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by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Opinions clearly differ -- as with virtually all equipment. :)

http://www.dwerden.com/forum/showthread ... 57Jp6ZKiUk

And several other threads on that site.
by ghmerrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

The main slide triggers are at this point kind of "old school" and relatively few models have them any longer -- though you can have them added by the manufacturer (or someone else) at additional cost. In general, intonation of these horns nowadays doesn't require the trigger and most people don't w...
by ghmerrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5805

Re: The Bunker

People are DEFINITELY NOT DOING WELL in New Bern and Jacksonville. My wife just informed me that Fayetteville is being evacuated and I-95 is closed down there. We assume US 1 is as well. I don't know what's going on at the base(s). I assume they aren't evacuating. :shock: We're about 45 miles north ...
by ghmerrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Thank you everyone for the great advices! Update today: I adjusted the holding position and used my left arm to cradle the horn instead of using my left hand to grab the valve branch. So your next step is to work up to a classic 3+1 compensating Eb tuba. :lol: :lol: When I got my Wessex 981 clone I...
by ghmerrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

Don't overlook various sorts of government and quasi-government surplus sales. North Carolina does this, for example, and you can get some amazing stuff at these for decent prices if you know what you're looking for, know what needs to be done to get it working properly, etc. NC State, for example, ...
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Faxx has a 6.5Al, and Blessing has a bunch of small shank pieces (7C, 51D, 6.5Al, 11C).

Would you need to change out the entire lead pipe? I'd think that just a receiver swap would work okay.
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 591

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

I have a 1947 Olds Standard that's dual bore. It's about the least conical sounding horn I've played. :shock: No one would mistake it for a euphonium or anything else in the conical family.
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

That's a pretty good list. Just as an eyeball/ballpark possibly not very useful comment, I'd say that my impression (over several years of being involved with Dave Werden's forum) is that the most popular ones among these are (1) 51D (mostly for students and real amateurs, though more advanced playe...
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 952

Re: Mouthpiece Material

TromboneMonkey wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:25 pm
I may be in the minority, but after playing lexan pieces, I can say with near-certainly that the effect of changing materials is measurable beyond "zero".
No dispute with this about lexan. I suspect the difference would be even greater for a mouthpiece made from Marshmallow.
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Mouthpiece Selection
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Mouthpiece Selection

For my own part, I’m particularly interested in their work because they are all developing modular models (such as trumpet players already enjoy), which will allow me the liberty to prove my thinking on mouthpiece- instrument interface and the pursuit of the ‘realized’ sound, as opposed to a prefer...
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Cup mute

I've done that too with my H&B tenor mutes (cup and straight). In those cases I used three small holes (1/8" or less?) in a triangle pattern (about 1.5" from hole to hole) in the bottom of the mute. I also tried it with my Windy City symphonic bass straight mute with some holes spaced along the peri...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Cup mute

At 2 centimeters from the bell, that cup won't be doing all that much to affect the sound. :shock: One reason I got the Wick adjustable mute was to be able to (uh, of course) adjust the cup/bell distance easily and learn how that worked. Of course, that distance isn't all that matters, and (with an ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Also, your chair height can change the how high or low you need to hold the horn. If you chair is too tall or too short for your body, the blocks and pillows might not work well. Several years ago I started taking a nylon-covered hard foam boat cushion (Walmart) to EVERY rehearsal and performance. ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Cup mute

Also, keep in mind that there are different size "bass trombone" mutes. Some fit some horns better than others (due to bell throat size/taper). Not sure which are best for a 180. And different materials will make mutes sound differently. I like my Denis Wick aluminum adjustable cup mute a lot, but i...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

The biggest problem is intonation. On Euphonium you have to bend notes in tune. As a tromboneplayer you are used to do it with the slide. The bending can mess with the trombone emboushure. I think to find the best length of all the tuningslides have also been a challenge. The degree of bending requ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Definitely true -- at least when you're sitting. So even when you're standing you don't want to develop a habit of moving the horn around because you won't be trying to do that when you're sitting. At least I think this is true for most players. But the difference in timbre is what got to me and too...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Burgerbob wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:40 am
The fact of the matter is that the compensating euph is not a very ergonomic instrument in any case, and some sacrifices have to be made.
Though much more ergonomic than the double-valve bass trombone! :lol: :lol:
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Maybe it is mainly due to the sound concept in my head after all. Yes, absolutely a significant issue. Do you really have no grease problem? Maybe different wrap? All euphoniums my band has have the main tuning slide on the player side, exactly at belly height. Can it be that I hold the horn too cl...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

The euph requires a different cup and especially backbore. You're still talking about trombone mouthpieces. Get a Steve Mead mouthpiece, or a doug elliott setup. This isn't entirely accurate. A large number of euph players use "trombone mouthpieces" of various kinds -- and very successfully. The Wi...
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Up to this point I've been a tuba/euph player -- really playing trombone for only about the last 2-3 years. I had some trouble of the sort you mention in moving from the conical bore instruments to the (cylindrical) trombone. You're just encountering it in the opposite direction. So, ... 1. A LOT (m...
by ghmerrill
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

Otherwise, why would so many people play a 6.5 AL? I don't know. Why would so many tuba players play a 24AW -- which is also generally agreed to be dreadful? There are a number of answers to questions like this, and often they don't have to do with the actual features of the mouthpiece and comparis...
by ghmerrill
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

I was really interested in a JP Rath bass before I went low ball on the Schiller. But even though Tuba Exchange is a John Packer dealer, and even though the JP people thought the TE had instruments to try, when I went up there they only had a couple of tenors. So I'm not sure how available these rea...
by ghmerrill
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

For criteria for comparison, I was thinking of more subjective things, such as bright vs. dark, bite is sharp or soft, diameter feels pretty much like ... The problem with subjective criteria is that they're ... er ... subjective. And yet the whole point of this is to get some comparison that is me...
by ghmerrill
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

I don't think you can establish criteria precisely enough to be of significant value. As Doug Elliott has pointed out on more than one occasion, you're dealing with complex curves on 3-D surfaces. This in itself introduces substantial issues in deciding what to compare and how to compare it, and wha...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 15
Views: 709

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection

Also, the Russians have an old saying (a favorite of Kalashnikov's): The great is the enemy of the good. To be fair, a similar saying seems to appear in a variety of cultures. It's always good to keep in mind when you find yourself perhaps focused a bit too much on perfection. And of course, as alre...
by ghmerrill
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

You're threading your way through a bureaucracy that is tax-oriented and a supply industry that is in part "guild oriented". Expect some frustration.
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Mack Brass
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Mack Brass

I think you should just call Tom and talk to him. He's exceedingly honest, straightforward, and very customer-focused. But if what you're really looking for is a kind of "trial", if you don't know quite what you're looking for, etc, that's not what he's offering. In that case it would be better to f...
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

Makes sense. The "tax exempt" jargon threw me off about that.
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

The HOA is probably your bigger worry. Much worse than any state or the federal government -- and the busybodies in it are aggressive and ever vigilent. Every attorney I've ever talked to has sworn that he would NEVER be an HOA member (including -- or especially -- the ones who represented HOAs).
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

Gary, thanks for your very thoughtful responses. I applied for an EIN as sole proprietor, and have sent my application in to Allied. You will likely discover that having the EIN is not sufficient for Allied, and that they will want other evidence that you are a practicing tech. Often evidence of ac...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Arm soreness while playing
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Arm soreness while playing

In that case, it sounds like "tennis elbow" (or "golf elbow", sometimes "trombone elbow"), and it would be a kind of tendonitis. Doug Yeo describes it in some detail (http://www.yeodoug.com/resources/faq/faq_text/tension.html), and it's also described here: http://slidebonedave.weebly.com/blog/tenni...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Arm soreness while playing
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Arm soreness while playing

My experience with my bass was that once I got it balanced (forward/aft) to "neutral buoyancy", all my left arm/hand pain disappeared and it was a pleasure to play. But if I was having to exert any kind of pressure from hand or arm to keep it oriented correctly, it was a painful unpleasant mess.
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

I'd like to put in a recommendation for the Conn 5J. It's a 4 valve BBb and seems to be a good fit for Euph players. Good size for quintet and smaller Community Band. Yeah, absolutely. Also, keep in mind that for a lot of uses (most?) you do NOT need a 4-valve BBb tuba. You don't even need a 4-valv...
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

I think that in the case of tubas, I'd want to try almost ANY horn I'd consider buying. I did this even with my 1924 Buescher, and still bought it ($250!) even after discovering that it was pitched lower than 440 -- despite the owner's insistence that he'd been playing it for years and only a few no...
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 660

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

Yes, but not a problem in this case. The tubas generally play very well in tune, at least in and below the staff.
by ghmerrill
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

Regarding QC, I can say that on the basis of my own experience (and limited to that), the level of QC on the three Chinese instruments I have (and use!) from three suppliers has been pretty much the same -- with a few minor things that obviously could have been eliminated with a bit of attention and...
by ghmerrill
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection
Replies: 15
Views: 709

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Instrument Selection

The original published article (by Joe Wolfe, a professor of physics at the Univ of New South Wales) is titled "The Acoustics of Woodwind Musical Instruments", and is a summary of ... er ... the well known acoustics of wind instruments. It appears in a rather odd (and relatively new) journal. The ov...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

True -- if you take any deductions for things like capital spending or expenses. But if you don't have any revenue or expenses, then no one seems to care. And if there were an audit, it would be easy to demonstrate that you didn't claim any deductions or fail to pay any taxes. Even the IRS wouldn't ...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

There are quite a few Chinese 12c and 6 1/2AL mouthpieces on Ebay or Amazon for less than $10 shipped. I've bought a few out of curiosity and found them to work OK in general. The otherwise unmarked 1.5G mouthpiece I got with my Schiller bass trombone turned out to be one of the best 1.5G mouthpiec...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

I would emphasize that if you in fact intend to run this as a genuine business (like with genuine customers, expenses, taxes on goods and services, etc.) you should take great care in separating your personal assets (bank accounts, inventory, home ownership, etc.) from the business assets. If there ...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

There are trade-offs. You can drop a Kelly on a slate floor and it bounces about a foot or so (trust me), while dropping a brass mouthpiece on the same floor results in a much shorter set of bounces and a deformed shank end. So you should definitely also get one of those shank repair tools with your...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

Do you really want to open a business and do repairs for fees? Or do you just want to be regarded as a professional for various purposes? I've "registered" two businesses in NC in the past (one as an LLC) and one as a sole proprietorship. In each case, since I never made any money in each of these, ...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

Bruce is right that it's hard to Beat Faxx in terms of quality/cost. The only problem with Faxx is it doesn't have a very broad selection, but for early students, this isn't a problem. Kelly is also a real alternative for students as well, and in the same price range. And the Kelly pieces are almost...
by ghmerrill
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 718

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

I think that Bruce's suggestion is the easiest and simplest to implement. To start, at least, have each member buy one of the arrangements -- which he/she then owns and is loaning to the group. This is how we did things in a quintet I was in many years ago. We ended up having 30 arrangements just fr...
by ghmerrill
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Double trigger C and b natural
Replies: 22
Views: 477

Re: Double trigger C and b natural

leak in the horn? Loose connection somewhere? Fill it up with water and see if you spring a leak somewhere. Have you checked the valve alignment? I continue to be shocked at the number of trombone players who NEVER check their alignment until something falls off the horn (like a bumper). If each va...
by ghmerrill
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 660

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

I think you're right, and I've had the same feeling and experience. It's just that it takes some actual effort and focus to get the round sound at low dynamics on my horn in the double valve and pedal range. Still, I think I prefer it overall. For example, it blends quite acceptably with the tenors ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 660

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

Yeah. But if the bass bone produces a too "raucous" sound -- particularly in passages with low dynamics in the octave below the staff -- the musical effect resulting is not pleasant or what's desired. With "commercial" horns, it can be challenging to produce a sound in that range with the tubas that...
by ghmerrill
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic
Replies: 19
Views: 660

Re: Bass Trombone Jazz/Symphonic

I find it difficult to "blend" with the tubas on my 7B clone. My guess is that it would be better on a Bach or such. However, when we do most things in the band, I'm really happy with the sound I get from the horn. When we did "Pirates of the Caribbean" this past season, this horn was GREAT. It doub...
by ghmerrill
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Eastman Experience
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: An Eastman Experience

There is more resistance down the trigger register and I could not pop the low C and lower notes out with ease, but maybe that is also due to the mouthpiece. Leadpipe swap may also help. If you usually play on a Yeo replica and were now pushing air through this horn with something like a 3G, I'd ce...
by ghmerrill
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5805

Re: The Bunker

I'm sitting in Seattle at the moment (second visit to a son who's working at Amazon now), and have to regard the area as one of at least some kind of "conspicuous conservation" -- particularly after a 15 minute debate my wife and I had concerning what stuff was supposed to go in which of the garbage...

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