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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Idea to customize horn, where do you go to get it built/tested? on: Sep 25, 2014, 04:52PM
Check out www.robbstewart.com  and click on "other projects" and "mechanics" on the left .
It will give you some idea of what oddball stuff is possible.
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Will playing trumpet strengthen the UR on: Sep 07, 2014, 03:40PM
I have a tendency to use too much pressure  with small mouthpieces  and would need to be careful that this didn't become a habit transferred to trombone technique .
I would be interested in trying one of those Wycliffe / chansons mouthpieces. Could be great on 2nd/ 3rd cornet parts.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: How important is mouthpiece plating? on: Sep 02, 2014, 02:23PM
Gold has a lower coefficient of friction than silver, so presumably facilitates easier embouchure  adjustments.
Plenty of great players using silver though.  :/
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: How do we really know what mouthpiece is the right one? on: Sep 02, 2014, 01:08AM
That is the advice that Jimmy Knepper gave me years ago..."Play the smallest m'pce that lets you play a good-sounding low E."

I'm trying to reconcile with this quote from Jay Friedman ( http://www.jayfriedman.net/articles/game_of_opposites_2 )
"Lately I've been thinking about the eternal questions of equipment and the concept of using them. I've finally come to this conclusion; play the biggest horn and mouthpiece you can, and then play it as clear and small as you can. By small I don't mean pinched. I mean pure, lively, focused and again, clear. We want the player to sound big in size and the instrument to sound small and facile. The big mistake is using a large type horn and playing it dull and unfocused, which is the most common type of sound I hear today. How do we do that? It has to do with the use of the airstream. Everyone knows to use more air, but how? Think of the airstream as a garden hose: when there is no nozzle on the end, the water comes out thick and doesn't go far. When a nozzle is attached the stream of water narrows and picks up speed, traveling farther. That's what I mean when I say play a big horn small and clear. Since the modern instrument is large in size compared to trombon es in previous centuries, it is never a problem to make a big sound: the problem to avoid is making a dead sound. "

Both arguments seem to have merit. Interesting that they both play(ed) a Bach 42 of sorts, albeit on different types of gig.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: still running XP on this one on: Aug 21, 2014, 08:44PM
+ 1 for Linux on older machines. I got my 9 yr old kid a dell d430 for school,  put Linux mint 17 on it and he thinks it's great. Not having ms office doesn't worry him as they use google docs for school. Linux with 2 MB of ram is fairly quick. He doesn't need to use command lines - the user interface is fairly similar to xp . I did a little command line work to get it set up. Installing apps from the Linux "store" is straightforward.

My laptop is vista-era but was running xp so I upgraded to windows 8 when it was released with a low special price. Had a few issues with drivers which almost resulted in me giving up and replacing the laptop. (Because of its age , the machine isn't supported by the manufacturer for win 8.) I've read that upgrading from 8 to 8.1 often results in driver issues so I'm not going to try.

A problem with windows is that the updates are so bulky. I have more confidence in Linux than windows that updates won't consume the performance of the machine.
6  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: 4th partial double buzz on: Aug 06, 2014, 09:34PM
I had a persistent double buzz issue for about a year. Advice from TTF from Doug and others almost fixed it.
What finally got rid of it was adjusting the valve alignment.
... Yep, should have done that sooner.  :/
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Corp. 42 Mods on: Jul 30, 2014, 06:54PM
There's plenty to start with in this old thread.

quote author=furry link=topic=59702.msg852899#msg852899 date=1324001521

Anyone put a rotax or hagmann on a 1970s 42?
8  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Live streaming - NZ brass band championships on: Jul 11, 2014, 11:19PM
A Grade own choice event on now
9  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Live streaming - NZ brass band championships on: Jul 11, 2014, 05:06PM
B grade own choice event starting now
10  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Live streaming - NZ brass band championships on: Jul 10, 2014, 01:10AM
This is being live streamed on
over the next couple of days.

Champion of champions solos are on right now. 
A grade own choice will be highlight -Saturday evening nz time.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: .525 slide with 8.5 bell on: Jul 04, 2014, 05:13PM
For some clues you could research Yamaha ysl-645.
Also I think there's been forum discussion around .525 slides on an 8h or 88h bell section
12  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: What car do you have? on: Jul 03, 2014, 04:25AM
2OO4  Smart Roadster [DD]

Chris Stearn

So just how many bass trombones fit in a Smart Roadster then ?
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / The coolest way to get moisture out of your phone... on: Jun 24, 2014, 12:07PM


14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Brasso: what's so bad? on: Jun 20, 2014, 04:27PM
Bruce isn't there ammonia in brasso , which is a reason to avoid it ?

For nickel silver, mothers mag and aluminium Polish does a good job. It's abrasive so not for use every time, but good after a period of neglect.
15  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: QuinnTheFlippinEskimo at work on: May 27, 2014, 03:29AM
He also appears willing to ship offshore, which a lot of sellers don't.  It seems like he has more for sale when the US dollar is low so offshore buyers are willing to pay more in $US terms. Maybe not just buy low, sell high but also an element of forex speculation using trombones as currency.
16  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: What is the weirdest time signature you have ever seen? on: May 26, 2014, 01:55AM
Here's an example of how silly brass band test pieces can get
(Isaiah 40 by Robert Redhead, from bar 202 following on from a 4/4 section)
Tempo is  dotted = 69 at the start accelerating to minim = 138 by the end...
10/8   1 bar
6/8    1 bar
4/4    1 bar
10/8   1 bar
6/8    1 bar
10/8   2 bars
4/4    1 bar
7/8    1 bar
9/8    1 bar
4/4    1 bar
7/8    1 bar
9/8    1 bar
4/4    1 bar
7/8    2 bars
9/8    1 bar
2/2    2 bars
and back to 12/8 

To listen too its quite good as far as test pieces go, but who'd want to be a conductor?
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Adjusting valves on: May 09, 2014, 02:46AM
I've seen a bunch of USB endoscopes on ebay for less than $20. These could be ideal for aligning valves as you could see clearly how the ports in the rotor or core align with the housing .

Anyone tried one of these ?

18  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Slides and manual transmissions - they're just fun. on: May 07, 2014, 02:19AM
So the other night I was thinking about how I like the trombone for some of the same reasons. Some may argue that you can play faster with valves. Some may say that you can play more accurately with valves. Some may even say that valves take the guesswork out of playing in tune.l

Tuning analogy:
I played a valve instrument for over 20 years, but was pretty mediocre at it. I suspect now I was limited by the need to screw up my embouchure to get it to play IN tune.  I much prefer the slide where I can adjust the pitch without lipping up or down.
Automatic transmissions annoy me the same way - I need to adjust how I drive to compensate for when the transmission decides to change gear.

Efficiency analogy:
Manual transmissions are more mechanically efficient than autos.  Trombones are the most efficient instrument in turning effort into sound.

There seems to be a disproportionate level of support for manuals so far.  Bring on a poll.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Yamaha Allegro on: Apr 28, 2014, 05:17PM
If you're looking at a new 88, check out the conventional wrap and 88HT (thin bell) options.
Don't be taken by the open wrap hype. There is a thread here discussing the merits ( google "slipmo, 88ht" and it should pop up)
20  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Playing in Europe on: Nov 28, 2013, 12:45PM
... but I've met some Brass Banders who can read bass, tenor, treble, alto, ... (and who are really good musicians).

Probably because if they have played both bass and tenor trombone in a brass band they will need to have read treble, tenor (which is not uncommon in brass band arrangements) and bass clefs. This is one of the reasons that bass trombonists are special people.  Good!
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