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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Apr 22, 2017, 09:20AM
Don't you mean meeting of the mind!  Evil Evil Evil

How far our country's status has fallen. Sad
2  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: Things to watch out for when buying online on: Apr 21, 2017, 09:11AM
Great suggestion. I also recommend checking on how long the seller has been a member. I would never take a chance on dealing with a newbie with zero posts.
3  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Things to watch out for when buying online on: Apr 21, 2017, 08:22AM
There have been some complaints about scammers operating in the forum.

Things to watch out for that I'd consider to be red flags include:

1) Anyone asking for Money Grams as a way to be paid.

2) Prices that are suspiciously low. If the price seems to good to be true, it probably is a fraud. Beware.

3) When the seller is pressuring you to do the deal, rushing you into an impulse buy, saying "another guy is interested, so you better buy it before I sell to him"

4) Sellers sometimes copy and paste pics from other ads. You see that on Ebay and Craigslist too. Ask for phone pics.

Be cautious. There are no safety nets here.

Ask for as many contact numbers and emails as possible. Talk to the seller, don't just exchange emails.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: How many dents do you tolerate in your horns? on: Apr 20, 2017, 07:15PM
Personally I don't understand anyone who doesn't have dents rolled out, esp on the bell flare.

I played gigs with a professional pilot who had a Bach 36 with a nasty crease one the flare. I assumed that he made enough money in his job that he could fix his horn. He just didn't care.

I can't stand playing a dented horn. It is a distraction for me.
5  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Trombonist Ross Hurley. RIP on: Apr 20, 2017, 06:44PM
Did anyone here know Ross Hurley? He was a trombonist living in New Zealand. He passed away not too long ago. I believe that he was a member, but I don't remember his user name.

We became friends in Munich. He was one of the first guys I met over there. We became close friends.

Sad to hear of his passing. I believe it was Pancreatic cancer.  :(
6  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Typical pay for church Easter service on: Apr 20, 2017, 09:10AM
In my experience, around $250 is the average.

But for the past 6 years I have played Christmas and Easter services (3 services each) at a Presbyterian church. And they are extremely appreciate of and generous with the musicians. Every year the check gets bigger. It is usually above $700. I pinch myself every year.

But they hire symphony players (Dallas and Ft Worth). Even though I was once in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as a senior in high school, I feel like I am fooling them every year.
7  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: A 6H with history on: Apr 19, 2017, 08:04AM

This seller is a little unrealistic. $3500? Really?
8  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Interesting review of the Bach 36bo on WWBW on: Apr 18, 2017, 07:29PM
If I knew the kid who wrote this 'review', I'd recommend that he spend more time on his grammar and spelling, and less time focusing on how good he is.
9  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: It plays like a trombone, but can only be described as a helmet... on: Apr 18, 2017, 07:19PM
Someone clearly doesn't pay attention when composing their ads
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: How does a Bach 7c compare to a Bach 6 1/2 AL? on: Apr 18, 2017, 11:17AM
I played a 6-3/4C for many years(45 years) and I loved it.  I now play a 6-1/2A (not AL). When I played mostly lead, the 6-3/4C was perfect for me. Since I don't play much lead now, I went to the 6-1/2A.  I feel that is a comfortable change for me. I very highly recommend the 6-3/4C. (I played a Bach Corp.)

And I thank you for that 6 3/4C! I had it replated and I play it today

I went with the 6 3/4C a few years ago. Before that I played a 7C that was hand reamed to .234 on the throat. I still use that one sometimes when I am playing lead in a loud band. It cuts through a bit easier than the 6 3/4C
11  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Easter Gig Adventures on: Apr 17, 2017, 03:48PM
I usually play 3 services on Easter (and Christmas) at a Methodist church. This year they went a different direction. But I got a call to do a private family event. The woman who called me for the gig told me I would be playing in a jazz quartet with her 90 year old father who played clarinet. Okay.

It was a 2 hour gig straight through but they let us knock off early. The old fellow was real nice. He definitely was suffering some memory issues. And his count offs never matched the tempo of the tune that he started. But like I said, he was 90. It is what it is.

I did what I could to prop him up so to speak. And I did enjoy the experience.

If I can remember how to put my horn together at 90 I'll be happy....assuming I make it that far!
12  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Basic Military Training on: Apr 17, 2017, 03:42PM
My experience being in an academy service band was unique in that we got great rank, and quick.

I was in basic as an E3 and after 2 months at my duty station (West Point) I was bumped to E6. I did get some grief from regular army guys here and there but not a lot.

One day I dropped by the USMA Credit Union to cash a check. I was in uniform. There was an E4 outside the building raking leaves. His service stripes showed he had been the service for 6 + years. (Each stripe equals 3 years time).

My uniform had no service stripes. I had only been in for a year. Yet I was a spec 6.

He gave me some sh*t. Technically I could have gotten him in trouble even though I wasn't a hard stripe E6.

I told him that I had skills going in, I auditioned and was offered the job. I added "if you want to audition, get a horn"
13  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Basic Military Training on: Apr 17, 2017, 09:51AM
I was in US Army basic training in the summer of '81. I was going into the West Point Jazz Knights.

When I enlisted I was told it was a 6 weeks deal. Halfway through I was told that it was now EIGHT weeks.  :cry:

I had to stupid idea that I could take my horn along. I showed up to basic training (Ft Leonard Wood Missouri) and at first we were assigned to the reception station. That lasted three or four days. No training or assignments per se. We had to get up every day and stand in lines. We were given our haircuts, and all the uniforms we'd need (not including the West Point band uniforms however).

When I had a chance I'd grab my horn and go practice. The other recruits probably were wondering what the hell was wrong with me. They hung out, smokes cigarettes, played cards, whatever.

On the day we were assigned to a company, we were told to assemble outside. From  the air everyone looked identical except for me. I had my gig bag next to me.

The recruiting station SGT Major came over and asked me "Why'd you bring your tuba?"

Rather than correct him I told him since I was going directly to West Point after basic, I needed to have it with me. He asked how much the horn cost. I knew where he was headed; he wanted to ship it. I told him it cost me $2000. (in reality my Bach 12 cost me $225m, but I didn't want it being mailed anywhere)

He shook his head and told me that my drill SGT would have me turn it in along with my civilian clothes.

The day came when were in line with our civies. The drill asked me what I had in the case. I told him "my trombone, Sargent"

He told me "Hell, get it out and play something" I was blown away. But I saw my chance. I got my horn together and began playing every military song I could manage. Army, Marine, Navy etc.

Then he said "well, keep it in your locker. I'll have you play it every now and then"


I put in my locker still assembled. Stuffed my gig bag on the top shelf. I managed some practice time over those remaining 7 weeks, but not much.
14  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / FS or FT: Bach 42B closed wrap on: Apr 17, 2017, 09:08AM
I have a 90's era Bach 42B closed wrap that I am interested in trading straight up for a closed wrap Bach 36B...or a straight 36 preferably a corp model.

No dents on this horn and the slide is excellent. The lacquer isn't the greatest but it isn't oxidized. A decent horn. Comes in stock case which is in good shape.

I would be interested in selling as an option as well. ($950 + shipping)


15  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: 8:15 means 8:15, dammit! on: Apr 12, 2017, 07:58AM
When life was short and every minute counted...

If the Indian suite was written with Native Americans in mind, I'd say that by today's standards, his liner notes are very much politically incorrect.

Savage?  Yeah, RIGHT.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: 2102PL or 2B + on: Apr 11, 2017, 06:34PM
I'm sure the demise of the 6h contributed to it. King didn't have a .500 bore pro horn, and when the 6h faded out, it left a big gap.

I think that you are correct.

If the 2B+ had an 8" bell, I might be playing one now. Instead I play my '59 6H. Nothing like it.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Apr 11, 2017, 05:31PM
As if Trump ordering an attack on Syrian forces is not bad enough, we now have the situation with US ships on the way to the Korean peninsula. Worse still is the fact that North Korea has now warned of a nuclear attack on the United States, as Trump tweeted that the rogue nation was "looking for trouble". I think the boot is on the other foot, mate!

Do the people of the United States really want to get involved in a nuclear war? I still can't believe any nation would give a psychopath like Trump so much freedom to cause a world catastrophe. What is the master plan here? Not that I think there is one.

When is the Congress going to stop blocking Trump's domestic actions and realise he is much more a danger as the Commander in Chief? He must be removed from power.

Agreed Graham. 100%

I only hope that they rest of the world realizes that all Americans aren't as batshit crazy as the loose cannon the ill advised elected to office.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: New corks on mutes on: Apr 11, 2017, 10:46AM
yet you play trombone... Evil

19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: New corks on mutes on: Apr 10, 2017, 09:30PM
Fear of failure. Pretty silly really! :/
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump Launches Tomahawks Against Assad on: Apr 10, 2017, 08:54PM

By 2020 the US could be a very different place than it is now.  You may not like it.

It is already to that point for me
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