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by bigbandbone
Thu May 28, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I hit the wall!
Replies: 6
Views: 118

I hit the wall!

After months of no rehearsals and no jobs. After months of just practicing. After months of not knowing if or when I would ever play in public again. I started to wonder if the effort I was putting in on keeping my chops up and maybe even getting better was worth it. I haven't played played my horn ...
by bigbandbone
Thu May 28, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 51
Views: 2288

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

One thing that I think hasn't been mentioned is that in the early years of US instrument manufacturing, a large number of the workers had been trained in Europe where there was a long history of high quality instrument design and manufacture. They knew how to spin good bells, draw good tubing, what...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 27, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 51
Views: 2288

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

When I was doing the mouthpiece materials comparison Benn Hansson sent me 7 pieces of tubing from 2 different trombones: one new and one old. He didn't tell me which was which. And my analysis didn't tell me either. Both were identical within the limits of my X-ray Fluorescence Meter. I worked at K...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 27, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 51
Views: 2288

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

I would love to buy a "new" horn. But nobody makes what I want! A single rotor bass that can be pulled to E with an extra long slide for low B's without lipping.
My 72H is wearing out but I don't know where to look!
by bigbandbone
Tue May 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Re: Your warm up

Has anyone worked this one? Found it online. Interesting
by bigbandbone
Tue May 26, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: When do you think you'll play with other people again?
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: When do you think you'll play with other people again?

Possibly never. No chance of the opera working before the end of September, but realistically next year may be the earliest chance and even then, without audiences filling the theatre, the finances don't add up... who knows, the opera may be finished and I won't be freelancing at my stage of life. ...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 26, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: When do you think you'll play with other people again?
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: When do you think you'll play with other people again?

Burgerbob wrote: ↑
Mon May 25, 2020 10:42 am
2021.
😁Could you be a little more specific!
by bigbandbone
Mon May 25, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: What tenor and bass mouthpieces are you using?
Replies: 32
Views: 1086

Re: What tenor and bass mouthpieces are you using?

Bach 15CW and Denis Wick 0AL
by bigbandbone
Mon May 25, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: When do you think you'll play with other people again?
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: When do you think you'll play with other people again?

I'm 68 with underlying conditions. I was all set to buy another bass trombone this summer so one could be left ar our FL condo and no more checking through as baggage.
I'm holding off on that purchase. Not sure if or when live wind music, rehearsals or performances, will come back.
by bigbandbone
Mon May 25, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Your warm up

My life as a trombonist started in the late 60's playing a small bore tenor straight horn. I had a good warm up routine that worked for me. Since I started playing bass just a short couple of years ago I haven't found a comfortable warm up routine that really gets my chops ready. Especially when tim...
by bigbandbone
Sun May 24, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Elkhart Conn 62h
Replies: 20
Views: 974

Re: Elkhart Conn 62h

FOSSIL wrote: ↑
Sun May 24, 2020 4:08 pm
You guys crack me up....
Bob Hughes got by on his standard Elkie 62H....
but then what did he know?

Chris
πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
by bigbandbone
Sun May 24, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Different strokes for different folks. And IMHO sometimes the music does call for it and the audience does want to hear.
by bigbandbone
Sun May 24, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Thanks for the great information Andrew!
by bigbandbone
Fri May 22, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Denis Wick Heritage Edition mouthpieces
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Denis Wick Heritage Edition mouthpieces

Fidbone wrote: ↑
Fri May 22, 2020 5:18 am
2AL
ThanksπŸ‘
by bigbandbone
Fri May 22, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Denis Wick Heritage Edition mouthpieces
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Denis Wick Heritage Edition mouthpieces

In the Heritage Edition line of Denis Wick mouthpieces what is the equivalent in size to a Bach 1 1/2G?
Thanks
by bigbandbone
Fri May 22, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

After spending 5 months working on the Teele excercises my "shift" point has moved 3 half steps down! When I started I was shifting for pedal Bb. Now pedal G is 50/50, and pedal Gb is my definite shift point. Being able to play octave jumps into the pedal range without shifting has made things like ...
by bigbandbone
Thu May 21, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Holton TR180 mod questions
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: Holton TR180 mod questions

OK, don't laugh at this! I wish I could remember where I saw it, but I don't. Probably YouTube. But in the video a guy made a D slide by taking the crook off of the existing slide and replacing it with a length of hose or flexible tubing of some kind. He started with a long piece and kept trimming u...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 20, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?
Replies: 48
Views: 1453

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

Started out playing tenor. Blew my chops out in 1976 while living and working in Lost Wages. Took 40+ years off. Then came back a couple of years ago on bass.
Wish I would of discovered bass tbone in college!
by bigbandbone
Wed May 20, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-2
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: YSL-2

Does it have a 4 digit serial number? Probably from 1967. It should be .500 on the micrometer based on the user manual, the ends of the stockings might be chamfered inwards from the circumferential pipe cutters. YSL-2 was .500, 8.05 inch bell YSL-3 was .550, 8.47 inch bell And those are rough numbe...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 19, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-2
Replies: 3
Views: 330

YSL-2

I was just gifted an old Yamaha straight horn in fair to fair/good shape. Model number stamped on slide receiver is YSL 2. It has a .476 bore and a reverse tuning slide. It plays nicely. Does anybody know anything about this model of Yamaha trombone? Is it a student horn or a pro level horn? Do you ...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 19, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Great thread... I'm in my 6th rotation of doing these routines. Some observations I'm having.... -Think of these as strength training. Follow the instructions and rest when done. -Air is definitely getting more efficient. -More relaxed high register...less tense and less pinching. -Better connectiv...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 19, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Another question for all of you Teele devotees. When you play the long sets of low tones do you remove the mouthpiece from your lips between notes, or keep contact with your lips between notes. I seem to get a better result if I break contact between notes and then re-establish contact. But if that...
by bigbandbone
Mon May 18, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Internal cleaning stubborn valve section.
Replies: 23
Views: 715

Re: Internal cleaning stubborn valve section.

I use CLR. It stinks, but it works.
by bigbandbone
Mon May 18, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Another question for all of you Teele devotees. When you play the long sets of low tones do you remove the mouthpiece from your lips between notes, or keep contact with your lips between notes. I seem to get a better result if I break contact between notes and then re-establish contact. But if that'...
by bigbandbone
Sun May 17, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Not quite repair but...
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Not quite repair but...

This isn't quite repair, but I found it very interesting! I worked at King/UMI Eastlake factory for about 8 years. I built tubas and sousaphones and did a lot of the inhouse repairs for large brass. Left right before the strike. We were not building horns this way! No more craftsmanship like this. J...
by bigbandbone
Sun May 17, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Media
Topic: A Musical Thank-You
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: A Musical Thank-You

Really nice!
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

Guys literally "eyeballed" it years ago with a Black and Decker drill. LOL!! The drilling out of mouthpieces was common "in the day", and there's even a paragraph in an old VB catalogue explaining something to the effect that there's a standard throat and that professionals are going to have the th...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

Guys literally "eyeballed" it years ago with a Black and Decker drill. LOL!! Maybe that's why so many were trashed! The way I did it I knew it would be straight through and round. The finishing with abrasive paper was to eliminate any sharp edges the might create turbulence and affect the response ...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

Thanks Eddie! After reading this thread I opened a 1 1/2G up to .281. I'll live with it for awhile and see if it works for me. I'm using it in a 72H. How did you do this? Black and Decker?? First I put a .277 bit through. Followed with a .281. Then I glued a piece of 220 grit to a tapered dowel (ac...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

Thanks Eddie! After reading this thread I opened a 1 1/2G up to .281. I'll live with it for awhile and see if it works for me. I'm using it in a 72H. Did it feel better after the change ? Yes, it seemed to. Trigger range and pedals seem to articulate and speak easier. But that might just be a "hone...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Slide Cleaning. Dry/Wet?
Replies: 16
Views: 574

Re: Slide Cleaning. Dry/Wet?

Every other week I put a large "Spitballs" through each inner slide and the outer slide (to clean the crook). Then double nap flannel wrapped around a cleaning rod for the outer tubes.
That's the routine I've always used.
by bigbandbone
Wed May 13, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

Answer to the above question. More air. In the olden days.......the horns were much tighter. Especially the valves. That’s what a lot of players did then, me included. Now, horns, and especially valves, are much more open. For me, a regular or slightly more open throat gives me compression. A lot o...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 12, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

What does opening up a mouthpiece a little (1 or 2 drill sizes) facilitate?
by bigbandbone
Tue May 12, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?
Replies: 50
Views: 2095

Re: Studd, Faulise, Raph - what mpcs?

The other question is, if these mouthpieces were/are going in 62H's, did/do they have Conn taper shanks or not? I don't know about back then but here and now in the UK lots of people use Bach tapers in old Conns without seeming difficulty. The Symington 1.5 has a Conn style shank as it is a copy of...
by bigbandbone
Sat May 09, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass bone jazz studies books
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Bass bone jazz studies books

Does anyone have recommendations fo bass bone study books with an emphasis on jazz. Thanks
by bigbandbone
Wed May 06, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: bass Trombone mpc observation
Replies: 44
Views: 2806

Re: bass Trombone mpc observation

Oh, and what's disappearing in this lockdown is volume and the stamina for playing at volume....just cannot do it at home...wouldn't want to either. 😁😁. Chris I'm lucky in that my condo complex in FL is deserted right now. We are all snowbirds (myself included) and everyone else left weeks ago. So ...
by bigbandbone
Wed May 06, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Pulling a leadpipe: how?
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Pulling a leadpipe: how?

Found on YouTube. This is how I used to do it.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=958j0b5owEs
by bigbandbone
Tue May 05, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: taking rotor apart
Replies: 24
Views: 691

Re: taking rotor apart

Put a punch into the screw hole in the rotor spindle and smack it like you mean it. Make sure your hand is under the rotor to catch it. Use a rubber or rawhide mallet. If it's not coming out, it's already damaged, so don't worry. You can also use the screw -- some rotors like the CL2000 are made ou...
by bigbandbone
Tue May 05, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: taking rotor apart
Replies: 24
Views: 691

Re: taking rotor apart

Make sure that the "punch" you use is a softer material than the rotor spindle so you don't damage the spindle.
by bigbandbone
Mon May 04, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: taking rotor apart
Replies: 24
Views: 691

Re: taking rotor apart

You need to pry off the stop arm from the rotor spindle, sometimes a large flat screwdriver works or a paint can opener. Wedge the tool under the stop arm and on top of the bumper plate and carefully leverage the stop arm up. DO NOT wedge the screwdriver anywhere against the valve casing!!!!!!! You...
by bigbandbone
Sun May 03, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Chuck McAlexander
Replies: 12
Views: 2151

Re: Chuck McAlexander

It would be interesting to know a little more about the other known and unknown repair people, maybe I should start a new thread(s) for that. This could be an interesting thread. But wow! There are so many of us that have done and continue to do great high end custom work, it might get crazy! You h...
by bigbandbone
Sun May 03, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Show me your stable
Replies: 78
Views: 5859

Re: Show me your stable

I don't have a stable, just 3 workhorse axes. My main horn is a 1963 72H bass. It travels with me between Florida and Ohio. Down in Florida I have a modified 1955 Conn 20H Conquest for when I just have to play a higher part. In Ohio I have 1952 King 2B for the same reason. I will be short sliding th...
by bigbandbone
Sat May 02, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"

afugate wrote: ↑
Sat May 02, 2020 7:19 am
Looks like it was Alan Raph. Tasty, isn't it?

--Andy in OKC
Very tasty! I'm currently re-writing the bass bone part in the arrangement of Soul Bossa Nova my band plays (which is a little watered down) to follow what he played! I think the guys in the band will dig it!
by bigbandbone
Sat May 02, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"

Does anyone know who played bass bone on the Quincy Jones album "Big Band Bossa Nova"?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WUFQ9nzi0 ... CO&index=1
by bigbandbone
Fri May 01, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Chuck McAlexander
Replies: 12
Views: 2151

Re: Chuck McAlexander

I was a very green and inexperienced repairman when I was hired at Musicraft Industries out in San Diego. Chuck was their current repairman, but he was leaving. I spent a month working next to him prior to his leaving. I learned as much in that month as I did my whole 2 years in repair school. He wa...
by bigbandbone
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Thanks Bonearzt and Basbasun for these alternatives. Are they all false tones? Are any a true note that will slot well once I get the hang of it?
by bigbandbone
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 85
Views: 3352

Re: Teele book question

Hey all, on a single rotor bass bone what position is double pedal Bb in. With or without trigger. If with trigger slide tuned to F or E?
Sorry if this is a pretty basic question, but I just cannot find that pitch!
by bigbandbone
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Manical 4
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: Manical 4

Thanks for all the great info everybody!
by bigbandbone
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Manical 4
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: Manical 4

Their web site is gone. Maybe they disbanded. Too bad.
by bigbandbone
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Manical 4
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Manical 4

Does anybody know if the Manical 4 are still performing and if their arrangements are available for purchase?

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