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1  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS ALMONT MOUTHPIECE 1200 on: Feb 25, 2017, 01:04PM
When Covington took over the Dorsey Band, a friend of mine (who has since passed on) joined the Band. Covington took the 3 new trombonists to Giardinelli`s in NYC and told
Robert Giardinelli he wanted 3 copies of his mouthpiece made. Apparently his mouthpiece was also sterling silver. Each of the guys had their name stamped on it. So as far as I know only 3 were made. It`s in pristeen condition. Kind of like a 12C/11C -ish shallow Giardinelli style cup and an open throat & backbore. Upper range is very easy and very colorful.
When my friend Bill was nearing his end, we were playing a gig together. On break he took me aside and   told me the history of the mouthpiece, then handed it to me.
He told me " I was the only one of my generation locally, that was interested at a young age (I`m not so young anymore) in learning to play the older styles & tunes.,
so he was passing on his piece of Trombone history (the Mouthpiece) to me with one stipulation. I could never sell it, that I was to pass it on to one of my students that expressed the same interest in the older styles and music. I was really honored that he gave me his prized mouthpiece.
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Plunger mute vs. actual plunger on: Feb 25, 2017, 12:50PM
I`ve used Pint glasses (glass & plastic), coffee cups, bowls etc.. they can have a cool sound but they are hard to manage. I can`t really make the horn "talk" with those
3  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS ALMONT MOUTHPIECE 1200 on: Feb 24, 2017, 10:42AM
I have a stering silver Giardinelli (1958) copy of warren Covington`s mouthpiece
4  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Why not the small bore for "legit" or classical style playing? on: Feb 22, 2017, 10:43AM
I recently retired from Teaching and we moved to FL. I`ve since been asked to play in a very good Trombone Quartet and a large Brass Ens.
For the first time in years I have a need for a Large Bore horn. For years I didn`t own one because, I didn`t need one.
Now that I`m older (and hopefully wiser) I GET how to play a larger horn. In college and beyond I could never really get into playing .547 horns.
I had a lot, a couple good 88H`s , 8H, 42. 42B and a Benge 190. They were all good horns but I couldnt do them justice.
Now I bought 4 months ago a used 42BO. It`s looks like hell but plays like a dream .
I now understand Jay Freidman`s comment on how he plays that huge set-up . (and I paraphrase) "I play it like it`s a small bore horn".
I now don`t approach the larger horn any differently that the smaller horns and it works for me
Just my 2 cents
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Brasswind Alto Trombone on: Feb 20, 2017, 08:54PM
I have the Weril Alto. It`s a great little horn. When I was looking for an Alto, the Weril felt and sounded the best out of the box.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: King straight 4B for jazz? on: Feb 17, 2017, 07:51AM
There`s a Trombonist in Philly, Brian Pastor, that does The Philly Pops and his own big where he solos quite a bit all on a 4BF, and he sounds great
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: What do you play on ? on: Feb 15, 2017, 05:53AM
My Elliott set-up was OK and worked fine for me on my straight .547. I wasn`t crazy about it but it worked. I recently bought a used (and not very pretty) open wrap 42B.
Needed an large F attachment horn for Trombone quartet. The combination of the Elliott and the Bach is amazing. Everything is so easy. The Sound is Beautiful, great control.
Very Happy.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Plunger mute vs. actual plunger on: Feb 14, 2017, 02:44PM
I do alot of seriuos plunger work. Yes , there is a difference.
If you`re just playing Harlem Nocturne +o +o, Just about anything works.
I`ve found that the Humes & Burg plungers are too large and inflexible and clumsy
When I`m using the Pixie mute with the plunger (ala Al Grey) I need an old fashioned Brown Hardware store plunger
No hole drilled in it and not too soft. I want to make it talk and not fight with it because it`s too bulky
Here`s a clip of me with the Western NY Jazz Orchestra  - Big Daddy`s Blues

9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Caruso Six notes, Intervals and Harmonics on: Feb 08, 2017, 05:59AM
Thanks Sam
I had one lesson with Laurie frink a few years ago but nothing was written down. This really helps jog the memory
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: What`s on your "Holy Grail"horn list? on: Feb 08, 2017, 03:45AM
Graham, I have an Lt16MG that`s is by far THE BEST" horn I`ve ever owned or played.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / What do you play on ? on: Feb 05, 2017, 01:42PM
Everyone is always wondering what ....... pro is playing on. What do you use to get the job done?

Me...  90% of the time Mount Vernon 7C
         large Bore - Custom Bach 7 with Bass shank (Bored out) 
        Doug Elliott 98/F/F
       Bass - Yamaha 57
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: What`s on your "Holy Grail"horn list? on: Feb 04, 2017, 01:20PM
Wow ! Sometimes it feels like everyone on the Forum is a Bass Trombonist.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / What`s on your "Holy Grail"horn list? on: Feb 04, 2017, 05:50AM
Just like the title says, Are there any instruments that you would Love to have but do not have for what ever reason?

Mine are small bore - Bach Lt8G
         Medium Bore - Bach Lt34G  ( I really like the Bach Gold Brass bell sound)
         Large Bore - Boosey & Hawkes Straight Sovergian silver plated

What`s on your list?
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / What horn is this? on: Feb 01, 2017, 07:20AM
The German Brass playing AMAZING. But at the 3:00 minute mark, is that a 4 valve alto trombone?

What ever it is it sounds beautiful. Who makes these?

15  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Watrous Interview on: Jan 30, 2017, 06:01PM
It gives you insight into the man not just the musician
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Hal Crook`s gear on: Jan 27, 2017, 06:03AM
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Hal Crook`s gear on: Jan 26, 2017, 10:16PM
I lost many hours tonight in The Youtube universe. What doues Hal Crook Play on ? Looks like a 3B but what mouthpiece? He`s an amazing musician
18  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Watrous Interview on: Jan 26, 2017, 08:58PM
This is a wonderful interview with Bill Watrous regarding his Dad and music.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Anyone here familiar w/older Bundy trombones? on: Jan 26, 2017, 08:37PM
I just retired after 35 years as an Inner City Band director and let me tell you, We laughed at the Bundy`s and such in the `70`s and `80`s but they last and still sound good.
The Bundys, Olds, Signets, Mercedes,Collegiates, Bueschers they were built for the long haul. Not like student horns now that have a shelf life
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Anyone here familiar w/older Bundy trombones? on: Jan 26, 2017, 06:45AM
I`ve run across , over the years, certain student model horns that way out-play some pro horns.
I know some trumpet players that swear by Olds Ambassadors from the `50`s to early `60`s. Some have said they are the best lead horns they`ve played.
I tried a Buescher student trombone that one of my students had that had the easiest upper rangs of any trombone I`ve ever played. This thing would sail up to double Bb & C with hardly any effort.
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