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by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Slide lock turns too easily?
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Slide lock turns too easily?

In that case you need something that fills the threads and won't leak out very readily. So something kind of sticky. I might give it a shot with plumber's putty. :? Or some sort of liquid plastic that would dry in a relatively flexible state. But you might also try the Most Frequently Used Generic T...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 38
Views: 2904

Re: What is rose brass?

why it would be a bad thing to have an easier time at having what is admittedly a 'better sound.' Because you must suffer to create your art. Have you no sense of history -- and art? I'm assuming that you are misstating your position because I can't come up with a way that this statement may even r...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 38
Views: 2904

Re: What is rose brass?

Matt K wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:16 am
why it would be a bad thing to have an easier time at having what is admittedly a 'better sound.'
Because you must suffer to create your art. Have you no sense of history -- and art?
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Slide lock turns too easily?
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Slide lock turns too easily?

One of mine (the Schiller bass) is pretty tight. The other (Olds tenor) is looser. I prefer the tight one. There are actually two possible causes for the looseness: the first involves the threads in the ring; the second involves the hook arm that locks over the lug in the locked position. To loosen ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Sticky pistons
Replies: 26
Views: 11102

Re: Sticky pistons

I used to use Al Cass on valves and rotors, but have changed to Denis Wick valve oil. It is, with out a doubt, the longest lasting most slick oil I have ever used. It came with my Wessex Champion tuba when I got it. Your description of it in terms of "longest lasting" may be correct. The problem wa...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Your heart rate when playing
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: Your heart rate when playing

Normal resting depends on a number of factors. Google it and see what it turns out to be for your current age, condition and medical history. There is no real "normal resting". There are expectations and targets based on your age, condition, your regimen, and your medical history. So "normal resting...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sharp Main Slide Lock
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: Sharp Main Slide Lock

600 grit emery paper is good for knocking down sharp edges on brass without removing too much. If it's the nut surface, you might try the emery paper on it and then coat it with clear fingernail polish.
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

Take a look at these. You might prefer them to magnets. http://www.musicmaide.com/ Thanks. But I don't use magnets, and I only use a couple of small clips under extreme circumstances. All my music is printed from digitized copies and I keep it in a 3-ring binder in (non-reflective!) transparent pla...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Your heart rate when playing
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: Your heart rate when playing

"Talk to your doctor to see if Inderal is right for you...." I was going to make a snotty response to this along the lines that "How would you even get it without talking to your doctor, and why would you want it?" Then I remembered that beta blockers have become at least semi-popular among musicia...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 38
Views: 2904

Re: What is rose brass?

There is very little uniformity in the alloy world regarding "red" vs "rose" brass, and rose brass often doesn't appear in alloy charts. Add to that the fact that several different alloys are often recognized for each of red brass and yellow brass. Use of terms in the brass instrument industry doesn...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 38
Views: 2904

Re: What is rose brass?

I used to have one of these (for about 20 years). Lovely instrument. Amazing sound.

It was a dent magnet. I you looked at it sideways it would dent. I was paranoid about it.

http://www.cerveny.biz/tuben/bbb_tuben/cbb781_4mr.php
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Your heart rate when playing
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: Your heart rate when playing

Take your blood pressure as well. You'll probably see some interesting results.

Think about it. Playing a wind instrument is in fact a form of cardiovascular exercise. Not exactly like running sprints, but it will have the expected effects.
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

If you want a light-weight fold-up or collapsible stand with a decently sized table, then you're at the mercy of basic physics in terms of the footprint and height of the legs. If you play outdoors with some frequency, then you realize that the "open" type wire or slat stands are useless and that so...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes
Replies: 24
Views: 1746

Re: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes

With a hole, you can cover all or part of it with heavy duty sticking tape... Sure, and with reasonably sized holes, you can cover it with regular office transparent tape. But after a certain point while you're learning how much is too much, you end up with a lot of tape on the mute. My major failu...
by ghmerrill
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes
Replies: 24
Views: 1746

Re: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes

Does this help tenor mutes as well? Does it affect intonation? I was taught to shave the corks until it worked best. It definitely helped the tenor H&B stone-lined mute I use in my Olds Standard. Just shaving corks won't necessarily do the trick. You can still end up with fairly "dead" or "stuffy" ...
by ghmerrill
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes
Replies: 24
Views: 1746

Re: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes

Doug Elliott wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:44 pm
You can't know "best" until you passed it.
I have a couple of pretty useless mutes that demonstrate that.
by ghmerrill
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

I have a RAT that is ideal for some gigs, but it won't hold a heavy notebook and the ledge doesn't stick.out very far. This is why I've resorted to my traditional old heavy black Manhasset. It's REALLY hard to find a stand that meets the criteria of: Small transport size -- overall portability Rigi...
by ghmerrill
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Tuba gig bag
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: Tuba gig bag

First choice: high-end ($$$$$) or low end ($$)? For high-end, just pick what looks good to you in terms of features and pay the $$$$$. For low(er)-end: The Protec bags are good. I prefer the Gard ones. It depends, in part, on what tuba you're trying to bag, and what each vendor offers. But for your ...
by ghmerrill
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

I've had several, including the Peaks, Hamiltons, and others. I now tote my old metal non-folding Manhasset stand around when I need one. That hardly fits your needs. However, ... I'm seriously considering getting one of these in the next concert season: https://www.descahome.com/product/desca-prest...
by ghmerrill
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes
Replies: 24
Views: 1746

Re: Drilling holes in bass trombone mutes

I don't have any holes in my (bass) Wick straight mute, Wick adjustable cup mute, or H&B stone-lined straight mute. They all work great. I did drill holes in my Windy City symphonic mute (around the perimeter at the widest point), and that improved it significantly. But I don't use that because it's...
by ghmerrill
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Valve Replating vs Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Valve Replating vs Replacement

Okay, I can see how that would work. Seems pretty clever. Kind of, sort, of almost creates a micro-reservoir of oil like the valve cap does on the other end. But do they do the same thing at the bottom bushing as well? You'd think that would be even easier since you already have the cap to hold the ...
by ghmerrill
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Valve Replating vs Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Valve Replating vs Replacement

... actually not really sure how they would wear in the main body as the only real metal to metal contact in on the bearing surfaces. Maybe they don't wear it in -- because, as you say, how would you get it to "wear", and wear properly? Maybe they just do REALLY careful honing or machining of the r...
by ghmerrill
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Aging of Lexan rims?
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: Aging of Lexan rims?

That comment reminds me of the time that (for some reason I can't recall) my wife decided to clean her contact lens with denatured alcohol. :horror: :lol: "Hey, where did my lens go?"
by ghmerrill
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: F-attachment in low range
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: F-attachment in low range

Is your F-valve aligned correctly? Do your bumpers need replacing? Check the alignment with the index marks on the valve. You should also be able to check it visually with a flashlight from the handslide side (though minor misalighments may be difficult to see). However, on old (or mistreated) tromb...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Valve Replating vs Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Valve Replating vs Replacement

Okay. From that spec this looks like something that would be done in a rebuild -- not as original assembly.
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Valve Replating vs Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Valve Replating vs Replacement

I've never seen anything on any of my rotary valves that looks like plating, and I've had the valves out of s couple of tubas, a euph, and a couple of trombones. It looks like raw brass to me.
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Valve Replating vs Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Valve Replating vs Replacement

Since rotary valves typically (if not exclusively) aren't plated in the first place, is RE-plating them something that's actually done? Moreover, if a rotary valve were to actually need replacing/replating because of wear, wouldn't that mean that there was something really seriously wrong with the v...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Aging of Lexan rims?
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: Aging of Lexan rims?

I quite harshly managed to bounce a Kelly mouthpiece off a solid slate floor some years ago and it seemed to be totally unaffected by the experience.
by ghmerrill
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Using Slide Lubricant
Replies: 32
Views: 2617

Re: Using Slide Lubricant

The fact that cans and kegs are made of the same material cannot possibly justify the drinking of beer out of cans. In my ignorant youth, I drank "beer" out of cans. Now, on principle, I do not -- unless, of course, the beer in question comes only in cans. Sometimes practical decisions need to be ma...
by ghmerrill
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Using Slide Lubricant
Replies: 32
Views: 2617

Re: Using Slide Lubricant

CANS? You drink Guiness out of CANS? I can't even.
by ghmerrill
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Using Slide Lubricant
Replies: 32
Views: 2617

Re: Using Slide Lubricant

That seems like a vicious rumor. :roll:
by ghmerrill
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Search function kaput
Replies: 15
Views: 986

Re: Search function kaput

The search function seems totally broken (Error 500) for me as well. Oops. It turns out that it's not TOTALLY broken, and therein lies a tale ... It seems as though it may be a function of the logic or resources required for multi-term search strings. To wit: "trombone" and "bass trombone" and "ten...
by ghmerrill
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Search function kaput
Replies: 15
Views: 986

Re: Search function kaput

The search function seems totally broken (Error 500) for me as well. In terms of Google search vs search functionality of phpBB, my own experience is that in general any web application that implements its own search technology is vastly inferior to using Google to search the site. There's just not ...
by ghmerrill
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Bass Bone Duets, Tuba Trombone Duets?
Replies: 9
Views: 934

Re: Bass Bone Duets, Tuba Trombone Duets?

Take a look at the Walter Sear Advanced Duets for Tuba . https://www.hickeys.com/search.php?q=Sear+Advanced+duets They're designed mostly to be played by a "high tuba" and a "low tuba", and some of them have one of the parts that's playable by bass trombone. I've never done this in performance, but ...
by ghmerrill
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Buying Trombone Blind
Replies: 21
Views: 1749

Re: Buying Trombone Blind

My best suggestion is don't ask us, go to whatever is the closest brick and mortor location that stocks a large supply of different bass trombones and try them all. This is good advice -- particularly for a professional or an advanced student who is seriously looking at a significant purchase. But ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Search function kaput
Replies: 15
Views: 986

Re: Search function kaput

Hmmm ...

if ( user == "norbie2018" ) then display = NO;

???
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Sticky pistons
Replies: 26
Views: 11102

Re: Sticky pistons

Well, I could understand if there were, say, a tuba being stored in the garage. I almost NEVER put any of my instruments on their bells. For the tubas I have a (Jupiter -- no longer available, I think) adjustable stand that will hold anything (upright) from a very large tuba to a euphonium. I never ...
by ghmerrill
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Sticky pistons
Replies: 26
Views: 11102

Re: Sticky pistons

Schlitz wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:08 pm
There’s a school string teacher, viola, 5 doors down. They’re on their 3rd garage door in 7 years.
This appears to be a viola joke I haven't seen previously.
by ghmerrill
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learning Tuba Quick
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Learning Tuba Quick

Some really excellent tuba players played the 24AW, including (assuming what I was told was accurate) John Fletcher and Warren Deck. There are several reasoned and detailed responses I could make to this, but I think I'll just observe that I've heard that Doug Yeo played on a Doug Yeo model bass tr...
by ghmerrill
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learning Tuba Quick
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Learning Tuba Quick

Yes on the Bach 25. Absolutely NO on the 24AW. A Schilke 66 is also a good mouthpiece -- both as a starter and as a keeper. It's a Helleberg-style (unlike the 25 which is a bowl style), but a good size. It's my ultimate go-to always-works mouthpiece over 30 years of playing. A Kelly 25 would be good...
by ghmerrill
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learning Tuba Quick
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Learning Tuba Quick

His horn is also great. I think he's still playing that prototype Miraphone what comes apart into pieces (bell, body, valve cluster) and goes into a small suitcase. But the primary thing about Oystein's horn is that the guy blowing into it is Oystein Baadsvik. Regarding mouthpieces, I heard him give...
by ghmerrill
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Using Slide Lubricant
Replies: 32
Views: 2617

Re: Using Slide Lubricant

Titanium fishing sinkers? Or shot?
by ghmerrill
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Buyer/Seller feedback?
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Buyer/Seller feedback?

Designing and implementing a buyer/seller feedback feature that's anything more than a searchable list of comments in a sub-forum would impose a huge burden on the site maintainers. And it would create a big chunk of code that would have to be maintained and tested for every update of the board soft...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: prices on classifieds
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: prices on classifieds

I guess I'm a little more charitable in outlook. While I wouldn't ever make such a posting myself, I think that often it's done by people who just don't have a sense of the value of the item and can't seem to research that or are thinking of the posting as that sort of research. Maybe the "seller" i...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton 181 thoughts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

Re: Holton 181 thoughts?

Might be an issue of build time. The one I had was 1994.
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: prices on classifieds
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: prices on classifieds

In general I agree in principle with these sorts of comments. But in practice, I don't see much point to imposing a requirement for a stated price. Most of us will have the same reaction to such postings -- which is to ignore them. In general, I think they're harmful to the seller (who won't be gett...
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream

Or you could take the approach of another guy I've played with: Basically never clean your horn or slide or mouthpiece. At every rehearsal or performance, apply Slide-O-Mix to the slide. Then you're done. He's also in his 80s, and I suspect that this technique is just a kind of transference from usi...
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton 181 thoughts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

Re: Holton 181 thoughts?

I really have no expertise here, and no experience with the Yamaha. Years and years (and years) ago I had a TR-181 and loved some things about it. But I didn't love the ergonomics. I'd just advise that you be sure you'll be comfortable with it. That 10" bell was great as a sound projector, but I alw...
by ghmerrill
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: What is this mute?
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: What is this mute?

Yeah. The horn end of that mute seems to be a pretty large diameter. But it also isn't exactly the shape of any bariton/euphonium/tuba mute I've ever seen (which tend to be longer relative to the diameter than this mute appears).
by ghmerrill
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: What is this mute?
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: What is this mute?

Euph or small tuba mute?

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