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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: How many horns do you own? on: Yesterday at 09:14 AM
You guys are making me feel inadequate. I only have 5 trombones:

Bach 36BO (main axe)
King 3B
King 3B/F
Conn 6H (currently off for a slide re-build)
Rath R 4 bell with R3 slide.

Willson 2704 Euph that I haven't played in a year and a half.

Crappy $40 craigslist trumpet
Old Special trumpet

I am just experimenting with the trumpet thing. It may be temporary if I can't figure out the chops.

2  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Star Trek Lt Thomas Riker with metal trombone on: Jan 15, 2018, 01:01PM
Looks like it comes with an extra set of hands. For when the transporter leaves yours on a distant planet.
3  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Hotel room at Trombone workshop in March on: Jan 14, 2018, 06:02PM
Not sure about that one, but last time I went, I did Priceline and ended up at the Key Bridge Marriott for pretty cheap - under $100 a night.
4  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: Key Lime Pie anyone? on: Jan 13, 2018, 11:49AM
That's my favorite dessert of all time. Publix makes a pretty good one. And the frozen Edwards KLPs are good to.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: The right tool for the job? on: Jan 13, 2018, 06:50AM
I saw the Preservatin Hall Band one time and the trombone player was playing an 88H with trigger and putting a huge amount of sound through that thing. Sounded great. I am kind of like Bruce, having gravitated towards using a Bach 36 for just about everything except playing lead in a big band and the rare occasion when my local orchestra gets desperate and calls me. Even then, my "big" horn is a Rath with .525 slide and 8.5" bell. But the cool thing about that horn is that you can put a large shank lead pipe in it and nobody knows it's not a .547. Unless they bring their calipers to rehearsal.
6  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Low C above pedal Bb on: Jan 12, 2018, 03:17PM
That was the note that caused my to sell my bass and quit dreaming of being a real bass boner. I could play it, but not with any kind of authority. On the bright side, I traded my bass for a very nice 36BO that has been my main axe ever since.
7  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Comparing trombone playing to trumpet playing on: Jan 12, 2018, 01:56PM
I ordered one of those PETE things today too. I have to at least give this a few months before raising the surrender flag and admitting that trumpet players have better chops than me.
8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Comparing trombone playing to trumpet playing on: Jan 12, 2018, 06:47AM
Are some people more naturally inclined to play trumpet vs. bone (or the other way around) because of the size/shape of their lips? I remember going in to start band at the end of 6th grade and they handed me a trumpet mouthpiece and a trombone mouthpiece. I blew on both and decided I like trombone better. At the time, I don't know why I made that choice, but it must have felt better on my face. I do tend to play a very large rim size on bone (schilke 53 or similar). Maybe that is why I am having a hard time with that itty bitty trumpet mp.
9  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Comparing trombone playing to trumpet playing on: Jan 11, 2018, 08:12PM

Good luck, I'll be curious what your trumpet playing friend has to say.


Tim fixed me up with a Schilke 24. - the biggest trumpet mp they make. That helped open up the horn for me a bit. Still struggling with the range.  I got a couple of trumpet method books in the mail today. This will take a while.
10  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Broadway - getting their music on: Jan 10, 2018, 10:53AM
I did a calculation on one of the sites and it looks like the rental price was somewhere around 15% of the expected gross revenue for the whole run of the show.
11  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: 17th century viola da gamba smashed by Al Italia on: Jan 10, 2018, 07:02AM
That sucks for her, but if you are flying with a priceless instrument, why not invest in a bullet/bomb proof case that is designed to survive a cargo hold? These stories have been going around the internet so long that I would think that anyone would realize that their axe is not guaranteed to be treated with kid gloves.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: How good are Martin Committee's on: Jan 10, 2018, 06:21AM
I hear that the Martin Mandatory Departmental Meeting never made it into production.

Now that's a good one!
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: 3B or not 3B on: Jan 08, 2018, 02:41PM
Keep it. The new 3B can't hold a candle to even a merely decent older one.  It may be a long time, if ever, before Kings play like Kings again!

The one I bought about 3 years ago is great.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Affordable Buzz Aids on: Jan 08, 2018, 08:11AM
California just legalized all kinds of buzz aids. :)
15  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Christmas gigs on: Jan 06, 2018, 09:40AM
But one I was really looking forward to got snowed out. Our big band had practiced really hard to work up the Ellington Nutcracker Suite. On the day of the concert, we got just enough snow to shut everything down. This being SC, that doesn't take much. We have rescheduled it for the 1st week of January, but I don't anticipate that we will get much for attendance, as people are pretty tired of Christmas music by then.

To my great shock and surprise, we had close to 200 people come out for out make up Christmas concert on Jan. 4th. The Nutcracker Suite went well, except for the brass missing an entrance and staying lost for about 32 bars in Peanut Brittle Brigade. That is incredibly fun music to play.
16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Comparing trombone playing to trumpet playing on: Jan 06, 2018, 06:53AM
At the moment, I am topping out at a concert D with a not so great sound. I am actually staring lessons this afternoon with a friend of mine who is a fantastic trumpet player. It's tough to go from being really good at one instrument to totally stinking up the joint on another.
17  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Comparing trombone playing to trumpet playing on: Jan 05, 2018, 08:55PM
I know this is a really old thread, but what would be a reasonable amount of time to develop decent trumpet chops? I have been playing trumpet for 3 weeks so far and am having a really hard time adjusting. I am trying to practice trumpet for about an hour a day.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Cloning a whole hard drive? on: Jan 05, 2018, 07:23AM
Acronis is fairly inexpensive and easy to use. I do this for a living and that is what I have on my home PC.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Video editing software for dummies on: Jan 05, 2018, 07:07AM
Cany anyone recommend any video editing software that is more full featured than the free Windows Movie Maker, but not too complicated to use? I mostly use it to turn footage from my camcorder into short videos for FB, etc.

And I don't have a Mac, so Imovie is not an option.

20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Doubling trumpet without using too much pressure on: Jan 04, 2018, 11:33AM
The best exercises for reducing pressure I know about are:

1. Palm exercise
2. Pencil exercise/PETE
3. Whisper G

Not using the pinky hook.
Not slamming the horn into your faces.

I have heard of the pencil thing, but no clue about the other 2. Care to enlighten me?
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