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by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best Double Trombone cases
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Best Double Trombone cases

The current one is a solid case, not soft. I think they used to make a soft one which I had considered myself but never got one. I don't consider it safe to put any case through baggage. I have only done that with a gig bag inside a golf case. And with TSA opening stuff, gate checking is as safe as ...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw Rim vs Solid state
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: Screw Rim vs Solid state

Also, you're all talking about comparing two different mouthpieces and attributing any perceived differences to the fact that it's a screw rim. A threaded 51 with one of my rims on it is not the same as a 51. Which rim? What series? The shape is not the same and that affects everything about the way...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw Rim vs Solid state
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: Screw Rim vs Solid state

Cutting threads on a rim and cup loses some metal, so if you or your horn are sensitive to mass differences, yes, there's a difference.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Giardinelli Rim comparison.
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Re: Giardinelli Rim comparison.

The 4C didn't exist in the 70's when Giardinelli was a pretty major mouthpiece maker in NY, I think into the mid-1980's or so. I don't know when it happened, but Giardinelli closed their retail location which is also where they made mouthpieces, and the name continued as an online store with mouthpi...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?

I suggest finding a good plastic surgeon, since they know how to do it without scars.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue position
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: Tongue position

Several separate considerations: Where you articulate Where the tip is when you're holding a note Whether either one changes depending on range The shape if the rest of your tongue, and how it changes depending on range Some of these you can feel and control voluntarily, others are better thought of...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Playing while teaching private lessons (poll)
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Playing while teaching private lessons (poll)

It depends on the student, level, and what they need. When I was in my first few years of playing I found it incredibly helpful to hear my teacher so I knew what to emulate. Not learning by rote at all, just hearing sound, articulation, etc. up close. I pretty much remember my learning processes all...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)

People think it's the mouthpiece that makes it sound wrong but I think it's 95% how you play it - same with sackbut in my opinion. If you try to play any smaller instrument the way you play a larger instrument, it will sound wrong and bad. Play it as what it is and it will be fine. And the alto into...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)

Tenor mouthpieces tend to feel stuffy and play flat in the high range on alto. That's why I make a separate alto backbore. Also a slightly smaller shank size as Matt mentioned above.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Experience with Paypal buyers protection
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: Experience with Paypal buyers protection

Keep all of your correspondence with the seller, so you can send it to PayPal in the event of any future disputes about it.

I don't have direct experience with PayPal this way, but it seems like a necessary precaution.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 51
Views: 3458

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

I’m relatively new around here and I’ve heard a lot about the Doug Elliot mouthpieces and some people even talk like that know him. Is he a member here that makes mouthpieces?? Yes I'm here, and yes a lot of people here know me, in fact quite a few have taken lessons with me either in person or by ...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Brass stores
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Brass stores

Whichever is closer to you.

ATW generally has all of the American manufacturers, plus a lot of used horns from Baltimore Brass and Dillon.

ITF usually has some of the European makers too .

Many of the Chinese horns are represented at both.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Brass stores
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Brass stores

The ATW is mid-March every year at the Army Band, Ft Myer VA just outside Washington DC. The ITF moves around different places but next June 25-29, 2019 it's at Ball State in Indiana. Both are great opportunities to try almost all the trombone equipment that exists. There are others - some local tro...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?
Replies: 25
Views: 1234

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

That's quite a list.
You can add 2018 to Bill Watrous now.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: alto trombone advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: alto trombone advice?

Learn 3 notes. Maybe D in 2nd (both octaves), F in 3rd & low F in 6th.
Add another note each day.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: F. E. Olds Trombone Est. 1919 (custom?)
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: F. E. Olds Trombone Est. 1919 (custom?)

Maybe the joke went the other way... The bear engraving was for Mr. Bear's horn and somebody decided to keep using it. ???
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: F. E. Olds Trombone Est. 1919 (custom?)
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: F. E. Olds Trombone Est. 1919 (custom?)

It's also possible the "John H Bear" engraving was an inside joke about the bear logo. I can easily imagine the engraver amusing himself that day. If I worked there it would definitely have happened.... However, a quick search found 2 listings for "John H Bear" (father and son) in southern Pennsylva...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 78
Views: 5334

Re: The Bunker

Glad you're OK! I've been in a similar situation except it was because I fell asleep and went off the road. Maybe that's what happened to the other driver? At least I didn't hit anybody else.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Size Advice for New Player
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Mouthpiece Size Advice for New Player

I don't generally like to give advice with actually seeing and hearing someone play. It would be unusual but not impossible for the smaller mouthpieces to be the right choice. Record yourself playing each of them. Listen for sound, articulation, and accuracy. Choose one and stay with it. Your playin...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: blew up my bloody lip
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: blew up my bloody lip

I'm not so sure about freebuzzing in that condition. I think I'd wait until the swelling goes down all the way. Try Advil, ice, and massage - not at the same time.

If freebuzzing has a bad sound, you're not doing it right. But in a swollen condition that may not be possible.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Small bore eureka moment
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Small bore eureka moment

Well yeah... Apology accepted. In the other direction, when I try large bore horns at the ITF or other exhibit, I know full well that I am in no position to judge them since I don't really stay in shape for .547 all the time. But I feel totally comfortable anytime on my own K&H .547, which is why I ...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 20
Views: 740

Re: Slide

Brasso is really hard to wash out.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how to develop endurance
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: how to develop endurance

Brass quintet
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 923

Re: High range to low range

My rule is to firm the muscles below your corners, whether that produces a frown or not. The frown is not important, but using those muscles is.

Of course, if you "worry about it" that may cause you to frown... :weep:
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Brassark/Reeves threads?
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Brassark/Reeves threads?

I am pretty sure they are not.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 923

Re: High range to low range

It's good to use the muscles below your corners, and that's what makes the frown. But each individual's facial muscles are knitted together a little differently in that area, so it doesn't necessarily look like a frown.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 923

Re: High range to low range

Everybody has mechanical efficiency issues that can be better, but Chris's post points out an important point that it's always hard to go from extended high playing into the low range.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Trombone Forum news?
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Trombone Forum news?

Nobody don't know nothing.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

A shake is like a frappe, but with the right notes.

You'd think a lead trumpet player would know that.

In the words of Bill Potts, "MILK IT !!!"
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

Intonation, articulation and time frequently get
lumped into "sound," with some justification because they all contribute.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 923

Re: High range to low range

If you want specific personalized help with that stuff, that's what I do in my lessons. I teach about the mechanics of playing to help players of all the different embouchures types. My mouthpiece business grew out of that.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Williams Experts...help!
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Williams Experts...help!

I think the originals and the Donelson ones both had a sandblasted surface with chrome plating. But it might be nickel plating. I can probably find out if nobody here actually knows.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Hill Murvel Mouthpiece?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Hill Murvel Mouthpiece?

I'm pretty sure that's "Marvel"

I never heard of it either.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: new headphone - nuraphone
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: new headphone - nuraphone

Both?
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Headphones (cans) in the Studio
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

I use earbuds with both not all the way in. Usually with the right one almost falling out so I can hear more acoustically, and the left one almost sealing so it has more low end.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

I left out "time" in my previous reply. If you're playing a fraction late - very common in bass trombonists - your sound will get lost and maybe lack "presence." In any case, record the ensemble and listen critically for all of those things, and also have somebody else listen to get a different view...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

Do you know what direction you need to go to please this particular conductor? In some situations, how you feel about your sound, balance, and blend is a lot less important than how the person out front feels about it. From the perspective in front, you may sound very different than you think. Befor...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 941

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

I'm pretty sure that was the agreement at the time.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: Mouthpiece suggestions

When you say "I find I can't tighten my lips enough during performance as it keeps falling/dropping even though I move the mouthpiece up and tighten lips. " Do you mean the mouthpiece slips down off of your top lip? If so, when does it happen? When you try to play high notes? Or when you play low no...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 941

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

The person who ran Rewindplay may have died. I can't remember his name but he was an older guy when I was in.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 941

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

The military is not selling recordings. They have been known to give other entities the right to make and sell recordings, I suppose to offset the considerable cost of production but not for profit. I can't point you to the applicable laws but I know there was a lot of discussion about that when I w...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Chin Shaking?
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Chin Shaking?

My first guess without seeing you is that you're trying to play with too little mouthpiece pressure.

If you want specific advice with some validity, I can see you on Skype
by Doug Elliott
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 941

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

U.S. Military albums are public domain, and people selling them for profit technically are committing a copyright crime. Contact the band directly, through military channels. They will be able to make copies and send you one. http://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/Ensembles/...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF disrespect
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: ITF disrespect

Well I might have made a scene so maybe it's better I didn't go.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF disrespect
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: ITF disrespect

I guess nothing's changed, the same thing happened last year with Bill Watrous, Bob McChesney, Scott Whitfield, and Dick Nash.
But instead of leaving, I stood up and yelled at the audience. It's on YouTube.

I actually meant to go tonight but got caught up in other things.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Who's going to ITF?
Replies: 4
Views: 746

Re: Who's going to ITF?

Apparently so.

Today on the drive out we passed a Google Maps camera car. First time I've seen one.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: Mouthpiece suggestions

Probably yes
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Canadian Brass Eugene Watts G2 trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Canadian Brass Eugene Watts G2 trombone mouthpiece

I the very beginning I made just 2 or 3 for them, and I don't know what happened to them or how they were labeled. Your description sounds like it could be one of those.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: Mouthpiece suggestions

I don't play bass trombone. I have faked it several times when necessary and I think I've used completely different mouthpieces each time, getting progressively bigger, playing on my large tenor. The only "bass trombone" I have is a 1930's Olds 547/562 TIS flatwrap which I think is a pretty cool hor...

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