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by dxhall
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Holton TR183 Single Bass
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: FS: Holton TR183 Single Bass

What’s your opinion on whether this would be a good first bass for a tenor player?
by dxhall
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for King Cleveland Superior Model info
Replies: 11
Views: 292

Re: Looking for King Cleveland Superior Model info

Good for you. My ‘45 2B is a joy to play. When it gets up past the first D above the staff, the notes have a sort of singing quality that my other vintage horns don’t produce. When I hear it I always think of those film clips of Dorsey casually walking up to the bandstand after the band has begun pl...
by dxhall
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for King Cleveland Superior Model info
Replies: 11
Views: 292

Re: Looking for King Cleveland Superior Model info

I’m not sure I agree with your reasoning. The purchase of a horn like a WWII King 2B isn’t an expense — it’s money put into a non producing capital asset. If the horn you buy is a desirable one, and you pay market price for it, you should be able to sell it for what you paid for it. What you need to...
by dxhall
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Bach 36G
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Bach 36G

Hmm. The street price for a new 36G is around $3k. That’s a lot of depreciation. Is the reason for the drop in price that the 36 is a “do everything adequately, but nothing well” kind of horn?
by dxhall
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Bach 36G
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Bach 36G

by dxhall
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: 1916 Conn
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: 1916 Conn

Thanks for the responses. The letters “HSP” are indeed stamped in the form of a triangle, with the “S” at the top. I thought that a “high” pitched horn of this age was pitched at A440, and a “low” pitched horn at something in the 430s. At any rate, in first position with the tuning slide all the way...
by dxhall
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: 1916 Conn
Replies: 5
Views: 281

1916 Conn

This is horn number 146581, which I think dates it to 1916. There is no model number (those didn’t start until 1919), and the only other markings on it are the letters “H S P.” I think these letters mean that it is high pitch, i.e., A440. The horn shows some signs of minor dent repair, and has a cou...
by dxhall
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Olds bass trombone
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Olds bass trombone

Any opinions on whether this horn would be a good starter bass? Here’s the ebay link (I hope):


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Circa-67-68-F- ... 1438.l2649
by dxhall
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice endurance problem
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: Practice endurance problem

Are you recommending a schedule which alternates days of multiple, short practices with days of single long practices?
by dxhall
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Rare Martin Urbie Green Lightweight Jazz Trombone- Beauty
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Rare Martin Urbie Green Lightweight Jazz Trombone- Beauty

That’s in beautiful shape. We’re all of the UG horns this understated? It seems like I’ve seen a few with some engraving, but my memory may be off.
by dxhall
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?

I am following this thread with some interest because I began playing trombone about 18 months ago, which places me in the beginner category. I’ve acquired a number of mouthpieces, and find that an Olds no. 3 seems to produce the best tone for me. When I try largess mps, I find that my upper registe...
by dxhall
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS:1947 Olds Recording
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: 1947 Olds Recording

In what sort of trades are you interested?
by dxhall
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: "Early" Conn trombones
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: "Early" Conn trombones

I have a 1916 Conn trombone. It’s silver, has a serial number, but no model number. The quality seems high, and the engraving is very nice but not extravagant. I bought it because I have been reading about 20s and 30s jazz, and wanted to see whether the horns used by jazz players like Miff Mole soun...
by dxhall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King “Silvertone” vs “Silversonic”
Replies: 2
Views: 319

King “Silvertone” vs “Silversonic”

What’s the difference between these two models? I can find nothing on the web. Are the bore sizes different?
by dxhall
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Conn 32H
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Conn 32H

Email sent.
by dxhall
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

Strangely, the red rot is on the bell, a couple inches up from the rim.
by dxhall
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

Well, this is not encouraging. I’ve been playing the horn most days and like the sound very much. It sounds a lot like my ‘46 Super but with a bigger, more complex tone. Not as bright as my old Conns, not quite as Tommy Dorsey cool as the ‘45 King. I don’t want to mess it up. It’s got a nickel-size ...
by dxhall
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

It brings up visions of double breasted suits and bathtub Packards, doesn’t it?
by dxhall
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

Not sure I’d call this one a turd.
by dxhall
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

Would buffing smooth the sharp edges of the engraving?
by dxhall
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

On the ‘46 Olds, I tried every method suggested in the posts, as well as others recommended on the web. At one point, I coated the horn in a gel-type paint remover and heated it with my heat gun. Nothing worked. I finally took the horn to a local shop. They removed the lacquer, but used some kind of...
by dxhall
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

The Olds was too nice to pass up. Lacquer pretty weak, but no dents or dings at all. Based on what’s been said here, I’m inclined to just have the lacquer stripped and try it that way.

I tried stripping a 40s Olds once and it wasn’t easy. Any recommendations on a shop to do the work?
by dxhall
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Re: Relacquer or restore

I have several 30s and 40s horns which I like the way they are. The original lacquer on my ‘45 King 2B, for example, has taken a wonderful dark color which I would never change. The horn which spurs the question is one I’m going to look at today - a’49 Olds Recording. The engraving is quite exceptio...
by dxhall
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Relacquer or restore
Replies: 38
Views: 1656

Relacquer or restore

I’d like to improve the look of one of my classic horns. It really only needs to be relacquered, but reading the BAC website makes me curious about the full-boat restoration process they offer. Does unsoldering and super cleaning the horn really improve the way it sounds? I can see where unsoldering...
by dxhall
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Harmony texts
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Harmony texts

I recently finished Dick Sudhalter’s book on early jazz. In the first part of the book, he refers to a standard text on harmony which was used in the 20s and 30s. Foolishly, I did not note the title. I now cannot find the reference in Sudhalter’s 700+ pages. Does anyone know what this text would be?
by dxhall
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 2184

Re: Who is Sousa?

I’ve seen similar claims about the death of other instruments. Remember a hit song from 1981 called “Tainted Love”? It was the first serious popular hit that used only synths, and no real musical instruments. There were many claims after that song hit the charts that “real guitar is dead,” “real dru...
by dxhall
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)

Did you have it relacquered after you buffed it, then?

I have a ‘71 Recording with an F attachment, and like it a lot. I don’t exactly need another Recording, but the engraving on this one is very tempting.
by dxhall
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)

I think that number would make it a ‘48. Olds moved their factory from Los Angeles to Fullerton in 1954.
by dxhall
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: F. S. Olds Los Angeles Recording. Great Player. $625. (Divorce Sale)

Beautiful horn. Do you know the year of manufacture? Has it been played much since the relacquer?
by dxhall
Tue May 28, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 31
Views: 2711

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

Here’s the weekly update. No Iron Throne for Daenerys, but it’s sheaths for me. They arrived today, May 28. Alert viewers recall that I ordered them on April 29. Mr. Slidebone got them to the post office on May 25, after telling me that he shipped them on May 16. The takeaway? The community of peopl...
by dxhall
Wed May 22, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 31
Views: 2711

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

Well, here’s the weekly update. In our last episode, viewers learned that I placed the order on April 29. Mr. Slidebone told me that he sent the sheaths on Thursday, May 16. He gave me a tracking number. The USPS tracking site shows that he completed a label, but as of today has not taken the packag...
by dxhall
Tue May 21, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Christian Lindberg in Colorado Springs, 14-19 May
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: Christian Lindberg in Colorado Springs, 14-19 May

I caught the Sunday concert. That’s the best performance of the Tchaikovsky I’ve ever heard. Lindberg’s skills as a conductor are extraordinary.

I was hoping (but not expecting) that Lindbergh would take the solo on Bolero from the podium. Alas, not to be.
by dxhall
Fri May 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 31
Views: 2711

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

Called Slidebone. He’s been out on a show and had no one to cover his store. Says he shipped yesterday, but I don’t believe him. Don’t even THINK of dealing with this guy.
by dxhall
Fri May 17, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 31
Views: 2711

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

Well, going on three weeks and no sheaths and no response to my email. If you’re thinking about doing business with the Slidebone place — don’t. I guess I’m meant to be a cheesecloth guy.
by dxhall
Mon May 13, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 31
Views: 2711

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

Thought I’d try the sheaths from Slidebone. It’s been two weeks since I ordered, and no sheaths. Guess I should have stuck with cheesecloth and saved the money.
by dxhall
Wed May 08, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: Endurance training

I’ve got tickets to Lindberg’s concert with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. I’ve never attended a master class, though. Any idea what' involved?
by dxhall
Wed May 08, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: Endurance training

I’m in Denver, Colorado.
by dxhall
Tue May 07, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: Endurance training

Thanks for all of the replies. I think lessons would be a good next step. The problem is that, for those of us who are not in academia, or not involved in professional music in our areas, locating qualified instructors for an instrument like the trombone is not that easy. While anyone can google “tr...
by dxhall
Mon May 06, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: pawn shop Thein (!!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1765

Re: pawn shop Thein (!!)

Maybe it was owned by a Charlie Parker type trombonist. Only used to play bebop in small basement clubs.
by dxhall
Sat May 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance training
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Endurance training

I’m a guitar person who started playing trombone last summer. I rarely miss a day of practice, and was making steady progress for months. I’ve now hit a plateau, and don’t know what to do. I’ve been measuring my progress by playing a particular Arban exercise after finishing the Micheal Davis warmup...
by dxhall
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

Sold for $520. I would have expected a higher figure. I guess the demand for collector trombones isn't all that great. A very nice horn, though.
by dxhall
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

Reserve met at $500. I bet it hits $750.
by dxhall
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

There’s a very nice Vocabell on eBay right now. Brass, fairly eloborate engraving, no dings or visible lacquer wear. Any bets on the final price?
by dxhall
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

It would. I’m really enjoying the Burkle. I sometimes play the 30h for a few minutes, and then do the same stuff on my ‘41 24h. The 30h has a more complex, richer kind of tone. It’s fun to compare. How does the Vocabell compare to the Burkle?
by dxhall
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

You should post a photo for us. What are your plans for it?
by dxhall
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 44H Vocabell
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Conn 44H Vocabell

Some have pretty elaborate engraving, some are pretty plain. Is your silver?
by dxhall
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Unique, cheap, vintage
Replies: 19
Views: 2059

Re: Unique, cheap, vintage

I surprised that you want to sell a mint 30h. Does a story go with this horn, as Damon Runyon would say?
by dxhall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Philip Farkas books
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Philip Farkas books

Is the book worth reading?
by dxhall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Philip Farkas books
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Philip Farkas books

In my ongoing research into the history of brass instruments I have seen many references to Philip Farkas and his books on brass playing, in particular “The Art of Brass Playing.” In his time, he seems to have been very well regarded. I have read some modern articles, though, which are highly critic...
by dxhall
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB Schilke 46D
Replies: 2
Views: 331

WTB Schilke 46D

Title says it all. Any used ones our there for sale before I buy new?

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