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by Matt K
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Fire Sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Fire Sale!

Hey all, several items have sold. I have them boxed up now; my house is having some work done to it so I'm trapped until they finish with it --- will post an update for everyone who bought something with shipping hopefully by end of day if I can get to the post office in time. It's 3:30 where I am s...
by Matt K
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alto Trombone Chops
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Alto Trombone Chops

When I play alto on the same rim size as my tenor, I have no issues. When I play it on something much smaller, I sound like horsemeat. If you happen to be one of those players that can make considerable switching of rim sizes work, more power to you but you'll still have to put in roughly equally a...
by Matt K
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass Trombone Upper Register
Replies: 29
Views: 454

Re: Bass Trombone Upper Register

Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous, any professional bass trombonist in a top symphony oder opera.... Well... :roll: But: The TO is a high schooler. Probably he does not yet have twenty years of professional experience and thirty years of daily practise including one hour of four octave long tones. As I a...
by Matt K
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass Trombone Upper Register
Replies: 29
Views: 454

Re: Bass Trombone Upper Register

I see nobody has mentioned Slide Hampton yet... if you listen to his recordings you'll probably find it easy to forget that he was playing them on a straight Bach 50 with a 1.5G. The album Spirit of the Horn , where he plays with Bill Watrous is really quite phenomenal but unless you're really payin...
by Matt K
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alto Trombone Chops
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Alto Trombone Chops

When I play alto on the same rim size as my tenor, I have no issues. When I play it on something much smaller, I sound like horsemeat. If you happen to be one of those players that can make considerable switching of rim sizes work, more power to you but you'll still have to put in roughly equally as...
by Matt K
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Professional Engraving
Replies: 26
Views: 400

Re: Professional Engraving

So, your saying the trombones are engraved by hand, soooo how does one practice to get good at trombone engraving? So practice on trombones, maybe a beater student horn to practice engraving on. My guess is the engraving is done after the shiny stuff. Those Shires though...... there engravers must ...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: History of the Greenhoe
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: History of the Greenhoe

Shires did have some relationship to Gary but it's fairly complicated memory serving. Matt Walker is a member here and has corrected quite a few misconceptions surrounding the horns over time. I believe some of them here but mostly on the previous forum for which the posts are not backed up which is...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Fire Sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Fire Sale!

Update: I discovered the Rudy Muck bell section actually works swimmingly well on my Yamaha slide so I'm going to just sell the slide. New price for just the slide - $100. Can include the slide connector in maybe two weeks when I get it swapped out for the Yamaha receiver. Gig bags with the slide co...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Fire Sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Fire Sale!

Pending sales/trades on:

Shires T08LW Slide w/ Saturn Key, S1YM8 Bell, silver plated tuning slide, 2.5N leadpipe. - $1200 + Shipping


SKB462 - $80 + shipping
Bach Counterweight - $20 + shipping
Bach 36 Corporation Leadpipe - $80 + shipping


Getting the pictures for everything people requested now.
by Matt K
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Fire Sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Fire Sale!

So I have two emails I need to get back to but I think I'm finally caught up otherwise. Thank you so much for everyone who has been patient with me. I have a few horns and misc. items that I'm trying to liquidate so I can reclaim some of my office space! I've posted most of these before but I don't ...
by Matt K
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB replacement slide for King Tempo trombone
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: WTB replacement slide for King Tempo trombone

You'll probably more quickly and cheaply take it to a tech to replace. King student model parts are cheap. You'll probably come in less than $100 or perhaps slightly around that area.
by Matt K
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 946

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

brtnats wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:33 am
@Matt: I was referring to the neck clearance of the player using a tenor slide crook instead of a bass crook.
::whoosh:: on me, yay for 5AM reading comprehension :shuffle:
by Matt K
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 946

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

I played a 36 with a Hagmann. Played really well. Was not too narrow. IF you’re an absolute giant of a player, you’ll have trouble. But you’d probably have trouble with with a 36B or an 88H anyway. That perception is probably coming from the horn itself or the valve for which you put on it. Hagmann...
by Matt K
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Loose leadpipe
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Loose leadpipe

Trying to visualize that solution (which sounds like a good and more permanent one). Is this ring ABOVE the threads -- so you could still use the threads on other horns, for example? Or does it make the threads non-functional? Actually, you could do exactly what I did now that I think about it. Shi...
by Matt K
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adjustment when doubling
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Adjustment when doubling

Practice switching between them. This is aided immeasurably by me by having only two rim sizes that I regularly practice on - XT104N and LB114. If you'lll be switching back and forth throughout the gig... practice it that way. If you won't be, figure out the order tha tyou'll be playing them in and ...
by Matt K
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Loose leadpipe
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Loose leadpipe

Another option is to have a tech solder a little ring around the top and the file it down until it fits more snugly. I had a COnn 36 with a Shires ring that a tech filed down for me. That is actually now my favored configuration because its pretty snug but will never get totally stuck like the threa...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?
Replies: 17
Views: 946

Re: Hagmann valve narrow slide neck clearance?

It's actually cheaper to make it fixed than modular in my experience. Though the difference is not a tremendous amount. Open wraps are cheaper than some of the closed/semi-closed wraps too (the 3BF rotor on a King has a lot of solder points for example). But you also then have to buy all the parts (...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mt Vernon mouthpieces - hate and love
Replies: 29
Views: 1074

Re: Mt Vernon mouthpieces - hate and love

In the Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band the tenors use Conn 44h, 24h, 4h or Bach 6 which all are .485 bore to be as close to the dinosaur-old trombone-section-sound of the Basie Band as possible. We have to play vintage because no new horns exists over here in that size. Are there any new .485 horns ma...
by Matt K
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 40
Views: 1868

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

baBposaune wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:14 am
DOW HIGH VACUUM GREASE.
This is probably the stickiest I've ever used but be very careful - if you get it in your rotor you basically have to give it an acid bath to get it back to its original speed.
by Matt K
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 88H mix-and-match
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: 88H mix-and-match

Depends on what you're trying to do. The bell section is really what makes the difference in feel. A bass slide on a tenor bell still feels like a tenor to me. That said, I've been using my tenor bell on a bass slide as a bass in a big band and have even received complements for my bass sound from i...
by Matt K
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Bach Bass Trombone
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: Bach Bass Trombone

BristolBassBoneBob wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:33 pm
Chetbone please contact me via my email. I cannot respond to you by PM as I am a new member here. Regards. Bob
You now have two approved posts, so you can use th PM system
by Matt K
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach "B" marking on small shank mouthpieces
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Bach "B" marking on small shank mouthpieces

I'd be interested in knowing this as well. I have a Mt. Vernon 3G B With the "B" centered between the two.... but it has a threaded rim! THey aren't done particularly well. Bucket list to have Doug make a rim for me. Its much smaller than a 3G rim... or at least it feels so. But it's quite deep. Lik...
by Matt K
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New rotor valves
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: New rotor valves

Ironically, Yamaha rotors are quite different than most of their other parts. They are exorbitantly expensive and rarely available from my experience. I would also second hornbuilder's advice on rebuilding them if you hadn't mentioned that there were tears in some of the components. Also, who knows ...
by Matt K
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Yamaha ysl-548G
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: FS: Yamaha ysl-548G

Really the big difference is that they have different levels of trim. The 548 isn't my cup of tea but the ones I've played have all been good players.
by Matt K
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 525/547 slide?
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: 525/547 slide?

I love mine. It's a franken-slide made from a 645 upper and an 8820 crook + lower tubes. Compatible with Shires. Takes small and large shank leadpipes though I currently only have one for a small shank. Very, very easy to play but still gives a broad sound when I need it. I seldom play classical stu...
by Matt K
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Warburton vs Greg black
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Warburton vs Greg black

Which Warburton to which Greg Black? Now that there are such a plethora of options out there, it isn't like there is a perfectly linear relationship between all mouthpieces of a particular manufacturer.
by Matt K
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: ERGObone
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: ERGObone

If you buy directly from ERGOBrass, you can order the parts piecemeal instead of purchasing the whole set.
by Matt K
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .485 bore tenors
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: .485 bore tenors

As of a few years ago, Shires made a slide for a TIS Conn from the 20s for a friend of mine.Not sure if they'd do it now, but you don't have to get a totally new horn if slide parts are your primary concern.
by Matt K
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Edwards t396a change bell?
Replies: 16
Views: 578

Re: Edwards t396a change bell?

What did they mean it was too old? People are seeking out bells from horns made in the 1930s and paying top dolar for them (NY Bachs). I have a feeling there is a game of telephone being played
by Matt K
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lead content in brass mouthpieces?
Replies: 26
Views: 728

Re: Lead content in brass mouthpieces?

Fundamental rule about studies and claims that "a study has shown that ...": Don't believe anything until you've read the complete study and evaluated all of the methodology -- including cohort selection and recruitment, data analysis (and things like "stratification" and other ways of slicing and ...
by Matt K
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Lead content in brass mouthpieces?
Replies: 26
Views: 728

Re: Lead content in brass mouthpieces?

As someone who does cancer research, the study would very likely not be possible with the current levels of data that we have. I'm not aware of any data source that indicates if someone is a brass player or not. Some of them indicate occupation, which includes musician, but it isn't specific enough....
by Matt K
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .485 bore tenors
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: .485 bore tenors

You might want to consider a dual bore option. The Yamahas are usually a good price point, for example, and play very similarly to other single bore horns in that size range. You might be surprised to discover you might not be able to tell a difference, if you have the option to try one. You can als...
by Matt K
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .485 bore tenors
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: .485 bore tenors

Shires and Rath. Everyone else of f the top of my head are dual bore or start larger.
by Matt K
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1838

Re: Small Bass

I mean, Gerry Pagano isn't a nobody and sees a reason; that doesn't mean us mortals necessarily need one but it isn't like something that is totally out of left field. Having done similar projects myself, my original intention was to make something that would be capable of being my everything horn. ...
by Matt K
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3B-F - what's it worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: King 3B-F - what's it worth?

That's a reasonable price. I've seen them go for twice that and for half of that, relative to their condition. Sounds like this is somewhere in the middle. Possibly slightly undervalued but if you ask $900 or so (as I have for the YSL646 I have for sale that's in similar condition) it'll possibly ta...
by Matt K
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1838

Re: Small Bass

I'd probably consider replacing the upper cork barrel depending on how much money you want to sink into it. A new part from Shries with a collar was around ~$150 a few years ago (including the labor from my tech to swap out). It may well be the Bach pipe if the receiver was worn and it doesn't neces...
by Matt K
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Small Bass
Replies: 37
Views: 1838

Re: Small Bass

Lots of talk about leadpipes that I didn't get to read on this thread: It looks like you are using the stock pipe? I'd probably swap that out before trying other things. Articulations can be made much cleaner with a leadpipe swap depending on what you're going for. Either a change of material to som...
by Matt K
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB CONN 32H BURKLE MODEL
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: WTB CONN 32H BURKLE MODEL

Good to go!
by Matt K
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS - Yamaha 356R
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Re: FS - Olds Opera and Yamaha 356R

Is the 356 the one with the red bell and nickel slide? Can't tell from the picture (could be my phone...)
by Matt K
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Hissy/fuzzy sound
Replies: 22
Views: 2266

Re: Hissy/fuzzy sound

Thank you! That give me an idea where to start looking. I also feel like I can't get enough air through it, but could it be a side effect of being a euphonium player? Ooo. That seems like a different problem, if your description is accurate. The vibrating lips meter the air at each pitch. There is ...
by Matt K
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Bach Stradivarius 50B bass bone
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: FS: Bach Stradivarius 50B bass bone

You can tell from the serial # on the slide. It won't tell you the bell section, but you can tell that its at least early 80s because of the lack of CORPORATION stamp on the bell section, iirc.
by Matt K
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4882

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Degrees != certifications. They are both what you'd call a sorting-mechanism in economic jargon, but the incentive structure is vastly different. That isn't to say that conservatories and universities are perfect, but they are quite different. And you'd have to consider what a certificate would add ...
by Matt K
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A bad Thayer or a bad me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: A bad Thayer or a bad me?

Well, compared to a King bass (the 7B and 8B have the same rotors as the Duo Gravis/6B right?) it's larger but compared to most contemporary horns they're smaller. I haven't played one in a few years but when I last played one, I thought it played really well. But I was mostly a tenor player at the ...
by Matt K
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A bad Thayer or a bad me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: A bad Thayer or a bad me?

It's probably a miscommunication on the part of the marketers. Unless something has changed. As of say, a year or so ago when I talked with some people in the know about it, the slides were the 'standard' size but the valves were under-/over-sized depending on if it was bass or tenor respectively.
by Matt K
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A bad Thayer or a bad me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: A bad Thayer or a bad me?

I can confirm that Yamaha's leadpipe even on the 830 seems to be tighter than that of Bach's bass. When I play-tested them side-by-side (50B3L and 830) the Bach seemed to try to suck me in, while the Yamaha fights back a little. However, I didn't remember having problem with focusing when using the...
by Matt K
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A bad Thayer or a bad me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: A bad Thayer or a bad me?

Bruce mentioned something similar not too long ago about that model Yamaha as well and I think it's not an unreasonable characterization perhaps even independent (pun intended) of the valve choice. It is a student horn after all and the Yamahas of that ilk that I've played have all had fairly 'tight...
by Matt K
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best case that holds music and trombone stand
Replies: 17
Views: 1607

Re: Best case that holds music and trombone stand

The protect series "Platinum" gig bag is actually surprisingly good. (https://www.dillonmusic.com/protec-tenor-trombone-bag-platinum-series-black.html) I just picked up one a few months ago and I've been digging it for that horn. It is a gig bag, so it's fairly lightweight but it also has pouches fo...
by Matt K
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: A bad Thayer or a bad me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1163

Re: A bad Thayer or a bad me?

Another thing to consider is that, particularly stock thayers, are a lot more leaky by their design. If you pick one up at a store that hasn't been oiled in awhile, it's probably not going to seal very well whereas if you do the same with a rotor, it'll be a lot more forgiving. (The oil actually hel...
by Matt K
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: dimensins of marching valve trombone case
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: dimensins of marching valve trombone case

They're enormous, but a box. I don't have one because I threw both of mine away when I got both of my respective horns horn as they are so large. (It was basically the horn + a few inches in each direction). One of them was also musty, which was more important in the decision for that one. One was a...
by Matt K
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Shires mpc 5G
Replies: 8
Views: 480

Re: Shires mpc 5G

I must have tried a New Classic, as it seemed more similar to Schilke than Bach (I’m playing a Bach these days). And not expensive. (Old stock perhaps) If you tried a 5G, you tried the "Vintage" one, which is a copy of a Bach piece. (Their "New Classic" ones have suffixes like "MD" for a similar de...

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