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by Dennis
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Dependent bass cases
Replies: 5
Views: 810

Re: Dependent bass cases

Why won't the 622 fit in a Protec bass case? I've seen the Protec hard bass case, and I know that the Kanstul 1662 fits in it.

What is wrong with the Yamaha case? I'm not sure about the case the YBL-622 came with, but the Xeno cases look like the best cases available from a big maker.
by Dennis
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Funding a DMA
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: Funding a DMA

A little bit of research on the internet shows that it is fairly common for PhDs and Doctorates in the STEM and humanities fields to get their school funded through teaching or research assistantships. Would you advise against taking out loans for a DMA that is only partially funded by the institut...
by Dennis
Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires at a pawn shop
Replies: 17
Views: 2155

Re: Shires at a pawn shop

That probably is the case for production valves, but I've got Steve Shires' prototype rotary valve. It's not marked in any way.

Given the modular nature of the instruments, it seems to me that all the parts should be serialized. If not that, then the expensive bits: the bell, valve, and slide.
by Dennis
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Are we getting Bach all wrong ?
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Re: Are we getting Bach all wrong ?

In my lockdown trombone exploration, I'm looking at small bores for the first time since I was a kid. The mouthpiece journey has travelled to the classic Bach 11c and I have managed to collect a few New York and Mt Vernon examples. What strikes me is how much variation there is with these pieces......
by Dennis
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires at a pawn shop
Replies: 17
Views: 2155

Re: Shires at a pawn shop

However, I'm not naive and realize this is not a foolproof system, (although is buying off Craigslist from some "guy" much different? I'd say "yes", but that's up for debate). And while the "worst case" for someone unknowingly buying a stolen horn is that the horn can be confiscated from you (the b...
by Dennis
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: thickness of Shires bells
Replies: 3
Views: 971

Re: thickness of Shires bells

The short answer is, yes, the people in the bell department at Shires certainly know what thickness materials they start with and what they do to them to make various models of bells...but with the formation of the company, Steve Shires did not think that was important information to give out. And ...
by Dennis
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Storing goosenecks
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

Storing goosenecks

I recently picked up a gooseneck and counterweight for my Shires. It lives in a Marcus Bonna not-so-soft case. Ideally, I would like for both the F-attachment and the gooseneck to live in the case. Leaving an F-attachment or a gooseneck sitting out loose seems to me like begging for something bad to...
by Dennis
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are the differences between the Hagmann, the Shires Trubore, and the Conn CL valves
Replies: 30
Views: 2412

Re: What are the differences between the Hagmann, the Shires Trubore, and the Conn CL valves

Both Trubores and Hagmann rotor cores have brazed in bent tube in a machined casing. Many convential and improved rotor had brazed in tubes in them, such as the King Symphony, and Kanstul CR valves. Kanstul CR rotor cores were made of two pieces and soldered together around the bent tube ports. I h...
by Dennis
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve trombone measurements PLEASE!
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Valve trombone measurements PLEASE!

Hey, valve trombonists! (3-valve instrument; no handslide) Can you help me out and measure the length of your bell section and your valve section ? I am primarily intersted in King and Conn valve trombones but other makers are good, too. THANKS! :good: Bruce is correct about the 5G and 6H. The 5G v...
by Dennis
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Triad trouble
Replies: 74
Views: 5917

Re: Triad trouble

Triad trouble Modulation mishap Accidental Accidentals Non-standard neume notation I'd like to hear one of those hipster piano guys analyze this. (To stay within forum guidelines, please comment on the performance rather than the venue) https://youtu.be/Vga0M4ia5Mc Ouch. That is just painful. I mad...
by Dennis
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mystery mouthpiece
Replies: 5
Views: 1184

Re: Mystery mouthpiece

It bears some resemblance to a Beversdorf W-3 mouthpiece one of my teachers had, but I don't think Beversdorf worked in stainless steel.
by Dennis
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Shires Gooseneck - SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: FS: Shires Gooseneck

PM sent.
by Dennis
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Lesser known orchestral works, part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Re: Lesser known orchestral works, part 2

I know you asked for orchestral works, specifically, but Ruth Crawford Seeger (stepmother of Pete and mother of Peggy) was a composer who (in my opinion) wrote far too little and not nearly enough for orchestra. Her *String Quartet (1931)* is a marvelous piece of music. The 1952 Wind Quintet is wort...
by Dennis
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Spanish Low Brass Solos
Replies: 6
Views: 3094

Re: Spanish Low Brass Solos

Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos) transcribes well for trombones. The soprano is really optional. Choros No 4 is for 3 horns and trombone.
by Dennis
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns
Replies: 57
Views: 7167

Re: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns

Finetales wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:17 pm
Speaking of 42 slides on 36 bells, the inverse (36 slides with 42 bells) can also work really well. I played one like that at DJ's and it was a great player.
Wasn't that the Jimmy Knepper setup?
by Dennis
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: New valve maintenance
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: New valve maintenance

hornbuilder wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:11 pm
Correct. Valves are not interchangeable. At least not high quality, correctly fitted valves.
The rotor is lapped into the casing isn't it, Matthew?
by Dennis
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Quarantining a new horn
Replies: 21
Views: 2548

Re: Quarantining a new horn

Beyond the science of surface transmission, there's the psychology. Keeping stuff clean can help give some people a sense that can at least control SOMETHING. Another thought. Even if COVID-19 transmission via surface contact is a very low risk, many other diseases are more commonly transmitted in ...
by Dennis
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Quarantining a new horn
Replies: 21
Views: 2548

Re: Quarantining a new horn

Cleaning the instrument won't hurt anything. SARS-CoV-2 isn't all that hardy a virus: even a mild disinfectant like low-order alkane alcohols (like propanol) will clear it. Soap and water will do better. In almost all of the US community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is running wild. Transmission via s...
by Dennis
Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Name this trombone!
Replies: 14
Views: 2349

Re: Name this trombone!

I'd name it Gustav, because it's pretty clearly German.
by Dennis
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Back with the orchestra
Replies: 60
Views: 9579

Re: Back with the orchestra

...one identifiable political group. It's not the case that all members of that group are batcrap crazy, but the batcrap crazy actions all emanate from that group. It's a bit too sweeping to say "all." Some local officials in my area (from the other team) have also behaved irresponsibly. Fair enoug...
by Dennis
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Back with the orchestra
Replies: 60
Views: 9579

Re: Back with the orchestra

well, it seems to have been decided that on this forum, Covid is a political issue, so a non- subject. Chris The admins can ban me if they wish, but 2 + 2 remains 4 (except in mod 4 arithmetic, where 2 + 2 is 0 and mod 3 arithmetic where 2 + 2 = 1), and it is also true that most of the COVID misery...
by Dennis
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Turning down a gig
Replies: 44
Views: 13113

Re: Turning down a gig

:hi: Epidemiologist here. Everything Dennis said is correct, but to add a couple caveats - we only found out about the famous/powerful people infected at the Rose Garden superspreading event, and ignored all the nameless staff (caterers, maintenance workers, really everyone who keeps the WH running...
by Dennis
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Turning down a gig
Replies: 44
Views: 13113

Re: Turning down a gig

but these are Southern Baptists and probably 95% Trump voters Shame on you for feeling that this was relevant or important to this discussion! You are entitled to your opinions, as are others, but this is not the place for poitical bigotry. It is well established that there is a strong relationship...
by Dennis
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Most underrated horns
Replies: 59
Views: 10072

Re: Most underrated horns

If I could have an American baritone, I'd like to have a Conn 25I (the four-valve raincatcher version with the main-slide tuning mechanism). Those are sweet horns.

If I recall correctly they have a Euro shank, so I'd have to take care of that.
by Dennis
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 181
Views: 18256

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

One last thought : I've never encountered a rotary valve, the "witness" marks of which were properly placed to directly correspond to the actual position of the valve portals internally. Never ! Let's relegate razor blades to the task for which they were designed. I have one, but they are only alig...
by Dennis
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Medicare options?
Replies: 13
Views: 3340

Re: Medicare options?

Welcome to 65, Doug. I had to do that last year. I'd recommend talking to a Medicare navigator. It's pretty confusing overall, and what is best depends on your personal situation. In my case, I had an employer plan, my wife's employer's plan, Medicare A/B/D, and Medicare Advantage. There are lots of...
by Dennis
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King Cleveland 606
Replies: 8
Views: 1687

Re: King Cleveland 606

The Yamaha 48 doesn't fit the Special like the Olds 3 does. It doesn't go in as far. I was told here that the Olds 3 was the correct MP for the Special because of this. Olds used a slightly smaller shank than the norm (like Bach, Conn, or Yamaha). As you notice, the Yamaha 48 doesn't fit the Olds v...
by Dennis
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 1970s Bach Strad Model 50 bass trombone
Replies: 52
Views: 5684

Re: 1970s Bach Strad Model 50 bass trombone

I have a Bach Strad Model 50 bass trombone. It has a dual independent F and Gb triggers. I believe is from the 1970s (1975 based on the serial #). Conn Selmer did not have a shop card for my instrument. Only information I have been able to find is from a repair shop that said it was made right arou...
by Dennis
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bb/F/G/Eb bass trombones
Replies: 45
Views: 3800

Re: Bb/F/G/Eb bass trombones

I've always advocated using the valves in a way that maximizes short handslide movements (1-3 positions) while minimizing longer movements (4-6 positions). The basic concert Bb scale is an excellent example (I know you already know all of this, Chris - I'm putting it out as part of the general disc...
by Dennis
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Showcase: Corp Bach 36K wide slide
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: Showcase: Corp Bach 36K wide slide

Turns out it's a 4-digit serial early Corp with a quite well-done K swap, obviously taken from a stock '90s 36K. As for why someone did this, and then decided it wasn't worth keeping, is up to the trombone gods to understand. <snip> However, I'm very happy with the result, especially with my perfec...
by Dennis
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Bach 70's style bass trombone case
Replies: 8
Views: 4772

Re: Bach 70's style bass trombone case

Hi! I'm getting olsen axial valves installed on my Bach 50b2. Has anyone had any experience modifying the old French style case to fit the new valves? Cheers, Bryce Considering it's a 50B2 I don't see why you couldn't modify the case. However I don't have any experience doing this. Before I get sta...
by Dennis
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 9131

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

David did ask for some help recently to resolve the fit on larger throat tenor bells, so I gladly offered a few instruments as a model with wider tapers. On the tenor side, wide taper should be applicable for Shires TII bells, German style tenors, Conn K bells, etc. so do make sure you let them kno...
by Dennis
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bad news about live theater public performance
Replies: 19
Views: 8017

Re: Bad news about live theater public performance

I would doubt that this is a challenge trial. They are probably just going to do statistics on infection rates of the vaccinated versus the control. I have my doubts about it being a challenge trial: I don't think I would have missed an ERB/IRB approval of a COVID challenge trial. But the descripti...
by Dennis
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bad news about live theater public performance
Replies: 19
Views: 8017

Re: Bad news about live theater public performance

A second vaccine here in the UK has been moved on to stage 3 trials, perhaps others can explain better, but it involves vaccinating the volunteers then infecting them with covid, from the news reports the volunteer groups include people from all ages I'm amazed. This is called a challenge trial, an...
by Dennis
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bad news about live theater public performance
Replies: 19
Views: 8017

Re: Bad news about live theater public performance

Ah ha! Someone knowledgeable to point me in the right direction on a question that's been bugging me. We've been hearing on the news that catching the virus doesn't necessarily confer future immunity. If that is the case for this particular virus, won't the same problem affect a vaccine? Right now,...
by Dennis
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Recommendations for Plunger Mute
Replies: 37
Views: 10225

Re: Recommendations for Plunger Mute

Is anyone still using Jolly Balls?
by Dennis
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mating bells and slides of different brands
Replies: 38
Views: 18725

Re: Mating bells and slides of different brands

Kevbach33 wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:41 am
Just be aware that the Shires slide will be shorter than a Bach slide and tune accordingly.
Most Bach 50s I've played with axial valves are flat. I have to play mine with the tuning slide closed to get to 440, and I'm screwed if the pitch goes up.

A shorter slide would actually be useful to me.
by Dennis
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bad news about live theater public performance
Replies: 19
Views: 8017

Re: Bad news about live theater public performance

There are at least 3 perfectly viable and fully developed vaccines in existance right now (and I dont count Putins, short cut, amongst that). They are as we read this being injected into dozens if not hundreds of people in various trials to make sure there are no side effects. There are 8 candidate...
by Dennis
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Sauer Braces
Replies: 18
Views: 9231

Re: Sauer Braces

For $600 US I'll bet you could get a machinist to make several sets for you. It isn't that complex: it's basically a fancy turnbuckle. One side is left-hand thread, the other is right-hand thread. If I were having a set made I think I'd leave space for silicone pads at the contact points.
by Dennis
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recommended score readers for iPad
Replies: 10
Views: 8143

Recommended score readers for iPad

I just got a new iPad Pro 10.2 for my birthday. The big thing I want it to do is to replace the music folders I've been schlepping around most of my life. Does anyone have recommendations about score readers? (Yes, I got the Apple pencil-I figured out that pencil marks on the screen weren't going to...
by Dennis
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b question
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: King 2b question

The bell doesn't have a sterling hallmark or refer to "SilverSonic", so it's almost certainly silver plated rather than a sterling bell. If my memory is working right today, the gold wash was part of the top trim level in the HN White era. Full gold-plate was a special order option. This example has...
by Dennis
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: SOLD King 3b Silversonic (Europe)
Replies: 13
Views: 2681

Re: FT: King 3b Silversonic (Europe)

If you haven't polished the inside of the bell flare recently, my vote is for gold. Copper would be showing a patina.

Whatever it is, it's a beautiful looking bell.
by Dennis
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Horn Porn
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Re: Horn Porn

tbonesullivan wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:55 am
GREAT looking horn.

"light ware" is making the grammar police side of my brain go nuts. I would mainly be concerned how they are going to ship it.
How about "duel valves"?

I guess those Hagmann's are fighting...
by Dennis
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Kanstul 1606SB
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: Kanstul 1606SB

mrdeacon wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:22 pm
I also almost purchased a prototype 1662i and it was better than any of the production horns I ever played!
Was it the 1662i that Noah Gladstone had in his shop 10 or so years ago? I almost purchased that one, but Noah had a 50T3G I liked better.
by Dennis
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 1 Valve Vs. 2 Valve Bass Trombone
Replies: 20
Views: 3912

Re: 1 Valve Vs. 2 Valve Bass Trombone

In his later years George Roberts played a single valve bass trombone. George Roberts played most of his career on a single. He endorsed a couple of doubles (if my forgettery is working properly he endorsed the Olds P24G) but he said in interviews that he rarely used doubles. In most of the orchest...
by Dennis
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Want Shires Trombone Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

Re: Want Shires Trombone Advice

For the most part, 5 bells are in Shires Type 2 (the Bach-like) taper. There are a handful of one piece Type 1 bells (the Conn-like taper). In any event, I don't think the bell is going to affect perceived resistance much (if at all). My Shires is a similar set-up to yours. It's pretty insensitive t...
by Dennis
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: SOLD! Holton TR183 bell section 1975
Replies: 32
Views: 4068

Re: Holton TR183 bell section 1975

/———- he relates Bach marked 36 GL 8 1/2” Gold Brass flare which he used for Broadway shows Don't the 36 and the 42 bells come off the same bell mandrels? The only difference being that the 42 is trimmed to 8.5" and the 36 is trimmed to 8"? I know for sure for sure that the 36 and 42 tuning slides ...
by Dennis
Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A Bach 36K, 42K, and 50K3 walk into a bar...
Replies: 36
Views: 5156

Re: A Bach 36K, 42K, and 50K3 walk into a bar...

Thanks tntitan! I might be interested in it but BurgerBob has me scared with this talk of a plastic valve core. I really wish there were some Miller valve owners who could chime in! If you look at the photos of the valve it's clear that (1) the valve casing and lower bearing is yellow brass, and (2...
by Dennis
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons
Replies: 29
Views: 4198

Re: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons

A few years ago, I had Benn Hansen do some work on a Corp 42B that blew kind of funny. He found a sizeable blob of solder in the main tuning slide. About 10 years ago I had to have my '72 36B worked on. Jim Patterson discovered that the neckpipe had never been soldered in. When it was new, it playe...
by Dennis
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: What compound for what
Replies: 10
Views: 2057

Re: What compound for what

Why are you ordering new parts? Get out the dent ball set/dent hammer and remove those dents. Learn the skill of dent removal so that you can rebuild instruments, no matter what condition they are in! I also don’t have anyone to teach me, they teach me what’s required for my job and that’s it. I wo...

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