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by timothy42b
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Saggy Bell Syndrome
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Saggy Bell Syndrome

3 is probably easiest, but you missed:
6 assemble it left handed. Problem solved. It will actually point up slightly and project better.

I won't guarantee this solution won't generate an additional problem, but that would have to be addressed in another thread.
by timothy42b
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: improve my speed in Reading
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: improve my speed in Reading

The good readers do not read note by note on the fly. They retrieve prememorized fragments from the memory banks. So while sightreading is improved somewhat by doing a lot of it, it is much more important to find the elements you struggle with, learn and polish them thoroughly. These elements are of...
by timothy42b
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Just For Copper Glue
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Just For Copper Glue

I would say no. Plumbing joints are mechanically secure before soldering. Your thumb rest or water key is not, and it gets a fair amount of stress.

FWIW, the tensile strength of solder runs 4,000 or so psi, as does JBWeld. Your copper glue is only listed at 1,000.
by timothy42b
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: Trigger notes higher

Whoops, just looked at Dillon. The 350C is $2,000, and they have altos in that range also, so really not that much better. That sounds expensive for a student trombone. The 354 is $1400 though.
by timothy42b
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: Trigger notes higher

The handslide is short on the 350C. It's a proportional C trombone, but by default the Bb valve is engaged. Lots of kids here in Japan use them. Don't forget that it is only a whole step valve, which doesn't affect the sound like a longer quart valve would. That sounds like a good idea, and cheaper...
by timothy42b
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: Trigger notes higher

Unlike other brass instruments, we can fine tune every note so I generally shy away from playing higher partial F attachment notes because we don't need to For most of those higher partial F attachment notes there isn't an advantage. They're too close in position to Bb partial notes. And that's the...
by timothy42b
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: Trigger notes higher

In general, the longer the instrument, the more hard it can be to get the pitch to center. The farther out on a trombone slide you are, the more "squirrelly" the notes get up high, even more so on the F-attachment. I'm not sure that's the case. It may be those pitches are squirrelly merely because ...
by timothy42b
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Trigger notes higher

I saw an interesting comment on Facebook. It was in reference to starting short armed people on the Yamaha 350C, which has an ascending valve to C. So you would never need to go past 5th. The comment was that the trigger notes on the C horn side sound fine up high, unlike trigger notes on the F side...
by timothy42b
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3B+ in a classical setting
Replies: 39
Views: 1450

Re: 3B+ in a classical setting

King rotors from what i understand are the bore size of the slide. So a 3Bf rotor section should be .508. At least thats my understanding. It may be somewhat larger. The "f-attachment the same bore as the slide" philosophy seems to have come from George McCracken. BP Leonard who was a member of the...
by timothy42b
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"
Replies: 30
Views: 901

Re: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"

I was leaned on to direct a praise and worship band sometime back. Not my thing, but they needed it done, and I was available. I spent a huge amount of effort trying to find the better music in that genre. We had subscriptions to CCLI, maybe some others I've forgotten. Most of that music is really r...
by timothy42b
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: 3D Printers
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: 3D Printers

You can generally upload your design to a 3D printing work pool and have someone who is already set up and has a review profile print and ship your design for much less than buying your own machine. Yes. And you can get more exotic materials that way. There are lots of commercial 3D firms in the ph...
by timothy42b
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPad versions
Replies: 26
Views: 1130

Re: iPad versions

My work iPad was issued with an Otterbox. It looks fairly rugged, but I have been careful not to drop it anyway.
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: 3D Printers
Replies: 7
Views: 275

3D Printers

This thought was triggered by a thread on TubeNet (3D Printed Serpent) and by the recent Ergobone redesign thread here.

3D printer costs have come way down, practically to the price of a lesson or mouthpiece.

It's probably time to dip my toe in. Any recommendations? Things to be wary of?
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ergobone redesign
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: Ergobone redesign

Starting a new thread.
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ergobone redesign
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: Ergobone redesign

With a minor modification, this looks like it would work with Ken's cantilever support design. I built one of those, but the attachment to the horn was problematic. The only solution I came up with was a conduit clamp, and while it worked it was a pain to put on and off, and wouldn't fit in the case...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Turning a wooden mouthpiece
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: Turning a wooden mouthpiece

There's a thread over on TubeNet about a 3D printed serpent. The craftsman used a $200 Ender 3 3D printer and got great results. That's probably a better way to go unless your lathe is already numerical control. Once you have the CAD file input, you can tweak parameters and adjust your mouthpiece ea...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Chromebook for digital sheet music?
Replies: 15
Views: 394

Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

I've done a bit of research. Many of the chromebooks open all the way back, so they're essentially a tablet, and some people are using them for music. One of the websites says they will work but the screen resolution on an actual tablet is significantly better, so if you can afford the iPad Pro 12.9...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Mouthpiece change - splitting notes!
Replies: 15
Views: 550

Re: Mouthpiece change - splitting notes!

That's where I get a double buzz/splitting notes, if I've been playing in the low range for a while and I've let my mouthpiece slide down on my chops. Doug spotted that last time I had a lesson (thanks.) I'd been struggling a bit wondering why sometimes I could play those notes well and sometimes not.
by timothy42b
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Turning a wooden mouthpiece
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: Turning a wooden mouthpiece

You might be better off using a brass tubing shank and just turning the bowl.

If you're really going to use it, you could probably do like clarinet makers do: they use wood, but it is made from sawdust, held together with resin and compressed. So it's more stable and has no grain to worry about.
by timothy42b
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Something I didn't know about rotary valves
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Something I didn't know about rotary valves

Yes, the outer bearing.

All three are like that.

I'm guessing they didn't have the precision to do an interference fit like on a trombone, and set up this tapered bearing seat instead. I should post some photos of some of the crude fit and finish on this thing.
by timothy42b
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Something I didn't know about rotary valves
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Something I didn't know about rotary valves

I have an old and crudely made Russian rotary valve trumpet. It's more of a wall hanger than a player. For no particularly good reason I decided to lube linkages and slides last night. These valves have a lot of pivots in the linkages. Probably 6 each. If I tapped out the valves like on the trombone...
by timothy42b
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 1383

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

harrisonreed wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:24 am
. I got handed a chart the other day with Ds and Ebs everywhere.
One of our local bass trombone players told me his answer to that. "Take it down an octave and leave it out."
by timothy42b
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: New mute corks
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: New mute corks

After you glue them on a rasp will do a nice job of shaping the cork. I used a concrete sidewalk once when I didn't have a rasp. But a 4 way rasp is a very useful and inexpensive tool. It has coarse and fine, rounded and flat rasps in one piece. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nicholson-8-in-4-in-1-Han...
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 1383

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

But I see in the jazz and commercial context more and more tenor clef, where it just does not belong. It's a shibboleth. I would rather just see concert pitch treble clef. I cannot play above the top line F anyway, so ledger lines go away. Actually for trombones using the great staff would make led...
by timothy42b
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Band Member with B.O. Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 812

Re: Band Member with B.O. Problem

My coworkers at the hospital talked a lot about one annoying employee who smelled. It was common knowledge but he wasn't on my regular wards and I hadn't worked with him. Then one night we were assigned together. I saw his name on the roster and thought, uh oh. But then I met him and there was no od...
by timothy42b
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 2498

Re: Old guy rant

I have two thoughts on this one. 1. When you set the rehearsal time, it appears you did not ensure he got the message. Emails go astray, we fatfinger the address or autocorrect sends it wrong or it just disappears into the ether. Whatever method we use, you have to confirm they really got it. One of...
by timothy42b
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: iPad versions
Replies: 26
Views: 1130

Re: iPad versions

I either memorize the music or bring an iPad clip for my mic stand. You're lucky, I guess. <smiley> At my age, the ability to memorize disappeared at the same time as vision. I have the Kindle 8 and the 12.9 iPad. the iPad works for music, the Kindle is too small. (The iPad is work issue and I can'...
by timothy42b
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ipad stand
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Ipad stand

For those of you using an ipad or other tablet to read music, what do you use to hold it up if you are not using a regular music stand? There are a bunch of them on Amazon for $25 or $30, IPads for $25? or music stands? I'm thinking of going tablet too. I'm not sure how big I need. I have the Kindl...
by timothy42b
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials
Replies: 14
Views: 1140

Re: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials

Strangely it's an aspect of mouthpiece design and fitting that I heard a lot about from makers of historical instruments/mouthpieces and that I had never ever heard about when dealing with modern instruments. Perhaps it's because tuning the partials by getting a correct mouthpiece-instrument fit is...
by timothy42b
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?
Replies: 42
Views: 1317

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?

There is no way buzzing on a three inch long tube with artificial resistance is related to moving air through an 8 foot tube with actual resistance from the air vibrating inside it. There is resistance to air flowing through a duct, and that may not relate to the perceived resistance of a sound wav...
by timothy42b
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Error in Arban
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Error in Arban

Yeah, I always LOLed when I played exercises in there with a key signature that contained a double flat. Um, I think not. I always assumed it was a transposition error from trumpet. Probably so, although I have occasionally run into the double flat in music the local European wind ensemble played. ...
by timothy42b
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Error in Arban
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Error in Arban

To get nit picky, Arian was written for cornet

Conservatory students already played trumpet, they needed to learn valves.
by timothy42b
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: holding a valve trombone
Replies: 4
Views: 242

holding a valve trombone

I never play mine because I can't figure out how to hold it.

Then I saw this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7l1nmZnjw4

and I thought he looked pretty relaxed.

Then I got to thinking: young fit kid, yet he keeps switching grips. Maybe he has the same trouble I do.
by timothy42b
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anti-depressant properties of being a brass player
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Re: Anti-depressant properties of being a brass player

Then on the other hand, listening to a recording of yourself could CAUSE depression!

Probably best never to record, just spread your efforts to everybody nearby.
by timothy42b
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Going digital: stands and holders?
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Re: Going digital: stands and holders?

I'm considering this too. I have a work issued iPad and like it but of course can't use that for the playing I do.

Do you like the iPad based tablets, or the Android? And the prices range all over the place, I'm wondering what options I need.
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: DIY trombone softone mute
Replies: 26
Views: 2813

Re: DIY trombone softone mute

I use Renuzit mutes for considerate warmups in public. They work fine, and if you look inside the air flow mimics that in a car muffler - down to the bottom and back up before exiting the tube. (some goes straight in, you could probably improve that.) I don't use them for long practice periods as I ...
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Spontaneous Pneumothorax
Replies: 11
Views: 682

Re: Spontaneous Pneumothorax

I've heard of it in saxophone players.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731861/

I've also heard of air getting under the skin.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318411/
by timothy42b
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto for players with thick neck
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: alto for players with thick neck

That's how tenors should be built too.
by timothy42b
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Converting from standard shank to Remington shank
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: Converting from standard shank to Remington shank

Correct. Everybody seems to refer to it as B&S but it's not. If you want to match the taper find a real Remington mouthpiece and measure. Or, presumably he has a Remington taper leadpipe or he wouldn't need the mouthpiece. Would it be possible to insert something soft, maybe a warm piece of wax or ...
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?
Replies: 20
Views: 1141

Re: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?

I've never owned a TIS horn. I've played a few at conferences but not for long enough. So I have a question for you who use them. How often do you adjust that mechanism? I ask because I never move my tuning slide. On all my horns I push them all the way in and tune with the hand slide. So does the a...
by timothy42b
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Two G's. Same but different.
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: Two G's. Same but different.

Consider another possibility. As you move your slide out, it is easy to inadvertently move your hand to the right, altering the pressure on your chops.
by timothy42b
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Long Tones for more even practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 1035

Re: Long Tones for more even practice?

When I practice, I always start with the Remington long tones to warm up, but lately I've found that the long tones have only warmed up my middle register. Why start in the middle, anyway? I start in the center of my set, which I call middle register. But what most people call middle register - bas...
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Aperture Collapse
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Aperture Collapse

Perhaps I'm just directionally challenged... But when I play high, I tend to (and always was taught) to angle the horn downwards.. That is so the end of the slide is pointing closer to the floor. And vice-versa for low. Just trying now doing it the other way feels very unnatural. In that case, you ...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Aperture Collapse
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Aperture Collapse

All I need to do to remedy this is take the horn off my face for about 10 seconds, then I am reset and perfectly good to continue. I get a similar symptom when my mouthpiece slips lower than its optimum setting, which can happen easily especially with loud playing that dips into low or middle range...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?

I don't like a nose heavy horn. It would seem a set back bell might balance better fore and aft. Side to side torque is still a problem.
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Comment on Doug's lessons
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Comment on Doug's lessons

One of the community bands I play with has a small trumpet section, usually only three people show up. (I'm usually the only trombone, though we bring some ringers in for concerts.) Last night the director told me she thought Doug Elliott was improving her band. She said the two trumpet players who ...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Replace string rotary valve with different mechanism?
Replies: 20
Views: 3793

Re: Replace string rotary valve with different mechanism?

PaulT wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:35 am
I got fed up with both types of linkages so I just got rid of them. Now I just turn the valve by hand. I have to put the horn down and stop playing for a few notes, but the short breaks keep my lips fresh.
Bravo!!!!!!
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto that plays like a tenor
Replies: 27
Views: 1596

Re: alto that plays like a tenor

Thanks all. I appreciate the feedback, particularly the consensus that an alto may not be the solution. I've been on a straight tenor a couple of weeks now, a silver .500 Getzen I bought from someone here at a great price years ago. (I no longer remember who.) It is definitely easier to hold than th...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 2090

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

Burgerbob wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:05 pm
Schlitz wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:57 pm
Y’all know that Snorsworthy is out there in the stix waiting for you......
Oh boy. I hope not... He's taken to Facebook as of late.
And Tubenet.

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