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by timothy42b
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Stroboconn
Replies: 17
Views: 404

Re: Stroboconn

I lurk here:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum ... ics.repair

and have learned a lot from the oldtimers talking about repair. It's one of the few usenet groups that aren't totally overrun by trolls.

They talk a lot about capacitor replacement in old equipment.
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 156
Views: 7361

Re: What we're doing

LeTromboniste wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:53 pm


This sounds like tons of fun. A boat a and trombone, what more could one possibly want!
Life jacket.
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 156
Views: 7361

Re: What we're doing

We're already practicing Christmas music in of my bands. The holiday season is already upon us. Christmas season starts early for musicians and crafters... Yes. This month I started cycling through the recorder collection (rotating a week on each, reviewing how to play high F#, etc.) because they a...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Stroboconn
Replies: 17
Views: 404

Re: Stroboconn

I don't remember the circuit but anything that old probably has failed electrolytics. Check ESR before powering up.

It was a really ingenious design. And it cost as much as a car back then.
by timothy42b
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1617

Re: Slide

Just FYI, Philip (ssking2b) is a fanatic about good slides, and he even gets his pBone slides to work better than anybody else.
by timothy42b
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The World's Most Irritating instrument
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: The World's Most Irritating instrument

I expected you were exaggerating.

The opposite was true. Oh my goodness!

(gotta make one)
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Morning Chops
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: Morning Chops

Two ideas. One, just suck it up. Your body doesn't want to play first thing, but sometimes you have to. Like brass players full employment day (Easter.) I started playing before work and hated it, but eventually my chops adjusted and now they don't rebel. It's just a matter of doing it enough to get...
by timothy42b
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Idle question, water key cork change

Get a small pin punch that will fit through where the pivot pin for the key needs to go. (What? You don't have a set? No wonder you're having problems!) That's a really good idea. I have a set but I'm not sure there's a punch that small in it. But I'll definitely remember that before the next time....
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

Oh. Just thought of this.

I can't remember if a cello is the right size or not. Does anybody know? (that thing with body vs air resonances)

Ah, found it. Nope, the cello should be smaller or bigger.

https://nvfa.org/8tet.html
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

A trombone is considerably easier to take on a plane.
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Idle question, water key cork change

I thought about trying it in place, on a Bach 42B, but then I thought if it goes wrong I'll end up taking it off, and I hate doing things twice. (Gives me two chances to screw up.) At least with the self adhesive pad I didn't end up heating glue.
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

I was going to say that unlike trombonists, cellists aren't afraid of vibrato. But I see Robert beat me to it. Not only that, but a lot of trombonists are hesitant to use a strong 'ping' at the front of a note, I was at a Michael Davis workshop, and he hammered (sorry!) on this point. Orchestral st...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 30
Views: 934

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

And also, if you want to use any of the same people, some of them may no longer be playing; some may have passed away, or will if you wait too long.

If only we could have done MRIs back then and repeated them now!
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Idle question, water key cork change

My water key started dripping in rehearsal. Big puddle where there shouldn't have been one. The tuba player had a cork of the right size. When I got home I changed it. I took the key off to do it. That wasn't terribly hard, though that spring was a little slippery. I didn't even have to get one of m...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 30
Views: 934

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

Wow, 1988, that is 30 years ago.

I would guess some of your thinking has evolved and refined since then. (I think you mentioned once that's the reason you haven't written a book.)

Is it time to do another video? <smiley>
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

I was going to say that unlike trombonists, cellists aren't afraid of vibrato. But I see Robert beat me to it.
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Alto (not Chinese)
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: WTB: Alto (not Chinese)

Probably not what you're looking for, but I have an accordion I'd love to trade.
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2149

Re: Notation programs

So just changing the meter of a measure adds a new blank measure ? I would call that... non-standard. :clever: Now you're just being contrary. :weep: :idk: Of course not. Cut and paste adds a new measure. In some programs! not in others. Look, I love your passion for Musescore, and I accept that yo...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2149

Re: Notation programs

That was probably me, Indeed it was you. i looked at the video again. The question was how to put a measure of 5/4 in the midst of several 4/4 measures. The Musescore solution is to drag a "5/4" from a palette of time signatures onto the desired measure. Done. If that is non-standard , what is the ...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2149

Re: Notation programs

How long would it take a complete idiot (me) who has never used any notation software to become reasonably proficient in Musescore? Less time than you think. IMO a complete newbie will do better at this, because Musescore has some nonstandard approaches to doing the same things other programs do. I...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2149

Re: Notation programs

I still use Noteworthy Composer. I'm on 1.75, and they're now up to 2.75, I guess I should upgrade someday. Hey Tim, I can thoroughly recommend the latest version of Noteworthy, even without the user created plugins and tools that are available the printed output is streets ahead of 1.75 Thanks. I ...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Cataract surgery
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Cataract surgery

Thanks, I will ask about that at my consult.
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Cataract surgery
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Cataract surgery

My eye doctor says I need it, now. So I've made the appointment for the consult.

I'm sure it's been discussed here but search didn't find it. Any advice? Is it a layoff from playing for awhile?
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: alternative PC operating systems
Replies: 14
Views: 398

Re: alternative PC operating systems

A week or so ago I shrank the XP partition using a liveCD. DVD, actually. Nothing broke. So, I created new partitions in preparation for a persistent liveCD that would save my changes. Turns out that was a bad idea, so today I went ahead and installed Mint as a dual boot. I was giving it about a 5% ...
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: alternative PC operating systems
Replies: 14
Views: 398

Re: alternative PC operating systems

I have my OS and Data on separate drives so if the OS goes under my data is not lost and I can easily restore the OS to the OS drive. - That seems really smart to me. On my new desktop system I have four empty bays. I guess I could add a drive and store all my data there. Still have to back it up, ...
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: alternative PC operating systems
Replies: 14
Views: 398

alternative PC operating systems

I decided to split this one off because the first one (cheap recycled computers) has drifted. I don't know much about chromebooks or cloud computing, feel free to comment. I've been thinking about linux for some time, ever since my daughter's college laptop crashed, and while I could recover files w...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Slide lock stuck!!
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: Slide lock stuck!!

I've had it happen. The slide lock screws on, at least on my horns, and it is possible to screw it on an extra turn and get it stuck, or an extra turn the other way, and it doesn't hold. If you can loosen it with finger strength alone you might get it working again. If it needs a tool you should bri...
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Main slide lock not locking properly
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: Main slide lock not locking properly

Yes, I'd be careful what I lubed. I definitely would not lube the threads. I think you might tighten the nut enough it might get stuck. I've seen people have trouble loosening them as it is. I don't know about the taper. I've always just tried to keep it clean, but Ken (Naj) said it had helped to lu...
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Main slide lock not locking properly
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: Main slide lock not locking properly

The nut doesn't hold it. The taper holds it by friction. The nut just keeps that from decreasing.

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.
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Beer prices

When we lived in Germany, Getraenktmarkt prices were about 0.65 E per bottle, if I'm remembering correctly. That's without Pfand, but after the first case that's paid. My only issue was they carry only glass bottles in the brands I liked, and some beer (like Jever, my favorite over there) doesn't tr...
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 18
Views: 484

Re: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

Interesting. I'll give Mate another shot then. Knoppix is designed to run as Live CD and not recommended for installation. It's a good way to test the water and if you use the DVD ISO it comes with all the software you'll ever need. People keep it handy to recover files from an OS crash. I talked to...
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 18
Views: 484

Re: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

Trav1s, thanks for the encouragement on linux. I've tiptoing in with Knoppix 8.1, live CD/DVD. I also have Lubuntu running on one laptop. Scariest thing so far, I adjusted size of a partition. Haven't created the new ones I need yet. Oh well I did dd/zero on a machine I plan to get rid of. Today I t...
by timothy42b
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Beer prices

If I buy beer to drink at home, I'll pay about $1.70 USD per 12 ounce can of quality IPA. If I buy a beer at a restaurant I expect to pay about $6.00 USD. But that's a pretty big if, I'm usually far too cheap to spend that much. My kids say a mixed drink goes for about $9.00. I'll never find out for...
by timothy42b
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 18
Views: 484

cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

For some time I've been contemplating getting another PC to experiment with Linux. I'm still running XP on a couple of machines, which isn't supported, and Win10 works but can update at the wrong moment. Yeah, there are a couple of old laptops lying around, but with less than a Mb RAM and more than ...
by timothy42b
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 6017

Re: The Bunker

I hope those who live in the Carolinas are doing okay with the weather.

Hurricane Florence was predicted to have an impact on my area but turned south and mostly missed us. We're in the outer rain bands but that's about all.
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 848

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

One more thing to think about with the tone quality. With the trombone, you can leave your head in one position and move the horn to get the right angle to your chops to let the tone sing, for whatever range you're in. You can't do that very well with the euphonium. The horn stays still, and you adj...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

I bought Wynton Marsalis' album of cornet solos back in the 90s and thought he was quite skillful but this Nakariakov guy makes Marsalis sound sloppy. Whatever he's doing, it doesn't seem to have impeded him. Or, he's chosen to focus on mid range excellence, and accepts whatever limitations that ma...
by timothy42b
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Props to Doug Elliott
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: Props to Doug Elliott

sf105 wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:45 am
+1. Turned out I've been Doing It Wrong for years. Slowly on the road to recovery...
Yeah. I could have avoided years of frustration by seeing him sooner.

Never too late though.
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

In a similar discussion on trumpet herald, some of the posters mentioned that while his playing is superb, he does not venture into the high range much. Maybe his apparent low placement is partly because of emphasis in middle and low range?
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)
Replies: 16
Views: 620

Re: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)

I played for something - guys and Dolls maybe? that had a lot of string parts, and this young music teacher covered it on keyboard. Just before performance I asked her if she'd had any trouble with the alto clef on the viola parts. She got this look of horror and I felt like a total jerk for scaring...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

Thanks for posting. I've listened to his playing since he was a child - well I guess he's not that old now. Googles. Wow, he's 41 now, but there are some very young videos out there. But he seems a classic example of the child prodigy.
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Re-corking a Harmon mute
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Re-corking a Harmon mute

I have one. the original cork appears to be that mixed rubber and cork gasket material. Mine is quite thin; probably only 1/8" (3 mm). Maybe that's why it keeps falling out of my bell. I don't have a harmon myself but looking at photos the cork material seems to be continuous. That means the same p...
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliot mouthpiece
Replies: 13
Views: 1052

Re: Doug Elliot mouthpiece

Graphite plus humidity can cake pretty hard.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Tongue stopping

I don't think use of the glottis is usually conscious. But, watch the video of Jim Markey and see what you think.

Farkas talked about it too, long ago.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Tongue stopping

I thought I used the air. But that lecture from Jim Markey suggests maybe the glottis is how the air stops.

After that lecture he went to dinner with Glendenning, who strongly disagrees.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliot mouthpiece
Replies: 13
Views: 1052

Re: Doug Elliot mouthpiece

This is Heinz's first DE so I'll mention this.

In a post in 2012, Doug said putting oil or grease on the threads does not help them not to stick, but a bit of Teflon tape works.

He also has very clear instructions how to disassemble if they do get stuck.
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Tongue stopping

Perhaps students end up using tongue stop because they've been warned too much about using the glottis, when that is probably the way it's correctly done.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Profile information is dull!
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Re: Profile information is dull!

Mine is dull because I enjoy being boring.

However, nothing prevents me from being, ah...., creative with an alternative history.

Like that time flying back on the Concorde when the pilot fell asleep and I ...........
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

Yes those are the ones I use now.

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