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by RConrad
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new Favorite trombone!
Replies: 29
Views: 2656

Re: My new Favorite trombone!

hornbuilder wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:21 pm
R CONRAD.
The friction fit was done on a whim. I could do it, so why not? I am acknowledging the instruments that set the standard all.those years ago.
I think it was a good choice for the horn, flows nicely with the other design choices you made. How's it play?
by RConrad
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Star Wars Despecialized Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 2789

Re: Star Wars Despecialized Edition

I love the fact that as they were deciding whether to do puppet or CGI for the child that Werner Herzog called them cowards for not initially thinking puppet. There is something about making things a bit more real that lets you immerse in story more. Also, they still did plenty of cgi, but it has j...
by RConrad
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: My new Favorite trombone!
Replies: 29
Views: 2656

Re: My new Favorite trombone!

That's one nice looking horn. I really like the use of red brass and how it contrasts with the f attachment. Nice touch! Why did you decide to go with a friction fit?
by RConrad
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Package theifs
Replies: 27
Views: 2211

Re: Package theifs

The problem with blanks is that there's still the potential for the wadding to hit someone with a dangerous amount of kinetic energy - with the result that you get sued and/or charged. At that point, it's a good deal less cost effective. In all seriousness - blanks can be dangerous at close range. ...
by RConrad
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 108
Views: 10749

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

I keep wanting to try a 2g sized piece but finding one used, let alone one that's gold plated, idly hasn't really worked out. Since sitting down with Doug I've been working on my embouchure and have been working with each of my horns but the DW 1AL and Bach 1 1/2G I have for my bass just haven't fel...
by RConrad
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Package theifs
Replies: 27
Views: 2211

Re: Package theifs

This YouTuber had a great response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_TSR_v07m0 No trapdoor, just a dummy package with cameras, GPS, speakers, fart spray, and a massive glitter bomb. :) He just posted another one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4T_LlK1VE4&ab_channel=MarkRober As a future engineer...
by RConrad
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Package theifs
Replies: 27
Views: 2211

Re: Package theifs

Yep, amazon once left a package on the sidewalk near my apartment (on the south side of Chicago) and took a picture of it there :roll: Earlier this spring a mouthpiece vanished - I had long since resigned myself to the loss, and then months later the building's maintenance guy stopped me in the hal...
by RConrad
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Star Wars Despecialized Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 2789

Re: Star Wars Despecialized Edition

I haven't seen Clone Wars, but I've heard it's good. In terms of Star Wars media, some of the books are quite good. I'm thinking in particular the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. It was definitely a stick in the craw of fans of those books that Disney opted to completely discard those stories for t...
by RConrad
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns
Replies: 43
Views: 3816

Re: Talk to me about Bach 36 horns

I've used my Benge 175F in both a symphonic setting and a jazz setting. In both cases it got the job done for what I was doing and I just really like the horn. Now stuff like pep band I still prefer my old small bore or my flugabone.
by RConrad
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: PPE for trombonists
Replies: 14
Views: 4659

Re: PPE for trombonists

I purchased 'McCormick's' 9 inch bell cover from Hickey's for my Bach A47MLR and while the size was fine, the nylon cloth muffles the sound and adds back pressure. It makes the playing experience 'not fun.' This is the same bell cover that my school ordered for all of the brass. My specific cover i...
by RConrad
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Covid - so far?
Replies: 11
Views: 4672

Re: Covid - so far?

I strongly disagree with the statement “the most effective thing currently is testing.” While certainly VERY helpful, testing is detection. Detection is NEVER as effective as prevention. The previous measures you list are more preventative. Even moderately effective prevention measures will be more...
by RConrad
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Covid - so far?
Replies: 11
Views: 4672

Re: Covid - so far?

I think my music courses have been lucky. We get tested, use bell covers, wear masks when not playing and are socially distanced. Since we rehearse indoors we can only play for 20 minutes before having to leave the room for 20 minutes. We're also limited to 20 people in the room. We're also required...
by RConrad
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?
Replies: 35
Views: 17487

Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Hey Everyone, Look what arrived with a trumpet repair in my shop this afternoon......a (probably 1990s) bottle of the red Selmer Tuning Slide Grease. If you look carefully in the lower left corner, you will see that the plastic is very close to cracking open. This puppy is going to need a ziplock b...
by RConrad
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: 2G, schilke 57, similar
Replies: 16
Views: 2939

Re: WTB: 2G, schilke 57, similar

I have an old tarnished 57 with a faded gold plated rim. I could sell it for cheap as I will probably not use it again. It is not in perfect shape, but if you want it, I can post some photos (maybe I'll shine it up a little first, it looks really dark right now). I'd like to see your 57 if you don'...
by RConrad
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Economy Jazz trombones
Replies: 30
Views: 4856

Re: FS Economy Jazz trombones

DJ, quick question about the 62h, does it just have the tuning slide for the E for the second valve or is there an extension/second tuning slide for that valve?
by RConrad
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Sold
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Blessing USA Independent Bass Trombone

Those are interesting horns. If it is the correct vintage, many of the parts are completely interchangeable with a Bach 50B3. Some of them played very much like the Bachs. I was actually wondering about that. I'm a sucker for old Blessings but I was worried about how difficult it'd be to replace a ...
by RConrad
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath 00 series. Any good?
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Rath 00 series. Any good?

I've been playing my University's Rath R900 for the last couple of years. For a horn that's seen a lot of use it's held up rather well, the case it came with hasn't held up so well though. The slide is lovely and the valves are nice and quick. Hope that helps a bit.
by RConrad
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?
Replies: 53
Views: 12256

Re: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?

It's great to see you still have the Benge! I think about that horn often It's a great horn with a lot of character so it's a keeper. haha Ignore the alignment marks and just look into the receiver at the rotor core. Those alignment marks are pretty rough and not always correct. Cheers, Andy Well t...
by RConrad
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?
Replies: 53
Views: 12256

Re: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?

I just doubled checked the rubber bumpers and oiled the valve while I was at it. It seems like that may have done the trick as it's nice and quiet now. I must have overlooked it last time. The rotor has alignment marks and they've been aligned so I was a bit unsure what was going on. Might be time t...
by RConrad
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?
Replies: 53
Views: 12256

Re: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?

Anyone happen to know if the Benge 175F's valve is similar to the 3BF? I need to realign the valve on my 175F and just haven't had the chance to take it to a tech. It's a sting linkage, no? If so they all work the same way. How is it out of alignment? You are correct, it's a string linkage. It's ro...
by RConrad
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?
Replies: 53
Views: 12256

Re: 3BF mod: What would you do with this?

Anyone happen to know if the Benge 175F's valve is similar to the 3BF? I need to realign the valve on my 175F and just haven't had the chance to take it to a tech.
by RConrad
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Economy Jazz trombones
Replies: 30
Views: 4856

Re: FS Economy Jazz trombones

baileyman wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:26 pm
Go visit and play! Bottom of Illinois up the bluff.
That'll depend on school and the wife. ;)
by RConrad
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Economy Jazz trombones
Replies: 30
Views: 4856

Re: FS Economy Jazz trombones

djkennedy wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:59 am
Conn 62 dependent tis 1200
If you get a chance I'd love to see some pictures of the horn. Was thinking I might like something with more resistance than the R900 I've been playing.
by RConrad
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Economy Jazz trombones
Replies: 30
Views: 4856

Re: FS Economy Jazz trombones

Did you find any economy basses along with the jazz horns? I'm certainly interested in what you have. 72H Yamaha 322 321 Reynolds single Some kind of boosey single Ha ha Abilene 62H ‘tis I'll hopefully be looking for a independent or dependent bass next month and was hoping you might have something...
by RConrad
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Playing With a Face Mask?
Replies: 30
Views: 11432

Re: Playing With a Face Mask?

I wasn't sure how my university was going to work around this. Currently they have decided not to require masks while playing but you must put it back on as soon as you stop. We haven't started rehearsals yet but I'll be finding out soon the specifics of how they plan to do so. We started weekly tes...
by RConrad
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences Holton 169 verses E185 and TR185
Replies: 52
Views: 9339

Re: Differences Holton 169 verses E185 and TR185

Picked up a TR185 with the second rotor this morning and am hoping the shipping time won’t be too long as it’s coming international. Excited to receive the horn as I’ve never played a Holton bass before. I'm hoping one day in the future I can find me a TR185 and my wife won't kick me out for gettin...
by RConrad
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Use of marching baritones/flugabones
Replies: 13
Views: 1553

Re: Use of marching baritones/flugabones

I've got a King 1130 that I use to practice at home. When you live in an apartment, have a kid and a dog having something a bit more compact is nice. I've also used it for pep band when there's a larger trombone section and they're in the back. Although I wish I had a 1127 for those times instead.
by RConrad
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on a Benge 290?
Replies: 37
Views: 4228

Re: Thoughts on a Benge 290?

I have a friend that has one that I played next to for a while. I thought it sounded nice and when I played it the horn felt pretty open and liked the slide action. With that said my friend always seemed to be messing with it as he was never quite happy with the sound.
by RConrad
Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?
Replies: 54
Views: 4816

Re: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?

I played tenor all the way from middle school til a few years after I graduated high school. Also played on euphonium my junior and senior years for state ensembles. Stopped playing in 2005 went to the Navy and a few years ago I started college. When I transferred to my current university the sympho...
by RConrad
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Looking for Bass Trombone
Replies: 5
Views: 1107

Re: Looking for Bass Trombone

Just as the title says, I'm looking for a bass trombone (independent or dependent setup). Price point is $1300. I don't need anything professional grade but something that sounds good and isn't in too bad of shape. I currently have a Reynolds Contempora TO-01 Bass trombone that I'm willing to let g...
by RConrad
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: For those of you who DON'T hate valve trombone...
Replies: 18
Views: 2645

Re: For those of you who DON'T hate valve trombone...

The only valve trombone I ever played that wasn't stuffy was the Conn 90G. It doesn't look like a valve trombone, but it is. Well, one other - the Brass Ark orchestral valve trombone. Ah the Trombonium. I was tempted to get one of these when I was looking for something more compact to play in pep b...
by RConrad
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bought a king 6b now what
Replies: 42
Views: 3537

Re: Bought a king 6b now what

I’ll call James tomorrow, he sounds like the best person to send it to. One of my biggest worries is the finish it’s looks bad. I want to redo it but should I do raw brass, re-lacquer, satin finish, or a cool antique finish. What will it do to the sound Personally, I would just take the dents out a...
by RConrad
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS Holton Bass
Replies: 14
Views: 2762

Re: FS Holton Bass

Neat horn! Wish I had the funds as I need a bass but sadly not in the cards for me. Love horns with some character though.
by RConrad
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 260
Views: 63423

Re: Coronavirus

I think at some point prior to a vaccine being available, the gov’t will determine an acceptable rate of infection and mortality, and allow us to return to our jobs, properly masked to minimize to some degree, maybe less than N95, the spread of the virus. We'll probably get to that point by July or...
by RConrad
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide Lock question
Replies: 19
Views: 2157

Re: Slide Lock question

That usually happens because a lazy tech put new felts in the cork barrels without removing the old felts. I frequently find remnants of 2 or 3 old felts stuck inside the cork barrels on older instruments. That's highly likely. I don't remember the last time I actually took that horn to a tech. Alw...
by RConrad
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide Lock question
Replies: 19
Views: 2157

Re: Slide Lock question

All of my trombones are slightly different. My Bach's slide lock is the oddest since it has to be rotated a full turn from being fully screwed in to work. My Blessing and Benge both work without doing so. The Rath I use at school has a habit of unlocking itself as the lock just does whatever it want...
by RConrad
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 260
Views: 63423

Re: Coronavirus

Well my concert this weekend just got postponed and all my classes went online as of today. I'm actually listening to a lecture right now. lol
by RConrad
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 260
Views: 63423

Re: Coronavirus

My university here in Chicago just cancelled all events after the 13th which potentially includes the concert for my band on Sunday. Going further classes will be all online by the 23rd without a date for when in person instruction will resume.
by RConrad
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts
Replies: 39
Views: 7237

Re: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts

The jury is definitely still out on the axial valve that mine has. On one hand, a little bit of Hetman #12 made a big difference, but on the other, axial flow valves are notoriously high-maintenance, so I'll need a lot more time owning the horn to see how good their valves are. Yeah I'd be interest...
by RConrad
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts
Replies: 39
Views: 7237

Re: Schiller T-Bones: Give me your thoughts

The bell has to be removable on axial valve models so that the valve can be disassembled for cleaning. One would think they could take the next step and produce rotary and goosenck sections to go along with with such instruments and a couple of tuning slides so they could have a "custom" set-up. I ...
by RConrad
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 108
Views: 10749

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

MoominDave wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:26 pm
I keep a spreadsheet of measurements of most mouthpieces that pass through my hands. According to that, the single 2AL I've measured is bang in the middle of the pair of 2Gs I've measured.
Interesting. I'll have to get my hands on one then and see how I like it.
by RConrad
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 108
Views: 10749

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

But apparently "MoominDave" didn't get along as well with the Wick 2AL as he did the "humble" Bach 2G. Indeed he didn't. It seemed to lack for me the colour of tone that I think is key to this unexpected local maximum in the mouthpiece parameter space. But perhaps I should try one on my current tro...
by RConrad
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy
Replies: 24
Views: 3850

Re: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy

RConrad, when you say "the Wessex showroom" are you talking about their distribution center in Michigan? I once contacted them about visiting & trying some horns but was told they don't stock trombones there. This was like 5 years ago, have they changed their policy since then? They actually just r...
by RConrad
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy
Replies: 24
Views: 3850

Re: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy

I'm curious about trying the Stearn model as well. Wessex has a lot I'd love to try but I haven't gotten a chance to yet. I'm going to pay them another visit sometime in the spring and give it another try then but from my limited experience with it I liked it. My only real issue with it is the pric...
by RConrad
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy
Replies: 24
Views: 3850

Re: Opinions on Wessex King 7B copy

I dropped by Wessex's showroom over a week ago and gave a few of their horns a try. The 7B clone played fairly well but like someone else mentioned the levers for the valves have to be adjusted. I'm not a huge fan of the slide though it may have just needed lubricate. I also got to try Blast's horn ...
by RConrad
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anti-depressant properties of being a brass player
Replies: 13
Views: 2351

Re: Anti-depressant properties of being a brass player

I've always thought music has given me a much-needed escape from "real life" for at least a few hours a week and helps me stay centered. Turns out I was right! https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/09/playing-brass-band-can-help-people-overcome-depression-anxiety/?fbclid=IwAR0o_ppdk0MxX4kFVny_Zv...
by RConrad
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any Benge players out there?
Replies: 32
Views: 4648

Re: Any Benge players out there?

I bought a 175F in the spring. Love it so far. Hoping I can get a 290 when I can afford a bass. Kinda want to send Chuck Ward my horn now.
by RConrad
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone
Replies: 65
Views: 6436

Re: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone

I'd love to see Wessex do this since they seem best suited to develop historical non-sequitors, and odd bass clef instruments. It'd be awesome if they made a modern Trombonium. I'd also be down for a valved or rotor version of a bass trombone that was less taxing on the body. I just wonder how much...
by RConrad
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Please delete
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: WTB: Flugabone

Thanks for the replies guys. I received a few offers after making this thread and was able to work out a deal so I'm good now. I just need to figure out what to do for a case or gig bag. Anyways I've been busy studying for a Strength of Materials exam so I forgot to update the thread. I've heard Wes...
by RConrad
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Please delete
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Please delete

Hello everyone, I've been wanting to pick up playing something with valves again so I find myself in search of a flugabone. Since I do pep bands from time to time it'd be nice to have something a bit more compact so that I'm not always paranoid about damaging my slide. I'm looking for something arou...

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