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by ExZacLee
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB Martin TR4525
Replies: 4
Views: 454

Re: WTB Martin TR4525

in addition to DJ, I'd suggest calling every music store you can think of to see if they have one sitting in a storeroom gathering dust. I've seen zero of these, they weren't good sellers for whatever reason, so there may be a few hiding out in NOS land.
by ExZacLee
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jimmy Cleveland
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Jimmy Cleveland

Did it sell? I'd be interested in it if it didn't....
by ExZacLee
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Recording yourself playing as an ensemble
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Recording yourself playing as an ensemble

Audacity is a free DAW that many of my students have used in the past. Given the results they got from using it, I imagine it is intuitive enough (as far as DAWs go) and can do what you want. It is compatible with Mac and Windows and I think Linux. If you don't want to drop $200 on Logic, this may b...
by ExZacLee
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 129
Views: 7519

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

GR I did not hear until later because my interest in jazz came later. I understand why few bass trombone players sound like that today. It is because most do not want that sound. It is not the sound they think of when they blow their horn. /Tom Great post, Tom I quoted the above because I wanted to...
by ExZacLee
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: going rate for custom arrangements
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: going rate for custom arrangements

depends. I use a per bar rate for most commissions, for 6 bones and rhythm section my rate would be about $7/bar. you can find union documentation like this online that explains fee structures for various types of commissions: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Files/Rates/Songwriting/Arranging-Music...
by ExZacLee
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Identify
Replies: 15
Views: 2130

Re: King 2b Identify

how worn is the cork barrel where the serial number is? may be missing a number... are the serial numbers located in multiple places on the horn? I've seen some kings with really minimal engraving. not many - they're rare. if both inner tubes measure .491, it might be an early jiggs - i'ver heard ru...
by ExZacLee
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Value Question
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Value Question

50's 2Bs - particularly the "two-tone" ones, go on the higher end of the spectrum, very desirable vintage. 700-1200 depending on condition, more if absolutely pristine. I dropped 1K on the last one I got (in great condition other than a little slide work it needed). Assuming you have time to wait on...
by ExZacLee
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup Mute Choice for Upcoming Recording Session
Replies: 15
Views: 828

Re: Cup Mute Choice for Upcoming Recording Session

I'd say that depends on the writing. Older big band stuff where the 4th part is just a 4th part, you'd still see H&Bs. On modern writing with the bass functioning as a true bass part, or as a separate part, it's usually a bigger metal mute like the Jo-ral.
by ExZacLee
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup Mute Choice for Upcoming Recording Session
Replies: 15
Views: 828

Re: Cup Mute Choice for Upcoming Recording Session

In my experience the great majority of instances involving the writing for cup mute in jazz ensembles (i.e., big bands) the H&B type cup is usually the preferred cup. Exceptions extend to more modern writing were a small handful of arrangers will actually suggest different brands of mutes. I've indi...
by ExZacLee
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 87
Views: 12387

Re: Notation programs

I have found the playback to be not great on MuseScore, but that might be due to the ancient MacBook Pro that I am using! Notation programs aren't great for playback - some are better than others "in the box" depending on what you want, but the sounds usually aren't all the great, regardless, parti...
by ExZacLee
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 3B leadpipes?
Replies: 12
Views: 669

Re: 3B leadpipes?

I think (not sure on this anymore) that earlier 3Bs had a one piece like the 2Bs had...

I had one modified with a Herrick 8 that I really dug - fixed a lot of the stability issues in the upper range.
by ExZacLee
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach
Replies: 15
Views: 1066

Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

I use a few different resources when working with students on sight reading... all of which I use or used myself. Rochut - this was probably the first book a really worked sight reading out of. When I was in college in the '90s, my trombone professor, Dr. Kent Kidwell noticed that my reading wasn't ...
by ExZacLee
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Large bore straight tenor
Replies: 23
Views: 1482

Re: Large bore straight tenor

I have a Shires .547 with a gold brass bell and lw gold brass slide. A few years ago I wanted to sell it but the offers on it were too low so I kept it. I use it on occasion - it's a great horn and god it records well. I don't use it on Salsa gigs, but I've used on a bunch of salsa/timba in the stud...
by ExZacLee
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Large bore valve trombone/"do everything horn" project
Replies: 32
Views: 1936

Re: Large bore valve trombone/"do everything horn" project

I wish there were more people doing this kind of thing! A large bore valve bone would definitely fix a lot of the issues with small bore valve horns - and it'd be a lot easier to do the Ellington stuff right with a large valve horn on 3rd.
by ExZacLee
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: WI, where can I find work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1576

Re: WI, where can I find work?

I wear a lot of hats as a musician. One of those hats is that of "contractor" - meaning I call people for gigs on those occasions when that's my job. There are a lot of factors that go into why I might call someone for a gig, but the most important factor, the one that will determine whether I call ...
by ExZacLee
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 27
Views: 3073

Re: Jazz Trombones

I play a lot more lead now than I used to, I still prefer the solo book but the opportunities to play lead have made me think more about my equipment, and particularly what I need to make the job as easy as possible. For student horns on big band lead, I don't know that anything really surpasses the...
by ExZacLee
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

Well for starters I want to apologize to the original poster for throughly derailing this thread. And next I'll apologize to the sackbut/early trombone/posaunen fans, and particularly Basbasun and LeTrombonist for spreading such spurious information. I'll list the myriad fallacies I'd come to believ...
by ExZacLee
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

This reply is going to have to take a bit... all of my Bach, Handel and Mozart scores are in a box somewhere and I'm not sure where my Norton Anthologies are. What I remember from performing them is they were hardly taxing range or technique wise. I don't have much experience with Praetorius, and wh...
by ExZacLee
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

so, to be clear, you are in fact arguing the sackbut, regardless of era, is limited compared to the modern trombone...
by ExZacLee
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

[/quote] Well to be fair, you're the one who brought up sackbuts in the discussion saying the "orchestral tenor would be the envy of any medieval sackbutist". I avoided responding because I don't even know where to start to express how this statement is just utter nonsense, and it would quickly go o...
by ExZacLee
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Best Sounding Trombone Albums
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Best Sounding Trombone Albums

Delfeayo Marsalis is a great engineer for acoustic jazz recordings. I like to use his stuff as a reference. Sweet Thunder is outstanding https://www.allmusic.com/album/sweet-thunder-mw0002033125/credits JJ Johnson's stuff with Columbia and RCA Victor was great - JJ! (big Band album) Mickey Crofford,...
by ExZacLee
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

Traditional male bass range is two octaves - low E to E above middle C. Bass trombone easily encompasses that range, and then some, as it is designed to do. I'm a quite experienced choir tenor singer and I would say that E to E is closer to a baritone singers register. /Tom It's been awhile since I...
by ExZacLee
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments
Replies: 68
Views: 3709

Re: Trombone family compared to other families of instruments

but the current situation just seems to not fit the nomenclature of other instruments, even when historically, we had bass bones in other keys that had a different fundamental length. Nomenclature doesn't carry across all instruments equally... sometimes nomenclature fits in a more or less absolute...
by ExZacLee
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret Little Brown Jug
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: How to interpret Little Brown Jug

Some of those stock charts have a fair amount of errors in them - either due to bad editing, bad lifting, or in some cases copying from the original score not taking into account corrections and changes made either in the session or over time on the road. It's an issue not just in stock charts, but ...
by ExZacLee
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dream Trombones?
Replies: 66
Views: 4666

Re: Dream Trombones?

I just want my .508 bore shires that I traded in back. Let it go because I needed something less beastly for a gig that ended up not being worth it. I contacted the new owner once about it, he's happy with the horn and won't let it go - I can't blame him, it's a great horn. Best salsa horn ever. The...
by ExZacLee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Trombone Detritus
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Trombone Detritus

It says right there at the bottom of page 1 "Copyright © 2010 by Ben Patterson; Published by Pro Jazz Charts; All rights reserved We know it’s tempting because this chart is so awesome, but please don’t copy it."

Unless he's given you specific permission to post it, I'd take it down.
by ExZacLee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Favorite Modern Big Bands?
Replies: 43
Views: 4386

Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Oh Gosh, where do I start! Dafnis Prietos' new band is killing - there are a few bands now really getting the cuban thing down in the music, this group is - wow. Mariah Schneider Orchestra - sublime. Darcy James Argue - it's like film music for a post-apocalyptic after party. Roy Hargrove big band f...
by ExZacLee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: So, what do you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: So, what do you do?

Eva's Over the Rainbow gets me too. They played it on NPR on a Saturday when I was driving to a gig in Tulsa and I was hitching up while blazing down the interstate at 80mph. Dangerous. Lush Life - this song has so many layers to it and has been a part of me for over 20 years now... sometime's it's ...
by ExZacLee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Conn 88HO Slide Play
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Conn 88HO Slide Play

Hmmm... the first thing I would try is cleaning the slide really well to remove all traces of previous lubricant and then try an application of trombotine or ponds cold cream to see if this fixes the sound issue - the idea being that a thicker slide cream can't help with slide seal if that's the iss...
by ExZacLee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Home Trombone Studios (physical space) - give me recs!
Replies: 7
Views: 610

Re: Home Trombone Studios (physical space) - give me recs!

A garage can be a very lively place with too many reflections - play in it some with another trombone player to see how tolerable it is over a longer period of time. If it is too live, you can deaden the room somewhat with expensive soundproofing material, or you can do it on the cheap with blankets...
by ExZacLee
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Big band bass trombonists
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Big band bass trombonists

Tony Studd is on that JJ Johnson album "J.J.! (The Dynamic Sound of JJ Johnson with Big Band)" - beautiful sound. I think Paul Faulise is on the companion album "The Total J.J. Johnson" - these two albums were released as a compilation called Say When in the 80's or early 90's - great writing on the...
by ExZacLee
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Bells
Replies: 32
Views: 2418

Re: Sterling Silver Bells

The 88H sterling bells are also NOT made on a King mandrel... King no longer makes large bore horns. I mean... there are the 88HK bells which are made on the 5B mandrel but I don't know if that counts. I'd assumed as much, if memory serves correctly, the 88H bells seemed to have a more gradual flai...
by ExZacLee
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Bells
Replies: 32
Views: 2418

Re: Sterling Silver Bells

Just to disabuse you of one notion: Bach, Selmer, and Conn NEVER made sterling silver bells until King became a part of the equation at Conn-Selmer. The Sterling bells made for all those brands are created using the methods developed by King. They may vary the weight of the bells, but you're playin...
by ExZacLee
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Weed Killer
Replies: 19
Views: 1150

Re: Weed Killer

I use boiling water or vinegar applied directly to the offending plant. These are non selective methods, so don't apply to grass. I don't let round up or anything like it get near my lawn if I can help it - I also have a garden for food and herbs and I'd rather not be eating that stuff. EPA claims i...
by ExZacLee
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Cruise ship gig questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4015

Re: Cruise ship gig questions

It is nothing like enlisting in the military.
by ExZacLee
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Bells
Replies: 32
Views: 2418

Re: Sterling Silver Bells

For a while I did all of my playing on a 2B and 3BF with sterling bells. They were definitely heavier than their yellow belled counterparts. At the time my playing was mostly big band, small group, funk, salsa and cabarets/musicals. The amount of playing done in these genres is a big reason why ligh...
by ExZacLee
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 274
Views: 36206

Re: What we're doing

Tonight is the last night of a particularly hard charging week - playing with the Swunky Face Big Band at Duet in Tulsa after two nights with the Clark Gibson quintet. I've been coming back from an injury that required my laying off the horn for about two weeks (and not playing much the previous few...
by ExZacLee
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Trombone Detritus
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Trombone Detritus

Contact him! I'm sure he'd help you out. Should be a contact form on the website. We have a lot of his stuff at UCO, and had him as a guest artist with the OKCJO. I don't remember that particular chart, but I do remember having to shed his stuff particularly hard. I love his stuff.
by ExZacLee
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Rath mouthpieces?
Replies: 12
Views: 1377

Re: Rath mouthpieces?

If your buddy is selling the Rath for a decent price, get it. It should retain a fair amount of resale value if it is in good condition and you keep it that way. Look around for some other 1-2 sized mouthpieces on here, eBay, etc. Me? I got a Faxx 1.5 from horn guys a long time ago and that's the on...
by ExZacLee
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Finding Gigs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Finding Gigs?

here's a few places you can check out regularly to see what they have going on... http://www.goldcoastjazz.org/concerts-events/artists-bios-audio-videos/54-south-florida-jazz-orchestra.html http://floridabigband.com/aboutus.php https://www.wucf.org/listen/jazz-calendar/ https://heidisjazzclub.com/mu...
by ExZacLee
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Finding Gigs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Finding Gigs?

We could help a little better if we knew where you live
by ExZacLee
Sun May 26, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Electronics for sensing partial
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Electronics for sensing partial

Check out all the available information on the development of the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) - Nyle Steiner (inventor of EWI and EVI if I remember right), John Swanna and "Uncle" John Diversa (and many others) have been involved with this. Steiner's most recent build looks pretty amazing. I f...
by ExZacLee
Fri May 24, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Two Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

Re: Two Questions

I like the XO horns... if it's one of the first ones, they're a little heavy but have a nice core to the sound and good response. The newer models (last few years or so) are a bit lighter and don't hurt so much to hold for a long time. Good horns.
by ExZacLee
Fri May 24, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombone - Jazz vs Symphonic
Replies: 15
Views: 1727

Re: Bass Trombone - Jazz vs Symphonic

Think about the venue... about the approach... about the sound . Someone who does it great can do it on any piece of equipment you put in their hand, of course, but certain equipment choices make what you need better - and these choices have tradeoffs. A big broad, somewhat diffuse sound has the tra...
by ExZacLee
Thu May 23, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 2177

Re: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone

Not much to say here- folks are gonna defend their purchases. To me one thing is for sure- brass in the pacific rim is not the same as American brass and not even close to European brass. We're talking raw materials here. Tim, I haven't purchased anything by XO. I have, however, played their instru...
by ExZacLee
Mon May 20, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 2177

Re: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone

XO horns are high quality. When they first came out, the issue was their weight, not the quality of build. They had a lovely core to the sound, and if you like heavier horns, the first gen models were amazing. I like lighter horns. The second gen XOs addressed the weight issue but still have a great...
by ExZacLee
Wed May 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires consistency large to small bore.
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Shires consistency large to small bore.

Yes, unless you get one of the smaller tuning slides for the small bore, which is designed to make them respond and tune a little more "traditionally". Older small bores had huge tuning slides on them, and partials lined up similarly to the large bore. Really open and played larger than their bore s...
by ExZacLee
Fri May 10, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 2284

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? I'd move there in a heartbeat. Beautiful country, beautiful cities, it wouldn't have cost us so much to have our baby, great food, it gets a little cold but jackets are cheap... Jus...
by ExZacLee
Tue May 07, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 2284

Re: Where is the trombone today!

And again the bells are tolling for the death of the trombone... Not in the orchestras where they give weight and gravitas to what would otherwise be some boring Wagner. Not in the big bands where they are the signature of the arranger and composer (yes, these things still exist.) Not in the studio ...

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