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by Doug Elliott
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Or the green Wintergreen scented kind of isopropyl alcohol that's available in most stores here.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Contrabass- mouthpiece?
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Contrabass- mouthpiece?

I make a variety of pieces for contra with lots of choices.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 15
Views: 392

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

We already know that moving mass around can change things, better and worse.
They're just selling a product to do that.
You can always do anything cheaper if that's your priority.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 15
Views: 392

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

I didn't say there was no BS in the hype...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 15
Views: 392

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

The shape of a mouthpiece blank can affect the sound and response. The placement of braces on the horn, counterweight or no, soldered or unsoldered bell rim, etc, can all affect the sound and response. If adding a small bit of mass at a certain point would be beneficial, it's an easy way to try it. ...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hissing behind soft palate
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Hissing behind soft palate

It might go away with practice but it could also be a structural defect with your soft palate that allows air to leak past it. Somebody, I think it was Elliot Chasanov, wrote about having that problem and I think he actually had surgery to fix it.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hissing behind soft palate
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Hissing behind soft palate

Do you mean an air leak into your nasal passages? That's all I can imagine, if you really mean behind your soft palate.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What is a Medium Shank?
Replies: 18
Views: 309

Re: What is a Medium Shank?

Cut it open and see what it looks like on the inside. Medium should be pink.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

You can sing one pitch and produce different vowel sounds (tongue shapes) while holding the note - that's how we speak and sing words. However you can't whistle one pitch and change the vowel tongue position - the whistled pitch will change. The resonance cavity of your mouth has a huge effect on pl...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: I have found a mouthpiece for my Soprano-trombone
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: I have found a mouthpiece for my Soprano-trombone

I have some extremely shallow cups that work well, but it's always a mind game playing up an octave from the feel of a tenor rim.
I have a nice Minick soprano and I wish I could make use of it but so far I just don't have the time to put into it.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass Trombone Pedal Range Help
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Bass Trombone Pedal Range Help

Take your time and don't try to rush it. Lots of players get into trouble trying for a great pedal range when their chops are simply not ready. Work on what you have, then VERY gradually add a 1/2 step at a time. That's a range where everybody has trouble getting past Ab and G. Just spend a lot of t...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 16
Views: 461

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.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Miles Anderson
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Miles Anderson

I haven't looked at my records in years but I know I have his first one, and maybe more.
And there was a trio on CD with his wife and somebody else, but I can't remember much about that right now.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?

Memorize just 2 notes on the alto clef staff today. Add one more tomorrow. In a week you'll know all of them.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Miles Anderson
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Miles Anderson

Does anybody know how Miles is doing now? I haven't talked to him in years. Super nice guy.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 7th position lip slurs
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: 7th position lip slurs

Give me an idea of how much you expect to ever play any of those notes in 7th besides low E and. B.

That how much I would worry about it.

Oh yeah, I played a couple of E's in the staff on a gig yesterday, because they came after a low B. That's twice that I can remember from the past decade or so.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 763

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Trombones are not nearly as big sellers as trumpets and saxes. I'm sure that for mass production they use far more fixtures and automation than for trombones that need more hand work, and that would explain the possible "loss" on student trombone manufacturing.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 763

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Cost savings are all in labor. The material is cheap to start with and it would make no sense to use a lower quality of brass, if that even exists... Although in some parts of the world a lower grade may be all that's available. Yes a YSL354 was my primary horn when I took that audition. I still use...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges

Yeah, printer drivers can be a big problem when the manufacturer stops supporting. Keep your disks! And keep track of driver downloads.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges

Well it's a complete set of black and color XL cartridges, worth close to $100, and I don't need it at all.
FREE to anybody who has a printer that uses them.
Preference given to my mouthpiece customers...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges

Nobody?
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure Symptoms Similar to Swelling
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Embouchure Symptoms Similar to Swelling

It doesn't take much to feel it. There's always a little day-to-day variation from unknown causes. Today I have a little pinhead sized blister just inside my bottom lip right in the middle. I have no idea what caused it - I played a fairly hard big band gig on Sunday 3 days ago and haven't touched m...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB 4G-5G Mouthpieces
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: WTB 4G-5G Mouthpieces

Have you checked out my stuff? I make exactly that sort of thing, in the XT series. http://www.dougelliottmouthpieces.com/tenortrb.html scroll down to the XT series. I also have in-between sizes that are not listed. Start somewhere around an XT 103 rim, XT G cup, and G8 shank. Or an F+ cup which is ...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register
Replies: 18
Views: 906

Re: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register

I saw the OP by Skype yesterday. He's not ready for anything bigger than the 6-1/2 he has, and I told him to stay on it for a year or two. I gave him a couple of pointers to open up his sound and build some strength. He'll be fine.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Lengthening a Conn 36H Alto
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Lengthening a Conn 36H Alto

Are you sure it was shortened? 3/4" on each side? That would raise the pitch by so much it's hard to imagine why anybody would do that... Alto in E?

Have you physically compared it to another identical horn?
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register
Replies: 18
Views: 906

Re: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register

That's pretty much exactly what I was about to post. For those of us who play better on big rim sizes, it's not about what part you play or just low notes. The right size rim makes everything easier and work better. This obviously doesn't apply to those who need smaller rim sizes, and I'm not trying...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register
Replies: 18
Views: 906

Re: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register

For many players, a 6-1/2 and even a 5G are too small to get a really full low range. I'm referring to rim size, not the overall mouthpiece. If you are interested in my mouthpieces I can give you good advice on what works on a 36B since I play one sometimes.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Bach 36 slide only!
Replies: 11
Views: 403

Re: WTB: Bach 36 slide only!

A 36 slide will screw onto a 42 bell but the 36 tenon is smaller than a 42 receiver. And if you find a 42 tenon, it will need some shimming with a sleeve to fit because there's quite a bit of difference in size between 36 and 42 tubes. If you really want that combination, it would make more sense to...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw rim mouthpiece modification
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: Screw rim mouthpiece modification

Are you totally against trying my stuff as it is? I've already designed an interchangeable system that works extraordinarily well and has been proven over several decades. You're talking about spending a lot more on a big question mark.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw rim mouthpiece modification
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: Screw rim mouthpiece modification

I'm strongly considering not offering that service anymore because it takes a long time to do it right and I would need to charge too much.

I also end up fixing a lot of bad threading done by others.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw rim mouthpiece modification
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: Screw rim mouthpiece modification

Metal is lost in the process and you can't reuse the original rim.

No one has ever told me they thought it changed the characteristics of the mouthpiece.
by Doug Elliott
Thu May 31, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Help? Mouthpiece recommendation for Bach 42H?
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: Help? Mouthpiece recommendation for Bach 42H?

I have seen many horns including Bachs that had receivers that were not really finished properly, so the mouthpiece doesn't go in a full inch. There are 3 possible solutions: 1. Have the receiver reamed to the right size - easier said than done, since there's no reamer the right size, for a reasonab...
by Doug Elliott
Mon May 28, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke-Dixon Mouthpiece: info please
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Schilke-Dixon Mouthpiece: info please

I have one in my collection. It measures between my 100 and 101.
by Doug Elliott
Sun May 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: A dozen horns...
Replies: 44
Views: 3692

Re: FS: A dozen horns...

How much for the cat?

Hey, I still want to get the Holton 3-valve baritone or whatever it is, for my niece...
by Doug Elliott
Sun May 27, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 30
Views: 1115

Re: .500 bore mouthpieces

It's a design thing. For most horns and most players, a mismatched set will not play well, or at least not as well as it should. If you want it to work well, what I designed and tested, match the letters. The only exceptions are most of the "+" cups work best with the next larger shank: C+ cup uses ...
by Doug Elliott
Sat May 26, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Found money - sort of.
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Found money - sort of.

I have done that a few times, and in each case they were happy to issue another check. In one case, a private school, they actually contacted me first to offer a new check and clear it off their books.
by Doug Elliott
Sat May 26, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges
Replies: 8
Views: 400

HP 932 & 933 ink cartridges

Brand new box, I replaced that printer. Anybody need them?
by Doug Elliott
Tue May 22, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 30
Views: 1115

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: 30
Views: 1115

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: 12
Views: 558

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: 453

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: 18
Views: 710

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: 453

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: 443

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: 403

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: 48
Views: 2351

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: 496

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: 496

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: 526

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: 1413

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 ...

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