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by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 2066

Re: Old guy rant

Not sure it's wise to get into this flame-laden topic, but it is 30 below here in Calgary today, so maybe the heat will be welcome! There are actually some good arguments on both sides here, but I think that when we're talking about offering employment, the contractor gets to set the method of conta...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ordering from Greg Black
Replies: 45
Views: 1977

Re: Ordering from Greg Black

I should probably just leave this thread alone, and let it die out, but I just feel that I should take a second to defend Greg a bit. I've had some great service from him over the years, and have also had a couple of orders where I waited longer than I wished, and had trouble getting in touch with h...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?
Replies: 19
Views: 767

Re: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?

The 321 wrap (looks like 72H) does pull to E tuning, while the 421 doesn't. Our Bass Trombonist here has a 321 (red bell) that he uses for some lighter music. He has found the E tuning to be useful for pieces that have a rare low B in them. Also, the slide is a bit longer on the 321, like it is on t...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ordering from Greg Black
Replies: 45
Views: 1977

Re: Ordering from Greg Black

Greg's mouthpieces are very good - his customer service sometimes is not. Decide what's more important to you. The advice to try one of the stores that carries his mouthpieces is a good way to go, and seeing if he has it in stock is also not bad advice.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass as best
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Bass as best

We use Bass Trombone for most of those single trombone works. Tenor trombone for things like Pulcinella, Ravel - Piano Concerto, etc. Generally, I think that Bass Trombone is better when the part is more "bass line" oriented. It's hard to decide entirely on the range of the part, because there are l...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 2066

Re: Old guy rant

I had a couple of my (university) students who were not checking emails and missed lessons that had been re-scheduled. I rather loudly explained to them that -"they want to be trombone players - if you can't check your messages, you'll miss BOTH of the gigs you get called for that year."

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Good Alto with Flexible Trigger Design
Replies: 23
Views: 1290

Re: WTB: Good Alto with Flexible Trigger Design

The alto purists look down on the 36H but I really like mine. :good: The Conn 36H has a nice blow, and user friendly pitch. At the recent Tchaikovsky Competition (Trombone division) - all but one of the finalists were playing Conn 36H's. The B flat attachment to me is good for extra trill possibili...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Arrows in Cherry excerpts
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Arrows in Cherry excerpts

Alto positions written in - I can relate. Some of us of a "certain age" started using altos later in our careers. Learning that horn "on the job" provides challenges. I still sometimes write a reminder when there are a couple of tricky intervals, or a non-intuitive spelling like E or B sharp.
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 45
Views: 1680

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

Some people adjust to a different rim easier than others. Some great players like Doug Yeo and Joe Alessi prefer to keep the same rim all or most of the time, while many others use a different rim on each horn. I prefer to keep the same rim on alto, small tenor and large tenor/euphonium and "suck it...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Arrows in Cherry excerpts
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Arrows in Cherry excerpts

Sorry, a quick follow up. We were just playing a New Year's Viennese concert. The Von Suppe - Light Calvalry Overture starts with a brass fanfare where the 1st trombone plays a series of C sharps in the first entrance. It starts as an A major chord so I marked the entrance with a downward arrow to r...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Arrows in Cherry excerpts
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Arrows in Cherry excerpts

If it is a tonic that has an upward arrow, then either it is either a reminder to go back to status quo, or it is to match a colleague who is playing the note higher than the trombonist was expecting. I will tell you that the Vancouver Symphony has had a history of great trombone sections - Gordon C...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Arrows in Cherry excerpts
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Arrows in Cherry excerpts

My personal parts look much like that - it indicates that the note is a major 3rd or dominant 7th of a chord, and should be played a bit low to sound in tune. Often I'll also have an arrow pointing up to remind me that a note that was just played low for this purpose is now the root or fifth of the ...
by CalgaryTbone
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which alto trombone
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Which alto trombone

On his first solo CD, he lists a Sterling Silver Glassl as his alto. That appears to be what he's playing on that video. Nice playing from the group, by the way. Thanks for sharing the clip!

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 45
Views: 1680

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

:good: :good:
GBP wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:15 am
Is it possible there is more than one “right way”?
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Corp. New York 22 mouthpiece
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Bach Corp. New York 22 mouthpiece

I have a friend here in Calgary - a terrific jazz trumpeter who also plays bass trumpet (really well). He was looking for a new mouthpiece for his bass trpt., and I suggested the 22C based on the Bach catalog. He loves it, but he's coming from trumpet to double. I think anything in that size range i...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Christmas CDs
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: Christmas CDs

OK -the tree is up and decorated, so the CD's came out tonight: (* for favorites - others still worthwhile) Trombones Under the Tree* (some of the best trombone playing you'll ever hear, w/good arrangements too) The Hollywood Trombones* Spiritual to the Bone - Christmas Edition Carols from the Bells...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sauer screw bell
Replies: 20
Views: 1432

Re: Sauer screw bell

Ralph played a detachable 8H/88H setup for most of his career, playing the attachment side when he needed it. The Shires can also be converted to a straight set-up. Also, straight .547's are not getting the same use nowadays since F attachment horns are almost universally played in that bore size. I...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best symphony orchestra straight mutes
Replies: 22
Views: 996

Re: Best symphony orchestra straight mutes

StoneLine tenor mutes don't like A or Ab on yhe bottom of the staff. My Wick straight doesn't like D below the staff, but I rarely need to play that in tenor parts. For wood, check out Peter Gane. I have a Facet that I like, but they seem to have not caught on and the went down. The Stoneline mutes...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: is this an Edwards alto?
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: is this an Edwards alto?

I play an Edwards alto - this could be one, but if it is, a previous owner has modified the connections from the neckpiece to the bell, and the left-hand grip area of the slide looks to be a bit different. Like someone else said, there is a brace that is missing (from a stock Edwards). That also loo...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Stocking wear / Conn-itis
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Stocking wear / Conn-itis

I've heard that Ron Partch, the great Toronto based repair guru sometimes unsolders the inner tubes and turns them about 180 degrees before reattaching them and realigning the slide. The slide wear on old Conns usually happens on the top of the inner tubes since the weight of the outer slide when yo...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What's so great about Schilke 51D?
Replies: 22
Views: 2841

Re: What's so great about Schilke 51D?

Despite the number 51 common between both of them, the 51 is typically larger than the factory specs and the 51D is smaller than the factory specs. True enough. And the Schilke 51B bears no relation to either the 51 or the 51D! Hard to decipher Schilke's numbering system - especially the 51 "family...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Pagliacci Road Map
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Pagliacci Road Map

Different productions may put cuts into an opera in various places, while others play the complete work. Pagliacci isn't a long opera - unless someone official can supply you with any cuts that this production is using, you're better off learning it all. Better for next time, where there may not be ...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brams #2 Counting rests
Replies: 13
Views: 742

Re: Brams #2 Counting rests

Playing the Brahms #2 and counting rests is beating me up. There are only 200 notes in a 45 minute piece. I have written in cues. I am ready to take a mechanical click counter with me, but all the rests are smaller chucks. Then there is the random off time strings. Please help with your counting tr...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?

OK - just went to their website: T47 - slide with tenor crook TW47 - slide with wide crook TB47 - slide with bass crook Like Gabe said, the bores I referred to are actually inner slide bores, so the crooks are the bore of the appropriate outer slide, whatever that difference is. So the first slide c...
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?

I believe that the TB47 has a .562 bore crook (like Bach 42's), and the TW47 has a .547 bore crook with the same width. Shires also offers another model slide with a .547 bore, but with the narrow width of a Conn. Some people prefer the width of a Bach style slide, but still prefer the .547 crook (e...
by CalgaryTbone
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jay Friedman TR 156 screw bell
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Jay Friedman TR 156 screw bell

I remember trying a few of those horns when they came out, and being impressed by them. I found that the screw bell version played better (to my ears) than the regular bell. Also, if I remember correctly, the slide was dual bore, but the bottom slide wasn't .562 - it was slightly smaller than that (...
by CalgaryTbone
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Silver Sonic for orch?
Replies: 27
Views: 1308

Re: Silver Sonic for orch?

I'm pretty sure that the San Diego Symphony section are all using sterling silver Conns. The Bass chair is open, so who knows if they'll continue after they hire the new player. Also, there are a few people out there with sterling altos (Mark Lawrence on a Glassel comes to mind). The King sterling b...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Replating
Replies: 12
Views: 1127

Re: Mouthpiece Replating

Plus one for Stork. They just gold=plated a mouthpiece for me. Looks and feels great. Turnaround ws quick and the price was reasonable. Highly recommended!

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)
Replies: 97
Views: 6022

Re: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)

Hi - Not a bass trombonist here, but I'm pretty sure that in an interview that I read w/Jim Markey, he said that he switched to a Schilke 60 for his Bass work when he decided that he wanted to take the NYP Bass audition. In the same article, he said that his early work on the Bass was played on a cu...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Unlacquering a Silversonic
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Unlacquering a Silversonic

I stripped the lacquer off of a sterling 3B that I wanted to sell. In that case, the lacquer that was missing from the bell had come off in large strips - I think a previous owner had cleaned the horn in hot water. The effect was that when you looked at the bell, it was kind of like looking at a map...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Pickett 5
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Pickett 5

Just a quick bump for this - again, just a shot in the dark to see if someone has one of these in decent shape that they'd like to part with. Shoot me a PM if you have one to sell.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Pickett 5
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Pickett 5

Hi All - I have a student who had his mouthpiece stolen this summer (somebody grabbed a bag out of his case). He was playing a Pickett 5 (large shank - regular(heavy) weight). I figured that I would put it out here to see if anyone has one of those that they want to sell. I know that many of us have...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: Reunion Blues tenor travel case
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: FS: Reunion Blues tenor travel case

Thanks - the seller has been in touch, and it is the bag with the slide holder that goes inside the bag that holds the bell section. Not what I'm looking for.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: Reunion Blues tenor travel case
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: FS: Reunion Blues tenor travel case

Is this a 2-piece gig bag with the slide container that detaches from the case for the bell, or is it a one-piece gig bag? Also, if it's the latter, is it the kind that has a separate area that zips up for the slide, or does the slide holder go inside the bag with the bell section? If this is the "f...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Express?
Replies: 19
Views: 2074

Re: Mouthpiece Express?

I just got a mouthpiece back from Stork's today, freshly gold plated. They did a great job at a very good price. Turnaround was about a month, including shipping to Canada, and that was just after they returned from a vacation, so they probably had some other orders waiting for them. I will definite...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg Black Mouthpiece Co.
Replies: 22
Views: 1676

Re: Greg Black Mouthpiece Co.

Being busy is no excuse for poor communication. There are other mouthpiece makers, making world class products, out there who are terribly busy that bother to answer an email or phone call. Those other manufacturers don't make Greg Black mouthpieces, and if what you're looking for is specifically o...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Edwards B-leadpipes
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: WTB: Edwards B-leadpipes

Sorry - I didn't notice the "B" in the title. I guess that means Bass Trombone. Sorry for adding confusion - duh!

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Edwards B-leadpipes
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: WTB: Edwards B-leadpipes

I have a Brassark Mt. Vernon 42 copy in seamed copper that I'm not using. PM me if you're interested.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wessex F Contra
Replies: 13
Views: 990

Re: Wessex F Contra

Our Bass Trombonist here has one and is quite happy with it for his uses. I've played a few notes on it, but am not qualified to offer an opinion. I was quite surprised at how easily it spoke for me as a tenor player who rarely even plays a bass. Send me an email or PM with your email address, and I...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Famous bass trombonists with 1 valve
Replies: 64
Views: 4936

Re: Famous bass trombonists with 1 valve

I'm not aware of Don Knaub teaching at Ithaca, but perhaps he did briefly? I have a couple of old Eastman Brass Quintet recordings, and I know that he's playing the tenor part on a 72H (or similar, based on the album pictures). 2bobones had the personnel correct.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Increasing lung capacity
Replies: 19
Views: 1198

Re: Increasing lung capacity

This is just semantics - your actual lung capacity is pre-determined by your body size, particularly height. Your usable lung capacity (what you can call upon when you play) is affected by fitness or illness, and things like doing breathing exercises, or practicing on an instrument that needs more a...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTS: Rath L4 B.B. Trombone Mouthpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 907

Re: WTS: Rath L4 B.B. Bass Trombone Mouthpiece

The Rath 4BB is the Brett Baker model - a 4 rim with a slightly shallower cup. It would be similar to a 4G/5G from Black, or a Wick 4BL.

Jim Scott
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Best intro book for alto bone?
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Best intro book for alto bone?

Want another challenge? Try playing Eb horn parts on the alto. Is Eb alto horn music the same as reading alto sax parts? Pretend it's bass clef and add 3 flats? To play E flat auto horn, or sax parts on the alto trombone, you should play the music like tenor clef on the tenor trombone -then add 2 f...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Large bore straight tenor
Replies: 23
Views: 1701

Re: Large bore straight tenor

I played an early 50's 8H for much of my career. When I was in school, it was still very common that at least the Principal player in an orchestra played on a straight .547 tenor. In the late 70's/early 80's Ed Herman in NYP - 8H, Jay Friedman in CSO - Holton (his model), Glenn Dodson in PO - Bach 4...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Reunion Blues Accessory Pouch
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Reunion Blues Accessory Pouch

I just went to the Hickeys site - they are still there in the "Trombone Accessaries Misc."" area. They are listed as Cronkite parts, not RB, so that might be the hangup. The small bag is $14 and the larger one is $18. Go straight to the Trombone products page, and I believe that this link was the th...
by CalgaryTbone
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Reunion Blues Accessory Pouch
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Reunion Blues Accessory Pouch

Hickeys carries a couple of different sizes of accessory bags on their site. I picked up one of each, and they are good quality. I can't remember whether they were old Cronkite stock, or from another manufacturer. The bigger one has more padding, and the smaller one fits inside the accessory compart...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Pro Alto
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: Good Pro Alto

Plus one for the 34H - I owned one for a while, and liked it very much. When I bought it, I was at Dillons and my search came down to it and a 36H. Everyone there that I asked to listen chose the 34H. The 36H was also a very good horn, with a bit more depth in the low range, but the 34H "sang" in th...
by CalgaryTbone
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Best intro book for alto bone?
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Best intro book for alto bone?

I like the method book(s) - I think there are 2 volumes - by Stephen Anderson. They start of with short etudes, in the mid-range of the instrument, with a mix of Arban-like material and short lyrical tunes. They progress into more advanced material. He also writes in a transposed (E flat) bass clef,...
by CalgaryTbone
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Dennis wick synthetic mute
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: Dennis wick synthetic mute

Not sure about the fit in a small horn. It won't match well with metal mutes - it is both softer in volume and in tone quality. Symphony players like mutes like this for very soft passages. They are also lightweight, so they can be a good choice if you've been experiencing some strain in your left h...
by CalgaryTbone
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Dennis wick synthetic mute
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: Dennis wick synthetic mute

I'm assuming that you mean the fibre mute (black cardboard-like material?). I picked one up from a Sam Ash store when I was visiting my Mom, and forgot my practice mute for playing in the seniors condo where she lives. It plays well - a softer sound and volume than a metal mute. Good for some passag...

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