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by Matt K
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Covid Policy
Replies: 6
Views: 2306

Covid Policy

Hi everyone, the moderators have been talking about this a few days, and we came up with this: Any Covid talk is fine, and since it affects all of us very personally, no restrictions on talking about how the restrictions are affecting you. However, generalizations about swaths of people are unproduc...
by Matt K
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Yamaha 645 Medium Bore
Replies: 5
Views: 1980

Re: Yamaha 645 Medium Bore

This is going to potentially sound like a weird arrangement, but if someone wants a medium bore F attachment horn w/ 8" bell instead of a straight one with 8.5" that you'd get with this... I would happily trade my 356 bell section for this bell section if you were to buy this. (Obviously, this offer...
by Matt K
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Turning down a gig
Replies: 44
Views: 12178

Re: Turning down a gig

I'm going to go ahead and temporarily lock this down (pun intended) while we confer about if we want to draw a line sine there are aspects of this that are non political but aspects that are clearly political.... and it HAS turned into a political thing in many countries other than the US too, and a...
by Matt K
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Bach Mt Vernon Model 9 (not the mpc model!), Pbone, Edwards Bell/Leadpipe/Tuning slide
Replies: 11
Views: 2116

Re: FS: Bach Mt Vernon Model 9 (not mpc!), Pbone, Edwards Bell/Leadpipe/Tuning slide

As noted, I had direct experience with this Bach 9 and can confirm that it is a fantastic Bach. I ended up selling because I wanted to tweak it... but didn't want to at the same time because it was such an unbelievably nice horn. I sold this off to fund the purchase of a medium bore and if I had the...
by Matt K
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Material: Leadpipe vs crook vs tuning slide vs bell (Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Replies: 13
Views: 2213

Re: Material: Leadpipe vs crook vs tuning slide vs bell (Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Yeah I agree with Andy, other than I find a touch of nickel almost always helps my tone quality be more flexible but I also gravitate towards redder bells and so that makes sense. But I've played some unbelievable horns that don't fit what I'd build on paper. Neobri has a spectacular Bach 50 with Ra...
by Matt K
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Anyone actually use reeve sleeves?
Replies: 12
Views: 3171

Re: Anyone actually use reeve sleeves?

The most notable player I am aware of that extensively plays with the "gap" is probably Sam Burtis. I'm not aware of him having joined TBC but he was fairly active on TBF when it was around. Anything I am about to say is relying on a lesson I had with maybe 6-7 years ago and maybe stuff I picked up ...
by Matt K
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Venturi size
Replies: 11
Views: 2917

Re: Venturi size

They probably ran out of stock and since Kanstul went out business can't furnish additional pipes so they removed them from the table.
by Matt K
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: First solo to transcribe?
Replies: 8
Views: 5343

Re: First solo to transcribe?

A couple of very common ones are Miles Davis "So What" and Lester Young in "Lester Leaps In". Curtis Fuller on Blue Train is also pretty approachable.
by Matt K
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Add classified sections for modular systems
Replies: 3
Views: 2596

Re: Add classified sections for modular systems

I actually originally was planning on doing it that way initially; however, at the time the consensus was that we wanted to reduce friction since it's not very hard to search. I've subsequently changed to that opinion myself having now used it for awhile. I can pick out anything I might be intereste...
by Matt K
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke 52E2 Mouthpiece (Trombone)
Replies: 12
Views: 2661

Re: Schilke 52E2 Mouthpiece (Trombone)

Oh actually I have direct experience with this situation. I played a 52E2 for about a semester of college for the same reason you did. I was on a 5Gish mouthpiece and felt I was working too hard to get a "dark" sound out of it. I have always been a very "bright" player and the 52E2 did help somewhat...
by Matt K
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .525/.547 slide players : large or small shank leadpipe, and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 3002

Re: .525/.547 slide players : large or small shank leadpipe, and why?

Thanks, Matt, for this really valuable advice for me. I'm using a LT103/E/E4 or E8 at the moment, and feel quite the same as you mention. I'm still in balance between the large bore or the small bore settings, I quite dig the fuller sound in the middle register with the large shank setup than the o...
by Matt K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning slides?
Replies: 15
Views: 3059

Re: Tuning slides?

I have a straight neckpipe on my large bore horn that I use when I'm not needing the F attachment. Ironically, I use an F attachment on my commercial horn though. I mostly do it because of weight. Lighter = easier to hold.
by Matt K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Help deciding on bass trombone MP
Replies: 11
Views: 2644

Re: Help deciding on bass trombone MP

Schilke 59 is a tad larger than the Bach 1 1/2 G (more like equivalent to the 1 1/4 G) I played one for a number of years when I finally found the 1 1/2 G was a little smaller than I wanted. The Schilke size comparable to the 1 1/2 G is 58. The Yamaha size comparable to the 1 1/2 G is 59 (go figure...
by Matt K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Help deciding on bass trombone MP
Replies: 11
Views: 2644

Re: Help deciding on bass trombone MP

If you like the Schilke 51D, certainly try a Schilke 59. It's not as ubiquitous as the Bach 1.5G, at least anecdotally, but it's still widely popular. The rim is a little narrower on it than the Bachs which I certainly have a preference for. AFAIK, Doug based some of his rims off of the 59/60 and I ...
by Matt K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .525/.547 slide players : large or small shank leadpipe, and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 3002

Re: .525/.547 slide players : large or small shank leadpipe, and why?

For my 525/547, I either use a Conn 52H (small shank) with an XT104N/E/E4 or a Conn "X" leadpipe with an XT104N/Shires 6.5AL or an XTE/E8. The former in commercial settings, the latter in classical settings... usually. The large shank makes a big difference and as other noted, feels much closer to a...
by Matt K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Add... "Active topics (not classifieds)"
Replies: 10
Views: 5041

Re: Add... "Active topics (not classifieds)"

Hi all, sorry for the extended hiatus! As if being the father of a toddler in addition to the craziness of 2020 wasn't enough, I'm also working on a huge project personally so I've been totally booked solid; haven't had time to think straight! So the major issue here is that while some people have n...
by Matt K
Wed May 27, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 77
Views: 9119

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

Why do people drive old cars? They like them.
by Matt K
Wed May 27, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Winning an audition when the audition didn't go well.
Replies: 12
Views: 1866

Re: Winning an audition when the audition didn't go well.

A similar thing happened to me when I was in HS. Despite never having played bass trombone at that point in time, won the bass trombone spot in an orchestra sponsored by ASTA (American String Teachers Association). Week long thing, they flew every one out to New Mexico and we spent a week with condu...
by Matt K
Tue May 26, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Potential “FrankenBone”
Replies: 18
Views: 2162

Re: Potential “FrankenBone”

Unfortunately, adding value to something like this invariably involves spending more money than you get "value" out of in purely financial terms. E.g. even if you buy the horn for $0 and get it relacquered, you're maybe going to break even on a small bore unless its a boutique for the most part. Sim...
by Matt K
Tue May 19, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Tenor leadpipe in a bass?
Replies: 16
Views: 1853

Re: Tenor leadpipe in a bass?

If you want a real trip, put a 508 or smaller pipe in a 562 slide!
by Matt K
Tue May 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach NY era mouthpieces
Replies: 52
Views: 5293

Re: Bach NY era mouthpieces

There are 30+ citations to scientific literature on the subject in the Wiki I posted. For that matter, I'm not sure why its ridiculous that you would make a decision "in your head" or why people would be to be unable to play whatever they want to play because of a decision they made "in their head"....
by Matt K
Tue May 19, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach NY era mouthpieces
Replies: 52
Views: 5293

Re: Bach NY era mouthpieces

Choice-supportive bias is a pretty well documented phenomena, as is the placebo effect. We're talking about something that is essentially a purely subjective experience with a near infinite set of choices. Nobody here, as far as I can tell, is suggesting that it is purely irrational to play a Mt. V...
by Matt K
Tue May 19, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach Soloist Assumptions
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Bach Soloist Assumptions

I for one was glad to learn that the Benge 165F is still alive under the assumed identity of Bach Soloist. I always thought it was superior to the Bach 4BF. (Does the Soloist still have the same string-actuated rotary valve?) Do they still sell the Bach soloist? I think it too is dead, presently. T...
by Matt K
Tue May 19, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Classifieds Question
Replies: 4
Views: 4973

Re: Classifieds Question

There are some pretty devastating things going on in the real world at the moment. My default would be to assume something came up. That said, I've been contacted by a few people indicating they haven't been certain if another member received their email. Of course, this platform doesn't handle emai...
by Matt K
Thu May 14, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: DIY Accessory bag?
Replies: 20
Views: 8269

Re: DIY Accessory bag?

I did DIY for a long time... until I discovered the Protec mute bags. I bought one for my bass mutes and liked it so much I bought a second for my tenor mutes. They're the same price, or at least they were really close when I bought mine, so I just bought a second bass bag for the tenor mutes. Basic...
by Matt K
Wed May 13, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Beater Large Bore Horn
Replies: 26
Views: 2564

Re: Beater Large Bore Horn

I'm guessing he's referring to the "Help Identify TR-180" thread on the Trombone Forum. Those were fun times. I checked the archives and there's nothing there Oh well Yeah that's my bad; that archive utility was one of the first things I built as a programmer because we couldn't get in touch with t...
by Matt K
Tue May 12, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Classifieds search function
Replies: 2
Views: 6179

Re: Classifieds search function

I'm unable to reproduce. Any particular issue you're having?
by Matt K
Sat May 02, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece too large for the horn
Replies: 13
Views: 3017

Re: Mouthpiece too large for the horn

Definitely my experience too. I have an A cup from Doug that I used on my flugabone which is basically a really compressed value trombone.
by Matt K
Sat May 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Removable Leadpipes
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Removable Leadpipes

1) if the lead pipe is damaged there's not much of a reason to keep the old one. It can become corroded over the years. But it could also be fine. 2) easy to clean if its removed. Not necessary but nice. 3) on modular horns there there are a plethora of options, a slide might go on say, two very dif...
by Matt K
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 127
Views: 49780

Re: USPS

harrisonreed wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:18 am
I shipped something usps from Japan at the beginning of April, it only just left Japan on the 24th by plane and hasn't been updated since. That is one slow plane!
Have to stay in the air for 14 days to properly quarantine :wink:
by Matt K
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires ‘Silversonic’
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Shires ‘Silversonic’

It's also about what a King 3BSS vs a King 3B charges. WWBW has a 3B at ~$2400 whereas a 3BSS is $3700.
by Matt K
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Edwards vs Getzen custom
Replies: 14
Views: 2812

Re: Edwards vs Getzen custom

I believe the 3508 horns have chrome plated handgrips too. Perhaps they do that for others and it makes sense for those horns to just make a bunch of cork barrels in brass and put the "appropriate" level of finish on them for that "level" of horn.
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trouble holding Rath small bore
Replies: 13
Views: 2332

Re: Trouble holding Rath small bore

Somebody made some kind of device that clips to the fixed slide brace that does something like Fidbone's modification. I wish I could remember who it was. Oh yeah, the Wise Grip: https://www.hickeys.com/search/products/sku128045.php I think I have one but it only fit small bore horns and I wasn't p...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mount Vernon 4
Replies: 21
Views: 3345

Re: Mount Vernon 4

Seems like 12C and smaller were either more common or not tremendously desired. You can often find smaller Mt. Vernon pieces on eBay for not very much. 7C, 6.5AL/Clarke, 1.5G? $400. I think I've seen higher. Just now you can see a 12C and a 15C on there for <$30 but they're still accepting bids. 8s ...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 42BOF or A47BO?
Replies: 11
Views: 2318

Re: Bach 42BOF or A47BO?

It would be more accurate to say that the A47 bell has several valve options, rather that the A47 has bell options. The convenience of being able to switch from valve to straight horn is definitely nice and their neckpipes are really cheap.. like $150 or something new. Like unusually cheap for a bac...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modernize Vintage Horns
Replies: 141
Views: 16098

Re: Modernize Vintage Horns

If anything, wouldn't that demonstrate what Aidan is saying? Those are three rather distinct niches within the same country and they were all produced by that country as well and for sure the amount of people playing Mt. Vernons is much less prevalent than the volume of Elkhart 88Hs in the UK. At l...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Practice mute for JP Rath 236
Replies: 4
Views: 5204

Re: Practice mute for JP Rath 236

I've played my flugelhorn silent brass in a number of alto trombones and they've all worked, including several variations on the Jin Bao bell which I believe the 236 would be very similar to if not from the same mandrel.
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modernize Vintage Horns
Replies: 141
Views: 16098

Re: Modernize Vintage Horns

Much has transpired since I hit quote but I think this still makes sense - have to get back from my lunch break. Don't forget even certain orchestras and groups in the United States rely on instruments of certain vintage... Chicago Symphony has most (all?) of the players playing on modified Mount Ve...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 127
Views: 49780

Re: USPS

In the last month I've had packages come to me in the midwest from the east coast in 1 day. I've shipped to another location in the mideast in one day. I've also had something located around 200 miles away take three weeks to get to me.
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modernize Vintage Horns
Replies: 141
Views: 16098

Re: Modernize Vintage Horns

Just chiming in that I've gone the opposite direction. I've had mechanical linkages converted to string. The throw is just unparalleled. Eric Edwards did a wonderful job on one of my horns converting a Bach linkage into a very custom string linkage and I would do it again in a heartbeat. BUT there a...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Vincent Bach Stradivarius 50B(2) Bass Trombone
Replies: 19
Views: 2967

Re: Vincent Bach Stradivarius 50B(2) Bass Trombone

The classifieds really aren't the place for speculation about the OPs choices. As far as I can tell there are only three posts from them and we no next to nothing about the context. The often repeated advice here is to follow the guidance of a teacher for equipment choices for students; unless we ha...
by Matt K
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Larger bore tubing for bass bone 2nd valve.
Replies: 8
Views: 1418

Re: Larger bore tubing for bass bone 2nd valve.

That's awesome, if I'm ever in the area I'll hit you up!
by Matt K
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Larger bore tubing for bass bone 2nd valve.
Replies: 8
Views: 1418

Re: Larger bore tubing for bass bone 2nd valve.

FWIW, Hagmann offers this as a stock option on their TSBF+TSBDc valves which they describe as : Newest “ TWO STEP” style bass tb valve set : F valve with 14.8mm Bb duct bore and D valve with 15.2mm Bb duct bore. F and D ports with 15.00 mm bore. I don't know if any models offer this as stock or even...
by Matt K
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Conn 2h or similar bore size
Replies: 12
Views: 1798

Re: WTB: Conn 2h or similar bore size

Would a soprano trombone slide work? You can probably order new parts for those from Jupiter through a tech.
by Matt K
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching online?
Replies: 10
Views: 2130

Re: Teaching online?

I don't really see how my answer is much different than the article you posted.
by Matt K
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: For those of you who DON'T hate valve trombone...
Replies: 18
Views: 2875

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

Depends on what you're using it for. I had a Kanstul marching euph that I really, really liked but I had utterly no use for it. Very nice mellow sound, not too heavy, super open. That said, if I ever come across a Yamaha 354V for a price anywhere close to what you can get the slide version for I'd s...
by Matt K
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bach Repair/Mod Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1807

Re: Bach Repair/Mod Question

This is how I did it on my 42.20200414_195229.jpg Exactly!! Need to use nickel rod for stability and keep as short as possible!!!! I don't use a flange on my braces, but only because I haven't taken the time to practice making them! Eric BTW, this is from a guy knows how to bend rods. I still marve...
by Matt K
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bach Repair/Mod Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1807

Re: Bach Repair/Mod Question

Edwards sells a kit. It isn't cheap... I want to say $150 per part... I think I inquired last year about needing one of them and that's what they gave me. I ended up finding one from a Thayer conversion. But they will look a lot nicer than that.
by Matt K
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires equivalent to Gen 2 Conn 88 HO
Replies: 63
Views: 5805

Re: Shires equivalent to Gen 2 Conn 88 HO

Hah, I didn't expect that comment to blow up. I read that this morning before all these extra comments and I didn't get that impression at all. Just that for Chad, the Greenhoe 88 works better than the Getzen but are both good horns. I can't speak for him, but I get the impression that money has lar...
by Matt K
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learn trombone for $13.99!
Replies: 11
Views: 1496

Re: Learn trombone for $13.99!

You didn't realize that you could MASTER THE TROMBONE! For $11.99?

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