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81  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: New Forum Members! on: Aug 26, 2013, 04:12PM
Oh hey, I just found this link, so I guess...HELLO! My name's Christian Giunta, and nickname really is Hammer (couldn't believe that username wasn't already taken by the time I registered on this forum). I'm 23, graduated last year with my Bachelor's of Music from SUNY Fredonia, and majored in music education, with a jazz concentration (kind of like a minor). I'm really a tenor player, but now that I picked up a bass bone for doubling up, I'm dabbling in the bass bone world (interesting dimension). I gig around the Hudson Valley in New York wherever I can, working a million weird part time jobs, and being a substitute teacher, all in hopes that my band teacher career will take off soon so I can work 1 main job that I love. I'm only a year out of college, and I'm REALLY patient, so I'll just keep applying EVERYWHERE.
82  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Humes and Berg Buzz-Wow and Raspy-Buzz-Wow Mutes on: Aug 26, 2013, 11:49AM
Wow, you actually got to meet up with him? Wish I had that opportunity!
83  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Shastock "Krooner" Mute ? (Just Added MORE Pictures) Any ideas???? on: Aug 25, 2013, 02:21PM
Thanks Hammer, I love your line of thinking on this. Appreciate your input!

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(GASP!) A compliment! For me?! I'm speechless!  :D
84  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Humes and Berg Buzz-Wow and Raspy-Buzz-Wow Mutes on: Aug 25, 2013, 09:07AM
These are 2 mutes that I've always wanted to have, but since they've been discontinued, it's been really hard to track them down. However, while I was just randomly surfing through web pages today, I came across a website that sells them! Here's the 2 web pages: http://reedsandmore.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&manufacturer_id=67&product_id=1610 and http://reedsandmore.com/shop/brass/accessories-316027889/mutes/trombone-340226154/humes-and-berg-tenor-trombone-buzz-wow-mute-157.html. When I save enough money to justify payment for them, I might get them. But, I know there are some people out there who have been looking for them also, and if you got the money, you can now get them! I have never heard of the website Reeds and More, and it looks like they're situated in Australia, but somebody can give the checkout process a try if they want.
85  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Shastock "Krooner" Mute ? (Just Added MORE Pictures) Any ideas???? on: Aug 25, 2013, 08:53AM
I've never heard of this mute before, but I'll throw in a guess. I would say it's a mix between 3 mutes: a solotone (any company), Shastock's Buzz Mute (because of the similar bottom resonator, and you can find the picture here: http://www.alcasstribute.com/shastock_mutes_for_brass_478.htm), and Humes and Berg's Raspy Buzz-Wow Mute (because maybe the metal resonators have a similar sound, and you can find a picture here: http://reedsandmore.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&manufacturer_id=67&product_id=1610). Also, if you look on the first Shastock link I posted, this mute can maybe even be similar to Shastock's Ee-Mo-Ye Mute, but that might be a stretch. I'm just assuming, but now I have a new toy that I want! I'll now be on the lookout for a Shastock Krooner!
86  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Double bone stand on: Aug 20, 2013, 09:42PM
Great idea, but whenever there's only one horn on it, it's centered of the edge of the underlying support triangle.  I'd be more comfortable about it with longer legs and more of them. 

I agree with this. More than 2 legs would make me feel a bit more comfortable. But this is an awesome idea! Great prototype! It reminds me the contrabass trombone stand the horn guys made out of a cymbal stand, which is at the bottom of this page: http://www.hornguys.com/tbnstands.php. I personally probably won't have any use for this since I'm usually playing only tenor or only bass at one time, but I can honestly see this being sold in stores/websites. Maybe make a few more, add some little adjustments, and see if you can market them. If that's your plan, good luck! If not, then...good luck anyway!
87  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Protec Contoured Pro Pac Case on: Aug 20, 2013, 09:32PM
Thank you all for responding. I think I'm going to go with getting the SKB360 and BAM Classic. If one ends up being better than other, I'll just return the one I don't like and get 2 of the better. I do like that lifetime guarantee from SKB though. If I was getting another trigger bone (or if I was to replace my main baby), then I think I would buy the Protec Contoured Pro Pac. One little goal of mine was to replace it, but through a seller's mistake on eBay, I ended up getting a new old stock Protec Universal case (I was looking for a bass case, and they messed it up in the listing, but at least I got refunded partially since I wanted to keep it). And if some little windfall comes around to me, then I'll replace the huge clunky Bach case that's holding my Yamaha YBL 321 with the bass version of the Protec Contoured. But, if one pops up on eBay, Amazon, shopgoodwill, etc., then I just might pick it up.
88  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Protec Contoured Pro Pac Case on: Aug 14, 2013, 09:24PM
Thanks for all of the replies! I've passed across the SKB case and haven't give it much thought before, but now it's definitely looking like a purchase decision for me. Now I have another quick question. How does the SKB 360 compare to the basic Gator Case and the Bam Case? The SKB and Gator look really similar, and the Bam looks closer to a Protec, but smaller. I might be leaning slightly to the Bam because I like the nylon exterior and zipper that goes all the way around (similar to what I'm used to with Protec).

And thanks for your insight about your Protec Steve. I have the same case you do with the 2 extra slide pads for my main bone, and I love it. I've had it for years. Although with my bone, I don't have to put the main tuning slide in all the way. And I'll check out the local shops again to see about the prices.
89  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Protec Contoured Pro Pac Case on: Aug 14, 2013, 08:06AM
The horns that I'm thinking about putting in this case are an Olds Special and an early HN White "The King", the one with the curved brace before the 2B and 3B came out. I'm having a friend/repair guy fix them up for me for only a few dollars, so that is why I don't know the bore size, but according to another thread on the Special is .458/.500. The King I would say is the same. So the SKB 360 would still be good for this Burgerbob? And thanks for your insight boneagain.
90  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Protec Contoured Pro Pac Case on: Aug 13, 2013, 10:07PM
Hey everybody. I've been reading the threads in this forum for years, but have never registered as a member or participated in any conversations. So, here is my first contact to you all. Hello!

I've recently acquired 2 small bore tenors and they are need of cases. I've looked at MANY cases, have read practically all of the threads involving cases here on the forum (which by the way, have had the BEST in depth reviews), and yet I still have a question.

The Protec Contoured Pro Pac case is looking wonderful to me, and the most of the reviews have been great, even by fellow forum members. I love the Protec company and never have had a problem with my current Universal case made by them, aside that it's taken a SERIOUS beating for the better part of a decade and I'm looking to replace it eventually.

I know the Pro Pac fits most bones with triggers snuggly (or at least that's what the reviews have said), but I was wondering what the fit would be like for small bore bones? I know it would fit, but I wasn't sure if there would too much wiggle room that it would clank around in the case when closed. If this is so, then would me putting some padding (like towels, cloth, etc.) be able to suffice, or would I be better off looking for another case altogether?

I welcome any reviews if you know about this case firsthand, or anybody actually. I've decided to not go with a gig bag (even though the TKL and Reunion Blues bags look great) because I don't trust myself with a soft case. I want a hard case, and while I know there is a lot to consider when shopping for a case, I decided I want a hard case. I would love to get a Bonna, Cronkhite, Basili, or any of the nice expensive ones over at slidebone, but since I don't have my music teaching job yet (I graduated last year from college), my funds are limited.

By the way, all the music stores around me only have basic bone cases, and I will not order the ones I was looking at, including the Pro Pac, unless I pay for it. I only want to try it out, but since that's not an option, I thought I might give a shout out on this forum before I buy it without touching it.

Thanks in advance for your responses!
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