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1  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / Re: Bari Sax cadenza... on: Sep 13, 2017, 07:42PM
Leo doesn't play in Chops anymore, just Too Many Zooz. They all went to Manhattan School of Music for jazz with scholarships and met there while a bunch of Lucky Chops met at LaGuardia School of the Arts in High school.
2  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / Re: Bari Sax cadenza... on: Sep 13, 2017, 07:27PM
While dudes like mr pillow cozzagiorgi can worry about "legit" or "commercial" playing Leo can continue to outplay anyone in all styles on Bari and Clarinet!! while expressing himself and playing on records with BeyoncÚ. Way more than schtick when you're making real money and actually entertaining people. Enjoy the practice room guys.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: LEAD TROMBONE //SPECS//NEEDS /DESIRES/ATTEMPTS on: Sep 04, 2017, 10:02AM
Yeah Sam, love your insight!

In NYC I've done big band gigs where the lead guy is on a 3B+, 2nd on a Rath R4, I'm on a 36BG in the tenors.  I've also done Big Band hits with the more normal King 2B Bach 12 players and I'm on a 3B.

Most people will have a gig before or after a big band hit and take the trombone that can cover the most jobs in a given day.  Common conceptions about "blending with the right horn" are thrown out the window.  Silver Sonics paired with Martin Committees paired with Elliot Mason BAC models, and the sections still sound amazing!

Getting the right tool for the job makes all of that work easier, but the players are getting so good that once they have the Lead Trombone sound truly internalized in their brain they can access it on any instrument.

My personal experience, I have played a Hammond 13M on a 3B for a few years--definitely suffered from the King 3B 6.5 size MPC struggles to sound good when I first moved to NYC--but now I have switched to this new AR Resonance mouthpiece and I have gotten the most compliments playing my old Wayne Andre owned Conn 6H.  There are a lot of warm overtones in that bell and people who don't play trombone in the audience or on the bandstand can hear the difference and appreciate it.

I don't think you can go wrong with a nice vintage Conn bell (24H, 6H) or an excellent old 2B Liberty for lead trombone playing.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: AR Resonance Mouthpieces on: Aug 24, 2017, 11:21AM
Hey Forum,

I wanted to offer a review of the AR mouthpiece I just purchased from Luke. He mailed it to me two weeks ago with three different backbones (shanks) to try. I was previously using a hammond 13M since 2010. Another great mouthpiece.

My cup and rim size are similar to the Bach 6.5 size. This mouthpiece gave me a lot more core in the sound. Everything felt more stable and consistent. I tend to play vintage horns or tinker with parts because I like unique characteristics in my horns, but was looking for a component that could give me a uniformity in sound and an ease of playing across all registers without adjusting my face too much, and this piece has done it.

It also isn't as unforgiving as a Monette piece is...I enjoyed a Prana piece briefly but in live situations where I was pushing and playing incredibly loud it would back up on me and punish me for playing it differently than the "Dave Monette approach". This piece encourages good habits without punishing you for bad ones. It feels comfortable on the lips and has a nice weight to it. Heavier than my old Hammond but I like the stability that provides.

Luke also sent me three different screw on backbore shanks to try. Labeled 40, 43, and 46. They definitely make a difference in how the overtones sound--40 makes them sound closer together and very punchy, and 46 the overtones are spread out and broaden up the sound, 43 was right in the middle. There are also different resistances levels. Mine is one of the most open.

It may sound confusing but Luke is a pro trombonist with a lot of knowledge of musical situations and gear, so if you describe which horns you play on, which size and type mouthpiece you currently play, and the styles of music you want to use this piece on, he will steer you in the right direction.

Out of the backbores he sent I picked the 46--I like a broader tone especially on my .500 horns since I play pretty loud and punchy already.

The mouthpiece is also satin silver and looks beautiful! For the first time ever on a show, an audience member pointed to me and yelled "I want your mouthpiece!!" Haha. So if you're looking for a statement piece this can be it.

I'm hoping to try the Symphonic pieces at some point since I feel these mouthpieces can provide the attributes Symphonic players strive for in their approach.

Feel free to ask me any other questions I'll keep you posted!

5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Butler Carbon Fiber Slide on: Jul 30, 2017, 07:06PM
arrowhead, I think you tried a different horn Wayne owned. I bought this older 6H Wayne played from Josh Landress in June 2016. The slide is regular factory weight from the 60s--bell is from late 40s.  The Butler slide is 1/8th the weight of the regular weight Conn slides. I'd rather keep the original slide in factory condition and have my Butler slide for the gigs I do--touring with pop singers moving around a lot on stage.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 27, 2017, 04:13PM
I think we are close to putting this thread aside, basically has been said that needs to be said. Everyone can have their own opinions.

Ron Wilkins is one of the best trombonists on the planet with numerous positions in our Armed Forces as well as in symphonies, the Count Basie orchestra, Dizzy Big Band, and multiple Broadway Shows. Show some respect. I have no idea who you are sir. And also while there are many professionals on here that post there are many hobbyists or part timers who may benefit from getting the inside scoop.

Ron cares some much about the instrument and the art form and also believed a lot of what Mike told him for years...Mikey is good like that at convincing you it's gonna get better and you want to believe in his passion! And trust me I want people to succeed in our business no matter if I like their products or not.

But many promises were made, precedents were set, and then left unfulfilled.

Didn't work out for me either and that's fine. Becca is being quite passionate but also caught some potentially shady behavior. People can take it how they will, but I feel that she is looking out for the trombone community and holding manufacturers to a higher standard and I applaud that as a consumer on the constant Horn Quest.

If you want a brand new Bass trombone I suggest you skip BAC for a few more years until they finalize the design and make large bore instruments that can appeal to the needs of the modern freelance trombonist. But I can only suggest how to spend anyone's money---if the horns work for you that's wonderful!!!

Peace and love y'all.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 27, 2017, 09:29AM
I just want to end by saying: Why do I care so much?

Because I don't want any more people to sink $6-7K into trombones that consistently break on your freelancing gigs mid session without proper support to get them fixed. My schedule is too busy to ship a horn to Kansas City every two months to fix a new problem.

This is my livelihood. If you're a hobbyist, enjoy a shiny unique horn. But every day my horn doesn't do what I need it to do that hurts my bottom line.

Ultimately I hope everyone can find a horn that they love that allows them to express their individuality and musicality. BAC, Rath, edwards, Yamaha, Wessex, anything! That's what it's all about!

8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 27, 2017, 09:21AM
I had been trying to work with Mike for four years. I've moved on.

 He's always "in the protyping" stages, and promises that "the next batch of instruments are going to be made better". Or "I was working on deals in china for our marching band instruments while someone else finished the horns. He didn't have a strong sense of craftsmanship. But now I make them all by hand."

The Elliot Mason slide BROKE during NAMM 2016. The horns cost more than Shires--buy a Shires and get Don Sawday in LA to do a custom lacquer job.

Or go buy a Lawler for $2600 with two flares and a case.

It's the same song and dance--sometimes he strikes Gold with a brilliant horn. Most times they are duds. 8/10 pros that use his hornsjust go back to their originals for most gigs and studio work. Just rock them on TV when it doesn't really matter.

I wonder if guys said this about Vincent Bach 80 years ago haha.

eBay Buyers Beware. Go to KC and pick out a horn yourself. I hope that you find yourself with a gem! And after 10 years the prototyping is FINALLLY done....

I know I'm not El or Jim Pugh (Steely Dan's MD told me on a Netflix session that my Bach sounds way better than my BAC and to switch back to it mid session.....) and y'all don't know me, but if you think mike is going to pay attention to your horn just as much as their horns, you'll be sadly mistaken.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 26, 2017, 08:56AM
BAC makes great horns, but not all the time. I have colleagues that have had great exchanges and experiences with them.

I never really have as I end up having to bring every horn made there I've owned (3 trombones) to a pro in NYC to make them actually playable in a freelance world. If you only play a little bit or only have one gig with a pop group (I play with five-seven groups in a given year) then maybe the horns would've worked out. But they would literally fall apart in my hands on a gig. All three horns.

So maybe I just got unlucky...three times...but 2 + 3 times I was a BAC Artist.

If they made the same trombone for me that they made for my friend Evan Oberla than I'd still be on the train, that is a beast of a horn evan owns.

My modified 3B has an amazing Williams rotor and the trigger section sounds great--some of Mike's best work---but the horn is heavier than a double valve bass and the lacquer is so caked on the bell the sound is deadened while the lacquer on the slide started peeling off after two weeks....

I'm sorry Full pedal Bone that you're so upset but I always speak my mind and this is based on my real life experiences as a professional trombonist in the US working on some of the highest stake gigs--perfection is required and I can't be afraid my horn is going to fall apart while I'm playing the Daytona 500 with lady antebellum or iHeart Radio Festival with Taylor Swift.

Back to the Bass trombone--I don't think that horn is worth more than $4K and I think $2500 is fair. that Olsen valve looks nice!

10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: BAC Bass for $9000??? on: Jul 25, 2017, 07:43PM
If you pay more and pay the full amount upfront you'll get a horn in 3 weeks.

If you're an artist that Mike made a crap horn for you and he offers to make another for free because he feels bad it'll take Five Months. And then be too heavy to hold for more than 25 minutes.

The horns are priced in line with Shires and Rath but you'll be lucky if they're the same quality.

So a Shires cost Bass trombone with extra dough for speedy delivery and looking cool guy...

Pretty much makes sense...sad.

11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach 30 on: Jul 06, 2017, 03:03PM
For anyone still curious, I finally brought the horn to Josh Landress in NYC for inspection and measurements. I used the horn on a recording session and it sounded amazing. Round, resonant, and could get quite loud.

The slide is gold brass tubes .512/.522 dual Bore, so weirder than I thought.

The bell is gold brass, 8 inches, but the bell throat is quite big--it must have been an 8 inch bell spun on a Bach 45 or 50 bell mandrel, its bigger than a 42.

The slide is the same width as an elkhart 36. It's surprisingly light--maybe lightweight gold brass tubes.

I play tested it against a Mt Vernon 34 and a MtV 36B and while all different, it outplayed both in my opinion...

I've reached out for the shop card but the guy in charge is on vacation until July 10th. Keep you posted.

This is truly a special horn and looking forward to using it quite a bit in the future.

12  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: What is a realistic salary for a professional trombonist? on: Jul 02, 2017, 06:36PM
I'm 27 and a professional trombonist.  I haven't had a day job for almost five years and I live in NYC. I'd say most guys in the low end without a day job in NYC make 30-35K hustling really hard...more experienced guys can play in wedding bands corporate things, gets to about $45-50K. At that point if you win an orchestral gig you'll start out between 50-60K trial year then it goes up. In NYC, that is much higher and if you get a Broadway show and Don't often sub out can make upwards of $150K. These numbers would probably be similar or lower depending on which city or state...maybe where your cost of living is also lower. Otherwise freelance touring with cool bands can get your money way higher. Don't expect to play any music you were taught in college to make a living. I also advise getting into electronic music-- I get flown out to play Coachella with a DJ and make more than tens times the Mingus band gig pay.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Arturo Velasco's equipment on: Jun 20, 2017, 06:23PM
I thought he plays a Yamaha of some sort not sure mouthpiece...think he also played Bach for a time.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach 30 on: Jun 19, 2017, 11:22AM
Well I put in an offer of $2000 for the horn and he accepted so I will let you all know how it plays. I hope the bell tenon works for a 36 so I can use my nickel slide as well...I've been dying for a New York Bach horn and a straight bell section at that...I have an addiction!

15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Flugabone help on: Jun 19, 2017, 09:07AM
The Olds horn, a compact marching valve trombone, was the first design produced...everything stated previously is correct. I believe the Blessing factory made the Bach mercedes and Blessing horns they are the same design as the olds and often just as good. The King horns were the first Labeled Flugabone, and despite the claims that it was an "improved design" I feel that the King horns just don't sound nearly as rich in time as the Olds...too blatty and built for only projection in marching band.

I've used the Olds Flugabone since 2013 as a travel horn and an easy horn to carry. With the right mouthpiece I've also used it in Recording sessions to get a mellow French Horn like sound. Look up Beck's cover of "I Only Have Eyes For you"...you can hear me playing it on that track I did the horn arrangements for.  I also used it on TV mimicking French horn parts and melodies, see "Maya &a Marty- Broadway for Orlando What the world Needs Now".

It's one of my favorite horns...I brought it to a Bonnaroo this year and played with a DJ--the tone isn't so in your face but when I play loud everyone can hear and enjoy it--I also call it The Party Horn because I'll get in a crowd and rock out with people without worry that my slide is going to get banged up--this horn has taken a beating being carried in a backpack everywhere from  New York to Bangkok and it still holds up!

My friend Jon Natchez also plays an olds Flugabone with Father John Misty and a band called The War On Drugs--and we've both also used the horn playing with David Byrne.

More than just a utility horn!!!
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: My visit with Roy Lawler on: Jun 10, 2017, 11:27AM
My Butler Slide made for my Conn set up fits on the lawler .500 perfectly but is a few inches longer...so even with the tuning slide in all the way it still plays a bit under pitch...I used it on a gig last night and it was great but some pitch issues.

Our friend Alex had a Butler outer slide made for his Lawler and he is enjoying it apparently.

Roy liked the idea of it and didn't notice much of a difference in the sound of his horn. Roy has lightened the design of his slides a bit, and compared to normal slides they are fast and light, brass one is comparative to a nickel Bach slide, but they are still heavy compared to Butler's slides.

I will be ordering an outer slide for my Lawler which will be especially helpful given its durability while traveling.

I doubt a collaboration between the two is possible but both Roy and David are making superior products.

I must say my horn looks like a science project...carbon fiber slide nickel neck pipe yellow brass stem and red brass flare...hahabut it's amazing!!!
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Elkhart Conn's Bell Characteristics on: Jun 09, 2017, 08:24PM
I believe the old conn bells have unsoldered steel rims...put a magnet to the rim if it sticks then you'll have your answer.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: My visit with Roy Lawler on: Jun 09, 2017, 06:07PM
I've been in Nashville a lot working lately, so yesterday with a day off I finally made it to Roy's shop and met the man in person! Wow. He is truly a humble, kind, thoughtful person and his wife Tysh is so great.  I had a great couple of hours with them!

First of all it's clear that he is truly a master craftman! His shop is beautiful and unpretentious. It is about hand made quality over quantity or marketing scheme. He really is doing something else...he repaired my yellow brass flare for me which came out of alignment. He didn't have that many demos to try as everything he made is shipping out this week and he's going on vacation...but I was able to try a few variations.

I've been playing on 8 inch bells exclusively the last four years and had asked Roy to make me an 8 inch red brass with a standard beaded rim like a Bach would have. He made that for me and I loved it...but he also suggested I try a 7.5 inch Red Brass with the Bach rim he also made that week...I was skeptical but...

Just like Sheriff's flare, I was blown away. It works so well with my stem...it's become my main bell...almost like a Mt Vernon gold brass bell with a lot more projection and some bite...I'm super happy.

F Attachment horns are in development!

I'll be working with him on a small bore horn with F Attachment. I think with the right flare choice we can get something that far surpasses the mythical Williams Model 7s and 9s...definitely leagues ahead and a versatile commercial horn!!!

Keep y'all posted!


19  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: I'm not sure I would call that a restoration... on: Jun 04, 2017, 01:59PM
Their horns looks dope...they make art!! But hard to see the practicality...Mike modified my King 3B in an amazing way...he did the same exact thing to my Slide as he did the superbone--added the copper slide crook and did the scratched dark lacquer vibe...I guess my completely original horn isn't original anymore...

Also my horn is heavier than a bass trombone now and I can't hold it for more than 30 mins without feeling fatigue...

Fun to look at, hard to play...
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Carbon Fiber lube questions on: May 28, 2017, 12:59AM
Carbon fiber outers-normal plated inners.

I don't think any company does truly carbon fiber inners--even daCarbo.
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