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61  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: Whisky recommendations? (Whiskey welcome, too) on: Mar 09, 2013, 11:30AM
So around Christmas time, my house had something like 5 different bourbons in it, and I got the opportunity to do a taste test.

Woodford Reserve
Knob Creek
Maker's Mark
Some small-batch thing from Colorado
Some small-batch thing from Tennessee

My thoughts- I still don't like Maker's Mark. It's too "bright" for my tastes. Knob Creek and Woodford are about even, but I still think Knob Creek pulls ahead for me with just a *bit* more 'burn' to it. Small-batch things weren't to my liking, but I'm sure there's a small-batch whisky made somewhere that I'd love, I just don't have the fundage to experiment that much.

With that in mind, everyone's been telling me that 1792 is the end-all be-all of bourbons. Anyone able to predict whether or not I'd be inclined to like it?
62  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Favorites. NOT best or greatest. on: Feb 13, 2013, 07:00PM
1. Your favorite current classical/orchestral tenor trombone player. Jorgen van Rijen Also Scott Hartman. Were it not for the fact that he is tragically no longer "current", Steve Witser would be in the list as well.
2. Your favorite current classical/orchestral bass trombone player. Denson Paul Pollard and Ben van Dijk
3. Your favorite current jazz/commercial tenor trombone player. Alex Iles
4. Your favorite current jazz/commercial bass trombone player. Dave Taylor

Nothing too terribly surprising in there, perhaps, but I'm just being honest.
63  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Portal song on trombone on: Feb 13, 2013, 04:58AM
Very well done, Mr. Woodhead. I love the backgrounds.

My two comments:
1. I would make sure to mention that the tune was composed by Jonathan Coulton. Just to be on the safe side, he's probably a bit defensive about attribution since he just recently got screwed over by GLEE.
2. I feel like the vocal line could have been just a tad "crisper", less legato. Just a thought.
64  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Another audio "Which Mouthpiece", bass this time on: Oct 27, 2012, 08:20PM
Sorry, I screwed up when posting the things and ended up posting an empty file. When you say "Mouthpiece 3", do you mean "Track 3" or STE-036?
65  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: What is this part or the trombone called? on: Oct 27, 2012, 05:18PM
Gooseneck
66  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Another audio "Which Mouthpiece", bass this time on: Oct 27, 2012, 05:06PM
http://soundcloud.com/user9634251/sets/mouthpiece-test-bass-edition

Player this time is usually more of an enemy than a friend, but I figured I'd see about helping him out here.

Which mouthpiece would you choose for this player, of these 5? Bit of a struggle maintaining his breath for the C at the end, but there's plenty of playing in the "meat" of the bass trombone range to make a decision.
67  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Ostransky- "Two Spanish Dances" on: Oct 24, 2012, 11:37AM
Does anyone know of a good recording of this? I'm looking for one to show my student, but all I'm finding on the internet are middle school students making the same basic mistakes that he is, and receiving top scores for their trouble, which is somewhat counterproductive.

The second movement is available by a skilled player here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RSj4A3TPLoU#at=32
Even that isn't entirely clear about the marked articulations, which bugs me.

First movement doesn't seem to be played by anyone, and it's the more nuanced one and the one of which he could really use a recording.

Still three or four months out from All-State, but I'd like to get a handle on this early.
68  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Elkhart 88H poll on: Sep 21, 2012, 10:42AM
Seconding "Keep the string linkage" for the reasons Ben stated.
69  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Firebird Berceuse trill y/n? on: Sep 13, 2012, 02:44PM
Sorry,  Finale...  The Berceuse on the chart is printed in a large font while the finale is small and I was typing in a hurry.

Lip trill to A in second... Favoring the G for position moreso than the A or vice versa.
70  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Firebird Berceuse trill y/n? on: Sep 12, 2012, 05:36PM
If y,  then how?


Berceuse...  Damned phone
71  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Mystery valves ?? on: Sep 07, 2012, 04:20PM
Later K-valves also seem to have a more similar F lever to the one shown there, but the saddle for the F-lever isn't nearly as sturdy as the "Edwards":
from what I presume is a recent Bach catalogue (It was hosted in bachbrass.com)
72  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Mystery valves ?? on: Sep 07, 2012, 04:08PM
Looks like Miller valves based on the linkages (compare against http://www.millervalve.com/bach_42.html ) but the arrangement of the valves as compared against their dual-valve bass (miller's standard inline bass has the valves offset from one another somewhat rather than fully inline) as well as the caps on the valves are fairly different (this one is convex and smooth, the standard one is flat and dimpled). Miller or someone else might have built a custom heavy cap for it though.  Also, the levers on the horn in question don't resemble Edwards at all.

I would guess that it's probably a custom build by some brass tech who felt comfortable bending his own tubing for the valves.

Interesting layout though- no braces between the F/Gb sections and the bell, and when rested upon the shoulder the bell should be free to vibrate regardless of the horn perhaps resting on your shoulder. Be interested to give it a toot if I had the opportunity.

EDIT: It could also be a set of K "Balanced" Valves, off a Bach 50K3:

Compare against this picture of a 42K:

The 42K has that rubber "protector" piece over the valve cap, but if that were taken off, you could easily see how it might match the profile of the caps on this "Edwards".
73  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Is it possible to build a horn from "scratch"???? on: Sep 07, 2012, 03:56PM
Greenhoe are a bit different as they insist they mate up the bell flare, neckpipe/valve section and bell flare at their workshop as they argue this gives a better response and feel.

Truth be told, at least at the Shires factory, you're doing this also, though in a more personal than precision-engineered way.

You start with the things that have the biggest effect on the response/feel of the horn (Slide, Valve Section) then you work out the right bell, then you doodle around a bit more (hopefully with someone who plays the trombone and doesn't work for them listening to you) and they comment on what they might like better, so they try out a different leadpipe, then if any previous options were a tossup, you might try the them against one another again, like say the Trubore against the Dual Bore Rotor, and then maybe three or four dual bore rotors against one another (with the same slide, leadpipe, tuning slide, bell) to determine which one actually works best on that particular setup.

That's actually how my father ended up on his TW47LW slide. He had it nearly tuned in, but there was still a slight unevenness to the attacks of the horn, which we tried to fix with a nickel leadpipe, a seamed tuning slide, or the TW47LW. The TW47LW got rid of most of the unevvenness to attacks, but still allowed for the broadness of sound we liked on the horn with the normal TW47 or TW47G.

Then deciding on which two leadpipes you want to bring home along with the one you actually picked just in case there might be something you liked a little better once you get used to the horn.

I've got no experience with Shires, but when being fit for a Rath at Dillon, I was completely out of the loop as far as which slide, leadpipe, tuning slide and bell happened to be connected at any given point and instead judged holistically based on how it felt and sounded. Now- they don't have nearly as many tuning slides as some other companies, and I definitely noticed enough differences between them when they were being switched back and forth to realize that they, too, end up with a difference based on the precision fit of the components.

I'd love to get a 7YLW bell for my horn to use the majority of the time, having testdriven a b-stock one at the Shires factory that I adored, but that's because I already know how it plays on the rest of my parts. I'd be surprised to find myself buying one to swap out on my horn without having had that experience.
74  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Is it possible to build a horn from "scratch"???? on: Sep 01, 2012, 03:16PM
It's possible... but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless you had an exceptionally strong grasp of your playing and what parts happen to benefit it in which areas.

Do you like unsoldered or soldered rim wires? Do you require lightweight or medium weight bells? Do you prefer one-piece or two-piece bells? There's a whole lot of people on here that claim that you can make a "bad" Shires (Expand it to Rath, Edwards, BAC, Thein) by buying parts randomly or based on hunches. I've only ever seen it once, and it was something screwy with the way the tuning slide and bell alloys expanded with temperature that caused it not to resonate quite right.

In the vast majority of cases, what you'll experience is a very good, well-built trombone that may or may not fit you better (for thousands over the cost) than a decent off-the-rack model. I got lucky buying my Shires unplayed/tested, but I'd played my friends' Shires setups frequently enough that I had a decent idea what I was looking for. You might not be so lucky.
75  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Mental Blocks on: Sep 01, 2012, 02:28PM
How do you get past mental blocks in your playing? I've been struggling with an odd one- my intonation has been suffering because in my aim to relax my entire body and move smoothly, I just don't move the slide *far* enough. Plenty fast, just not far, especially when playing softly and legato.

Do I need to contact a shrink about this?
76  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Rotor part names explained with pictures on: Sep 01, 2012, 02:26PM
Thanks for the resource, Benn!

If you'd be so kind, could you discuss (since we have the picture), what "Tightening the Bearing Plate" entails?

That might be an interesting project if you find yourself with way too much time on your hands... talking about each part of the thing and semi-common repairs and maintenance that need to be done.
77  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Pittsburgh Symphony guset soloist auditions on: Aug 10, 2012, 10:48PM
Just wondering if any trombonists sent in an audition to this Pittsburgh thing anyway. Wagenseil, Albrechtsberger, David are all public domain.

So's the Rimsky-Korsakov, and the Leo Mozart. There's still a major problem where it comes to Cadenzas, since the trombone has only been a "reputable" solo instrument for a short period of time.

Case in point, if you go to the Rimsky-Korsakov concerto on IMSLP, it's the version arranged by William Gibson, but someone photoshopped out the attribution from the first page. Yet the measure numbers, articulations, dynamics and cadenzas are identical.

You could easily foresee the same problem coming up on the David, Blue Bells, Lebedev Cto. 1, etc.

Not to mention that the orchestra parts for a number of these are probably still pricy despite being "public domain", and also not in their library already.
78  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Carrying a Trombone on a Bicycle on: Aug 07, 2012, 10:53AM
Apparently a local string-bass freelancer rode her bike something like 20 miles with her bass on her back one week when her car was in the shop. If she could do it, you should be bale to pull it off with a trombone.

To try to be helpful, the BAM cases have extremely comfortable, well balanced, secure and tight straps that probably wouldn't have much problem with a bike.
79  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: My Kanstul build - thoughts? on: Aug 07, 2012, 10:36AM
Still pondering the options for the horn.

Are Conn leadpipes compatible with Kanstul slides?  Will this http://www.hickeys.com/products/030/sku30727.htm fit a dual bore .525/.547" slide?

Still considering the tenor/small bass screw bell thing. If I end up going through with it, I'm thinking the 8.5" tenor bell should have an unsoldered bead and the 9" 'small bass' should have a soldered one.



Shires leadpipes are compatible with Kanstul slides, and they offer a large-shank .525 leadpipe option (I can't remember off the top of my head if it's the M or MT series leadpipes).

Have you tried out the .525/.547 dual-bore slide before? It's often touted on these forums as being "A nice little middle-ground between a .525 single-bore slide and a .547 single bore slide" but dual-bore slides tend to play differently than single bore slides in addition to any difference solely from the bore itself.

Try one out before you devote several thousand dollars into it.  Planning is all well and good, but the proof is in the playing.
80  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Small vs large shank. Small = easier? on: Jul 26, 2012, 05:13PM
Thing is, large shank is a bit too large (large-shank mouthpieces have a throat and backbore that's better suited to .547" bores and larger), but the small-shank is a bit limiting at times. Medium-shank, anyone?

It's limiting if you let it be limiting. I have a Bach 4 small-shank megatone which has an extremely fragile shank that doesn't look too terribly different than my 4G large-shank.

However, it's also slightly out of round suggesting that, perhaps, the tradeoff wasn't worth it.

Jeff- if you want me to bring my recorder over to your place to try out all of the various combinations that you have tomorrow, I'd be happy to.
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