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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Worn mouthpiece receiver on Besson 944 or faulty venturi??? on: Apr 20, 2017, 05:42AM
I worked on a small bore Besson of that vintage...it was brand new.  The horn just didn't play so the owner had me pull the pipe, but it was just an approximation of a pipe...like it hadn't been finished or something.  I put a Bach 12 in and it played great.

I'd get it looked at and possibly get the pipe removed and see what's up?
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Protec bass bone case repair on: Apr 13, 2017, 06:35AM
I have a couple also, you could check a week from Sunday... Evil
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: New corks on mutes on: Apr 11, 2017, 06:59AM
Fear of failure. :/

yet you play trombone... Evil
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: trombone plays flat on: Mar 15, 2017, 08:07AM
Wrinkle cream? Viagra?
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Baritone "polishing mandrel" on the cheap? on: Feb 24, 2017, 07:25PM
Use a 30" piece of 4x4 and a plane/shaper/drawshave and rough it to you eye, leaving enough to clear the vice and bench.  then put a bell on and wiggle it around...will leave high shiny marks, remove those until you get a snug fit. After I'm good on the shape I hit it with sandpaper, then some rattlecan.
6  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Watrous Interview on: Feb 23, 2017, 02:11PM
I've been lucky enough to have Bill local and have played with him (as a student) many times.  Later he was a featured soloist with the University band where I worked.  The sound guy was not very good, argued with Bill about this and that, didn't follow very clear and specific instructions...and the show was worse.  Bill and the band played on, but feedback, monitor levels, reverb...were not acceptable.  Through the show, he was professional and polite, and played his ass off.  After the show we were packing up and the sound guy came backstage and said "If you'd only..." and then Bill let him have it, an eloquent tirade of about 30 minutes, poetic, Shakespearian even.  He disected everything and let the tech know about it.  As he was summing up the manager came, and said you can't talk to my sound guy that way...10 more minutes.

Every concert we did after that the theater always asked if the featured artist was a trombone player Evil

I never saw that as a flaw, just a person who doesn't suffer fools.  Whatever his motivation, he is an obvious perfectionist and has a clear idea about what he wants and how to get it.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Cheap Chinese Horns Keep Improving. on: Feb 23, 2017, 07:07AM
To be fair this looked like a '60s horn, even a jr high kid could not put this "patina" on it in 10 years :D
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Cheap Chinese Horns Keep Improving. on: Feb 22, 2017, 07:00AM
Of course, if it really pisses you off to have to repair the worst of it, just refuse.

Considering it...
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Cheap Chinese Horns Keep Improving. on: Feb 22, 2017, 06:39AM
I had a Besson in the other day, the "leadpipe" was a straight tube with a taper reamed into it...that only fit the besson mpc.  Put an Ambassador LP in and...it still sounded like a student horn.

I'm so tired of chinese horns I could spit.  I have a F horn that is falling apart...second one.  Just give the kids a recorder if you can't afford a real instrument!
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: A little experiment with Silicone lubrication... on: Feb 19, 2017, 04:39PM
CHrome is interesting.  I've polished chrome bike handlebars....rusty and nasty, but afterwards the rust is gone and they look new?  I've found that chrome plate is much like a sharks skin under a microscope, not the impervious layer I'd imagined.  Then the rusty handlebars made sense, the pores let the rust through, and wax (or cold cream) seals the pores.

So chrome is a hard layer resistant to wear, but not corrosion resistant.  Some gun coatings make chrome look like hairspray when comparing corrosion resistance, salt spray and heat, etc.  Also there are harder more wear resistant coatings (TIn) but most seem to be not compatablle with brass (ie high heat to apply).
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: A little experiment with Silicone lubrication... on: Feb 19, 2017, 10:45AM
No common denominators. In southern california heat may be a constant, at least compared to other parts of the US.  Always the outers, but nickel or brass, new or old can happen.

sending PMs
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Playing flat because of lead pipe adapter on: Feb 18, 2017, 07:38AM
If it's a 1/4" longer, then it's 1/8" on the tuning slide...maybe you are doing something else differently?  Or the new leadpipe made you pitch center more apparent, so you didn't see the problem before but you do now?

Unless you were all the way in before, then leadpipe adapter isn't the issue.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: A little experiment with Silicone lubrication... on: Feb 18, 2017, 07:33AM
If I had a 1/2 hypothesis I'd put it out there, but nothing as a common denominator...

I find it fairly common...maybe 1/4 of the users of slideomix or yamasnot have it.  What is weird is it may only be 1 horn in a stable of 4...same player and enviroment.

I'd prefer not to discuss chemical like acid on the forum, I don't want the wrong person using the info incorrectly...suffice it to say that I'd not recommend it being done by the player.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: A little experiment with Silicone lubrication... on: Feb 17, 2017, 06:40AM
My caveat is that sometimes on some horns, silicone seems to solidify or crystalize.  I've felt some slides that to the eye were very good, straight and no dents.  However the slide felt as if it had multiple hard dents.  After a long acid bath it was fine.  Cleaning, wiping after playing, etc don't seem to matter.

No idea if the cause is organic, chemical, temperture, or why it happens on only certain instruments.

Since I can't find a cause and I'd prefer not to chem clean an instrument if it's avoidable, my advice is to only use silicone based lube (slide O mix, yamasnot etc) if it's the only thing that works.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Slide on the floor. How bad is it. on: Feb 11, 2017, 08:10AM
I'm going to disagree.  Many crooks are soft, many are thin, some are both.  Almost all the slides I see are wider at the crook be it because of the floor, music stands, the back of a clarinet players head...

Minor impacts can caus small changes over time.  Also the weight of horns varies greatly...but unless you consider your instrument disposable, it's not a good idea.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Slide on the floor. How bad is it. on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:10AM
Any reason not to spend a few bucks on a trombone stand to keep your investment out of the way and safe?
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Bach Stradivarius 42 slide tenon (taper) on: Feb 03, 2017, 06:49AM
You can non integrate by means of a lathe or hacksaw...
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Rotor linkages on: Jan 31, 2017, 05:47AM
The small plastic sockets (the type that come with Thayer valves) are very cheap and can be purchased from most hobby stores. Even if they do wear out, you can simply replace them with new ones.

This.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Conn 4H slide ideas on: Jan 27, 2017, 05:45PM
Consider that modification is also changing the way it plays.  lighter slide...cool...doesn't lock to center as well...boo

the instrument is a system, any change and it's a new system.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Mike Olsen ball bearing rotors! on: Jan 12, 2017, 02:30PM
it seems to me that someone wondered about a theoretical question, and it's got you thinking WAY too hard.  Like worrying about the the resonance difference between cork and rubber on the rotor stops.

Relax!
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