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by boneagain
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 21
Views: 970

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

Guess I'm in the minority here, but this kind of badgering of topics players are not interested in really saddens me. I have no problem with people IGNORING topics they don't care for. But here and in TTF it seems required to badger the poster and belitttle any thoughts they might have. I kept in to...
by boneagain
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 18
Views: 484

Re: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

In the interests of sticking closer to the TOS "trombone related" bits, I'll add two cents. Just got a nice Chromebook for close to $100. Even though it is NOT listed on the "adapt Chromebook to Linux" page (https://mrchromebook.tech is a good example of how open software spawns more-better open sof...
by boneagain
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: LSO Principal Trombone vacancy
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: LSO Principal Trombone vacancy

Mr. Bright is a class act. Wrote to him out of the blue in a TTF discussion about a physics demonstration he did with Richard Smith that Smith reprised on Youtube last year. Received a very gracious and helpful answer. By that time, though the TTF discussion had degraded into the usual diatribes aga...
by boneagain
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Main slide lock not locking properly
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: Main slide lock not locking properly

Someone here, probably Ken, recommended lubricating it with just a tiny bit of tuning slide grease, after cleaning carefully, and that does seem to help. I'd be careful about lube on tapers and threads. Also about polishing. the key is for the taper to be clean. Adding something to change the coeff...
by boneagain
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Name the composer
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Name the composer

Balakirev?
by boneagain
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 56
Views: 2917

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

I just resigned as music director and sold my share of the band to the other owner. I plan on continuing on as a player on whatever trombone part the band needs me to play. This was a tough decision for me. It is something I had to do for my own well being, and for the long term good of the band. I...
by boneagain
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trigger happy
Replies: 16
Views: 508

Re: Trigger happy

I am having a very HARD TIME with posting the photos, so I'll put them in separate posts and hope for the best. Here Is me holding the horn, maybe the problem is mostly there. I DON'T HOLD THE SLIDE THAT WAY WHEN I PLAY Looks like quite a bit of the meat of your left hang hangs over the cork barrel...
by boneagain
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 56
Views: 2917

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

I found this interesting : " ------------------ sometimes wish our current BASS BONE would retire so I could move to that LOWER STRESS part." Did you ever play a Tom Kubis arrangement ? ----- I didn't think so ----------------. No, never did. We play a lot of Nestico and Wolpe arrangements. Ellingt...
by boneagain
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

Nice pictures Leif!
Thanks!
by boneagain
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

Images did not paste in. REALLY glad to hear how well they BOTH came out!! The "delicate" aspect you mentioned leads me to believe he DID rebuild the valve (at least one). Losing leaks that were in the wrong places makes a huge difference in being able to nail delicate articulations/slures, etc. Con...
by boneagain
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

Well, August 10 came and went... any word?
The anticipation is killing me.... it's like waiting for that last octave leap the bass trombone and bottom trumpet get to play toward the very end of the Meistersinger overture!
by boneagain
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

Thanks Dave, is the inner slide made of harder stuff than the outside slides? He told it was extremely hard on this 70h. And I wonder how long this silicone treatment will last? Leif Don't know about this particular 70h. In general, the plating will be relatively hard and brittle. For my own purpos...
by boneagain
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

I speak to the repair man today, and what he told is not making my expectations too high. He told dents on the inner slides of the old 70h are difficult to straighten out. ... Well, maybe he was a little humble or its true its not easy to fix this old horns... Probably repeating myself here, but wh...
by boneagain
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cut It
Replies: 23
Views: 854

Re: Cut It

I can see the point when going from an f to a d on fourth and back. That's a common pattern. That will be easier on rhe g-valve as well as F-Db and back were you often need to play the f on sixth position. You loose the E. Maybe not very common on fast passages on a tenor but you also loose the Bb ...
by boneagain
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Accompaniment for Bordogni?
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Accompaniment for Bordogni?

One option is the David Schwartz book/cd combination. One volume has nearly the same content as the Bordogni/Ostrander. You can probably find the remainder of the 43 studies in the other volumes. It is not very hard to transpose the cd files to match the keys of different transcriptions, although th...
by boneagain
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

Boneagain, what do you mean by sleeving? The valves on my bass are leaky, not unusable leaky, but leaky enough where I'm going to have to do something about it in the next few years. Not to hijack Leif's thread, but perhaps an overview would be ok. George McCracken, who was head designer at King fo...
by boneagain
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70h restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Conn 70h restoration

I have two Conn 70h in a restoration shop. They say they are finished 10. August. Im very excited to see what they have done. They have used long time so maybe they have waited for parts. One of the slides was very bad so maybe they try to get new parts, but when I speak to the repair man he told t...
by boneagain
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Little Hash Marks
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Little Hash Marks

hornbuilder wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:48 pm
How accurate are the hash marks? That depends entirely on what the tech that made them considers to be "correctly aligned"!

:-)

M
Funny, I was thinking that the valves that seemed best aligned to me came from a certain maker you worked for at one time :)
by boneagain
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Little Hash Marks
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Little Hash Marks

Even with a really carefully made hash mark, a couple things come to mind: 1) it's not just the mark for the axle that matters; there's also the mark for the bearing plate 2) on typical trombone rotors, any error in eyeballing the mark vs. the passageways is up around 5 to 1. Of course, we should ke...
by boneagain
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Little Hash Marks
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Little Hash Marks

One of the things we lost in the first upgrade of THIS site was a thread on borescopes, with pictures. From that, a handy search string for ebay would be: 3.5/2/1.5/1M 5.5mm Android Endoscope Waterproof Borescope Inspection Camera 6LED This technology is moving along briskly. I'd focus on low price,...
by boneagain
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:59 am
I have been doing the opposite, playing with a drone in equal temperament. It's challenging.
No more major thirds for YOU! :biggrin:
by boneagain
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Convert string trigger linkage to direct linkage
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Convert string trigger linkage to direct linkage

Nice pics! Brings up some important considerations: 1) rotor rest position; 2) rotor rotation direction. Notice in the photos that the rotor with the miniball rests 90 degrees off from where it did with the string. This means the tech not only replaced the link, but did some "magic" with the shaft s...
by boneagain
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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

"The horn is more than just an amplifier. It's a resonator." Well, that might be more accurately stated as "The horn is an amplifier BECAUSE it's a resonator." More accurately still, "The horn is an amplifier that uses resonance to behave as an acoustical impedence matching transformer between the p...
by boneagain
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Tools for the trade
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: Tools for the trade

Since the OP mentioned not only repair, but modification, I second hornbuilder's recommendation. I agree with Mr. Biggs that avoiding damage in the first place is a top priority. But if the aim is to try round vs. dual radius bows, or make the leadpipe removable... some technical knowledge is called...
by boneagain
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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

For ballpark comparison of lung capacity, check out the PDF on this page:
https://www.windsongpress.com/vital-capacity/

This is Brian Fredericksen's site. His book and site are both good reads on Arnold Jacobs life and work.
by boneagain
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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

We've told the OP many valid reasons why we can't help him. On the other hand, there are some things we could say about breathing that would be agreeable to most of us and potentially understandable to a beginner, aren't there? The one common model that I've heard (maybe originated with Remington?)...
by boneagain
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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

... This also may explain why incorrect explanation sometimes produces results. The unresistable allure of incorrect explanations is that they OFTEN produce at least some desired results. This relates to the old "correlation is not causation" challenge in statistics. Shoes size is not causative for...
by boneagain
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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! I found Wittgenstein's comment instructive: "Er muss diese Sätze überwinden, dann sieht er die Welt richtig..." Loosely translated as you ultimately come to ...
by boneagain
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1662

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

I think there is a huge disconnect between what the performer's breathing concept is, and what a student will hear. A student will probably interpret anything he's told about breathing as something physical he must do, and usually that involves muscles he must tighten. Your breathing concept probab...
by boneagain
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Band as a business - need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Band as a business - need advice.

I kinda like the 501(c)3 approach. For starters, it lets the "buyer" write one check without it going onto YOUR IRS forms. Then there's the book you bought. Everyone benefits from the book. You could sell it to the 501(c)3 over time so the BAND owns the book. That would make the next leader transiti...
by boneagain
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O

Waiting is a good strategy in general. As is avoiding irritating teachers :)
by boneagain
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O

Been rethinking about this some more. he has his heart set on pursuing trombone and music composition now, but there is always the chance he suddenly changes his mind in the future so perhaps the Shires, even at 3k is too big of investment. Perhaps the Mack Brass or Wessex 7b clone is where we need...
by boneagain
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: Student upgrade from Blessing B88-O

I have one of the Mack Brass basses. Tom McGrady, who owns Mack Brass, is a good guy and stands behind his product. That being said, from what you wrote about your son's current playing, I'd suggest going with the Wessex 7B clone. The Bach 50BGL is a strange animal. I made most of my orchestral livi...
by boneagain
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Well, Here's a New One...
Replies: 18
Views: 1438

Re: Well, Here's a New One...

BGuttman wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:38 am
You're going to need several left thumbs to work all the "shift" valves!!!
Many of those 10 valves are ganged: one lever operates more than one rotor.

So, there are two side-by-side thumb levers and three main levers.

No worse than early double valve bass trombones.
by boneagain
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Well, Here's a New One...
Replies: 18
Views: 1438

Re: Well, Here's a New One...

This is NOT a true Alexander. The seller is VERY clear on that. It is a prototype using a number of different parts to test out some concepts for implementing a triple. In addition to the extra valves there is a valve right in the branch, and a shortened lead pipe. The seller is quite clear on exact...
by boneagain
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1524

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Neat video of a trumpet bell on CNC. But I DID write "satisfactory." There has been (and continues to be) quite a lot of discussion as to whether "perfect" bell thickness yields a better or worse instrument. The Coprion bell is extremely uniform, but does not have the same reputation as a traditiona...
by boneagain
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pro-Pac Straps
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: Pro-Pac Straps

That's really, really sad :( I wondered why folks complained about the harness detaching. The picture makes it crystal clear: ProTec changed the capture clasp! My older one has two "fingers" on each side, instead of just one. Now I understand why mine have never come off, yet for others like the OP ...
by boneagain
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1524

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Just to reinforce Doug's point about material costs, I pulled some pricing from a web-based direct-to-consumer metal seller. The big boys get radically better bulk discounts, but still not as good as, say, a door hinge manufacturer. So, think of these as relative cost differences. What stands out is...
by boneagain
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1524

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Cost savings are all in labor. The material is cheap to start with and it would make no sense to use a lower quality of brass, if that even exists... Although in some parts of the world a lower grade may be all that's available. Yes a YSL354 was my primary horn when I took that audition. I still us...
by boneagain
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1524

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

Not having worked for a mass producer of instruments I do not have THAT kind of insider information. That being said, I DO have info straight from the horses mouth, so to speak, for a couple companies. Both of my sources have decades in the business. Both are capable of discussing all the topics hyp...
by boneagain
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Lengthening a Conn 36H Alto
Replies: 19
Views: 1181

Re: Lengthening a Conn 36H Alto

If looks matter to you, then new outer AND inner slide tubes are the order of the day, just as bbocaner wrote. If looks don't matter so much, then just new inner slide tubes would get the length back. You would see as much of that inner as you do now, but it would end far enough into the outers to g...
by boneagain
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

Ha! You got both names in one guess :)

Glad you DID find them!

Enjoy your sound concept...

AND solid fundamentals!
by boneagain
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

This is something that while I understand from a musical perspective, but from a technical perspective, it just doesn't really add up. I too, had Tommy Dorsey's sound in my head from a young age, 15 or so, and high was never "easy" until I got my chops together, after years and years of struggling,...
by boneagain
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Brass shops new england ?
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Brass shops new england ?

Looks like Ithaca, NY is a bit out of your way. Too bad. That's where Hickey's is. They usually have some decent instruments. Plenty of accessories. the best music selection I've seen. If you DON'T see something on the shelf there, it's worth asking at the desk. One time they sent me out to the "bac...
by boneagain
Sun May 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 56
Views: 2917

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

Sounds like you are doing a nice job of herding the cats :) Many want their names on the card, but few are willing to herd the cats. Or even solicity constructive criticism. Doesn't sound like time to sell it along just yet! Bass bone player lead the whole Basie band for a good while. There IS life ...
by boneagain
Sun May 27, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 56
Views: 2917

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

Are you running the rehearsals? Are you projecting competition from the college director? If so, consider the possibility that SOMEtimes a band director LIKES to take a break from having to put in so much effort to hear ALL that is going on, in ADDITION to playing his/her own part. As long as you ke...
by boneagain
Sun May 27, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: what is superslick plus from the Slide Doctor video

I watched the Slide Doctor lubrication video recently. He uses a combination of Super Slick creme and Super Slick plus lubricant. I've used the Yamaha lube for a while and am satisfied, but it isn't sold locally. I'm curious as to whether the Plus is basically the same as the Yamasnot or the Ultrap...
by boneagain
Mon May 21, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

The fact that I can get it to sound at all has to be a good place to start, right?! Not necessarily. There are several ways to facilitate loud notes in this range. All the ones I know of end up with faulty tone quality and control over articulation, dynamic control, and note duration. I'm not sayin...
by boneagain
Thu May 17, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

I believe there can be a "too early." Mostly that is when the sound trumps the technique. Embouchure form and function has to happen first, otherwise... you could just be "polishing a turd." If embouchure and other technique is strong and working correctly, then sound concept begins to be very impo...
by boneagain
Wed May 16, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 3086

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

But will the conductor now know the error of her ways? I'm guessing not unless Dave has a quiet word in her ear Couldn't agree more. Should have made that explicit in my comments. Especially considering Dave's later posts below. Chorus with instruments is, in my experience, among the most telling c...

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