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by Doubler
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to clean Gold Plated MP
Replies: 13
Views: 839

Re: How to clean Gold Plated MP

BGuttman wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:11 pm
Doubler wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:54 pm
... If you're concerned about microbes, rinse the mouthpiece once a week or so with 92% rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol comes at 70% or 91%. Never seen 92%. Note that mouthwash can provide a suitable (and better tasting) replacement.
91% :oops:
by Doubler
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to clean Gold Plated MP
Replies: 13
Views: 839

Re: How to clean Gold Plated MP

Hint: If you wipe the mouthpiece with a soft cotton cloth and use a twisted corner of a soft facial tissue to dry the backbore after every use, you'll never have to clean your mouthpiece. If you're concerned about microbes, rinse the mouthpiece once a week or so with 92% rubbing alcohol.
by Doubler
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Motivation for practice
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Motivation for practice

I habitually work on whatever I'm the least good at, which makes for somewhat of a variety of of what I practice. The downside is that my wife always hears me at my worst, and the repetitiveness drives her crazy. I try not to focus on any particular thing for over a week, as I find that I can get on...
by Doubler
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns

I think that years of experience and improvements in technology result in more consistent quality, with less chance for getting a dud and more chance of getting an instrument without playability quirks. FWIW - A new car is designed to absorb the impact of a collision, rather than stay intact and tra...
by Doubler
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 61
Views: 4508

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

I play trumpet, small tenor, large tenor, bass, and Eb tuba. I play different rims on each, although I do use compromise mouthpieces on trumpet and tuba. I don’t know that I “double.” I DO play whatever instrument I’m using as cleanly, efficiently, and musically as possible. And I accept the fact t...
by Doubler
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: improve my speed in Reading
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: improve my speed in Reading

The more patterns you know, the more you recognize. Your brain will automatically say "I've seen that before" and respond accordingly. Also, transcribing unusual patterns in music you hear helps you sort out unfamiliar passages.
by Doubler
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Crafty Homebrew Solutions
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Crafty Homebrew Solutions

FullPedalTrombonist wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:34 am
Gary wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:47 pm
"Crafty Homebrew Solutions"? I thought this thread was about beer.
It can be for beer also! :lol:

My friend and I brew together occasionally and the whole brew sculpture is scrap metal and the base to a turkey deep fryer.
You just have to remember which mutes you put the beer in.
by Doubler
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns

My first trombone was a Bundy. Mine was well-built, well-balanced, durable, decent-looking, slide action was perfect, intonation was pretty good, the sound was also pretty good, response was acceptable, and it played fine in all registers. All in all, I found it a nice, good horn for the money.
by Doubler
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: New mute corks
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: New mute corks

I don't use Gorilla Glue for the reason that, once opened, I have found it hardens in the container, rendering the remainder unusable. I'd say that if you want to use GG, get the smallest amount you can find, as it can become a one-use product similar to cyanoacrylate. I think it's designed so that...
by Doubler
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: New mute corks
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: New mute corks

I don't use Gorilla Glue for the reason that, once opened, I have found it hardens in the container, rendering the remainder unusable. I'd say that if you want to use GG, get the smallest amount you can find, as it can become a one-use product similar to cyanoacrylate.
by Doubler
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: New mute corks
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: New mute corks

I've found corks as a result of internet searches, and I used to use hot glue to attach them, but lately I've used Titebond wood glue; it's easy to use, easy to clean up, and it works!
by Doubler
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Very sweaty hands
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Very sweaty hands

With latex or nitrile (if you're allergic to latex) gloves, you'd have sweat running out at the wrists in short order. You might try thin leather/lambskin driving gloves, sometimes called chauffeur gloves, available on eBay. They usually have vented backs, and most sell for between $12 and $20, incl...
by Doubler
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Outer slide tubes not parallel
Replies: 26
Views: 1471

Re: Outer slide tubes not parallel

I agree that a competent tech should be consulted. The thought of butchering a slide makes me cringe!
by Doubler
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 102
Views: 4695

Re: Old guy rant

Ability without responsibility results in a career that entails memorizing the sentence: "Can you spare a dollar?"
by Doubler
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Got to vent about a tbone seller
Replies: 17
Views: 1302

Re: Got to vent about a tbone seller

Can't believe it, got skunked again! Facebook seller had a student horn, Manhasset stand, and tuner/metronome at a good price. I responded less than an hour after it was posted, said I would take it, when and where. She said OK and suggested meeting at a drug store parking lot in her neighborhood. ...
by Doubler
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Jack Sheldon passes
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Jack Sheldon passes

He will be missed.
by Doubler
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Performance Help
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: Performance Help

So this is what is meant by "hot licks"! :shock:
by Doubler
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Got to vent about a tbone seller
Replies: 17
Views: 1302

Re: Got to vent about a tbone seller

I take the attitude that until the deal is closed, anything can happen. Some people are considerate, while others aren't. In a situation like yours, I get mad and then move on.
by Doubler
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 61
Views: 4508

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

IMO practicing enough to stay competent on each instrument should keep you in pretty good shape. The downside is endurance; at what point do you overextend yourself by increasing your playing time each day?
by Doubler
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Christmas CDs
Replies: 15
Views: 992

Re: Christmas CDs

I get a kick out of Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas. :twisted:
by Doubler
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 11
Views: 1014

Re: Doubling

My primary instrument is trumpet, but I double on trombone when needed. You will note that the difference in mouthpiece size between the two is greater than the difference in tenor and bass trombone mouthpieces, so there is a distinctly awkward feeling when transitioning back and forth between them,...
by Doubler
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How should one choose a new instrument?
Replies: 24
Views: 1188

Re: How should one choose a new instrument?

Sound. Sound..........sound........you get the sound you are looking for because of feel......feel.....feel translates to how secure it is going from 1-5-8-5-1. Those are the notes that will tell you how well a lead pipe is functioning, use the KISS method. If for some reason those notes are fuzzy ...
by Doubler
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Playing brighter?
Replies: 8
Views: 1116

Re: Playing brighter?

I apologize in advance for not giving a more technical, understandable explanation. When I want to play brighter, I use a tighter, smaller, stretchier, more restrictive feel. When I want to play darker, I use a larger oral cavity with a looser feel. This can be taken to extremes, as you are already ...
by Doubler
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 61
Views: 6198

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

Nothing beats Rodney Dangerfield jokes. Too many to list here, but I saw one the other day - I was in a bar and they asked me to leave. I asked why. He said they wanted to start Happy Hour. My wife cut me down to twice a week. I was lucky - I know 3 guys she cut out entirely. I saw him live once wa...
by Doubler
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure Video on YouTube
Replies: 12
Views: 1163

Re: Embouchure Video on YouTube

I've never seen a better demonstration. I've never seen a demonstration nearly as good. Thank you!
by Doubler
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Spit valve
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Spit valve

My routine for Amado valves is a couple of drops of valve oil before I play and a couple of drops when I return the instrument to the case. Draining condensation will rinse the lubrication off, encouraging corrosion. To reduce or eliminate the formation of crud in the first place, floss and brush yo...
by Doubler
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Florida Man?
Replies: 16
Views: 1330

Re: Who is Florida Man?

Out in the stix here in WA, we have the glorious Kitsap Peninsula, and the sparkling MSA of Bremerton/Port Orchard. Commonly known as the armpit/jock strap area, y’all look like amateurs to these people. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21758302/ns/us_news-weird_news/t/they-taught-us-shop-class-use-right-...
by Doubler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)
Replies: 16
Views: 1254

Re: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)

paulyg raised a very important point: condensation. An unexpected gurgle is difficult to take back; there's no do-over during a performance. Blowing enough air through the horn beforehand will help address the issue of pitch change as a horn goes sharp as it warms up. Flexing facial muscles can inc...
by Doubler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Florida Man?
Replies: 16
Views: 1330

Re: Who is Florida Man?

There does seem to be something about Florida. Finding similar stories about men from other states turns up criminals, but the head-scratching behavior more often from the Florida variety seems to have no equal. Here in Michigan, they tend to be just mean or sad. For example, "Michigan man driving ...
by Doubler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does it matter what horn you play?
Replies: 57
Views: 4495

Re: Does it matter what horn you play?

For me timbre, intonation, articulation, and feedback are what matter the most - in that order. Finding the horn that best provides these can be a challenge. One has to use an instrument that becomes an extension of their will, rather than a tool that must be manipulated in order to communicate. The...
by Doubler
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggestions on the best way to improve for band playing!
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Suggestions on the best way to improve for band playing!

Pressuring yourself to squeeze months or even years of development into two weeks is an unrealistic recipe for disaster. If you're not already playing close to three hours a day, a dramatic increase in practice time will result in a dramatic fail of your chops. That having been said, articulation is...
by Doubler
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modified Ambassador?
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Modified Ambassador?

Excellent photos showing most of the warts, such as overbuffed bell, sloppy soldering, use of heat shrink tubing, misaligned slide stop, external corrosion, no significant dents. I'd like to see pix of the inner slide. An interesting horn to screw around with if the price doesn't get out of hand. Ar...
by Doubler
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Too bright and too much bite?
Replies: 22
Views: 1613

Re: Too bright and too much bite?

Why not use a deeper mouthpiece with the same rim dimensions? I am using a Yamaha Douglas Yeo, which I believe is already quite deep. Any suggestion? It seems to me that neither your mouthpiece nor your trombone are contributing to the situation. I'm inclined to have you consider the questions pose...
by Doubler
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Trombone Players at Their Best
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Trombone Players at Their Best

My friend, SSmith1226 at TrumpetBoards.com posted this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGgUK2s-sqA
by Doubler
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Too bright and too much bite?
Replies: 22
Views: 1613

Re: Too bright and too much bite?

Why not use a deeper mouthpiece with the same rim dimensions?
by Doubler
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Which trumpet mouthpiece to play
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Which trumpet mouthpiece to play

Although the Bach 7C may be the most ubiquitous trumpet mouthpiece, the 3C, and variations thereof, is arguably the mouthpiece used by many, and perhaps most, successful trumpet players. Unless your facial structure is unusual, the Bach 3C would probably be your best choice IMO. Keep in mind that th...
by Doubler
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

Replacing lining is a big, time-consuming pain in the neck (actually a bit lower!), but for this case, I didn't have to; I just reglued the loose areas. I used a black Magic Marker and a Sharpie to hide the wear on some of the obvious pieces by coloring the entire pieces after shampooing the velvet ...
by Doubler
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

I stuck it back together piece by piece with TiteBond*, the shape held together with 3M blue painter's tape, which I removed afterward. I then filled gaps with wood filler. After sanding, I coated the outside of the area with TiteBond, and sanded it again. I used many coats of textured spray paint t...
by Doubler
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

Here's one that I didn't have to do as much work on, since it wasn't in as bad shape. I touched up nicks, tears, and small gouges everywhere on the outside; the inside only needed a bit of regluing. There are no "Before" shots; these are all "After". https://imgur.com/T1DPFZV , https://imgur.com/9zA...
by Doubler
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

My goal for the shattered Olds Studio case that came with my horn was "presentable". I didn't want to take the extra 200 -300% time it would have taken to make it like new. I haven't been able to upload images on TC, so here are links: Before: https://imgur.com/8V04JOK and https://imgur.com/IKhz9Ix ...
by Doubler
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

Forgot to add 3M Super 77 Adhesive works nicely for gluing cloth.
by Doubler
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Restoring an old Conn case
Replies: 17
Views: 1060

Re: Restoring an old Conn case

JoAnn's Fabrics for material, Walmart for spray paint, Hobby Lobby for balsa wood, Ace Hardware for TiteBond glue. Wood filler and papier-mache have their uses as filler. Case restoration is done for the love of it, not the money (Guess why?). Have fun!
by Doubler
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 61
Views: 6198

Re: Jokes and one liners New section suggestion

Do trombonists prefer sliders to regular hamburgers?
by Doubler
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Sitting or Standing?
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: Sitting or Standing?

Standing feels more comfortable for me. I try to sit often enough for it not to feel strange when I have to.
by Doubler
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Going on a long vacation...
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: Going on a long vacation...

Not the greatest thing to try, but bringing an appropriate length of clear plastic tubing to attach to your mouthpiece would enable you to at least play intervals. Add a plastic funnel, and you'll approximate the timbre of a trombone. Crude, but workable, and especially compact and damage-resistant....

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