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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Hearing loss on: Nov 19, 2017, 09:23AM
Everyone's hearing loss is different. I remove my hearing aids when playing in bands.  Am able to hear what I need.  Alternatively, have you considered removing one of your hearing aids when playing in the band?
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Tuner accuracy on: Nov 18, 2017, 11:15PM
Maybe I'm just a backwoods ignoramus, but the way I play is to be in tune with the group.

For trombone, tuning is not that well cast in stone. 

3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: 3bF+ (.525) blow on a smaller horn on: Nov 13, 2017, 09:20PM
I love my 3B+ but needed to add another horn to do the sort of gigs you mention. Olds Special and Olds Recording worked fine for me - particularly the Recording which is less strident than the Special but cuts through nicely. . 
4  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Searching for funk charts on: Nov 13, 2017, 11:00AM
These guys do transcriptions to order.  Good results and fair price.  Site is temporarily down it seems http://www.chartsandscores.com/

5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Jazz F attachenents trombone recommendations on: Nov 08, 2017, 04:10PM
Another vote for King 3b+F - difficult to find in my experience but fantastic versatile horn. I use it in a swing/jazz band.
6  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Hong Kong / Macao on: Nov 03, 2017, 08:58AM
Well, just back from a great night at Ned Kellyís.  Thanks for the heads up.  Good musicians, fun band and friendly mid-market bar with good choice of beer and food. Thoroughly recommended.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Polish, engrave, lacquer, polish? on: Oct 31, 2017, 07:23PM
Thanks, I think you are correct. The tech has said he will use someone else for the engraving. Iíll leave the tech to do the color matching ....
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Polish, engrave, lacquer, polish? on: Oct 31, 2017, 07:19AM
As itís not unknown for professionals and experts to be wrong or disagree it makes sense for me, as the customer/ guy who is paying for and playing with the output, to understand the issues.  Iím responsible for my decisions, professionals give advice. Sensible and experienced people, professionals even, post on the internet. So it makes sense, to me to get advice andevaluate the reputation and posts of the people putting replies on the  internet. Some, like Euphanisia, have great experience and credentials as they are professionals. His response was very helpful to me in confirming the the lacquering and engraving process in case I need to use two shops.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Glenn Cronkhite Bags Back In Production! on: Oct 30, 2017, 10:27PM
Link is working for me. Pictures and prices on display.
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Polish, engrave, lacquer, polish? on: Oct 30, 2017, 03:08AM
Am having a counterweight produced and want it to match the original horn lacquer as much as possible, as well as add a small engraving to the weight.  The lacquering and polishing may be done by two different shops.  I am trying to protect my tech from my ignorance but am prepared to display it here in order to get the sequence of events right and have a better informed conversation. 
Would it be correct for the weight to be polished, then engraved, then lacquered and then polished ?  Am I over-simplifying/complicating the process?
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Learning to play loose! on: Oct 16, 2017, 05:26PM
I tried last night with my metronome, I noticed I immediately started jerking again, trying to keep up with the beat! I think this is going to take me some time, to get rid of bad habits.

When that happens to me I slow it down. If you are playing a piece of music it will sound strange and artificial, but remember the focus just now is on smooth movement. As you get better you can speed up and play good sounds in a relaxed way.  Relaxed grip on slide and brace with shoulders low and wide helped me relax which was helpful.
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Learning to play loose! on: Oct 16, 2017, 12:34AM
Buried in all the helpful suggestions was reference to using a metronome. I have found this to be a great way of being able to get a measure of progress and challenge by gradually increasing tempo over time. Keeping the tuning and tone right as you speed up becomes the goal.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Any thoughts about Wedge MPs on: Oct 11, 2017, 08:35AM
We talked about it last year.  I have a 6.75 and like it for small and medium bore horns doing big band and soul band.

14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: That pesky high D.... on: Oct 06, 2017, 02:11AM
My high range is a work in progress.  Knowing what pitch/sound you want to hear before you play has been critical for me. Much helped by some earlier advice here about playing familiar tunes an octave higher. Knowing the tune helps me anticipate the required sound/pitch. 
15  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: WTB: Counterweight for Olds Recording tenor trombone on: Oct 05, 2017, 12:08PM
I'm trying to keep the authentic look of the horn.  I now know that the weight I need is the one that is screwed off center onto the rear brace. |So, I guess I'm still looking but will contact brasslab and see what happens.   
16  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / WTB: Counterweight for Olds Recording tenor trombone on: Oct 03, 2017, 02:54AM
I'm looking to buy one for a 1962 model horn. Anyone selling at a sensible price? 
17  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: How long can you normally practice? i.e. endurance problem. on: Sep 25, 2017, 08:33AM
I found free buzzing and mouthpiece buzzing worked for me in helping maintain some sort of embouchure between practices and helped build up capacity to play longer.  Its quiet and convenient, even if you only do 10 -20 minutes here and there.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Lemon Pledge on: Sep 24, 2017, 03:06AM
FWIW Lemon Pledge worked fine for me. I perceived an improvement when I used it. While accepting there may be potentially harmful ingredients in it I've heard nothing convincing that demonstrates that occasional use, in quantities FAR smaller than would be used in polishing household items, is harmful. If we always avoided all risks we would do nothing.  Mitigation through moderation is what I prefer in this situation.  Obviously there are some large risks with small benefits and most reasonable people would not take them. The odd dab of lemon pledge is not one of those. 
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Lemon Pledge on: Sep 23, 2017, 12:57AM
Thanks everyone. I'd found the regular use of usual lubricants and the occasional use of Pledge to be a great combination, with no ill effects. Food grade silicon spray and hydroglide  are new to me. Will check them out.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Lemon Pledge on: Sep 22, 2017, 07:54AM
Having read on the forum about the benefits of Lemon Pledge for slides I tried it and found the spray to be really helpful.  Recently moved back to UK to discover that it is no longer sold here  :cry:.  Import costs are prohibitive.  So, can anyone suggest an alternative product with similar benefits?
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