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by TimBrown
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 1614

Re: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?

Either a Bach 42B or a Bach 36B.
by TimBrown
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 1986

Re: In defense of Yamaha

I'm not understanding the distinction you're making between "closed" and "semi-closed". Bach and Conn closed wrap trombones have two small radius crooks and one large radius crook. Don't Yamaha closed wraps also have two small radius crooks and one large radius crook? I think the reason Conn change...
by TimBrown
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 1986

Re: In defense of Yamaha

My 421G doesn't not pull for low B. That and it being a single-trigger bass is probably why Yamaha designates it as an "intermediate" horn. I doubt it could be used effectively for higher-end technical low passages. But all of that is okay with me. It suits my needs at present. And the sound of Yama...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 1986

Re: In defense of Yamaha

In the past several years I have bought three brand-new Yamahas. I was amazed at their condition; clean as a whistle inside and totally gig-ready right out of their cases! Prior to this, I had bought two brand-new Kanstuls. I believe Kanstuls are good horns. But it took me about 1/2 hour of work on ...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 1986

Re: In defense of Yamaha

The professional music scene is so competitive, a top-tier performer (or wannabe) needs all they edge they can get. The rest of us - probably not so much.

If there is any bias against Yamaha trombones, I wonder if it is more between longitude lines than anything.
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 1986

Re: In defense of Yamaha

FWIW; I play Yamaha "intermediate" models exclusively. I can state with all sincerity and honesty that it isn't the horns that are the limiting factor. It's me. My instructor gave my "intermediate" horns a test drive. I will never be able to get out of them in the rest of my short lifetime what he g...
by TimBrown
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 42
Views: 1355

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

Eyedoc wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:45 am
Are these positive responses with the 2G with modern stock VB 2G as available to purchase now or with magical Mt Vernon productions that are a rarity to find?
Mine is a brand-new one, from Hickeys (if I may).
by TimBrown
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 42
Views: 1355

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

This thread has changed my mind-set on the Bach 2G. I had thought it was a trash mouthpiece that could not be used for credible melodic lows on even a single-trigger bass trombone. But I decided to have at a little experiment this morning with it, a 1.5G and a 1.25G. I play against Band-in-a-Box wit...
by TimBrown
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?
Replies: 13
Views: 1577

Re: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?

Oh wow--that Jimmy Knepper solo! He had the most amazing tone of any trombonist I've ever heard. I don't always care for the way he articulates, but I can just drink in that tone all day. FWIW, I totally agree with you! Warts and all - hands down - a great sound. Totally appropriate for his horn an...
by TimBrown
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Intermediate Bass Trombones
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: Intermediate Bass Trombones

Does the Yamaha YBL-421G have an in-tune low C? And can it be "lipped" down to a B? I remember having a reasonable faked low B on a B&H single valve bass, but that was a long time ago, so my judgement may be a little out. I have to extend the slide out as far as possible on my 421G for a decent low...
by TimBrown
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 299
Views: 42349

Re: What we're doing

... Post a little something, maybe on a weekly or even daily basis, about what you're doing trombone-wise or musically. I know some of you are on YouTube regularly so that might seem a little redundant. But for the rest of us I think it would be interesting to find out where you all are in your "pr...
by TimBrown
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?
Replies: 20
Views: 970

Re: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?

Tim: 620 tenor or 620 bass? I play a 610 tenor (Bach 5G) and a 620 tenor (Bach 3G) and a 421G single bass (Bach 1.5G). I would someday like to add a beautiful 356R medium tenor. But I just bought the 421G, so I better cool it a while [sigh]. To my knowledge, the bass you are inquiring about is a 62...
by TimBrown
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?
Replies: 20
Views: 970

Re: YBL-421 YBL-321 YBL-322 differences ?

I hope that one works well for you. If it has mechanical issues but you like the sound and response, you could probably find a good used one here in the states. It seems to be one of the “horns of choice” for students who want to try bass trombone. Many college-aged kids sell their 421Gs in order t...
by TimBrown
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 299
Views: 42349

Re: What we're doing

Learning to play single-trigger bass trombone on my new Yamaha 421G that I bought from Quinn! I don't care that it's rated as an "intermediate horn". It's a lot of fun for what I want to do and I love the sound!
by TimBrown
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 1383

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

The right answer is to learn it. But for those of us subversives, there is - hypothetically speaking - another way. That hypothetical other way would be to write it out as is using a free-ware musical notation program and then - click, click - have the program translate it into bass clef and print i...
by TimBrown
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?

That said, I can play a pretty nice D5 at the end of a high ballad and can squeak out an Eb5 in a high ballad (such as found in the bridge on "Wave"), after the rest. Hi Tim, Would I be right in thinking that you're playing Wave in Eb rather than in D, and playing the middle 8 in a higher octave to...
by TimBrown
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?

I'm an elderly student, having picked up the trombone very, very late in life. Please don't write any etudes above the good old-fashioned high-school high Bb! IMHO, it isn't necessary to write for everyone what perhaps some guys can do well. If it's too "low" for those gifted folks, they can play it...
by TimBrown
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Transitioning to larger mouthpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 846

Re: Transitioning to larger mouthpiece

Just a little Yamaha housekeeping: ysl-610 straight .547 ysl-620 f-attachment .547 ysl-630 straight .525 ysl-620 F-attachment .5255 I have a 630 (straight .525) currently paired with a Bach 6.5 AL. It doesn't get a lot of playtime. I have a 620 F-attachment. The horn in question at the moment. I pl...
by TimBrown
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: E-pull
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: E-pull

I'm practicing the e-pull excercises in the GR book and was curious why this skill is never discussed here? I purposely bought a single rotor horn because the music I play generally doesn't have low B's and not having that second rotor saves some weight that this old man doesn't have to hold up! Bu...
by TimBrown
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making play-a-long tracks
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Making play-a-long tracks

https://officialrealbook.com/backing-tracks/ Very cool! It's not what the OP was asking about, but a terrific product! They must be quite new. I was just looking at all the Fake Books a couple weeks ago and didn't see this. Volume 1 is available in Bb right now, so I hope the rest of the volumes wi...
by TimBrown
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making play-a-long tracks
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Making play-a-long tracks

..well try this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=kEauVQv2Quc&feature=emb_logo Only $399? Lol! I can't speak for the OP and he isn't guiding this discussion, so maybe he is already satisfied. It's a great tool for a lot of things, but it still doesn't achieve the standard I hav...
by TimBrown
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making play-a-long tracks
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Making play-a-long tracks

Er.. search Google with this? "remove vocal software" About the same result as panning. There is still what I consider to be a significant amount of bleed. It might suffice for a practice session, but I wouldn't try to put on any kind of a performance using accompaniments I gleaned from one of the ...
by TimBrown
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making play-a-long tracks
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Making play-a-long tracks

I mentioned Melodyne (and their like). Engineers state that they are getting a fairly good handle on software being able to detect pitches and render a midi file. If that is truly so, then I'm wondering if it can be used to create a midi file of a complete song - with soloist(s) and accompaniment. I...
by TimBrown
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making play-a-long tracks
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Making play-a-long tracks

To my knowledge, not in the purest sense that I believe you (and I) desire. Some people claim that Melodyne is the answer, but I have yet to see anyone step forward with a demo that is convincing. So let's let that be a challenge on this Forum! About the best I have ever been able to achieve is to r...
by TimBrown
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How should one clean their mouth before playing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1008

Re: How should one clean their mouth before playing?

Great, thanks all! I'll resort to toothbrushing and rinsing with water (since I eat and snack throughout the day and play multiple times), and clean my mouthpieces more often. I usually use sanitizing alcohol on the mouthpieces but that may be overkill. I'm not a dentist, although I have been known...
by TimBrown
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How should one clean their mouth before playing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1008

Re: How should one clean their mouth before playing?

For me, it is three-fold: 1) lots of water to rinse the oral cavity of any acids and phlegm from various foods 2) mechanically remove solids - however small - so they do not go into the horn 3) thoroughly clean all the slide components after EVERY use (mouthpiece gets washed before every use). I hav...
by TimBrown
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 57
Views: 4582

Re: New section suggestion

I told my wife that when I retired, I wanted to learn how to play the trombone in the worst way. She recently told me, "Mission accomplished".
by TimBrown
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Large bore straight tenor
Replies: 23
Views: 1767

Re: Large bore straight tenor

I am pretty sure other horns would fit what I am about to describe, but for me - I love the Yamaha 620/610 combo. I simply swap the 610 bell out for the 620 bell, pop in a larger mouthpiece and I can instantly go from high tenor on my straight 610 to - what I call - baby bass on my trigger 620 bell....
by TimBrown
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Dick Nash Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: Dick Nash Videos

What a sound - consistent from top to bottom! Such fluency! Dick Nash should have gained much more popular recognition. I know he was highly regarded among musicians and studio moguls, but he should have had a larger public fan base!
by TimBrown
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2375

Re: ITF 2019

This! But you'll probably need a FB account to watch Jim Nova's "From Light To Dark", featuring the ITF All-Stars.

https://www.facebook.com/inttrbfestival ... 888526370/
by TimBrown
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Dick Nash Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: Dick Nash Videos

Couldn't agree more! In the first clip things aren't quite firing on all cylinders so to speak, but Dick just calmly gets on with it so most punters wouldn't notice. Sublime professionalism indeed. Dick has been a hero of mine since I first heard him on a Mancini album when I was about 12 years old...
by TimBrown
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 27
Views: 3507

Re: Jazz Trombones

Curtis Fuller also used a small mouthpiece - a King 28 I believe, even with the huge Opera - which helped him sound more like he was playing a small horn than a big one. I own an Opera and while it’s an amazing horn to play, it can be a real challenge to play in a section or other settings where bl...
by TimBrown
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Dick Nash Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: Dick Nash Videos

Thank you! It's always nicer to actually see the performer in action! I love studying players who appear totally relaxed when they do that thing they do. It's inspiring!
by TimBrown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz Trombones
Replies: 27
Views: 3507

Re: Jazz Trombones

Curtis playing what - for him - was a "jazz" horn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDqJcq_xqg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2ybTXdym8waWQkqBMJuf_n4b3kv8VXEe0eBEEHeUC3a7_ZphGYdjqOoJw But then again, this was a smallish combo and he didn't have to scream un-mic'd over a large band with everyone else bl...
by TimBrown
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Martin-Leblanc TR4501 Serial Numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 675

Re: Martin-Leblanc TR4501 Serial Numbers

4501 is the Urbie model. Great horns Yes! But what a lot of people don't know is that there are two models. There is an early one with a 7 1/2" bell and straight hand-brace on the slide. There is another - later - model with an 8" bell and a curved hand-brace on the slide. Both are excellent horns,...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Weed Killer
Replies: 19
Views: 1416

Re: Weed Killer

OR we could all have a paradigm shift and re-think that "weeds" are okay, as long as they aren't the extremely invasive kind - like Canada Thistle or some type of weed tree - which can both be dealt with surgically. I've intentionally sown clover into a part of my lawn. What's wrong with clover? Be...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Not a whole lot of activity
Replies: 26
Views: 2067

Re: Not a whole lot of activity

Speaking of Facebook groups, are there any good ones I’m missing? I’m a member of the Trombone Marketplace, Trombone Pedagogy, and the Bass Trombone Appreciation Society. Any other good ones with interesting content? I like "Jazz Trombonists on Facebook". I believe Paul The Trombonist owns that gro...
by TimBrown
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Not a whole lot of activity
Replies: 26
Views: 2067

Re: Not a whole lot of activity

For me, it's a dilution thing. I belong to 12 Face Book-based trombone groups. We all only have so much time in a day and there is increasingly more competition for our attention. Look at all the channels and networks on tv! I like this iteration and props to all who make it be, but Trombone Chat is...
by TimBrown
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Warm-up sequence
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Warm-up sequence

Could it be that your perception gets altered when playing a smaller, higher-pitched instrument? I know that for myself, when I want to at least think I am sounding better on my larger horn, I will play it with a smaller, tighter mouthpiece for a while and then let out a sigh of relief when I revert...
by TimBrown
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Mouthpiece Care
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Mouthpiece Care

Washed and towel-dried before I play, however many times a day that might be.
by TimBrown
Thu May 30, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Express?
Replies: 19
Views: 2131

Re: Mouthpiece Express?

I have found gold plating to be more comfortable on the face during longer periods of playing. Yes. I have seen that assertion expressed as well. Hard to argue against that with which someone feels comfortable! The only caution I would make to the OP (or anyone) is to be pretty certain gold-plating...
by TimBrown
Thu May 30, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Express?
Replies: 19
Views: 2131

Re: Mouthpiece Express?

Why do you gold plate a mouthpiece? Does the plating go on over the existing silver plating or does it go on instead of sliver plating? If the former, does the "thickening" of the mouthpiece (two platings instead of one) change the response of the mouthpiece? If the later, does it only change the f...
by TimBrown
Wed May 29, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Express?
Replies: 19
Views: 2131

Re: Mouthpiece Express?

Mouthpiece Express is my absolute go-to for either gold-plated or plain mouthpieces. I have found the gold-plated ones to be of outstanding quality. I can order a gold-plated mouthpiece from them on a Monday and have it by Wednesday! Their name says it all.
by TimBrown
Thu May 16, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is .547 a catch-all?
Replies: 33
Views: 2327

Re: Is .547 a catch-all?

I don't believe either Slide Hampton or James Morrison got the message of the inversatility of a large-bore horn. Lol. There are always the exceptions! For my own personal use as an amateur hobbyist, I find a large-bore horn works very well for jazzy pop tunes from all decades. As I would with any s...
by TimBrown
Sat May 04, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music

I used to speculate on why we still play old standards. When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, his reply was, "Because that's where the money is". We still play old standards b/c that's where the melodies (and beautiful chord changes) are! The newer fare may have a certain youthful feel-g...
by TimBrown
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music

Here we go. Buh-bye human composers. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

https://openai.com/blog/musenet/
by TimBrown
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 4593

Re: High Ab unstable

If I tune my Yamaha to play a nice Ab in 1st, I lose low C in flat 7th, unless I heroically lip it down and I already do have to lip it down a little bit! But since I already have a nice Ab in 3rd, I choose to tune the horn in such a way as to be able to have all the rest of the notes easily availab...
by TimBrown
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Finding the custom horn for me
Replies: 88
Views: 5907

Re: Finding the custom horn for me

I got to thinking about Ian Bousfield, who was an exceptional young player at one time. Conn 88H at the conservatory. I became aware of him when he showed up in town promoting the Yam 682B in his LSO day’s. Back to Conn with Vienna. Now Getzen. And I’m sure there have been several more. If I had th...
by TimBrown
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Passover and your 'bone
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Passover and your 'bone

I worked as a dietary director of a Jewish facility for a number of years. Here is what I learned in the Passover preparedness procedures we followed back then: Anything metal can be cleaned and purified. Part of the purification ritual was for a mashgiach to pass a flame over the metal surfaces of ...
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Does anyone change mpc’s regularly?
Replies: 20
Views: 2579

Re: Does anyone change mpc’s regularly?

As my playing advanced and my embouchure developed - yes. But at this point it's increasingly becoming more of a function of what size horn I am playing and what type of sound I am after to fit within the genre of music I am playing. Mostly, the rim size has stabilized, but the cup config and bore/b...

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