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by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 15
Views: 353

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

Concerning the observation that a significant number of players can hear some effect, we must be cautious. What we really know is that a number of players SAY that they hear some effect, and perhaps FEEL strongly that they hear a definite effect. But that's not evidence of a difference that others w...
by ghmerrill
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Do you think the United States Space Force will get a band?
Replies: 6
Views: 229

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

Yeah, but my first thought was how to solve the fundamental problem about sound in a vacuum.
by ghmerrill
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1390

Re: Tenor horn

Well I would assume the "correct" instrument is the C tuba, because that's the instrument that was used in French orchestras in Ravel time as far as I understand, and it means the whole Pictures part can be played on the same horn. I suspect that in the end we don't really disagree here at all - or...
by ghmerrill
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1390

Re: Tenor horn

I was under the impression that Bydlo is generally played on a euphonium nowadays. There is intense debate concerning whether a euphonium or a French C tuba is the "better" instrument -- especially since Wessex is now offering a French C tuba. I suspect that this debate may largely be fueled by peop...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 304

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

Definitely tricked by the "Medium Shank" title. :shock: :? :lol: But a lot of this terminology can be confusing until you get experience with it -- especially the shank sizes that can appear in the case of bartiones/euphoniums/tubas (American, European, Old British, etc.).
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Marching Slide Trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: Marching Slide Trombone

In the days when men were men (e.g., when I was in high school marching band shortly after the Civil War), no trombone player marched with anything BUT a slide trombone. Our 1st trombone (who went on to a combined performance/composition degree at Eastman and then to a master's at Cornell) marched w...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 304

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

And you can get Klier through Dillon in the US. They're a bit spotty in terms of what Klier items they have in stock, but they will order for you (and you can even return it after that if you aren't happy with it). If they don't have what you're looking for in stock, it will probably take several we...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe for an Olds Special
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Leadpipe for an Olds Special

I've found that my Olds Standard really likes the Olds #3 mouthpiece (that was original equipment with it). I've tried others, but the Olds #3 really just works/sounds the best -- unless you're trying to get your Olds to not sound like an Olds. :? It sounds like this might be your goal in "opening u...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 304

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

Wick lists a number of euph mouthpieces in medium shank: https://www.deniswick.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Denis-Wick-Products-Mouthpiece-Mute-Comparison-Chart.pdf. Other makers do as well. There's additional information on Dave Werden's forum about this. Here's an example: http://www.dwerden.com...
by ghmerrill
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB Elliott Bass components
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: WTB Elliott Bass components

I have an MB/Lexan 108/J cup/J8 shank that I've moved on from.
by ghmerrill
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Pitted Lacquer Finish
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Pitted Lacquer Finish

It only has about three very small and shallow dings, and - oddly enough - they don't appear to have done any harm to the lacquer at all! They're the sort which could be removed quite easily with one of those steel ball / super magnet tools without any need for buffing afterwards. But they are so m...
by ghmerrill
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Pitted Lacquer Finish
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Pitted Lacquer Finish

There is no need to "polish the brass and keep it that way" unless you require it to be shiny. Raw brass will acquire a patina that many find attractive, and that some feel contributes to a distinctive sound quality. A danger of stripping and re-lacquering (or plating) is -- particularly in the case...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Beginner Euphonium
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Beginner Euphonium

I guess (having been through this with three kids) that I would counsel caution in making any kind of substantial investment in anything at this point -- unless you would be happy owning and using that instrument yourself. I raised three kids who were involved in instrumental music from pretty early...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

If you look at the details ("specifications") of various Yamaha trombones that are roughly comparable to one another, it's pretty easy to see where some of the major cost differentials are. But one thing that should be remembered is the cost of design and development. This is definitely higher in th...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Beginner Euphonium
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Beginner Euphonium

Trombones -- especially student models -- tend to be a LOT less expensive than euphoniums. You might get lucky and pick up a 3-valve baritone in good shape for a few hundred bucks. But a "euphonium" (3-valve, 4-valve, compensating, non-compensating, ...) you're going to pay a lot more for unless you...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Mikebmiller wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:40 pm
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.
http://trombone.org/articles/library/vi ... p?ArtID=30
by ghmerrill
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

I suspect this varies significantly across different brands, factories, etc. Historically, it has been common (think of Olds) to use the same tooling, mandrels, etc. to produce both the "professional" and "student" lines. The same is reflected in this statement from Miraphone concerning the differen...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: New Posts
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: New Posts

Well, what I had in mind was actually this:
by ghmerrill
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: New Posts
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: New Posts

It's also style-dependent (theme, whatever you want to call it). In Prosilver there isn't a distinct button and you have to get at it via an extra click through the Quick links. In the Latte style, there is as well a distinct "New posts" selection beside the Search selection. I think that Latte may ...
by ghmerrill
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 29
Views: 1111

Re: What we're doing

There's at least 100 of us and I counted 13 trombones in our section! I'm trying to play 3rd on my bass and I'm the only one with a double valve horn (probably because it's not necessary). Good thing because one chart had low C below the staff as an option. I avoid the giant community bands. Partly...
by ghmerrill
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 27
Views: 946

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

I played for the last 40 years because I had a highly technical job and it was theraputic to live in another world for a few hours a week. Now that I'm retired, that need is not there. I never thought that playing in community bands "relieved stress", although I'm sure it did. I just liked doing it...
by ghmerrill
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Leather grips/neck guards etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Re: Leather grips/neck guards etc.

For years I used self-made leather guards on a full size BBb tuba I had. I got the leather from the local Tandy store as "remnants", punched holes in the pieces I measured and cut, and then form-fitted them onto to the tuba by wetting them and lacing on with wet rawhide boot laces. They worked great...
by ghmerrill
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Valve Oil
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: Valve Oil

Personally, I like Hetman oils for my valve instruments. Hetman oils are a good example of the wild variability (at least in the tuba and euphonium world) of results people report. Some people absolutely love them and wouldn't think of using anything else. Others report weird, almost science-fictio...
by ghmerrill
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 860

Re: Anonymity

This is one of those classic "trade-off" problems, and currently is unsolveable in the general case -- by which I mean that the genuine verification that your claimed name is in fact your real name, and that you're a "real" person, is indeterminable. I think this is true even for national/internatio...
by ghmerrill
Tue May 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1390

Re: Tenor horn

I'm thinking of going into business offering the service of acoustic tuning of fingerprints. Given some of the things that a number of euphonium players are inclined to bolt or clamp onto their expensive boutique instruments to enhance the sound quality, I believe that your service has a definite d...
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

Actually, I was trying to decide whether use of the term "Yamasnot" was more or less mature than complaining about use of the term "Yamasnot". Alas, I have not been able to come to a definitive conclusion about that. Regarding your comment about the elegant photo ... Constructing that outfit took so...
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

Think I'll stick with "Yamasnot" on grounds of efficiency. But I like the suggestion of "Super Snot", though (on grounds of efficiency) I think I'll go with "Slicksnot". Thanks for that. 8-)
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

I've tried the Slide Doctor's method with Superslick and Yamasnot (since I don't have any of the Plus) and I dunno, it drags a bit like when you get too much creme. Maybe I did. Yamasnot is not an appropriate substitute for Superslick Plus. It's very different stuff. Your result is not surprising.
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

I used Yamasnot for a while and liked it quite a bit. But over the past year I've been switching back and forth between simply the Superslick Plus (which is just a silicone liquid) and Superslick (cream) + Superslick Plus. I combine this with a spray bottle with two or three drops of Hetman Hydro-Sl...
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1390

Re: Tenor horn

BflatBass wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 12:10 am
So I learned that the 4th valve on the euphonium is like the F attachment on a trombone. Correct?
Pretty much, although it's probably more accurate to say that the F attachment on a trombone is like the 4th valve on a non-compensating euphonium.
by ghmerrill
Mon May 28, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1390

Re: Tenor horn

This is why I avoid silver horns -- although I'm sure they all play much better in tune when the fingerprints aren't affecting the resonance and pitch of the instrument. 8-) I DO clean them all (internally) quite regularly! My 1924 tuba ("triple thickness" silver plate) does look quite nice -- and p...
by ghmerrill
Sun May 27, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 41
Views: 1583

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

I don't play on either of these anymore because I need a bit more room for the extreme lower register. I could do it on the Stork, but I would have to really contort my face to get it to work. Yeah, for me it's a matter of trade-offs -- in general facility in the high register on the bass vs. facil...
by ghmerrill
Sun May 27, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 41
Views: 1583

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: 44
Views: 1390

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: 44
Views: 1390

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: 10
Views: 620

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: 44
Views: 1390

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: 44
Views: 1390

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: 7
Views: 368

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: 7
Views: 368

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: 44
Views: 1390

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: 27
Views: 967

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: 1410

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: 1458

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: 20
Views: 1208

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: 1458

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: 598

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: 281

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: 501

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: 423

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...

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