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by Kbiggs
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slotting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1591

Re: Slotting?

Remember that these are all subjective discussions. We don't have a slot measurement device that can tell us how our chops feel. Some feel wider and deeper to the others, but this is all a matter of degree. [...] Also, NONE of the discussion of what the slot feels like in terms of Depth and Width h...
by Kbiggs
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Voight J188FX
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: Voight J188FX

Looks like the old Thein Star valves:

https://thein-blechblasinstrumente.de/0 ... hp?lang=en
by Kbiggs
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slotting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1591

Re: Slotting?

There's definitely a player element to it, but each horn slots differently no matter the player. I guess a very simple explanation is "how easily a trombone can slur from one partial to another," though that's leaving out a lot. I would to that: How well a player can find the center of the pitch wi...
by Kbiggs
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What do you do on days where things aren't working out.
Replies: 11
Views: 690

Re: What do you do on days where things aren't working out.

What people have said above. In addition, sometimes we need to focus on playing and producing something regardless of how it feels or how we think it sounds. On those days, just playing—the discipline of a routine—helps me achieve something when things aren’t working well or when I think they don’t ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Higgins Album
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Higgins Album

Beautiful.
by Kbiggs
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Effect of mass addition on tone - Experiment Design
Replies: 17
Views: 1025

Re: Effect of mass addition on tone - Experiment Design

Years ago, I had a Bach 50B3. I experimented with some bronze bushings under the valve caps. One under the F cap, one under the Gb cap, one under each cap. It made the horn slot better, and it projected almost too well. OTOH, at times it felt like I was blowing against a brick wall. Everything makes...
by Kbiggs
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: WTB: Trombone Techniques by Denis Wick
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: WTB: Trombone Techniques by Denis Wick

It’s out of print. You might try looking on Amazon, or perhaps a used bookstore like Powell’s. Perhaps someone here—or elsewhere on the interweb—has a pdf copy.
by Kbiggs
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What will trombones look like in 100 years.
Replies: 40
Views: 2495

Re: What will trombones look like in 100 years.

harrisonreed wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:54 pm

There will be historically informed rock concerts.
:good:
by Kbiggs
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Sackbut - how should it be played?
Replies: 22
Views: 1351

Re: Sackbut - how should it be played?

Count me in.
by Kbiggs
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Minimizing noise from rotary valve linkage
Replies: 24
Views: 3131

Re: Minimizing noise from rotary valve linkage

Replace it with a string linkage. Quieter, adjustable, more reliable. I will have my tech Graham Middleton do this to my 50B soon. He’s also going to replace the Kanstul CR valves with Instrument Innovations rotary valves. I’m looking forward to quiet, smooth, dependable action with a short throw. ...
by Kbiggs
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What will trombones look like in 100 years.
Replies: 40
Views: 2495

Re: What will trombones look like in 100 years.

The basic design of the trombone hasn’t changed much in the last 400 years or so. But the devil’s in the details, and we all know that the finer points of trombone manufacture have changed drastically during that time. Who knows what will change? I’ll rely on Bruce’s crystal ball, as mine is permane...
by Kbiggs
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Long vs short warmup
Replies: 20
Views: 1345

Re: Long vs short warmup

My two cents: I like to differentiate between a warm-up and a routine. When I’m in shape and practicing every day, it looks something like this: In a warm-up, I get the body (air and embouchure) and the brain/ears “warmed up” and ready to play music. My focus during this warm-up is on producing a go...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Voting with your wallet- Giddings Mouthpieces
Replies: 107
Views: 5382

Re: Voting with your wallet- Giddings Mouthpieces

Boycotts can be part of an effective mechanism to bring about change. Witness the international community’s boycott of South Africa. It took years to catch on, but once the international community stuck to the policy, it helped end apartheid. ALL politics are personal and inherently involve ethical ...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to make valve registar speak?
Replies: 25
Views: 1548

Re: How to make valve registar speak?

Without watching you play the trombone, it will be difficult to see what you’re doing right and what you’re not doing right. There are several people who teach via Skype here on TF; Doug Elliott is one of them. A lot of people (myself included) have benefitted from just one or two lessons with Doug.
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching the Gb valve
Replies: 14
Views: 1095

Re: Teaching the Gb valve

Caveat: I am not teaching, and I am not living from my music, so, take MHO with a grain of salt. I am using the Gb side as often, if not more often than the F side. Choosing from 2 to 4 different possibilities for the same time was a major headache a couple of years ago, but comes quite naturally n...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Different materials in components and how it affects sound and plability.
Replies: 15
Views: 1220

Re: Different materials in components and how it affects sound and plability.

Several manufacturers have written descriptions of how different metals sound/respond. For example: M&W: https://customtrombones.com/customization-options Shires: https://www.seshires.com/trombonebells Rath: https://www.rathtrombones.com/#p=bass-trombones MK Drawing and Bending: https://www.mkdrawin...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Rethinking Throats and Backbores
Replies: 12
Views: 1817

Re: Rethinking Throats and Backbores

Speaking just from my own experience, I find large throats more tiring to play because I have to work so much harder to keep the pitch from going flat in the upper register. I’m pretty sure I remember Doug Elliott saying that everything on a mouthpiece affects everything else on the mouthpiece. I d...
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Coffee and The Trombone
Replies: 43
Views: 2896

Re: Coffee and The Trombone

Not trying to be a contrarian, but I believe both are necessary. :twisted:
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lead pipe threads
Replies: 13
Views: 949

Re: Lead pipe threads

Instrument Innovations makes a bi-threaded collar that can accommodate Shires, Edwards, Conn and several other threads.
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Anyone know of a trombone with longer tuningslide for the trigger?
Replies: 32
Views: 1869

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

Some of the old Kanstul horns had wraps like that—models 1570 and 1588. They were built similarly to the model George Roberts model bass 1670, which has the long E pull.
by Kbiggs
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: DE XB parts
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: WTB: DE XB parts

Bump.
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embochure fatigue
Replies: 27
Views: 2540

Re: Embochure fatigue

Progress in any endeavour—art, athletics, mental health, economic, matters of faith, etc.—is never linear. Expect setbacks as you develop, and expect periods of development following each setback.
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Canadian Brass Mouthpieces
Replies: 7
Views: 993

Re: Canadian Brass Mouthpieces

Posaunus wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:09 pm
LeTromboniste wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:56 pm
Nice plating
Matte finish?
That looks like the reflection of the light wood-colored table.
by Kbiggs
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11732

Re: sections that play one brand

It is considered a "double". The 2nd trombonist in my orchestra was paid doubling when he played bass trombone in my place. That was the only "double" in my section though. I didn't get it for playing contra, or tenor, and the 1st didn't get it for alto. Musically, this is absurd. Contra and alto a...
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Wagnerism - Alex Ross
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: Wagnerism - Alex Ross

I’ll put it on my birthday list.
by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Chapsticks/Lip stuffs - Discussion & recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Chapsticks/Lip stuffs - Discussion & recommendations

I use Nivea products for sensitive skin—shaving cream, after shave and lip moisturizer. I like their lip moisturizer better than chapstick and Lip Saver. It’s not as tacky feeling, and it protects well. Wipes off easily. Drink lots of water. After a heavy session, especially when I feel tired and sw...
by Kbiggs
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: Cronkhite Double Gig Bag $sold
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

Re: FS: Cronkhite Double Gig Bag $275

Pics?
by Kbiggs
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: POLL - Which Mouthpiece Brand do you primarily use?
Replies: 51
Views: 4449

Re: POLL - Which Mouthpiece Brand do you primarily use?

I assume you’re asking about current use, not which brand or brands I’ve used in the past?
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hitting the wall
Replies: 19
Views: 2944

Re: Hitting the wall

“...you need to be more specific in your situation.” What do you mean by “hitting the wall”? Are there particular areas of technique that you feel are not improving? Identify them and, FOSSIL stated, persist. Perhaps your cognitive approach—your thoughts and beliefs about your technique and how well...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Headaches?
Replies: 33
Views: 2750

Re: Headaches?

I doubt there are any doctors here on TC who would be able to diagnose and recommend an appropriate treatment for your condition. Hint...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Do practice mutes get a bad rep?
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: Do practice mutes get a bad rep?

Yes, they do get a bad rep. I second what Fridge, tbonesullivan and imsevimse say. My experience, FWIW: When my son was a newborn (20 years ago), I was working a day job and I had a lot of gigs. Weekday evenings were the most reliable practice time I had. I found, through trial and error (and after ...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Slight variations on inner rim & the effects of playing
Replies: 38
Views: 3488

Re: Slight variations on inner rim & the effects of playing

Some really insightful stuff posted here. I would add that in many respects, rim shape is more important than rim size. The rim shape has a huge impact on how the muscles behave when we play. Didn't Bach say that the mouthpiece that was most comfortable might not be best ? Chris Agreed. And Denis W...
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11732

Re: sections that play one brand

I find calling any 50b vintage is silly. Corp era isn't really that different from current time. An unusual point, and I don’t agree. The word “vintage” has become conflated with the word “old,” when the more generally understood use of the word “vintage” means a year, era, or even place of product...
by Kbiggs
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)
Replies: 69
Views: 5222

Re: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)

Bachs wear out...simple. A lot of other stuff lasts better. Early Bachs last much better. 80's onward Bachs were built to wear out...I got that from a company rep. Chris Now that’s interesting. I wonder what he meant? Was it design, materials, construction? Planned obsolescence is a choice, althoug...
by Kbiggs
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11732

Re: sections that play one brand

Re: Crisafulli and Kleinhammer. This is third-hand, and highly edited. Crisafulli was, for a time, the principal in Chicago. He was having some difficulty, and requested assistance from Kleinhammer who declined, remarking that Crisafulli, as the principal in the CSO, was in a position to address the...
by Kbiggs
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Trombone Practice Mutes
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Trombone Practice Mutes

I have not heard of the UpMute. I’ve used Wick, Best Brass, Yamaha Silent (gen. 1), and another one (can’t remember). I just bought a pair of Rejano mutes, one bass and one tenor, and I’m very pleased with them. Yes, they have problems at the extremes of range and dynamics. But they are better than ...
by Kbiggs
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11732

Re: sections that play one brand

Bach5G wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:31 pm
Horns sections made up of Conns? Hilton’s?
You can hear different horn players in a section if one plays a different style horn, like a Geyer style vs. a Kruspe style, or even a Viennese style horn.
by Kbiggs
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Willson CAIDEX valve
Replies: 18
Views: 2408

Re: Willson CAIDEX valve

This looks like a similar idea to the Kanstul CR (controlled resistance) valve, although a very different design. I wonder how it responds...
by Kbiggs
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11732

Re: sections that play one brand

I mean, everybody was so conscientious that they played their own part and they had their own standards. And there was a standard there that just never went below a certain level. There was a certain kind of stability, a crazy stability there. Yeah, even though they didn’t get along, they had such ...
by Kbiggs
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Notation for ipad
Replies: 10
Views: 1827

Re: Notation for ipad

Yes, the Help documentation is poor. A lot of things you have to figure out through trial and error. Still, you can do a lot with this inexpensive app. Yes, after trying some other apps and seeing videos on youtube I found the Notion to suit me best. And it recognize handwriting well. Today I tried...
by Kbiggs
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: We've just lost one of our own.
Replies: 6
Views: 2137

Re: We've just lost one of our own.

I had the privilege of playing alongside Gary once when he came to the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop. Wonderful player, really nice guy. What a shame. For those who don’t know, the BCMW is a unique venue to play brass chamber music all day long in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere. It’s...
by Kbiggs
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: I've Completely Lost My Sense of Time!
Replies: 4
Views: 1413

Re: I've Completely Lost My Sense of Time!

👍🏻
by Kbiggs
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Notation for ipad
Replies: 10
Views: 1827

Re: Notation for ipad

Yes, the Help documentation is poor. A lot of things you have to figure out through trial and error. Still, you can do a lot with this inexpensive app.
by Kbiggs
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Notation for ipad
Replies: 10
Views: 1827

Re: Notation for ipad

I’ve been using Notion for my iPad for almost one year now. I really like it. It’s graphic based, and I find it easy to use.
by Kbiggs
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: DE G9 shank
Replies: 0
Views: 756

WTB: DE G9 shank

WTB: Doug Elliott G9 shank. Good condition only, please--no dents, repairs or out-of round shanks, please.
by Kbiggs
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: DE XB mpc or parts
Replies: 1
Views: 1035

Re: WTB: DE XB mpc or parts

Bump
by Kbiggs
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new Favorite trombone!
Replies: 29
Views: 3225

Re: My new Favorite trombone!

Interesting choice of mechanical linkage on the valve. Why not go for string linkage like the old Conns?
by Kbiggs
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Frosty The Snowman Bass Trombone tour de force
Replies: 35
Views: 3658

Re: Frosty The Snowman Bass Trombone tour de force

Beautiful playing, and wonderful, tasteful facility!

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