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by BGuttman
Sun May 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

If you want to humble your lead trumpet, pull up MacArthur Park (Maynard arrangement). I've never seen something go so high. I inherited the Makin' Whooppee solo from the bass trombone before me. He used to play it on a sousaphone. My alternate likes to play it on a Mirafone Contra. The band likes i...
by BGuttman
Sun May 27, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Spring stop in main slide
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Spring stop in main slide

Probably whatever your tech's minimum charge is. It's a 5 minute job.
by BGuttman
Sun May 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Spring stop in main slide
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Spring stop in main slide

It's possible that one of the springs is loose. Before you head to the tech, try this:

Pull the outer slide in as far as it will go and squeeze it a bit. That may get the spring to "seat".
by BGuttman
Sun May 27, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

It's a silicone oil intended to make Superslick (or Trombotine or cold cream) work better. I've never tried to use the stuff by itself, although I had a friend who used just a dab of Trombotine and loads of Superslick Plus for his slide. It's pretty expensive compared to UltraPure or Rapid Comfort, ...
by BGuttman
Sat May 26, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Found money - sort of.
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Found money - sort of.

The Church treasurer is probably trying to figure out what happened to that check. If you choose B, send the check back with a note saying it's a contribution toward being rehired for another gig.
by BGuttman
Sat May 26, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 26
Views: 625

Re: .500 bore mouthpieces

You would select the rim for your embouchure size and the finish depending on how "grippy" you want it to be. Gold is least grippy, Lexan is most. You can swap rims onto different cups. As an example: I have an LT102 in gold and an LT 102N in silver. I use them (interchangeably) on a G cup for a "cl...
by BGuttman
Sat May 26, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tasmanian State Solo & Party Competitions
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Tasmanian State Solo & Party Competitions

Is this up on BrassBanned?

Good luck on the solo.
by BGuttman
Sat May 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

I guess I'm an oddball. I hate CL mouthpieces. I like Denis Wicks. I play a 4BL on my symphonic tenor and a 4BS on my medium bore tenor. I have a Doug Elliott bass mouthpiece for my bass and also a Marcinkiewucz GR that I use when I need to be "a little less". I also have been experimenting with War...
by BGuttman
Fri May 25, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns - trombone part

I would guess that a small bore tenor would be appropriate. Howard Weiner published a paper in the old TTF where he explained that the three trombones in 19th Century playing were all Bb instruments of different bores: smallest for "alto", medium for "tenor", and large bore for "bass". Sounds like a...
by BGuttman
Fri May 25, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Silver King 2b’s
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Silver King 2b’s

There are 2B trombones that are silver plated over brass and there are 2B trombones that have solid sterling silver bells. The sterling bells are called "Silvertone" up to the early 1950s and SilverSonic after (King lost a trademark suit with Sears). The solid sterling bells have a Sterling mark (an...
by BGuttman
Thu May 24, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

I like "swinette". Is it rather porcine sounding?

I have something similar, but it's over 100 years old and has no maker mark on it. I'm pretty sure it's German, though.
by BGuttman
Thu May 24, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB, Elliott-Threaded 11c (Long Shot, I know)
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: WTB, Elliott-Threaded 11c (Long Shot, I know)

Just as an aside, since Chris has only one post, he won't see your PM. He needs to have two posts.

Chris, make a post somewhere that I can approve so you can see PMs. I think there's a thread in Comments about PMs where many have placed second posts.
by BGuttman
Wed May 23, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tasmanian State Solo & Party Competitions
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Tasmanian State Solo & Party Competitions

Good luck, Gee-tar man!

I'll try to send positive thoughts from the other side of the world.

Only thing Tasmanian I have ever seen is a Tasmanian Devil in a Melbourne zoo. Nasty little critter!
by BGuttman
Wed May 23, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Valve Oil
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Valve Oil

I like Blue Juice for my Euph.

UltraPure also works well.

For years we used to use Al Cass.

Lots of good products out there.
by BGuttman
Wed May 23, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Tenor horn

In the US, these are usually referred to as "alto horns". In the old Saxhorn ensemble, there is an instrument in Bb with a relatively small bore that is referred to as a "tenor horn". Parts written for one are usually given to the 1st and 2nd trombone, while the Bb bass is given to the 3rd trombone....
by BGuttman
Tue May 22, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: .500 bore mouthpieces
Replies: 26
Views: 625

Re: .500 bore mouthpieces

I use a Bach 4C on my Martin Imperial, and have lately been experimenting with a Warburton 7D and a 4 backbore. Works fine for me (but I play a Wick 4BL or 4BS on my classical horns.

Also playing with a Doug Elliott 102N on an E cup (LT series)
by BGuttman
Tue May 22, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Faxx 5G
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: FS: Faxx 5G

Amoss1s: you can now PM, since you have two posts.
by BGuttman
Mon May 21, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 11
Views: 303

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

Paul Faulisse talks about an embouchure shift down around pedal D. You also can try dropping your jaw just a little.

Incidentally, the Faulisse method has some exercises down there that may help.

Good luck. My pedal D and pedal C are notes that I have to play bass for a while to hit.
by BGuttman
Sun May 20, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Helmut Voigt
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Helmut Voigt

Interesting, and as Neo Bri notes, they surely are attractive. I am a bit surprised at the small bore size of most of the trombones. Are these sizes more common in Europe? German style trombones generally have smaller slide bores and large bells. Gives them a very different sound from an American s...
by BGuttman
Sun May 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey
Replies: 9
Views: 303

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

Doug, I'll bet the folks at rehotjazz.com would be interested in your ID of the piano player in their header Ma Rainey picture and would probably add him to the list of players in her band. I managed to find ONE recording on line with Wynn playing and he certainly was no slouch. I sang in a chorus t...
by BGuttman
Sat May 19, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tuba questions
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Tuba questions

In the American Saxhorn Band of about 150 years ago, all parts were in transposed treble clef except for the Tuba. Again, reasons are pretty similar. The Saxhorn band was generally part of a military organization and players could be otherwise occupied when it was time to play a concert (musicians w...
by BGuttman
Sat May 19, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Re: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing

This morning I heard both; one superimposed on the other. First time I heard the "Laurel" or anything like it. Same computer speakers as before.
by BGuttman
Fri May 18, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Photo identification request: trombonist with Thomas A. Dorsey
Replies: 9
Views: 303

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

The group is Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band. Here is some more information from RedHotJazz: http://www.redhotjazz.com/georgiajazzband.html There are three trombonists listed as members at various times: Charlie Green Kid Ory Albert Wynn I know Ory was not left-handed so it's not him. Has to be ...
by BGuttman
Fri May 18, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rescued school surplus horns
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: Rescued school surplus horns

Best way to tell there's a leadpipe is to feel the inside of the upper inner. You can use a crochet hook or something that has a bend at the end. A borescope is even better. There should be a taper to a minimal size and then a jump of some sort. If you can't feel it there could be no leadpipe. Also,...
by BGuttman
Fri May 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Buzz mute?
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Buzz mute?

I got to listen to Baileyman's mute yesterday. From 10 feet away it doesn't really have a buzz. Closer you can hear the buzz. What he seems to have done is to take the lower part of a Mega Mute off and cover the the open end with wax paper. I should point out that I get a more "buzzy" sound from my ...
by BGuttman
Fri May 18, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Re: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing

Sounded like Yanny to me. Wonder which frequencies I don't hear.
by BGuttman
Wed May 16, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 1322

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

Bob, maybe we should let this conductor remain nameless to protect the guilty. Thanks for that anecdote, though. What I don't understand is in our orchestra we had a guy playing bass who always got "the hand". But when I played bass on the same piece, I didn't. I wasn't trying to play quieter, either.
by BGuttman
Mon May 14, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?

Thanks for that Giorgi. As a 682G player shame on me for omitting Yamaha!
by BGuttman
Mon May 14, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Professional Trombone for Tuba Player?

This is a perfect type of question for our new Trombone Wiki. There are many more options than Bach, although you would think that's the only one from the type of chatter here. For a good horn on a budget, consider the following instruments: Benge 190. They are available with or without F-attachment...
by BGuttman
Sat May 12, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: BlowDry Brass vs. Herco Spitballs
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: BlowDry Brass vs. Herco Spitballs

Mostly alcohol (particularly ethanol) goes into a ketone. Further oxidation goes to an acid. You really have to work to convert an alcohol into an acid, so it's not likely to occur on its own.
by BGuttman
Sat May 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: BlowDry Brass vs. Herco Spitballs
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: BlowDry Brass vs. Herco Spitballs

Firstly, about red rot. Red rot can be the result of nearly any acid. The strength of the acid determines the rapidity of the development of red rot. The acid in question is normally carbonic acid, formed as carbon dioxide dissolves in water. It's the same acid that is in most fizzy soft drinks (Coc...
by BGuttman
Fri May 11, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Mouthpiece plating wearing off?

Quick test: use some silver polish on the inside of the cup. If it comes up silver, it's just tarnish. If it comes up still copper color it's wearing off. If the rim is still intact, you probably don't need to worry any.
by BGuttman
Wed May 09, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Method Books
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Method Books

Go on IMSLP and get the Blazhevich School for Trombone and the Mantia Trombone Virtuoso. At one time they had the LaFosse method, but it seems to have been taken down. Note that Schlossberg and Chimera are available there for free as well.
by BGuttman
Tue May 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach student and intermediate bones
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Bach student and intermediate bones

The TB-200 has the same bore as a 36. At one time they had a version called "Omega" that was a popular school horn. I wouldn't dump a 36 for one. The older intermediate, the Mercedes, was actually a better made horn. Problem is any Mercedes you find is going to be at least 40 years old and condition...
by BGuttman
Tue May 08, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage trombone for elementary student?
Replies: 41
Views: 1215

Re: Vintage trombone for elementary student?

Nice pick. A lot of us started on Olds Ambassadors A 6.5 AL is good for a High Schooler but may be a tad big for a 5th Grader. You might consider a 12C at this stage. If the slide has a little corrosion on the stockings, you need to remove it using something like Nevr-Dull (sold in auto parts stores...
by BGuttman
Mon May 07, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 100
Views: 5925

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

sf105 wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 1:21 pm

Did the Symphony Fanstastique recently on a small horn. The pedals cut straight through the band without killing anyone. Berlioz knew what he was doing.

S
Berlioz didn't even put the pedal Bbs in the 3rd trombone part. I think he was expecting an instrument in Eb or F.
by BGuttman
Mon May 07, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: First Things First - Frank Gulino
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: First Things First - Frank Gulino

Pedal Fb? You mean pedal E? Pedal notes should be in the same positions as the notes an octave higher. I definitely try to play E in T2 just because of the very long reach to get to 7. I play a version of the Remington exercise (I think it's #1) where I play pedal Bb, pedal A, pedal Bb; then pedal B...
by BGuttman
Mon May 07, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tilting your head?
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Tilting your head?

For what it's worth, I've seen an awful lot of sax players who tilt heads.

If it doesn't affect your playing, don't worry.
by BGuttman
Sun May 06, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Speak Low Recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Speak Low Recordings

Interesting. It doen't sound very Latin. But a nice rendition. Note that in the beginning he's baically doing slight variations on the melody and goes off into "outer space" for the last chorus. It would probably sound more Latin if the rhythm adopted a more Latin feel with the exact same solo over ...
by BGuttman
Sun May 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Transport mutes/stands etc.
Replies: 18
Views: 552

Re: Transport mutes/stands etc.

I can think of several ways to go. Pick the one(s) you like best. 1. Altieri trombone bag. The bag has a HUGE pocket that I can fit a straight mute, a trombone stand (usually a Hamilton), and a wire stand as well as mouthpieces, oils, etc. Some don't like the way the bag carries and I have found tha...
by BGuttman
Sat May 05, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Speak Low Recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Speak Low Recordings

Is this a trombone feature? Or is there an extended trombone solo? If not, I would suggest looking at other pieces done as latin. Listen to Tito Puente to get the REAL Latin feel. There are good Latin arrangements (I can't think of one now) of lots of songs. Do a little searching. Figuring out Swing...
by BGuttman
Thu May 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Cases
Topic: King 4B or 5B case
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: King 4B or 5B case

Note: I have the exact same case, but it came with a Conn 88H. It also fit a Conn 6H. Mine needs some minor repairs since it had an exposed U-nail that scratched the slide. When I removed it the flap and end of the accessory compartment came out with it. Need to drill a hole and mount the flap with ...
by BGuttman
Wed May 02, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Instruments & Parts
Topic: Wessex Bass Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Wessex Bass Trombone?

The new one is its own design. It's not a 7B "clone" (as the owner of a genuine 7B I find them not interesting). I think the new one is/was supposed to make its debut at the Brass Conference in Washington back in March, so it may not have made its way to the Web site yet. You could probably ask them...
by BGuttman
Wed May 02, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Instruments & Parts
Topic: Wessex Bass Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Wessex Bass Trombone?

Chris Stearn (Blast) has played the newest one. In fact, he helped design it. I believe he considers it to be a great choice for a first bass. I'm not sure you will beat out the guys with Shires and Edwards in competitive auditions for top orchestras, but for everyday use it's probably pretty good. ...
by BGuttman
Wed May 02, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rhapsody in Blue original version
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Rhapsody in Blue original version

Thanks. $300 to rent is a bit rich for our blood. We do good to get 150 people to show up for a concert. Now you know why we (and an awful lot of other lower tier orchestras) don't do a lot of modern music. That's actually a nice low price compared to what I've seen for a lot of other popular pieces.
by BGuttman
Tue May 01, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage trombone for elementary student?
Replies: 41
Views: 1215

Re: Vintage trombone for elementary student?

I had no idea until I started reading this forum that you could "hotrod" a trombone, or that it was as common as it appears among you aficionados! Very interesting...so Bruce, your general opinion is that a straight horn "classical education" is probably a better route for a 10 yo? I'm a "learn to ...
by BGuttman
Tue May 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage trombone for elementary student?
Replies: 41
Views: 1215

Re: Vintage trombone for elementary student?

There is a controversy regarding the F-valve and students. On one hand, they tend to be smaller and have a hard time reaching the outer positions (5, 6, 7). Heck, even adults have a hard time reaching 7. The F-valve puts 6 and 7 in a nice, reachable location. On the other hand, it adds weight, most ...
by BGuttman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Olds Super -> Removable Leadpipe?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Olds Super -> Removable Leadpipe?

I like the Olds "pro" line horns as Big Band horns. Only possible problem is that they have a rather unique sound and if you have a picky contractor he may balk. Then again, a 32H is pretty vintage as well and could have the same problem.
by BGuttman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Tuning Slide Lube Maintenance
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: Tuning Slide Lube Maintenance

Vaseline works, but I have found it will attack brass (it turns green). I have some horns that I have used Vaseline on for decades and the tuning slides don't seem to have any corrosion, though. Some people swear by anhydrous lanolin (available at a pharmacy). I find it very temperature sensitive. I...
by BGuttman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

First, Conn only made 3 of the BBb contras. One was for August Helleberg (which I don't think was the one Noah sold). Also, in 1901 Jake Burkle was a beginner, so I don't think he's the brains. There really hasn't been much call for contrabass trombones until fairly recently. I would guess that a lo...

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