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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Modifying a mouthpiece on: Yesterday at 06:34 PM
"Nobody's ever complained before" is a pretty standard answer for any business problem.
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Where to get fine grinding paste ?? on: Yesterday at 04:01 PM
BTW, casings are honed with a brass lap, not using the piston itself.  You don't want wear both down, only take off the high spots that are causing problems.
3  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Bill Tole. R.I.P on: May 23, 2017, 03:40PM
Bill Tole was Dave Steinmeyer's predecessor on lead trombone in the Airmen of Note.

When he was leading the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra I played a couple of gigs with him.  Bill's sister, Nancy Knorr, is leader of the Pied Pipers vocal group, and Bill's brother Gary is another great trombonist.  I'm not sure sure but I think he was also in the Note.

4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece question, just bought YSL 897Z on: May 22, 2017, 12:30PM
Yes I do, but playing high is more a function of knowing HOW to, than using a small mouthpiece.  Depends on your physical setup.  Many or most players have better and more usable high range if the same mouthpiece allows them to play low range without shifting for it.  A small mouthpiece may seem to make high range easier but we need to sound good all over the horn, and small mouthpieces often require shifts to get a decent low range, then you end up with multiple settings and your high range is gone or unusable.  Or you become dependent on changing mouthpieces.  Some people seem to like that... I don't.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Bach Plug Bores and swapping valves on: May 22, 2017, 12:12PM
Yes, the entire valve section is identical.
6  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: Doug Elliott lessons and masterclasses across the US on: May 19, 2017, 09:56PM
Thanks to everyone who has responded.  I will be organizing a schedule and I'll let you all know what works.
7  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Audition Tomorrow on: May 19, 2017, 07:32PM
You've already practiced.  Get there early, but not to "practice.". Just warm up enough so you're ready to do your best.
8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rebirth as valve trombonist? on: May 18, 2017, 10:07PM
I suggest finding a used one locally so you can try it and see if it's comfortable to hold.  Some of them tend to feel heavy after a short time and you may decide it's not really what you want to play after all.
9  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Doug Elliott lessons and masterclasses across the US on: May 18, 2017, 08:55AM
I will be driving across the country to the ITF in California and back.  I would be willing to teach if there are enough people interested to make a stop worthwhile. I'm planning a northern route to get there (through Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Fancisco) and a middle route to come back (through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver).

Please contact me if you think you could put something together.
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Fast Mute Change (Rocky Point Holiday) on: May 15, 2017, 03:08PM
I often hold a cup behind my left knee and a straight behind my right knee.  I use my left hand for all mutes; they can be changed very quickly.  To save even more time sometimes I hold the mute in the bell with my left hand while playing, basically supporting the horn that way.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: joining the "olds" crowd on: May 13, 2017, 08:29PM
I have a flat wrap .547/.562 TIS bass trombone that also just says "The Olds"
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Earl Williams Trombone on: May 13, 2017, 08:26AM
I think the actual size of an 8 is .520.  I've only played a few, but I think they feel odd.  The Sheriff's is older and a very nice playing horn, it's different from the others.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Tuxedo Jackets on: May 12, 2017, 06:46PM
Goodwill?

I haven't needed or had one for years but I know the last one I had I got used.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Anyone else despise Modern Bach 6.5's? on: May 12, 2017, 01:29PM
Maybe "a good way to approximate" but surely not "a good way to measure"
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Anyone else despise Modern Bach 6.5's? on: May 12, 2017, 01:25PM
The most important measurement is the inside diameter, at the inner edge approximately where your chops would interpret the size feel.  That can be different for a sharp inner edge vs a round inner edge. Most Bach mouthpieces vary between different samples by about .010 to .020 which is two full sizes in my system.

The Faxx mpcs I have measured are about a full size smaller.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Anyone else despise Modern Bach 6.5's? on: May 12, 2017, 11:28AM
The Faxx mouthpieces I have measured have all been quite a bit smaller than what they're supposedly copies of.
17  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Mouthpiece Buzzing on: May 09, 2017, 02:07PM
Mouthpiece buzzing is like drinking beer.

A lot of people do it, and swear by it.

I don't, and I've done pretty well without it.
18  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Maybe Take up the Euphonium or Baritone Horn? on: May 05, 2017, 09:50PM
I have the one I made for trumpet, but for another instrument I'm sure it would have to be different and I'd need to have the instrument here to make a holder.  No modification to the trumpet was necessary, and I would try to do the same sort of thing. It fits on a tripod or monopod with a standard 1/4-20 thread mount.  You can get 5/8-27 adaptors for mic stands, with a swivel so you can adjust the horn angle.

It worked for my brother after rotator cuff surgery.

Bass trumpet is one instrument I don't own, so I can't try it myself.
19  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: NY Bach 6 vii single owner on: May 05, 2017, 04:51PM
That link is to pictures of a Bolero...
20  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Maybe Take up the Euphonium or Baritone Horn? on: May 05, 2017, 03:24PM
I have made a support for a trumpet on a mic stand or tripod to be played with one hand.  The same may be possible for a bass trumpet or flugabone type of instrument.
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