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by sf105
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB - Conn 16H TIS alto, contrabass in Eb and BBb, 42H/76H .520 TIS (pre-40's)
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: WTB - Conn 16H TIS alto, contrabass in Eb and BBb, 42H/76H .520 TIS (pre-40's)

Have you considered the Fuchs tribute horn that Noah commissioned? I'm so curious about it.
by sf105
Tue May 25, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Big band bass trombonists
Replies: 35
Views: 4614

Re: Big band bass trombonists

imsevimse wrote:
Mon May 24, 2021 4:03 pm
- I've read that Phil Teele played a Yamaha 612
/Tom
Indeed, they were up for sale recently after he died.

S
by sf105
Sun May 23, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Orchestra restart
Replies: 39
Views: 3087

Re: Orchestra restart

London seems to be waking up. We went to see the LSO and I've done one play-day. It's still baby-steps and can still be reversed if the numbers get worse.
by sf105
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage Conn user ages.
Replies: 48
Views: 2151

Re: Vintage Conn user ages.

You have quite a museum-worthy collection of vintage Conn trombones! :good: I just cannot help myself when it comes to old Conns. They just play great and feel very air efficient. There is one that I am looking very forward to acquiring sometime in the near future. You should look out for a 32H, it...
by sf105
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombone - Dream Horn
Replies: 61
Views: 2552

Re: Bass Trombone - Dream Horn

you people, you'll have me spending money again :-o

But I must admit that I'm starting to wonder about the lighter weight of a Butler.
by sf105
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: Mt. Vernon 2G
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: WTB: Mt. Vernon 2G

Bill Symington's copies are pretty good and easier to find. He's on this forum
by sf105
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage Conn user ages.
Replies: 48
Views: 2151

Re: Vintage Conn user ages.

Age: (about the same as FOSSIL) A bunch of old Conns which I play because I like them and don't have to make a living at it. Also a Holton and a DuoGravis. In practice, any one of them would do the job, but where's the fun in that? I know of several much younger people who use Elkhart Conns. Here, f...
by sf105
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: notes from the 1920s in the NYT
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: notes from the 1920s in the NYT

I once saw a couple leaving a performance of the Rite by the NY Phil in the 1980's (!) But maybe they didn't like Mehta's conducting... Also sat next to someone who left a controversial production of Guilliermo Tell at Covent Garden half-way through the overture . At that point, just give the ticket...
by sf105
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Orchestra restart
Replies: 39
Views: 3087

Re: Orchestra restart

I've been considering arranging some brass sessions while the strings get on with it. I figure a quintet is less than 6 people and we could squat a park bandstand. My orchestra isn't restarting until November. We were supposed to start in June, but the university where we rehearse and perform decid...
by sf105
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Orchestra restart
Replies: 39
Views: 3087

Re: Orchestra restart

I've been considering arranging some brass sessions while the strings get on with it. I figure a quintet is less than 6 people and we could squat a park bandstand.
by sf105
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Adding a plug in valve to the f attachment valve on a bass.
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: Adding a plug in valve to the f attachment valve on a bass.

I had one made up for a 60H and then ported to a 70H when I traded. It works pretty well by my standard, but then this was before all the Thayers and Hagmann valves. The biggest problem is the length of the linkage back to the valve which can be a bit clunky. It also helps if the horn is naturally f...
by sf105
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Converting a bass trombone to a contrabass.
Replies: 15
Views: 1245

Re: Converting a bass trombone to a contrabass.

Isn't there a German manufacturer that still makes an F bass (not a contrabass)? Probably costs appropriately.
by sf105
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling
Replies: 78
Views: 31988

Re: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling

I think their recent problems are more tied to their front office leadership... One recurring argument I see online, but am not sure of the validity of, is that the HD theater-cast availability has cut into their ticket sales. If you live in the boroughs or Long Island or New Jersey and you can see...
by sf105
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling
Replies: 78
Views: 31988

Re: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling

“ Add it all up and there are an awfully large number of pigs feeding at the trough.” I might be inclined to put this differently. Exactly. Given that most everyone working at the Met will be at the top of their profession. But one of the problems is the huge cost of living in New York. That's one ...
by sf105
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling
Replies: 78
Views: 31988

Re: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling

What the Met is doing is pretty reprehensible. They are the richest orchestra organization perhaps in the world- there's basically no excuse for this. It gets worse, now it turns out that they paid Levine $3.5 million while the staff got nothing. He must have had a fantastic agent. https://www.nyti...
by sf105
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling
Replies: 78
Views: 31988

Re: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling

Some of the European orchestras are "governed" by the players, like they get to choose their conductor, but they all operate with substantial state subsidies. I'm not sure what the state controls are in those cases but in recent years some of these orchestras are finding them selves on the state su...
by sf105
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling
Replies: 78
Views: 31988

Re: NYTimes. The Met Opera’s Musicians, Unpaid Since April, Are Struggling

I can't help thinking that all the US orchestras should go self-managed, given how often they get locked out by the management and the donors who prefer to pay for buildings.
by sf105
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Contrabass... finally taking the plunge
Replies: 21
Views: 2539

Re: Contrabass... finally taking the plunge

FOSSIL wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:04 pm
sf105 wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:45 pm
The balance looks like it might be better on the new one.
Nah !!! 🙄🙄

Chris
That's a shame.
by sf105
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Contrabass... finally taking the plunge
Replies: 21
Views: 2539

Re: Contrabass... finally taking the plunge

The balance looks like it might be better on the new one.
by sf105
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 60H. To add a valve or not to add a valve.
Replies: 23
Views: 6736

Re: 60H. To add a valve or not to add a valve.

If you really want a second valve, make it a plug-in. I did that on one I had years ago and it was so nice not to have the second valve in for the majority of situations where I didn't need it. It's probably not going to be much more convoluted than building it in. It's probably just illusion, but t...
by sf105
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Brass tech in the uk
Replies: 21
Views: 1663

Re: Brass tech in the uk

Vegasbound wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:38 pm
Gale is outstanding and a perfectionist
Gale will look at your problem, shake his head, and say he's not sure how it will turn out--and then do a fantastic job. It also helps if you're an old motorbike enthusiast.

S
by sf105
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Brass tech in the uk
Replies: 21
Views: 1663

Re: Brass tech in the uk

Also, Gale Lawson in London. He was the first person to make my 82H slide playable.
by sf105
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Smaller bore bass. Use in USA ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2299

Re: Smaller bore bass. Use in USA ?

For jazz and pops, lots of people like a DuoGravis, especially the sterling silver. It would even work in small symphonic groups for those listening with their ears. I don't think the tubing is smaller but they're very responsive. Failing that, a good Conn 71/2/3H with a 2G-like mouthpiece might ser...
by sf105
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hhow good do you have to be to "make it" in the pro world
Replies: 54
Views: 5745

Re: Hhow good do you have to be to "make it" in the pro world

I heard that the Chicago Symphony wasn't a year-round job until after the WWII.
by sf105
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where do you play B natural?
Replies: 33
Views: 2947

Re: Where do you play B natural?

An easy exercise to do would be to set up a long drone tone from either a tuning app that plays tones or score app like Musescore that lets you plunk any note down and repeat it First do a B drone and practice a unison. That will tell you where the equal tempered B is. Then make an E drone and prac...
by sf105
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Vintage Horns (Conn 70H Fuchs, Williams)
Replies: 28
Views: 4426

Re: FS: Vintage Conns

post pictures? At least that'll be enticing for those of us who shouldn't be buying more horns...
by sf105
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Is there an easy way to add counter weight to trigger section?
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Is there an easy way to add counter weight to trigger section?

Old mouthpiece and electrical tape. Both in plentiful supply, and reversible.
by sf105
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Katy Jones . Handel's Violin Sonata no. XII
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Katy Jones . Handel's Violin Sonata no. XII

The sort of playing that even non-trombone players would appreciate...
by sf105
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 14811

Re: sections that play one brand

All of these comments above by GabrielRice, Fossil, Hornbuilder, sf105, and some others are what I thought were the typical professional protocols. I've definitely chosen certain instruments for certain situations-some of my instruments only work certain places. I still believe that most of the ble...
by sf105
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 83H
Replies: 22
Views: 2319

Re: 83H

I stand by my connjecture. Why ? Even at the most basic level, the 83H shares the long playing slide of the later 70H, and 71H and 72H and 73H... no Yamaha has that. The 83H therefore has a shorter bell section and the same tighter flare as the other Conns...no Yamaha has that. I like the Connjectu...
by sf105
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Wagnerism - Alex Ross
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: Wagnerism - Alex Ross

About 60% through it. The range is phenomenal which probably means that every reader will have some parts they skip over. For example, I hadn't known about the direct link between Siegfried and the myth of the western cowboy via the (white supremacist) author of "The Virginian".
by sf105
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 14811

Re: sections that play one brand

Every time I've switched equipment for a situation, it's been a personal decision (for better or worse). I have a feeling that if a conductor asked me to switch to a smaller horn or something, my knee-jerk reaction would be to ask them to try a smaller ego or something. We have it in our contract t...
by sf105
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (trumpet mutes)
Replies: 13
Views: 2384

Re: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (trumpet mutes)

period instrument version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq1q6u3mLSM Thanks for this. Last time I did it, I managed to get the section to try one sectional with smaller horns. I thought it sounded great but lost the vote. Also, we didn't have the little French tubas (now available from Wessex). I ...
by sf105
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: underrated, overrated, rated....
Replies: 36
Views: 3722

Re: underrated, overrated, rated....

The one that's just out of reach on eBay?

That said, as FOSSIL knows, I have a bunch of horns that I like the sound of in different ways, most of which have dreadful ergonomics. I'm still wondering about how they would compare to one of the modern bespoke horns, such as Noah's recent Fuchs tribute.
by sf105
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)
Replies: 69
Views: 6478

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

I drive old cars too...a hopeless case.... Chris That's until the next Carrington event (huge solar flare that will burn out electronics) in which case your old banger is more likely to still function--although getting petrol might be a challenge. Still, it will be a good time for acoustic music ma...
by sf105
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: most overrated horns
Replies: 43
Views: 4163

Re: most overrated horns

<Head above parapet>
Holton 181. They were coming in when I was in college and everyone got one, including me. Then a couple of years later everyone moved off them, including me. I know other people really like them.
by sf105
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)
Replies: 69
Views: 6478

Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)

Solo trombone with Paris Opera says trombones only last 10 years and you just buy another one.

Obviously not a subscriber to some of the darker corners of this site :wink:.

At 4:43.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x94EMMNPO6o
by sf105
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Pixar's Soul But It's Just the Trombone
Replies: 11
Views: 3111

Re: Pixar's Soul But It's Just the Trombone

Damn, her slide technique's better than mine! Pixar are so good on details.
by sf105
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 14811

Re: sections that play one brand

I believe the London Symphony is all Yamaha now?
by sf105
Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 155
Views: 30328

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

I have not read the full and very long threat (again), but if thinking about great bass trombonists and bass trombone sounds that might not have been mentioned yet: - Stefan Schulz and Thomas Leyendecker/Berlin Philharmonic I saw Stefan Shulz give a master class in London and the one of the most im...
by sf105
Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns
Replies: 57
Views: 7552

Re: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns

So, is there any modern horn that comes close? Modular or otherwise?
by sf105
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 155
Views: 30328

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

For jazz (currently listening to the inevitable Dave Taylor) I find myself listening to baritone sax players, e.g. Harry Carney.
by sf105
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Back with the orchestra
Replies: 60
Views: 9923

Re: Back with the orchestra

Can we still do antiphonal Gabrieli concerts? Giovanni Gabrieli's dates fall within the second wave of Yersinia pestis. I wonder if there's a valid comparison to be made between anti-plague measures and contemporary Covid lockdowns, and the impacts on social and economic life. It could be a Phd sub...
by sf105
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Back with the orchestra
Replies: 60
Views: 9923

Re: Back with the orchestra

Regarding professional music making during Covid 19 in Scotland, I will share some information. Scottish Opera are working in our home Theatre, The Theatre Royal. Thanks for sharing what the Scottish Opera is doing to protect folks. It sounds very thorough. Best of luck to you all! I've been follow...
by sf105
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton Symphony Bass on Ebay
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Re: Holton Symphony Bass on Ebay

The vendor deals in older instruments. Incidentally, it's marked up with an inscription that looks like "Bay Rdrk - Inv. Nr. 9138"
by sf105
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns
Replies: 57
Views: 7552

Re: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns

I nudged my regular section leader into buying an Mt Vernon straight 36 and she sounds so much better than on the 42B she's been playing since high school. The only catch is that she has short arms and can't quite reach 7th, but that's my job.
by sf105
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tenors vs Bass vs anything else - how and when?
Replies: 17
Views: 4202

Re: Tenors vs Bass vs anything else - how and when?

How long have you got? There's a 30 page discussion about what "cimbasso" might mean on one of the Tuba sites. If you have a decent section, best to let them lead on what to do. There's nothing quite as offputting as being lectured by a conductor on your own instrument, although most will be more th...
by sf105
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Vintage Conn Bass Trombones - pictures, specifications, characteristics. Who played them?
Replies: 141
Views: 27650

Re: Vintage Conn Bass Trombones - pictures, specifications, characteristics. Who played them?

Thats nice Chris! You make it your self? I put a weight on my 60h. Just to make it more balanced in my hands. Here is a picture. Its not nice but after some time with this solution I also feel to make it permanent. https://1drv.ms/u/s!AnFhNyFesmcYhfxJG3R5MDkudCZufw?e=6t7xWZ Leif I have a couple of ...
by sf105
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 127
Views: 52292

Re: USPS

Is it being affected by recently reported shennanigans in the US postal service?

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