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by Kbiggs
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Lead pipe pouch
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Lead pipe pouch

That’s what I use. I put dense foam into the endcaps. I also found that drilling a small hole in the endcaps helps equalize air pressure so you don’t get the vacuum-lock effect.
by Kbiggs
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Help with choosing large bore?
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Help with choosing large bore?

What does your current teacher recommend? Are you planning to pursue trombone playing at a college or university? If so, what does that instructor/professor recommend? If you’ve had the chance to play them, which do you feel most comfortable on, and which do you sound best on? If you don’t have the ...
by Kbiggs
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Stroboconn
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: Stroboconn

If restoring it is just for fun, then this probably won’t matter. I remember that it took a long time for them to warm up, and that as they got warmer (say 20 or 30 minutes of use) their accuracy wavered. It’s been 35+ years since I saw one, so I don’t remember whether they went flat or sharp, or if...
by Kbiggs
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Morning Chops
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Re: Morning Chops

Like greenbean said: Learning to play in the morning is a skill and has to be practiced.

A few other things to consider: Are you playing heavily late at night? If so, have you attempted a warm-down? Getting enough rest between practice sessions? Are you drinking enough water? Getting enough sleep?
by Kbiggs
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instrument Innovation Rotary Valve vs Thayer Valve
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Instrument Innovation Rotary Valve vs Thayer Valve

You might also think about the Kanstul Controlled Resistance (CR) valve: http://slidebone.com/product_info.php?products_id=2714

You can also buy them directly from Kanstul.
by Kbiggs
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Halloween Bass Trombone
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Halloween Bass Trombone

Another golden age credit sequence with a prominent bass trombone: The Prisoner (1967) with Patrick McGoohan).

by Kbiggs
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New hand rest/grip
Replies: 16
Views: 399

Re: New hand rest/grip

For me, the Sheridan Get-a-Grip works better.
by Kbiggs
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week

Listen to other players (including recordings) whose tone you admire. Record yourself, and then ask yourself whether you like what you hear. Ask others for feedback on your tone. Play long tones in all sorts of configurations—loud, soft, crescendo, decresendo, crescendo-diminuendo, diminuendo-cresce...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Schilke-built Greenhoes
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Schilke-built Greenhoes

norbie2018 wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:37 pm
I don't think MW Trombones have anything to do with the Greenhoes coming out of Schilke.
Woops! Sorry abut the confusion!
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Schilke-built Greenhoes
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Schilke-built Greenhoes

Last I heard, M&W were using M/K Drawing and Bending leadpipes in their horns. The MK50 and MK42 in the Bach style horns, and the GR in their Conn style horns. I don’t know about their tuning slides or end crooks. For the t-slides, though, I’d guess it’s a proprietary secret, with some adjustments i...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Phil Teele Routines
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Phil Teele Routines

I am a weekend warrior at this point, but I’m in a transition period in my life, so I’m starting to practice more. I am currently using them to help get in better shape. I have used them in the past for extended periods. I do not currently play them exactly as prescribed. I’m working my way up to mo...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Why isn't there a "history of trombone" section?
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Why isn't there a "history of trombone" section?

I agree. It was one of my favorite sections, too. There were people with experience and credibility contributing to the old TTF history section. It seems as though a lot of peope haven’t yet migrated to TC. I’m not sure about this, but I think the TC Archives section wasn’t able to preserve the enti...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

Imitating vocal syllables is not really feasible no matter instrument because, because well... it's an instrument and it doesn't allow to make different syllables in any way comparable to speech or singing. However, while it is definitely easier to do on historical instruments due to having a wider...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

FWIW... It’s a 180-voice choir. It sounds like you can play at a comfortable level on a large-bore tenor with consistency in the upper range. You’ve decided to play it on tenor, so go for it. If the choir were half that size or less, alto would be a more comfortable option. The piece was most likely...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Mute Question
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Mute Question

It’s a Ray Parkins mute. I know they still make them for trumpets. Is the mute in your pic for trombone? How does it play?
by Kbiggs
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Double trombone case for German tenor and alto
Replies: 8
Views: 229

Re: Double trombone case for German tenor and alto

My apologies. I mistakenly thought you were looking for a flight case. I’d look at Basili or Bonna. As others mentioned above, I believe they make custom cases.
by Kbiggs
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: 2001: A Space Podyssey
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: 2001: A Space Podyssey

Made me laugh! Thanks!
by Kbiggs
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Double trombone case for German tenor and alto
Replies: 8
Views: 229

Re: Double trombone case for German tenor and alto

Have you thought about Anvil or The Tank? Anvil: http://www.anvilcase.com Hickeys here in the States sells The Tank: https://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/trombone/accessories/cases/bass_trombone_flight_cases/products/sku071822-tanktrombone-case-doubletenorbass.php Pelican also sells custom cases with...
by Kbiggs
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.
Replies: 34
Views: 603

Re: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.

Your teacher sounds as though she is not aware of the narrow but deep scholarly interest in the trombone, especially its place in an historical context. There are many— many —scholarly books and articles on the history of the trombone and its use throughout history. One place to start is the Histori...
by Kbiggs
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King Duo Gravis: Is conversion to independent valves possible?
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: King Duo Gravis: Is conversion to independent valves possible?

You might give a thought to Kanstul’s 1662i. It’s Kanstul’s version of an updated 62H with an independent setup. (The 1662 is the dependent version.) I played one a few years ago in the factory when I was testing out different valves for my custom Bach 50. It has many options, and its lightest setup...
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 21
Views: 943

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

I am disappointed that the OP decided to leave the conversation. I am also disappointed with some of the responses. I hope that my original response wasn’t a factor in his decision.
by Kbiggs
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 21
Views: 943

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 17, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The (occasional) joys of eBay gambling/buying blind
Replies: 23
Views: 1099

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: 828

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: 1226

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: 806

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: 806

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: 145

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: 806

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: 828

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: 9
Views: 344

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: 518

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: 1197

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: 21
Views: 943

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: 21
Views: 943

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: 817

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: 1197

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: 591

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: 518

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: 817

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: 740

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: 629

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: 974

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: 974

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: 974

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: 974

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: 294

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: 770

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: 279

Re: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul

Thanks for posting that. Beautiful. Helped me restart my day.

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