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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bone selection in quintet on: Yesterday at 06:05 PM
On the few Brass quintets I've played on trombone I've used my 88H.  I've actually played more on Tuba and I use a 4/4 size CC Miraphone 186.  A .546 bore horn blends fairly well with my Tuba.  I would go with your 88H if you have one a .525 with F attachment would probably work well also. 
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Conical Design on: Aug 14, 2017, 08:32AM
Since the Euphonium already covers that tonal color pallet in that range, how useful would a difficult to design and build slide version be?  There probably would be a very limited market for it.
3  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: High register: euphonium v. bass trombone on: Aug 13, 2017, 06:09AM
I do believe that the main reason the upper register is slightly easier on the Euphonium is the conical bore.  I've heard trumpet players make the same observation when playing cornet, and I've switched to using cornet myself for playing taps on because I find it easier.  As Harrison says on either instrument you need to be in control of mouthpiece angle and placement.  I switch between Bass and Tenor trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba on a regular basis (I've played concerts this week on three different instruments Tenor and Bass bone, and Euph.) and I hold the horns at an angle and placement that is consistent between the instruments.  If I didn't have that consistency of mouthpiece placement I couldn't so easily go between instruments.   
4  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Taking over a big band - am I insane??????? on: Aug 10, 2017, 03:37PM
We just use 5 too.
As a trombonists with a slide to deal with and bifocals as well, I find stage band stands to be a pain in the neck!!  I've finally convinced our band leader (a pianist) to use these just for the first row of saxes. 
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Just curious: Tell me about Tubas? on: Aug 10, 2017, 02:49PM
I took organ lessons for a year in college and it turned out that the Old Hundredth played directly from the hymnal is actually pretty obnoxiously difficult. I mean, everything was difficult for me on organ, but the Doxology especially so.
When I was in Sunday school as a kid playing piano for a few years I was asked to learn this to play at the beginning of Sunday School class, you are correct it isn't the easiest Hymn in the Hymnal (although it sounds like it should be).
6  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Taking over a big band - am I insane??????? on: Aug 07, 2017, 11:58AM
Sounds like you have a good plan and things will come together for you!!  Good choice not to buy the band as it was, illegal copies and all!!
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Vintage Conn 88H mouthpiece fit question on: Aug 07, 2017, 11:26AM
I think a used Remington is a good choice to get him started, keep in mind if you don't already know this the Remington comes in the Brown & Sharp AKA Remington taper, but was also available in a small shank version too.  Make sure you are getting the Remington for the larger Shank horn.    You might also want to get him a small shank Remington for his school horn so he will be playing on similar rims on the two horns.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: best mouthpiece for jazz? on: Aug 07, 2017, 11:16AM
Nothing wrong with a 6 1/2 AL for Jazz on a 3B (and I've used one with the horn for quite a while), but I do think I prefer the sound of a 7C on my 3B especially for Jazz.  The rim size is very similar, but the C cup seems to give the tone a little more edge. If you are looking to try out something different, but not too different I would give a 7C a try.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Yamaha YBL 612 D-tuning slide !!??? on: Aug 03, 2017, 06:17PM
I've checked into this as well, they are no longer available from Yamaha, and anyone who has one isn't parting with it.  I've asked my local brass tech and been told that he could easily make me one.  It might be even easier for a tech to take an Eb slide and lengthen the tubing to D (less fabrication) involved. I do believe Yamaha still has the parts for the Eb slide available.
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Should I sell my King 2B or Olds Studio? on: Jul 31, 2017, 06:41AM
Well I can understand the concept of having too much stuff, and needing to pair down.  As a retiree one of my goals in life lately has been to divest myself of unused stuff.  If I had to make a choice like this honestly I would sit down with the two horns, alternate playing them, and ask myself which one do I have the most joy playing?  It really comes down to keeping the things that bring us joy, and divesting ourselves of those things that don't.
11  Practice Break / Religion / Re: The Trinity on: Jul 30, 2017, 11:40AM
This idea about needing to believe in the Trinity to be Christian is completely unfounded.  It was invented at some point after the NT as it was not preached in either the OT or the NT.  The Trinity simply does not reflect early Christian teachings about God or the Bible.  It's not in either testament.  It was most probably a divination to try to obfuscate the very nearly polytheist views taught by Jesus.  If Jesus had not spoke of The Father (God), the Son (himself) and the Holy Spirit, this little device would never have been necessary.

In my opinion, it is likely that Jesus has been misquoted or misunderstood.  Jesus taught that all people are the children of God, so it would follow he would refer to himself as the son of God and to God as his father.  Further his use of the 'Holy Spirit' and 'the Spirit of God' was just his way of asserting God's omnipresence.

The Trinity is what results from taking the Bible literally, or as the letter and word of God, rather than a 2nd, 3rd or 4th hand heavily edited human compilation.  Things get added on, changed, and ridiculous amounts of 'explaining' needs to be invented and wielded to support the literal interpretation.  The Pentateuch wasn't sufficient to stand on it's own when taken literally, so it got added to by loads of additional stuff that did not serve to elucidate, but rather just added to the confusion.  The lot of original texts describing the life and times of Jesus seemingly couldn't be taken literally either and had to be chosen and edited for the right effect.  That didn't suffice either.  Enter the Trinity concept to 'patch' things up a bit. Yeah, RIGHT.  It's only made things worse.  

Bill I totally agree with you regarding your take here on the Trinity.  Although I profess a belief in it in the various creeds we recite on Sunday morning I realize that it is not a concept that comes directly from the Bible.  It was a device invented by the Church to try to reconcile the idea that there was only one God with the divinity of Jesus Christ (God the Son), and God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit.  Although the Church I belong to is definately a Trinitarian Christian Church (I'm a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America /ELCA) I have always struggled with the concept of the trinity, and find it more of a hindrance than a help.     
12  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Tip on relieving mid back pain from playing? on: Jul 29, 2017, 12:00PM
I had been having quite a bit of mid back pain myself, and finally saw a physical therapist, who worked on my back with heat and massage to loosen up the tight back muscles, and prescribed strengthening exercises to help prevent future pain issue.  So for me it was a combination of loosening the tight muscles as well as strengthening the core muscles.
13  Practice Break / Religion / Re: God on: Jul 29, 2017, 11:46AM
I believe that Jesus Christ is God as do other Christians. Muslims and Jews strongly deny that Jesus is God. Its critical to each religion. So if explicitly and strongly believe that Jesus isn't God then I can't see how you can believe in the same God as I do.

I don't think that's correct.  If we have different understandings of what God is then its possible that the difference is in God or in our belief.  Why are you so sure that its our belief that is different and not God?

No christian or Jew that I know acknowledges this, and I have read the Muslim's don't either.
I never said that I myself didn't believe in Jesus Christ's divinity, but if you look at the religious writings of Christians, Muslims, and Jews they all refer to the God (the one Christians refer to as God the Father, as part of the Trinity) as the God of Abraham.  If there is only one God of Abraham then all three of these groups must worship the same God.  If you as a Christian, Muslim, or Jew believe that there is only one God, then you must also believe that he is God of everyone (whether or not they believe in him).  To answer your last point, we all even amongst Christians have different understandings of how we perceive God, I don't believe that God is different for each of these groups, I think it's our understanding of him that differs.  I know many Christians, Jews, and Muslims that will tell you that there is only one God for all people, that's a basis of our belief system as a Monotheistic religion there is but one God!!  I think perhaps you are trying to split hairs, there are plenty of differences that separate Christians from Muslims and Jews, believing in a singular God of all people is not one of them.   
14  Practice Break / Religion / Re: God on: Jul 28, 2017, 12:32PM
Dave, you seem to be okay that there errors in the Bible, but you are one of a kind.  However, most put it forward as the absolute truth and the word of God.  But it's not.
There are actually quite a few Christians who don't believe that the Bible in all it's various translations is totally without error (I'm not sure what the breakdown is, but I'm guessing that it would be closer to a 50/50 split that a vast majority.  There are also many of us who don't think every word of the book was intended to be taken literally.  We believe many of the stories (especially of the old testament, were morality tales and not based on actual events), this was common literary practice back then.  Jesus himself was known to teach in Parables.  Many of us believe the Bible needs to be looked at in the context of the time period and practices of the time that it was written in.  Which is why many protestant Christian religions now will ordain women even though Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34 says, Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.  I've attended services in many different Christian denominations and I've yet to see one where women are not permitted to speak at all (as Paul admonishes).  Even those that don't ordain Women have them teaching Sunday School, etc. Fundamentalists are more vocal about their belief in total Bible inerrancy than those of us who don't fall into that mindset but there are plenty of us out here that if pushed will admit that a totally literal and inerrant Bible is hard to support.   
15  Practice Break / Religion / Re: God on: Jul 28, 2017, 12:04PM
I'm presuming that 'God' refers to the christian one, not any of the others?

I believe that practitioners of monotheistic religions would tell you that there is only one God (by definition of the term Monotheistic), regardless of what you might call him there is but one God for all.  Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship one and the same God of Abraham, they differ over the divine nature of Christ.  If you believe in the Concept of one divine being/God then you believe that one divine being is the God of all, whether you choose to acknowledge him or not.  It is not God that is different for the different religions it is our understanding of him (or lack of understanding) that makes us different.  Buddhism and Taoism are atheistic religions that don't acknowledge a divine being/or God so the term God wouldn't come up in their religious discussions (other than to say there isn't one).  Then you have the Multi theistic religions who don't have a concept of a singular God (to which the term God singular wouldn't apply).  So your presumption that God only refers to the Christian one is unsupported since the main three monotheistic religious will acknowledge they worship the same God.     
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Jazz trombone for concert band on: Jul 24, 2017, 05:43AM
I know a few good Jazz players who are playing lead (and small Combo work) on what would be considered a student horn. If your student horn is in good condition and plays well you might want to consider using that as your jazz horn, and getting a Medium or Large bore horn for college concert band.  Even though you may be playing lead now in high school you might find yourself playing second or 3rd parts in College concert band.   
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: What do you think on vintage (50's to 70's) to recent ones? on: Jul 24, 2017, 05:33AM
I've got three Trombones and Elkhart 88H and a Eastlake King 3B, my bass trombone is a Yamaha 612 the only one of the three that show any slide wear at all is the Yamaha which has some flaking of the plating on the stocking.  The Yamaha is the newest of the three instruments.  I'm not a vintage instrument snob, I bought used instruments a number of years ago and maintain and keep them because they were more affordable than buying equivalent new instruments.  There are dogs and good horns of every vintage, my suggestion is spend some facetime behind the horn before you buy and pick one that plays and sounds the way you want it too regardless of age, or factory of origin.  A musical instrument is a tool, pick the one that does the job you want it to do. 
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Who in their right mind plays a single valve bass? on: Jul 24, 2017, 05:14AM
My bass is a double valve dependent Bass Bb/F/Eb, but I must admit the times I use the Eb valve are few and far between.  I could see me getting by just fine on a Single valve bass in most cases. 
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Maybe dumb car repair idea on: Jul 15, 2017, 06:01AM
Sounds like a variant of the Molex connector.  The female pins have a tab that keeps them from slipping out of the connector block.  In order to remove the pins you have to release the tab.

Here is a female pin.  Note the tabs about halfway along the connector (the back end of the pin is a crimp connector):

I have a tool somewhere for removing Molex pins from the connector blocks.  It goes in from the "business" side and closes the locking tab so the pin can be removed.

I think Bruce is on to a possible solution here, with the right tools these molex connectors are relatively easy to repair.  You need a pin removal tool, and a crimper and you can buy bags of replacement pins.  If the connectors have been loose for a while they may have drawn excessive current and damaged the wiring insulation, if that's the case run new wires of the same gage on the outside of the harness and wire tie them in place (cut the old wires back and tape them so they don't make contact with anything)
20  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Tuba and bass trom are not interchangeable on: Jul 08, 2017, 12:11PM
There is a bunch on solo rep that specifically states that is is for either bass trombone or tuba and sounds good on either. I think some ewazen says that, a few bozza pieces and some of the lebedev ones spring to mind.

I suppose interchanging really only becomes an issue if you are playing in an ensemble.
I believe that to be the case solo literature is very forgiving regarding what instrument you play it on.  The issues comes when blending and balancing with an ensemble.
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