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by BillO
Fri May 08, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will never sell?
Replies: 50
Views: 4666

Re: What are some horns you will never sell?

JohnL wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 7:15 am
Maybe you should buy a boat and a good, stout chain.
I need to sell the Shires to be able to afford the boat...
by BillO
Fri May 08, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will never sell?
Replies: 50
Views: 4666

Re: What are some horns you will never sell?

Now, if I could only sell this boat-anchor Shires I have ... Bill, As a favor to you, I'll take the Shires off your hands for $200 USD – and I'll pay the shipping to the U.S.! ;) That's representative of the kind of offers I'm getting. It seems the folks around my neck of the woods don't differenti...
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 39
Replies: 15
Views: 1520

Re: Bach 39

Ugh! Bad memories here. Mine, bought circa 1992, came with a 12E.
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Old horns with incredibly small bores
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Old horns with incredibly small bores

Conn 2H might be your best bet. Had one of these for a few years. The slide aside, it played fairly well, good range both dynamically and frequency, if a bit strident and bright. If that's what you are after, then this is your puppy. The metal was thick by today's standards. However, good luck find...
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: shires bravo series.
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: shires bravo series.

I have to wonder, what is the point of this branding?
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?
Replies: 82
Views: 12146

Re: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?

harrisonreed wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:40 pm
...
A Bach alto.
...
After buying one of these some decades ago and spending 3 years trying to make it work, I have to agree. Never again!

In fact, the experience soured me on Bach in general.
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The Backward Facing Slideless trombone
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: The Backward Facing Slideless trombone

PhilE wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 7:31 pm
Only asking $800 AUD and it's still available. :biggrin:
I can't, for the life of me, see why this has not been snapped up! :idk:
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will never sell?
Replies: 50
Views: 4666

Re: What are some horns you will never sell?

I was convinced I would never sell my King 4B. It was my 2nd King 4B and I had it since new for 34 years or so. However, a bit over 2 years ago I bought an XO brass 1236 and the King never came out of the case again. I bought the King for $800 because it had been baking in the store window for some ...
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Show me your stable
Replies: 79
Views: 6519

Re: Show me your stable

Tremozl wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 6:27 pm
I mostly score music for film and game but I "make noise" on these from time to time:
Wow, the double valve bass looks like a child's toy next to the huge contra. How does that behemoth play?
by BillO
Thu May 07, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: XO 1634 thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 1457

Re: XO 1634 thoughts?

Thanks! Do you recall whether or not the specimen you played had the counterweight attached? If not, was the horn front-heavy? I know that it's super lightweight, but I'm curious about weight distribution. I've owned a 1632 for almost 3 years now (well, a good part of that was rental). The balance ...
by BillO
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: I wish I liked axials...
Replies: 22
Views: 1598

Re: I wish I liked axials...

I picked up a horn with a Thayer about 2 years ago. I hated the valve at first because of the throw but kept playing the instrument for it's overall playability and response (especially down low - it can move things). Now I don't even think about the valve. I still have 3 horns with rotor valves and...
by BillO
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: After 35 years, I'm Looking For A Trombone
Replies: 20
Views: 2280

Re: After 35 years, I'm Looking For A Trombone

As a matter of interest, what are they asking for the Yamaha? They are the bees knees (if in playable condition) and have been/are being played by professional/professional level players - including Doug Elliott on this site and a friend of mine here in Canada.
by BillO
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 4270

Re: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts

The bell has to be removable on axial valve models so that the valve can be disassembled for cleaning.

One would think they could take the next step and produce rotary and goosenck sections to go along with with such instruments and a couple of tuning slides so they could have a "custom" set-up.
by BillO
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Am I asking too much?
Replies: 20
Views: 1853

Re: Am I asking too much?

I should have mentioned, I am in Canada - about 2 hours north of Toronto, so your suggestions about consignment are not open to me. I did have it with a brass tech (Ron Parch) in Toronto for nearly a year on consignment, but the same effect. No interest. In fact, Ron had suggested the pricing. I'm g...
by BillO
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Am I asking too much?
Replies: 20
Views: 1853

Re: Am I asking too much?

Thanks guy's for all you input. I'll revise my tactics. Strange thing is, I also tried to sell my King 4B for $800 and again nobody even called about it. I decided to take it to a music shop (L & M) to trade it in on a Yamaha keyboard. I figured they'd give me like $500 for it, but I needed the keyb...
by BillO
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Am I asking too much?
Replies: 20
Views: 1853

Am I asking too much?

Just looking for some advice here. I've been trying to sell my Shires trombone for some time and have not even had any tire kickers. The kit includes a 7YLW bell (7.5/10), a 2REV bell (9+/10), rotary valve (8.5/10), straight neck-pipe (9+/10), X tuning slide (9+/10), TW47 slide with some lacquer los...
by BillO
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Distilled water and red rot?
Replies: 40
Views: 5464

Re: Distilled water and red rot?

Ahh, the ol' finger pointing two-step. :x I'm extremely disappointed with the finish on my Shires trombone. No instrument's lacquer should be so dismally feeble. No other pro-level trombone I've owned (Conn, King, XO, Yamaha, etc.) has ever been so wiling to cast off it's lacquer than my $5000 Shire...
by BillO
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Cordless Silent Brass
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: Cordless Silent Brass

Okay, got it. Thanks for the clarification Matt. Makes more sense now. :good:
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Cordless Silent Brass
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: Cordless Silent Brass

The latency would only be in the incoming audio and not the signal from the mute so it should not be noticeable. That's been my experience; I've never had any problems with using the Silent Brass and even cheap bluetooth transmitters for practicing. But I only had one receiver. I attach the mute di...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 2413

Re: Relacquer or restore

I'm no instrument repair tech, but if a warm ultrasonic chem clean can't get the job done then maybe a full disassembly won't help much more as usually (straight horn) only the slide crook would normally be inaccessible for some sort of mechanical clean out (like honing or wire brushing). The tuning...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Cordless Silent Brass
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: Cordless Silent Brass

An analog system (like an FM guitar or mike system) would work best. Digital is great, except where latency can be an issue. Bluetooth is a cardinal offender in this respect. When I use my Silent Brass mute I put the amplifier in a shirt or pant pocket and use shortened cables to it and the headphon...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Spit Valve woes...
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Spit Valve woes...

I've traditionally used a bit of carpet or an old beach towel, but I like the potted plant idea.

Your lady friend deserves you bringing her some alternatives. There have been some good suggestions here. If she can't accept any of them, this bodes poorly for your future together. Really.
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Distilled water and red rot?
Replies: 40
Views: 5464

Re: Distilled water and red rot?

Marcus Bonna, a premium priced case maker uses a glue that off-fumes a corrosive that consumes the instruments the case was designed to hold? Something fishy here. If this is true Marcus Bonna should repair your trombone and replace the case with one that won't eat your trombone or refund the cost y...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?

No pure alcohol, blend of pure alcohols or blend of pure alcohol and pure water will leave a residue. The only one I know that is available pure (without blending with other alcohols or water) to the general public is methanol, aka wood alcohol. Most alcohol concoctions will list the ingredients - e...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: How to modify Hamilton stand
Replies: 23
Views: 2175

Re: How to modify Hamilton stand

vetsurginc wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:26 am
brassmedic wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:47 am
1. Buy a K&M stand.

2. Throw away the Hamilton stand.
+1
+1
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Practice Mutes
Replies: 12
Views: 1466

Re: Practice Mutes

Thanks for posting this. Welcome to the guild of the slide. In any case, I think I will try out the Bremmer. I have a band mate that has one. I usually use my Yamaha Silent Brass but it does leak a bit more sound than the Bremmer. Most practice mutes affect your intonation but I think they help you ...
by BillO
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who has had custom mouthpiece work done?
Replies: 35
Views: 3411

Re: Who has had custom mouthpiece work done?

Do Bach still do custom work? I had them do a custom MP for me about 25 years ago. It was costly for the time (about $150).
by BillO
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 27
Views: 4092

Re: Jazz Trombones

I've kept my eyes out and managed to snag a Holton 65 off of eBay for under $100. I need to get it cleaned and get the slide straightened as well as some dents taken out but it pairs nicely with a King 11m mounthpiece and I'm loving it! Yikes! I hope you got a chance to put your eyes back in before...
by BillO
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombone Suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 2063

Re: Bass Trombone Suggestions

That's a great price! Dillon's has the axial version listed for more than $5,500. That would place the rotor version at around $4900. Although they don't use Thayer branded valves anymore, they now have their own axial which is actually an improvement over the Thayer. I have the rotor version, just ...
by BillO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: So, what do you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

Re: So, what do you do?

TheSheriff wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:18 pm
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Just do it....over and over and over.

======
That's my plan right now. We'll see how it goes. 10 sessions with it today ... so far.
by BillO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: So, what do you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

Re: So, what do you do?

Doug Elliott wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:34 pm
For me it's Eva Cassidy's version of Over the Rainbow - it's pretty unique. I used to work with Eva and I'm on some of her recordings. She died at age 30....
Yes, this is how that piece was meant to be played. What wonderful interpretation. What a loss her passing was to all the world.
by BillO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombone Suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 2063

Re: Bass Trombone Suggestions

DougHulme wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 4:11 am
I suggest you look at the Jupiter Xo series they are good quality ...
I'll 2nd this. I've had a 1240RL for 3 or so years now. Very happy. Well made, big bold (can shake foundations) sound when you want it, but responds well at pp too. You might indeed find one for $2,500. :good:
by BillO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any opinions of the Yamaha YSL200AD?
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Any opinions of the Yamaha YSL200AD?

It's a Chinese made 354. Don't let that bother you. 1) The Chinese can make good stuff if you ask them and pay. 2) Yamaha's Chinese products are just as good as their Japanese products because they own and run their Chinese factories. As said before, the 200 is sold through small, local independent ...
by BillO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: So, what do you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

So, what do you do?

This summer I have to perform Chicago's "Just You and Me" multiple times for a reoccurring gig. Yeah, I know. It's not a hard piece. The issue is that I played this in HS and later to make beer money in university, and later it was me and my bride's wedding song. For some stupid reason I am emotiona...
by BillO
Wed May 01, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.
Replies: 12
Views: 1676

Re: What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.

I'd say the worst is the one you really want but can't afford.

I played an Olds S23 in High school (about 300 years ago) - I didn't much like that arrangement. I now play an XO 1240 which has the typical split levers (thumb & fingers) of an independent bass. That seems to me to be best. :good:
by BillO
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 27
Views: 4092

Re: Jazz Trombones

You could get a nice Yamaha YSL-354 in your price range. Nice horn - look for one with a nickel-silver slide.
by BillO
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Buying Trombone Blind
Replies: 21
Views: 2635

Re: Buying Trombone Blind

Given those two options, I would stick with the Duo Gravis for now. The 740 is a pretty meh instrument all around. I'd have to agree with Burgerbob here. In my search for a bass the Jupiter 740 was one I spent some time on. I just could not get it to behave for me. I did however end up buying a Jup...
by BillO
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone Materials
Replies: 69
Views: 23043

Re: Trombone Materials

Scintillating!
by BillO
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Smashed 88h Bell...
Replies: 31
Views: 3602

Re: Smashed 88h Bell...

Until you get that customer that complains because it's not perfect. The wonders of unreasonable expectations.
by BillO
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone Materials
Replies: 69
Views: 23043

Re: Trombone Materials

I'm pretty sure the yellow brass bell has been available for a while on the 88H. I have a friend that has, what appears to be an early Gen II 88H with a yellow brass bell. He does not think it was a custom job (bought it used), but is not 100% sure. In any case, even if they were not sold new that w...
by BillO
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Smashed 88h Bell...
Replies: 31
Views: 3602

Re: Smashed 88h Bell...

Cool, sounds like an inexpensive way to get a great horn.

As to changing a bell being easy ... while I can solder as good as the very best when it comes to PCBs, brass instruments - not so much. I'll get it soldered - make no mistake, but you may never want to look at it again. :shuffle:
by BillO
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Smashed 88h Bell...
Replies: 31
Views: 3602

Re: Smashed 88h Bell...

I think that's the wholesale price. Good if can get it though. Are you planning on installing it yourself?
by BillO
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Smashed 88h Bell...
Replies: 31
Views: 3602

Re: Smashed 88h Bell...

Depending on the price to repair might be worth a new bell. IIRC they are pretty cheap for that horn. The cost to re and re the bell + lacquer would be in the 100-200 range anyway, plus the cost of the bell. That crease should be repairable for a whole lot less. That said, if the valve and slide ar...
by BillO
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lightest small bore brass trombone?
Replies: 19
Views: 2492

Re: Lightest small bore brass trombone?

So... what’s the lightest small bore (.500 or less) brass trombone out there? Thanks! ==== Probably a King Jiggs, and an XO 1632. ==== If your talking about instruments still in production, then I'd have to give the nod to the XO 1632. I weighed it at nearly 3 oz less than a King 2B with the lightw...
by BillO
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holy Moley, 13 valves
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Holy Moley, 13 valves

Who said what about who now?

Some one should buy that and do a cutaway of it so that the world can see out how such a thing could possibly work.

I had a plastic version of this when I was a kid. But it only had 5 'valves' and played an out of tune pentatonic scale.
by BillO
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Unique, cheap, vintage
Replies: 19
Views: 2642

Re: Unique, cheap, vintage

How about a Conn 2H? Pretty unique ... with a bore smaller than most trumpets and made with metal thicker than a '57 Chevy Bel Air. I have one, complete with a serviceable original case that can be yours for a reasonable offer. Actually plays pretty nicely even if the slide is showing it's age (but ...
by BillO
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: XO Bass Bone Lead Pipe
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

Re: XO Bass Bone Lead Pipe

How do you adapt the other leadpipes to the rather unique XO system?
by BillO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: “Taming” a nickel slide
Replies: 23
Views: 4569

Re: “Taming” a nickel slide

I'd suggest trying a sterling or pure silver lead pipe.
by BillO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How long pBone?
Replies: 10
Views: 1165

Re: How long pBone?

Gary wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:45 pm
I will admit that holding the Trombone really feels awkward. Is this typical? Thanks.
You'll get used to it.
by BillO
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Olds Ambassador opinions
Replies: 57
Views: 6858

Re: Olds Ambassador opinions

Can anyone tell me anything about Jupiter 332 model? I mean I know it's a basic student horn but how would it compare for instance to Yamaha 354? Are Jupiter student line durable enough? How do they sound? I mean again I don't expect miracles but I need to know the tendencies. While I've not played...

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