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by timothy42b
Fri May 17, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cracked mini pBone tenon
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: Cracked mini pBone tenon

harrisonreed wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:24 am
I think they sound good, but they're expendable. If it breaks, probably time to bet a new one. If only the slides were smoother
Yes. I can make it sound okay, but I can't get past that sticky slide.
by timothy42b
Tue May 14, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: church gigs for high school player
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: church gigs for high school player

Show up at least 15 minutes early for rehearsal and dress appropriately. Keep your phone in your pocket during rehearsal and pay attention to what's going on. Show up 30 minutes early for the service, again appropriately dressed and groomed. Play well. Be nice to the little old ladies who come up t...
by timothy42b
Mon May 13, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Dehumidifier and warranties
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Dehumidifier and warranties

I found a website that seemed reputable. It says the extended warranties are not economic, even though we know the dehumidifier will break, if we have to ship it back.

http://www.best-dehumidifier-choice.com ... tions.html
by timothy42b
Mon May 13, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Dehumidifier and warranties
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Dehumidifier and warranties

15 years ago it might have used R22. R410a runs at about twice the pressure. There are some internet claims that this is why they don't last very long, but I don't know if there's evidence for that.
by timothy42b
Mon May 13, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: church gigs for high school player
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: church gigs for high school player

Church gigs pay well on Easter and for weddings and funerals.

The rest of the time they are low pay or unpaid.

Surprisingly, they will stiff you. At your age you'll have to risk it, but later you'll want to get the check before playing.
by timothy42b
Mon May 13, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Dehumidifier and warranties
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Dehumidifier and warranties

The basement needs a new dehumidifier. These have become disposable items. I've yet to get one past two years, and often less. I had one in a cart at Walmart this weekend, I'd figured how to beat the game. I was going to pay for the extended warranty. I normally don't do that, but for this it was go...
by timothy42b
Sun May 12, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is .547 a catch-all?
Replies: 33
Views: 1064

Re: Is .547 a catch-all?

I play the group warmups at ATW every year. They're fun, and I always learn something. Those rooms are pretty full, and there's a mix of ages, but one constant. Everyone has a valve. If I bring a straight horn I'm the only one. If I bring an alto I'm the only one, and my brain hurts from doing parti...
by timothy42b
Wed May 08, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: Where is the trombone today!

I can see the trombone surviving much longer than the wind band where most of us started our learning. Even military bands rarely play with the full band. The wind bands in my area are a place for people like me to indulge their hobby, not a business or organization that provides a service. And the ...
by timothy42b
Wed May 08, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: Endurance training

Doug Elliott wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 8:23 am
I do lessons by Skype, and just one will take you a long way. Several people here on the forum have done that.
OP, do it. Then you'll know you're working on the right stuff, the right way. The longer you sit on a plateau, potentially the more firmly you ingrain something you're doing wrong.
by timothy42b
Tue May 07, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Carmina Burana Range
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Carmina Burana Range

It always makes me hungry.

For more tuna.
by timothy42b
Mon May 06, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: WD40 as outer slide cleaner?
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: WD40 as outer slide cleaner?

I hope no beginners watch this video. I think the chances of them NOT doing some damage are zero. I don't know about WD40. I use soap and water, but I can see the argument for that, or for Hoppes #9, etc. But why cut cloth to 20 inches, and take the chance of it slipping off inside a slide? Cut it t...
by timothy42b
Mon May 06, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Electroplating
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Electroplating

It's mroe expensive than lacquering and I wouldn't sink much money into a Pan American but the process woudl make it look nicer if that is your primary end goal. I think it would be as permanent as it is possible to get, barring the need for repair. It stays shiny (or whatever finish you chose) and...
by timothy42b
Sun May 05, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: Endurance training

You may be doing something incorrectly, in which case this suggestion is worthless. (you may be unable to hit those Fs because your setting at that moment is wrong, etc.) However, in doing your test, you are playing to exhaustion. Don't stop at that measure; stop a measure before. Probably 4 bars be...
by timothy42b
Fri May 03, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Forums of other instruments?
Replies: 14
Views: 343

Re: Forums of other instruments?

Mikebmiller wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 9:07 am
KCinAZ wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 12:03 am
There are 16,000 horn players on the Facebook "Horn People" group.
16,000 horn players and we can't find 4 decent ones for our community band.
When their part is restricted to after beats, community bands may just not be that interesting.
by timothy42b
Wed May 01, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 201
Views: 24599

Re: What we're doing

I did Magic Flute in 1975 or so. The South Bend Symphony provided most of the musicians but their trombones weren't available and they used the college orchestra, which was in its first year. We got paid $35 each, which was decent in those days; the symphony players all got $200 which was apparently...
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?

You know, to have Doug start you on the right path while still in high school..........wow! You might avoid years of frustration, even if you stay a hobby musician. If you really are playing wrong for your face, it will bite you sooner or later.
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Distilled water and red rot?
Replies: 17
Views: 499

Re: Distilled water and red rot?

Red rot, on a two year old custom slide, lightly played? Maybe if you filled it with ammonia. Otherwise this makes no sense. What might make more sense is a lacquer bleed caused by a surface preparation problem. If so your custom maker will probably take care of it. I can't imagine any that don't st...
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide hand grip
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Slide hand grip

Yes, I was at that masterclass, and what he said made sense. I've adjusted my slide technique slightly to use his thinking. However I'm talking about a different angle. Hold your hand flat with palm vertical. You can cock your hand up and down through a small angle, and you can bend it sideways thro...
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide hand grip
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Slide hand grip

I've been videoing myself with a cellphone on the stand. It's not great for tone but it's merciless about sloppiness and tuning. But I noticed my slide hand grip had the back of the hand at an angle to the forearm. That looks tense. I've googled and some players do have that bend, others are almost ...
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Your heart rate when playing
Replies: 14
Views: 582

Re: Your heart rate when playing

joshy0928 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:55 pm
I would love to see how many steps you can get off of moving the slide with the watch on your right wrist
I keep threatening to do that.

I direct a handbell choir, and I rang bells at a festival recently. 15,000 steps.
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1600

Re: High Ab unstable

Perhaps an Ab played in first in an extremely rapid passage would not be noticed as being too flat. The real skill and artistry, then would be to know when to use that phenomenon and when not to? Or.......thinking out loud.............maybe an Ab in 1st, in tune by lipping up, has enough timbre dif...
by timothy42b
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Reamer size??
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Reamer size??

I played the band's euph a couple of summers, and it had that intermediate size receiver. I had the local tech turn down a mouthpiece to fit. He charged so little I don't remember it. I would think you could swap receivers for less than $250. Dumb idea I guess, but with a spare mouthpiece, lots of p...
by timothy42b
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1600

Re: High Ab unstable

Yes, tempering chords within 12TET will sound nice and in tune (again, musicians should just hear those intervals and do it subconsciously) but that isn't really JI. In JI, there is an infinite cycle of fifths where your C=0 will be a different C when you make the journey back to it. That's why you...
by timothy42b
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: JP Rath Alto Trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: JP Rath Alto Trombone

I disagree. Alto can be easily learned by a competent tenor trombonist, but having a good horn and the correct mouthpiece is critical. And in some countries children are routinely started on alto. Probably we should all play alto twice. Once when we are small, again as we age and struggle with the ...
by timothy42b
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1600

Re: High Ab unstable

How was that video recorded? The audio quality seemed very impressive for a live performance - was that dubbed later? Nice find, I enjoyed that one.
by timothy42b
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1600

Re: High Ab unstable

When it comes to the discussion about long positions I think players fall into at least four categories. 1. At the bumper - Bb at the bumper which is noob-stuff as it does not allow adjustments for flat notes on first position. 2. Away from the bumper - about one and a half cm off the bumper to all...
by timothy42b
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Custom CNC Mouthpiece Makers?
Replies: 22
Views: 814

Re: Custom CNC Mouthpiece Makers?

harrisonreed wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:18 am
Is there a way to cast a mouthpiece without damaging it so you could graph a cross section?
Personally I would scan it.

But rifle competitors use something called Cerrosafe to cast in chambers to get accurate dimensions.
by timothy42b
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Somebody please explain this vision problem and suggest a practical solution
Replies: 23
Views: 1661

Re: Somebody please explain this vision problem and suggest a practical solution

Well, I was thinking humor, but seriously it's a problem I run into trying to read music off a computer screen. I have to sit sideways. It isn't so bad with an iPad that fits on the music stand, I guess, but an actual monitor is hard to get close to, and 4-5 feet is that distance I can't see at. Too...
by timothy42b
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Double Pedals
Replies: 20
Views: 715

Re: Double Pedals

When the audiologist test your ears, you are listen to sinus tones in earphones. You do not hear sinus tones as low the contrabass lowest octav, because there is no overtones to guid your brain. When listen to a modern synthesizer playing as low as 12Hz and even lowe you hear it loud and clear. Yes...
by timothy42b
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Double Pedals
Replies: 20
Views: 715

Re: Double Pedals

Any system will respond to the frequencies you input. Trombones don't add any frequencies, they just amplify your buzz. Whatever it is. Fortunately or unfortunately, they also tend to stabilize your buzz at the resonant frequency of that tubing length. So it's really hard both physically and psychol...
by timothy42b
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Cello and vibrato

harrisonreed wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:03 am
Also, that first video you posted! Hahaha
Now, that's just weird. I could swear I posted another cello player rather than a noodle maker.

Sorry! That was unintentional.
by timothy42b
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Cello and vibrato

Trombones dip in and out of vibrato, but never in the manner of string instruments. You can learn from the musicianship of great string players for sure, but not by being a simple mimic. Chris Yes, that's a good point. But what I'm suggesting is that part of the reason trombones avoid vibrato is tr...
by timothy42b
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Plastic Trombone comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Plastic Trombone comparison

You can make the pBone slide last longer by using car wax on the stockings before they corrode. After, pretty much too late.
by timothy42b
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Lassus Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Lassus Trombone

I've played in bands that did it every year, and also bands that insisted on Amparito Roca for an encore every concert. There are some more international trombone features. Frolic for Trombone I'm told is equivalent in the UK. I was also told I played it rather badly and way too slow by their standa...
by timothy42b
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever
Replies: 11
Views: 510

Re: best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever

Doug mentioned to me once that if I could get my tongue position dialed in better I could play longer with less effort. He also said he changes his buzz pitch with tongue rather than lip tension. A couple years later i think maybe I'm starting to understand it a little. Baileyman here recently talke...
by timothy42b
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever
Replies: 11
Views: 510

best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever



Relevance to trombone? Sam uses overtone singing to shape the vocal cavity for different ranges.
by timothy42b
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: It slots well
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: It slots well

I think it makes sense to describe slotting in terms of Q.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_factor
by timothy42b
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Flat Alto?!?!?!
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Flat Alto?!?!?!

Doug's mouthpieces would let you fine tune it. But in the mean time could you just shave down one to fit?

Years ago I played euphonium, and the receiver was that intermediate (European?) size. I had a tech taper a large shank mouthpiece to fit and it worked fine.
by timothy42b
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Manipulating tone colour
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: Manipulating tone colour

Yes, I find vowel formations in my mouth to make the sound I want, but then trying to speak some of them off the horn they sound nothing like any vowel I know of! We tend to think there are only 5 vowels like we were taught in elementary school, but there is a continuum of infinite variations betwe...
by timothy42b
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Manipulating tone colour
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: Manipulating tone colour

There is probably an interaction between playing slightly above or below pitch center, and changing your oral cavity which also has some effect on pitch. I would guess for most of us the pitch center effect dominates.
by timothy42b
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Lassus Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Lassus Trombone

Lassus is one of the "road map" features, in that if you don't pay careful attention to first ending, second ending, following ending, DC, DS, etc., you will end up lost.

I know it quite well and am sometimes the only one NOT lost when a band plays it for the first time.
by timothy42b
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Your heart rate when playing
Replies: 14
Views: 582

Re: Your heart rate when playing

My fitbit says my resting heartbeat is 58. During my prework practice this morning it jumped to 83 with a peak of 93. However, I play a few minutes then stretch shoulders, play a few minutes and exercise neck, play a few minutes and do a plank, etc. And I play in the basement so I've just gone down ...
by timothy42b
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Sticky pistons
Replies: 26
Views: 10475

Re: Sticky pistons

I let a local repair guy work on my Martin euph. He repaired a leaking leadpipe, but took it upon himself to lap the pistons too. The result is leaky valves with squirrelly partials - it is now very difficult to center a note or play anywhere near in tune. I would be cautious lapping except as a las...
by timothy42b
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Cello and vibrato

Most people who work on that Sarabande from Suite 5 play with a pretty straight tone. If you have an example of a trombone with vibrato anywhere near a cello let me know. But the examples of cello playing, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b-QYFQTuc or this one: https://www.youtube.co...
by timothy42b
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Sustained ff in trigger range
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Sustained ff in trigger range

Now I really think you do need a lesson with Doug. 2/3 above is not necessarily wrong but it may or may not be right for you. He's pretty expert at determining that. But 50/50 rarely works. It might even end up being 2/3 below.
by timothy42b
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1337

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

I have one that is essentially a full size stand like a Wenger but it folds. It is as solid as a nonfolding and can hold anything they can. I don't remember the brand but I'll look later today. The desk folds down and the legs tripod up. That said, even folded it's still pretty heavy and a bit awkwa...
by timothy42b
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Using Slide Lubricant
Replies: 32
Views: 1736

Re: Using Slide Lubricant

Pre59 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:33 am


The chrome coated steel ball bearing are easily obtainable on eBay, in the UK anyway, I'm not sure what the largest size would be to fit the bottle opening though.

There's an agitator in some brand of UK beer, isn't there? Is it Guiness?

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