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by LeTromboniste
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 10
Views: 167

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

I hear a lot of negative stuff about mouthpiece buzzing. But then I remember a couple of masterclasses and some conversations with Jorgen van Rijen, where he was very strongly advocating mouthpiece buzzing. He is able to buzz anything in his repertoire at speed and with articulations, and he gives a...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 31
Views: 1180

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

I'm inclined to focus on the "purportedly" part of that. But there does seem to be a market for such things. It's just fascinating (to me) that no one seems to have done any objective studies about these things -- like, say, the double blind studies a few years ago that demonstrated the inability o...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Loud Mouthpieces
Replies: 13
Views: 560

Re: Loud Mouthpieces

Yeah doesn't look like a spoof and it's actually a bit scary. At several points I was getting frightened it would end up revealing itself as a suicide note at the end.
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Loud Mouthpieces
Replies: 13
Views: 560

Re: Loud Mouthpieces

Yikes!
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?

Maybe my phrasing is incorrect, but would you not consider someone who wins a competitive audition successful? Yes, but my point is that it is not the only barometer of success and it's entirely possible to be successful without winning an audition. Also that successfully winning an audition does n...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?

Should that read 'all the players in major American symphonies and where in America they studied ' ? Chris Hey I wasn't just talking about americans. I would love to see where anyone went. I think its a great resource for people looking at schools across the world and its success rate at turning ou...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2684

Re: What we're doing

Sitting at my computer the last couple days preparing the handouts for a class I'm teaching next week about improvising Renaissance polyphony. Ophicleide is in the shop to be adjusted. Need to practice more sackbut!
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 92
Views: 2117

Re: Db bass trombone!

I think this is an interesting idea and I'd love to try it sometime. That being said, here are a few thoughts. Mostly playing Devil's advocate here. Im sure im turning someones world upside down with this idea, but im slowly starting to realize bass trombones are a long list of compromises, and noth...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces

You might want to ask Tim Dowling if he's got any cue to give about mouthpieces. He tracks down, studies, collects and performs on romantic German trombones. I don't know if he made his way to this site, we was active on the old forum.
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 6h
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Conn 6h

chromebone wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:11 pm
If you want to hear the definitive 6H sound, just listen to Frank Rosolino.
And I was there, naively thinking it was just the definitive Frank Rosolino sound.... :shuffle:
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Bach 42AF rings at B flat below middle C
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: New Bach 42AF rings at B flat below middle C

The bell on my early 90s 42 has always rung very strongly on that Bb
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Different take on a Hand Brace
Replies: 23
Views: 1742

Re: Different take on a Hand Brace

I had cramping problems when I started playing a lot of bass in the run-up to my undergrad recital, and the school bass was one of the older and ridiculously heavy Courtois 500 with dual Hagmanns, metal plate tuning slide resonator/counterweight and heavy gage, detachable bell. I found that using bo...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on Bass
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on Bass

I played selections from another Mahler Lieder cycle (Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen) in my undergraduate final recital, it was very successful with both the audience and the jury. I had made a reduction for strings and 1-2 wind per section. His Lieder are beautiful music and if it particularly spe...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Re: Printers for music

Best is a printer that can handle Tabloid Plus (12x18), as it allows you to print 9x12 booklets, which is a standard size for parts and medium sized scores.
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1897

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 LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1897

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 don't think it is reasonable to expect that all orchestral tubists...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Best complement to a .547 f att
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Best complement to a .547 f att

Really depends what you want to do... But the horn I regret selling the most : Conn 6H. .500", 8" bell, silver plated. I only ever used it for big band, and it was absolutely great for that. Worked for lead, also 2nd or even 3rd provided the bass trombonist wasn't playing on a monster. Figured I wou...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1897

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 co...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 855

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

:clever: I thought this emoji stood for pedantic, not clever. Saying a vowel's name is a multi-movement process that has the tongue (and various sections of the tongue really)gliding through many positions until, when the sound is complete, everything returns to a neutral position. Instructions to ...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1233

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Germany had mostly slide trombones as far as I know, but there were several decades after the invention of the valve where the valve trombone was the standard in much of Austria and Bohemia. The Vienna Court Opera (now State Opera) had valve trombones starting in the 1830's, and when they eventually...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1233

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Interestingly, it is relatively frequent to hear Italian opera on valve trombones (not widespread but still, occasionally), but how often do we hear them on Bruckner? I think it's telling about how we still perceive valve trombones that orchestral players will use them for stuff that is seen as "lig...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3rd brace on slide
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: 3rd brace on slide

Those are tuning-in-slide (often referred to as TIS) trombones. You may look at the bell bow and notice there is no tuning slide. That is because the tuning mechanism is instead in the main handslide. That's why there are two braces on the outer slide. The regular one, which on these is only on a ve...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part

Gotta love soloists who can't be bothered to study the accompaniment to the pieces they're playing
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Pitted Lacquer Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: Pitted Lacquer Finish

Yamaha has a product, simply called "Metal polish". It is very similar to Brasso, but I'm told it's even finer. It doesn't scratch the metal at all - in fact I use it to polish my raw brass inner slide when it's too oxidized.
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2684

Re: What we're doing

Early morning train ride to a small Swiss town to play in a catholic service. On sackbuts. With an otherwise modern orchestra. Just realized today that Mgr. Thomas Gullickson, the Vatican's nuncio (ambassador) to Switzerland and Liechtenstein is in attendance, along with a detachment of the Swiss Gu...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?

One step plus one octave. Remember that the Alto Clef is a C clef, meaning the C goes through the middle. Long term, it's easier to just memorize the alto clef as its own unique thing. Congrats on grabbing an alto trombone. They're great! :good: Thank you!!! The plan was to try to memorize it but t...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: (Cassifieds) Cases
Topic: Best Case out there for a tenor?
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: Best Case out there for a tenor?

I second the Cronkhite recommendation. I've heard the new ones make by Torpedo are even better (improved padding material) than when Glenn made them. I used the small tenor case for my sackbut for the last 3½ years and I've never had any problem, it still looks almost new despite daily use and not b...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Adding an F attachment?
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: Adding an F attachment?

I paid my Hagmann coverstion kit 1057 CHF (So maybe $1100 USD with the exchange rate these days), not including installation by my local tech, and that was almost 8 years ago, so it's probably quite a bit more now. I love Hagmann valves, but I would recommend making sure to try other 88H's with Hagm...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

The comment above about Yamaha is quite thought provoking. For one thing, the "hand hammered" claims for the "pro horns" ring just a bit hollow. From all I've been able to glean, no one has yet found a satisfactory way of CNC forming a bell flare. I'm pretty sure a bell spinner from 1700 would reco...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2684

Re: What we're doing

Been back in Basel for about a week now after spending May in Canada for a couple of gigs and a week home with my partner and family in between. First project of the trip was a particularly meaningful one - an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with three indigenous people, with early and ne...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Long slide short slide?
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: Long slide short slide?

TIS doesn't give you a 7th position on an alto in and of itself, because it doesn't change the length of the inner tubes, which is obviously what defines how far out you can play on the slide. You could very well design a TIS and a TIB trombones that have the same effective slide and bell length. Wh...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Marcus Bonna Screwbell Case video
Replies: 7
Views: 502

Re: Marcus Bonna Screwbell Case video

I have one of these for my Thein tenor. It's an excellent case! It can be a little clumsy. Also, the little things - I'd like it to stay propped open when I open it. It closes on it's own, which is very awkward when I'm trying to get both bell bits out of it, undo the velcro, etc. But really and ex...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Case for Tenor w/Hagmann Valve
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Case for Tenor w/Hagmann Valve

I have a Marcus Bonna tenor case for my 42A
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: flying with a bass trombone/Cases
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: flying with a bass trombone/Cases

Speaking of cut bells, Bonna makes a case for cut-bell trombones. It has about the shape and size of a large viola case. Perfect for flying. Of course the rest of the time you can confused for a viola player, so I'm not sure if it's a good trade-off...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Flying with trombone case
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Flying with trombone case

CRJ700/900/1000 are bigger than people think. They are the largest regional jets and are not that much smaller than the smallest medium-long hauls like the 737 or A318. Narrower but longer. They have much larger overheads than the original CRJ100/200. Granted, my experience on them was with a small ...
by LeTromboniste
Sat May 26, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part

I would guess that a small bore tenor would be appropriate. Howard Weiner published a paper in the old TTF where he explained that the three trombones in 19th Century playing were all Bb instruments of different bores: smallest for "alto", medium for "tenor", and large bore for "bass". Sounds like ...
by LeTromboniste
Fri May 25, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part

That part is really fun, especially that passage. Better not to think of it as merely doubling, but to think of it as a trombone solo which happens to follow the horn solo, where you add a different color to the line. It is not an easy passage but that is no reason to leave it out. Embrace the chall...
by LeTromboniste
Wed May 23, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 2210

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

I agree with Matt. Very often conductors say "too loud" when the volume is not actually the problem. When you're in front splitting your focus between what you want to hear and inspire from the orchestra and playing the traffic cop with what the orchestra is actually playing, it's very easy to fall ...
by LeTromboniste
Sun May 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: flying with a bass trombone/Cases
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: flying with a bass trombone/Cases

Bonna bass should fit in medium and long haul overheads, most probably won't on many regional jets and turboprops, but is probably strong enough to survive gate check on those.
by LeTromboniste
Fri May 11, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?

If the rim is still intact, you probably don't need to worry any. If we're talking ease/comfort of playing, plating wearing off the rim isn't inherently bad. Raw brass rims just feel different, the same as gold plating, silver plating, stainless steel, acrylic, lexan, delrin, etc all feel different...
by LeTromboniste
Mon May 07, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: College decision...
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: College decision...

There are a lot of people in wrong places. It goes for teachers as well as for other disciplines. If it happens you should think of what is best for your own future. It will in the long run be best for all if you are passionate with whatever you do. /Tom OH yes this. I would add this is valid for p...
by LeTromboniste
Sun May 06, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Transposing Wood Sackbut Mute?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Transposing Wood Sackbut Mute?

Yes they are a thing - possibly having one made for my trumpet next week actually. They are a long more or less cylindrical piece of wood with a conical/tapered end that goes into the bell on one side, and a bell shaped carved end at the other side for projection. A small bore is drilled through the...
by LeTromboniste
Sat May 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: College decision...
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: College decision...

I was going to start a new thread on this but it looks like it has already been done. I've not done any research on this subject so please fill me in where I'm missing info. For those thinking about or starting to get a trombone/performing degree in music (4 year or beyond), what are the benefits t...
by LeTromboniste
Thu May 03, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What else do you play??
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: What else do you play??

Most of what I do is more or less related to trombone. No so much modern trombones anymore - haven't taken my 42 out of its case for months... Sackbuts and other historical trombones. Since recently slide trumpet and ophicleide. Less directly related to trombone, I'm currently taking singing lessons...
by LeTromboniste
Thu May 03, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trombone Pics
Replies: 14
Views: 1444

Re: Trombone Pics

Fancy enough! No slide? Yes - a single telescoping slide. It has about 4½ positions (your arms can't reach further anyway) - but it is not used to play low, so you are not really missing notes (the only notes you could possibly need and don't have are :bassclef: :line3: and the Eb above it). It is ...
by LeTromboniste
Thu May 03, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1833

Re: Doubling

I always found the fact that bass and tenor trombonists split up very early in their musical lives (and are king of told that once you do one, then that's what you'll do forever and you can't switch or double successfully) nonsense. Yeah they have different mouthpiece sizes and embouchures. The same...
by LeTromboniste
Thu May 03, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trombone Pics
Replies: 14
Views: 1444

Re: Trombone Pics

Some pictures of my Renaissance slide trumpet, as it's probably the fanciest/craziest/weirdest instrument I own.
by LeTromboniste
Wed May 02, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1833

Re: Doubling

To put my own skin in the game so to speak: It seems to my perception that the differences between the instruments are minor, though that does not mean it unimportant to learn how to play both well if that is one's goal. And the best way to achieve that is to recognize the major similarities as wel...
by LeTromboniste
Wed May 02, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1833

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 LeTromboniste
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Connecting With Event/Wedding Planners
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Connecting With Event/Wedding Planners

From my experience as a booking agent in Montreal for exactly that kind of gigs, being hired by booking agencies is really the way to go for gigs in that market, for two big reasons : 1) corporate event planners have different needs for different events, meaning even if you as a band are well connec...

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