Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

 
Advanced search

1063601 Posts in 70734 Topics- by 18560 Members - Latest Member: Karen h
Jump to:  
  Show Posts
Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 249
61  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Got a Chance to Play a Holton TR-180 on: Mar 11, 2017, 10:14AM
There are professionals here that could tell you that... but I suppose it is nice to find out yourself... many more surprises await.
62  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Difference between the Elkhart 70 series basses and 60 series basses on: Mar 09, 2017, 03:36PM
Has anyone attempted to make a copy of these 7x series horns in the modern age?

No.... and not for want of asking.
63  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpieces like the 1.5G on: Mar 09, 2017, 05:54AM
A little information....
With big bass mouthpieces you can be less than refined with your airflow in the low register, but on the small bass mouthpieces you have to get it just right.... too much and the mouthpiece seems to 'back up' and no note appears... not enough and the sound is thin and unpleasant... but get it right and you have a real reward. Almost a lost art in some places, but known and used in others....

Chris Stearn
64  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpieces like the 1.5G on: Mar 08, 2017, 11:54PM
Wow! This gained a lot more traction than I expected. I'll provide a quick update:

To answer Chris'  (and many others) comment, I understand that there's no holy grail mouthpiece. I think I'd call this a compromise more than anything. I like my Bach, but instead am asking about the slight variations that cater to the bigger side :)

I've ordered a Wick 2NAL to try out, it'll be here tomorrow. I got the normal and not the Heritage, will that make a significant difference? I noticed some slight differences in the description, but the $80 extra was a bit of a turn off. I'd be willing to try it out if people tend to like it significantly more than the normal :)

What I am saying is that there is a way of making smaller mouthpieces work on the bass.... finding that is more important than mouthpiece hunting. I play on a MV 1 1/2G now that is nicer than any other I have owned.... it pulled me off the easy-to-use Elliott large setup, simply by feeling and sounding so nice... but I have to work at it. There are good and bad examples out there and it can be worth trying other examples... but as an icing on the cake.
I would be surprised if the Wick floats your boat.... his bass mouthpieces have never been as popular as the tenor models.

Chris Stearn
65  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpieces like the 1.5G on: Mar 08, 2017, 01:03PM
A small mouthpiece that gives a big easy low register ? A large mouthpiece that has focus throughout the range  ?  These questions come around again and again. Let's get real.... smaller mouthpieces are easier for some things and harder for others, as are larger mouthpieces. I have used all sizes professionally. You work out the strengths and weaknesses of a design, then put in the hours to make it work. You have more mouthpieces available now than ever in history... that's nice, but can tempt people to invest in metal rather than time on the horn.
OP... work at that 1 1/2G and see if you can figure it out....

Chris Stearn
66  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Mar 07, 2017, 06:12AM
Exactly how sharp are the inner rim , Chris ?  Like a Conn 3B or Remington ? I could live happy with a rim contour like Denis Wick for instance, but ithe Conn rims are borderline painful..

Trond

Hard for me to give you an accurate idea.... the MV I like is a little flatter than most with a good inner bite.

Bill.... you will get a chance to try it when you are over....

Chris Stearn
67  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Mar 07, 2017, 12:17AM
I have modelled my MV rim onto the Artisan mouthpiece. I will take it into work today and see what the reaction is.

Chris Stearn
68  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Various Stuff (tenor bone, bass bone parts, BrassArk pipe, mouthpieces) on: Mar 06, 2017, 12:02AM
PM sent for Minick valves

Chris Stearn
69  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Conn or Holton as main bass trombone? on: Mar 05, 2017, 02:34AM
The sound is more YOU than any trombone... Conn, Holton.... whatever...
Both sound good... very good...
You are more at home on the Conn and that shows a little, but in the end, play on what you like... I bet you like one better than the other ?
As you know, I have all these trombones and on each you have to work a little differently, but you are always heading for the same goal.
I am using my old friends Raths now and they get me to the same place.... perhaps more easily than the old horns, but my goal does not change.

Chris Stearn
70  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Mechanical considerations - dependent vs independent bass valve configurations on: Mar 05, 2017, 12:51AM
I don't think that the angle to the ground will be the issue.... most likely it will be the linkage.... second most likely, muck on the valve or valve case. Hagmanns are easily damaged... choose your tech with care. NEVER polish the steel valve shaft. I used a dep. Hagmann setup for a few years and had no issues with the second valve. It may be a single bearing but it is a long bearing ... never heard of problems due to that aspect of the design.

Chris Stearn
71  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Richard Smith, still nutty on: Mar 03, 2017, 06:31AM
Breath control is a fundamental in that a brass player who wants to play at the highest level must gain control over the air flow through the lips before any other aspect of playing can be really controlled. That's why so many teachers talk about it.

Chris Stearn
72  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Attn. Conn experts... on: Feb 28, 2017, 11:44PM
My 1934 Conn70H has a bell and J bend made from an alloy with slightly higher copper content.... a slightly different colour to the valve tube which is yellow brass.

Chris Stearn
73  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Does mouthpiece material affect tone/sound? on: Feb 27, 2017, 12:59AM
Tonal variation is less obvious in smaller spaces... I was surprised at how Zirconium seems to me to have distinct qualities in a concert hall. A little darker but still with overtones and with noticeable projection improvements .... and that was noticed by the players around me too. Don't stress about needing a mouthpiece in this wonder material ... it is very expensive.... hundreds of dollars a piece... and there are no production plans at present. I have tried Titanium and wondered what the fuss was about. Zirconium seems a far more suitable metal for mouthpieces, but cost would put most people off.... there is also the issue of design... this one I have is a copy of a Rath mouthpiece, made not at the request of Mick Rath, but with his knowledge and approval.

Chris Stearn
74  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Does mouthpiece material affect tone/sound? on: Feb 26, 2017, 01:42PM
Maybe because of the microscratches caused by normal plating wear? I doubt that CNC can duplicate that...

No, it was the polishing of the rim... contour slightly changed.
75  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Does mouthpiece material affect tone/sound? on: Feb 26, 2017, 01:13PM
Having a CNC copy of a mouthpiece and the original, I can say that they do sound different with different metals... but they feel different too.... even though they measure the same.... yes I have checked. Hours of fun.

Chris Stearn
76  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Does mouthpiece material affect tone/sound? on: Feb 25, 2017, 02:03AM
Interesting issue... I have been sent a Zirconium mouthpiece to test, together with the sliver plated brass mouthpiece it was copied from. I will offer some observations when I have finished testing these and discussed it with the maker. Based on past observations, material does make a difference, but it is almost impossible to have identical shape mouthpieces, so it is very hard to attribute qualities to material alone. Watch out for developments.

Chris Stearn
77  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Feb 23, 2017, 07:21AM
I got hold of a Bach Artisan 1 1/2G yesterday. In many ways it is a very good mouthpiece... sound and blow are excellent... my section mates were split between the Artisan and the MV. but testing ended because the rim is simply dreadful !!!! Sharp inner rim, high point very much toward the inner and outer rim drops away rapidly. What were they thinking ?Nothing like any NY rims I have seen.

Chris Stearn
78  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Why not the small bore for "legit" or classical style playing? on: Feb 22, 2017, 09:13AM
It takes work to make it sound easy. At least in my experience.

Sounding easy feels easy... but you're right... it takes a lot of work... a LOT... and a few days off and it's gone....
79  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: conn dual bore bass trombone slide ? on: Feb 22, 2017, 12:54AM
It is very different from the standard slide... not an air hog, but the sound is very different, at least for me. Very nice with the right pipe and bell section but you really have to build up the whole horn. What it changes is the sound profile through the dynamics... it can make things more French Horn like .... which we don't want !!

Chris Stearn
80  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: conn dual bore bass trombone slide ? on: Feb 21, 2017, 03:46PM
I have one Andy.... with the Frankenbell  Evil Evil Evil Evil

If you remember, I got it from Lorna Mc who said that she couldn't find a use for it.... took me a long time... and a Callet pipe...

Chris Stearn
Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 249