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1  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.
2  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)

3  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.
4  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.
5  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

6  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.
7  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

8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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...


13  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.

14  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 ? 
15  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Trains and Bones on: Sep 15, 2017, 09:20PM
There is a brass band arrangement of "Ticket to ride" which starts with hissing (steam) and train whistle sounds (muted cornets).  Google ticket to ride brass band and you will find various YouTube versions.
16  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Planning and distribution for modular bands?? on: Sep 11, 2017, 08:18PM
I use teamer.net to notify players for rehearsals and gigs.  It is easy for the players to accept or decline a notification of an event (using an app on phone / tablet makes it easier)
You would need to set up each time slot as a separate event and manually pick which of the players you want for each event, but the data comes back in a tidy, reliable and consistent format. You can set the system up to automatically send reminders. The app effectively gives each player a calendar of events complete with location map.

This week I had to plan a series of section rehearsals and extra band rehearsals for an amateur group. Lots of people have other activities on at potentially conflicting times so I set up 11 dummy events in time slots that worked for our venue and built the programme based on everybody's availability.

What this system avoids is the need for players to get on a computer, check their emails, maybe open a spreadsheet etc.

Good luck
17  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Trombone - Bb treble or C Bass?? on: Sep 10, 2017, 03:21PM
So now there's a big debate about whether eupho and trombonists should be encouraged (forced) to learn both clefs, or if concert bands should be expected to include "world parts" which include Bb eupho.

I think the debate should be more around whether music publishers (band music and orchestral music) should include trombone, tuba and euphonium parts in all commonly-read clefs. With computer-based software notation, I imagine producing a part in a different clef should only require a click or two so the marginal cost of doing this is close to zero.

This would enable all groups to draw from a larger pool of players.


18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Double buzz - please help on: Sep 02, 2017, 01:40PM
I had a recurring double buzz on the middle Bb partial (playing a large bore with a 4g).  Switched to a 3G and it didn't occur, although lost a bit in richness of sound and top end range, and needs more air. 8 months later, tried the 4g again and there's no sign of the double buzz.
I'm guessing that the 3G forced me to change something in my embouchure to make the top and bottom more balanced. It's easy to overthink double buzzing so I'll leave my explanation at that.

Worked for me. Ymmv
19  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Applying for Patent? on: Aug 26, 2017, 06:34PM
Being able to afford applying for a patent is one thing. To derive the expected benefits, you also need to be able to afford to defend it,mpossibly in multiple countries.
Based on people I've met, there seem to be a lot of patent attorneys who do well for themselves and a lot of inventors who have been misguided in going for patents and lost their shirt.
The few who do well out of patents tend to be those who have a business plan from the start -not  just an idea.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: 6.5a (small shank) variations on: Aug 13, 2017, 07:07PM
I've noticed that mouthpiece express list the following as small shank mouthpieces, but I've never any seen them discussed on TTF.
- Bach 5
- Bach 5G
- Bach 4
- Bach 4C
- Bach 3

I'm curious how any of them would work on a King 3B+ (0.525 bore). I'm guessing there's a point past which the mouthpiece is too big for the horn and starts screwing up the tuning and partials.

Any experience of these ?
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