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by imsevimse
Sun May 19, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Telling a Story
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Telling a Story

Study the people around. Do they look as they have a lot of stress, love, cold or anger while they are playing? I never recall have seen or noticed anything like this if it was a performance I liked. What goes on outside is certainly not something that helps the performance, it rather takes focus of...
by imsevimse
Sat May 18, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Switching between bass and small tenor
Replies: 48
Views: 1037

Re: Switching between bass and small tenor

The smallest aperture that makes the result I want is the goal (my goal) on any mouthpiece. I think a to wide aperture is a problem that push players towards larger rims. In that case going larger is not going to help. On all sizes, even bass I strive for the smallest aperture for any note in any dy...
by imsevimse
Fri May 17, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Switching between bass and small tenor
Replies: 48
Views: 1037

Re: Switching between bass and small tenor

Many great doublers recommend starting your day on the smallest horn, and working your way up to the bigger horns. Even 10 minutes at the start of your day will keep you in touch with the smaller rim, and then it won't be as hard to rediscover your form when your focus returns to the smaller horn a...
by imsevimse
Tue May 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What trombone for bass trombone part on Beethoven 9th
Replies: 20
Views: 509

Re: What trombone for bass trombone part on Beethoven 9th

I have played this several times in the past; however, I watched and listened to the Chicago Symphony's version on a You Tube. Charlie was not playing his regular 50b3; as, far as I could see on the video. There were not any close-up's of the trombone section. It looked like he might have been usin...
by imsevimse
Sun May 12, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 88h questions
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: 88h questions

If I remember correctly you should add 50 to the first two digits (38) to get the year. I know this is what Benge did and I think Conn did too. I have a Conn 6h "Victor" with a serial number where I suspect the two first digits are used the same even though there is no following space between the re...
by imsevimse
Sun May 12, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is .547 a catch-all?
Replies: 33
Views: 1148

Re: Is .547 a catch-all?

The Bach 36BO I own can cover most classical situations. It is perfect for Brass Band and Wind orchestra and the times I play in a Symphony orchestra it is an advantage to have a smaller instrument. I think I might think differently if I played in a large professional Symphony orchestra where more v...
by imsevimse
Fri May 10, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Music that influenced you as a trombonist
Replies: 14
Views: 350

Re: Music that influenced you as a trombonist

For jazz improvisation: The first I listened to was Kay Winding and his quartet. It was what inspired me for jazz trombone. Later I discovered Urbie Green, Frank Rosolini, Bill Watrous and Carl Fontana. Any music where those players are soloists inspire me. For classical trombone: The first who insp...
by imsevimse
Fri May 10, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What trombone for bass trombone part on Beethoven 9th
Replies: 20
Views: 509

Re: What trombone for bass trombone part on Beethoven 9th

I would use my 50B. I don't need a Conn 62H (two valves) for that. The Conn 88 and Bach 42 are good horns but I would prefer a bass trombone if the others use large bore horns.

/Tom
by imsevimse
Fri May 10, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: Where is the trombone today!

So... wait a minute... am I hearing this right? There are gigs in Sweden because there aren't enough trombone players? Well, my English may be bad, but I'm astonished you could draw that to conclusion. There are more trombone players of high standard in Stockholm than can be fed by jobs. You should...
by imsevimse
Tue May 07, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 756

Re: Where is the trombone today!

Even though popularity for all wind instruments over here has decreased to a level that makes it hard to build orchestras in the public music scool there are still good trombonists at the royal academy of music. What will be their future? This is a something I often question myself. Back in the 80ie...
by imsevimse
Mon May 06, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Kanstul 1670 availability
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Re: Kanstul 1670 availability

3600 is very reasonable for a single trigger bass trombone- is that what you want, a single trigger bass? And you are owing a piece of history (sad to say). I have no problem with a single trigger trust me- players today use a second valve the way a tenor players uses a single rotor. Its a crutch. ...
by imsevimse
Fri May 03, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Dropping Bombs
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Dropping Bombs

What is "dropping bombs"? I hope it is not what my wife accuse me doing sometimes? Or is it example what George Roberts do when he pick up a short low note often in the beginning of a phrase? An octave lower? Like he do here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ZdK_byB74 https://www.youtube.com/watch...
by imsevimse
Wed May 01, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Dropping Bombs
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Dropping Bombs

I would just add a word of caution. I have been a composer/arranger and band leader, professionally, for a half-a-century. If I want an anticipation in the bass-bone, I'll write it. If I don't want it, I don't write it. As a musical director, I usually (but not always) defer to the arranger. It's j...
by imsevimse
Wed May 01, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Dropping Bombs
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Dropping Bombs

I am surprised by how little people actually know about bomb drops. From what I know, it is an official term, as I once real about it in an article on the role of the bass trombone in a big band. I also heard the term come from the all-county jazz band clinician this year, so I at least assume it's...
by imsevimse
Wed May 01, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.

I think it depends on what you're using it for and how your hands are oriented. I sought out and had Eric Edwards install a Duo Gravis on my dependent tenor and I totally love it. I need to get the second lever lowered a little but otherwise it works really well for intermittent use. If I were need...
by imsevimse
Wed May 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.
Replies: 12
Views: 628

What is the best/worst trigger system for a two valved bass.

Whats the worst trigger system? From easiest to most difficult. Only factory setup. My view on different systems for using 2 valves. 1. Split triggers - Kanstul 1662, Benge 290, Olds P24G. The ultimate setup. Smooth and good and well balanced. 2. The Glanz-bar - Holton TR180. Smooth when you've lear...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1744

Re: High Ab unstable

Interesting conversation. The good thing is we don't need to calculate all those frequencies. If we have good sense of style and interpretation plus fundamental knowledge about how our instrument works we can play music with a good result without any calculations at all, as long as we also have good...
by imsevimse
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1744

Re: High Ab unstable

brassmedic wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:48 am
Ugh. Seriously, guys? This is like the worst of the trombone forum in concentrated form.
That statement could be said about anything here, and exactly why is it especially the worst in this case?

/Tom
by imsevimse
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1744

Re: High Ab unstable

The Ab in 1st is SO FLAT. I play regularly with an old professional who STILL, after 30+ years, recounts a story of an individual who played the Mozart Requiem Tuba Mirum Ab in 1st. DO NOT PLAY THE Ab IN 1ST POSITION. The difference in pitch IS noticeable and you WILL suffer consequences as a resul...
by imsevimse
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: System Blue trombones - any advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 603

Re: System Blue trombones - any advice?

The ad is enough to tell this is people who do not know much about brass instruments and do not know much about tuning. It is your ears that make it possible to play in tune. To have a bandleader pushing everybody's tuningslide a couple of millimeters is funny and on the other end a large tuningslid...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1744

Re: High Ab unstable

There are definitely some horns that don't have a really solid 7th and 8th partial. If you can acknowledge that - say you've played a horn where it is easy to play an Ab -- then it's not necessarily all the player's fault Yes, around Ab is where the partials are closer to each other. Close to that ...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?
Replies: 25
Views: 893

Re: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?

It looks like the 611 has a different mechanism to push the valves. From pictures it looks like two "arms" that meet in the middle, and you have to lift the thumb when you go from one to two valves. The 612 has side by side triggers with a roll in between like a Conn 73h or a 62h, you roll with the ...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 1744

Re: High Ab unstable

The high Ab has been discussed before as many players have difficulties with the note. I remember I too had problems with that note when at college. It used to split the tone and caused cracked articulations. At the time my highest notes were about a squeezed C. Since my emboushure settled and I sec...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?
Replies: 25
Views: 893

Re: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?

Yes the Doug Yeo mouthpiece is a good match to the 612R too, real deep with a large hole. This horn works best with this larger mouthpiece, even though I usually play smaller on bass. It may be why there is less brilliance and a lot of mass to the Sound, but this is what makes this horn has its plac...
by imsevimse
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?
Replies: 25
Views: 893

Re: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?

I have a 612R. It is a dependent bass with side by side triggers and a roll in between. The bell is 10". The R is for red brass. It comes with Bb/F/Eb setup, but you could buy a D slide as an option. It is a horn that is very easy to play. The sound is big and broad, has a lot of mass. What I lack i...
by imsevimse
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 6h
Replies: 27
Views: 6628

Re: Conn 6h

6h's are very different over the years. I have three of them. One Victor from the 90ies, one "Three Marching Men" from the 50ies and one silver plated from the 30ies with 7.5" bell. The newer were 8". They play very differently and the best is the one from the 50ies but I happen to have a King 2b sl...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Cello and vibrato

One teacher I studied with for three years - the solo trombone player at the Royal Opera house in Stockholm - said "vibrato on trombone starts immediately like a cello player" and this was when I played the Bach Cello suites. I did not question this at the time. He was the alternating solo trombone ...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Cello and vibrato

Play the piece the way you hear it in your head. If you have a recording device you can experiment with different kinds of vibrato as you learn (slow verses fast, lip-vibrato verses slide-vibrato). It can be good to be very conscious of the vibrato as you learn, but once you've learned to use it it ...
by imsevimse
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones bore size 0,525 and F/attachment
Replies: 27
Views: 1412

Re: Trombones bore size 0,525 and F/attachment

I'm not very interested in new horns because the current high prices. The best old .525 horn I have is a Bach 36BO from the early 2000. Other good old horns are the Conn 79h and the Benge 175f. The Yamaha 356R is a dual bore 500/525. The best choice for the money.

/Tom
by imsevimse
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 796

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

We have used the vocabell trombones in our Basie Band on first and second. They are .485 bore but play large. We have also used Conn 4h, 24h and Bach 6, all are .485. I do think the Vocabell was best as it was more open. Since we now also play music from Johnny Carson "The Tonight Show" band that re...
by imsevimse
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 1384

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

I like to play a horn that is easy to blend with the other horns, in orchestra a horn with more phat in bigband a more slender, if I am solo I like my Bach 45. Edward played absolutely wonderful in that record! A big beautiful sound, but for me I like a somewhat smaller sound if the tenors are play...
by imsevimse
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 1384

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

I'm a doubler and play mostly 1st, 2nd and 4th parts in a big band. The bass trombone player should choose equipment that blends with the rest of the section or equipment that makes him stand out as his own section. This is the two categories of basstrombone players I meet in jazz/pop. In some music...
by imsevimse
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Flat Alto?!?!?!
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: Flat Alto?!?!?!

You need a shallow cup. I use a Bach 12E with my Bach 39 alto and have no problem. A deep cup makes it flat. I know some use a Bach 7C or larger. It may work but where is then the alto sound. A Bach 6 1/2 AL - once considered a bass trombone mouthpiece - would not be my choice.

/Tom
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Pull to E
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: Pull to E

I try to play the part with the valve in F. I might pull to flat F to have a slight sharp C on the far end of the slide. Then all the other positions on the trigger is on the flat side, but that's not difficult to compensate. The F on first will be to flat and that's the drawback I lip down the c or...
by imsevimse
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: The Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band
Replies: 9
Views: 2887

Re: The Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band

This monday at the Olympia Theatre we had the pleasure to have monster player Håkan Björkman to sub with our Big Band. Håkan is the principal of the Swedish Radio Orchesta, a great musician and a great guy. https://m.facebook.com/hakan.bjorkman#!/story.php?story_fbid=10157058584443688&id=626228687&r...
by imsevimse
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Does anyone change mpc’s regularly?
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

Re: Does anyone change mpc’s regularly?

There are pros and cons. If you use one mouthpiece and never change you will get used to that mouthpiece. It may serve you well, but you have then less experience. If you change mouthpiece often you will get a lot of experience and might nail down to the few you really like after a while. I think I ...
by imsevimse
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Kanstul trombones rip
Replies: 19
Views: 1917

Re: Kanstul trombones rip

Kanstul goes the Olds way? Too bad. Unfortunately, they weren't in the European market really. Which is a pity. The were sold in Sweden :good: I had the opportunity to discover the Kanstul horns some ten years ago and since I have collected the models 1555, 1606, 760, 1570 and the 1662 bass. To bad...
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Soprano trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 8
Views: 465

Re: Soprano trombone mouthpiece

I've used a flugelhorn mouthpiece with my Kanstul soprano, it however does not fit my Jupiter soprano. The problem with a trumpet mouthpiece is it will sound like a trumpet, and I did not want to just sound like a bad trumpet-player. You need a deeper mouthpiece to produce a deeper sound, more tromb...
by imsevimse
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 15
Views: 1518

Re: Jazz Trombones

Add to Bruce list a Martin TR4501, Bach 6, Conn 30H and a Conn 44H and you have a list of all the best vintage lead horns.

/Tom
by imsevimse
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adjustment when doubling
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: Adjustment when doubling

As others have said practice the horns and the mouthpieces regularly to become fluent on any horn/mouthpiece. This is definitely something you get better at with practice. I started to work at this in the late 80-ies and I remember it did not work right away. The first horns I doubled was a King 3B ...
by imsevimse
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lightest small bore brass trombone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1234

Re: Lightest small bore brass trombone?

The Kanstul 1606 is very light weight if I compare to all others I have in brass, it is .500 bore.

/Tom
by imsevimse
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: George Roberts
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: George Roberts

Today I sit down a take a beer. Spring is around the corner, kids are doing well at school and are happy, wife got a new safe job in the community, I have my Conn bass trombones next to me...... And I listen this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQEG5iZD6w It can't be any better! Leif Life is good...
by imsevimse
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Amazing Danish bass trombonist!
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Amazing Danish bass trombonist!

Ive heared of him. I have one of his solo LP's where he plays the McCarty sonata and "Rock" by Alan Raph as well as barock works on old instruments. It sounds good. I also have a book he wrote about playing a brass instrument. It is in Danish but as a Swede it is possible to understand most of it. G...
by imsevimse
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Unique, cheap, vintage
Replies: 19
Views: 1340

Re: Unique, cheap, vintage

Shuman angled trombone. Rare, but generally not expensive. 1. The Schuman was my thought too. Good idea but not practical to have such a slide when space often is the problem 2. The Getzen "The Dude" is another strange horn. Ugly. (None of these two are in my collection) 3. The "Courturior Conical ...
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO
Replies: 28
Views: 3638

Re: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO

"Yamaha slide lubricant" is the one I use. On old slides and some heavy slides I might use trombotine along with water. Never lean on your slide Always use a stand for any trombone that has a valve. To rest a trigger trombone on the slide while counting rests will make a banana-shape of the slide af...
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach instruments and their consistency.
Replies: 31
Views: 1944

Re: Bach instruments and their consistency.

I have bought every Bach I have owned (maybe 15? 16?) sight unseen. Some of them have been not great, some amazing. You take the same risk, to perhaps a smaller degree, with an instrument from any manufacture. Yes, even Yamaha, or Edwards, or Shires, anything. Yes every horn bought unseen is a risk...
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach instruments and their consistency.
Replies: 31
Views: 1944

Re: Bach instruments and their consistency.

There were bad Bachs starting in about 1928, ending in 2019 or so. Every age of Bachs has bad horns and amazing ones. Some of the eras have a few more of one than the other. The company has moved many times, been under new management many times, been under strike, you name it. The only way to know ...
by imsevimse
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach instruments and their consistency.
Replies: 31
Views: 1944

Bach instruments and their consistency.

I know the New York Bachs and Mnt Vernon Bachs are well regarded but what about later Bach trombones. I know Greenhoe took Bachs apart and put them together just to remove tensions in the bell sections. I have heard of inconsistency problems with Bachs. It might be just rumours or it has some truths...
by imsevimse
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alto Trombone Chops
Replies: 22
Views: 1021

Re: Alto Trombone Chops

The Alto does not need as much volume (air) as a tenor. One of the mistakes one does in the beginning is to push to much air and play it too loud. Think "slim" rather than "fat/big". This is my experience with the Bach 39 I use for Alto parts., and it helped.

/Tom

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