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by Kingfan
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

Thanks. I have a mental block against practicing but I have a dress rehearsal Monday for a 2 hour big band gig Wednesday. I'm the lead trombone player and also the band's music director so I can't hide! I had an easy nursing home gig on bass bone last Friday and actually pulled out the gig music and...
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: (Cassifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: Fusion Premium Bass Trombone Gig Bag (Blue)
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: FS: Fusion Premium Bass Trombone Gig Bag (Blue)

I am not sure I would want to see the bass trombone for $200 haha. I did however edit the title to help avoid confusion. Though the post being in cases may have been a good clue :) Yeah, I looked at new posts, saw the title (the unedited one) then rushed to click on the link. I totally missed which...
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Thanks
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Thanks

I believe this forum is worth chipping in for.
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: (Cassifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: Fusion Premium Bass Trombone Gig Bag (Blue)
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: FS: Fusion Premium Bass Trombone (Blue)

I was wondering what kind of bass 'bone I could grab for $200, then looked at the pictures and found it to be just a gig bag. Darn!
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 68
Views: 2819

Re: What we're doing

Played bass tbone today in an amateur big band that does a freebie for a nursing home once a month. The bass bone player in the big band I run plays lead and I play bass, great break in routine for the both of us as in my band I play lead and he plays bass. Next week dress rehearsal Monday, big band...
by Kingfan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz trombone advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 600

Re: Jazz trombone advice?

There is a vintage 2B on the Cleveland Craigslist site for $500.
by Kingfan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Cleaning a horn after you've been sick
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Cleaning a horn after you've been sick

Bought a horn off a guy once and took a look down the inner slide tubes. Yikes! I flushed out smelly brown sludge that had probably been building up for years. The biggest wad took up 1/3 of the diameter of the tube. How he could play the horn like that is a wonderment to me! Straight horn, so I flu...
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Vintage King 2B on Cleveland, Ohio Craigslist
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Vintage King 2B on Cleveland, Ohio Craigslist

Neo Bri wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:26 am
That is generous of you. Thanks for offering that to us!
No big deal. Just want the horn to go to a good home.
by Kingfan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Vintage King 2B on Cleveland, Ohio Craigslist
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Vintage King 2B on Cleveland, Ohio Craigslist

Looks like a late 60s 2B in good condition for $500. I live fairly nearby and would be happy to check it out in person for TromboneChat members and help with the purchase and shipping. I would buy it myself but I already have one :good: https://cleveland.craigslist.org/msg/d/vintage-king-trombone/66...
by Kingfan
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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

There are a series of books of big band standards. "Authentic Sounds of the Big Band Era" has 16 old warhorses and you could probably get a complete set for about $160 to $180, a bit over ten bucks a chart. "Exciting Sounds of the Big Band Era" has 15 charts. Alfred Publishing puts them out.
by Kingfan
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF disrespect
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: ITF disrespect

Ya can't reason with unreasonable people.. I would think that us trombone players would have more class than that, especially when it is a fellow trombone player on stage! I've been to variety of concerts large and small where other patrons should have stayed home. Worst was Roberta Flack trying to...
by Kingfan
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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

We are making some progress in moving the band forward. There are 4 of us who have taken the lead. Two will take turns conducting, we’ve secured our rehearsal space for a year, and we have free use of the book until Christmas. There’s money in a band account and we’re looking at two or three gigs n...
by Kingfan
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.

I love my 2B because it is light and responsive, sings like an opera soprano. I love my 3B-F as it is a versatile horn, changes to fit my needs at the time. I love my 4B-F because it was my first non-student horn, picked up from the designer at the King factory over 40 years ago, and lives up to it'...
by Kingfan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Beginner Euphonium
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Beginner Euphonium

I suggest checking local Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc. In my area I found what looks like a playable older American built 3-valve for $75, an upright bell Conn for under $300, and a few newer horns like a Jupiter in the $500 range. I used to play a King I picked up at a flea market, gorgeou...
by Kingfan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Budget large trombones
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Budget large trombones

Blessing B88s are also an option for a good larger bore that might be in your price range as they are often undervalued vs. their competition.
by Kingfan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Identify
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: King 2b Identify

Interesting. Looks like the logo engraving on my 2B but I have the model number and other engraving. The Tempo step-up horn had curved braces from the factory. Like doctortrombone said, a check of the inner slide tubes can determine if it is dual bore. Does your friend have an original King case? Te...
by Kingfan
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Identify
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: King 2b Identify

What Brucew said. Take another look at the bell and look for "2102" or some other identifier.
by Kingfan
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?
Replies: 26
Views: 815

Re: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?

Vegastokc wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:49 pm
Geritol with an Ensure back
Don't forget the Metamucil chaser!
by Kingfan
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: My wife got me good!
Replies: 2
Views: 234

My wife got me good!

We were cruisin' in her pink 98 Mustang GT convertible with the top down the other day. The car is a looker and she often gets thumbs ups, honks, etc. especially from females. I'm 60 and my wife is, well, younger than me but not that much. Anyway, a driver in a pickup honked and waved. I asked her i...
by Kingfan
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?
Replies: 26
Views: 815

Re: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?

My member name kinda says it all, like "FeelMyRath" does. I grew up a few miles from the King factory in Eastlake. First horn was a 606 when I was starting 6th grade, then I picked up my 4B at the factory from George McCracken through my teacher when I was in high school. Hence my love for Kings. I ...
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 68
Views: 2819

Re: What we're doing

Morning - put new sway bar links on my bro-in-law's Honda CR-V. One was broken and the part that was flopping had been zip tied up to the sway bar. He didn't know what they were or why to spend the $18 to get replacements! Got it done by 11, before it got too hot. Bad part - was two-handing the hand...
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How much for charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: How much for charts?

I resold my college textbooks when I was done with them. I buy a novel and when done with it I can legally sell it on eBay or at a garage sale. If I am done with a trombone music method book, I can resell it - I see them for sale on this site. If I have a big band arrangement (original) and when I n...
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How much for charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: How much for charts?

... wanted way too much for just copies. He agreed to 25% of what he originally quoted us. He wanted way too much for the sale of copies, but agreed to 25% of the original quote for the sale of something that clearly violates copyright law? What a deal. :shock: Yep. That is why we paid $500 for the...
by Kingfan
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How much for charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: How much for charts?

Are you buying the originals, or just copies? The guy who sold me the big band I am half owner of had donated all the originals to a local high school for the tax deduction and wanted way too much for just copies. He agreed to 25% of what he originally quoted us. If I somebody was selling a complete...
by Kingfan
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Band as a business - need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Band as a business - need advice.

Thanks, all. Our band income for this year should be under a grand, next year it may go up. I play in a community band that is a 501(c)3 and the fiscal officer is in my quintet, so I will check with him. My cousin is an accountant, will pick his brain when I get my ducks in a row.
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Band as a business - need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Band as a business - need advice.

I co-own a big band. Prior owner ran it as an individual. We have two paid gigs coming up this year, and are looking for more. Suggestions wanted on how to handle finances. I have already been asked for a tax ID number, which we don't have. Form a corporation? How do your bands work? I don't want to...
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Etiquette for buying a used horn online
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: Etiquette for buying a used horn online

Department of Redundancy Department... Sorry!
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Etiquette for buying a used horn online
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: Etiquette for buying a used horn online

I've had buyers on local Craigslist insist I drop the price substantially, or I must deliver, or some other such thing. I tell them I don't need to sell it, my terms are my terms. That said, in your case, if the buyer is willing to pay return shipping, maybe. If not, fuggetaboutit!
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

My story is quite similar - last fall I finally took the plunge and took a lesson with a guy that punches the clock at Lincoln Center every day. What I took away from that first lesson was remarkable and has kept me hard at work for months with notable and noticeable changes in the quality of my pl...
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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

Our leader, who started the band 7 years ago, just announced he is moving to another country. Leaves a bunch of interesting questions, like, the band’s bank account, ownership of the charts. I assume the $ and at least some of cost of the charts came from gigs for which no one was ever paid. 1/3 of...
by Kingfan
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Printers for music

My company let me keep my black and white HP Laserjet when we upgraded to color printers. The HP toner cartridges were over $65 each. I got two aftermarket toner cartridges for under $20 on eBay and after the first ten pages all is good. Maybe you can get a similar deal for your Lexmark.
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

Doug Elliott wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:57 pm
Cut it open and see what it looks like on the inside. Medium should be pink.
Or the medium could get you in contact with your deceased trombone. :pant:
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Trusted ebay sellers
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Trusted ebay sellers

Don't know particular vendors. I took a risk on a 3B posted by a guy with no feedback, new on eBay, and got a good deal. If you go through eBay and use PayPal, you have backup in case what you get is not what you were promised.
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

Local music store was selling cheap Chinese copy horns (Mendini?) brand new that took a medium shank. I pity the parents that bought a trash horn anyway, and to make it worse couldn't find replacement/upgrade mouthpieces.
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)

First, a King 606 is a student horn, not an intermediate. Medium bore horns have a .525 bore, in the mieels between between the .500 bore horns like your Bach and a .547 bore large bore tenor, like a Conn 88H, King 4B, or Bach 42B. Medium bore horns include the Bach 36 and TB200, Blessing B78, King ...
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

I would do a Skype lesson with Doug. You need someone who is going to reframe your approach and understanding about playing. He is the person to do that. Already had one earlier this year before I retired, learned quite a bit. I know me well enough that I need a regular kick in the butt/feedback. I...
by Kingfan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King trombones
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: King trombones

My 1973 King catalog lists the "1407 King 2B Liberty" .491 single bore. My 2B is from about that era and has both "2B" and "Liberty" engraved on the bell.
by Kingfan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet

Walleye sent me the parts. I told him our French horn parts are played by trombone (me!) and I would have to wait for our leader, who does all the transposing, to get back from vacation. Walleye sent me the transposed part! Can't wait to try it. We read it tonight. I didn't know the tune, but the o...
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

Thanks, all! The idea of finding a local coach/teacher/mentor seems best at this time. I just contacted John Ferguson at the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra to see if he knew anybody who might help.
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

How much you practice is not important. HOW you practice is very important. It sounds to me like you could use a good lesson on chop fundamentals. Got Skype? You know where to find me, that's what I do. Thought of that, but really need a set program. I may contact you at some point again, though, a...
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

How about a year of lessons with a top symphony player? You are near Cleveland or Columbus, I think. Should be able to find someone great. Treat it like a conservatory program. Play for 5 or 6 hours a day, high expectations, regular floggings, recitals, etc. You will hate paying $80 a week for a le...
by Kingfan
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 954

I need help to stop coasting!

I've covered some of this in other posts on other topics, but I'll start from scratch here. I was a classical performance major for my freshman year back in the mid 1970s after three years of study with a Cleveland Orchestra trombonist. I practiced for at least two hours six days a week. I switched ...
by Kingfan
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reaching out to Band Directors in a new city
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Reaching out to Band Directors in a new city

Looks like crickets so far. My only input at this point of the school year is to contact the local music stores.
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pro-Pac Straps
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: Pro-Pac Straps

Matt K wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:07 pm
Zip ties are basically the best.
New age duct tape!
by Kingfan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: (Cassifieds) Cases
Topic: King 4B or 5B case
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: King 4B or 5B case

It is 32" from bell to tuning slide end inside; there is 5" from the end of my tuning slide to the padding at the end. Might fit an open wrap horn as well as closed. I would be happy to take any additional measurements.
by Kingfan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4211

Re: The Bunker

Good for you, Timothy! I was 194 when I retired two months ago, am down 8 pounds. Nothing special, just not tied to a computer or steering wheel all day five days a week, and not being on the road I don't eat fast food and soft drinks near as much as I used to. No need to "reward" myself with a donu...
by Kingfan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: 9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health

I use over the ear hearing protectors when mowing, using the chain saw, or working in the garage with my big air compressor on. I use a silicone type ear plug in my right ear at big band rehearsal as the next instrument over is the drum set. Using only one plug during rehearsal has another advantage...
by Kingfan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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

Thanks, group! I just sent the bass player, a semi-pro, a part he wanted to practice. He responded, thanking me for it, and added that I was doing a great job leading and organizing. Maybe part of my feeling overwhelmed is my own self doubts. I am my own worst critic. I took over when I had a full t...
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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. The co-owner makes sure we have everybody at rehearsals and gigs, and arranges for subs when needed. That is a big job I am super glad I don't have to do. Our lead trumpet player o...
by Kingfan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

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

OK, I was really ready to turn it over to the other guy at rehearsal last night. I had e-mailed him asking him to pick the charts and run the rehearsal but he didn't read it, so it was on me. I guess because I didn't care anymore I took more responsiblity for the rehearsal and took less crap from th...

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