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by MoominDave
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 481

Re: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility

I spent a while using a 72H slide on a 62HCL bell section. It's an amusing discipline to teach yourself never to use 1st position...
by MoominDave
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: SOLD: 1966 Holton TR150 (large bore tenor) in great condition
Replies: 1
Views: 173

SOLD: 1966 Holton TR150 (large bore tenor) in great condition

This is a fine and beautiful instrument with a long history, built back when Holton were doing notably good things; the serial number dates from early in 1966. The bell is stamped FRANK HOLTON & CO. TR150 ELKHORN, WIS U.S.A. as can be seen in pictures. This is a .547" bore tenor with a 9" bell, and ...
by MoominDave
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 29
Views: 1073

Re: What we're doing

Due to health reasons I've cut back to a large extent on the amount of playing I do during the last year - thank goodness I don't depend on it for income. Actually, it's been quite a welcome adjustment schedulewise - I was playing in a number of things simply because I had enjoyed them in the past, ...
by MoominDave
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rite of Spring bass trumpet - what instrument originally?
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Rite of Spring bass trumpet - what instrument originally?

Somebody asked me a question I didn't know the answer to the other day. So I asked a professional specialist and he was also making an informed guess. I wonder if anyone knows for sure? Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' - iconic piece, wonderful to play or listen to. The 4th trumpet part doubles bass tr...
by MoominDave
Tue May 29, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?
Replies: 29
Views: 863

Re: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?

One or two little hints in this make me think you might be in the UK. Which is the school that you refer to? Or if you aren't happy telling us which school, which county is it in?

Wondering if you might be local and whether I might know your teacher - there are lots of private schools around here.
by MoominDave
Tue May 29, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?
Replies: 29
Views: 863

Re: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?

I wonder if the teacher actually said "bass" and it was misheard or misconstrued by Jon? That would make a whole lot more sense.
by MoominDave
Sun May 27, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: I’m thinking about a Courtois AC-440B. Any thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: I’m thinking about a Courtois AC-440B. Any thoughts?

My impression from sitting next to one in a section a couple of times - as with various other 88H-alikes, it's smoother-sounding than the original. I would rather sit next to an 88H sound - more character in the sound, particularly at forte. The player said that it was easier to play than an 88H. No...
by MoominDave
Thu May 24, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

You know, now that I think about it another very likely option is just poor rehearsal management. Denis Wick talked about this in Trombone Technique . To paraphrase, he said that brass players rehearse dynamics exactly as they're going to be performed, because we're not dealing with the same endura...
by MoominDave
Wed May 23, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

Sounds entirely plausible. If the feedback you're given doesn't fit what you're doing, the feedbacker must be mistaken in some way or another. If she meant by "Trombones, quieter please" instead "Choir, sing better", it would make some sense out of it.
by MoominDave
Sun May 20, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tuba questions
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Tuba questions

I actually don't think that brass bands need to justify their clef choices with a reason. Nobody gives sax players a hard time for playing in transposed treble clef.

But it sounds like Trent's video was being quite confusing here...
by MoominDave
Fri May 18, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Horn: Monke F contra
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: New Horn: Monke F contra

I have to be picky and correct your pronunciation. You must say the "e" on the end of the name, as "er" (with a very short "r" sound) Just like Porsche is not "Porsh", Monke is not Monk. And i don't see where there would be an "r"-sound (even very short). In german these words end with a vowel. I t...
by MoominDave
Thu May 17, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

What I think was going on is that directing the orchestra was stressing the conductor out (this was perceptible - the assignment was a little out of her comfort zone as a stick wagger); she had in advance decided on some hard-and-fast guidance that may or may not have fitted the playing situation, ...
by MoominDave
Wed May 16, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

2 stories: 1. Played the Requiem many times (on bass), one time we were called to play and a free-lance friend of mine, new in town, was excited to play alto on his newly acquired Minick alto. At the rehearsal the conductor (who we long time locals knew was a musical fool, even though he had the lo...
by MoominDave
Wed May 16, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

Exasperation mounting, after a while we mimed a movement - and got the hand again!! That's the breaking point. Wanting the trombones to play really soft is musical interpretation. But not noticing that the trombones are not actually playing ? But tempting as it is to deep-fat fry the conductor in f...
by MoominDave
Wed May 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

I think you were too diplomatic, Dave. I'd have got the section to down tools mid-section to show her the issue, but then again I'm not exactly subtle when MDs p!$$ me off! I think Dave got the right approach in many levels. Not actually HEARING what the ensemble (both instruments and voices) is do...
by MoominDave
Wed May 16, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

I think you were too diplomatic, Dave. I'd have got the section to down tools mid-section to show her the issue, but then again I'm not exactly subtle when MDs p!$$ me off! Oh, it was tempting on various occasions. But tact ruled the day. The alto player went for a furious walk after the rehearsal ...
by MoominDave
Wed May 16, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

I once got complimented by a conductor for my great bass trombone playing. In that particular piece wasnt any bass trombone. I wasnt even on stage... i dont play for that stick waver anymore :-) I know a brass band whose bass trombonist was once awarded the Best Instrumentalist prize at a contest -...
by MoominDave
Tue May 15, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1748

Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

The Mozart Requiem is a wonderful piece, and the trombone parts to it are an absolute joy. If anyone here doesn't know it, they follow the choir parts for much of it - the alto-tenor-bass trombone trio weave fugally in and out of each other in gloriously written counterpoint, often at some velocity....
by MoominDave
Thu May 03, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Sell him your BBb and buy yourself an F. Everyone's happy... and broke. :twisted: This isn't the silliest idea anyone's ever had, and it has crossed my mind... Given that we're having building work done at the moment though, I think that what would happen would be that I'd sell him my BBb, and then...
by MoominDave
Tue May 01, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

His career is strikingly parallel to that of David Blaikley at Boosey - both were master brass instrument designers arguably not surpassed since within their contexts, and both had astonishingly long careers over a very similar time period - Burkle with Conn from 1876-(not sure, but he was still the...
by MoominDave
Tue May 01, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

BGuttman wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:30 pm
Also, in 1901 Jake Burkle was a beginner, so I don't think he's the brains.
Not the case at all. He started working for them in 1876, 25 years earlier.

Edit: Corrected date
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Jake Burkle had something to do with it, I'm guessing?
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

What were the Conn contra specs that made the difference, in your opinion?
by MoominDave
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

I've spoken to Wessex, and my friend's going down there shortly to have a look - they have a couple in stock. We'll take my Mirafone down and make some back-to-back comparisons.
by MoominDave
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rotary bass trumpets...
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: Rotary bass trumpets...

Note that of the repertoire you mention, the larger-sounding instruments don't tend to pass muster sound-wise for the Wagner, though they'll be fine for the lower, less demanding, and less exposed parts in the Stravinsky and the Janacek - or indeed in a brass group, or as a soloist. The Lidl does su...
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: list of unread topics
Replies: 21
Views: 750

Re: list of unread topics

Yes, that’s it. Thanks!
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: list of unread topics
Replies: 21
Views: 750

Re: list of unread topics

That finds you the first unread post in that thread, ta. What I'm looking for is a list of threads that I've previously posted to (I've seen this labelled as "subscribed threads" on other forums) that have new posts. Was it only me that used that on TTF (surely not...)?
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: list of unread topics
Replies: 21
Views: 750

Re: list of unread topics

TTF had a list which I always started my site sessions with - new replies to threads already posted to - and the links were to the next unread comment in that thread.

Any chance? Or is it here already, and I haven't spotted it?
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Worried
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: Worried

It's still picking up. Give it time. There will be people holding out on registering, giving TTF some time to get itself back together.
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: History of Holton tr150 & 158
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: History of Holton tr150 & 158

Having explored a little, it seems to me that the Wayback Machine only rarely has more than the first page of a TTF thread.
by MoominDave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: TOS discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 584

Re: TOS discussion

All seems pretty sensible to me. Sad to lose the vigorous off-topic community from TTF, which could produce good and interesting things, but ultimately we are all here to talk about the trombone, and, while it seems pretty crazy to me that people were refraining from input to the forum as a whole du...
by MoominDave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

johnnymack wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:10 pm
Brass Ark has a "One Of a Kind " BBbb made by Brad Close for Noah Gladstone. Go to Brass Ark's Facebook page and check it out.
It's a beautiful instrument - but not for sale, I don't think?
by MoominDave
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Sell him your BBb and buy yourself an F. Everyone's happy... and broke. :twisted: This isn't the silliest idea anyone's ever had, and it has crossed my mind... Given that we're having building work done at the moment though, I think that what would happen would be that I'd sell him my BBb, and then...
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Short answer no... no decent ones out there. Long answer.... Rath might build one but as a one off I would guess you would need to wave about 20K at him. Other custom shops might bite but the result is unknowable. Chris I don't think that £20k is on the table, but I'll chat about it with my friend....
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?

Cello, please.

But on trombone, bass. They sit better and more sonorously.
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

I told him how much a new Thein F contra was last time I checked, and he did wince a bit :-) Said he'd have to save a bit longer when I guesstimated that one must be about £15k by now. It would be best to keep suggestions within the 4-digit GBP range, I think - say up to $15k equivalent at the bigge...
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1349

Is there a good BBb contra?

I have a friend who wishes to purchase one. He's a BBb tuba player in our brass band, and an absolute horse of a man - doesn't train but can lift a 200 kg weight. Once went 40 days without sleep. A gentle giant - this is not someone who will experience any physical challenges with a BBb contra. He d...
by MoominDave
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Science - is it allowed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1136

Re: Science - is it allowed?

The illustration that my post above was drawing was that TTF did not start out with the intention of hosting a strong off-topic area, at all. However, the way these communities develop tends to result in the growth of such in time - some regular posters find themselves all talked out on the forum to...
by MoominDave
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Science - is it allowed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1136

Re: Science - is it allowed?

Every forum develops off-topic content, and every forum has its own particular way of handling that. I thought the TTF way of doing it was in principle a sensible one, though in practice it often didn't get things close enough to right, particularly for the comfort of those that find robust speech i...
by MoominDave
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 4273

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

I have reached out to Dave with as complete of a backup as I have and I offered some suggestions about other formats that might even be more conducive. If help is needed setting something up, do feel free to contact me about it. I can't promise a prompt response - very busy in the next month - and ...
by MoominDave
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Science - is it allowed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1136

Re: Science - is it allowed?

What about trombone science topics where people hold positions religiously? i.e. Against the available evidence and tenaciously. ;-)

Just messing, don't worry about the question... I promise not to start a thread about bell metals...
by MoominDave
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b hard to play?
Replies: 25
Views: 1287

Re: King 3b hard to play?

The King 3B was informally known as the "easyphone" once upon a time due to the relative ease of playing available on it. It might be worth getting hold of someone else's 3B to compare back to back with this one.
by MoominDave
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: TTF Donation Question
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: TTF Donation Question

It's certainly not officially demised - there's the page right there asserting that it'll be back in a rolling fortnight.

Unofficially? Bruce has the answer... RLB's guess is the only one that matters.
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 4273

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

Anyhow, since I wrote the above post, the TTF archive feature here has appeared, which makes the point somewhat moot. Disappeared? Strange, works for me. Not disappeared, appeared! Oh nice, multiple quote levels. I've missed those on TTF the last few years. I dont care anymore since I think this si...
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: TTF Archives are LIVE!
Replies: 58
Views: 3835

Re: TTF Archives are LIVE!

Great stuff. Top effort, Matt. Is it possible to associate the "ttf_***" usernames with our new TC usernames? I've used the same one (been using it in various places for a long time now), but others have changed, and it can be confusing (e.g. I would not have realised that Neo Bri was Sliphorn if so...
by MoominDave
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 4273

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

I assume nothing... He might care and want to help. He might slam his door with an expletive and then move house in order not to be found again. He might be defensive but open up on conversational effort. He might feel bad after slamming the door and then open it when you knock again. We don't know ...
by MoominDave
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 4273

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

Yeah, it's more complex than people vs. posts. boneagain is exactly right above - there are people who've contributed great TTF material who are now deceased; there are people who've contributed great TTF material who may not for whatever reason feel the urge to repeat that effort elsewhere. Everyon...
by MoominDave
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 4273

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

It does remain pretty puzzling (to me at least) how there can be so close to zero interaction with the TTF owner, when all are agreed that they're sitting on a store of information of great value to us, and there seems no confidence that that information, which was previously freely available, is go...
by MoominDave
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: PM system
Replies: 22
Views: 1635

Re: PM system

...post 2

Matt K - just wanted to PM you a reminder per the PM conversation on the previous TC iteration.

This is a bit of a faff...

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