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by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: SOLD - Lawler Model 1 (like new)
Replies: 9
Views: 480

Re: Lawler Model 1 (like new)

That's almost my exact setup. Great horn. Somebody buy it.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

I would venture that most trombonists who have never taken private lessons or played outside of a concert band setting have no idea how to read tenor. You rarely see it in concert band music and definitely not in HS level band music. So I understand the reaction when it comes up for the first time.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 292
Views: 40579

Re: What we're doing

Last Friday I played a "cotillion" at a nearby private club. I get called to play this thing about once a year by a guy who drives 5 hours to do the gig with his band, which is kind of a cross between a big band and a wedding band. They have 3/2/3 horns and a rhythm section along with 2 girl singers...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: NAMM Report 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1397

Re: NAMM Report 2020

Someone that plays alto would have to clue you in. A good player friend said the Adams alto was quite good. What is interesting is that the Adams alto is about $3k and the tenor, which takes a lot more metal and time to build with a vale, is only $600 more If if was look for a new tenor, that Adams...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

I got one of those and have used it exactly once. There is no room for anything except the horn. Not even a mouthpiece.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

harrisonreed wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:24 am
Sometimes they ought to. I got handed a chart the other day with Ds and Ebs everywhere. So hard to read. Although, at that point, just put it in treble
Or give it to the trumpet section.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

Roy says $300 and only sold to people who bought one of his horns.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

I was thrown into the tenor clef fire in high school, when my teacher brought me into play 2nd in our local orchestra. At the first rehearsal, all except one piece was in alto or tenor. Prior to this, he had never mentioned to me that such things even existed. I basically sat there like an idiot thr...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

johntarr wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:20 am
Mikebmiller wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:02 pm
Anyone know the price on the new case?
That would be a question for Mr. Lawler. :clever:
It's not listed on the web site. Just wondering if anyone knew.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

Anyone know the price on the new case?
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

Anyone know the price on the new case?
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

Geez guys, I was just blowing off steam when I started this thread, not trying to start an inter generational conflict.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

Bach5G wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:29 pm
The old guys are getting cranky.
You kids get off my lawn! My power just went out so I have time to be cranky.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

FWIW, I just got an $800 gig by checking my email on a regular basis. If I had ignored it for long, I'm sure they could have found someone else pretty quick.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

I can't send a pdf part or other file attachment by text. And it is a lot easier to send a bulk email to a group of 5 people than a group text. This is why you don’t hire people that have androids :lol: And for the record, with the use of iCloud, Dropbox or google drive, you can get 1000’s of PDFs ...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Some really odd bass instruments
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Some really odd bass instruments

Looks like something from the Hogwarts pep band.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

Given that checking email only involves opening an app on your phone, why is it so difficult for anyone? I can't send a pdf part or other file attachment by text. And it is a lot easier to send a bulk email to a group of 5 people than a group text.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 292
Views: 40579

Re: What we're doing

Community Band just started rehearsals for the new year this past Tuesday night. On deck is Pines of Rome. I would love to play in a Community Band that would even think of programming something like that. Our band has an open door policy that means anyone with an an instrument and a pulse can show...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

I am going with sky writing next time.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

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 o...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ordering from Greg Black
Replies: 45
Views: 1951

Re: Ordering from Greg Black

He takes a box full of mouthpieces to the STS workshop in GA every summer. Anyone can walk into the room where he and Shires are usually set up all week. Or you can audit the seminar for a day for $50 or so. I bought one there a few years ago but it turned out to be a tad too big, so I sold it. A tr...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Band Member with B.O. Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: Band Member with B.O. Problem

It can't be any worse than sitting on the couch near my incredibly flatulent dog. He can clear a room.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A couple more valve trombone questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 653

Re: A couple more valve trombone questions.

Just say no to valve trombones and you will be fine.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

I do computer support for a living and it seems that most customers want to text me these days, which I find really annoying. Call me or email. If I don't hear the little beep for the text, I might not see it for a while. Then again I know people who basically say never ever call me for anything.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Re: Old guy rant

I don't want to rag on the guy too hard. He is a nice kid and has subbed with us before. He just made a mistake. I was just feeling a little ticked off this morning as we now have 2 rehearsals left to put together a recital with some pretty challenging music. Our group is stuck in that semi-pro cate...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 1992

Old guy rant

Is it unreasonable to expect a college senior (music performance major) to check his email and show up for a rehearsal that for a gig that he committed to play? I hired a horn player to fill in with my brass quintet for a couple of upcoming recitals. The guy is a college senior and says he aspires t...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 1064

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many man hours it takes to built a high quality french horn. I bet it is 3 or 4 times as many as a trombone.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Trombone podcasts
Replies: 14
Views: 1002

Re: Trombone podcasts

I had not heard of the Bousfield show before. I found it on Stitcher and listened to the first couple of episodes this afternoon. Good stuff.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler model 4, first impressions
Replies: 19
Views: 959

Re: Lawler model 4, first impressions

Get Roy to make a valve and I can trade my Rath R3F for Lawler now. The Big Boy plays much more easily than my R3 with the straight neck pipe but the Lawler has a very different sound. It’s sound wouldn’t work for what I use the R3F for. So it is essentially a big jazz horn, I guess. I have played ...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Trombone podcasts
Replies: 14
Views: 1002

Re: Trombone podcasts

harrisonreed wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:28 pm
Trent...bless the guy for being so enthusiastic....
That guy really needs to get a decent video camera given the number of videos he posts. Nothing more exciting than a review of a $100 trumpet.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting serious again, need some guidance
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Getting serious again, need some guidance

If you want to play something fun, get Michael Davis’ Bone Kill book. It has about 15 jazzy solo pieces, many of which are quite challenging. I have a patient wife, so most nights after dinner she washes dishes while I spend an hour or more practicing. The dog will even hang out with me most nights ...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler model 4, first impressions
Replies: 19
Views: 959

Re: Lawler model 4, first impressions

Get Roy to make a valve and I can trade my Rath R3F for Lawler now.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Finally upgraded my Slide lube.
Replies: 19
Views: 1511

Re: Finally upgraded my Slide lube.

I went the other way, from Yamaha to SOM Rapid comfort. They both work great, but I like the SOM a bit more.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?
Replies: 24
Views: 908

Re: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?

I have bought and sold 3 basses over the years and finally decided that I am not a bass player. I never could get notes below about a D to really speak. I could play them, but not with authority. So I am content to be a half decent tenor player and I really enjoy playing my small bore in jazz band.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ipad stand
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Ipad stand

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:09 am


IPads for $25? or music stands?

I'm thinking of going tablet too. I'm not sure how big I need. I have the Kindle 8 and I've tried scanning to a PDF but can't get it to scroll so I can read.
Uh - stands. If Ipads were $25, I would own about 20 of them.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler model 4, first impressions
Replies: 19
Views: 959

Re: Lawler model 4, first impressions

Is Roy using different bell flares for this horn than the .500 bores? Or is it just the slide that is bigger?
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ipad stand
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Ipad stand

That looks like the ticket. Thanks.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Ipad stand
Replies: 8
Views: 213

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, but while most of the reviews are favorable, there are enough negative reviews to make me a bit wary. I am actua...
by Mikebmiller
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe receiver reamers
Replies: 23
Views: 1004

Re: Leadpipe receiver reamers

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a Venturi?
by Mikebmiller
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Trombone Christmas
Replies: 18
Views: 886

Re: Trombone Christmas

I did a tuba Xmas Saturday with 82 people. I played 1st euph and I have to admit being pretty fried after a 90 minute rehearsal and an hour show, even though the part only goes above F a few times. Those books give you very little space to take a break. The closest tbone event to me was about an hou...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Got to vent about a tbone seller
Replies: 17
Views: 867

Re: Got to vent about a tbone seller

In that case, I would be ticked off too.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: John Packer Rath Trombones
Replies: 24
Views: 3868

Re: John Packer Rath Trombones

Chris Bill of YouTube fame seems to have signed on as a paid promoter for JP. He has done quite a few videos lately plugging those horns, including a Star Wars thing where he plays 5 different ones. It sounds great. FWIW, I got an JP 136 alto last summer and it is very well made, at least well enoug...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Got to vent about a tbone seller
Replies: 17
Views: 867

Re: Got to vent about a tbone seller

Did you commit to buying the horns or did you just say you wanted to look at them? If you committed, you have a right to be mad. If you were just looking, taking the first guy with cash and messaging you to prevent a wasted drive seems reasonable.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tis the season to drink beer
Replies: 19
Views: 729

Re: Tis the season to drink beer

We have a local brewery- RJ Rockers, that makes some pretty good stuff. For better or worse, the older I get, the less beer I drink. I still have a few cans in the frig left over from my birthday cookout in August. About 2 -3 beers a week is plenty for me these days.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Who is going to the 2019 Australian Albury Jazz convention?
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Who is going to the 2019 Australian Albury Jazz convention?

Read the Bill Bryson book on Australia. "In a Sunburned Country." Really entertaining.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Wycliffe Gordon Wybrid
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Wycliffe Gordon Wybrid

Yeah, I got over wanting to play trumpet fairly quickly. Now I mess around with alto trombone some and can halfway play that instrument with a pretty good sound. I have toyed with the idea of getting an alto horn, but as I am no longer in a British brass band, there wouldn't be much call for it arou...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Wycliffe Gordon Wybrid
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Wycliffe Gordon Wybrid

I got a wild hair a couple of years ago and bought a trumpet and one of those mps to see if I could become a trumpet player. Kept at it for about a month and then eventually sold both the trumpet and the mp. I could get an ok sound on the trumpet, but my range topped out at about a concert F above t...
by Mikebmiller
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 173
Views: 20551

Re: Lawler trombones

My Lawler mod 1 with my buddy's Lawler trumpet.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pHx58zzpAECzn8rw7
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath Bass Trombones
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: Rath Bass Trombones

It’s kind of like the Rath version of the Shires Q series. Designed in England, but made in China. Call Dillon Music. They can tell you all about it.

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