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by sf105
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mt Vernon mouthpieces - hate and love
Replies: 29
Views: 1004

Re: Mt Vernon mouthpieces - hate and love

@blast. I tried one of Bill's copies in a recently acquired pre-war 70H and it just sings. That's probably helped because, as I understand it, the shank was already adjusted for Conns.One thing II'm curious about is an equivalent Conn bass mouthpiece. I'm sure you have an opinion :)
by sf105
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: ERGObone
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: ERGObone

You can also buy direct from ErgoBone.
by sf105
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bifocals and Note Reading
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: Bifocals and Note Reading

I also work a lot on computers, so I have a pair of what used to be called "music glasses"-fixed distance at about arms length--which are now known as "computer glasses". When I occasionally forget them, playing with varifocals is a nightmare.
by sf105
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1771

Re: Small Bass

Wasn't there a story about him bolting a Reynolds valve section onto to a Conn?
by sf105
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS 1950 LA Olds Recording
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: FS 1950 LA Olds Recording

It's a neat little horn. I had a King New Proportion, sold it and thought I'd give the Vocabell a try when one came up on ebay. It plays like a much bigger horn and it looks pretty cool, too. Have you ever played one? No. What's worse is I missed a good one while busy with other things. Curious how...
by sf105
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS 1950 LA Olds Recording
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: FS 1950 LA Olds Recording

(off topic) how do you like your vocabell?
by sf105
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: In bell trombone stand
Replies: 15
Views: 2106

Re: In bell trombone stand

anyone tried the new one from the Netherlands? I forget the name.
by sf105
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Morbid thought: who will play my horns after I'm gone?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Morbid thought: who will play my horns after I'm gone?

Had to dispose of a friend's horns many years ago. Kept one and let the other go to a good home (an Elkhart 88H, should have kept that too). I still see it occasionally. Donations to a relevant charity.
by sf105
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: 2018-10-12 Update
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: 2018-10-12 Update

Thanks
by sf105
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1832

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

Castor oil. Seriously. Lasts forever.
by sf105
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences Holton 169 verses E185 and TR185
Replies: 18
Views: 2441

Re: Differences Holton 169 verses E185 and TR185

This evening I put four Holton basses up to a test. It is one 169 with 9 1/2" bell from 1964, two TR185 with 9 1/2" bell from 1968 and one TR183 with 9" bell from 1974. The test is basically to play scales and arpeggios and some songs on all bones to see if I could come to some conclusions about th...
by sf105
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 56
Views: 3955

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

The music world, especially the orchestra world, is VERY conservative. I recently bought a Rath bell in 'scratch lacquer' finish that has caught the attention of not only my colleagues in the brass section, but members of the wind and strings and even management ! A perfectly normal bell with an un...
by sf105
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why did trombones develop rotary valves for F att. rather than pistons?
Replies: 38
Views: 3284

Re: Why did trombones develop rotary valves for F att. rather than pistons?

@bart That's an interesting piece of kit. The British G basses with valves I've seen from that time used rotary.
by sf105
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 56
Views: 3955

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

Whoa whoa whoa! I still have to bring this point back up. What does this instrument have to do with historically informed playing? Especially if it sounds exactly like a brass Yeo signature Yamaha Bass? I don't see what this has to do with Rochut or scaling back equipment . That bass setup probably...
by sf105
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 56
Views: 3955

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

Cannot agree more with Doug. I'm so please to see the "historically informed" bands move into the later repertoire. Another thing we've lost is the colour that traditional brass brought to the performance. I went to see a Very Famous Orchestra doing Peleas and their modern trombones at a plausible v...
by sf105
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 56
Views: 3955

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

Some brass bells ring when you ping them and on some notes. Is this considered a good or bad thing? I'm assuming that carbon fibre doesn't.
by sf105
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why did trombones develop rotary valves for F att. rather than pistons?
Replies: 38
Views: 3284

Re: Why did trombones develop rotary valves for F att. rather than pistons?

Noah had a Conn (14H?) recently with a piston valve to F.

Also, traditional British (and French?) horns were piston until after the war (at the time when the trombones got bigger too).
by sf105
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?
Replies: 41
Views: 4943

Re: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?

marccromme wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:20 pm
And the best: it came with the original inline valve section on the side, which can be used if/when a smaller Conn 70 or 72 pops up on the market.
Glad you found a good horn but, please, do not cut a 70H bell section to make it inline. Kinda negates the point of the horn and the supply is finite.
by sf105
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: British old-school G bass
Replies: 0
Views: 1194

British old-school G bass

This week I asked our colleague Ed Solomon to help out in a Vaughan Williams rehearsal on his "Betty" model G bass and I think I'm in love (with the sound, that is, not Ed). We were using a couple of medium-bore tenors. Despite the small bell, it's clearly a bass sound but focussed and clear, and it...
by sf105
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Butler Trombone Slide
Replies: 17
Views: 3158

Re: Butler Trombone Slide

Has anyone tried one on a DuoGravis?
by sf105
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New hand rest/grip
Replies: 30
Views: 9940

Re: New hand rest/grip

I tried a get-a-grip which was more comfortable but I felt with my front-heavy horns that I tended to end up putting too much weight on the slide.
by sf105
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?
Replies: 34
Views: 3051

Re: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?

Also, although it's not free, some places like Thomann will accept mail-order returns. If you have the cashflow, you could order a couple at the same time and compare.
by sf105
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Conn 1928 large bore.
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: FS Conn 1928 large bore.

could you post the pictures anyway?
by sf105
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 2h anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: Conn 2h anyone?

That said, if it's in decent condition, it seems a shame to put a historic instrument at risk in a street band. There are lots of second hand horns, and good modern chinese horns, that would do. Or, maybe a pbone?
by sf105
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Mozart Operas
Replies: 8
Views: 1328

Re: Mozart Operas

The Flute was my introduction to Mozart. Magical (literally)
by sf105
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Edwin Anderson
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: Edwin Anderson

Damn. An excellent person and phenomenal player.
by sf105
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?
Replies: 41
Views: 4943

Re: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?

Have you considered a Conn 72/73? If you get a good one, they can be very responsive and there's enough of them around that it's not a crime to convert one to indy. With the right adjustments they can be very snappy.
by sf105
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King Duo Gravis: Is conversion to independent valves possible?
Replies: 7
Views: 698

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

My take is that the design of the DuoGravis is very carefully balanced. There are many subtleties, like the way the valve tubing drains condensation automatically under normal use. I wouldn't take the risk of cutting a DuoGravis, especially as they're not making them any more. Either find a 7B or, i...
by sf105
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is there a good BBb contra?
Replies: 32
Views: 2678

Re: Is there a good BBb contra?

Sounds like we agreed on a fair price then. Thanks for the data point. The new price is nearly £6k, so it seemed about right. I feel a new thread coming on in a couple of years time: What's the most cost-effective way to get hold of a usable F contra? My suspicion is that buying something cheapish ...
by sf105
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Props to Doug Elliott
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Re: Props to Doug Elliott

what's your combo?
by sf105
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Props to Doug Elliott
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Re: Props to Doug Elliott

+1. Turned out I've been Doing It Wrong for years. Slowly on the road to recovery...
by sf105
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Compatibility of King 7B slide with DuoGravis?
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Compatibility of King 7B slide with DuoGravis?

I have a DG SilverSonic that appears to have been around a bit. I've had the slide in for repair and it's serviceable but, frankly, not as good as it could be. I also have a lead on a 7B slide. Does anyone know if the 7B slide will just work on a DG? Not least because I believe the crook for the SS'...
by sf105
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 3639

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

32H arrived and I am loving it! Paired it with the DE LT102/LT-D/D4 mouthpiece picked for my 79H and it is an amazingly flexible horn. Easy & soaring upper range as well as great lower range. I am hooked! Good to hear. I use mine with Conn 2 & 3 mouthpieces (depending on the mood) and it really cam...
by sf105
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 2060

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

For big band, the biggest crime is sounding late. Sometimes it's more like a bass drum than something lyrical. For symphonic band, probably the biggest crime is standing out by rasping.
by sf105
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 3639

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

I'm curious about Noah's modern Fuchs project. Can't imagine what it cost. I once lost a 'bay auction for a Holton 169 that went well over the asking. Got to try it out and it was fantastic. Copies..... I am, as you know Steve, playing on the Bill Symington copy of my Mt Vernon 1 1/2G.... you have ...
by sf105
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 3639

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

I'm curious about Noah's modern Fuchs project. Can't imagine what it cost.

I once lost a 'bay auction for a Holton 169 that went well over the asking. Got to try it out and it was fantastic.
by sf105
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Ed Anderson has a amazing sound!
Replies: 3
Views: 1283

Re: Ed Anderson has a amazing sound!

And a true gent as well. As a humble student, I met him once and I couldn't been nicer.
by sf105
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H
Replies: 7
Views: 1019

Re: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H

@blast, could use a BrassArk pipe? It works pretty well with mine.

S
by sf105
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Wtb: ergobone
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

Re: Wtb: ergobone

I bought mine direct from their website https://www.ergobrass.com
by sf105
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 194
Views: 20431

Re: What we're doing

This weekend, hacking through a couple of acts of Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Strauss) with Fulham Opera. It's brutal but we get there, and we're all sweating this weekend.

Then one quintet blow through before shutting down for the summer break.

S
by sf105
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Who are your favorite bass trombone players who played on a Elkhart Conn 62H?
Replies: 15
Views: 2473

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

Top of my head, Don Harwood (NYPhil), Hal Janks (Met) owned my 60H for a while, BB McCullogh (Pittsburgh) I think, I've seen one in the pit at Covent Garden (not sure which player), our own @blast from time to time.
by sf105
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces

@blast. Fascinating. What, then, would have the original mouthpiece for the Fuchs 70H looked like? And when did things get bigger?
by sf105
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Two great horns for sale - Now accepting Paypal
Replies: 17
Views: 2774

Re: Two great horns for sale - Now accepting Paypal

The 32H is a great horn (although I think mine is post-WWII), especially with a Conn 2 or 3 mouthpiece.
by sf105
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What Symphonies should I listen to?
Replies: 8
Views: 878

Re: What Symphonies should I listen to?

BBC Radio3 has a weekly programme called CD Review (showing its age?). It includes excellent recording reviews and a section called "Building a library" which exhaustively compares all the recordings of a piece. I believe you can stream this even in the US. Also, Building a Library is a BBC podcast....
by sf105
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass Trombone Pedal Range Help
Replies: 8
Views: 1050

Re: Bass Trombone Pedal Range Help

Agree with Doug (he knows his stuff). A Shilke 59 is more than adequate for playing down in that register.
by sf105
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 29
Views: 2680

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

I've seen valve trombones used regularly in Italian community bands. So just move there... :)
by sf105
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 12294

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

The single-valve fight back starts here!
by sf105
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Miles Anderson
Replies: 6
Views: 1923

Re: Miles Anderson

Miles was very nice to me when I was but a student. He let me sit in the control room for a recording he was doing. I also appreciate him for being one of the first to realise that he didn't need a large bore horn once he was playing solo.
by sf105
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rite of Spring bass trumpet - what instrument originally?
Replies: 1
Views: 1210

Re: Rite of Spring bass trumpet - what instrument originally?

We did it last year with a low Eb trumpet (courtesy of John Shaddock). It worked very well and made sense as a doubling part. It's not that hard to get hold of middle-European instruments. I know it's common these days to use a C or Bb (I've done it), but it's pretty boring waiting around. Also, I t...
by sf105
Wed May 16, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 4452

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

Wasn't there are story about how Harry Glantz (1st trumpet NBC Orchestra) finally retired from the business when his section ended up miming in front a big-name conductor with the hand.

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