't.

Chris Stearn
51  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach 50K3. You read that right! on: Jan 09, 2018, 04:10AM
Wow, there certainly are some douchebags in this thread.

There are disagreements in this thread for sure... but you are the first person to insult various un-named forum members.

Not within the TOU and not helpful.

People looking at buying K valve instruments and people looking at buying used and abused trombones have an interesting divergence of opinions here. They, as usual, can choose who to believe.

Chris Stearn

Chief Admin hat on.
52  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: AR Resonance Mouthpieces on: Jan 08, 2018, 02:24PM
Chris this is not the first time we've heard this!  :)


Ahh ! He just gets very keen..... on occasions.....

Chris Stearn
53  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach 50K3. You read that right! on: Jan 08, 2018, 10:34AM
Yes... I have a complete beater 50B that is pretty great.

But an instrument in poor condition (including my 50B) is a lot harder to play, and therefore sound good. Especially for someone with a lot less time on the horn.

I have a beater Holton 169.... holes patched in the bell, dents everywhere including the slide.... one of the easiest playing, best sounding instruments I have ever owned... one of my students, after trying it, asked that I never bring it in to a lesson again.... they did not want to be reminded of it ever again !

Chris Stearn
54  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: How far can you get alone? on: Jan 08, 2018, 01:52AM
Learning an instrument is subject to large amounts of luck both in terms of instruction and environment.
It is possible to be entirely self taught and end up a great player. The most important lesson of my life was delivered by such a person.
Most people, however, need instruction to proceed at a decent pace. Some people get great instruction, some get good instruction and some get poor instruction.... luck.
One thing all people need, taught or self taught, is a playing environment in which to gain musical contact, context and concept. Again, some do better than others in this respect.... luck.
A lot of what happens in anyone's life is down to luck, or chance if you prefer.

Chris Stearn
55  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach 50K3. You read that right! on: Jan 06, 2018, 03:35AM
Someone brought one in for me to try when they first came out. I thought it was dreadful. It was very heavy indeed and I noticed that the bore of the tube entering the valve was much smaller than the valve wrap tube. I was not surprised when they did not become popular.

Chris Stearn
56  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Martin Imperial -- or Imperial Handcraft? on: Jan 03, 2018, 10:00AM
I have a very late Imperial.... a 'music man' model which has a stripped back spec with pretty much no nickel silver trim. Plays amazingly. 
Don't worry about what it says... if it's good, it's good.
Chris Stearn
57  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Hagmann Valve? on: Jan 03, 2018, 09:56AM
Mine (from 2010) has thick enough casing to not have that problem.

They varied... mine are all older examples with great cases and action and an excellent seal. Some were not so good. Quality seems to have improved over time. My daily drivers all have Hagmann valves.

Chris Stearn
58  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: New Hagmann Valve? on: Jan 03, 2018, 08:34AM
Unfortunately, there has been cases where the valve was mis-aligned due to handling, so Rene beefed up the internal casing to resist movement.  The new valve cap sits in a channel and does the job although it is harder to get the cap off as you have to pry it off directly in one effort as opposed to just popping a corner.  Don't forget to lubricate the gasket!

Tim

I have come across Hagmann valves in the past where the cases are so soft that you could gently squeeze the case and stop the valve movement... let's hope those days are over.

Chris Stearn
59  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Finally got to hear the NYPO on: Jan 01, 2018, 02:07PM
Big problem with Philharmonic Hall (or whatever they call it now; it was Avery Fisher last time I was there) is the awful acoustics.  I know they worked on them.  Are they any better?

I did catch the Bernstein concert on TV.  Fantastic playing by the NY Phil.

The hall acoustics are okay.. a little bass light and very analytical. Quite like the Festival  hall in London. I could see why they have to make such big sounds in there.
Chris Stearn
60  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Finally got to hear the NYPO on: Jan 01, 2018, 01:49PM
Bram was really looking forward to conducting last night's concert. He greatly admires JA's playing.

Chris Stearn
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