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1  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Taking over a big band - am I insane??????? on: Feb 22, 2018, 10:41PM
Great to get the updates about your progress.  Motivating for people battling to build a band of any type.  Thank you.
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Suit Jacket/Blazer for gigs. on: Feb 22, 2018, 09:53AM
Thanks for the responses all.

If it helps, I'm working on a cruise ship, and I'm mostly looking for a disposable blazer that I can move in for a single (frequently played) show. I have a mediocre, but well fitted suit for when I'm not playing, so it sounds like the thrift store option is my best bet. I'm over in Australia at the moment but we are going back to China soon with stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, so maybe I'll stumble across something that works in one of those ports.

Thanks again!

These guys are Hong Kong based http://www.raja-fashions.com/

I have used them for two suits when they visited UK.  Good job, reasonable price.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: How to quickly clean bell on: Feb 20, 2018, 11:22PM
For clarity, Iím not advocating regular use of pledge as a lubricant.  I like what Bruce called the underlayer effect that comes from the very infrequent times I use it. I believe the quantities involved in very low frequency use  to be insignificant from a health perspective.  I guess itís a personal call.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: How to quickly clean bell on: Feb 19, 2018, 11:44PM
Lemon pledge.

And put a little on the slide too.  Works wonders for my horns ...
5  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Forgotten mouthpiece? on: Feb 19, 2018, 03:14AM
Left mouthpiece in jeans in dressing room when I got changed for a gig on Friday night.  Discovered this on stage just before the first number.  Ran up a flight of stairs to retrieve it.  Pant Bad dog.  No Biscuits.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Stage Monitor Advice on: Feb 19, 2018, 01:12AM
Berhinger has cropped up in my research too, as has Mckie.   I suspect this is a later version of the Berhinger 205. Seems to offer a lot of flexibility, and not just as a monitor, so thinking particularly about it.  What do you think?
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Stage Monitor Advice on: Feb 15, 2018, 10:40PM
In ear monitors can be far better than a stage monitor, but you need good ones and a good sound guy. Otherwise get an angled stage monitor ... and a good sound guy.

what advice are you looking for?

Suggestions about things like makes, models, power, active vrs passive, suitability for horns, size and weight would be helpful as there is a lot of variation. Donít want to go down the in-ear route. Am initially attracted to stand mounted, as opposed to floor, monitor with some built in mixing capability. 

It has been suggested to me that around 150W and minimum of 90Db is the way to go.  What do any experienced stage sound people think?  Confused
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Stage Monitor Advice on: Feb 15, 2018, 01:42PM
Three part horn section in Soul/Blues band playing small/medium venues. Looking for suggestions and advice about buying and using a stage monitor.  Rest of band is keys, three vocals, drums, bass and guitar.  Grateful for guidance. 
9  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: What are you doing? (Five words or less). on: Feb 12, 2018, 05:54AM
Confirming our soul band gig
10  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Music for British-Style Brass Band (free?) on: Feb 09, 2018, 08:10AM
You might get some ideas here:


11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: King 2b on: Feb 04, 2018, 09:19AM
I bought a horn from Quinn. Great horn, fair price, accurate description and prompt dispatch. Ships internationally. 
Check out shipping costs, duties and taxes as they can add a lot to what the buyer has to pay, according to where you are.
12  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: What's In Your Case? on: Jan 24, 2018, 03:08AM
I use a Gard Wheelie bag. My items in there, apart from the horn:
4B pencil with magnetic clip
Collapsible wire Music stand
Trombone stand
Clean and dirty cloths - outside, slide wipe
Water spray
Yammie snot
Couple of mouth pieces
Stand light
Spare batteries
Music stand clips
Ties of various shapes and color to suit the gig
Wireless mic and gig music stand are in their own cases
13  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS in UK - King 3B+ also known as King 2103PL on: Jan 18, 2018, 04:29AM
Well, having had a surge of indifference to this fantastic horn Iím open to offers close to the asking price.  Then  Iím heading over to eBay or my local dealer if we have not found a happy home for the horn.  Link to photos in my first post in this thread is still active.
14  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS in UK - King 3B+ also known as King 2103PL on: Jan 03, 2018, 01:11PM
Iím not great on the terminology and donít want to mislead you. Bell is a brass/bronze/copper color  Iíd say.  Slide and tuning slide are a light gold color.   Check out the photos for details. I can send some pics if youíd prefer.
15  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / FS in UK - King 3B+ also known as King 2103PL on: Jan 03, 2018, 09:40AM

Ideal for Brass Band or Big Band.  Iíve used it in both settings as well as in soul/blues band where it was fine too over the four years Iíve had it.  Dates from around 1983/84 according to the serial number on the bell 941 ***. 

Great sounding instrument (525mm bore), slide serviced and small ding removed professionally in last eight months Ė plays well.  Reason for sale Ė Iíve bought the same instrument but with a trigger section, otherwise I would not be selling.

Pictures tell the story Ė some minor spot blemishes on bell section, an almost invisible tiny ding near the brace.  Some wear on contact points. Overall in good condition for the age.  There are some pictures here - first time I've done this so please let me know if the link does not work Eeek! and I'll email them to you.

Inspections/try out in my place in Manchester welcome.

Yours for £1100, including hard King case - far less than a similar horn currently on e-bay.  Buyer pays shipping. Prefer to ship UK only.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Olds Recording on: Jan 01, 2018, 09:08AM
The (LA) Recordings that I have owned had a serial number on the slide receiver very close to the threads. 
Serial numbers on these horns were 116xxx or earlier...  

Which is exactly where it is on the Special but not on the Recording.  In any case I'll just get on an enjoy that rather nice King 3B+F you sold me a little while ago Greenbean - loving it!
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Olds Recording on: Jan 01, 2018, 07:21AM
At long last I have got around to putting together an inventory of my horns for insurance purposes. My Olds Special has numbers on both the slide and the bell sections - no problems. 

I can find a serial number for my Olds recording on the slide section ie 42*** but cannot find a number on the bell section.  Am I missing something?  What have I overlooked? 
18  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: WTB Used King 3B or Sim. on: Jan 01, 2018, 07:16AM
I've imported two horns from the USA.  At that price point expect to add around 150 pounds for VAT, Duty and customs clearance plus shipping fees. 

As you appear to be UK based, have you tried Buy and Sell Brass UK group on Facebook?  I got some useful leads from those guys when I was looking.

Happy hunting


Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a used King 3B or an equivalent medium bore horn for a student. Budget is £750 (GBP), but can push for an extra £100 if necessary. Anyone selling?


Happy New Year! :-)
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Here goes nothing on: Dec 21, 2017, 08:59AM
Good luck - you are all on the same side, including the audience members.  Use your early arrival time to make sure the music stand is the right height for when you are playing and that the lighting is ok.  Check you have enough room for mutes, trombone stand and moving your slide etc.  Then forget all that sort of logistics and enjoy playing the music. :)
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Really heavy trombones and lighter alternatives on: Dec 08, 2017, 03:27AM
Not sure it applies here, but Iíve found a well placed counterweight can reduce effort, particularly on nose heavy horns. 
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