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by brtnats
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: History of the Greenhoe
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: History of the Greenhoe

Shires did have some relationship to Gary but it's fairly complicated memory serving. Matt Walker is a member here and has corrected quite a few misconceptions surrounding the horns over time. I believe some of them here but mostly on the previous forum for which the posts are not backed up which i...
by brtnats
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: History of the Greenhoe
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: History of the Greenhoe

My memory is not 100% on this. I also own some Greenhoe tech, but I have never played a Greenhoe valve, so I need some corroboration. -Gary was the second trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony, and the valve/horns/parts business came along in the late 90s or early 2000s. -He initially began by sellin...
by brtnats
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

I’ve had to practice the range above F at the top of the treble cleff. My guess is that since I haven’t played above that range on trombone, my muscles and aperture just aren’t used to it. I got up to a high C (concert Bb) after a few weeks, and it gets stronger the more I practice it.
by brtnats
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

@Matt: I was referring to the neck clearance of the player using a tenor slide crook instead of a bass crook.
by brtnats
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Embouchure and Drugs
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Embouchure and Drugs

I’m assuming you’re trying to play trombone and “play trombone” at the same time...
by brtnats
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 421

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

I’m an elementary school music teacher with a PhD in musicology. So weird things do happen. I love my day job, but I took it knowing that I’m not going to make as much money as other private-sector ventures I could do. Teaching is not a hard profession AFTER you’ve built the content-area skills, cla...
by brtnats
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

I played a 36 with a Hagmann. Played really well. Was not too narrow. Nice! I knew I couldn't have been the first to have thought of a 36 with a Hagmann. Do you remember if it was a customization? (Side note: Bach didn't make a 36A did they?) It was a custom job with standard parts. Eric Edwards di...
by brtnats
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

I played a 36 with a Hagmann. Played really well. Was not too narrow.

IF you’re an absolute giant of a player, you’ll have trouble. But you’d probably have trouble with with a 36B or an 88H anyway.
by brtnats
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is a medium bore right for me?
Replies: 24
Views: 863

Re: Is a medium bore right for me?

To the OP, I was in that boat for a long time. I was playing mostly bass, and I kept a Bach 36C for everything tenor-related, on the notation that I would occasionally need a big horn and occasionally need a small horn, so a medium split the difference. I was never happy with that setup, and when I ...
by brtnats
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

Here’s some audio of me playing at a church gig about 2 weeks after I got the mp. Tone and ease get better each week.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ahz0fEqyKJaigdI2jyj8XbYT2UGCyg
by brtnats
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

If they offer a return policy, now that I know how they play, I’d pay full price for one. You’ll know in about a day if it’s going to work for you or not.
by brtnats
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

kingtempo504 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:56 pm
Gonna be buying one from chasons tomorrow. I use a 47 yamaha right now. So I think I'll go with the 11c rim. I think that 6 will be too big..
The Wycliffe hybrid that I got has the 11C rim. I can’t imagine getting up to high C with the 6.5 rim...
by brtnats
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Today in Alto-Trombone-Shaped-Objects from China
Replies: 32
Views: 1245

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

I concur with Doug, and I’d also caution Paul that every single criticism he levied against Chinese-made horns were made against Yamaha (Japanese-made). Skip forward 20 years and Yamaha makes amazing horns that are consistent enough that now people complain they’re “too bland” and “don’t have enough...
by brtnats
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

Facebook trombone mouthpiece group!
by brtnats
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

kingtempo504 wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:48 am
Thinking about buying one very soon. Did yours take a really long time to ship??

Got it used, so I don’t know.
by brtnats
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

Gonna resurrect an older topic, just to give an update. I’ve been playing this setup about 3 months and it’s been all positives for me. The ranges up to high C have been getting easier, and it’s getting easier to focus the sound from really wide (almost like a flugel) to a bright trumpet. I’ve playe...
by brtnats
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Switching Mouthpiece & Leadpipe
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Switching Mouthpiece & Leadpipe

I do occasionally. On my horn, the 2 included leadpipes respond really differently. If I’m playing a more legit gig under a trumpet player, I’ve put in a more open leadpipe to help diffuse the sound. On the opposite end, playing an acoustic set with a guitar and sax, I put in the open pipe and used ...
by brtnats
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: Alto mouthpiece
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: WTB: Alto mouthpiece

If you’re US, I’ll send you a 15CL for the cost of shipping. Great alto mp, but I got out of the alto business.
by brtnats
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha F-Attachment Trombones: 448, 548, 620 ???
Replies: 20
Views: 700

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

I’m with you, man. I’ve got 3 Yamaha trombones, 4 recorders, and a trumpet. I see nothing wrong being brand-loyal to a brand that’s never treated me poorly. I keep a 448G in my classroom as the doesn’t-travel trombone. I use it anywhere I need a large-bore with F. It plays the same as a 620 for less...
by brtnats
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1886

Re: 500 vs 508 bore

I don't want to resurrect a dead topic, but my 3B feels more "legit" than any .500 I've played. I can play the same kind of articulations I do on a .547 and they aren't complete overkill like they would be on a smaller horn. That's definitely not good for everything! For what I do, it's perfect. 10...
by brtnats
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone shops in the Cincinnati area?
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Trombone shops in the Cincinnati area?

BEST bet? Brass Exchange in St. Louis. I’m in Louisville like the above poster.
by brtnats
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YBL-822G Xeno Model Bass Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: YBL-822G Xeno Model Bass Trombone

A pretty good copy of a 50BG.Yeo had them build it pretty resistant to balance out his mouthpiece, so they feel more playable than the average horn with a large piece. Not great with smaller things. I remember you saying something similar on TTF in a thread talking about Holton leadpipes. I wouldn’...
by brtnats
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YBL-822G Xeno Model Bass Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: YBL-822G Xeno Model Bass Trombone

I really like mine. It’s my primary horn. I play it about 90% as a double and the rest as a single. I use a Greenhoe bar on mine, so weight isn’t a problem. It’s sensative to mp changes, so I don’t agree with the perception that you’re locked into 1 sound ( wry different on a Yamaha 59 vs a Yeo). I ...
by brtnats
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Karl Bass Trombone for only 600 GBP? ($761 USD)
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: Karl Bass Trombone for only 600 GBP? ($761 USD)

It’s fine, with qualifications. The instrument is a Chinese-made stencil of a Yamaha 613. I played one for many years as a double before switching to bass as my primary instrument. I would NOT want to use it as my primary instrument. I bought mine used for $500, and donated it a band director friend...
by brtnats
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Straight versus f-attachment
Replies: 62
Views: 2393

Re: Straight versus f-attachment

When I downsized to 2 horns last year, a major question I wanted to answer was what kind of tenor trombone did I actually NEED, and could I align my NEEDS with my WANTS. This is just my perspective, so keep in mind I’m a dedicated amateur who plays a lot, but my career isn’t on the line if I show up...
by brtnats
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Upper range on medium/large bore vs small bore
Replies: 21
Views: 1111

Re: Upper range on medium/large bore vs small bore

I think Alan Kaplan is right, and that for every face and set of lungs, there’s an ideal level of compression (the blow to resistance ratio) that lets your play optimally. With fully modular horns, you can experiment with components to find that level. Interchangeable lead pipes are a step below ful...
by brtnats
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 500 vs 508 bore
Replies: 26
Views: 1886

Re: 500 vs 508 bore

I play an 891Z (.508) in all situations that call for a tenor. I moved to it from an Elkhart 12H (.484) when I consolidated down to 2 horns (which was a GREAT idea, btw). I think all .508 horns on the market today are ultimately descended from 3B lineage, and that a .508 horn also comes with a set o...
by brtnats
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Single Valve Bass Trombone for Primary Instrument
Replies: 84
Views: 3866

Re: Single Valve Bass Trombone for Primary Instrument

I play a Yamaha 822G in a community band, and as an all-around gigging bass trombone. I’ve done stints in big bands, quintets, Dixieland band, and pit orchestras with it too. I think the most important option for a gigging bass trombonist is flexibility, and I’m glad to have found it in the 822G. I ...
by brtnats
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small bore suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 2226

Re: Small bore suggestions

I play with both pipes, but choose for very specific reasons. The NY pipe has better focus and ease of playing/thickness of sound in all dynamics. I use it for 90% of stuff, amplified and unamped. I use the LA pipe when I’m playing with larger horns. It diffuses the sound, and changes the direction ...
by brtnats
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on trombone and cornet
Replies: 15
Views: 813

Re: Doubling on trombone and cornet

Do it. I play trumpet for church gigs with a Chasons hybrid moth piece, and I can immediately switch from tenor trombone to trumpet. Trumpet playing helps focus my high range and fine tune my air and soft machine. Those skills have really helped my trombone playing.
by brtnats
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small bore suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 2226

Re: Small bore suggestions

[/quote] I must admit I play with a Kanstul H8 leadpipe. Maybe it’s not the most appropriate for me actually: I have to get my hands back on the Wycliffe Gordon one. I didn’t keep it at home, to force me not to switch too often and concentrate on one gear at the moment. [/quote] Maybe worth a look. ...
by brtnats
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small bore suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 2226

Re: Small bore suggestions

Maybe barking up the wrong tree, but have you tried other leadpipes with the Z? Even with the stock pipes, I find mine has a pretty large tonal range. I play commercial and reggae/ska with it.
by brtnats
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto trombone JP236 vs jinbao
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: alto trombone JP236 vs jinbao

harrisonreed wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:44 am
Well, new advice -- no alto. Wait until Toby Oft tells him what to get.
This, x5000.

You can buy 1 alto trombone and use it your entire life if you shop intelligently, or you can buy an “entry level” that will hold you back. Let Mr. Oft advise.
by brtnats
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto trombone JP236 vs jinbao
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: alto trombone JP236 vs jinbao

Unpopular answer: 18, not attending a conservatory yet, is too young for an alto trombone. His playing will completely change in the next few years. If he needs to use an alto, they’ll have one for him to use. Any purchase you make now will likely be irrelevant to his playing in 2 years. Have you ta...
by brtnats
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Why no love for the Lindberg Mouthpieces?
Replies: 27
Views: 3283

Re: Why no love for the Lindberg Mouthpieces?

There’s not a nice way to say this via text, so please understand I mean no disrespect. What exactly are you trying for? You’re playing an unusually-keyed trombone with a fringe mouthpiece, and talking about taking the fringe into another fringe (AR Cusrom designs). I understand trying something for...
by brtnats
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: SOLD. Cronkite XL Cordura Double Bag SOLD
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Cronkite XL Cordura Double Bag

Send me some pics. May be interested, but I have some questions.
by brtnats
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Chasons Praise

I knew in about 15 minutes it would work for me. The sound was off to my ears, so I recorded In a bunch of spaces. All the recordings were fine. Same with pitch. It “felt” flat too, but the tuner and the piano didn’t agree with that feeling. After a few days of warming up and down across all thee ho...
by brtnats
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Chasons Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Chasons Praise

I split my time between a .508 and a bass. Through some eBay maneuvers, I came across a soprano trombone and a Chasons-Wycliffe crossover. I really don’t like the soprano sound, but liked the crossover. So, I snagged a trumpet and have been playing it using the crossover for a few weeks. For me, it ...
by brtnats
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What bass would you mail-order if you couldn't try first?
Replies: 34
Views: 3061

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

I bought my 822G and 891Z sight unseen based on recommendations and Yamaha’s reputation for consistency. I haven’t regretted it once.
by brtnats
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

I’ve recently added buzzing to the daily maintenance repertoire. I’m having some focus issues on bass, and buzzing an exercise, playing, and repeating a few times really helps me focus my attention on the aperture and corners of my face.

Matt
by brtnats
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz trombone advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1720

Re: Jazz trombone advice?

Ha! We need to be asking him how much $$$ he wants to spend. That's what's going to narrow down the search.

Matt
by brtnats
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.

I love my 891Z. I'd play it all day, every day, if I had half the chance. It's big, it's small, it's bright, it's dark and smoky. I've never played a better small horn, and it makes me want to practice. Ditto everything with my 822G bass. It plays so well for a dependent horn that I'm (almost) not t...
by brtnats
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF/Paul the Trombonist
Replies: 9
Views: 2041

Re: ITF/Paul the Trombonist

I will say that his interviews with famous players have been an enormous resource, and that anybody that does that much work still needs to eat and pay rent.
by brtnats
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx

Are you sure it’s a 456G? That horn has a small shank, dual bore at .500/.525, F attachment, and an 8” bell. It’s marketed as an intermediate, but it’s a really nice trombone. The 8820 is a large-bore tenor with an F attachment and an 8.66” bell. Xeno is one of their pro lines (Custom Z is the other...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore

imsevimse wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:27 pm
brtnats wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:05 am
I haven't tried the 3530R, but I did play a 356R for a few months last summer, which is the same horn without an F attachment.
My Yamaha 356R has a valve.

/Tom
You’re absolutely correct; that was supposed to read “same horn with an F attachment.” iPad apparently autocorrected.
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: MEK
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: MEK

Bruce, I totally agree, but I'm also wondering if market saturation hasn't changed the dynamic a bit. Just looking through the classifieds here, there are dozens of mouthpieces for sale with no real value beyond about $15. I know I've got several of those myself. I'm wondering if a MEK mark II could...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: MEK
Replies: 5
Views: 517

MEK

Anybody here remember the MEK (Mouthpiece Experimentation Kit)? I see classified ads all the time selling mouthpieces for pennies on the dollar, and I always think about the MEK. Does anybody out there have some spares they'd be willing to donate to start a new MEK? I've got a few I'd contribute. Or...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?
Replies: 43
Views: 4703

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

For newly approaching the craft? Andy Martin. It's easy to listen to, easily approachable, and you can watch videos of him playing to help with the transcriptions.
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Solo Tenor-Trombone Pieces for Conservatory Auditions
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: Solo Tenor-Trombone Pieces for Conservatory Auditions

You're totally overthinking it. Play something that shows you have good time, good intonation, good precision, and good legato. You're better off 100% of the time by playing something easier that highlights your strengths instead of something harder that underscores your deficiencies. That's a lesso...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore

I haven't tried the 3530R, but I did play a 356R for a few months last summer, which is the same horn without an F attachment. There are some differences between the 356R and 356G (really that whole series) that I think ended up making the 356G heavier and a little more dull. I really liked the 356R...

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