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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Plumbers... on: Yesterday at 11:30 PM
Nice, it sounds like you did a LOT of work.

After all of my construction a few years ago I still have an unopened outside mount Fantech exhaust fan that I intended to install under my porch to ventilate the basement bathroom.  I ended up using a Fantech inline fan instead.  The whole idea of the Fantech line is that they're very quiet and remotely mounted instead of noisy and in the bathroom ceiling.

In case anybody's interested in it, it's a PBW 110 which mounts outside on the wall and you run a duct to it.
2  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rim Buzzing - Useful? on: Mar 26, 2017, 11:00PM
I was just at a University this past week and I worked with about 50 or more brass players, from beginners in a brass methods class to professionals, on trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba.  I don't actually remember how that particular student played, but every player needed help in some way and ended up playing significantly better.  There was one who was as I described above, and I know he benefitted from having a better formation whether it buzzed or not.  I taught everybody else I worked with to buzz successfully, including the brass methods students who were pretty much total beginners who played other non-brass instruments.
3  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rim Buzzing - Useful? on: Mar 26, 2017, 10:27PM
I will be in a position soon to offer rims on a stick in any size you might want.
Let me know if you'd be interested.  I haven't figured out a price yet.

However I'm much more a fan of freebuzzing... IF you do it right.
I have been almost 100% successful at teaching every player I've worked with to freebuzz correctly for their own face.
I just had one who had the right formation and could blow air through it but didn't get an actual buzz.  I consider that to be OK too, and infinitely better than buzzing on a bad formation.
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 26, 2017, 10:20PM
I'm willing to back up these facts with a video if naysayers want.
Please do.
It's always interesting to hear the players on the forum no matter who they are.

(There are plenty of videos of my playing on YouTube)
5  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Allergies - I'm new to this on: Mar 26, 2017, 04:00PM
Flonase is a nasal spray but it's not a decongestant type, it acts like a multi-symptom antihistamine but I think it's actually a steroid without the side effects of a steroid or an antihistamine.

"Fluticasone is used to relieve seasonal and year-round allergic and non-allergic nasal symptoms, such as stuffy/runny nose, itching, and sneezing. It can also help relieve allergy eye symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works in your nose to block the effects of substances that cause allergies (such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold) and to reduce swelling."

It is over-the-counter now but it was by prescription previously.
6  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Allergies - I'm new to this on: Mar 26, 2017, 01:37PM
Claritin works well, Zyrtec is better but more drying, and Flonase is also good and not drying at all.  Sometimes I use Flonase in addition to one of the others when things get bad.

I think all of them were once prescriptions.
7  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Listen to on of my first arrangements on: Mar 26, 2017, 08:41AM
That's pretty cool, I like it.  It feels a little bit rushed, and it's faster than the original.  It would probably be a lot easier to play and sound better with the tempo backed off a little.  The tuba part needs definition and I think some of that would be lost trying to play it too fast.
8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: What to do with overly-loud trumpet players? on: Mar 21, 2017, 11:35PM
If nothing else, wear earplugs AFTERWARDS for an hour.  Giving your ears a rest after exposure to loud sounds actually does help them to recover.

I hate wearing earplugs while playing, but sometimes it's necessary and you can get sort of used to it.  Or leave.  I've walked out of concerts and movie theaters when it was uncomfortably loud.
9  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 21, 2017, 11:05PM
Have you tried helium?
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Get-A-Grip, Sheridan Brass Order on: Mar 21, 2017, 11:03PM
I have never had a Get-a-Grip, but I do know Newell.
He is often away for a few days at a time (me too) and even when he's home his internet doesn't always work.  I'm sure he'll get to it when he sees the order.  If you really want to know, I guess you can call him.
11  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: F.S. Elliott Mouthpiece on: Mar 19, 2017, 11:27AM
If the cup is original, it's silverplated.  No nickel ever.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece Shape Terminology? on: Mar 15, 2017, 05:38PM
Well it WAS Spring a week or so ago here... not any more.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece shank for old Hawkes and Son tenor on: Mar 15, 2017, 01:17PM
It would need something smaller than my "s" shank, but I can make something that will fit, if you want.
14  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Plane Travel on: Mar 14, 2017, 08:52AM
I understand traveling with a group with a bunch of instruments can be challenging, but the band director needs to realize that some instruments WILL be damaged in transit, that's not a "maybe." Especially saxophones.

You can't control what TSA will do when they open every case and don't put it back the way you did.  At the very least, take your mouthpiece in your carry-on so they can't put it in the wrong place or leave it loose in the case.

Trombone cases DO fit in the overhead bins and most players carry them on.
15  Town Hall / Comments and Suggestions / Re: change username on: Mar 14, 2017, 01:30AM
Bruce (BGuttman) will see this and take care of it for you.
16  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: recommend a rice cooker on: Mar 11, 2017, 11:40PM
I have a Neuro Fuzzy model and like it.

I use a Keurig coffee maker for just water, I don't actually use K-cups.
17  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Doug Elliott masterclass 3/21 U of Utah on: Mar 09, 2017, 02:17AM
Donn Schaefer invited me out to Salt Lake City for a week of brass pedagogy at the University of Utah.

There will be a masterclass open to the public on Tuesday March 21 at 6pm, in the band room, 272 David Gardner Hall.  Please bring your instrument, open to all brass players.
18  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Adding Trombone Psrt on: Mar 08, 2017, 03:20PM
I also like to make countermelodies and long-tones for bone parts under the melody.  Holding out key chord tones can work really well depending on what is being played.
Except nobody actually LIKES "holding out chord tones," right?  I vote for countermelodies or at least moving lines.  You can create sustained chords with moving lines that are more interesting to play (and hear).
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Doppler Labs Here One on: Mar 08, 2017, 02:47PM
I don't know if I can answer what price they're worth.  I don't have much noticeable tinnitus despite lots of years not wearing earplugs on gigs.  I used to regularly wear earplugs AFTER gigs on the drive home, to give my ears a rest, and that seemed to have a big effect.

Loud gigs are starting to bother me more, or maybe they're just louder than they used to be, which is very possible.  I consider these to be a good investment and I hope I will be using them.  Just like any tool, I'm willing to pay a lot more for quality if it works well and doesn't break.  Paying less for something that doesn't do the job you need is simply throwing money away.

Etymotic's ER4 earbuds are also very expensive but I consider them well worth the price.
20  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Who's the Bone player blowin' his ass off at 2:37 mark? on: Mar 08, 2017, 12:30PM
Unmistakably Conrad Herwig!!!

Yes, no question, nobody else sounds like that.
Stepton's a lot younger there than I've seen him.... 1982!
They all look so young.
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