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The Trombone ForumPractice BreakPolls(Moderators: bhcordova, RedHotMama, BFW) What horn(s) do you play on?
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Question: What horn(s) do you play on?
Edwards - 28 (5.1%)
Bach - 67 (12.2%)
Greenhoe - 11 (2%)
Jupiter - 6 (1.1%)
Yamaha - 52 (9.5%)
Rath - 21 (3.8%)
Holton - 31 (5.6%)
Getzen - 20 (3.6%)
Conn - 92 (16.7%)
King - 79 (14.4%)
Shires - 31 (5.6%)
Courtois - 6 (1.1%)
Olds - 26 (4.7%)
Reynolds - 7 (1.3%)
Blessing - 4 (0.7%)
Benge - 8 (1.5%)
roy benson - 1 (0.2%)
Kanstul - 11 (2%)
Martin - 6 (1.1%)
Miraphone - 3 (0.5%)
Thein - 3 (0.5%)
Frankenhorn - 9 (1.6%)
Other (please list) - 28 (5.1%)
Total Voters: 218

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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2015, 02:36AM »

Tenor: Edwards T396-A
Alto: Larry Minick alto trombone
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2015, 03:53AM »

Yamaha YSL-354: This is my do-anything horn. I use it for most of what I do, being Marching Band and Pep Band.
Elkhart Cavalier: More of a novelty, it doesn't get played often and I don't use it at school.
King 5B: I call it The Beast... I use it on 3rd/Bass part in Jazz, and also as a symphonic band horn.
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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2015, 05:46AM »

I prefer my custom King silver sonic 2B for jazz/lead/section (custom made for Kai Windig in '67 with a 3B bell taper.  Using a Jiggs wigham 2B light-weight slide on it.)

My Holton Tr180 for everything bass bone related (Minnick style conversion of triggers, open wrap "D" slide, oversized portals on rotors, and vented rotors)

Conn 88H (1962) for orchestral/legit tenor work

Conn 10J tuba
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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2015, 05:50AM »

Sorry - should have included my reasons - simple - these horns give me the sound and performance I require for the work I do.  Free and easy blowing, big fat sounds, and tone color suiting the size of horn.
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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2015, 07:41AM »

My most played horn is an Elkhart conn 88h
Second most is a conn 36h alto
Third most is Elkhart conn 8h
Fourth is conn 62h bass
Fifth is elkhart conn 12h coprion bell

So should I have voted five times for conn in the poll?

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 21, 2016, 10:59PM »

small tenor: olds ambassador (pretty bright and fun to play around with)
medium tenor: olds recording (can't go wrong with this baby :)) )
large tenor: holton tr160 ( personally love the versitility of this instrument and is much more responsive to me than the bach / conn equivalents)
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 22, 2016, 01:37PM »

Both of the trombones I currently own are Kings, as listed in my signature.  I got the 607F for an absolute steal back when I was in high school (I found it on eBay and if I remember right I paid no more than $250 with shipping for it) and for an intermediate horn, it sounds fantastic.  Unfortunately a few years ago the slide got damaged beyond repair, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I may have found a replacement slide from one of the other TTF members (depending on if it's a .525 or not). I picked up the Cleveland 606 to replace the 607.  The lacquer was in rough shape when I got it and it has a few small dings here and there, so I decided to strip the lacquer off of it and see how it looks/sounds.  Not too bad for what I paid for it.

I'm also looking into buying an Eastman 634.  I tried out a Getzen 3047AF and loved it, but didn't love the price tag.  While I'm guessing that the 634's not going to be quite as impressive as the Getzen was, I've heard enough good things about it to think that for $2000 it's worth a shot. 
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 22, 2016, 02:24PM »

I play a Chinese knock off copy of a Yamaha YBL-613G.  Mine is branded as "Excel" but it can be found with other names on it too including Bach.  It's the same as a Vincent Bach International TBB 100.  Plays fine for me.  Budget was the main concern but buying used from a reputable tech meant I wasn't worried about it at all.

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« Reply #28 on: Sep 22, 2016, 02:34PM »

My current stable of horns is listed in my signature.

Here are the "Why's":
Old Custom - it's a beautiful horn, the slide is amazing, and aside from the too narrow (for me) slide it's a great player.

Conn 6H - great big sound despite its small bore, reminds me very much of the horn that I played throughout high school. wonderful slide. testing out a 48H bell with it right now.

Getzen 3047AFR Custom - just feels comfortable - great balance, projection, tone. the sterling leadpipe really gives the sound an edge despite its rose bell. wonderful slide (but a touch on the heavy side).

Kanstul MS169i - big sound, easy to play FFF. very good slide. I like that I could swap the 2 attachment tuning slides for either Bb/F/G/Eb or Bb/F/Gb/D. I can get much crisper articulations on this horn than my Getzen.
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« Reply #29 on: Sep 22, 2016, 03:12PM »

Shires large tenor
Shires bass
Olds small tenor

I'm sure there are any number of horns that I could be happy on (Off the top of my head, I know that I love Rath basses, Courtois big tenors, BAC small tenors, and I know I could be happy with a Yamaha bass) but these were the ones I wound up with (all bought used, at significant discounts).
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« Reply #30 on: Sep 25, 2016, 07:36PM »

Main Large-Bore: Yamaha 882O
Main Small-Bore: King 2B
Back-Up Small-Bore/Latin and Salsa Horn: Besson Stratford
"Period"/Scale-Down Tenor: The Elkhart
Extra/Marching/Expendable Horn: Holton 602
Alto: Wessex PE480
Bass: King Duo Gravis

Euph: Boosey Class A
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1960 Conn 11J BBb Tuba-Helleberg

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« Reply #31 on: Sep 25, 2016, 07:53PM »

Horns that I play and own:
Besson BE639
Getzen 1062FDR
Horns that I played on (for fun and curiosity or tested):
Benge 290
Conn 88H
King 606
Yamaha Xeno YBL-822G
Getzen 1052FD
Bach 50B3
Conn 62HI
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« Reply #32 on: Sep 26, 2016, 01:02AM »

My horns in order of playing:
Miraphone 186 Tuba - Versatile instrument can get a variety of tone qualities and volume levels, blends well with different Ensembles.
Yamaha YBL-612 - was able to pick one up cheap, plays well has a tonal quality I like for Big band work.
Conn 88H Elkhart- has been my go to horn for decades use for most of my non-bass trombone playing, love the sound has a great slide. 
King 3B - This is a Beautiful older horn in great condition.  I don't play this much anymore as I find myself playing more bass trombone these days, and I'm actually thinking of selling it just because I don't play lead, and the lower 3rd or 4th parts, and style and type of playing I do just doesn't require a small bore horn.
I also have a older Elkhart Era Conn 36K Sousaphone that I use for street parades and stand up tuba playing.  Lightweight Sousaphone that I can get a big sound out of.
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« Reply #33 on: Sep 28, 2016, 02:24PM »

I have, since this poll was started, started using a (Jupiter) XO Brass 1632RGL-LT instead of my KING horns for jazz and general performance.  This is the finest .500 bore horn I have ever played
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 14, 2016, 04:17AM »

I play on three horns:
a Getzen Eterna ii 725 tenor
a Conn 73h bass
a Wessex alto
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« Reply #35 on: Oct 14, 2016, 04:22AM »

I prefer my custom King silver sonic 2B for jazz/lead/section (custom made for Kai Windig in '67 with a 3B bell taper.  Using a Jiggs wigham 2B light-weight slide on it.)

My Holton Tr180 for everything bass bone related (Minnick style conversion of triggers, open wrap "D" slide, oversized portals on rotors, and vented rotors)

Conn 88H (1962) for orchestral/legit tenor work

Conn 10J tuba


Please you must share pics of the Kai bell....and how did you come to own it?
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« Reply #36 on: Oct 14, 2016, 05:14AM »

Ill try to find somewhere to post pix of the bell.  It doesn't look different than expected, just has different measurements on the bell taper, and no serial numbers.

I got it thru a music store in NYC that was commissioned to sell it.  King, when it was still UMI, confirmed it's identity from records and descriptions kept at the time.
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« Reply #37 on: Oct 14, 2016, 06:13AM »

Ill try to find somewhere to post pix of the bell.  It doesn't look different than expected, just has different measurements on the bell taper, and no serial numbers.

I got it thru a music store in NYC that was commissioned to sell it.  King, when it was still UMI, confirmed it's identity from records and descriptions kept at the time.

I know Kai had a number of horns including the famous Blue 2B made for him when he worked the playboy club....when was your bell made?
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« Reply #38 on: Oct 14, 2016, 06:15AM »

Olds & Williams. My main two at the moment.
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 14, 2016, 07:06AM »

King 3B - early 80s model, main axe for gigs (latin, salsa, jazz), warm sound and comfortable
King 2B SS - 1968, lovely sound and more character but haven't got used to this yet
Yamaha 697Z - easy to play and "nice" but King 2B is better sounding (in my opinion)
Conn Artist Symphony - I think this is close to a 88H, a large bore with trigger. Mostly used for practicing and working on basic skills such as air, slurs, Cimeras exercises etc.

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