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by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify

The book (on which this article is based) is available on Amazon (as noted on the article page itself). Without buying it, you can explore around in it using the "Look Inside" feature. It's a lot to get through, but I recommend mucking about in the Introduction and the Conclusion if you have any int...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

Why spend so much engraving "money" on a horn that is not professional. Now that I mention it, I saw a Bach Omega with some serious engraving, is that not a student horn? So, why would Bach engrave a student horn and not a Pro horn? :idk: The answer to this lies in simple marketing principles. If y...
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

trombonedemon wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:46 pm
Would a dremel have the same effects as actual freehand engravers tools.
Aaaaaack!!!!!
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

The type of engraving done on firearms is very different to the type done on brass instruments. Different tools. Different techniques. M Yeah, okay. I'm with you on that. However, I think the focus here is on the requirements and market for custom engraving -- which I think is domain-independent in...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

There will always be a demand (albeit small) for a good craftsman. Whether there will be enough to make a living is another matter entirely. As I suggested, there ARE actually people who make a living of hand engraving in the firearms domain. Here's an example: https://www.southerncustomengraving.c...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: F-Attachment Maintenance
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: F-Attachment Maintenance

I don't get real excited about maintaining my valves on my bass trombone (or any rotary valve, truth be told). But I do oil them regularly (probably ever 2-3 weeks). This includes oiling the shafts/spindles (including taking the bottom cap off and doing that with the usual tuning slide pulling routi...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

I think that, as with the case of manual skills in general, engraving is not something that can be learned in a "course". The course may be a good starting point to just learn the basics, the jargon, the common techniques and tools, etc. But while you can become a pretty competent (at least beginnin...
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 31
Views: 471

Re: Professional Engraving

I have no idea what the cost would be in the musical instrument realm for an instrument to be hand-engraved. But as a comparison in the firearms domain, a 1/4 coverage of a pistol will often cost about $1,000 with full coverage being around $2,500. Just engraving a name will cost you about $175. For...
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream

The instructions on the Monster Oil site say to apply it DAILY "along the inner slide -- then work the lube in by moving the slide up and down a few times". From my perspective there are a couple of things wrong with this. But in any event, at this point in time, and given how well the Superslick/Su...
by ghmerrill
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Unique, cheap, vintage
Replies: 14
Views: 400

Re: Unique, cheap, vintage

Some possibilities here from time to time: https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Listings?s ... Prefs=true
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: The (almost) ultimate position chart
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: The (almost) ultimate position chart

Valved instruments are digital. Trombones are analog. Bass trombones are demonic.
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Staying open in trigger range
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Staying open in trigger range

Definitely shouldn't be happening on the tuba. It may be easier to fix it there first and then take it back to the bass trombone. It does sound like you're trying to "control" the notes too much in that tuba register. Work on loosening up, maybe dropping lower jaw, retaining good open mouth cavity. ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort
Replies: 12
Views: 286

Re: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort

I don't really understand why virtually all of the stock paddles for 2nd valves are so large. I THINK it's an attempt to provide a larger "one size fits all" area that's more usable by more players, but it's a dreadful solution to that. To my mind, you want a smaller paddle (or none at all, and rath...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Embouchure and Drugs
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Embouchure and Drugs

Another good reason to be seeing an ophthalmologist in advanced age. I have the highest respect for opthalmologists as clinicians and scientists.
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: The (almost) ultimate position chart
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: The (almost) ultimate position chart

henrikbe wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:04 am
:shock: Nice chart! Of course, it would be even more useful if it also contained all the trigger positions.. :biggrin:
I think they're in there somewhere. Just no room to designate them explicitly. :roll: :lol:
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Embouchure and Drugs
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Embouchure and Drugs

The intent of this thread was to bring attention to a potential problem to some who might benefit from the information. But what exactly is the information? The drugs apparently being referenced act primarily as (powerful) vasodilators and were originally pursued as treatments for hypertension. Thi...
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort
Replies: 12
Views: 286

Re: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort

I have relatively small hands. For me the biggest changes were removing the finger ring under the mouthpiece receiver and putting a finger hook (actually intended for a French horn) on the other (forward) side of the brace. Then altering the second valve lever so I could adjust it and lengthen/short...
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort
Replies: 12
Views: 286

Re: Edwards/ Getzen 2nd Valve Comfort

I continue to be astonished that so many people try to adapt their bodies to the instrument rather than to adapt the instrument to their bodies -- particularly in the cases of things like better hand support or lever position where minor modifications can make such a big difference in playing comfor...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 466

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

I know too many people who went to Conservatory and wound up doing something else to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. I had a good friend in high school who played 1st trombone and was a superb performer (while I was playing saxophone and being very mediocre). He was also, ev...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Kanstul
Replies: 57
Views: 2488

Re: Kanstul

Yeah. The people around here (even the very highly skilled ones) who have tried that have either ended up working for some company (like Tuba Exchange) in one relationship or other, or working out of their homes. Otherwise, I've seen brass repair/custom shops come and go for the past 30 years. Kanst...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Loose leadpipe
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Loose leadpipe

But yeah, the benefits are that it's not wobbly at all and still comes out if you want it to . But the downsides are that you no longer have the original threads. That's what I was wondering about. A number of people just file the threads off if they don't care about ever using them again. Another ...
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Kanstul
Replies: 57
Views: 2488

Re: Kanstul

I guess I was thinking along the lines of their forming their own small company for brass repair/custom work. But that would require some degree of capitalization and probably something of a leap of faith.
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Loose leadpipe
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Loose leadpipe

Trying to visualize that solution (which sounds like a good and more permanent one). Is this ring ABOVE the threads -- so you could still use the threads on other horns, for example? Or does it make the threads non-functional?
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Loose leadpipe
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Loose leadpipe

Teflon plumber's tape -- one (or so) turns just under the ring. Everyone uses it.
by ghmerrill
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Kanstul
Replies: 57
Views: 2488

Re: Kanstul

I'm more curious as to what's going to happen to their custom/repair shop (or rather, the people in it).
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Straight and Cup Mutes
Replies: 14
Views: 472

Re: Straight and Cup Mutes

I've had to put some holes in most of my mutes to get them to sound right and let certain notes speak. I have a Windy City symphonic mute, but I don't particularly like it. Again, it's too heavy. My symphonic mute is now the DW 5509 bass trombone straight mute https://www.amazon.com/Denis-Wick-DW550...
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: American Trombone Workshop 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Re: American Trombone Workshop 2019

https://www.rtsrestaurant.net/ Nothing I could say would truly do this place justice. And I'm only telling you about it because I won't be going to the conference and so don't need to discourage crowds from forming at RT's. It's about 4-5 miles away from Ft. Myer. When we went to the Tuba/Euph confe...
by ghmerrill
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Straight and Cup Mutes
Replies: 14
Views: 472

Re: Straight and Cup Mutes

I have a stone-lined cup mute for the bass, but it's just too heavy for me. But I think I got the larger (199) model rather than the smaller (171). So you need to take care with that selection.
by ghmerrill
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Straight and Cup Mutes
Replies: 14
Views: 472

Re: Straight and Cup Mutes

I have Wick straight/cup mute for my bass trombone and like it a lot. As a cup mute, it's great. As a straight mute ... well ... I think it's okay as a sort of emergency straight mute or if I have to play maybe 3 not very critical notes with it, etc. I also have a Wick straight mute that I like a lo...
by ghmerrill
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Embouchure and Drugs
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Embouchure and Drugs

CharlieB wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:05 pm
Some data indicate ...
What data?
by ghmerrill
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Placing cleaning rod in case?
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Placing cleaning rod in case?

I think that storing ANYTHING (except maybe an extra pair of socks) in the bell is a terrible idea -- but that doesn't seem to be a universal attitude.
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1903

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

My experience -- as a practical matter rather than a theoretical "can it be dissolved" matter -- is that you can WIPE any excess off a surface to the point that you can't tell there's any on it. Even in the case of a valve, this doesn't seem to leave any residue to inhibit motion. Then lubricate as ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1903

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

I think the "acid bath" part is a little overstated ( :horror: ), especially in the case of rotary valves; and I'm not sure how well acid would actually work on it. But this is a good warning for any silicone grease: that it will "migrate" to your valves (assuming you have valves in whatever instrum...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Placing cleaning rod in case?
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Placing cleaning rod in case?

Does no one make a multi-section screw-together rod for this purpose? Surely a rifle-cleaning rod of the appropriate caliber (say 5-7mm-ish) would work? You'd just need to be sure it was multi-section, sturdy (stainles steel or good brass -- not aluminum) and long enough, or modifiable by shortening...
by ghmerrill
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Music Stand Placement
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: Music Stand Placement

My optometrist and ophthalmologist recommended "arm's length". So if you go with that, it depends on how long your arms are. I think for me it was 24"-26". But I no longer have that problem or the glasses. :good:
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Placing cleaning rod in case?
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Placing cleaning rod in case?

Well, I for one, don't ever put my cleaning rod in my case. That really simplifies the problem for me.
by ghmerrill
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bending a nickel silver paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Bending a nickel silver paddle

Eric is definitely right about this. But if you have't done it before, there's still a significant risk of messing up the rod pivot tube or the pivot base (don't ask me how I know). If you manage to twist off the pivot tube from the rod, then you're really screwed (and waiting for a new part to arri...
by ghmerrill
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Other Site
Replies: 69
Views: 6568

Re: The Other Site

A defensive tackle for the NE Patriots. How he got into this discussion is something of a mystery.
by ghmerrill
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Today in Alto-Trombone-Shaped-Objects from China
Replies: 32
Views: 1271

Re: Today in Alto-Trombone-Shaped-Objects from China

However I've never understood the attitude of not investing in improvements because "it would more than double my investment." I think there's a (somewhat "natural" or "intuitive"?) feeling that investing in improvments on a "cheap" instrument is like the proverbial attempt to make a silk purse out...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: SKB straight tenor case
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: SKB straight tenor case

I wouldn't (and don't) keep my mouthpieces for any of my instruments in anything other than highly protective mouthpiece cases/pouches. And I definitely don't keep them in the instrument compartment of any case. It doesn't take much -- if a case is accidentally jarred or dropped -- for a mouthpiece ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Being an informed shopper
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Being an informed shopper

If you want a real laugh, look some time at the instrument descriptions on shopgoodwill.com. These err on both sides: some are overly inflated descriptions of old student models, and some are lame descriptions of very high quality "vintage" instruments. I don't think I've seen a "bass trombone" on t...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1903

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

I thought it was a lifetime's supply too. It's turning out not to be, and it's getting near the point where I need to get some more. In part that's because I use it for a variety of other things besides my brass instruments. Also, since I get the 5.3 oz tubes, that's why I was mentioning the price: ...
by ghmerrill
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1903

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

DOW HIGH VACUUM GREASE. This is what I use on all my horns, but it's a bit pricey for a tube. You can get similar silicone grease in small plastic containers sold as "faucet" or "plumber's" grease in the Lowes or HD plumbing section (typically either where all the faucet parts are or with the solde...
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Developing mental focus
Replies: 46
Views: 924

Re: Developing mental focus

I know, thank you. I keep saying these advices, but it is easier for a camel to forge an eye of a needle than for an adult to concentrate on anything for more than 24 minutes. Unless you meditate under a gentle waterfall, of course. Now I can't get the image of a camel forging an eye of a needle un...
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Gold plating sources
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: Gold plating sources

Bruce is right -- at least to the degree that I never had a mouthpiece plated by Schilke, but rather bought already-plated mouthpieces. I have no knowledge of who did the plating. Just assumed that Shilke had done it in house.
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Olds Ambassador opinions
Replies: 57
Views: 1483

Re: Olds Ambassador opinions

I wonder if it's really more a matter of unfamiliarity with the process and a reluctance to get involved with learning what forms are necessary and how to make them out. The few times I've sent stuff out of the US, it was trouble free. Of course, that may depend on where you're sending it to. But I'...
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Developing mental focus
Replies: 46
Views: 924

Re: Developing mental focus

Produce in your mind the product you wish to create, then allow the body to go about producing it. Seems indistinguishable from Prof. Hill's (or perhaps more accurately, Meridith Wilson's) "think system" -- which has been around for over 60 years. Here's a citation of that precedent from a professi...
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Gold plating sources
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: Gold plating sources

I used Gold Chops a couple of times in the (fairly distant) past for a couple of tuba mouthpieces and at the time I was pretty happy with them. The initial result seemed great, but it didn't stand up to longer term wear and was nowhere near the quality (meaning, I think, thickness of the gold layer)...
by ghmerrill
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Developing mental focus
Replies: 46
Views: 924

Re: Developing mental focus

If you go out into the mountains and train hard over the course of a 5 minute montage, especially if you have a shot of you meditating under a waterfall, apparently you will gain all kinds of abilities. I'm pretty sure this approach has been discredited. I also heard about one where you go into a c...

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