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by Mikebmiller
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: BOLERO!
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: BOLERO!

Way better than the time I played it in an audition and when I went for the high Db, nothing came out of my horn.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Cruise ship gig questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: Cruise ship gig questions

Are all contracts for 3-4 months? I was just wondering if a retired guy, which I will be in a few years, might be able to sign on for a week or two, maybe to fill in for someone or fill a gap between contracts for a ship. Just curious. I would love to do a short term thing, but having a wife and dog...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 387

Re: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?

Kingfan wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:07 pm
Ever heard of John Fedchock?
Speaking of famous former colleagues, I was in college band with Kieth Lockhart for 2 years. I just remember him as a geeky looking skinny clarinet player.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 387

Re: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?

Your post reads like 95% of the people on this site are full time musicians who are on the fence about making more money doing a desk job. I'd wager that your view is quite skewed. I'd be surprised if it was even 10% who are full time musicians. What he said. I work on computers for a living and bl...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: American Trombone Workshop 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: American Trombone Workshop 2019

Last time I went a few years ago, the weather was really nice. I took my bike and got in some sight seeing in the morning before getting to the event about 2-3 p.m. Even being the trombone geek that I am, I can only listen to so many trombone choirs before going bonkers. The evening concerts are whe...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Conn 88HO tenor trombone
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: FS: Conn 88HO tenor trombone

Holding out for a Chick FilA cow calendar.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Disney World Main Street Philharmonic
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Disney World Main Street Philharmonic

I heard there were some goofy guys in that band.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Project 21 trombones in the 21st century
Replies: 8
Views: 1288

Re: Project 21 trombones in the 21st century

I'm still betting on the free beer.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Project 21 trombones in the 21st century
Replies: 8
Views: 1288

Re: Project 21 trombones in the 21st century

How do they get that many people to show up to watch a trombone choir? There must be free beer involved.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha F-Attachment Trombones: 448, 548, 620 ???
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: Yamaha F-Attachment Trombones: 448, 548, 620 ???

Not that you shouldn't get another horn if you want to (because more horns is always a good thing), but I bet that the director could not tell any difference between your .525 and a 547 in a blind listening test. Unless he is planning on putting you on bass bone parts, the 525 should be fine. I play...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: 500 vs 508 bore

Well I sold the 3B but still have the 3b/F. That is a very versatile horn. I played a week of Forum on it last week but then switched to a 525 for the second weekend to get a little more pop down low. But I doubt if anyone noticed.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3B-F - what's it worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: King 3B-F - what's it worth?

$700 is what I payed for mine on ebay a couple of years ago. It was in good shape with no dents and a good slide.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Cruise ship gig questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: Cruise ship gig questions

Megan O'Malley, who is on here sometimes has a nice blog about her cruise ship adventures:

https://taz-39.livejournal.com/?fbclid= ... t_MfWuvki0
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 194
Views: 20433

Re: What we're doing

I am finishing up Forum this weekend with 4 shows, including the dreaded double show Saturday. We have a very fine band for a local production. I would venture to say that we could put our band in a Broadway pit and most folks wouldn't notice the difference. The lead trumpet player is great and we h...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Can a teeth/jaw structure be incompatible with trombone mouthpiece?
Replies: 69
Views: 2620

Re: Can a teeth/jaw structure be incompatible with trombone mouthpiece?

What this thread needs is more quotes from previous posts!
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath small bore questions
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: Rath small bore questions

There was some guy on the old forum that wrote a whole dissertation about how he tried every jazz horn on the planet and ended up with an R100.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass players that don’t play tenor?
Replies: 32
Views: 1178

Re: Bass players that don’t play tenor?

Outside of a few operas, I think the demand for cimbasso approaches zero.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getzen 3047AF (3047AFR)
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Getzen 3047AF (3047AFR)

From what I have read, that horn is essentially a non-modular version of Edwards’ most popular setup, for about $2k less.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Edwards T302 .508"
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Edwards T302 .508"

That is a steal for that horn.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Harlem Nutcracker in orchestral arrangement
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: Harlem Nutcracker in orchestral arrangement

Our jazz band did that whole suite last year. We are lucky to have a trumpet player with buckets of money who went out and bought the whole thing. I think it was around $400. We practiced our butts off for it and then the concert got snowed out. So we did our Christmas concert the first week of Janu...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any trombone shops in Pittsburgh, PA?
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Any trombone shops in Pittsburgh, PA?

Jim Nova probably has more horns in his living room than any store in town. But I don't think they are for sale.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1771

Re: Small Bass

Tbarh wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:40 am
Large shank 525 pipes?? Who makes them?..
My Rath R3 (525) will accept large or small shank lead pipes. I have one of each. With the large shank and 8.5" bell, nobody can tell it is not a .547 horn. With the small shank and 8" bell, it is a great Bach 36.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Willson 2704 Euphonium (hard case + gig bag, non-comp)
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Willson 2704 Euphonium (hard case + gig bag, non-comp)

Have you listed it on Tubenet? They have more euph players on that board.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Trombone T.C.
Replies: 16
Views: 1111

Re: Trombone T.C.

There’s an easier way to read Bb treble clef, especially when you already read tenor clef: Ignore the treble clef, imagine a tenor clef sign, and add two flats to the key signature. Be careful of the B’s and E’s. Trombone and euphonium/baritone parts will be played in the proper octave. Trumpet par...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rotax Valve very tight
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Rotax Valve very tight

I think I will leave it alone. I am starting a show tomorrow that will have me on my 3b/f for 3 weeks anyway. This guy is usually a great tech for me. He said he play tested it, but it must have been with the valve open.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rotax Valve very tight
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Rotax Valve very tight

Is that something a non brass tech can fix?
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rotax Valve very tight
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Rotax Valve very tight

I took my Rath with the Rotax valve to a local repair guy for a chem clean and service. When I got it back, the valve is so tight that I can't hardly even move it. I talked to him and he suggesting loosening the rotor cap and tapping on it with a rubber mallet. I tried that to no avail. I know he wi...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1771

Re: Small Bass

Check out the Wessex supertenor. 8 3/4" bell and dual bore 547/562 slide.

https://wessex-tubas.com/collections/tr ... ier-pbf555
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Solo and ensemble
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Solo and ensemble

If there is not a repertoire list, we need to know a bit more on your capabilities. How high can you play CONSISTENTLY (not just a random squeak)? How low? Are there keys that aren't really solid (I'm thinking 5 sharps and more; 6 flats and more). Can you double tongue? triple tongue? Fast runs? Qu...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Straight versus f-attachment
Replies: 62
Views: 2363

Re: Straight versus f-attachment

BillO wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:12 am
Why argue about it?
Because this is the Internet and that’s what people do :biggrin: :biggrin:
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Willson 2704 Euphonium (hard case + gig bag, non-comp)
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Willson 2704 Euphonium (hard case + gig bag, non-comp)

I have one of those. Super nice horn. Got mine 20 years ago and it is still good as new.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Can anyone go to the Midwest Clinic?
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: Can anyone go to the Midwest Clinic?

$125 doesn't seem to bad for registration. I'm sure a hotel room in Chicago will cost way more than that.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Music stand: Where should I put it? - Newbie
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Music stand: Where should I put it? - Newbie

The worst thing is those stupid low jazz stands. I hate those things.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 194
Views: 20433

Re: What we're doing

I played 4 Christmas concerts including one where I got to solo on euphonium with the local symphony brass choir for a crowd of about 500 people. That was excellent fun, especially as all the other members of the group are regular members of the orchestra and I am just an occasional sub. I don't get...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Edwards vs Shires
Replies: 47
Views: 2184

Re: Edwards vs Shires

I don't know where you live, but Shires has dealers in various places where you can try the various combos of parts. In the Southeast, Sheridan Brass is a big Shires dealer. If you can make it to Dillon Music in NJ, they have a huge selection of trombones. Also, they may give you a trade in on your ...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Build quality Shires, Rath and Greenhoe
Replies: 45
Views: 3270

Re: Build quality Shires, Rath and Greenhoe

I am going on 3 years with my Rath R3/4 and it has been great. Lacquer is still 100% and slide is smooth as a baby's butt. It is likely the last symphonic horn I will ever buy, unless of course, I change my mind.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: 500 vs 508 bore

I ordered my 8” flair yesterday. Heck, maybe I will sell the 3b and get a 508 slide one of these days.

Life was simpler when I only had 2 trombones and didn’t really dwell too much on the specs.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What is the next step?
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: What is the next step?

Trombonology by Tommy Dorsey. Hardest thing I have ever tried to play.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO
Replies: 17
Views: 978

Re: Bach LaRosa A47MLR Model is now A47BO

As a musician his career is probably over. I have not read the verdict, but apparently he was guilty of charge! It's not an excuse but his punishment is very hard, because he has so much to loose. I had not heard of him before. What a great tromboneplayer. A strange person. Why? It's so very stupid...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Can anyone go to the Midwest Clinic?
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Can anyone go to the Midwest Clinic?

Can any schmuck go to the Midwest Clinic or do have to be some sort of professional musician or educator? Just wondering. I have heard about this thing for 40 years and never been to one.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: True Professionalism!!
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: True Professionalism!!

Reminds me of the time we went out after jazz band practice and one guy told the waitress that he wanted some wings “as hot as you can make them,” That didn’t work out too well. I tasted one and thought I was going to die. Had to orde a glass of milk.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is it possible to make a bass trumpet in C plays in Bb?
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Is it possible to make a bass trumpet in C plays in Bb?

Tuba and trumpet players switch between C and B flat horns all the time. Just learn a new set of fingerings and you are good to go.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Favorite Trombone Parts in Concert Band/Wind Symphony Literature?
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Favorite Trombone Parts in Concert Band/Wind Symphony Literature?

The Holst suites are great music, but the trombone parts are not particularly interesting. The euph parts are fantastic though. That tends to be the case for pretty much all the British stuff. You can't go wrong with a good John Williams tune, as long as it is not too watered down.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Value Conn 6h
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Value Conn 6h

I sold one with a completely refurbished slide on here for $700 a few months ago to a guy in Germany. I think it was a '63.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois AC280: Anybody?...
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Courtois AC280: Anybody?...

I played a Courtois small bore horn at a trade show back in Feb and loved it. I thought it must be their pro level jazz horn and then the guy told me it was their beginner horn. So I wouldn't worry too much about labels.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: 500 vs 508 bore

The only problem with selling the 3B would be that it would put me down to 3 horns and I might not be considered a trombone hoarder anymore. I have a reputation to protect.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

500 vs 508 bore

So I got my Lawler this past summer - model 1 in 500 bore with a 7 1/2 inch bell. Great horn. Since I got it, I have not even taken my 3B out of the case, so I am debating selling it. So here is a trombone geek question - can the average Joe or Jane in the audience tell a nickel's worth of differenc...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Any love for Warburton?
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Any love for Warburton?

I play a 7M for playing lead on my jazz horn. I love that MP. I got a 7ST for my big horn a couple of years ago and didn't fall in love with it. High range was good, but low range not as good as my Schilke 53. I finally managed to sell it for less than half of what I paid. Overall, I think they make...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Two Cleveland Orchestra musicians fired for sexual misconduct
Replies: 52
Views: 11203

Re: Two Cleveland Orchestra musicians fired for sexual misconduct

My bet would be that Mr. Larosa will go back to Italy and have no problem finding a job. With the way things are now in the USA, I doubt if the Hoople Conservatory would hire him to be an adjunct sub recorder teacher.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Why No Silver Plate?
Replies: 56
Views: 5672

Re: Why No Silver Plate?

I am really digging my Lawler in brushed red brass. Beautiful instrument.

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