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by ghmerrill
Sun May 27, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 13
Views: 212

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

I also like Doug's mouthpieces. I play XT 105N (Lexan), F+ and G cups, G8 shank on tenor and LB 113MW (Lexan), J and K cups, J9 and K8.5 shanks on bass. I find the Lexan to be really comfortable. Interesting. My primary bass mouthpiece is a DE 110 Lexan rim on a LB K/K9 setup. But recently I've bee...
by ghmerrill
Sun May 27, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

In a sense, the name—tuben, tenor tuba, tenor horn, etc.—really doesn’t matter. After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Yes, we have to agree on what we’re talking about: “By tenor tuba, I mean...” What’s more important (in my view) is the function : what does the instrument do at...
by ghmerrill
Sun May 27, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

Sorry that I was unclear. What I meant to say is that from my understanding the original German name was Wagner tube rather than tuba, even though they both share the plural "tuben" in German. This is what I have always read and been taught. However, upon further research all the Wagner, Bruckner, ...
by ghmerrill
Sat May 26, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Method Books
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: Method Books

For bass trombone, I really like the Tommy Pederson etudes books. E.g., "Elementary Etudes for Bass Trombone" ( https://www.amazon.com/Etudes-Bass-Trombone-Tommy-Pederson/dp/0769225861 ). I have the elementary and advanced books, and think they're about the best exercises I've come across. Wish the ...
by ghmerrill
Sat May 26, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

Yes, indeed what you say emphasizes even more the informal and imprecise use of this terminology -- particularly with respect to "tenor tuba". And the fact that often the use of these terms is more a matter of marketing than anything else. To add more confusion to the confusion (and playing off your...
by ghmerrill
Fri May 25, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

Apropos the various distinctions above and remarks about tubas and tuba-like things ... Euphoniums are the "baritone voice" in the tuba family, which otherwise consists of bass (F, Eb) contra-bass (CC, BBb), and sub-contra-bass (whatever; there aren't a lot of these lying around) tubas. Plus, of cou...
by ghmerrill
Wed May 23, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Valve Oil
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Valve Oil

There have been extensive discussions of valve oil and related topics on Dave Werden's forum. It seems pretty clear to everyone involved in those that one of the variables is body chemistry and it's interaction with particular oils or types of oils. It also seems coupled (at least some evidence sugg...
by ghmerrill
Wed May 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Valve Oil
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Valve Oil

I use only Yamaha Synthetic valve oils for my euph and tuba valves. It comes in different viscosities to accommodate tighter/looser/more worn valves. I use the light version for my Mack Brass euphonium and Wessex tuba, and for lubricating spindles on rotary valves. I use the regular or vintage on my...
by ghmerrill
Wed May 23, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

I think the best quick way to get a grip on the current (European) distinctions among the tenor horn/alto horn/baritone horn/euphonium is to visit the Cerveny site ( http://www.cerveny.biz ) and look at their product layout. Oval-shaped baritones are not (in this categorization) tenor horns. Cerveny...
by ghmerrill
Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

The original posting put the question in terms of the student developing "his own sound concept". Later ones have shifted at least in part to talking about the importance of developing a "good sound concept". Surely, it is never too early to work on developing a good sound concept. But if developing...
by ghmerrill
Thu May 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage trombone for elementary student?
Replies: 41
Views: 1215

Re: Vintage trombone for elementary student?

I have experimented quite a bit with mouthpieces for my '47 Olds standard. Something like the 6.5AL gives it a bit more of a "modern sound". But in the end it seems a bit "too big". I've tried a couple of the smaller Bachs as well. But he horn wants the Olds #3. It really does. In addition, the Olds...
by ghmerrill
Thu May 03, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1160

Re: Doubling

Oh, what a hornets nest of opinion and nuances of drawing conceptual lines. And very emotional to boot. :shock: To add to all that just a bit ... All these changes have left us with an instrument of deep, rich sonority, easily distinguished from its tenor relative. The bass trombonist of today must ...
by ghmerrill
Thu May 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Different take on a Hand Brace
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: Different take on a Hand Brace

It may be that just a brace won't solve your problem. After I got my 7B clone it took be about 6 months of trying various things to make holding the horn a comfortable experience. A well-adjusted bullet brace was the first important step -- but even then I had to keep tinkering with exactly how it s...
by ghmerrill
Wed May 02, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1160

Re: Doubling

The demands of playing trumpet professionally or in ensemble settings may be different than those of a tenor or bass trombonist, but the concepts surrounding basic sound production, and embouchure remain constant. I really do have to disagree with this -- except in the case that "basic sound produc...
by ghmerrill
Tue May 01, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Tuning Slide Lube Maintenance
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: Tuning Slide Lube Maintenance

I've used Dow Corning High Vacuum Grease. Available in lab supply houses or steal one from a college lab. That's what I've been using on all my instruments for the past few years. It's a very high quality (and somewhat expensive) silicone grease, but it's far and away the best slide grease I've fou...
by ghmerrill
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Identify Vintage Olds Ambassador?
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Identify Vintage Olds Ambassador?

Around $50 or a bit more is pretty much what you can get a good/excellent vanilla Fullerton Olds Ambassador for now in a lot of venues. There are a couple on shopgoodwill.com right now. The better looking one (which looks pretty decent) has been bid up to $12.00 at this point (actually, I should thi...
by ghmerrill
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Left Shoulder problem
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Left Shoulder problem

I don't know how long you've been playing trombone, or how long you've been playing the same instrument, but what you describe can be caused simply by a horn that's unbalanced in the forward direction. If the horn doesn't have neutral balance (or close to it), then your arm/shoulder muscles are cons...
by ghmerrill
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Flat G tuning Mod
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: Flat G tuning Mod

Re testing, you can go on shopgoodwill.com and buy an old horn for next to nothing. Here's an old Olds beater currently at $10 and with no bids on it. There's even cheaper/junkier stuff there, and shipping/handling usually isn't too much. It's how I practiced (on an old junker broken Chinese trombon...
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Flat G tuning Mod
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: Flat G tuning Mod

Some DIY advice on butchering your instrument (gained from cutting my 1924 tuba from A=435 to 440-ish) ... A saw is better than a rotary tool like a Dremel. Real hard to cut straight with the rotary tool. I used either a fine tooth hack saw or, at some points, I used one of those singled-handed ones...
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Today's posts
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Today's posts

Thanks for your time, Matt. As a non-ITT guy, I wasn't sure if this was a big request or a quickie. Sometimes there's a big gap between possible and reasonable. ... Yes, and even if something is "possible", the real issue may be about how that can be persisted over time and through changes in suppo...
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Worried
Replies: 9
Views: 582

Re: Worried

As there is ample room in the world for both Tubnet and Dave Werden's Euphonium-Tuba forums, there is likewise room for two trombone forums -- which can attract overlapping readership to some degree while not directly "competing" with one another. It's good, in any case, to have a reasonably well th...
by ghmerrill
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Worried
Replies: 9
Views: 582

Re: Worried

I'm encouraged to see that this group is getting increasingly more traffic -- and that the traffic is consistent with the "charter" and goals of the group. If it were to go in the "social media" direction, I almost certainly would stop using it. And while I feel very strongly that while registration...
by ghmerrill
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Science - is it allowed?
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Science - is it allowed?

Just a thought (from someone with decades of experience in areas of science), but if you're interested in "scientific discussions" you might look into participating in some scientific forums where those aren't a "tangent". Of course, in those forums there will be some expectations concerning your in...
by ghmerrill
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lexan Rim
Replies: 12
Views: 586

Re: Lexan Rim

The best thing I've found for moisturizing (trying not to sound too much like my daughter or wife) is Eucerin Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Really excellent stuff that is also totally odorless and non-greasy. I haven't tried coconut oil on my skin, although my daughter thinks highly of it but says it "clogs p...
by ghmerrill
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Self-recording on android with decent quality - USB interfaces?
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Self-recording on android with decent quality - USB interfaces?

I went through the whole self-recording thing a couple of years ago when I switched from Eb tuba to mainly bass trombone. I've never tried the cell phone recording route since I just don't like messing with the phone for "non-phone" functions (beyond some web access, texting, etc.). I also don't lik...
by ghmerrill
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Cases
Topic: WTB: Lightweight bass tbn case
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: WTB: Lightweight bass tbn case

That Pro-Tec Max looks a LOT like a somewhat improved version of my Schiller case. And the price is very good. Just from eyeballing the pictures on the Protec site and knowing the details of my Schiller case, I'd say the obvious differences appear to be: The Max has a LONG exterior pocket, and the S...
by ghmerrill
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Cases
Topic: WTB: Lightweight bass tbn case
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: WTB: Lightweight bass tbn case

This may seem like a silly suggestion. On the other hand, it may be worth a look. :shock: If you want to go with real economy, take a look at the Schiller/Laabs cases: http://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/kaces-structure-series-polyfoam-trombone-case-2/ https://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/sc...
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 3427

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

Both Tubenet and Dave Werden's Euphonium-Tuba forums have been running successfully for a long time without subscription fees (which definitely would drive away a number of potential forum members). Of course, they're also set up to run advertisements to help fund the forum. Looking at successful fo...
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Why can't I see my posts? / Why can't I message?
Replies: 77
Views: 4306

Re: Why can't I see my posts? / Why can't I message?

On second thought, do bots clap at all?
by ghmerrill
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Why can't I see my posts? / Why can't I message?
Replies: 77
Views: 4306

Re: Why can't I see my posts? / Why can't I message?

What is the sound of one bot clapping?

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