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by RJMason
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach Mt Vernon Model 26
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Bach Mt Vernon Model 26

I owned a Bach New York Model 30 for a time. Beautiful horn. Sold it because the specs were too unique and less versatile. Also was in mint condition and was too afraid to tour with it. .514/.525 dual bore gold brass slide. Gold brass bell, 8 inch, but bass trombone gauge so tenor mutes fell out of ...
by RJMason
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Wiseman cases?
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Wiseman cases?

Wiseman cases are very nice and well built. I went to their place in the suburbs of London a few years ago. Loved all the cases, carbon fiber was so light. Probably the lightest case I’ve ever tested. The wood and leather ones are so classy though. I wanted Mr. Wiseman go look into a screw bell trom...
by RJMason
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Curtis Fuller gear
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Curtis Fuller gear

I read Michael Dease decided to put down the sax and play trombone at the end of high school because of Curtis Fuller’s solo on blue train. He got into Juilliard a year later—Definitely a strong connection!
by RJMason
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible

Appreciate the offer, but since the MB case is the only one I own that properly fits this horn, I can’t separate them unless someone buys the horn first (which I’m open too!)
by RJMason
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible

Terry does incredible work and is another legend in the world of NYC Brass Repair! Many thanks to you for pointing this out! I may hold onto this instrument—just used it on a session yesterday and worked perfectly for recording stacks of trombone parts from low trigger C to high Db...all ranges can ...
by RJMason
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?

I like the set back bell. It may not matter as much to the audience but I tend to prefer the sound I hear from my Bach’s and Williams...maybe because they are closer to my ears!
by RJMason
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Selmer Bolero
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: FS: Selmer Bolero

Pics
by RJMason
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Selmer Bolero
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: FS: Selmer Bolero

Still available. Offers welcome!
by RJMason
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible

Still available. Offers welcome! Also looking for an affordable Bb tuba again, in case you have one to trade.
by RJMason
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Rath R2 with f attachment.
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Re: FS: Rath R2 with f attachment.

Still available. Offers welcome! Also looking for an affordable Bb tuba again, in case you have one to trade.
by RJMason
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Rath R2 with f attachment.
Replies: 3
Views: 632

FS: Rath R2 with f attachment.

Selling a custom Rath R2 I bought second hand. Wonderful horn but I’m a .525 guy. 8 inch (usually 7.5) gold brass bell, satin lacquer finish. Yellow tuning slide. .510 bore Nickel silver slide. Two leadpipes, both marked “2” but one is longer so is more 2A. This modular horn comes with a Voight valv...
by RJMason
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible
Replies: 5
Views: 769

FS: Custom Conn 88H convertible

I don’t really want to sell this beauty of a horn, but I just made another horn purchase and don’t use .547 horns enough... Elkhart 8H bell section with conn counterweight made convertible (not sure who did it, but I purchased in NYC and looks a lot like BrassLab but no markings). Comes with an addi...
by RJMason
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Selmer Bolero
Replies: 2
Views: 294

FS: Selmer Bolero

Have a Selmer Bolero for sale. Later model, no tone ring. Silver plated gooseneck which is worn. No dents. Slide could use some work, but with Yamaha lube it’s an 8/10. Lush mellow sound, perfect for jazz solo work. When you give it gas it gets so loud a fellow trombone player in a section asked me ...
by RJMason
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 148
Views: 17682

Re: Lawler trombones

Hey John, Roy prefers the sound of an all yellow brass setup, with different flares (perhaps a red brass for solo work, or a bronze flare for more classical leaning work, or whatever suits you!) Many people have messed with this setup though. I really like the nickel slide with the red brass bell, i...
by RJMason
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide weight
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Slide weight

Heavier slides usually work well with lighter bells, though not too lightweight in my opinion. I prefer lighter nickel slides, but some of those conn slides with extra weight really help lock in the sound and project well. 6Hs with normal weight slides are a great example. The 2H is a little too sma...
by RJMason
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 88H Hand Slides
Replies: 24
Views: 1326

Re: Conn 88H Hand Slides

I have a Conn 8H modified. Elkhart bell, convertible, with silver plated OE Thayer, and a Gen 2 slide. I actually love the newer slide. The leadpipe taper works better for me and I love the weight, the balance is a little different, don’t need a counterweight like most Elkharts require for me. I thi...
by RJMason
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB Rath Nickel silver bell
Replies: 2
Views: 314

WTB Rath Nickel silver bell

Looking for a used 8inch (preferred) or 7.5 inch Rath Nickel silver bell that would fit a Rath R2.

Not sure if an R3 bell flare would fit on an R2, maybe someone who owns multiple Rath horns can confirm or deny this?

Thank you!
by RJMason
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Conn Bones and more for sale.
Replies: 0
Views: 437

FS: Conn Bones and more for sale.

Hey all, I am clearing out some of my trombone inventory. I am selling because I am perfectly content with my Bach 36B and my Williams, and need to finance a move from east to west coast!! Will upload pictures later today or tomorrow but wanted to put this up now. Can also email pics. Here’s some de...
by RJMason
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Earl Williams Model 10
Replies: 118
Views: 7163

Re: Earl Williams Model 10

I bought one of Drew’s Williams horns almost two years ago, a model 7. I love the instrument. I have been curious because the horn has a serial # indicating it was made by Earl, but has the Nickel slide crook characteristic of Bob’s horns. While it also has the F Attachment, it doesn’t have the “J b...
by RJMason
Wed May 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is .547 a catch-all?
Replies: 33
Views: 2104

Re: Is .547 a catch-all?

Yes, another player who uses a bass slide and plays wonderfully in their stream of performing in the world. Cool. And out of the hundreds of thousands of students in the world-who will get his job, the dream job, one day? ONE. And so they will play a .547 in a practice room and in the concert hall. ...
by RJMason
Wed May 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is .547 a catch-all?
Replies: 33
Views: 2104

Re: Is .547 a catch-all?

Fred played a 3B for most of his time with the JBs, soon after a 88H, and Yamaha (medium I think??) Greg Boyer played a large bore Amrein for a long time with Prince and Maceo parker and now plays a .508 DaCarbo. I believe Barry Rogers played a 34B for most of his work (need to verify). .547 in my o...
by RJMason
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Finding the custom horn for me
Replies: 88
Views: 5217

Re: Finding the custom horn for me

=== Hi Chris, It's not gonna happen for me either, besides, I am extremely happy with my Lawler trombones. Do you know what the protruding thing-a-ma-jigs are on the Piccola's cross braces near the bell side? ---- I think the bell is removable! ----- Makes sense. Thanks ==== Yeah, removable bell on...
by RJMason
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Finding the custom horn for me
Replies: 88
Views: 5217

Re: Finding the custom horn for me

Have fun at ITF! You can try everything and have a better idea. In college I had an R4F which I loved. But after school I realized I wasn’t doing many orchestral jobs. If you are dedicated to that path than the recommended horns everyone else has discussed would be great (Conn, Bach, Shires!, Rath!!...
by RJMason
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is a chocolate
Replies: 28
Views: 2503

Re: What is a chocolate

I have a “chocolate” 36 made in early 80s. Looked gnarly ( patina under lacquer also flaking a bit) when I bought it, looks worse now it’s been so used. But it is my old faithful horn. After trying and owning a few pre Elkhart 36s (and prototype model 30, 34s) I think the Corp. horns and a bit later...
by RJMason
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Butler Trombone Slide
Replies: 21
Views: 5249

Re: Butler Trombone Slide

I got a complete slide for my Conn 6H bell a little over 18 months ago, since the original design was based around that instrument. It’s great. Dave’s been making a lot of outers for 3Bs and has the JJ model carbon fiber .508 horn now.
by RJMason
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Brass Lab gone forever?
Replies: 45
Views: 4205

Re: Brass Lab gone forever?

Chuck is an incredible person and repairman. I used to go to his original location in Chelsea. Tuesday mornings, 7AM. Was the only time he did walk in appointments. Fixed some crazy big projects for me and always gave me affordable prices because I was a young kid still in college. The sweetest. (I ...
by RJMason
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b (and others) history
Replies: 17
Views: 2545

Re: King 3b (and others) history

Hey bro! To my knowledge, the HN white horns were made in Eastlake, the King logo as we know it today was introduced, and the company sold around 1965. So perhaps it was a bell flare made in Cleveland that made it to Eastlake (The White family was still involved at the very beginning of moving there...
by RJMason
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Butler Trombone Slide
Replies: 21
Views: 5249

Re: Butler Trombone Slide

When I acquired the slide for my Conn 6H I ended up removing the counterweight for about a year as I didn’t need it to balance out the way heavier standard factory slide. Eventually I put it back on, because I felt it gave me more stability and I play a lot of horns with F attachments so am used to ...
by RJMason
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones
Replies: 56
Views: 6967

Re: My new carbon fiber bass trombone by Butler Trombones

Professor Yeo’s words are so astute and informative. I really appreciate these posts!! I played two daCarbo trombones in NYC and I didn’t like either of them, one small bore one medium. I thought the idea was novel, but useless for my needs after that. Two years later (2017) I needed a new conn slid...
by RJMason
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New hand rest/grip
Replies: 30
Views: 11666

Re: New hand rest/grip

Would the neotech or get a grip work well on a Conn 88H modified with an O.E. Thayer valve section? I’m feeling some pain and tension in my lower hand wrist, attached to the pinky. Get a grip looks more malleable for me, but wondering if anyone has experience using these with Thayer valve horns. Tha...
by RJMason
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?
Replies: 16
Views: 4529

Re: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?

I own a carbon fiber slide for my Conn 6H When I first tried it I liked it. Then I hated it...I felt it sounded like a pBone. But to me this ended up being feedback and not what the mic or audience heard. After disliking the sound and thinking I wasted money, I used the slide on a session in LA in a...
by RJMason
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why didn't detachable trombone bells catch on?
Replies: 19
Views: 4911

Re: Why didn't detachable trombone bells catch on?

I had a bronze flare on the Lawler and it changed the sound quite a bit. The bronze was my “Easter gig” flare. I put it on and sounded so symphonic I could bring a .500 to church and sound like a light orchestral horn. An amazing switch that helped facilitate the small number of gigs that required t...
by RJMason
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why didn't detachable trombone bells catch on?
Replies: 19
Views: 4911

Re: Why didn't detachable trombone bells catch on?

The screwbell trombone is incredibly useful. I find a ring on a lighter weight bell helps enhance projection. I’ve also felt that a screw bell on a heavier bell didn’t do as much, but maybe hindered the horn a bit. For traveling it is a no brainer: The flat case is so useful for getting on smaller p...
by RJMason
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Butler Custom Slide for .547?
Replies: 9
Views: 2208

Re: Butler Custom Slide for .547?

It feels a little weird at first playing the carbon fiber slide with a trigger horn especially if the original slide is pretty heavy. But if it the bell well balanced and designed as most brands are you will get used to it and the ease and speed will be worth it.
by RJMason
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-895EN
Replies: 1
Views: 1066

YSL-895EN

Has anyone tried this Yamaha custom trombone, I believe a Japanese exclusive, designed with Eijiro Nakagawa? .508, 8 inch bell, all yellow brass...specs look nice and I’m curious. Thanks!
by RJMason
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for a King 3B with F attachment
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: Looking for a King 3B with F attachment

I have a very beautiful satin finish HN White 3B with custom BAC f attachment and modified handslide for way less than the cost of the modifications new from their shop. Send me a message if interested, good luck!
by RJMason
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Butler Trombone Slide
Replies: 21
Views: 5249

Re: Butler Trombone Slide

I own a Butler slide and it is amazing. I don’t use the horn exclusively, but for a lot of work I do playing live it is perfect. Fast, quick, and durable. Attacks really pop especially coming from a bronze Conn 6H slide. Really allows me to execute fast passages with ease. May not be for everyone or...
by RJMason
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 6115

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

I paid a few hundred more than eBay prices for my 6H. But it was formerly owned by Wayne Andre and easily one of the best sounding trombones I’ve ever played. I never really played Conn until I picked that horn up at the shop and played it for an hour. Purchased immediately. I would probably pony up...
by RJMason
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 148
Views: 17682

Re: Lawler trombones

I love Lawler trombones. I ended up selling my original one after I bought a Williams and didn’t have as many touring gigs, but may order a Model 2, bell closer to face, but lighter weight than my early Lawler horn when my next tour comes up. I have a zip up pouch I received on a flight on emirates....
by RJMason
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Martin TR4501 Urbie Green Trombone
Replies: 17
Views: 3784

Re: Martin TR4501 Urbie Green Trombone

The Urbie at Landress’ shop is great! I tried it out for a few weeks and loved using it, so easy to play and respond. Lightweight but doesn’t feel brittle and very well balanced. Ended up not pulling the trigger as I have too many horns and not enough money ;( . Might change my mind. They are really...
by RJMason
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Art baron`s equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 1012

Re: Art baron`s equipment

Art plays a Peppy made horn, the legendary repairman and horn builder for Vincent Bach in NYC/Mt Vernon era. I think it was designed with Neal DiBiase a prominent NYC trombonist who played in the NBC symphony under Toscanini and other orchestra and recording gigs a long while ago. A “PhD—Peppy H? Di...
by RJMason
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe mod to improve high register?
Replies: 6
Views: 1370

Leadpipe mod to improve high register?

I have a Williams 7 that sounds great but the high register requires a lot of effort to slot and sound good above a High C. It sounds thin and often hard to lock in and miss partials when I’m soloing or really going for it. I can pretty easily hit these extremely high notes on my 6H and 36B so I’m t...

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