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by ghmerrill
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Magnet for removing dents
Replies: 13
Views: 345

Re: Magnet for removing dents

I think that most guys who run their own shops (instrument repair, gunsmiths, machine shops, small engine repair, etc.) are "kinda weird" in one way or another. I would be too. I think it's usually about having certain kinds of work you like to do and certain kinds you don't like to do, being able t...
by ghmerrill
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Magnet for removing dents
Replies: 13
Views: 345

Re: Magnet for removing dents

Doug's absolutely right. The magnet/ball technique is great on LARGE diameter tubing -- like tuba or euphonium bows or bell sections (at least up to near the final flare). But it's useless/damaging for smaller diameter tubing. That's where you need the hundred or so small diameter balls of different...
by ghmerrill
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Magnet for removing dents
Replies: 13
Views: 345

Re: Magnet for removing dents

I put together my own set-up for removing dents in tubas and euphoniums. So I've got about four different sized balls (which are pretty easy to get), and magnet that (as I recall), produces a force on the ball of about 250 lbs. It's a bout an inch in diameter and an inch and a half long. I don't rec...
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: First bass mouthpiece
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: First bass mouthpiece

I would go with Faxx at least until you get more experience and have some grounds to make your own judgment.
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Lead pipe pouch
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Lead pipe pouch

That's much better than any pouch you'll find. Make it short enough so the pipe doesn't have too much room to rattle from end to end in it. Or add some kind of "bumper" to the end caps. Depending on what you have, 3/4" may work better for you. I use the same approach when I store my tuba and euph va...
by ghmerrill
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Stroboconn
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Stroboconn

I think you should get a Jacob's ladder to go with it. What a cool combo.

by ghmerrill
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?
Replies: 29
Views: 932

Re: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?

Thanks all for the suggestions, bTW - I hadn't considered Eastman's, Q's or Getzens at all (Yamaha is probably out of my price range for now, but good to know about consistency issues). HOWEVER... I'm having trouble finding European dealers thay will ship these instruments to Ireland - can someone ...
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?
Replies: 29
Views: 932

Re: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?

Without trying, it's difficult to be very firm about the choice. And it may significantly depend on price. For a low end on price, I might go with one of the Wessex models. If not low end and not high-end/boutique, I'd probably go for one of the Getzen 1052 models. I'd be confident that the Wessex w...
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1640

Re: Slide

Amazon has 'em. Look for "Slide-o-mix Towel Sheath". Both sizes: $19.99 and $23.38. Free shipping.
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Idle question, water key cork change

My experience with the Valentino corks is that their inherent "stickability" depends on how well they fit the key. There are several sizes (denominated in mm, if I recall correctly). If they're a bit undersized, they may require some stick-um. In such cases I use contact cement, but almost anything ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1640

Re: Slide

I"m a big fan of those terrycloth sleeves, and have two of them for tenor and two for bass. That way I can cycle one through a wash and still have one to use on the horn. It's important not let crap get built up in them. Wish they weren't so expensive, but they're just terribly effective and a real ...
by ghmerrill
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

What exactly do you mean by " clean image PDF file"? That is, what does the "clean" part mean to you, and what does the "image" part mean? And exactly what do you want this file made FROM? (Examples: Paper document, Word document, online image, ...) Several people have tried to provide "tech help". ...
by ghmerrill
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

Pretty much everything after your "This is that stage where I'm seeing a divergence ...", I agree with -- though I confess that I don't get your car example since buying cars differs substantially (in general) from buying houses in various respects. For example, car salesmen don't have state real es...
by ghmerrill
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

Matt: I'd guess that you've never bought a house. There's a lot of legalized ritual in it, anchored in real estate law. An offer itself is regarded as a legal commitment (a kind of conditional contract). When the seller accepts (and signs!) the offer, it becomes, in itself, a legally binding contrac...
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

Are these PDF documents you're referring to actually PDF documents with (structured) TEXT content? Or are they just IMAGES with a PDF wrapper on them? For example, when you submit an offer (or counter-offer) to the signing service, is the file you submit a PDF text document, or is it a PDF document ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

Creating a PDF from the PDF jumps the security with it. I'm still really puzzled about what the intention is here in creating the new document (that's supposed to "contain" the old one, I guess). However you do that, I can't see (under the situation you describe) how the old "sub-document" retains ...
by ghmerrill
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

I believe that the OP is considering an addendum that would be required at a later date to, for example, extend or modify the original agreement. But there's confusion in wanting that to be a part of the original document -- and so covered by that original signature? THAT doesn't make any kind of se...
by ghmerrill
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: PDF Security
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: PDF Security

"Rescanning" or translating PDFs to different formats isn't really a problem and there are a number of applications that can handle that. In fact, a lot of printers can do it if they have optical character recognition capability/software. I strongly suspect that what you're trying to do is basically...
by ghmerrill
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB entry level bass trombone mouthpiece (for student)
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: WTB entry level bass trombone mouthpiece (for student)

In my view, the Faxx is hard to beat for price/performance -- especially for a beginning/intermediate student.
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Idle question, water key cork change

I always change them in place. I use the Valentino synthetic "corks" that have adhesive on them, so there's never a problem. But if you have to get chunks of old cork out that have been glued in, then you generally have to take the key off to clean it out before you put the new one in. Even then, I'...
by ghmerrill
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Olds Standard - Opinions?
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Olds Standard - Opinions?

I have a '47 Standard (with the unusual "serpentine" braces) that I bought off Ebay a couple of years ago for $125. So I can't really complain. :lol: I think the cost of the horn in 1947 was around $2,000 or a bit more in today's currency. It was the #2 pro horn in the line at that point. I don't pl...
by ghmerrill
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Cataract surgery
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Cataract surgery

I had a noticeable degree of "photosensitivity" for a while (couple of months, and certainly immediately after the surgery for a week or two) that my opthalmologist regarded as "unusual", but it disappeared over time. However, I do have to say that I feel my eyes are somewhat more photosensitive tha...
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

Also, I suppose if the action of smoothing out a surface and making it impermeable to water is a lubricant, then I'll eat my hat. I had no idea that a process or action counted as a lubricant. But it's not just a process or action. It's the "sealant" that's left on the surface that's the lubricant....
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1640

Re: Slide

I took am old mouthpiece and soldered on a garden hose fitting. One could also use ribbon epoxy. With a short hose in my laundry tube I can flush out the slide and/ or the whole horn. Do not go too heavy on the water flow or too hot or cold with the temp. This sounds like the trombone version of th...
by ghmerrill
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Cataract surgery
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Cataract surgery

In my experience, you don't "need" it -- you WANT it!! I had mine done about 4 years ago and can't believe the results. I haven't had such good vision since I was 12 years old. My "cataracts" weren't very far advanced, but since NC finally decided to switch to a "quality of life" criterion for the s...
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

Well, this actually didn't take too much effort. Don't know how I missed it earlier. It is abrasive: contains Silica (quartz). https://www.whatsinproducts.com/types/type_detail/1/14624/standard/p%3EWrights%20Brass%20Polish-12/11/2008/p%3E/23-015-012 I don't suppose that there's a similar ingredients...
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: High pressure work environment?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: High pressure work environment?

Looks like the classic developer screen punch after encountering a particularly difficult bug. Sometimes you just have to hit those bugs as hard as you can.
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

The directions on the website actually state to use Wright's Brass polish, not Brasso. WBP is water based and non-abrasive, if I recall correctly. Well, that's a HUGE difference. I'm not sure whether WBP is non-abrassive or non-embedding abrasive. I can't find anywhere this is documented. Would lov...
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1640

Re: Slide

The problem I've had with shotgun rods and bore mops is that they are usually made out of two or three threaded pieces. The threaded sections seem to be rather fragile. I've seen them snap off in the middle of a slide, leaving a rag and a chunk of aluminum inside of the slide with no easy way to ge...
by ghmerrill
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

Oh my cookies. It's not a lubricant. I like cookies. In what sense is it NOT a lubricant? In the sense that the Slide Doctor chooses not to CALL it a lubricant? (Not that this really matters to the discussion.) You start with brasso before you even begin using the rest of the product. Somehow I mis...
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

$35,- shipping.. That's a lot! It seems like it, but if you look at the per/ounce cost it appears out to be less than SuperSlick Plus by quite a bit (assuming you'd use comparable amounts for applications lasting similar periods). The cost of the Sealant and the Polish amount to about $12 each for ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

A mild organic acid will not damage these slides unless you do some radical things like soak them for a few days. I have some personal experience that testifies that simply soaking overnight with household white vinegar can result in some scary (though not permanently damaging) results. The degree ...
by ghmerrill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

Regarding the sense of "abrasive", anyone is welcome to use this as they like, but to view acid as an abrasive is seriously deviant in terms of its use in machining, engineering, and science where the characterizations use such terms as "grinding", "rough", "the surface being "worn away", "wear and ...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

Still puzzled by this. Where do you see the cleaner referred to as a "micro abrasive"? I just don't see this mentioned anywhere. And in what sense isn't the sealant a lubricant? If the sealant is silicone (or a similar polymer) which is "coating" the interior of the outer slide, then most people wou...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: great slide from slide dr
Replies: 35
Views: 1102

Re: great slide from slide dr

whoaaa I might get some of this when my slide-o-mix runs out Why wait? It's not a slide lubricant, but instead it's a slide cleaning product. It cleans out corrosion and the 2nd bottle leaves a polymer sealant on it. Then you still have to use slide o mix (although other lubes play better with grea...
by ghmerrill
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Hetman hydroslide
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Hetman hydroslide

(Probably a much longer response than you want, but ...) There have been a HUGE number of reports on several threads over the years about yellow or green "gunk" or "slime" forming on valves from various Hetman valve oils. Just go on Werden's forum and search for these. Some people absolutely love th...
by ghmerrill
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Hetman hydroslide
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Hetman hydroslide

I use it likewise with Superslick Creme and Superslick Plus (silicone). Just a few (like maybe 3?) drops of it in the spray bottle. You don't want the result to look very "milky". If you use too much, it will end up slowing down the slide. But my experience is that it seems to lengthen the time betw...
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.

there will be visual aids. a powerpoint is required, 3 sources, and I'll probably bring my trombone to demonstrate. Now here's an excellent topic for you if you have to do another one! Look in Edward Tufte's books -- particularly Beautiful Evidence ( https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Evidence-Edward...
by ghmerrill
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Alternative Slide Lubricants
Replies: 24
Views: 924

Re: Alternative Slide Lubricants

Dow-Corning has a variety of greases that work pretty well. As a scientist I tried High Vacuum Stopcock Grease and it worked REALLY well. That's what I've been using for some years after switching to it from anhydrous lanolin. The Dow-Corning stuff is pretty pricey. If you want something similar (s...
by ghmerrill
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank

Does anyone have any experience with these or other wooden 'pieces? As an experiment I'm considering ordering a custom reproduction of my small shank DE setup. I'm wondering what "wooden reproduction of a brass mouthpiece" might mean. Internal dimensions? External dimensions? Material thickness? Wh...
by ghmerrill
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.

This is copied and pasted from her email to me. But it was sent from her iphone. I'm afraid the phone might excuse only some of the errors -- particularly from a professor tasked with teaching communications and speech -- although I'm not inclined to excuse any. If you can't exhibit your own standa...
by ghmerrill
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: “Trombone” not suitable for informative speech.

“Jack I’m concerned that you may not be able to find scholarly sources that are enough content but possibly if you look into the history of the instrument maybe how it’s made, etc. However my other concern might be how it is relevant to the rest of the audience because it’s so specific. I’m not say...
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: 858

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: 858

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: 6028

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: 858

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: 18
Views: 489

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: 858

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: 820

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: 858

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...

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