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by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Lawler trombones

===== Mike, how are you getting on with your new Lawler? ------- Loving it. But I still can't play a double high B flat. I got it just before my big band shut down for the summer, so I only had one chance to play it with them. I have been practicing with it quite a bit though. The slide is great. I...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Lawler trombones

I have had a Lawler for a bit over a month now. I got the Mod. 1 in red brass with a nickel slide and 7 1/2" bell. I primarily will be using it for playing lead in a big band. I was amazed at how much difference the bell flares made. The 7 1/2" flare gives a great bright sound that I was looking fo...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Appropriate Mouthpiece for a Marching Baritone
Replies: 9
Views: 279

Re: Appropriate Mouthpiece for a Marching Baritone

I am teaching the trombone section at a HS band camp in a couple of weeks and just found out that they all play marching baritones instead of trombones. I am going to borrow one just to see how those things play.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Lawler trombones

If you email Roy, he will generally respond within a day. He is busy making horns all day, so I think he does his correspondence at night.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Lawler trombones

I have had a Lawler for a bit over a month now. I got the Mod. 1 in red brass with a nickel slide and 7 1/2" bell. I primarily will be using it for playing lead in a big band. I was amazed at how much difference the bell flares made. The 7 1/2" flare gives a great bright sound that I was looking for...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for info on the BAC Trombone.
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: Looking for info on the BAC Trombone.

They are very active on FB. You could probably find some people on there that have experience with their horns. I think it's cool that they seem to think out of the box a bit with some of their designs. But I have never played one of the horns.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 629

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

There used to be a site where for a $20 donation you could download the whole catalog in high quality sound.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF disrespect
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: ITF disrespect

I saw Wycliffe at the SCMEA convention in February. They had a ball room set up with a few hundred chairs in front and tables in back. People in the chairs were being quiet and listening, but the people in the back were drinking and chatting the whole time. Wycliffe was getting visibly ticked off. H...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Do you think the United States Space Force will get a band?
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Do you think the United States Space Force will get a band?

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or play trombone.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF/Paul the Trombonist
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: ITF/Paul the Trombonist

What does that guy actually do other than make Youtube videos? I'm sure he is a good player, but there are thousands of good players out there.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Looking for trombone chorales
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Looking for trombone chorales

hyperbolica wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:40 am
Do you have an email address or a dropbox?
Yes. Mikebmiller at gmail dot com. Thanks.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Looking for trombone chorales
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Looking for trombone chorales

Greetings all. I will be working with the trombones at a HS band camp in a few weeks and was hoping to find some (free) chorales that I could use with the group. I have found a few online, but all the first parts tend to be in tenor clef and I doubt if many or any of these kids read tenor. If anyone...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-897Z
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: YSL-897Z

A friend of mine has one for sale. He was asking $1,200. I know he hasn't played it that much. I can put you in touch if you want.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

I tried a Hagman when I was getting my Rath and it rubbed my neck. Ended up going with rotax. As they say, YMMV. But the Rotax was cheaper and has been an excellent valve. Very fast and short throw.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 68
Views: 2812

Re: What we're doing

I played Reflective Mood (Sammy Nestico) with my community band at our big July 4th concert this week. I thought the director was going to put it early in the program, but he put it an hour in, after I had already played first bone on lots of loud sustained stuff. I tried to lay out for most of the ...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Curved hand grip for 3b
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Curved hand grip for 3b

I like the curved hand grip on my Lawler so much that I was wondering if if was possible to purchase an aftermarket grip that would fit a 3 b slide. It seems that if would be an easy thing to get, but I'm not sure where to start.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Best complement to a .547 f att
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Best complement to a .547 f att

A 508 horn is hard to beat. I play mine in concert band, jazz band, orchestra pits and occasionally quintet. 500 is nice too but leans a little more towards lead parts in jazz band. But we're only talking about .008 difference in bore, so few people will really notice. A mouthpiece makes a bigger di...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1085

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

530 parts in an alto sax. Good thing it doesn't come from IKEA.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1085

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

I seem to recall reading on the old forum that Doug Elliott won his Airmen of Note audition on a Yamaha student horn. Maybe he can confirm or debunk that rumor here.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B
Replies: 48
Views: 2822

Re: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B

I got an email from Roy Lawler and he says my horn is shipping Monday. The wait is driving me nuts. I hope I get it by Thursday, as that is my last big band concert of the summer.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R3/Bach 36BO
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Rath R3/Bach 36BO

So yesterday I ordered the bell and listed my 36 on Ebay. For now, I am holding off on the 547 slide, neck pipe, 9" bell, dual bore slide, and double valve section:)
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: My Bach 36 BO on ebay
Replies: 0
Views: 248

My Bach 36 BO on ebay

I listed my Bach 36 BO on Ebay yesterday with a starting bid of $1,600. If anyone here wants to pay $1,900, including shipping, I will cancel the auction. Email me at mikebmiller at gmail dot com.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/123174183991?s ... 1558.l2649
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1524

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

In our band, the actual music director doesn't do anything except run rehearsals (and take all the solos). Another guy does all the scheduling and coordination for concerts and gigs. Another guy runs the library. I do most of the publicity.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1524

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

Don't be afraid to ask people to help out with some of the various tasks of running the band. One guy can't do it all.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R3/Bach 36BO
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Rath R3/Bach 36BO

The funny thing is that I had all of this stuff in an Edwards set up 2 -2 years ago until I went to ATW and made a rather hasty decision to trade my Eddie for the Rath. I had an Edwards with 2 slides, 2 bells, and straight neck pipe.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R3/Bach 36BO
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Rath R3/Bach 36BO

I would keep the Bach and sell the Rath, more money! But I love Bachs. :) The only problem with that is that the Rath is my only "big" horn. I don't own a full blown 547/8.5 trombone. So on the rare occasion when my local orchestra calls, I feel like I need to show up with something that at least l...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1524

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

Hey man, it sounds good! Bands like that are just for fun and the love of the music. Nobody is ever going to make any money off of running or playing in one. I have played in a community big band for 20 years. I am one of 3 original members still hanging around. We have gotten to be a pretty darn go...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R3/Bach 36BO
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Rath R3/Bach 36BO

So I have a Rath with an R4 (8 1/2") bell and an R3 (525) slide. I also have a Bach 36 BO, which is essentially the same spec except with an 8" bell. I just noticed that Dillons has a nice looking used R3 bell for $800. So I am considering selling the 36 and buying that bell, as I should come out ab...
by Mikebmiller
Thu May 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Good Jazz Moutpiece?
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Good Jazz Moutpiece?

For playing lead, I have started using a Warburton 7 M. They have a nice cone shape that makes the high notes a bit easier and gives the horn some pop. Expensive though - $170.
by Mikebmiller
Sat May 26, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Found money - sort of.
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Found money - sort of.

So I was going through the map pocket in my car today and I found an undeposited check from a 2014 Christmas gig. Should I - A. Call the church and explain the situation and see if they would re-issue the check? B. Forget about it and chalk one up to dumbassery on my part? C. Try to deposit it? D. B...
by Mikebmiller
Thu May 24, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H

After some pondering, I decided to keep the 3B. However, I do have a 3b/F that I will now be looking to sell.
by Mikebmiller
Thu May 24, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Compatible slides for a Bach 42
Replies: 10
Views: 675

Re: Compatible slides for a Bach 42

I saw that Butler is starting to make a a carbon outer slide that fits a 42.
by Mikebmiller
Mon May 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B
Replies: 48
Views: 2822

Re: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B

I went by the Lawler shop last week and ordered a horn. I ended up with the .500 slide in nickel and a red brass .022 bell with a 7.5 and 8" flares in red brass. Brushed finish as well. You really have to want to get to Roy's shop. I had to call him and tell him that Flat Creek, TN does not even reg...
by Mikebmiller
Sat May 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H

6H is sold. 3B still looking for a forever home.
by Mikebmiller
Sat May 19, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Small bore horns for sale - 2103 and 6H

So this past week I went to Roy Lawler's shop in TN and the next thing you know I was ordering another horn. So now I need to sell something to pay for that pretty new toy. So I am offering up my 2 small bore horns for sale. #1 is a King 2013 (3b) purchased new about 4 years ago. I have really loved...
by Mikebmiller
Tue May 08, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Speak Low Recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Speak Low Recordings

You gotta love the long hair and wide collars. Reminds me of my college jazz band in the late 70's /early 80's. I had a blue tux shirt with ruffles on the front.
by Mikebmiller
Wed May 02, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rhapsody in Blue original version
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Rhapsody in Blue original version

Thanks. $300 to rent is a bit rich for our blood. We do good to get 150 people to show up for a concert.
by Mikebmiller
Tue May 01, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rhapsody in Blue original version
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Rhapsody in Blue original version

Does anyone know what the instrumentation is or was for the original version of Rhapsody in Blue? I heard that that it was originally composed for piano and jazz band. And is this version available for rental or purchase somewhere? We have a fantastic piano player in our band and I was thinking abou...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

Sounds like a pretty good pick-up band.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jamey Abersold's Summer Jazz Workshop
Replies: 13
Views: 919

Re: Jamey Abersold's Summer Jazz Workshop

I went about 15 years ago and had a great time Rick Simerly was my combo teacher - that dude is fantastic! Mostly what I learned is that I am too stupid to be a good jazz improviser. I really respect guys (and ladies) that can do that well. I have no background in music theory or keyboard playing, s...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Left Shoulder problem
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Left Shoulder problem

I have never used one, but you might look at the ergobone.

http://www.ergobrass.com/trombone/
by Mikebmiller
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The frustrations of a 'tweener
Replies: 8
Views: 840

The frustrations of a 'tweener

I'm sure there are others out there like me who fall into what I call the "'tweener" category of trombone player (or other musician). You are a serious player, but don't have a degree or do it for a living. For me, this can get very frustrating as a watch my local symphony bring sub after sub in fro...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Opinions of Jupiter/XO 1632
Replies: 14
Views: 1198

Re: Opinions of Jupiter/XO 1632

I played one at SCMEA a couple of months ago. Amazingly light horn. As far as the sound, it was a big loud room, so hard to tell.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 831

Re: What is rose brass?

Kinda like the difference in ground chuck and ground round. It all tastes good when you put it on a grill.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: My 2nd post, plus a penguin joke
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: My 2nd post, plus a penguin joke

I prefer a bad duck joke -

Where do ducks eat when they are driving down the Interstate? -


At the QUACKER BARREL.

OK, that's not really funny - but here's a real side splitter -

What accounting software do ducks use?

QUACKBOOKS!
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I'm first
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: I'm first

Good thing Who wasn't first. That causes all kinds of confusion.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler vs. Shires small bore
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

Re: Lawler vs. Shires small bore

I set up an appointment to see him in the middle of May.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler vs. Shires small bore
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

Re: Lawler vs. Shires small bore

I got to looking at the map and realized I am actually more like 5-6 hours away. For some reason I was thinking he was near Knoxville, but he is actually closer to Nashville. But - I am driving to Memphis next month. Do y'all think my wife would mind if we took a 100 mile detour for me to look at tr...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler vs. Shires small bore
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

Lawler vs. Shires small bore

I know there was a long discussion of Lawler trombones on the old site, but alas, that seems to be no more. I had a chance to play the Shires MD + a couple of years ago and just fell in love with that horn. The only problem is that it is $3,500. Well that, and nobody seems to have one right now. I l...

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