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by sungfw
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 315
Views: 13548

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Totally agree, but I also think Fillmore is a soft target. He is relatively speaking a nobody. We are dancing around the elephant in the room. Big deal, Fillmore was a racist and his music can be quietly shelved for good. No great loss. neither man nor music. But someone with much more clout? A Wag...
by sungfw
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 315
Views: 13548

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Again- missing the point. The "artist with an iffy background" is not this case. This is a case of an artist with an iffy background, writing music that is racist in its own nature . Wagner was an anti-semite, but his music was not inherently anti-semitic on purpose (unless someone has evidence to ...
by sungfw
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Does this exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: Does this exist?

Doug, do you make a special shank for his Olds Recording? I suspect he has the one with the somewhat smaller shank. Options SHANKS The taper on the mouthpiece shank should be the same as the taper in the instrument's receiver to avoid gaps or disturbances in the air column of the instrument, and to...
by sungfw
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11974

Re: Yikes

Do you consider summarily firing someone preceding any hearing or any other legal defense, due process? Guilty until proven innocent? Have you bothered Googling screenshots of Ms Salas' posts ? [NB: posts, plural, not singular.] Quite apart from the fact that the presumption of innocence is a princ...
by sungfw
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11974

Re: Yikes

They aren't allowed to look at a prospective employee's public posts? There are exceptions where it probably would be allowed. But in theory, an employer that refuses to hire someone because of his writings on social media can be legally blamed. That may be the case in Switzerland, but it's not in ...
by sungfw
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11974

Re: Yikes

Checking a potential hire's social media should pretty much be mandatory - particularly for fields like education and law enforcement. Don't know how it is in the US. But doing that here in Switzerland would be absolutely illegal. I don't say it isn't done though... There is no federal legislation ...
by sungfw
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Older Schilke 51 w/ Long Shank
Replies: 10
Views: 812

Re: Older Schilke 51 w/ Long Shank

These tapers refer to standard tapers used in machining/manufacture. The B&S taper (Brown and Sharpe) is known as the Remington taper to us trombonists. Conn used to use the B&S taper on their large bore instruments. The Schilke long shank was designed to fit in either a B&S or Morse taper leadpipe...
by sungfw
Sun May 31, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Joseph Serafin Alschausky in the US
Replies: 18
Views: 4296

Re: Joseph Serafin Alschausky in the US

How can someone who was so prolific before moving to L.A. basically vanish professionally after moving to L.A. even though he lived more than 30% of his life in L.A.? That's really a puzzle. According to this review of Virtuoso Trombone Concertos on Amazon, Alschausky left for America in 1924, sett...
by sungfw
Fri May 22, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Caruso-Landsman: anyone spend time on this?
Replies: 18
Views: 1116

Re: Caruso-Landsman: anyone spend time on this?

I spent a few months working through her YT videos, several year ago, after Sam Burtis (TTF_Sabutin) mentioned that she was one of the few people who were currently teaching Caruso's methods. Several of them were quite helpful (at least to me), particularly the one on slurring across range breaks (w...
by sungfw
Sat May 09, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1166

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Seems clear enough, no??? :idk: What I am implying is that you are looking for something to challenge you, to call forth your passion and, at the same time, is yours. To me, that means creating something that is you from within, not from anybody else. Use your imagination and do what really inspire...
by sungfw
Fri May 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1166

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Gary wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 9:39 am
I must be missing something . . why are you asking us?
:???:
Digidog wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 2:22 am
So I'm looking for ideas that might inspire me, and give me some fresh takes on what to arrange or compose; bring it on!
Seems clear enough, no??? :idk:
by sungfw
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 70
Views: 4624

Re: USPS

If you want to ship use FedEx; I had several get through quickly with them. In my experience, FedEx is BY FAR the worst parcel delivery service. BY. FAR. Between packages showing as out for delivery not being delivered three days in a row because "the driver is out sick" (yes, the supervisor at the...
by sungfw
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Loud, Louder, Loudest
Replies: 11
Views: 1557

Re: Loud, Louder, Loudest

The article, however, is lacking in both respects: it is neither well-informed, nor particularly articulate. It seeks to limit the artistic palette of both composer and performer by cherry-picking examples of pieces that place their entire claim to fame solely on raucous dynamics, and building a ca...
by sungfw
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?
Replies: 12
Views: 939

Re: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?

They're in Settings > Music > Playback. [Note: I know several people who say that changing them doesn't make a difference in recording quality for them, and others say it does (it does for me), and one guy who says it makes a difference on his iPad but not on his iPhone. No idea why it works for som...
by sungfw
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 64
Views: 9992

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

dershem wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:16 pm
Bill Watrous used to have a regular ant about this.
Yup. It bugged him a little. If it REALLY bugged him, he'd of had a gi ant. :pant:
by sungfw
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching online?
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Teaching online?

That depends on your threat model. At the moment, possibly nothing. Or, possibly everything. Again, for private lessons, so long as you aren't violating FERPA or similar, I don't think you need much worry about it. If you need to be secure from a nation-state actor, you wouldn't need to take my adv...
by sungfw
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching online?
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Teaching online?

Which is to say it's probably okay for lessons but there are serious reasons outside of the PEBKAC (problem exists between keyboard and chair) issues to be concerned about utilization of zoom. So what video conferencing platform that doesn't have analogous security or privacy issues do you recommen...
by sungfw
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?
Replies: 12
Views: 939

Re: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?

While the audio files can be exported as lossless, the recording itself is still affected by the automatic audio compression in the iPhone. If the mic level could be adjusted and the compressor turned off, that'd be perfect, but try as a might I can't figure out how to do that. For an example of wh...
by sungfw
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?
Replies: 12
Views: 939

Re: USB mics and/or cellphone interfaces ... what's your faves?

I have a lot of students who only have their iPhone to record on and of course there are issues there - namely the auto compression that isn't adjustable. [snip] Bonus points for affordable gear! How about FREE, as in "free beer" as opposed to "free speech"? The iOS Voice Memos app offers lossless ...
by sungfw
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Budget mics for college lessons
Replies: 18
Views: 950

Re: Budget mics for college lessons

There way more audio settings you can mess with on a computer that makes the private lesson better. I can list those if anyone’s interested. It's not like there aren't smartphone apps that will let you mess with its audio setting—in particular, its mic settings, since, according to the OP, it's his...
by sungfw
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Disinfecting a used trombone. Advice?
Replies: 24
Views: 1191

Re: Disinfecting a used trombone. Advice?

bigbandbone wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:49 pm
I contacted the makers of Listerene directly and asked if it kills COVID19. They said no.
Unless they've actually tested it and have the FDA's approval, I wouldn't expect their lawyers to allow them to say yes, for liability reasons, even if it does.
by sungfw
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching online?
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Teaching online?

zoom: good for group lessons, maybe the easiest learning curve? but there are a lot of security concerns. seems to be what most schools gravitated towards but are now second guessing. best sound quality. Make sure to look up how to set up a password for your room to avoid "zoombombing" Most of the ...
by sungfw
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Budget mics for college lessons
Replies: 18
Views: 950

Re: Budget mics for college lessons

Assuming you have a smartphone and/or laptop, have you tried using the Zoom app for your smartphone or tablet instead of your your laptop? The smartphone/tablet mic will be significantly better than the one in your laptop. Stream to your TV/projector (assuming you have access to a streaming device; ...
by sungfw
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

ThePousane, thank you for taking the time to provide more background information on the valve and the leadpipe issues. Based on your description of the larger context, and in the absence of a countervailing explanation by your teacher, it certainly appears that your teacher is being unreasonable in ...
by sungfw
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

The larger point is that dictation or restriction of equipment choices by employers is not an uncommon practice, nor is the requirement—prevalent in the blue collar world, and increasingly common in the white collar world—that employees purchase the necessary ordinary tools of their trade at their ...
by sungfw
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

harrisonreed wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:20 am
Them that gots the gold make the rules lol. How many music degrees have pauperized the student? Complete opposite situation.
Clearly, the metaphor went completely over your head.
by sungfw
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

In the "real world" of the Berlin Philharmonic, the person dictating instrument choice would also be paying you a six figure salary, if not outright providing that instrument, which somewhat changes the dynamic. In the specific case of the Berlin Phil, the BP does NOT provide instruments, except fo...
by sungfw
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

I don't think I said anything negative about any person, especially anyone's character, and certainly did NOT make any accusations, so please don't put words in my mouth. I think all I said was, "sounds bogus, you're in a program you don't want to follow, maybe it's bad advice, maybe it's good, but...
by sungfw
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Big Valve
Replies: 54
Views: 2491

Re: Big Valve

That sounds like a bogus program to me. What is the point of even attending if you are following the teacher's advice but not really trusting it, and planning on abandoning it when you leave? Maybe the advice is bogus. Maybe they are a good teacher. That's besides the point. Shouldn't you be listen...
by sungfw
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Repertoire: Favourite Solo Collections
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Repertoire: Favourite Solo Collections

afugate wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:12 am
It must be a fake.

My copy isn't like that at all. The pages are high quality paper. Bought mine about 5-6 years ago.
What he said.
by sungfw
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Is the Brasslab still open?
Replies: 13
Views: 1732

Re: Is the Brasslab still open?

Dude, Call him https://www.facebook.com/thebrasslab/?__tn__=HHH-R You could TRY calling the number listed on the Facebook page, but note that the last post is dated July 24, 2018, and a reverse phone number lookup lists a different physical address associated with the phone number than the address ...
by sungfw
Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brass Quintet
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Brass Quintet

BGuttman wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:39 pm
I know a good horn player, but I think it's a little to far to travel from southern NH to Detroit for rehearsals ;)
Depends on what the mileage reimbursement rate is. :tongue:
by sungfw
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 6297

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

But can you get a true plunger result with this setup? I think I might get dizzy moving my bell into and out of the plunger while trying to create some of the wah-wah effects often written into big band charts. With practice, you can produce a (semi-)reasonable facsimile by twisting your horn side-...
by sungfw
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 6297

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

Are you "prepared" for this? :horror: https://i.postimg.cc/cHCdz7fX/IMG-4096.jpg Mic stand, a universal mic holder, and plunger handle: flip up to use; flip down when done. BOOM! A hinged plunger stand with a foot pedal! Now I’d buy that. Swap a Hi-hat stand for the mic stand, weld/hard solder a 3/...
by sungfw
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 6297

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

That's an easy fix. You attach the plunger to some sort of stand and move the bell to play in and out of the plunger. Easy ? Well, perhaps if you have time to acquire and set up your plunger stand (like they did with "Derby" (hat) mutes in the big band days of yesteryear). But not so easy if you sh...
by sungfw
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Biggest/Best trombone shop in Europe?
Replies: 18
Views: 1611

Re: Biggest/Best trombone shop in Europe?

Right, exactly my point! Under your logic, if Hawaii left the US, it would no longer be a part of it. So if you want to think of it in political terms, Britain bailed. So... :twisted: But geologically, Britain is part of Asia But Europe, unlike the US, is not—and never has been—a single political e...
by sungfw
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Biggest/Best trombone shop in Europe?
Replies: 18
Views: 1611

Re: Biggest/Best trombone shop in Europe?

Europe is a continent. Not a union of countries. Not according to this picture of "Continental Europe": https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1b/Mainland_Europe_%28orthographic_projection%29.svg/440px-Mainland_Europe_%28orthographic_projection%29.svg.png Except that the adjective "...
by sungfw
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

WARNING: Long-winded post. Feel free to skip. When I did lessons with my trombone prof I had a 3+1 comp and he just had a Yamaha 201 or whatever the little three valve is that the university. For technique he simply told me I could use the trigger on a certain passage instead of showing me on his ho...
by sungfw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

I would just borrow a horn for a semester from the school, or I could borrow my friends backup, but I'd like to own a euphonium anyways at this point, as I teach high schoolers, some of which play euphonium and tuba, so I feel like having a euphonium in my hands would be a better teaching tool than...
by sungfw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

I just bought a Packer 274 from Midsouth Music (the guy that runs Tubenet). Minor, OT, correction: Joe Sellmansberger, aka "Bloke," (owner of Midsouth) is one of the more, if not the most, prolific posters on Tubenet, but he doesn't run it: in fact, he's not even a moderator. The owner is Sean Chis...
by sungfw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

My teacher is selling a horn of his too; it's a Meinl Weston 451S fitted with a tuning slide trigger, he's selling that for $4000. It's way over budget for me but I thought I'd mention it to see if you guys thought that was a steal or if it's a pretty fair or average price. The 451 has some … "uniq...
by sungfw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

Matt K wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:00 pm
I ended up borrowing someone elses' really nice Williams
:?: :?: :?: :!:

I wasn't aware that Williams ever made a euph. Did you mean "Willson"?
by sungfw
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Can anyone recommend a shop in NC where I can get a soldered leadpipe removed?
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: Can anyone recommend a shop in NC where I can get a soldered leadpipe removed?

Mike Morse (Durham), or Dave Kratz (Linden/Fayetteville). Probably not much closer than Scott, though.
by sungfw
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Giddings and Webster euphonium mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Giddings and Webster euphonium mouthpieces

Just an observation: of the roughly eighteen to two dozen primarily or exclusively euphers I know who switched to stainless steel mpcs at some point over the last 10-12 years, all of them switched back to brass (or in three instances, switched to bronze) mpcs after 2-3 years. Make of that what you w...
by sungfw
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"
Replies: 49
Views: 7371

Re: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"

I've heard you sing.

Nuff said. :twisted:
by sungfw
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Any idea what this mouthpiece is?
Replies: 5
Views: 794

Re: Any idea what this mouthpiece is?

As I recall, there is (was?) a European (Monaco?) boutique mouthpiece maker, whose name escapes me at present, that made highly decorative mouthpiece.

I've also seen that general style of decoration on banda mouthpieces.
by sungfw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliott mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: Doug Elliott mouthpieces

:good:

Welcome to the [strikethrough]cult[/strikethrough] … club! :biggrin:
by sungfw
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 111
Views: 9434

Re: Old guy rant

You actually don't get this. I agree about being responsible-I grew up that way too. But this generation in general does not check email. I have so many friends/colleagues who are college professors and they tell me the same stories. Didn't use to be that way. But IT IS now. So deal with it and com...
by sungfw
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 178
Views: 29161

Re: Lawler trombones

bkessler wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:19 pm
It's quite similar to the Marcus Bonna screwball cases
:eek: :eek: :eek::wink:
by sungfw
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 2806

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

Stephen has a non-compete. He is making french horns, not trombones. Non-competes usually expire. It’s been around 5 years since Eastman bought the company. Maybe the non-compete expired Dec 31/19? While I'm sure there are exceptions, non-compete clauses, aka, covenants not to compete, typically do...

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