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by sirisobhakya
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle question, water key cork change
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Idle question, water key cork change

I changed those of many Yamahas and Bachs in place. I don't know if any one of them are glued or not; they may have been glued in the past, but the adhesive gave way long ago. I just used a thin stick to scrape all the remaining bits off.
by sirisobhakya
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which is better for a fun purchase
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: Which is better for a fun purchase

Thank you everyone for the ideas and suggestions! My real goal is to have a horn that is "unique" and "rare", because, as some may have seen I mentioned, I am an occasional instructor at my former school. Therefore I have almost free access to euphoniums and marching baritones, although only when I ...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which is better for a fun purchase
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Which is better for a fun purchase

I am planning to buy another horn "for fun" when I receive my tax refund next year. The majority of it is going to saving, and I plan t use no more than around $1000. so I can afford only at most Wessex. Secondhand horn from auction sites is out of question in my country since there are so few float...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 5QB2O?
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Bach 5QB2O?

The finish of the bell and valve tubing in the after-cleaning pictures looks already good enough for me. And if the valves don't stuck, or too stuffy for your liking, or if you don't dislike the valves in general, maybe valve replacement is not necessary. Personally I would get the slide working at ...
by sirisobhakya
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player

51D is not a bass mouthpiece at all. It is not even a large mouthpiece for tenor. I agree that the embouchure for tuba and for bass trombone is so different you have to relearn. From my experience I have to use a new embouchure entirely. So in my opinion, tuba player does not have to use a big bass ...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why Eb? Why F?
Replies: 31
Views: 1029

Re: Why Eb? Why F?

harrisonreed wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:54 pm
Or spend a ridiculous amount of money for a Bartok valve german tenor.
I would like to have one if I had the money. As a mechanical engineer I like linkages and complicated things...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YSL-823G - Lightweight Large-Bore Tenor?
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Yamaha YSL-823G - Lightweight Large-Bore Tenor?

A promotional ideo from Yamaha popped up in my Facebook page yesterday, and I got curious. It was about the new YSL-823G, a collaboration project with Nakagawa Eijiro that will go on sale on 25 September. I thought, based on my background knowledge of Mr.Nakagawa, that it would be a medium-bore teno...
by sirisobhakya
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 828

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Thank you everyone for the great advices! Update today: I adjusted the holding position and used my left arm to cradle the horn instead of using my left hand to grab the valve branch. The result was quite dramatic, and I can now find a good mouthpiece placement on my lips. About the mouthpiece/sound...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 828

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Thank you Gary. About the mouthpiece, I also tried using 48 or even 42 (on a Yamaha 321S). Maybe it is mainly due to the sound concept in my head after all. Do you really have no grease problem? Maybe different wrap? All euphoniums my band has have the main tuning slide on the player side, exactly a...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 828

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Thank you Bruce. I just realize I hold the horn at the valve branch when I wear a long sleeve shirt by instinct to avoid staining the sleeve with valve slides. Not comfortable at all. Maybe I have to wrap a rag around the entire instrument... How do people deal with it in bow-and-tie concert? Come t...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 828

Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

As an (unofficial and occasional) instructor of my former school band, and since the band has no active euphonium staff, I now have to help look after euphonium students as well. I also like to play instruments other than trombone sometimes, so it is not that I don't want to do it. I am familiar wit...
by sirisobhakya
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 184
Views: 7042

Re: Db bass trombone!

So if the Bb bass trombone is called the tenorbass then I guess this is the altobass? In theory, sure, although I've never heard a bass called a tenorbass before. Yamaha calls several models tenor basses, but they are bigger than tenors in some way. Japan uses German nomenclature with many things, ...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Mouthpiece Selection
Replies: 10
Views: 730

Re: An Advised Persons Guide To The Science of Mouthpiece Selection

As we say in german : i understand railway station. Sie verstehen nur Bahnhof? Welche Bahnhof? Tiergarten oder Hauptbahnhof? The joke aside, interesting article for those who knows physics, including me, although I am bad at waves and other wave-related topics. But to be honest it does not help muc...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

Of course individuals should have their own piece and not share even with school equipment. Things like cold sores are with you for life if you catch the virus. In my country, even a mouthpiece is quite an expensive luxury considering the salary base. I make $1000 a month, comparing to around $2300...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: So many trombones
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: So many trombones

Wow pretty high prices on used trombones if I get that right: http://www.shimokura-gakki.com/english/used_wind_instruments.html 3900 usd for a used Shires... American and European horns always have high resale price in Japan. I have seen a Shires tenorbass with Thayer at JPY300,000 on Yahoo Auction...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

Thank you everyone, and special thanks to Bruce. I have never considered Faxx mouthpiece before; I thought it is more expensive than Yamaha... WWBW ships to Thailand, apparently free of shipping charge. And the price seems highly attractive. I shall talk with the band director again tomorrow. Maybe ...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

My former school band will have new members soon (grade 6 students), and yesterday I helped my former band director and underclassmen test and sort the “vacant” horns. Trombone does quite well: 10 out of 12 vacant horns are above 70% playability, comparing to horn’s 0% (all six vacant horns broke do...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: One Year Update - Conn 88H
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: One Year Update - Conn 88H

Congratulations! Both to you and your son.
by sirisobhakya
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Introductions!
Replies: 11
Views: 375

Re: Introductions!

Nice to meet you, Janice! My name is Chaichan. I am from Thailand, but lived in Germany for one year as an exchange student during high school and 5.5 years in Japan. I start playing in grade 6, joined my school's concert band. I chose trombone because I saw the animation 101 Dalmatians, saw Roger R...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha V valve
Replies: 12
Views: 629

Re: Yamaha V valve

Who knows, perhaps there is a high demand of V valves in Japan. I doubt that. During 5 1/2 years in Japan I have seen many bands, student to serious semi-professional, but have yet to see the V-valve live. Yamaha also mostly promotes the 882, 882O, and 882OR these days. Maybe in other areas it is a...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Eastman Experience
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: An Eastman Experience

There is more resistance down the trigger register and I could not pop the low C and lower notes out with ease, but maybe that is also due to the mouthpiece. Leadpipe swap may also help. If you usually play on a Yeo replica and were now pushing air through this horn with something like a 3G, I'd ce...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: An Eastman Experience
Replies: 2
Views: 315

An Eastman Experience

Yesterday I went to a school band competition, and without my prior knowledge, there were many horn shops opening promotion booths there with an opportunity to test play, which is quite rare for a non-band country like mine. I love comparing horns, so I jumped at the chance. There were Bach 36B, 42B...
by sirisobhakya
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha V valve
Replies: 12
Views: 629

Re: Yamaha V valve

The valve rotates around its longitudinal axis. There is two “open” ports at, say, 3 O’clock position of the casing, and other two at around 12 O’clock position for the F side. Both open and F side have “kinks” at the valve, although not as tight as in a rotor, but in turn it consumes space for the ...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trigger happy
Replies: 16
Views: 505

Re: Trigger happy

Please also post the picture of your hand while holding the horn (grip). The grip is as important as, if not more important than, trigger design. No matter how well-designed the trigger and linkage are, if you don’t hold it the “right” way you are going to feel pain. And the “right” way can vary bet...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rotary Valve Kaiser Baritone
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: Rotary Valve Kaiser Baritone

I don't mean to hijack the thread, but since it is already about oval rotary baritone... Have anyone had any experience with Wessex Kaiser Baritone (ER120)? I think it is the copy of either Mirafone or Cerveny. I am interested since it is at half a price of those European makes, but haven't heard mu...
by sirisobhakya
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 42BO for a school band?
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Bach 42BO for a school band?

This may be a trivial question, but how suitable do you think Bach 42BO would be for a school band, where accident is prone and also the space is quite tight? And I know this issue has been discussed many times, but how much different there is between the sound of 42B and 42BO? Some background: my f...
by sirisobhakya
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Scott Laskey has passed
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Scott Laskey has passed

Rest in peace.
by sirisobhakya
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Size Advice for New Player
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Mouthpiece Size Advice for New Player

Warning: You will probably get LOTS of other opinions form other TromboneChat members, many differing from mine - and several who will suggest you buy some other mouthpiece they like! Not from me. I agree that the 48 (and the 6 1/2 AL) is one of the most versatile mouthpiece out there. My bandmate ...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: “You sound like you”?
Replies: 4
Views: 308

“You sound like you”?

Many times I have seen remarks “You sound like you”, or something along those lines. I kind of agree; everyone has a sound concept he/she is after and will work or tends to work towards that concept. On the other hand, I recorded myself playing with Yamaha Yeo Signature and Bach 3G, with the same ho...
by sirisobhakya
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Why No Silver Plate?
Replies: 50
Views: 1746

Re: Why No Silver Plate?

I think it more or less boils down to aesthetic and tradition at this point. Cornets and all other British brass band instrument have traditionally been silver-plated so they are still silver-plated. Trumpets is often silver-plated in orchestra to go with the cornet, maybe? And also the tradition of...
by sirisobhakya
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Why No Silver Plate?
Replies: 50
Views: 1746

Re: Why No Silver Plate?

This is my wild guess, but I think maybe it has something to do with the point of contact. Come to think of it, trombone have an additional point of direct contact at the gooseneck-player’s neck, instead of only mostly at the valves. And to be honest, having a patch of tarnished bare brass exposed t...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz trombone advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1184

Re: Jazz trombone advice?

Have you tried putting a shallower mouthpiece, preferably with smaller throat? The Schilke (or Yamaha) 51B or 48B should make the sound brighter and more penetrating, at least to some degree.
by sirisobhakya
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx

If you are sure that there aren’t anything BADLY wrong with the 800 series, grab it. The normal price for secondhand 800 series in good shape (in Japan though), even for the cheapest 820G, is around $800.
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Replies: 7
Views: 676

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

I love my YBL-830 bass because it has the sound I want: a good balance between darkness and brilliance, and between gentleness and rudeness, all at my disposal.

The most important: I can say it saved me from suicide. How can I not love it?
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1362

Re: Mouthpiece suggestions

Is there any evidence to suggest switching rims a lot would make me worse at my primary? If your chops is already well developed (e.g. you know what your lips are doing, and I believe you do know), changing rims back and forth is usually no problem. I use Yamaha Douglas Yeo for my bass, Bach 3G as ...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1230

Re: What`s your "GO TO" Brand ?

Yamaha. I trust their slide and assembly quality. Plus the 830 has the sound quality I want.
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 184
Views: 7042

Re: Db bass trombone!

Im sure im turning someones world upside down with this idea, but im slowly starting to realize bass trombones are a long list of compromises, and nothing is ideal. For example. Why is it the first valve is normally actuated with the thumb? Because players usually come from f attachment tenors, and...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 50H / YSL 882 / JSL 636
Replies: 25
Views: 986

Re: Conn 50H / YSL 882 / JSL 636

My budget is around 500 Euro's (580 - 600 USD) Looking for a small bore (with F att.) Please be aware that I'm living in the netherlands. Shipping is not so much an issue, but custom-clearance could add a lot of $$$ to the total price. Suggestions are welcome. I was thinking: Benge 175F King 3BF Co...
by sirisobhakya
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1604

How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

I have a chance to be an (occasional) assistant instructor (as an alumni) for trombone section of my former school. The band director, who is also my former teacher, has a great breathing and blowing concept, achieving a very large sound with clear core and good projection. The problem is the way he...
by sirisobhakya
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bell repair = deadening sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Bell repair = deadening sound?

Some of my underclassmen (who play much more frequently than I) mentioned this. I also noticed that a Bach 50B3 whose bell has been heavily hammered (it had creases and dents like the surface of the moon) sounds “more dead” (strong fundamental and sparse upper harmonics) than my YBL-830 and also a 5...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Yamaha Trombone Mods ???
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Yamaha Trombone Mods ???

I also have a YBL-830. I think it is already a balanced horn in its own way. I have tried non-permanent non-invasive modifications in the past, such as light valve caps and gold brass tuning slide (both from YBL-822G), and I came back to the original. I love the look of the lightweight cap though. Y...
by sirisobhakya
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Best Trombone/Music Scores Shops Japan?
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Best Trombone/Music Scores Shops Japan?

You can visit Yamaha store for mouthpieces. They sell everything, not only their pieces. Parts of Yamaha trombone can also be ordered from the store as well. I have no experience in ordering parts of other makes, but Yamaha should also be able to do that for you as well. Secondhand trombone is a bit...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on two basses
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Thoughts on two basses

If you don't need double trigger, there is also a Yamaha YBL-421. I think it is true that Yamaha make their student models sturdier (and heavier) than their pro models, but missing 1 rotor and tubings, and no tuning slide cross brace should make it lighter than the YBL-620G. It plays light, too. I t...
by sirisobhakya
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on two basses
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Thoughts on two basses

I have no experience with the YBL-620G, but I have the YBL-612, which is the previous model from the same lineage. It weighs (by feeling, not by measurement) around the same as my YBL-830. So I would expect the -620G, with 9.5-inch bell instead of 10 to be substantially lighter.
by sirisobhakya
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: What’s your favorite trombone case?
Replies: 27
Views: 2747

Re: What’s your favorite trombone case?

I am using a trombone case made by DAC, Japan. The design is sleek, it has backpack-style strap, and it is quite durable as well; I involuntarily tested it many times by riding bicycle under low rail overpass and the bell section slammed against the bridge girder. Two downsides are: 1. The accessory...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 152
Views: 7145

Re: What we're doing

I just finished my last concert with a community band here (Higashihiroshima Wind Ensemble) on Sunday. It was a part of the larger annual music festival in my city. There were many bands and group performing everywhere for a period of 2 weeks, mostly on weekend. The finale concert on Sunday had band...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Fitting Neotech grip to a double trigger bass trombone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1113

Re: Fitting Neotech grip to a double trigger bass trombone?

Thank you for the replies! The problem is the plastic part, but the finger paddle is indeed quite near the cork barrel. I may have a tech modify it when I have time. (It is comfortably usable, but with an altered hand position.)
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Fitting Neotech grip to a double trigger bass trombone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1113

Fitting Neotech grip to a double trigger bass trombone?

I recently bought a secondhand bass trombone (YBL-612) from an auction site and donated it to my former school. I also bought a secondhand Neotech grip to fit with it, because the bass trombonist at this time is a grade-10 girl and she is not that muscular (her current horn is an unbelievably-badly-...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YSL 646
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Yamaha YSL 646

The 800 series was developed with not Japan players but international players in mind if I correctly understood. Yamaha calls it the Xeno series. - 882: Peter Moore - 882O: Peter Sullivan - 882OR or 882OR 20th anniversary: David Finlayson (not sure for this model) Same thing for the bass series. Co...
by sirisobhakya
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YSL 646
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Yamaha YSL 646

446 and 646 have the same configuration (the same goes for 445/645, 447/647, 448/648). The difference is in the construction. 600 Series uses more nickel silver (nearly all the places that are made of nickel silver on a Bach or a Conn are made of nickel silver on the 600 Series, except slide oversle...

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