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by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Yamaha 48 Equivalent
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Yamaha 48 Equivalent

So what do you think about the cup depth? Like my C or deeper? I haven't looked at a 48 in a long time.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shipping internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: Shipping internationally

If you want a vacation, buy a plane ticket and take it there yourself.

I'm only partly kidding.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Don't forget your tongue position!
Replies: 26
Views: 657

Re: Don't forget your tongue position!

I see a couple of things that I think others are missing. Notice especially on lower note attacks, how long it takes for her to move the tongue toward the final position, and you can hear the sound AND pitch change during that time. I realize she may or may not do that on her standard horn - this is...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliott - George Roberts
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Doug Elliott - George Roberts

George Roberts played on my SB 108, J, J8Conn for a couple of years a long time ago. I think he moved to something slightly bigger, and MB 109, J, J8Conn as Savio said is probably a good choice. I didn't make the MB series back then. I started it to fill the need for a slightly-larger-than 1-1/2G ra...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Suggestions for visit to NOLA?
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Suggestions for visit to NOLA?

I will be in New Orleans Sunday (today) and Monday. Any specific suggestions on where to go, who to hear, etc?
by Doug Elliott
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: New Orleans this Sunday & Monday - Dec. 9&10
Replies: 1
Views: 97

New Orleans this Sunday & Monday - Dec. 9&10

I will be in New Orleans this Sunday & Monday, with time available especially on Monday in case anybody is interested in a lesson or just getting together.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Somebody please explain this vision problem and suggest a practical solution
Replies: 20
Views: 483

Re: Somebody please explain this vision problem and suggest a practical solution

I have that problem too.

Another thing to note is that you continuously get more farsighted, so a prescription that you got a year ago to focus at 30 inches now focuses at more like 4 feet.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Chop Remedies?
Replies: 15
Views: 472

Re: Chop Remedies?

That's a pretty typical attitude before a lesson, I'm used to it.

Here's a text I got a few days ago, which is a pretty typical response AFTER a lesson:

I cannot tell you how much good our lesson has done. I have never been so positively affected by a lesson. Thank you thank you thank you
by Doug Elliott
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Chop Remedies?
Replies: 15
Views: 472

Re: Chop Remedies?

Freebuzzing, but only if you know how to do it easily and what I consider to be correctly. 5 minutes = an hour of playing the horn. So don't overdo it. "Blowing out your chops" pretty much tells me you're not playing correctly for your face. And your signature quote "You're much better at the diggin...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length

Especially the "overlapping overtones" :amazed:
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Sneaky Ebay Seller. Heigh Ho SILVER!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Sneaky Ebay Seller. Heigh Ho SILVER!!!

I love the hose clamp on the mouthpiece receiver.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length

So many old horns and mouthpieces play great in spite of sloppy and inconsistent machining. I think they were just very forgiving designs. Or maybe only the good ones survived and the others were modified into paperweights...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High note technique
Replies: 37
Views: 1517

Re: High note technique

He sounds good and plays well but I wouldn't go so far as to say he knows his business. What he does and talks about is correct for some players, but far from correct for others.

A lot of my teaching time involves getting players to unlearn wrong stuff they've learned from good players like that.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length

Looks to me like a Conn taper shank, intended for an old Conn bass. It won't fit in a standard receiver and it also won't play right.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 22
Views: 752

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

STP has been around for 65 years and is readily available. Apparently the same can't be said for that Hetman's stuff. I do have Herman's TSG (Tuning slide grease) and it's good stuff, but I used STP for decades before that. I don't ever use my tuning slide; I just want something on there that will a...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on trombone and cornet
Replies: 15
Views: 506

Re: Doubling on trombone and cornet

Just do it. Just do it correctly ... :wink: I was never successful playing trumpet until I fixed some fundamental chop issues with Doug's teaching. Now, it's no big deal to pick it up and play. I'm no virtuoso, but I have the sound and flexibility I need to do the things I need to do when I do pick...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas

I know there's a used market, but a lot of people sell mismatched combinations that shouldn't go together. And old parts that aren't like what I make now. Actually I'm soon going to offer a large selection of used rims that I have.

I am making some half sizes and I have LT 101.5 in stock now.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas

Besides that, I don't know what of my stuff you've tried since you didn't get them from me.
I would probably suggest a C+ with D2. And a bigger rim, maybe 102. The Hammond 12 size is listed as 101 but I measure it as about 102.5
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air and breathing for smaller instruments
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Air and breathing for smaller instruments

The problem is most likely not that you are trying to blow too much air. It's that you are TAKING IN too much air. Inhale only as much as you will exhale. Learn where the resting position of your diaphragm is. Inhale, play a phrase, and aim toward ending right at your resting position. This takes pr...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on trombone and cornet
Replies: 15
Views: 506

Re: Doubling on trombone and cornet

Just do it.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rath Slide to Bell locking system
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Rath Slide to Bell locking system

I don't think it would be a big job to install a standard nut, ring, and threaded ring. I have considered doing that on a couple of my friction fit horns. But I haven't actually tried it. I'd rather do that than cut a slot, which wouldn't be effective on a taper anyway. You need a straight non-taper...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?
Replies: 22
Views: 752

Re: Thickest, stickiest tuning slide lube?

It seems to me you could anneal the ends of the tubes and expand a tiny bit with no risk of splitting.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Euph Mouthpiece for Bass Trombone?
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Euph Mouthpiece for Bass Trombone?

But the right tool for one person can be very much the wrong tool for another.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: 5C-ish sized mouthpiece ideas

I make a lot of half sizes now. I use C+ with a D shank most of the time, and sometimes D+ with a E shank for more volume.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Phone spam crash
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Re: Phone spam crash

I think they're just verifying live numbers for their lists
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a Performance
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Preparing for a Performance

Yes. He really says it well.
In my case, I would cycle through those aspects a few times as they inform each other. It never hurts to look at things from all the different perspectives. And don't forget the audience perspective.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length

Given mouthpieces of a same length, the pitch of a shallower cup will be higher and a deeper cup will be lower. That can be compensated by making a shallower mouthpiece slightly longer and a deep mouthpiece slightly shorter. Some are like that and some aren't, but I think that would account for a 2G...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece for bass trombone beginner
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Mouthpiece for bass trombone beginner

As a beginner, it doesn't matter very much what you start on. Find something locally that is within the 2G to 1-1/2G size range to get started. Same as trumpet - I bet you weren't looking for the ideal mouthpiece in your first months of playing - you wouldn't have known anyway. You said "I haven't p...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Bach Mount Vernon Bass Trombone shank length

The length difference was probably to keep the pitch the same.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Violin labels
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Violin labels

Interesting comments and history in that second link.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Big Band Performances and Fees
Replies: 15
Views: 25051

Re: Big Band Performances and Fees

... ours is the only one that targets ballroom dancing. The others emphasize swing and/or jazz charts that are more suitable for listening. Then you don't really need to "compete against the other BBs in the area" because you offer something completely different. And the same probably goes for the ...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Al Cass Doubler MPC for sale SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Al Cass Doubler MPC for sale

Looks like it's been modified?
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure question
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Embouchure question

Where are you and what time zone? Send me a PM. I'm in Eastern US.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Blowing
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Blowing

Yes
You can think about it either way.
I prefer to think of it as continuous sound. As in "Keep the sound flowing throughout the passage"

But use whichever works for you.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 51
Views: 6758

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

For someone with no chop issues, the Jacobs "Song and Wind" approach works well, and that's how Reinhardt would have taught a "natural" player with no mechanical problems. However, almost everyone has mechanics that could be improved for better consistency - and I'm not talking only about today's co...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure question
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Embouchure question

Sure
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 51
Views: 6758

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

I haven't read any of them and I don't know any of those people. What I do know is that most of the people who think they know what Reinhardt taught, don't know at all... even people who did study with him. I spent a LOT of time with him over a LOT of years. The reason I teach my own version is that...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Alto trombone bad note
Replies: 15
Views: 1553

Re: Alto trombone bad note

I don't remember playing any alto where that was a good note.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6038

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

BrassedOn wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:07 am
... a bit of direction from a teacher on some mechanics like tongue placement helps.
If the teacher knows the right things to suggest.
Many or maybe most teachers are lost when it comes to mechanical corrections when the usual musical approach doesn't produce the desired results.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Replace or replate inner slide tubes
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Re: Replace or replate inner slide tubes

I think it's very unlikely that tubes with soldered-on stockings would be chrome plated. More likely nickel, and it's not a big problem to get them replated. However there are several different types and processes for nickel plating and I don't know what would be best.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6038

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

All great advice.

I prefer not to give really specific advice without hearing the player - corrections always depend on what you're actually doing, and where to go from there. You can save a lot of time by focusing on the actual problem, not a bunch of symptoms. Stuff for a lesson, not a forum.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6038

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

The previous suggestions are all good.

I suggest you stop thinking of it as "jazz" or "classical" articulation, and just learn to play "trombone" and "music" well. Work on ALL things you can't do.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: TromboneChat Outage (& future plans)
Replies: 11
Views: 6440

Re: TromboneChat Outage (& future plans)

I don't know about anybody else but I really appreciate forums without ads.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Prince
Replies: 4
Views: 13629

Re: Bill Prince

I know a guy who grew up with him in Detroit. He is definitely a legend. I'm ordering it, and some extras for gifts.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2280 Shank
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

Re: King 2280 Shank

Many older King large shank trombones also have a receiver that's larger than normal. I consider it a different shank size, and offer a King shank taper as an option in my mouthpieces.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Neck guard
Replies: 22
Views: 6641

Re: Neck guard

Old coiled telephone handset cords work perfectly. I just bought something sold for organizing cables called "Twister" (search for "cleverline cable twister") that I'm going to try.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mouthpiece Repair
Replies: 13
Views: 6066

Re: Mouthpiece Repair

It's not the plating, it's the work that's needed before plating. For refinishing and normal silverplating it's usually been about $50 but my plating costs have gone up so it might have to be more than that.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Something similar to a Schilke 51
Replies: 11
Views: 2640

Re: Something similar to a Schilke 51

51's are typically a bit larger than their specs would indicate. In my stuff I'd suggest trying XT 102, G, G8 or H, H8.
But if you want a more valid recommendation maybe I can see you on Skype.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Alto Trombone Pitch?
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

Re: Alto Trombone Pitch?

One practical problem with F alto is that there's no low Bb. B is the bottom note in 7th.

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