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by TriJim
Thu May 27, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Backyardigans
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: The Backyardigans

For those interested in the musical roots and theory behind ''Castaways,' check out this interesting discussion by Adam Neely (YouTuber with over 1 million followers). 'Why Castaways is a Masterpiece in Songwriting:' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVAGjfFmFkw Neely is a big supporter of Doug Wiesel...
by TriJim
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: American Trombone Workshop 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 3069

Re: American Trombone Workshop 2021

The 0900 warm-up was excellent and they include the lead sheet as a download. Good quality audio and video and it is already available for review on the American Trombone Workshop Facebook page. Worth a look/listen. Thanks Army Band/Army Trombones/ATW.
by TriJim
Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Removing Tarnish on Mouthpieces
Replies: 34
Views: 4219

Re: Removing Tarnish on Mouthpieces

Wright's Silver Polish - 'Cleans, Polishes, and Protects.' Comes in cream or liquid (which I use) forms and available at most retailers including WalMart, Home Depot, and Amazon. Easy to use and even removes light insertion marks.
by TriJim
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Exploring new YouTube ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

Re: Exploring new YouTube ideas

Please - if I can ask one thing - keep them short. 3 minutes.

If you can make your point quickly - I'll listen - and maybe come back for your next video. I won't stay to watch the water heat to a boil.

Aggressively edit for time. Good luck.
by TriJim
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: American Trombone Workshop 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 3069

Re: American Trombone Workshop 2021

Hope there will be a seminar this year - even if it is just a one-day virtual event. Either way, I'll miss the college trombone choirs and vendors. In the meantime, I enjoyed the US Army Band Trombone Choir version of the 1812 Overture; released yesterday. If you missed it, look here: https://www.yo...
by TriJim
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Steel bead
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Steel bead

tbonesullivan wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:02 pm
I wonder how long until my curiosity causes me to grab one of my neodymium magnets and see whether my trombones have magnetic bell rims or not.
As I recall, they had a magnet at the factory to demonstrate the bells with steel vs. brass wires!
by TriJim
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Steel bead
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Steel bead

When we toured the Bach factory in Elkhart a couple years ago - they explained the Artisan trombones were manufactured with a steel wire, apparently specified by MLR, but all of the other trombones they made were manufactured with brass wire.
by TriJim
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: White ring Bach artisan A47I
Replies: 15
Views: 1824

Re: White ring Bach artisan A47I

I have a Bach A47MLR; similar design with a different valve. I carry most of the weight of the trombone on the 'beefy' part of the palm, just below the thumb, and wrap my left-hand fingers around the slide tube. The fingers help to stabilize the trombone on the palm/hand/beefy part of the thumb. The...
by TriJim
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: How much of it is editing?
Replies: 25
Views: 3999

Re: How much of it is editing?

Sound editing for the neophyte may appear a daunting task, but with modern software tools - like Melodyne, Izotope plug-ins, and DAW Compression, EQ, and Quantize features, it's easier to line-up, tune, and 'energize' a performance than ever before. Of course, you still need an audio engineer with e...
by TriJim
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Minimizing noise from rotary valve linkage
Replies: 24
Views: 4552

Re: Minimizing noise from rotary valve linkage

My Bach A47 MLR makes noise when the valve is released and the stop hits the rubber bumper. I'm using the Bach specified bumper (provided by Hickey's), but the rubber becomes firm soon after they are placed on the horn (which contributes to the noise). Any suggestion on replacement bumpers that are ...
by TriJim
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Suffer From Overactive Bladder ? Read This.....
Replies: 5
Views: 2505

Re: Suffer From Overactive Bladder ? 'Remember Movember'

Probably TMI and nobody wants a 'downer' before Christmas, but I was in the hospital last week and now have 6 abdominal wounds (and not for an implant). Please, ... have periodic testicular and prostate checks. Good advice! How are you doing now? Getting better every day. No lifting or playing trom...
by TriJim
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Suffer From Overactive Bladder ? Read This.....
Replies: 5
Views: 2505

Re: Suffer From Overactive Bladder ? 'Remember Movember'

Probably TMI and nobody wants a 'downer' before Christmas, but I was in the hospital last week and now have 6 abdominal wounds (and not for an implant). Please, even if you don't have bladder or other symptoms - remember the purpose of 'Movember' - to remind us to have periodic testicular and prosta...
by TriJim
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recording Trombone on a microphone
Replies: 25
Views: 9563

Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

What about a microphone to record on an iPhone? Is there such a thing? Shure MV88 microphone plugs directly into the lightning plug on your iPhone. Comes with custom recording software for audio and video that produces files that can be used in any DAW or video editing program. I own the MV88 and f...
by TriJim
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: PPE for trombonists
Replies: 14
Views: 6213

Re: PPE for trombonists

I purchased 'McCormick's' 9 inch bell cover from Hickey's for my Bach A47MLR and while the size was fine, the nylon cloth muffles the sound and adds back pressure. It makes the playing experience 'not fun.'
by TriJim
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: My journey on how to play french horn, trumpet, tuba and soprano trombone
Replies: 16
Views: 6495

Re: My journey on how to play French horn and Soprano trombone

I've been playing Swiss alphorn for the last 3 years. Initially I was happy taking the low parts with a 24 mm mouthpiece (compared to my Bach 5G - about 25 mm), but eventually you want need more high notes to play more challenging melodies; particularly when playing solo. It has taken most of the pa...
by TriJim
Thu May 14, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day
Replies: 13
Views: 2111

Re: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day

I am forced to alternate instruments/days. Tenor Trombone / Swiss Alphorn Playing tenor with a 5G (~25 mm ID) causes fatigue that limits the duration and high range when playing Alphorn with a 17.5 mm (about French Horn size) MP. Likewise, practicing the alphorn leads to rapid embouchure fatigue on ...
by TriJim
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Manhasset stand shafts wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 2057

Re: Manhasset stand shafts wanted

Nice try. I'm modifying some Manhassets and need parts. Maybe after I do it I'l post about what I did. When you have a lathe you find ways to use it. Wait :idea: - I've seen the guy spinning bells in Elkhart - you're making trombones from Manhassets! 'The Manhasset Trombone - It Stands up to the Co...
by TriJim
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 475
Views: 89858

Re: Coronavirus

Me, too - three! Corona-Beard!
by TriJim
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 6115

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

Did not see this mentioned - try 'Cape Cod' metal polishing cloths - recommended by luxury watch fans. Quick and easy. Mouthpiece will shine like new and even removes some insertion marks - plus it has a nice 'vanilla' smell.
by TriJim
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Looking for a music bag.
Replies: 11
Views: 8683

Re: Looking for a music bag.

Timbuk2 makes a variety of bike messenger bags that are water repellant and easily accept large folios and other outsize objects; would work well for this application.
by TriJim
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Turning a wooden mouthpiece
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: Turning a wooden mouthpiece - call an alphorn maker

Alphorn mouthpieces are traditionally made of wood. Hubert Hense (http://www.alphornbauhense.de/) does custom work and will duplicate a metal mouthpiece in wood if you prefer the product and not the work. Even if you want to make the mouthpiece, he may be an excellent resource for materials and prod...
by TriJim
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Carry all?
Replies: 9
Views: 1898

Re: Carry all?

Channeling my inner 'Tiny Tim' - I carry mutes and music in a recycled shopping bag (with handles).

'Tip Toe Through the Tulips...'
by TriJim
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shipping conundrum - help!
Replies: 17
Views: 13185

Re: Shipping conundrum - help!

Bet he is not going a commercial flight. And that's OK, too. Usually can coordinate an oversize parcel with milair - call the departure terminal folks ad see what they recommend. I once 'mailed' a bicycle from Germany to my deployed location in Egypt. They had dimension limits for the boxes so I ma...
by TriJim
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shipping conundrum - help!
Replies: 17
Views: 13185

Re: Shipping conundrum - help!

First, check with your carrier - most airlines have extra weight, carry-on, and oversize allowances for military deployments. Second, consider carry-on - I just returned from Switzerland with an alphorn as carry-on baggage. United (and most airlines) will allow oversize carry-on for musical instrume...
by TriJim
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getting pbone slide smooth
Replies: 3
Views: 956

Re: Getting pbone slide smooth

I used very fine steel wool on mine and I think it helped. Still makes noise, but no snags or drags. No stains on the metal stockings - they're bright and shiny. I've had mine for at least 2 years, but play it primarily for parades or odd events - not the usual rehearsal or performance.
by TriJim
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Favorite trombone quartet albums
Replies: 7
Views: 2285

Re: Favorite trombone quartet albums

'Christmas with the Nittany Trombone Quartet' 25th anniversary recording of unique Christmas arrangements from four Penn State trombone alumni. The group organized as a student quartet playing arrangements completed as class assignments - and now they are each well-recognized players in their own ri...
by TriJim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke
Replies: 8
Views: 2540

Re: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke

I'll second the recommendation. I met Andrew Hitz at a DC-area low brass symposium this past Fall; very approachable and genuinely interested in feedback on the Brass Junkies (and his Enterpreneurial Musician) podcasts. The most recent interview is over an hour with Christopher Bill - I have it cued...
by TriJim
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach Artisan model A47MLR
Replies: 19
Views: 4555

Re: Bach Artisan model A47MLR

Still MLR related, but a different problem - any other MLR owners with broken 'water key' springs? I've broken 3 or 4 and also had the water key separate from the slide - had to be re-soldered. When I bought the horn (and I've asked Bach sales reps); I was told to place the water key on the bottom w...
by TriJim
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: American Trombone Workshop 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 5971

Re: American Trombone Workshop 2019

Only time you will usually have a chance to play is with the group warm-up - first thing each day. No exhibits on Wednesday - they start on Thursday and finish Saturday afternoon. Plan to stay for the evening concerts - particularly Friday and Saturday when the Army Orchestra (Fri) and Band (Sat) ac...
by TriJim
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Disney World Main Street Philharmonic
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Re: Disney World Main Street Philharmonic

A real 'Mickey Mouse' outfit? On a more serious note (and to underscore the level of talent at Disney) - Drew Ochoa, singing in the 'Voices of Liberty' at Epcot and as a 'Dapper Dan' at Disney World - is lead singer for the current international gold medal BHS quartet 'After Hours.' Drew and 'After ...
by TriJim
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Decent DAW Software For iPad
Replies: 6
Views: 7496

Re: Decent DAW Software For iPad

Consider PreSonus Capture App [DAW for iPad], free and easy to use. Works best with a PreSonus AudioBox microphone interface, but can be used with built-in mic or Shure iPad mic (MV88). Mix and playback directly from the iPad or .wav files for each channel can be easily uploaded to full DAW on a PC ...
by TriJim
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Brass instrument history literature
Replies: 6
Views: 2189

Re: Brass instrument history literature

Don't forget to check the 'Historic Brass Society Journal,' of the Historic Brass Society https://www.historicbrass.org/. Lots of interesting articles on early brass instrument design and construction (not to mention pedagogy and brass music).
by TriJim
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Big Cat Thread
Replies: 14
Views: 4814

Re: The Big Cat Thread

harrisonreed wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:37 pm
My poor big cat just passed away tonight. Gonna really miss that guy... his name was Atreides and he was such a friendly, gentle cat...
Always tough to lose a member of the family. Condolences to you and your family.
by TriJim
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Upper register correct(?) positions
Replies: 10
Views: 2586

Re: Upper register correct(?) positions

Try playing high register with a tuner. Most can confirm you have the expected note and help you 'fine tune' the slide position for your horn. Some will even 'play' the note(s) so you have something to shoot for.
by TriJim
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Morbid thought: who will play my horns after I'm gone?
Replies: 18
Views: 3882

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

'Death Cleaning' - not just our trombones, but all of our 'chit.'

Just finished reading: 'The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter', by Magnusson, Margareta.

Food for thought!
by TriJim
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO
Replies: 17
Views: 3829

Re: Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO

An enterprising entrepreneur could set up shop sandblasting the MLR valve caps and sending them back to the owners... The darn MLR cap-thing is pitting from corrosion (presumably aggravated by neck contact while playing) and will need refinishing in a couple years anyway. Other tubing and metal on ...
by TriJim
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO
Replies: 17
Views: 3829

Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO

Anyone notice, Bach has renamed the A47MLR model - now A47BO? Looks like they've removed all references to design and endorsement by Mr. LaRosa - but no apparent changes in the Artisan trombones.
by TriJim
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: video recording
Replies: 8
Views: 9359

Re: video recording

Since you're already familiar with Zoom, have you considered their Q2n video recorder (either standard or newer 4K model)? Camera has micro HDMI output and can be used as a stand-alone camera or monitor/recorder. I have the standard model and use it to record practices and performances. Easy to use,...
by TriJim
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach Artisan model A47MLR
Replies: 19
Views: 4555

Re: Bach Artisan model A47MLR

Besides the valve, Artisan models have the reverse tuning slide, a detachable bell, and steel (instead of brass) wire in the bell.

I also recall discussion of a different bell flare and thinner metal in Artisan bells - but not certain of these differences from 42 or Centennial models.
by TriJim
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lesson Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 2864

Re: Lesson Requirements

Since you asked - (I think) 'Lesson Requirements' should be short and sweet - this reads more like 'what every trombone student should know.' Give them your recommendations, but make the 'Requirements' something simpler to remember and measurable: Practice, Keep your instrument in good shape, Perfor...
by TriJim
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB Olds Super
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: WTB Olds Super

I still have my High School horn - a '60s Super - had it restored a couple years ago and happy with the results. Had the 'Slide Dr' work on the slide which improved the playability of the horn. Looks a lot nicer and a good player. A local retailer had a nice restored Super at the time for about $900...
by TriJim
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What else do you play??
Replies: 21
Views: 8134

Re: What else do you play??

Alphorn!
by TriJim
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto
Replies: 7
Views: 2151

Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Ferrules, Water Key, and friction fit appear to match the parts on my 1923 Conn 5H; also in excellent condition. Conn 5H (tenor) has guard on end of slide, but not 'bow guard' on tuning slides as shown on this alto. Original black 'coffin' case includes small metal bottles - I think for slide lube. ...
by TriJim
Thu May 24, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet
Replies: 9
Views: 5056

Re: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet

Our Brass Quintet played Walleye's version of Hallelujah this past week and found it very lyrical and enjoyable. The trombone gets a nice turn at the melody and the harmonies are excellent. Thanks for sharing.
by TriJim
Sun May 06, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Transposing Wood Sackbut Mute?
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Re: Transposing Wood Sackbut Mute?

Check out 'Trombone in Sordino: Muted Trombones in the Baroque Era,' by Howard Weiner, Historic Brass Journal, Vol 28, 2016. 'An aspect in the history of the early trombone that has hardly attracted attention is the use of mutes. The reasons for this are obvious: there are only a very few pieces tha...
by TriJim
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

A couple pics on George Curran Facebook page.
by TriJim
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

I think a battle of the bones would have been pretty cool: New York versus Philadelphia. Was Jim Nova the only player from Pittsburgh there? Blair Bollinger introduced his quartet by saying it was hard to follow the NY Phil, but they were the 'home team' (Glencairn Museum is North of Philadelphia)....
by TriJim
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

The April 29 (2018) program at the Glencairn Museum (North of Philadelphia), in tribute to the late Glenn Dodson, included works by J.S. Bach, Anthony DiLorenzo, G.F. Handel, Tommy Pederson, Steven Verhelst and more. An outstanding program with precise execution and delicious harmonies - a true tour...
by TriJim
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet
Replies: 9
Views: 5056

Re: Hallelujah Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet

I am looking for an arrangement of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen for Brass Quintet. Not watered down. Hopefully a colorful arrangement. Anyone seen one? https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/hallelujah-brass-quintet-digital-sheet-music/20717457 Marked as intermediate difficulty. I don't own it and hav...
by TriJim
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: [Event] Mountainwest Trombone Workshop - June 2, 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 3121

Re: [Event] Mountainwest Trombone Workshop - June 2, 2018

Excellent Masterclass by Mark Davidson at 2018 ATW.

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