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by JohnL
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Apparent online lessons scam
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Apparent online lessons scam

Quite funny to use Jesus as a name to scam people. I doubt that it was thought of that way; it's just a common name in many Spanish-speaking countries. I wonder what the hook is? Normally, these would involve sending you a check for more than the agreed-upon fee and asking you to send the extra mon...
by JohnL
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Anyone heard anything about the future of Laskey Mouthpieces?
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Anyone heard anything about the future of Laskey Mouthpieces?

Elow wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:27 am
The shank plating wears off pretty fast, and about after a year of marching the cup starts to flake
Bad both ways...
by JohnL
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Anyone heard anything about the future of Laskey Mouthpieces?
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Anyone heard anything about the future of Laskey Mouthpieces?

I would be kind of scared to have laskey mouthpieces made by eastman, the store i work at is a big eastman dealer and their mouthpieces are straight trash. The plating is so thin it flakes off after a year or two and i hate how they play play against other brands like bach or even fax. Hopefully th...
by JohnL
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Which famous people play trombone on the side?
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Which famous people play trombone on the side?

Conrad Janis, longtime character actor most remembered for playing Mindy's father on Mork and Mindy.
by JohnL
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Use of marching baritones/flugabones
Replies: 13
Views: 710

Re: Use of marching baritones/flugabones

You can take them into situations where you'd be afraid something bad would happen to a slide trombone. Trombones are very vulnerable instruments; the "working part" is out there in front of you, exposed to all kinds of misadventures. The working parts of a Flugabone are far less vulnerable, being p...
by JohnL
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone
Replies: 33
Views: 1647

Re: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone

JohnL, I believe your characterization of the titles and subtitles of Nathaniel Davis' trombone glissando pieces is not quite accurate, but, of course, you are entitled to your opinion and interpretation. I would be afraid that members of the audience would conflate the Davis's trombone family with...
by JohnL
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone
Replies: 33
Views: 1647

Re: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone

JohnL, you seem to have come to a different conclusions about Davis’ pieces than Doug Yeo. Could you explain your reasons? Just look at the titles and subtitles... "Oh Slip it Man"; "A Trombone Novelty" "Mr. Trombonology; "A Characteristic Trombone Smear" and "The Son of 'Oh Slip it Man'" "Miss Tro...
by JohnL
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?
Replies: 27
Views: 1560

Re: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?

Finetales wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:05 pm
If you ever have to ask this question, the answer is always "keep going".
I think you mean "D*mn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"
by JohnL
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone
Replies: 33
Views: 1647

Re: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone

I'm afraid the value (or lack thereof) of "trombone novelty" pieces is a topic that's never going to see a consensus opinion. They're a staple of the community band concert in the park, but not really fodder for the serious musician. Looking through the public domain works that are available on band...
by JohnL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Best slide lube for close tolerances?
Replies: 18
Views: 999

Re: Best slide lube for close tolerances?

harrisonreed wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:41 pm
Yamaha seems to lose its goodness if keep in a really hot or really cold car.
Not sure about cold, but heat certainly causes problems.
by JohnL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What kind of black magic is this horn?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

Re: What kind of black magic is this horn?

Thrawn22 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:14 am
Sorta silly having a thayer valve while the plug in has a standard valve.
The idea is that you only have the slot-in valve installed when you really need it (depending on the literature one is playing, that may not be very often). The rest of the time, you're playing a single with a Thayer.
by JohnL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: curious about where lime comes from
Replies: 8
Views: 575

Re: curious about where lime comes from

It's not just spit. When we play, we exhale droplets of moisture, which contain various minerals. Some of those droplets end up staying in the horn. When the water from those droplets evaporates, it leaves behind the minerals. There's water vapor in the air we exhale, too, but that's different from ...
by JohnL
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Restoring/caring for raw brass inner slide on early 20thc trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 668

Re: Restoring/caring for raw brass inner slide on early 20thc trombone

This 'hole' - and there seems to be another one above on the same line - looks to me like a section of the soldered seam of the tube that has come apart slightly. I wouldn't be worried too much about this. If it were a seam opening up, the crack would follow the seam. The lower crack in particular ...
by JohnL
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: How to make a valve? and a bell?
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: How to make a valve? and a bell?

Your best bet for that mellophone is probably to get a donor valve block (probably any student trumpet will be fine) and just work with the bell you have. If you're lucky, you might actually end up with a better set of valves than when it was new. Mellos were generally built to student instrument s...
by JohnL
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: How to make a valve? and a bell?
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: How to make a valve? and a bell?

So i had that all taken care of, but i’m curious as to how someone would make a whole new valve. Here's some basic info from Yamaha: https://www.yamaha.com/en/musical_instrument_guide/trumpet/manufacturing/manufacturing002.html https://www.yamaha.com/en/musical_instrument_guide/trumpet/manufacturin...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are these like?
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: What are these like?

My worst nightmare. I guess it wasn’t meant to be If you really want something, your bidding should be based on what you're willing and able to pay and/or what you think the instrument is worth, not on what you think it will sell for. That way, if you do get outbid, you at least have the satisfacti...
by JohnL
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Olds Opera Trombone SOLD
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Olds Opera Trombone from 1965

Large bore tenor. O-15 Operas were solid nickel silver, not nickel plated. The closest catalog I have is 1966; it lists the bore as .554".
by JohnL
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A fad we haven't seen yet...fortunately?
Replies: 23
Views: 1350

Re: A fad we haven't seen yet...fortunately?

You know, I would not be surprised to hear that Mike Corrigan has already done this to a few horns. It just seems like something that would fit the aesthetic of some of his customers.
by JohnL
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Looking for Musical Instruments for your Studio or Band?
Replies: 17
Views: 1147

Re: Looking for Musical Instruments for your Studio or Band?

Back to the original thread - yeah, I checked out the link. They carry a few trombones, all small bores. They have several Jupiters (mostly valve bones,for some reason), a Yam YSL-354, and a King 2B. The first few listings under "trombones" were two sousaphones and two alto horns. ????? Specificati...
by JohnL
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: seeking info on Holton basses and tenors
Replies: 19
Views: 1201

Re: seeking info on Holton basses and tenors

Honestly, the only "tweener" horns that have ever been able to gain much traction are the Kings. On any given day, there's usually a few on eBay (right now I see five, including one misidentified as a 4BF). TR159's are significantly less common; some days there might be one or two listed, but other ...
by JohnL
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: seeking info on Holton basses and tenors
Replies: 19
Views: 1201

Re: seeking info on Holton basses and tenors

Holton has several "tweener" options. I owned a 156 in the 1980s that had a 547/562 slide. Straight horn. Definitely a tenor with unbelievable power. The 159 (which I'm looking to buy) also has a 547/562, but I think tends to the bass side, possibly with the bigger throated bell used on the 183, no...
by JohnL
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera

Can AirPlay send the video to another iPhone/iPad? I've only seen it send video to AppleTV or similar device.
by JohnL
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera

There is considerable lag as it goes through the wifi to the server and back to the other phone. That's because Presence has to go all the way out their servers; a good thing if you want to be able to watch live-ish video from you house when you're away from home (and you wouldn't notice a little l...
by JohnL
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Benge 190F
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: WTB: Benge 190F

Posaunus wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:58 pm
What's a 645F? :idk:
A 165F played by someone with clumsy fingers.
by JohnL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 75
Views: 5068

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

It's possible to be too old...

An original Williams 6 in good condition will set you back a serious chunk of change ($3,000 US, maybe more). One of Earl's pre-WWII horns with similar specs? Not so much.
by JohnL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Techs, is it unethical to clean your horn at work?
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Techs, is it unethical to clean your horn at work?

sacfxdx wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:05 pm
Ask your boss if it is ok. He may give you a reduced rate if it’s not totally free.
:good:
by JohnL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !
Replies: 29
Views: 2534

Re: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !

Why is it an issue for you that he didn't get his full asking price? An issue? No, just a point of curiosity. This trombone looks to have been made not long after the dissolution of the Earl Williams/Spike Wallace partnership; horns from that period usually don't command the same kind of price as t...
by JohnL
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !
Replies: 29
Views: 2534

Re: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !

DougHulme wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:56 pm
I see this guy sold his horn so he was right and the critics were wrong.
Ah, but how much did it sell for? I doubt if it was the $4,000+ that was being asked.
by JohnL
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: What did minick do?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: What did minick do?

I've played a modified 73H that was really quite awful, sloppy work, nothing aligned, bad solders. The question then becomes whether the sloppy work was done by Larry Minick or by someone else. I'm inclined to think that someone else worked on it after the fact. Here's a brief write-up about him: h...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera

Burgerbob wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:27 pm
Or just start a video with the camera app and watch it afterwards.
I've tried that in similar situations and got great videos of everything but what I really wanted to see. It's much easier when you can see what the camera sees in real time.
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera

slipperyjoe wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:49 am
How about Skype or something similar from old iPhone to new (or iPad) via wifi?
I think the problem is the lack of a wifi signal at one end of the house. Some sort of peer-to-peer connection is in order.
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Building a slide trumpet
Replies: 8
Views: 710

Re: Building a slide trumpet

Bonearzt wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:16 am
OR just spend $200 and get a Getzen slide trumpet.
Where's the fun in that? :D
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Building a slide trumpet
Replies: 8
Views: 710

Re: Building a slide trumpet

One thing he's going to find difficult is that he appears to want to use the trombone slide with its crook. That will make it much harder to make a 7 position slide and still have a bell section. If he downsizes the crook (and braces) he can made the slide an inch or so longer which gives him some ...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !
Replies: 29
Views: 2534

Re: eBay list Earl Williams antique horn BEWARE !

I clicked on the eBay link and basically you don't exist. Item had been removed and your feedback was not available. ? Was that the original listing or the relist? I'm looking at the original listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254611720832 I can see the seller's feedback (which is quite good - 260 p...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: iPhone to iPhone (or other) camera

Do you have a regular laptop computer of some sort?

You could try installing EpocCam on the old iPhone and the laptop, then hotspot your newer iPhone and use it as a bridge to connect the old iPhone to the laptop.
by JohnL
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Stuff to hang horns on
Replies: 12
Views: 759

Re: Stuff to hang horns on

I suppose it all depends on what sort of shed we're talking about. I mean, this is a shed:
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by JohnL
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is this random horn on Craigslist?
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Re: What is this random horn on Craigslist?

I'll have to convince my mom to let me go then and try it. I heard good things about the A20, and if I can lowball this and get it for like $70, that's a really good deal. Only if it's in decent shape. A trombone that's beyond economical repair is never a good deal. Beyond the slide, look for signs...
by JohnL
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is this random horn on Craigslist?
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Re: What is this random horn on Craigslist?

Looks like an Olds A-20. The "Lions" marking is just on the case.
by JohnL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Chem/ultrasonic cleanings
Replies: 45
Views: 2411

Re: Chem/ultrasonic cleanings

Years ago, John Sandhagen recommended using bronze wool to clean up slide stockings. You can find it at some woodworking stores.
by JohnL
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass trombone for teaching?
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Bass trombone for teaching?

Bb/F/Gb/D independent. Then you'll just have to condition yourself to "forget" the Gb options when teaching a student with a dependent horn. It's a whole lot easier that trying to teach the Gb options when you've never used them yourself.
by JohnL
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3BF/4BF G attachment
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: King 3BF/4BF G attachment

That guy was on the old forum. He would never shut up about how great the G attachment was. And always had pictures of girls in bikinis with his trombones. I think that was Anthony Cecena. He might be here under a different name. If I recall correctly he left this area (Metro Boston) and moved to H...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11976

Re: Yikes

SwissTbone wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:55 am
Don't know how it is in the US. But doing that here in Switzerland would be absolutely illegal. I don't say it isn't done though...
They aren't allowed to look at a prospective employee's public posts?
by JohnL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tommy Pederson
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: Tommy Pederson

His trombone choir stuff is wicked hard. And yet it's not hard for sake of being hard (and we've all seen that sort of stuff before). He wrote what he wanted to hear - with little to no mercy, admittedly, but it wasn't about making it hard, it was about giving trombonist the chance to play the kind...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11976

Re: Yikes

...I have no doubt that the Austin Symphony will long remember the day they hired Brenda Sansig Salas! They will absolutely remember it... I suppose someone should ask if she had been posting stuff of this sort before they hired her. If so, someone didn't just drop the ball, they let it bounce into...
by JohnL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 70
Views: 4624

Re: USPS

For you guys with the MIA pipes maybe it has something to do with them leaving from Los Angeles? They could be super impacted... would explain why the mouthpieces I sent Chris are taking so long. It usually takes about 2-4 weeks to send internationally. Los Angeles is still in pretty bad spot, viru...
by JohnL
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Low e pull lever?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Low e pull lever?

That's a long pull to manage with a thumb lever. You'd have to sacrifice leverage to get enough travel, which means the slide would have to move with very little resistance. AFAIK, Thein is the only company that makes something along those lines: https://thein-blechblasinstrumente.de/07-26-bassposau...
by JohnL
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 10 1/2 INCH BELL
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: 10 1/2 INCH BELL

I think one reason 10.5” bells get a bad rap is that so many of the extant examples are 50B3L’s. How much of the perceived issue is just “Bach being Bach” (particularly the standard rotor valve set) and how much is actually the big flare?
by JohnL
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The only thing better than a new trombone...
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: The only thing better than a new trombone...

Basbasun wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:19 am
JohnL wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:38 pm
Was Amati ever in Markneukirchen? I thought they were always in Kraslice.
You are right John, my wrong. Svenne
They're less than 20 km apart; same region but a different country... :good:
by JohnL
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Scratchy Slide
Replies: 15
Views: 740

Re: Scratchy Slide

Posaunus wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:53 pm
TAKE...THE...SLIDE...TO...A...GOOD...TECH!
...otherwise your next question is going to be "I have plating loss on one stocking; what should I do?"
by JohnL
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The only thing better than a new trombone...
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: The only thing better than a new trombone...

A very similar current production horn from India: https://www.ebay.com/itm/TROMBONE-3-VALVES-PURE-BRASS-MADE-IN-BRASS-POLISH-CUSHION-CASE-BOX-FREE-SHIP/183551038089 The short model valve 'bones on the Amati website look like they have standard length bell sections, but earlier production looks to h...

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