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by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Shires Mouthpieces
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Shires Mouthpieces

ngrinder wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:03 pm
In fact, the rim width is very close to an old NY Bach 11C I have.
It was probably copied from a NY 11C.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Charlie Vernon’s Tenor and Bass Equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 2281

Re: Charlie Vernon’s Tenor and Bass Equipment

Anyone knows what he uses for his alto? He doesnt sound like the typical nasally alto The alto I've seen him play (a dozen years ago now) is a large bore Pfretzschner. .525-.547 I think. I know that sounds strange, but the sound is more in the bell taper than the slide bore size. A friend of mine u...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Anyone know of a trombone with longer tuningslide for the trigger?
Replies: 32
Views: 1495

Re: Anyone know of a trombone with longer tuningslide for the trigger?

The tuning slide on a Shires Trubore valve (tenor - not bass so much) is longer than most.
by GabrielRice
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: 2020: not the worst year ever
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: 2020: not the worst year ever

Maybe it's not the worst year ever, but it was the worst year in my lifetime. I've made these pitches before, and I'm going to do it again now. Many thousands of professional freelance musicians - and many who had jobs that should have been secure, like the orchestra of The Met Opera - are in crisis...
by GabrielRice
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires dual bore valves
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: Shires dual bore valves

The wrap looks the same, but the tubing also gets larger somewhere in the middle of the dual bore valve section.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 9568

Re: sections that play one brand

I've never had a conductor ask for different equipment, but I've certainly had a conductor ask for a different character of sound, and sometimes adjusting equipment was the best way to achieve that. I have had more than one principal trombonist tell me they prefer it when I play one horn over anothe...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Chapsticks/Lip stuffs - Discussion & recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Chapsticks/Lip stuffs - Discussion & recommendations

I like Burt's Bees, and I also like Blistex Medicated Lip Balm - not the cream in a squeeze tube, but the kind that looks like a chapstick tube. It doesn't have camphor or phenol, and it has SPF 15 sun protection. I don't like Chopsaver, and I think it's because of the anti-inflammatory property. I ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Leadpipes
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: Leadpipes

The Brass Ark MV50 is an excellent pipe fitting that description.
by GabrielRice
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: A ‘Great Cultural Depression’ Looms for Legions of Unemployed Performers
Replies: 1
Views: 609

Re: A ‘Great Cultural Depression’ Looms for Legions of Unemployed Performers

There are national and local organizations all over working to provide relief funds to musicians and other performing artists. I helped found one for New England: New England Musicians Relief Fund www.nemrf.org and I'm trying to get an article in our alumni magazine about it. Here are some others: h...
by GabrielRice
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 2683

Re: Whistling

baileyman - yes, but...is chop tension any more useful an idea than air speed? Tension where? Corners? Center? Above the lips? Below? In a sense it's all mythology. A pianist or a violinist can see pretty much everything about their tone production. We can see basically none of it. We are always dea...
by GabrielRice
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 2683

Re: Whistling

Absolutely related. I make all my students watch this video at some point:

by GabrielRice
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are the characteristics of a silver plated horn?
Replies: 28
Views: 2174

Re: What are the characteristics of a silver plated horn?

Perhaps career suicide to dawn a silver-plated trombone in certain performance settings, especially orchestras and most indoor performance in the US. I'm not sure whether or not you're joking. I've been a professional trombone player in the US for almost 30 years, and I have never for a minute care...
by GabrielRice
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 108
Views: 11265

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

EdwardSolomon wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:58 am
I can't say what mouthpiece Josh Cirtina plays on, but I do know he now uses an Elkhart Conn 62H.
6 years ago at the Eastman ITF, Josh was playing a 1-1/2G in an Edwards. FWIW.
by GabrielRice
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg black
Replies: 7
Views: 2117

Re: Greg black

Probably a 5G, and to get even closer, a 5G with a custom .277 throat.

But...if you like a Schilke 51, play a Schilke 51.
by GabrielRice
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 1970s Bach Strad Model 50 bass trombone
Replies: 52
Views: 4696

Re: 1970s Bach Strad Model 50 bass trombone

The traditional closed wrap 50B3 doesn't have the valves at offset angles like that.
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: School Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 2717

Re: School Experience

Wow, Harrison, you're dark. A lot of people have great experiences in music school, even if they decide to do something else for a living. In music school, you take classes like any other college. Most of them have something to do with music: music history, music theory, ear training. You will also ...
by GabrielRice
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage Conn Bass Trombones - pictures, specifications, characteristics. Who played them?
Replies: 141
Views: 23510

Re: Vintage Conn Bass Trombones - pictures, specifications, characteristics. Who played them?

WGWTR180 wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:03 pm
Wouldn't want to cause any pressure. I'm thinking playing, crash course in soldering, and beer drinking. Rinse and repeat. :wink:
That sounds like huge fun. Can I come?
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: The worst Orchestral management in the US? (Poor Musicians)
Replies: 2
Views: 3007

Re: The worst Orchestral management in the US? (Poor Musicians)

Keep the faith, Brian.

When bad-faith managements and boards reveal themselves this way, the public almost always sides with musicians.

I wish you the best.
by GabrielRice
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Going back to my 62h
Replies: 33
Views: 8002

Re: Going back to my 62h

These old Conns force you to think about how you play....in a good way. I think many modern trombones are just too easy, covering sloppy technique up until it becomes a real problem. Chris The aspect of playing I observe this in most is intonation - particularly precise slide placement. The Bach I ...
by GabrielRice
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Disrespect towards Furloughed Musicians
Replies: 19
Views: 5931

Re: Disrespect towards Furloughed Musicians

Just wondering... are there any orchestras where the performers are in charge and the administration is the hired help? I believe the Louisiana Philharmonic is owned/run by musicians, unless they've changed their model. They reformed that way after the New Orleans Symphony went under (I think in th...
by GabrielRice
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Going back to my 62h
Replies: 33
Views: 8002

Re: Going back to my 62h

tim wrote:
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:02 pm
I'm slowly learning to use a gentler air flow and then the horn is awesome.
You've got it. You don't have to work so hard, especially to start things.
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lightweight, Standard or Heavyweight?
Replies: 10
Views: 3624

Re: Lightweight, Standard or Heavyweight?

You're going to have a hard time finding anything comparable to that EB1 in Greg's line. Certainly not the standard offerings. My strong sense is that you will do better with Doug Elliott. Something like an LB113 with a K cup. It will be significantly weightier in feel and sound than the Marcinkiewi...
by GabrielRice
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Looking for Professional Teacher over Zoom
Replies: 2
Views: 3301

Re: Looking for Professional Teacher over Zoom

I don't think Alex Iles is monitoring this forum, but if I wanted a teacher to help me get my skills together to work in any musical setting in LA, I would get in touch with him. He's easily findable on facebook.
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Single Rotor Bass Trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 4283

Re: Single Rotor Bass Trombone

And anybody who thinks single valve basses have to sound smaller than doubles should listen to some recordings of Micha Davis in the Israel Philharmonic. And Ray Premru in the Philharmonia for that matter. And Frank Mathison in the LSO. And any recordings of Ed Kleinhammer in Chicago from before aro...
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Single Rotor Bass Trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 4283

Re: Single Rotor Bass Trombone

Singles, by and large, are nicer than doubles....closer to a musical instrument, less of a mechanical necessity.... ^^^this^^^ though my job (as far as I can remember it) means I spend most of my time on a double..... ^^^also this^^^ I have a pre-WWII Conn 70H that is amazing. I use it in sections ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: F-Attachment in tuning slide!?!?
Replies: 15
Views: 2362

Re: F-Attachment in tuning slide!?!?

There’s a nice New York 50 for sale on Noah Gladstone’s BrassArk that has a set-up like this. I heard the fellow play who owned this horn. He sounded gorgeous, and I’m sure that any accomplished bass trombonist would also sound great. I've played this instrument. The sound would be a little light f...
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Advantages of wooden thumb rests
Replies: 8
Views: 4460

Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

If you want to put one on, go for it. It will change the point where your thumb comes into contact with the lever, and thus your hand position, but that could be adjusted if needed. It doesn't change the way the horn plays at all. Some of the more insane among us might argue with that. I have a sto...
by GabrielRice
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Don Sanders Berio Sequenza V
Replies: 0
Views: 4514

Don Sanders Berio Sequenza V

From a recital on March 10, 1980 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. I wish there was video of Don playing this. I've chosen some pictures of Grock the Clown, the inspiration for the piece, to include in this video.

by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 5198

Re: Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto

I Hear he has a bass trombone concerto as well!
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 5198

Re: Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto

WilliamLang wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:51 pm
some serious fireworks around 17 minutes in! thanks for highlighting this lovely piece and performance. just ordered this and Matej's Sonata, looking forward to digging in. also... Donald Sanders was a heck of a soulful player
He sure was. I can't wait to hear you play it!
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 5198

Don Sanders Josef Matej Concerto

https://youtu.be/IPA16Z2nwzQ Josef Matej (1922-1992) was a Czech composer, choirmaster, and trombonist. This little-known concerto in two movements is a marvel of lyricism and technical fireworks, and the way Don Sanders played it was astounding. This performance is from the 1978 Prague Internation...
by GabrielRice
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Going back to my 62h
Replies: 33
Views: 8002

Re: Going back to my 62h

There's a lot to be said for learning how to use resistance to help.
by GabrielRice
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Donald Sanders - 1952-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 4961

Donald Sanders - 1952-2020

Donald Sanders (December 28, 1952 - September 26, 2020) was one of the world's greatest trombonists. He won the highest prize awarded at the Prague International Solo Competition in 1978 and Second Prize at the 1979 Geneva International Solo Competition, was a member of the Empire Brass, and was Pri...
by GabrielRice
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Back to work
Replies: 44
Views: 16021

Re: Back to work

I have begun teaching in person, but I'm not willing to go into the old and poorly-ventilated BU College of Fine Arts building so I've found an outdoors location next to the Charles River and far enough away from any campus buildings that I don't think we will get any complaints. I'll do this for as...
by GabrielRice
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 6418

Re: How to practice the Arban book

Here's something I wrote about how I use the first two sections of the book: http://gabelangfur.blogspot.com/2011/09/keeping-tools-sharp.html And here's one written by the great LA trombonist Alex Iles: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4wi6nph2n8bl4wi/ARBAN%27S%20IN%20AN%20HOUR.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR2_ET7ENi...
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?
Replies: 17
Views: 5985

Re: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?

I find the Greg Black 1G to be quite difficult in the high register.
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?
Replies: 17
Views: 5985

Re: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?

Everything above. I would highly recommend an online lesson with Doug, as well as a more efficient mouthpiece. That doesn't necessarily mean smaller in ways you would notice right away - though there's a good chance it does. I can go into more detail on that if you like. And then I'll add a thought:...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Shires Custom Alessi Valve
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: WTB: Shires Custom Alessi Valve

The Shires Alessi model is modular and compatible with the Shires custom system.
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Want Shires Trombone Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1552

Re: Want Shires Trombone Advice

You say you put this together this summer. It's still this summer; you haven't had it for that long. Give yourself more time to acclimate. You will definitely need to get used to the fact that the Shires T47 slide is significantly more efficient than any 47-62 dual bore. You don't need to blow so mu...
by GabrielRice
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Penderecki Capriccio for Tuba on a Bass Trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 7035

Re: Penderecki Capriccio for Tuba on a Bass Trombone

My former student Ryan Bisson won that ATW competition with that piece. He had the response in the extreme low range to do it convincingly (I don't), and we worked on being very freely interpretive with the notated rhythms and tempi in order to make phrases that told a story. It was also the require...
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shires Trombones Today ?
Replies: 18
Views: 10729

Re: Shires Trombones Today ?

Well, I'm considering custom ordering a Shires. I hope it still will be possible to do that when the pandemic has petered out..... I'm thinking a sterling silver bell, .500 bore, nickel silver outer slide..... I haven't thought through all available options for taper, beads et.c. yet, but I've got ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.
Replies: 8
Views: 3144

Re: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.

Zoom, but you need to have very fast, very stable internet on both sides. The best way is to plug in via an ethernet cable. If you can't do that, get as close to the wifi router as you possibly can. And then you need to adjust the audio and advanced audio settings so that it doesn't interpret sustai...
by GabrielRice
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?
Replies: 35
Views: 17798

Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Hetman Slide Gel Plus, for the same reason as Aiden. It's important, because you want your tuning slide grease to be able to be dissolved by your valve oil. That's right, you do. Please don't use Vaseline or that Dow-Corning stuff. The Dow-Corning doesn't dissolve, it just moves around. I used it fo...
by GabrielRice
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces
Replies: 5
Views: 3109

Re: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces

Perfect! Just what I needed to know Gabe. I have a friend who has the opportunity to purchase a 63D! I saw it with my own eyes. I'll take a picture of it if I get a chance. Looked like a 3Gish thing so glad for you to confirm my guess is correct. You know the one 90D prototype I played and owned wa...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces
Replies: 5
Views: 3109

Re: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces

Laskey's numbering system is logical. Put a decimal place in between the two numbers and a 2 in front of them. That's the size of the inner diamater of the rim in mm. The cups of the large tenor and bass pieces are MD for medium-deep and D for deep. So the 85MD bass piece is 28.5mm rim size - basica...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Helen Jones Woods RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 6538

Helen Jones Woods RIP

https://nyti.ms/2DjRoSC

Some trombone history I had no idea about.
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons
Replies: 29
Views: 3667

Re: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons

That's really interesting, particularly considering that in the late 80s and early-mid 90s many players - at least young players who were trying to make HUGE sounds - considered Bach bells too light for serious orchestral use. Lots of people were using their Bach slides on bell sections built with T...
by GabrielRice
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey with different font
Replies: 9
Views: 3233

Re: Laskey with different font

I think I owned about 2 dozen 93Ds over about 10 years. They were all different - or at least I was never able to find two I liked best that were the same. The Italicized font appeared later in my collection; the one in the picture was what I saw first. My first favorite had the font pictured; the o...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass trombones with resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: Bass trombones with resistance

A bass trombone is a bass trombone, but stick with a single bore slide and rotary valves. An old-school Bach 50B2 or 3 with closed wrap has some nice resistance, actually. The Yamaha 613H (no longer in production) is a nice horn that doesn't feel big but can make a big sound. I would be more concern...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Bad news from the symphonic scene
Replies: 39
Views: 17383

Re: Bad news from the symphonic scene

If you can afford to, please support relief efforts for freelance musicians and others in the performing arts. Many of us are in a very difficult place; our mix of W2 and self-employment income makes our unemployment benefits small and tenuous. In some states the unemployment benefit caps out at a r...

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