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by Kbiggs
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The (occasional) joys of eBay gambling/buying blind
Replies: 20
Views: 730

Re: The (occasional) joys of eBay gambling/buying blind

That is a beautiful instrument!
by Kbiggs
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 671

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

I have occasionally doubled on euphonium, always with borrowed instruments. As a trombonist, I prefer a euphonium with a main tuning slide trigger. Yes, I can lip some notes in tune, but it doesn’t “feel” right, and the notes don’t ring true compared to notes on a trombone. I suppose if I had a euph...
by Kbiggs
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 931

Re: Massimo LaRosa

One of the thorny issues of sexual misconduct is that it becomes difficult to determine who is really "at fault". Was it the man imposing himself of the woman who did not want the attention? Or was there a consensual act that woman decided was not consensual after the fact (or even worse as a form ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

I’d like to temper what I said above. I started to have some breathing problems several years ago, and was diagnosed with adult onset asthma about 3 years ago. That might account for my personal experience of a dual bore bass being such a “lung sucker.” Also, a bass with a dual bore slide and Thayer...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

I own a Conn 70H with TIS and dual bore slide from the early 1930's. I credit it with helping me build a solid career. Let's face it ----- it's impossible to put the difference into words, but once you've tried it [ and you owe it to yourself to do so ], you'll understand. Onward !! Yes, words are ...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Returning to the horn
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Returning to the horn

Indeed, welcome back! One thing the Breathing Gym helps with is flow of air, which helps with the hesitation problem at the top of inhalation. Breathe in time, and time your breath.
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

It’s the player that makes the sound, not the instrument. I’ve always thought the phrase “Boy that horn sounds great!” was odd. My experience after playing an Edwards dual bore bass for 7 or 8 years was that it took more air, so I had to learn to use more of my lung capacity all the time, and I had ...
by Kbiggs
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 671

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Yes, use an appropriate sized mouthpiece. Good suggestions above. Grime gutters, as mentioned above, can help with stuff that drips from the valves. For holding the instrument, and avoiding slide grease on your shirt, I suggest looking at an ergobrass device: https://www.ergobrass.com/euphonium/ Thi...
by Kbiggs
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!

Doug’s suggestion is the way to go. If you don’t know how to read tenor clef, there are a few books out there, like Ralph Sauer’s and Reginald Fink’s. Fink’s book has a section devoted to reading treble clef.
by Kbiggs
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: M/K Drawing tenor parts?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: M/K Drawing tenor parts?

Thanks! I ordered a pair of MV42’s for my tenor.
by Kbiggs
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1028

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

Doug Elliott wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:48 pm

How would you feel if trombones were that inconsistent? Oh wait, they are...
Well at least a .547 bore slide is likely to really be .547, and not .537 or .557
This put it in perspecdtive for me. Thanks Doug.
by Kbiggs
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 19
Views: 795

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection

Finally, there’s something to be said for this (I’m sorry, but I can’t remember which law, theorem, or whatever its called): Even if we had an algorithm for selecting equipment, there is always the real possibility that some players will not like the resulting sound or response, and will choose equ...
by Kbiggs
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 19
Views: 795

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection

I applaud your desire to attempt some scientific basis for a basic problem that affects all musicians, beginners to professionals. However, I’m not sure that this forum—not just the TC, but a community of players—is the appropriate place to address this part of the question you seek to answer. Most ...
by Kbiggs
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: trimming Main tuning slide
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: trimming Main tuning slide

Edwards, I believe, is about the only company that has any taper in the straight legs. So unless you incorrectly cut on the crook, there's no issue with disturbing any tapers inside the bore. Eric Not to be contrary, but asking a question [next paragraph]. Shires advertises (as I believe Edwards di...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1028

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

I use a mpc chart as a guideline to answer the question, “What’s roughly the same size or in the same ballpark,” not “What’s the equivalent?” Mpc charts often only list rim sizes—they rarely list other common variables. Doug’s mouthpiece charts are an exception: his charts list cup depths, as well. ...
by Kbiggs
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 468

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

If I’m on a gig and a trombonist doesn’t show, there’s one fewer.
If someone else gets the gig, there’s too many.
by Kbiggs
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: M/K Drawing tenor parts?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

M/K Drawing tenor parts?

I have a used Bach 42 that I’m considering some modifications. I’ve been looking at the M/K Drawing leadpipes, slide crooks, and tuning slide crooks. I’m familiar with M/K’s bass parts, but I’m looking for input from anyone who has tried M/K’s tenor leadpipes, slide crooks, and tuning slide crooks, ...
by Kbiggs
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: trimming Main tuning slide
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: trimming Main tuning slide

when you cut the outer tubes you should then also cut the inner tubes similarly? lets say you cut 1/2 inch each side then it is totally 2 inches material removed. though tiny it is still an amount of material. there is no chance this will effect the "weight" of the sound ? Similar to Gabe, I’ve had...
by Kbiggs
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

The bass trombonist’s role in all genres has developed over time, but especially in the lst 20 years or so. In brass bands, it is often a “rumble the floorboards” kind of playing, but is also required to be nimble and blend with the tenors and the tubas. Ditto but (perhaps) to a lesser extent in sym...
by Kbiggs
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha V valve
Replies: 12
Views: 546

Re: Yamaha V valve

It was Yamaha’s attempt to create a valve that minimizes the effect that a valve has on the trombone. Ever since people started putting valves on trombones, the quest has been for a valve that minimizes the difference between the “open” horn (no valves) and the valved horn. Many things have been tri...
by Kbiggs
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: M/K LEADPIPES
Replies: 27
Views: 882

Re: M/K LEADPIPES

Seeing that someone mentioned BrassArk pipes... I used these in my horn before the M/K pipes. I really liked the response and the sound. Unfortunately, in my case, the scale of the instrument was thrown off. Octaves, esp. between :bassclef: :line3: and :space5: were quite “narrow,” not quite an octa...
by Kbiggs
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: M/K LEADPIPES
Replies: 27
Views: 882

Re: M/K LEADPIPES

Sorry, my last post was misleading. MattK got it right: the fellow (M? W?) at M&W said that unsoldered beads like Conn, Minick, etc., tend to respond better on the GR pipe. TIS horns also sounded better with the GR pipe. Soldered beads like a Bach responded better with the MV50 style pipe. Edwards a...
by Kbiggs
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: M/K LEADPIPES
Replies: 27
Views: 882

Re: M/K LEADPIPES

There were some discussions on the defunct forum about M/K pipes. One of the fellows at M&W chimed in at one point and said they had found that the GR pipes tend to work better on two-piece bells (Conn, Holton, Minick), while the MV50 and MV42 pipes tend to work better on one-piece bells (Bach).
by Kbiggs
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: M/K LEADPIPES
Replies: 27
Views: 882

Re: M/K LEADPIPES

I have two GR pipes, one in yellow and one in gold brass. I prefer the yellow.

I also have the MV50 pipe in yellow which I use 98% of the time in my modified 50B. I really like it. Even response, good scale. I like it very much.

IIRC, M&W trombones are using M/K pipes in their horns.
by Kbiggs
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Schagerl style superbone project
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Schagerl style superbone project

Those are before and after pics, right? ;)
by Kbiggs
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Is Harold Van Schaik on this site? Trombone Chat
Replies: 14
Views: 645

Re: Is Harold Van Schaik on this site? Trombone Chat

Hi Harold! Yes, I used to have a recording of that very Baltimore section giving a class at some trombone convention...maybe the same as you mention above. Of course, that cassette has gone the way of lots of my irreplaceable stuff: loaned to students, sadly never to return. I remember they played ...
by Kbiggs
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul

Thanks for posting that. Beautiful. Helped me restart my day.
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois Bells Adapt to Individual Player
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Courtois Bells Adapt to Individual Player

Sam Burtis on the old TTF told a similar story in reverse. He had an old horn (I believe it was a 6H) that he thought was a beautiful playing instrument—nuance, finesse, beautiful sound, etc. He sold it to a fellow who played in a very different style from Sam—very hard, forceful IIRC. Years later, ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 24
Views: 1036

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

For me, one of the advantages of buzzing is to remove the distraction of the instrument. It allows me to focus on the sound (pitch and timbre) that I produce without the aid of the instrument. I’ve tried freebuzzing, mouthpiece buzzing, and buzzing with a BERP and a FART (Focused Air Resistance Tube...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Almost 2 Bach 42s in 1! SOLLLDDDDD
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: FS: Almost 2 Bach 42s in 1!

Interested in a trade? Maybe an Edwards 350-E?
by Kbiggs
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 31
Views: 1594

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

I put the washers under the Rotary valves bearing caps. Not pistons. Many years ago I played around with some bronze washers under the rotary valve caps of my old 50B. At the time, my perception (subjective) was that it definitely affected the response of the instrument. IIRC, the instrument “slott...
by Kbiggs
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Wessex Bones
Replies: 27
Views: 2177

Re: New Wessex Bones

They certainly look pretty. I’m considering the bass as a back-up instrument. Has anyone played the contra? Any reviews on it since it’s been on display at ITF? I’m curious about the optional tuning crooks. From the description, it sounds like the instrument could be tuned so that it would be like t...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5820

Re: The Bunker

blast wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am

Most quintets I have played in were conflict zones.... even outside the sevices .

Chris
Democracy in action!
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Tools for the trade
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Tools for the trade

Dare I say it...? Perhaps, rather than focusing on fixing the problem after the fact, focusing on reducing the possibility of dents and bent slides in the first place would be time and energy well spent. A little care with music stand placement, not standing to close to our other slide-brothers, avo...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Who are your favorite bass trombone players who played on a Elkhart Conn 62H?
Replies: 15
Views: 874

Re: Who are your favorite bass trombone players who played on a Elkhart Conn 62H?

I didn’t know Jeff Reynolds played a 62H. He played on a Mt. V Bach modified by Larry Minick for ages, then played Getzen for a while, then played something else. Did he play the 62H in his earlier years? **** A little obscure, but Robbie Hioki (Brian Setzer Big Band). Also, some of the LA studio pl...
by Kbiggs
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage

I will sometimes work on a fast passage first with all glissandos, then add articulations on the strong beats or accents, then add more articulation and speed. Here’s a different approach from Jason Sulliman. I haven’t tried it yet. Just waiting for “that perfect passage” to give it a go... :lol: ht...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Bill Watrous

Very sad, indeed. Another legend.
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1555

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

Thanks for the reference to Wittgentstein’s ladder, boneagain :good: . It’s been a long time since I heard a musician refer to Wittgentstein!
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1555

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

There are so many different ways, metaphors, etc., to describe “proper” breathing it’s hard to know where to start. Given the ability of students to misunderstand instructions, it’s... again, hard to know where to start. In other words, I appreciate your problem. Suggestion: keep it simple. Don’t bo...
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which Bach model is this?
Replies: 25
Views: 1097

Re: Which Bach model is this?

It could be one of the old Mercedes models, an intermediate grade horn.
by Kbiggs
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.
Replies: 14
Views: 1015

Re: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.

Jay Friedman has some great ideas and approaches to legato which I’ve found helpful. He talks about air, slide movement, and concepts. Here’s a few of his posts: http://jayfriedman.net/articles/legato_and_the_arms_race http://jayfriedman.net/articles/legato__instruments__and_recordings http://jayfri...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What Symphonies should I listen to?
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: What Symphonies should I listen to?

Here’s a link to the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestral Repertoire Report. It lists most frequently played composers, pieces, etc., by year, with 2011-2012 being the most current. (It doesn’t state why they haven’t continued the report to the present.) It has some other categories, too, if yo...
by Kbiggs
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 55
Views: 3111

Re: Tenor horn

I do believe that being conscious of the history should be a part of the artistic decision-making process, however. For instance, because "tuba" is written on the part, or because the part sits on the tuba player doesn't disqualify thought and analysis and choosing the right instrument for the righ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Raul de Souza
Replies: 17
Views: 1314

Re: Raul de Souza

PaKETaZ wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:30 pm
I can find it’s an “electric trombone” but I really don’t understand why. Think it’s a larger bore than usual and four valves.
It looks like he’s using a dedicated mic (the one on his right) for the special effects. You can see him press the pedals.
by Kbiggs
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Very interesting! Thanks, Tom!
by Kbiggs
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Just out of curiosity, has anyone compared a piston valve to a rotary valve trombone? If so, how did they compare? I know that Červény and Mirafone and others still make rotary valve trombones in 3 and 4 valve configurations.

Tom, is a rotary valve trombone similar to the old basun?
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

I wasn’t aware that there was a tradition of playing valve trombone in German classical music, esp. around the time of Bruckner. I suppose I’d assumed that bands used valve trombones for the most part, whereas orchestras used slide trombones.
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

The valve trombonists in Mexican banda are insane (in a good way), as are the rest of the musicians. It's a really remarkable style of music. Agreed! If I’m in a down mood, I can listen to some banda music, which helps brighten the day. I’m often amazed at how tight these bands sound. My personal f...

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