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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Yamaha 'snot' shortage in the UK!!! on: Today at 11:39 AM
As if life wasn't already unbearable enough in the UK.
There is a KFC famine as well  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43124259
What will the next shortage be ?
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Yamaha 646 on: Feb 13, 2018, 12:04PM
Beware of chrome plating flaking off the inner slide stockings.
(Doesn't make it unplayable, but it can be annoying to know it's there.)
3  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: 20 cellos compared in one minute on: Feb 11, 2018, 12:45AM
Looking forward to someone posting a trombone version (or versions).
4  Town Hall / Comments and Suggestions / Re: Politics and Religion sections on the TTF. Keep them or lose them? on: Feb 07, 2018, 04:44PM
Another forum I lurk on from time to time has neither and seems to get on fine:
Currently there are 980 members online and 10,000 other users

They do have a beer section though (with over 2,900 threads) :/
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach to produce a new Friedman model on: Jan 11, 2018, 12:01PM
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6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Bach to produce a new Friedman model on: Jan 11, 2018, 11:32AM
Intriguing stuff from Jay Friedman's site at at http://www.jayfriedman.net/articles/equipment_notes  ...

The new Bach 42BOF model will feature a European designed “Open Flow” valve. This is the most responsive valve on a Bach trombone that I have ever played. It will be available as a “42CUSTOM” in the Jay Friedman configuration, with a lightweight gold brass bell, and an option for a lightweight nickel 42 or 50 hand slide. This trombone will be available in early 2018, and will be a great addition to the Bach trombone line!

I would also like to see the reintroduction of the Bach model 45. The model 45 had a 9 inch bell and some had a dual bore slide. I am not a fan of dual bore slides because the overtone series of each inner slide tube will be different and this will cause each octave to be in a slightly different slide position, and we already have enough of those variants don’t we?
The 45 would serve both tenor and bass trombones players as a doubling instrument. There are many ensemble pieces calling for one trombone. Many times it is difficult to discern whether the part is meant for a tenor or bass instrument. Then there is the occasional “tenor-bass” delineation, which both Wagner and Stravinsky have called for, and which seems to be a fitting description of the model 45. The 45 would be a perfect doubling instrument for a tenor player who doesn’t play bass trombone, and the perfect doubler for the bass trombone player who doesn’t play tenor.
The 45 would also make a perfect 2nd trombone in a modern band/orchestra low brass section, because it would correspond to the old German formula of progressively larger sized descending voices; i.e. alto, tenor, bass. This concept is the same idea as a choir of voices comprised of S,A,T, B as opposed to identical sized instruments, which would emulate the T,T,B,B color. While the latter’s advantage is more blend, the former has the advantage of both blend and color.
7  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Engaging your abs on: Nov 01, 2017, 07:21PM
A lot has been said about using the diaphragm and stomach.

A recent post describing Jay Friedman's approach discourages it...

he said he uses his chest rather than his stomach, as the moment the stomach engages, tension is created.
8  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Cornet doubling on: Nov 01, 2017, 07:14PM
I played the cornet for about 20 years (averagely). Compared with trumpet, cornet mouthpieces generally have larger diameter, deeper cups and bigger throats than trumpet mouthpieces, and also have a sweeter sound so will feel a little less unnatural to play.
The fat british brass band cornet sound is generally achieved using a Denis Wick 4 or larger.  None of the Bach cornet mouthpieces are anywhere near as big in the cup as this.

I played a Bach strad cornet which appears thinner in the leadpipe than other brands of cornet, and the Bach mouthpieces were a better match than the Wicks (for an average player anyway).

It would be interesting to give a Chason crossover mouthpiece a try on cornet  (not $175 interesting though)

9  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Obscure Genres or Bands with Bass Trombone on: Oct 25, 2017, 06:43PM
Look up "Cimbassonista" on youtube.

Mattis is TTF user "quesonegro".  He does some cool stuff on bass trombone and cimbasso.
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Cloning a whole hard drive? on: Oct 23, 2017, 08:35PM
You don't actually need to keep a backup of Windows and other Microsoft apps as a hedge for hard drive failure.
If you get a new hard drive, the best thing to do is to download the Windows ISO file from Microsoft (onto a USB stick for free) and install Windows onto the empty hard drive using that.
The Microsoft security key (which authenticates your software license) is linked to the motherboard - not the hard drive, so if you install a fresh copy of windows onto a new hard drive but have the same motherboard the Windows license will come up as authentic. The same applies to Microsoft office.

You would only need your backup for your content files.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Cloning a whole hard drive? on: Oct 23, 2017, 07:48PM
Hi Graham
I use a "WD My Passport" portable hard drive to keep a backup for my whole hard drive. It uses the WD proprietary software and doesn't require a power supply.


After it is initially set up (which must be quite straightforward as I don't remember much about doing it), whenever you connect it to your PC (by USB) it updates the backup copy automatically in the background. If your PC is always set up you can leave it connected.
It contains a copy of my entire windows setup as well as all my content.
There are probably cheaper ways to achieve the same thing but I think it's worth the money for the convenience of not having to do anything other than plug it in. WD also offer space in the cloud to store another backup if you want.
In the event of a catastrophic hard drive failure, I imagine it would be fairly straightforward to copy everything down from the WD to a new drive (haven't had to do it yet).

Good luck

12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Looking for recommendations on a Symphonic horn on: Oct 23, 2017, 12:59PM

The Dillon page only shows the Hagmann and Thayer versions.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: What Was Alessi's Pre-T396A Setup? on: Oct 22, 2017, 11:33PM
Here's what the internet archive says from 2005 about his setup:
Body: T350-E
Bell: 324CF
Slide: T-BCN
Tuning slide:  Rose
Leadpipe:   T2 Alessi

14  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: Cast iron, anyone? on: Oct 12, 2017, 01:09PM
There's some orthodoxy in there that I'm not sure holds up in the modern world.

Maybe I should have qualified it in that this is how I've kept a cheap (~25% of the cost of a Le Creuset) pan working for 12 + years so far.
15  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: Cast iron, anyone? on: Oct 12, 2017, 12:49PM
But try as I may, I cannot seem to season these things effectively. 

My guidelines on cast iron care to maintain a non-stick surface on a cast iron pan:
 - Don't use dishwash liquid to clean it - just clean hot water. (Use dishwash liquid on the outside if you need to.)
 - If something is burnt / stuck onto the surface, warm up the pan and maybe add some oil to loosen / soften it before scraping it off.
 - Use utensils with a sharp, straight stainless steel edge to prevent stuff from sticking (the one I use is actually a BBQ tool).
 - Minimise cooking food where water accumulates in the bottom of the pan. Cast iron pans should be used for cooking which sizzles - not simmers.  If you need to simmer something use a pan made from a different material.
 - After washing and drying, smear a thin layer of spray-on canola oil over the cooking surface

Happy cooking.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: "Easy" instruments on: Oct 06, 2017, 11:41PM
I think the ocarina is one of the easiest instruments to get a terrible sound out of, and quite difficult to get a good sound.
We have one somewhere in the house but it's been hidden to stop children from playing it.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Laptop changed on: Oct 06, 2017, 02:17PM
For Windows 10 with the Creators update:
Use windows search to find Control Panel
Open the "Sound" utility
On the Playback tab, select the default speakers and press the Properties button.
Select the Enhancements tab and check "Disable all enhancements" (I think this is available only in the Pro version. For the home version just uncheck any enhancements which are checked).  Press Apply if it is available, then press OK.
Back at the Sound utility, press Apply if it's available, then OK.
Restart the computer.

If that doesn't work, right click on the sound icon (bottom right of the screen) and select Troubleshoot.

I suspect that the creators update or some subsequent update messed with the settings.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Difference between Antonine Courtois 420 models? on: Oct 05, 2017, 12:42PM
These old threads mention the Challenger II...


19  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Big horn for a small student? on: Oct 02, 2017, 03:12PM
I have her using the Yamaha 48 mouthpiece that came with her horn; roughly the equivalent of a 6.5AL, I think?

My guess is that, at least in part, it's the 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece. The larger throat forces her to use more air. I don't know anything about the Yamaha 48 mouthpiece.

On paper the Yamaha 48 and 6-1/2AL look similar (cup diameter, throat size etc.), however the Yamaha feels like it has a much smaller cup diameter, and I feels almost unplayable to me, whereas a 6-1/2AL is fine.

Before deciding to go large bore, it would be worthwhile trying a small shank 6-1/2AL in the 200AD.

20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Long term storage of the trombone on: Sep 24, 2017, 12:57PM
I've wondered whether a cause of stinky cases is anaerobic conditions developing when a case is left closed for a long time and is largely airtight.

Another cause might be condensation forming on the brass when there are extreme temperature changes.

To prevent this from occurring, it might be best to leave the case slightly open, and leave it in a warm, well ventilated room.

Any thoughts on this ? 
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