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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Stratodyne tuning slide on: May 01, 2013, 06:59AM
Will the tuning slide from a Holton 65 fit a 67 Stratodyne?
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: "The Martin" Committee Trombone on: Mar 18, 2013, 05:34PM
Jack Jenny played his famous Stardust solo on a Committee. Very nice sounding horn. I miss mine too.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Olds Recording on: Feb 27, 2013, 07:53PM
Everytime I play a gig with my Recording I get compliments on my sound.  The last two times I played it I was told that it has a true trombone sound. It really has a glorious tone and it stands out in a crowd. Mine was flat when I got it like many Olds trombones but it is a simple job to shorten the tuning slide. 
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Conn 32h on: Feb 27, 2013, 07:41AM
I meant to say the 356 slide plays great.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Conn 32h on: Feb 27, 2013, 07:20AM
I've been playing a 78H bell with a Yamaha 356 slide.  I like I much better than the 32H that I had.  It's actually plays like I hoped the 32H was going to play.  The bell on the 356 is not quite there.  But the 78H bell  with the 356 slide plausibly great. The slide lock threads are not quite the same but it tightens up fine.  It does not work well on my 79H. Probably because of the additional resistance of the valve.
6  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Reinhardt Routines on: Feb 11, 2013, 11:00AM
I've been using them every day for two years.  I was just wondering how popular they are.
7  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Reinhardt Routines on: Feb 11, 2013, 10:19AM
Just wondering how many forum members use the Reinhardt Routines.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Martin Handcraft imperial trombone specs help on: Feb 11, 2013, 09:13AM
Mine has nickel outter tubes
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Old Olds Receiver Size on: Feb 11, 2013, 08:52AM
I have a couple of mouthpieces that have been modified to fit the older Olds.  Send me a PM for details.
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Removing F Attachment on: Feb 10, 2013, 03:31PM
I use it as a tenor. I also had the bell receiver changed to accept Conn 88H slides.  I mostly use a .525 bore slide. It outplays my 78H and my 79H.  More focused sound and better high range. I'm not sure why it works so well bit it does
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Removing F Attachment on: Feb 10, 2013, 01:30PM
I converted a King5B to a straight horn because they were only made with an F attachment.  I have converted a few F attachment trombones because they had broken valves.   It is not a difficult job.  New gooseneck and brace. Sometimes the lefthand thumb brace needs to be relocated.
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Mouth Corner Breathing on: Jan 30, 2013, 02:17PM
Learning to breath through the corners of the mouth is a very beneficial technique to learn.  This the preferred breathing technique recommended by Dr. Donald Reinhardt.   It  took me about 6 months before I felt comfortable breathing this way.  While teaching this to my students I figured out a great way to learn this technique.

Note: This is to be done with just the mouthpiece. Before placing the mouthpiece to your lips put your lips in the correct playing position.  Your lips should be closed and slightly puckered. I prefer to wet my lips before I place the mouthpiece.  Place the mouthpiece on your lips.  Plug the end of the mouthpiece with a finger.  Keep your lips closed using just enough mouthpiece pressure to maintain a seal.  Now try to take a breath.  If you are doing this correctly there should be little or no air flow.  While keeping your finger blocking the mouthpiece pull back the corners of your mouth to allow the air in.  Easy isn’t it.  You can inhale a large amount of air this way by breathing using the “bottom” of your lungs.  Keeping your lips wet allows makes it easier to make whatever slight adjustment to your lips is necessary to put them back to their proper playing position.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Opinions pro/con about Kanstul 750 w/optional build... on: Jun 29, 2012, 02:59PM
I'm just about finished rebuilding a slide for a very abused 750.  I had to replace both inner tubes as part of the rebuild.  I really like the standard 750 but felt that it played "small", expecially when compared to my 6H. I have a few lead pipes that I have been trying and really like the Kanstul H6 pipe with the 750.  The S pipe is the one supplied with the standard 750.  I will also be trying a standard Conn 6H leadpipe.  I will post my results after I have given each one a good evaluation.  From my preliminary evaluation the Kanstul H6 is in the lead.
14  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Lessons for Experienced Players on: Jun 28, 2012, 12:21PM
Last week I mentioned to my 89 year old mother that I was thinking of taking another trombone lesson.  She wondered why I needed a lesson since I already knew how to play.  This is a typical reaction whenever I mention taking lesson. Back in the early 70’s while an engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston I heard about John Coffey who was with the BSO.  He had a teaching studio near Symphony Hall which was a few blocks where I was living.  I only took a few lessons with him (another story for another time) but at one of my lessons he told me that the famed jazz trumpet player Don Ellis had just taken a lesson with him.  My reaction was similar to my mother’s.  What did he need a lesson for. John told me that he was in for a “tune up”. This was probably the most important thing I learnt from my lessons with John. When  I started playing again in 1993 after a 20 layoff I took several lessons with a local pro.  Since then I have taken one or two lessons with Hal Crook, Jeff Galindo, Sam Burtis and Doug Elliott.  Each one of them taught me something that made a significant impact on my playing.

My lesson with Doug several months ago made a dramatic change in my endurance, an  issue which I have been struggling with for years.  Last week I played four hard gigs, mostly lead (two of them as the only trombone) in a hard playing “Sinatra” band. This would have been impossible before my lesson with Doug. Sam helped me out with the finer points of breath attacks and free buzzing as well as explaining his approach to practicing.  Jeff Galindo taught me about breath support and projection as well as the difference between melodic and harmonic improvisation. I had a few lessons with Hal Crook also in early 70’s and he had me stop using the smile embouchure which was  something I had been taught as a beginner.

I also want to mention the importance of learning by playing with great players. I have played with many great players and have tried to learn from all of them.  For example I  played a few big band gigs with Ben Griffen. He demonstrated  to all of us what playing lead is all about.  It was energetic, exciting and fun. Just following his lead was like taking a lesson. Now when I play lead I now have in my mind (I may not actually achieve it)  how I should be playing.

The point of my post is the there is no age limit or experience level for taking lesson.  Adult lessons for experienced players are not usually regular lessons.  In my case one or gives me plenty to work on for months or years. Many players that I encounter feel that lessons are for kids and feel that it is a sign of weakness to take lessons as an adult. That’s probably why many of them still play like kids.

There many great teachers out there.  Several of them are forum members.  I highly recommend taking a lesson with them when they are in your area.  Many of them travel and offer lessons while they are traveling.  My lesson with Doug Elliott was in CT when he was in the area for a brief time.  I traveled to NYC from my  home in Rhode Island to take a lesson with Sam Burtis. 

15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: New Leadpipe for 88h?? on: Mar 13, 2012, 09:15AM
How about a standard 88H leadpipe
16  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Being overheard during practice on: Feb 13, 2012, 11:50AM
I was overheard practicing and it has lead to several gigs.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: conn 4H slide on a 24H bell? on: Feb 05, 2012, 12:08PM
Flat, very flat. More so that what I have found with numerous other Older Conn. 
The 24H bell is actually longer than the 4H bell by at least 1 inch.  I'm not sure why they made it this way.  The 24H tuning slide is the same width as the 4H but is longer. I suspect that the 24H slide is shorter than the 4H but I don't have a 24H slide to compare it to.  The 24H bell with the 4H slide cannot be played in tune without substantial shortening of the tuning slide.  However, there appears to be ample length to perform this surgery.

I didn't realize that the 4H is identical to the 6H except for the bell flair. Same slide receiver, goose-neck and tuning slide.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: conn 4H slide on a 24H bell? on: Feb 01, 2012, 03:33PM
I'm expecting to receive a 24H bell tomorrow. I'm not sure what era it is from.  I have a 4H with the narrow barrels.  It will be interesting to try the 4H slide on the 24H. 
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / conn 4H slide on a 24H bell? on: Jan 27, 2012, 01:12PM
Will a 4H slide work on a 24H?
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Conn 6H with 100H leadpipes on: Dec 29, 2011, 01:40PM
Has anyone tried the 100H leadpipes in a Conn 6H?
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