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by blast
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Contrabass- mouthpiece?
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Contrabass- mouthpiece?

The Klier 2B is the best of his offerings. I have used it a lot. Last time the CB came out it was with one of Doug's pieces.

Chris
by blast
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke M6.0
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Schilke M6.0

jph wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:17 am
Yes, it's a very good...under the radar, in today's market where everyone is after a Griego or Black...bass mouthpiece. Plenty of depth, but not a shot glass; great clarity. IMO very similar to a Hammond 21BL.
Not everyone..... :shuffle: :shuffle: :D :D

Chris
by blast
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on two basses
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Thoughts on two basses

It is both simplistic and incorrect to say that physical weight in an instrument has a direct relationship with the weight of sound it produces. I have tried many heavy, light sounding basses, whilst there are instruments around that are light weight and sound big and dark. Of course you have to lea...
by blast
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on two basses
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Thoughts on two basses

The 620G is not heavy and I have played at least one example that sounded and felt great. Gabe said some interesting things. Many modern designs feature a lot of brace work that could be removed. My Holton 169 has a Brasslab rotor set that I have de-braced to the point that it is about the weight of...
by blast
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

Yes you can move your tongue.... but when moved up and down, back and forward, it will change the sound and ease of vibration. I don't think about any of this.... it is far more organic. Check the Doug Yeo video posted elsewhere on here.

Chris.
by blast
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

I don't think about the tongue position at all, it'll go where it needs to with enough practice. The proof of this is to be able to play throughout the range with no tongue at all. By practicing the usual ex's and striving to achieve really accurate attacks using "air notes" (no tongue) starting wi...
by blast
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility

Okay, I surrender..... you can use it with whatever you like.... there, that's helpful.

Chris
by blast
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility

The SL6262 will FIT all Conn bass trombones with the standard Conn connector. It will not WORK with the designs that have short bell sections.... the instrument would be very very sharp.
The OP asked what would WORK.

Chris
by blast
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: Conn 62H bass trombone bell compatibility

Burgerbob wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:44 pm
Should work with all Conns, including side tuning bell sections (so, the fabled "no tuning" option).
Will not work with 'long slide' models... especially late 70H. Also 71H, 72H, 73H.. also poss 83H... otherwise....

Chris
by blast
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Minick Elky 62H on Ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Minick Elky 62H on Ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conn-Elkhart-vintage-62h-dual-rotor-bass-trombone-with-case-excellent-shape/113055044012?hash=item1a529b11ac:g:qD0AAOSwL4lbHvau Open wrapped, D slide, brass levers and those white gray ball and socket connectors. Very clear picture of the lever saying Minick! Seems like a g...
by blast
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass trombone and guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Bass trombone and guitar

Very nice indeed.We talk....you play....perhaps we should all be swapping tracks.... well done. Chris Chris! Nice to hear from you! According to my wife I need to upgrade both playing and talking :biggrin: Chris, I found a Benge 1 1/2g in a school bands garage, not bad? I clean it up with brass pol...
by blast
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB/WTT Olds P-24G valve parts
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: WTB/WTT Olds P-24G valve parts

If the OP does not want those valves, I 'll take them. U S shipping destination.
Chris
by blast
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Buzz mute?
Replies: 16
Views: 935

Re: Buzz mute?

A friend of mine made his own bass trombone buzz mute using an old cone mute (I don't remember if it was a straight or practice mute). He just drilled some holes and put in several kazoo buzzers. The solo piece "Sub-ZERO" for bass trombone requires a buzz mute so he actually used it in performance....
by blast
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe mod to improve high register?
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: Leadpipe mod to improve high register?

Hey Eric....is Chuck back in business ?

Chris
by blast
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1008

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

I see nothing in those videos that comes as a surprise. On the contrary, they are quite comforting.
Teaching,on the other hand, is much more of a mind game than most people realise.

Chris
by blast
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register
Replies: 18
Views: 902

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

I have the greatest respect for Bruce and Aiden. They are knowledgeable and well-meaning colleagues, and all things being equal I think they make excellent suggestions. However, I would caution against taking advice over the internet about a mouthpiece change. I would also caution against making a ...
by blast
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 41
Views: 1600

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

The one that keeps out of the way and lets me do what I do.

Chris
by blast
Thu May 31, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Edwards with Conn slide, When
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: Edwards with Conn slide, When

I think this refers to Edwards horns with a "Conn" fitting for the slide. I seem to remember that when Edwards was first starting out, they were only making bells, and they asked buyers to specify which slide they wanted the bell to connect to. Their own slides came along in a short time, and the s...
by blast
Tue May 29, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1399

Re: Tenor horn

The Philharmonia is a self- governing orchestra... it is run by the players themselves... they appoint the management who organise such sessions. Their schedule, like the other London orchestras, involves 7 days work a week, almost constant touring and often fitting other engagements around the sche...
by blast
Mon May 28, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?
Replies: 29
Views: 876

Re: For Absolute Beginners: Bass or Contrabass?

The pro player was joking about the contra. Clue was the 'in demand' bit.
£400 should get you a decent Bb/F tenor.
Ebay or Gumtree.... check with your teacher before buying.
Don't buy a Chinese bass for £240.... it will most likely be rubbish.

Chris
by blast
Mon May 28, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1399

Re: Tenor horn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aomOpZoaU So I learned that the 4th valve on the euphonium is like the F attachment on a trombone. Correct? Yep, exactly. Side note......You're asked to make a video highlighting your instrument, do you A) Give your instrument a bath, and polish, or B) Just rock up...
by blast
Thu May 24, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1399

Re: Tenor horn

Well, that's cleared everything up..... not. There is much confusion because we are talking about instruments of different families.... tenor horns and British baritone horns are Saxhorns. Euphoniums are members of the tuba family. All are conical through their main body, but expand at different rat...
by blast
Wed May 23, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1399

Re: Tenor horn

In another thread someone mentioned their Kanstul 1662i bass so out of curiosity I go to the Kanstul website and I start poking around and I go to the "instruments" pull down menu and I see the usual trumpets, flugelhorns, trombones, etc. Then in the middle I see "tenor horn". I've never seen this ...
by blast
Tue May 22, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Wessex Bass Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1019

Re: Wessex Bass Trombone?

I played the new Wessex bass trombone this weekend at SERTEC. The sound and response was great. The new valves felt very open and easy to blow through. The only real issue I had with it was the tuning, when Bb was in tune, every position seemed to be out WAYYYY further than I normally put it. This ...
by blast
Tue May 22, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Even younger trombonists are sometimes daft enough to think that ALL single valve bass trombones are smaller than ANY double valve bass trombone. Conductors are easily duped ! For some years I played a single valve,unlacquered Bach 50B when a famous conductor requested small trombones.... he even ca...
by blast
Tue May 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass trombone and guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Bass trombone and guitar

Very nice indeed.We talk....you play....perhaps we should all be swapping tracks.... well done.

Chris
by blast
Mon May 14, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

The gliss in the concerto for orchestra is performed in different ways. I remeber the first time I did it I just lipped the (sharp) the low C down to B. No problem. Latter (many times) I played the low B as a "fake tone" on the position as the low Eb, moved the slide out in the beginnig of the glis...
by blast
Sat May 12, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Perhaps even not ironic as much as illustrative in that even those two examples could arguably be discounted because of their exceptional nature. The concerto for orchestra gliss is the most over hyped noise in history. IT'S EASY. Get over it people. Douglas is of course correct... far more importa...
by blast
Tue May 08, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

My indi Olds P-24G responds very well when either valve is used separately or with both valves used together. To me it does not make much sense that the use of the second valve C alone would make it blow better because the air still passes two valves and the length of the tubes engaged is the same ...
by blast
Mon May 07, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Thanks Joe. Nice context. You have told it as it is. I really like the idea of the two valve concept... except the weight !!! Gentlemen of a certain age.....

Chris
by blast
Mon May 07, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

In the last year, I have been able to use my single 60H one time in a performance setting. I never felt safe bringing it to an unknown gig or in the orchestra section. I have noticed a couple other horns that have easier playing pedal ranges than my Bach, but never to the point that I would change....
by blast
Sat May 05, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: College decision...
Replies: 28
Views: 1188

Re: College decision...

Life is a gamble.... to study performance or not is just such a gamble. You have to go with your gut feeling..... and ask a lot of people who know your playing for advice and go for what you think is best. Getting a full time playing job is VERY rare, however you study. Understand that fully. Findin...
by blast
Thu May 03, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Seriously, I have converted many trombones. I have always noticed more difference in sound and feel when I have converted a single to a dependent double than when I have converted a dependent double to an independent. It could be that it is more about weight and where it is, or even where the suppor...
by blast
Thu May 03, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Better than splitting hares.... animal rights people don't like that.
by blast
Thu May 03, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Wessex Bass Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1019

Re: Wessex Bass Trombone?

I don't know what has happened it either. Done dusted and signed off over a year ago.

Chris
by blast
Thu May 03, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 7708

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

My dependent Bach does better on the low range and has more twinkle in the tenor range then any indi Bach I have tried. Much of that is the neck pipe. It might also be that Kevin Powers of Michigan Musical reassembled my horn many years ago and it got better. How do you know that it's the neckpipe ...
by blast
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 1256

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

OK, got it. Thanks, everybody. I don't want to upset anyone.... and yours is a perfectly reasonable question. I just feel it is important to put this in an overall context in terms of what helps you in different areas of playing. For the general readership. I sometimes find myself in the odd positi...
by blast
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 1256

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

Start with a few thousand bucks..... find an engineering company.... get them to copy a mouthpiece in different metals, using a CNC lathe.
I thought I had covered that.
Metals make things different,sure.
Practise makes far more difference..... and it's cheaper

Chris
by blast
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 1256

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

As Doug said, everything makes a difference. A player in London wanted to experiment and asked if he could borrow one of my Mt Vernon 1 1/2G mouthpieces. He had it CNC copied in Brass and Zirconium at great expense, then also in copper. He let me try them all. The metals made a big difference to fee...
by blast
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 58
Views: 3310

Re: The Bunker

Hey, Megan might get another gig..... the music business is like that.... she got the circus gig so it could happen again...she might like the cruise ships.... let's not write her off as a player on this forum.

Chris
by blast
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone Materials
Replies: 28
Views: 1984

Re: Trombone Materials

So Bach's cheap student horns are suspect..... The horns that cost a little more.... Wessex, Mackbrass etc seem fine.... Chinese Rath, Eastman and others are fine. Perhaps the buyers at Bach are a bunch of cheapskates who paid too little and were rewarded with cra...sub-standard product. I've taken ...
by blast
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone Materials
Replies: 28
Views: 1984

Re: Trombone Materials

I would be interested to know which makers use such materials. I have yet to come across any odd materials or joints that come apart and are then hard to solder. Who are the guilty ones Bruce ?

Chris
by blast
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trombone Pics
Replies: 14
Views: 1218

Re: Trombone Pics

Inspector71 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:16 am
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Pretty, pretty, pretty......

Chris
by blast
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: What is rose brass?

You can go to any of the custom makers a do your own comparison. Same bell maker and mandrel... just get the same thickness spec. and try theem out.

Chris

Yes, but I don't trust myself - I may judge with my eyes rather than my ears, or the feel.
by blast
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: What is rose brass?

I tweeked the above numbers a bit after I got some more coffee onboard. Should have been 80/20 for gold and 85/15 for rose. Yes, I agree with that....except that gold is not what Bach call gold. Mick Rath got hold of a sheet of 80/20 around 2003 and made some bells from it. They came out a sort of ...
by blast
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: What is rose brass?

Inspector71 wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:04 am
The 'general" numbers: (many makers have their own recipe)

yellow brass 70/30
gold brass 75/25
Rose brass 80/20
Red brass 90/10
Have you used 80/20 Mike ? It's quite a rare alloy over here.

Chris
by blast
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1354

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Short answer no... no decent ones out there. Long answer.... Rath might build one but as a one off I would guess you would need to wave about 20K at him. Other custom shops might bite but the result is unknowable.

Chris
by blast
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: What is rose brass?

80/20 looks yellow in it's raw state.

Chris
by blast
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Newness
Replies: 11
Views: 1052

Re: Newness

No one called me! Interesting to see what's in the future... Glad to see you and Greg. Remember, we are here only because TTF is down. But please feel free to disagree with Eric (or me) on repair issues. This is an up to date site with hands-on administration.... do you want to go back Bruce ??? Re...

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