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by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do larger rims help endurance?
Replies: 20
Views: 1236

Re: Do larger rims help endurance?

The wide vs narrow rim (shape) issue is really about the combination of mouthpiece placement and face & teeth structure. Mostly where your nose is, relative to your top lip - how tall or short your top lip is. For a lot of players, a wide rim anchors onto the structure at the bottom of the nose, and...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do larger rims help endurance?
Replies: 20
Views: 1236

Re: Do larger rims help endurance?

"Conventional wisdom" and the points made so far are correct for some people some of the time. But embouchure function is very different for different people and conventional wisdom is often exactly backwards.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach SC 12
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Bach SC 12

I have a NY 15C and a 22SC that both have that same stamping with the comma.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Has Shires diversified?
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Has Shires diversified?

I think I'll start putting a hinge on my rims instead of threads.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Has Shires diversified?
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Has Shires diversified?

I thought Toto was a dog.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: DE mpc question
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: DE mpc question

Lexan expands with heat, so probably dipping it in very hot water would make it a bit easier to get off. Lexan is safe up to at least 275.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: DE mpc question
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: DE mpc question

I do none of those things. The hex is there to use a box-end wrench. If it's really stuck, hit the opposite end of the wrench to use impact, which will loosen it. Just hold it in your hand to do that, no need to use any kind of rubber grip. NEVER put vice-grips or pliers on any part of a mouthpiece....
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Has Shires diversified?
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Has Shires diversified?

Bass trombone mouthpiece
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Conn 38h repair
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Conn 38h repair

I would get outer tubes that fit and make a new non-tuning outer slide with the parts you already have.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Anyone know Harm Goeree, Netherlands
Replies: 18
Views: 1021

Re: Anyone know Harm Goeree, Netherlands

Looks like there are also complaints about him from almost a year ago.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 41
Views: 2170

Re: Extended length Slide?

I'm afraid you would have to prove to me that simply adding weight lowers the pitch, because I don't believe it. It probably changes the way a student holds the horn and therefore their playing mechanics, which can cause pitch issues depending on their embouchure type.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke 51 or Bach4G
Replies: 24
Views: 1613

Re: Schilke 51 or Bach4G

I would say the regular 51 is quite a bit different from itself.

It's supposed to be 1.01 but most of them are far from that.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Beatles - Here Comes the sun for TROMBONES
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: The Beatles - Here Comes the sun for TROMBONES

Bravo, that was fantastic.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: Superfine Handcrafted Cases - SALE!
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: Superfine Handcrafted Cases

jacobgarchik wrote: FWIW, I am not a fan of the seperate case idea. I would be afraid to get into some semantic argument with a flight attendant over whether or not it's "one carry-on".
That did actually happen to me, but I won by saying it's one instrument that separates just to fit better in the overhead.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 41
Views: 2170

Re: Extended length Slide?

Even a little bit of extra length makes the slide feel significantly heavier.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: F. Schmidt large bore
Replies: 15
Views: 1242

Re: F. Schmidt large bore

If it came from Texas that's a clue
by Doug Elliott
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: F. Schmidt large bore
Replies: 15
Views: 1242

Re: F. Schmidt large bore

As far as I know it is strictly a Chinese made Brook Mays name.
A while back I was wondering the same thing and that's what I came up with.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting past mental blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: Getting past mental blocks

Hi Doug! I think you're right. I feel that my problems were intitially physical/chop issues which have now switched to becoming something mental. I've recently been playing some socially distanced duets and quintets and the issues that have been plauging me in individual practice the past month or ...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting past mental blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: Getting past mental blocks

"Mental blocks" are sometimes physical blocks that have become mental. And sometimes the reverse is true too.

The way I play, and teach, is to make sure the physical stuff is out of the way first. Then you can just play at your best.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: CHRISTIAN LINDBERG TROMBONE WARMUP
Replies: 20
Views: 1430

Re: CHRISTIAN LINDBERG TROMBONE WARMUP

I have a hard time getting past his sound.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Joseph Alessi's Last Day at Edwards
Replies: 12
Views: 1530

Re: Joseph Alessi's Last Day at Edwards

And it's probably not even legal to use the video.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pixie mute fitting
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: Pixie mute fitting

Al Gray always recommended that. It makes some difference but not much.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?

Exercises would be useless without modifying how you're doing it. If that's the way you sound up there, the first thing to look at is your mouth cavity being too open to support those notes. It's not about strength, it's about form and how you do it. There's lots more about it that I teach but I wou...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: WTB: Soundproofing panels for walls
Replies: 16
Views: 1462

Re: WTB: Soundproofing panels for walls

It's not practical for a rented apartment, but the way to do it is to add a layer of drywall to the inside of the walls and ceiling, with greenglue as a resilient cushion between the old and new drywall. https://www.acoustimac.com/soundproofing-green-glue-6/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7ZL6BRCmARIsAH6XFDJQVCwaY5x...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aebersold - thoughts?
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Aebersold - thoughts?

There's other stuff out there but his materials have been pretty standard for about the last 40 years.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cutting a slide to create a C Tenor Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Cutting a slide to create a C Tenor Trombone

Start by comparing the bell sections on the Yamaha C valve instrument and a Bb YSL354. I've seen both but not compared side-by-side.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Best all around with a 3B
Replies: 25
Views: 1896

Re: Best all around with a 3B

Mouthpiece choice for a 3B is much more dependent on you than on the horn. Anything and everything works on a 3B. The question is what size works for you. It could be influenced by your embouchure type, what other mouthpieces and horns you play, how long you've been playing, and the strong and weak ...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: USPS
Replies: 113
Views: 9402

Re: USPS

I am still using USPS Priority Mail and not having any serious issues except usually an extra day.
Most leadpipes will fit in a Priority Mail Small Box and postage is $8.30 anywhere in the US.
Those boxes are available at any post office for no extra charge.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2126

Re: Red rot mitigation

Rivet?
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Help Me Find This
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: Help Me Find This

Either one would work but LT will give "the rim size and contour of a Bach 5G" as you specified.

XT will have a bigger feel. Maybe you want that.

I recommend my standard rim shape instead of the 5G shape. Nearly everybody likes it better.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Help Me Find This
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: Help Me Find This

My LT 101-5G rim, H cup, H8 or H9 shank
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Want Shires Trombone Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

Re: Want Shires Trombone Advice

I just made some G8's if you want to try one. I don't think you want a G10.

"Bigger" does not always equal "more open" and "smaller" does not always mean "more resistant."
Often, but not always. When something doesn't resonate well it can either feel too open or stuffy.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Small bore mouthpiece options
Replies: 19
Views: 1984

Re: Small bore mouthpiece options

The 4C is pretty much the specs I would have recommended, but it has some quirks. I think you'll do fine on it.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Miller Valves
Replies: 13
Views: 1293

Re: Miller Valves

If you want an interesting piece of trombone history that's not a bad price at all.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Would this be good to practice on?
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Would this be good to practice on?

The $70 shipping is more than they're worth.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Every Breath You Take...
Replies: 12
Views: 1183

Re: Every Breath You Take...

Pull your tongue back when you inhale. Get it out of the way and your breath will be quieter.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: “Small” bores: what’s the difference?
Replies: 40
Views: 3539

Re: “Small” bores: what’s the difference?

My 6 years of hell was playing 2nd in a well known big band with a Bach 36 on lead. Me on a .490, then .500, 3rd player on .500, and a Yamaha bass. Totally top heavy, impossible to match.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Why eyebrows?
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: Why eyebrows?

:weep: :wink: :lol: :x :P :roll:
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: K&H Bart Van Lier trombones
Replies: 18
Views: 1638

Re: K&H Bart Van Lier trombones

It can be challenging to find a mouthpiece that works well with odd bore sizes.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: K&H Bart Van Lier trombones
Replies: 18
Views: 1638

Re: K&H Bart Van Lier trombones

I have also tried the .480/488 and it's just too small for me. I don't think I've tried the.500 but I imagine it would be great. The .512 is nice but sort of an odd size, I'm not sure what he had in mind for that one. As I recall, the slides and bells are not clearly marked which size they are, so t...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: Help with recording

Your playing will make more difference than any mic.

Any how does anybody really know that "NONE of them sound like what you actually sound like" since you can't actually hear yourself from a distance?
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on cornet: why is french horn easier?
Replies: 17
Views: 1684

Re: Doubling on cornet: why is french horn easier?

The high range on trumpet requires a much higher tongue position and much more air compression.
And without seeing you play I can't guess what else might help.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 18H slide on 6H
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: 18H slide on 6H

I can't think of any horns that are or were .485/.500, and maybe there's a reason for that. Might be interesting, but might also be a waste of time. It seems to me the connection of one of the slide tubes to the end crook will be problematic. I'd consider two closer bores before those two.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.

I recently did a lesson with an adult total beginner and got him off to a good start. It may seem extravagant to start that way, but early success makes a huge difference.

I use Skype and Zoom.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: Help with recording

Phone mics are not that bad. For the audition purposes your playing will make more difference than the mic.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5722

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

Interesting saying "Distress teaches naked woman to spin"

I'm really not sure what that means!
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Chrome Plating from Planet Nebtar
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: Chrome Plating from Planet Nebtar

I have never seen stockings that were cut after chrome plating.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: What compound for what
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: What compound for what

Buffing RPM is also closely related to wheel diameter. For slow RPM like 1800 you need to use a larger wheel like 10 or 12 inches, and for faster RPM like 3600 you need to use smaller wheels like 8 inches or less. Those diameters might be a bit on the big side but that's where I start and let them w...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5722

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

Everybody has an opinion, and knows only what they believe.
I don't have time for that, and I'm not on any Facebook groups.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: What compound for what
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: What compound for what

Tripoli is good for nearly everything. It's red but not like red rouge. The compound you use is important, but the REALY important stuff is your buffing technique. Be constantly moving and changing angles, never stay in one place or one direction. Don't use a lot of pressure and always be aware of t...

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