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by Doug Elliott
Tue May 22, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 20
Views: 292

Re: .500 bore mouthpieces

"Large" does not mean harder to play. For those of us whose embouchures are more suited to large rims, it's actually a lot easier in every way.
by Doug Elliott
Tue May 22, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 20
Views: 292

Re: .500 bore mouthpieces

I play on my XT N104 rim, my C+ cup, and D2 shank, on a Williams 6 most of the time but I also use a .500 bore Schmelzer and I use pretty much the same setup on alto. For comparison that's about a Bach 3 rim size and the cup is a bit shallower than a 6-1/2AL. There are plenty or recordings and video...
by Doug Elliott
Mon May 21, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 11
Views: 235

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

The answer is a combination of spending a lot of time in that range (the Phil Teele method), being sufficiently warmed up for that range to work, and (mostly) discovering and using the particular mechanical techniques that your embouchures requires, to not only "get the notes" but to have them be a ...
by Doug Elliott
Sun May 20, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey

I don't want to derail this thread, but I play left handed occasionally for a bunch of reasons: 1. I find it interesting. 2. To rest my shoulder when I was having some issues. 3. Pedagogically it was useful to examine my slide technique and identify how to teach it, since I had to"teach" my left han...
by Doug Elliott
Fri May 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing

I hear Yammy ... not Yanny.

Nothing even resembling Laurel and i can't even imagine it.

On computer speakers or high quality earbuds, I hear the same thing.
by Doug Elliott
Fri May 18, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey

I have nothing to add except that it's possible somebody was clowning around for the staged picture. Or played that way sometimes but not in general - there was a period of time when I played some gigs left handed, but that's not how I normally play.
by Doug Elliott
Mon May 14, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?

A lot depends on what kind of music you intend to play, and you didn't mention that.

Just like with tubas, it can be a very broad question.
by Doug Elliott
Sat May 12, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?

Do you smoke?

I'm guessing it's a smoke or coffee stain on the surface.
by Doug Elliott
Thu May 10, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B
Replies: 32
Views: 1088

Re: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B

A .525 like a 36B wouldn't be a bad choice either, for those purposes. And more versatile. But it depends on you and where you're coming from.
by Doug Elliott
Thu May 10, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Keith Brown 1933-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 368

Re: Keith Brown 1933-2018

Ah, I was probably remembering it wrong. Thanks for clarifying. I haven't looked at that program since you pointed out years ago that we played together there.
by Doug Elliott
Thu May 10, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Keith Brown 1933-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 368

Re: Keith Brown 1933-2018

Keith Brown contributed so much to the education of an entire generation of trombonists. At the time, his series of excerpt books was nearly the only source for aspiring players. When I was in high school I was fortunate to meet him and play under his conducting for a few days in the Maryland All-St...
by Doug Elliott
Tue May 08, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tilting your head?
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Tilting your head?

It will affect your neck more than your playing. Holding your neck in an unnatural position for extended periods of time is never a good idea.
by Doug Elliott
Tue May 01, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage trombone for elementary student?
Replies: 41
Views: 1189

Re: Vintage trombone for elementary student?

I was 8 when I started and could almost reach 6th. I started on an Olds Recording, which was actually a pro level horn and probably helped me to have early success in playing... in addition to good advice from private lessons right from the beginning. Get whatever you can find and afford, in a good ...
by Doug Elliott
Tue May 01, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Do you legato tongue every legato note?
Replies: 14
Views: 641

Re: Do you legato tongue every legato note?

You should be able to do everything. So practice legato tonguing everything, practice not tonguing anything, practice every conceivable articulation and type of tonguing, and practice figuring out what combination gives you the sound you want for any particular situation. I tend to tongue except whe...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 995

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

"not adjusting for changes in feel" That's never going to happen. Also, most players playing the same "test selection" several times, playing the exact same equipment, will experience differences from one time to the next. So even though that sort of test seems reasonable, there's not a lot of valid...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 995

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

Basically, if you're having an issue in your playing, don't expect a different weight mouthpiece to fix it. There many more variables that are far more important, both in mouthpiece size details and in what you're doing and how you're doing it. The flexibility of my mouthpiece system allows fine-tun...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: A dozen horns...
Replies: 36
Views: 2902

Re: FS: A dozen horns...

I have a niece who just started a teaching gig in a low income area and is in need of instruments for her school's band. Tell me about the Holton baritone.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 995

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

A change that might benefit one horn or player may be completely the wrong thing on a different horn or player.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 995

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

Everything "makes a difference." As to whether lighter or heavier is better or worse, or what the effective difference actually is, I think it depends on the horn AND the player. Players respond differently (or not at all) to different weights or different style blanks, and the same probably goes fo...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Giardinelli Van Haney Mouthpiece
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Re: Giardinelli Van Haney Mouthpiece

My best guess is it's from about 1970 or slightly before.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 16M Gooseneck Question
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: 16M Gooseneck Question

I think it was in the late 1970's

I heard Watrous for the first time in 1972 or 73, and the 16M didn't exist yet. It was brought out as an approximation of his custom horn. A few years later they modified it with the larger gooseneck.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lexan Rim
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Lexan Rim

A tablespoon of each? That IS a morning snack.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 16m with valve
Replies: 9
Views: 378

Re: 16m with valve

A friend of mine has one. It was a 36B valve section and a lot of modification was done because it really can't fit on a 16 bell.
I think the factory made that model as a custom order at one time. The bends would have to be tighter than they are on a 36/42 section.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lexan Rim
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Lexan Rim

I don't actually use anything on my chops. I use some coconut oil on dry skin on my legs before I go to bed, and then wipe my face and lips with what's left. I don't have dry skin there but it helps the fit of my CPAP mask.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lexan Rim
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Lexan Rim

Moving right along... The condition of the skin, and especially timing of shaving, has been important to me for that same reason. It doesn't bother me much lately but if I play too soon after shaving the Lexan feels like it's glued to my chops. One thing that helps tremendously is coconut oil, which...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Case for a Plane Ride
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: New Case for a Plane Ride

Southwest is the most accommodating airline for instruments in my experience. But it depends on what's already in the overheads when you board. If your airport is just a stop between others, it could already be full when you board. And in that situation it doesn't help to get there early. Try to fig...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: "Jazz Mute"
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: "Jazz Mute"

Use whatever sonically fits the part.
I would first assume it's a solo and would be plunger. If it's not a solo, maybe whatever the trumpet is doing.
It seems like often the person who wrote or copied the parts doesn't really know what they want, so it's up to you to make a good choice.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bob Scannapieco, aka Bobby Scann, RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Bob Scannapieco, aka Bobby Scann, RIP

I just heard that my friend Bobby Scann died yesterday in Las Vegas.

I knew him in DC in the 70's when he played lead trombone in the Army Blues. He spent most of the time since then in Las Vegas.

I just talked to him a week ago...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Back again
Replies: 56
Views: 3129

Re: Back again

BrerCottonmouth wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:01 am
Does this mean that all those bookmarks I've accumulated over the years to all the really great info on the TTF are gone? That's sad, and too bad.
That remains to be seen. None of us has any control over that.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Back again
Replies: 56
Views: 3129

Re: Back again

Matt K wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:03 am

Also if anyone does graphic design we're looking to make something to replace the cup of latte on the top ;)
I'll take a cortado.

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