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by SirJohn
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"
Replies: 49
Views: 7372

Re: Is there anything worse than "Christian Rock?"

Christian rock is constrained by two things in order to be commercially viable (yes, like everything else it does come down to money) 1. Maintaining mainstream accessibility 2. easy reproduction by church groups Producers of Christian rock tend to be much less risk averse than even mainstream produc...
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: Found: Protec Pro PAC for only $79?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 746

Re: Found: Protec Pro PAC for only $79?!?

Looked it up and it is flagged as a scam site from various sources.
by SirJohn
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bach 42B Valve Replacement?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Bach 42B Valve Replacement?

Thanks for the info
by SirJohn
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bach 42B Valve Replacement?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Bach 42B Valve Replacement?

The valve on my son's Corp Bach 42B has gotten a little wonky with age. It still works fine, albeit a bit noisy, but his instructor has said it will need to be replaced at some point or it may be better to eventually sell and replace with another corp bach 42. I see that instrument innovations sells...
by SirJohn
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Edwards Bullet Brace vs Ax Handle
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Edwards Bullet Brace vs Ax Handle

Is there much difference between the bullet brace and the instrument innovations ax handle? It seems they are the same basic design concept and would distribute weight into the hand more or less the same but I thought I would ask to see who has had experience with either one. Need a brace/grip for m...
by SirJohn
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 76
Views: 9676

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

What do you call a pair of bananas trying to play a tuba?

Tuba-nanas (two bananas)
by SirJohn
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 76
Views: 9676

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

What do you call a timpani that goes through a shredder?

Kettle chips.
by SirJohn
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Borrowed horn
Replies: 12
Views: 1343

Re: Borrowed horn

Might be related to the guy who has one of my bass guitars.
by SirJohn
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thinking about purchasing a straight horn?
Replies: 12
Views: 1085

Re: Thinking about purchasing a straight horn?

Keep the 42B. For the post-college community opportunities, the 42b will fit for just about anything except maybe lead jazz part, and I've even seen large bores F-attachments doing that, too, on the community front. A small bore straight will likely not be as useful.
by SirJohn
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Having trouble identifying this Trombone
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Re: Having trouble identifying this Trombone

No, they won't start marching until 8th grade (he's in 6th grade now). I know when I started playing trumpet many, many years ago my first horn was an older Conn (looked terrible but played great) and at the start of 9th grade I moved up to a nice new Claude Gordon Benge (back when they were making...
by SirJohn
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Having trouble identifying this Trombone
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Re: Having trouble identifying this Trombone

My response to the high school band director would be, if you want that particular one, the school should provide it. If a band director is insisting on that, I would seriously be questioning their skill as a band director. As a music educator, that kind of stuff seriously ticks me off.
by SirJohn
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Blessing trombones
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: New Blessing trombones

Made in China. The bass seems to be the same as the instrument I developed for Wessex.... quite possible as the Chinese will put any stamp on the bell of anything. I wonder if it is exactly the same ? Removable lead pipe ? Good job I was not on a percentage..... Chris Copying is the Chinese way. I ...
by SirJohn
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 3234

Re: ITF 2019

My son and I made a quick trip up on Saturday afternoon (he was at a camp through Friday night) and he had a great time trying out a bunch of horns. Loved the Shires Q's out of all the basses he tried, particularly the new thayer version. He was not impressed with any of the large bore tenors. He li...
by SirJohn
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: mouthpiece for King 606
Replies: 23
Views: 1720

Re: mouthpiece for King 606

Does his teacher or his school band program have any that he can use on a trial basis? A lot of band programs end up with a large box of orphaned mouthpieces that they then lend out to students. The 6.5al is such a common piece that someone should have one laying around for him to at least try for a...
by SirJohn
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ugh... the search continues. Matching with a King 3B
Replies: 55
Views: 7084

Re: Ugh... the search continues. Matching with a King 3B

My son digs the Conn 3 on a King 3b. He also has a Yamaha 48, a 6.5al, and, a 5GS, but the Conn 3 suited him best for that horn. Not the best for the low end, but then he seldom plays down there when using the 3b. He liked the 5GS on it too. On the whole mouthpiece fitting the horn and the player su...
by SirJohn
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 3832

Re: Who is Sousa?

Electric guitar has been in a prolonged sales slump for a while. Acoustic guitar made up some of the difference due to the neo folk popularity (which is beginning to show signs of fading), but definitely the trend to all sampling has hurt the traditional rock/pop instruments. Modern hip-hop and R&B ...
by SirJohn
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 77297

Re: What we're doing

My son got a bass trombone feature at the band camp jazz concert tonight.
by SirJohn
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Denis Wick Rims
Replies: 15
Views: 1928

Re: Denis Wick Rims

You could always give an old Conn 3 a try as another alternative. Sort of like a Bach 6 3/4c with a slightly more open throat. Usually they are pretty cheap to try.
by SirJohn
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Your favorite bass bone hand brace?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

Re: Your favorite bass bone hand brace?

Great product. My friend got one and he really digs it. I like it more than the Bullet Brace. If anything is wrong with the Ax brace or if it doesn't fit your horn the Olsens will work with you to either do a refund or make a brace that fits your horn! They're absolutely fantastic to work with! I h...
by SirJohn
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Your favorite bass bone hand brace?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

Re: Your favorite bass bone hand brace?

Has anyone tried the Instrument Innovations Ax Handle? My son wants a grip for his bass, but he wants a real grip rather than a strap style.
by SirJohn
Mon May 27, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Dealing with frustration to not being able to practice open at home
Replies: 19
Views: 3095

Re: Dealing with frustration to not being able to practice open at home

When I was in music school (which was forever since I went through and got my doctorate, too) I generally had to be at the school a minimum of five days of the week, if not every single day, so I just made sure I allotted adequate practice time during the day each and every day I was at school (even...
by SirJohn
Mon May 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Repertoire for small community orchestra and low brass
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Repertoire for small community orchestra and low brass

A lot of the rep for smaller orchestras is sans trombone so it's definitely tricky. One way to get around it is micing the string section for just a bit of sound reinforcement and then just play the regular repertoire.
by SirJohn
Tue May 21, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out

Anyone else have experiences like this one:
http://www.bloomingtonsymphony.com/news/2122/

My son was playing for it and I was working backstage. I was one of the ones holding cell phones and distributing gaffers tape.
by SirJohn
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: FS: A bunch of tenor cases!
Replies: 45
Views: 27266

Re: FS: A bunch of tenor cases!

What style is the protec and does it still have the backpack straps?
by SirJohn
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Interesting old Trombone
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Re: Interesting old Trombone

Good info. Figured someone here would be able to identify it and that my original feeling was correct. I was scratching my head on it as it didn't look like any Conn, Bach, King, Olds, etc that I have seen.
by SirJohn
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Interesting old Trombone
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Interesting old Trombone

Saw this listing on ebay when browsing. Anyone want to take a stab of what it is a stencil of: https://www.ebay.com/itm/GOOD-PLAYING-19th-Century-trombone-leather-case-mp-VIDEO-341/283382416186?hash=item41fae8833a:g:rsEAAOSw8MJbtN1s#viTabs_0 My first reaction on seeing the title was pretty skeptical...
by SirJohn
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece review website, amazing!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1882

Re: Mouthpiece review website, amazing!!!

It is a shill website set up solely to make money from Amazon's click referral program. I've seen sites like this for a wide variety of instruments and other products. Some of them are fully bot generated I am sure but even those that aren't, it's just someone with no expertise putting it together i...
by SirJohn
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who makes a rim like Laskey 59MD?
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: Who makes a rim like Laskey 59MD?

They have some old stock they are selling for discount per their facebook. You could e-mail and see if they have any 62D left
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Laskey-Comp ... e_internal
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by SirJohn
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn Tenor Trombones
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Re: Conn Tenor Trombones

The filter function on the site just doesn't work right. If you filter by just tenor instead of Bb/F tenor, they are there or don't select any filter and just scroll through everything until you get to them.
by SirJohn
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Blessing trombones
Replies: 11
Views: 2203

Re: Blessing trombones

Blessing ceased manufacturing at Elkhart several years ago. However, it seems like there is still old stock of BTB-88 floating around that was Elkhart made from what I can tell. I am not entirely sure that they make the BTB-88 model in the chinese factories or not. It's possible if you buy one, that...
by SirJohn
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Solo and ensemble
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Solo and ensemble

Is there a repertoire list for Solo and Ensemble? Many states have them. Your Band Director will know where to look for it. What have you played so far? Can you play the Saint-Saens Cavatine? Barat Andante and Allegro? Guilmant Morceau Symphonique? Pryor Blue Bells of Scotland? The solos in the bac...
by SirJohn
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB Bass Trombone
Replies: 1
Views: 473

Re: WTB Bass Trombone

Very rare to see a two valve name brand horn drop that low unless it needs serious work. I kept an eye out for one myself in that price range for about 6 months and the only things that popped up were Olds S23 and S24, which really weren't what we were looking for. In that range you are looking at g...
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass mouthpiece for occasional doubler
Replies: 12
Views: 1660

Re: Bass mouthpiece for occasional doubler

FWIW, my son felt the Yamaha 58 played and felt the most like a tenor mouthpiece (he plays 5G on a Bach 42 and a Conn 3 on King 3B usually) of the five bass mouthpieces he has tried. (Yamaha 58 and 59, Getzen 1.5G, Schilke 59, Bach 1.5GM). YMMV. Yamaha compares it to Bach 2G, but I believe it is a t...
by SirJohn
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

Well, Bach5G surprised us with not just the Getzen 1.5G, but also a Yamaha 59. After a couple days of giving all the mouthpieces a shakedown, my son decided to go with the Yamaha 59 out of everything to work with for the time being. A few observations. Yamaha is right to compare the 59 to the 1.5G i...
by SirJohn
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Shires 1XD
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Shires 1XD

I am far from an expert and am not a player myself but did do a bit of research on Shires mouthpieces. Shires mouthpieces are made by Pickett Brass. Pickett is well regarded. While they may be inspired by particular mouthpieces, it would probably be safe to say they are sort of their own unique piec...
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Question re Curry mp
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Question re Curry mp

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by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Question re Curry mp
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Question re Curry mp

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by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Question re Curry mp
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Question re Curry mp

Left to Right: Faxx 5G, Curry 5G, CKB/King 5G. The Curry does not get played because it needs to be replated.
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by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Question re Curry mp
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Question re Curry mp

I've never handled a stork or a megatone, but I do have access to a Curry 5G. I can say that it is definitely a much heavier mouthpiece than a standard 5G so is probably more similar than different. I can't tell you much more than that. I might be able to take some comparison shots with a Faxx 5G.
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

Thanks. I can cross that one off then.
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

Thanks for the heads up on the Marc. I'll have to keep an eye out to see if a used one pops up sometime. One more I am curious about is the Yamaha 59. Yamaha says it is closest to a 1.5G, but then they say the rim is thin. Can anyone comment on that? Is it actually a thinner rim than a 1.5G or is it...
by SirJohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

Shires 2G is a fine mouthpiece. But why not take Bach5G up on his generous offer of a free Getzen 1½G? Should be a good mouthpiece, as already noted, and Bach5G is one of the most honorable TromboneChat members. Your son seems like a busy overachiever - let him stick with the 1½G and the Yamaha 58L...
by SirJohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

He just turned 16. He doesn't have the money to buy himself and message boards are uncool these days I guess. i just get a few items and have him try and compare them and I try to encourage him to do try different things whenever we get somewhere that allows it. Not much locally to try out surprisin...
by SirJohn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

Bach5G wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:50 pm
You’re welcome to a Getzen 1 1/2G if you’re interested. Free.
That would be awesome. Thanks.
So I think the list so far is the Wick 2AL and the Getzen 1.5. Has anyone tried a Shires 2G?
Oh and Rath B2 provided i can get a used one cheap enough.
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

yes, used. Definitely want this to be low cost. If we could trade out the Schilke 59 for something else it would be ideal and if we had to go new that is about the price range we would limit to. Thinking about putting a WTT posting out on classifieds but wanted to at least have an idea of what to as...
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

That may be a possibility depending on price. Anyone with any experience with the Wick 1AL heavytop? Also curious about the Conn version of the 1.5G vs the Bach. I assume they threw these in as the standard stock mouthpiece in new horns.
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Bass trombone mouthpiece in 1.5-2 range?

At long last, we got a bass trombone for my son. Found a deal to good to pass up on a Yamaha 613g in mint condition.Looking for additional mouthpiece options in the 1.5-2.0 range. The horn came with a Yamaha 58 and Schilke 59. He likes the Yamaha 58 a lot, but it is a mouthpiece that plays brighter ...
by SirJohn
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b (and others) history
Replies: 19
Views: 3629

Re: King 3b (and others) history

So anyone know why it seems some 70s Kings have the ropey engraving and some don't. Was it just certain years that had ropey in the 70s?
by SirJohn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Anyone recognize this work?
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Anyone recognize this work?

Happened to stumble across this on ebay. Curious if anyone here has any clue on who did the work. What is the logic at play to mod the valve section over stock in this way? What effect do you think this mod has?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bach-50BLG-Pro ... 3476525480
by SirJohn
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Son got into a new community band
Replies: 5
Views: 2040

Re: Son got into a new community band

Just got the repertoire for the first concert for it. They are planning a recording this year as well Cityscape (Boerma) Quiet City (Copland/Hunsberger) – Edmund Cord, trumpet & Kathleen Carter Bell, English horn Chicago Tribune March (Chambers) – Dr. Rodney Dorsey, conductor Sanctuary (Ticheli) Met...

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