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by blast
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?
Replies: 18
Views: 271

Re: Lightweight bright indy bass trombone for big band ?

I have a Rath R9 all nickel silver 9" bell ... everything you are asking for.

Chris
by blast
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: La Boheme
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: La Boheme

Dead easy Leif. Couple of fast bits, but a kid could play it ! 3rd has a couple of solo notes but 4th is part of the crowd . Great music if sung well.

Chris
by blast
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The (occasional) joys of eBay gambling/buying blind
Replies: 22
Views: 822

Re: The (occasional) joys of eBay gambling/buying blind

Just got Rath R9 bell on eBay. Great bell in great condition. Just what I was looking for. Delighted.

Chris
by blast
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 940

Re: Massimo LaRosa

I would like remind everyone , in my role as a moderator, that this forum is a public place and individuals could find themselves open to legal action, depending upon the laws of the country in which they live, for statements considered to be libel by parties concerned. Also, there are rules of beha...
by blast
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

Just back from Krakow, Poland. Playing in a small contemporary ensemble (only brass player) at a music festival. Krakow is a beautiful city, the people friendly and the food and drink fine and good value. The festival staff looked after us like royalty. If only all gigs were as nice.

Chris
by blast
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend

Only a joke Doug, as you know...
I am Italy next week and Poland after that.... NOT teaching.

Chris
by blast
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend

I was in the Hudson valley last week...... Nice place.... didn't see any trombone players.... Did you ? Chris. Wait a sec. Didn't you just go to Tanglewood and hear Toby Oft play a luscious solo on Mahler 3? And there were 4 trombonists there on stage. :tongue: This is a bad weekend to be looking f...
by blast
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend

I was in the Hudson valley last week......
Nice place.... didn't see any trombone players....
Did you ?

Chris.
by blast
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Williams Lead-pipes. Help!
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Williams Lead-pipes. Help!

I am with the leave-it-alone crowd. Unless you have good reason to modify a trombone DON'T. I have modified many that had issues that I thought I could solve.... and mostly I have been right. Some luck.... and years of experience. My two Holton basses are wonderful.... on stock leadpipes. Other fine...
by blast
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Mahler 3 3rd Trombone part
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: Mahler 3 3rd Trombone part

Just seen the BSO at Tanglewood.... 3 tenors 1 bass. Toby Orft was stunning... so musical. A real treat.
Chris
by blast
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 979

Re: Mouthpiece Material

I am waiting for an example in Zirconium, which I hope I don't like, as it will be VERY expensive. Chris Chris, That hour of reckoning is soon upon you. :amazed: I´ve two Zr Mount Vernon copies that I´m evaluating right now. Early impressions are that they are quite nice! Bill Oh ! I hope not... bu...
by blast
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 979

Re: Mouthpiece Material

People send me things to test. I tell them what I think and they do what they want. I don't really care past that.

Chris
by blast
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 979

Re: Mouthpiece Material

Why I ask: I'm thinking of having my mouthpiece (now brass) remade out of Bronze in order to get a warmer / darker sound. What do you guys think the effect would be? The only way to discover if there is indeed a real-world difference is to have CNC made identical mouthpieces made with different mat...
by blast
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach 1 1/2g cup diameter measurements
Replies: 11
Views: 433

Re: Bach 1 1/2g cup diameter measurements

You need a proper micrometer. Next, you must realise that mouthpieces of all sizes vary A LOT. Small differences FEEL big to us as players. Even CNC made pieces vary. Different makers measure at different points on the rim leading to much confusion. You cannot trust printed specs. Simple eh ??

Chris
by blast
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 2492

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

I'm curious about Noah's modern Fuchs project. Can't imagine what it cost. I once lost a 'bay auction for a Holton 169 that went well over the asking. Got to try it out and it was fantastic. Copies..... I am, as you know Steve, playing on the Bill Symington copy of my Mt Vernon 1 1/2G.... you have ...
by blast
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 2492

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

I have been very lucky and own, or have owned, many of the most coveted horns. I suppose the Conn Fuchs is the jewel in the crown, bought for many dollars at a time when we were getting almost $2 to the pound. I expect it will be for sale one day.... not quite yet though. The other very special horn...
by blast
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton 185 appears on ebay!
Replies: 15
Views: 925

Re: Holton 185 appears on ebay!

I thought that was about right for a well used 185. I would have paid the final price, but I have two great 169's....also I recently bought a 1978 Bach 50B2 that is well used but plays great. Anybody looking for one could do worse than this one...I'm not a Bach player but took it from an ex student ...
by blast
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Purviance Mouthpiece
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: Purviance Mouthpiece

I have one of his 'bass trombone' mouthpieces the collection.... very different in every way ! very wide rim, inside around 5G size, very very deep and conical with quite a small throat. A tenor doubler's piece,I suspect, made for LA studio players. Very well made. Gives a mellow dark sound in most...
by blast
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Purviance Mouthpiece
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: Purviance Mouthpiece

I have one of his 'bass trombone' mouthpieces the collection.... very different in every way ! very wide rim, inside around 5G size, very very deep and conical with quite a small throat. A tenor doubler's piece,I suspect, made for LA studio players. Very well made. Gives a mellow dark sound in most ...
by blast
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

JohnL wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:21 am
blast wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:47 am
Until yesterday, we had great weather but last night was cold and wet and today looks to be worse.
I hope the tent is weather tight...
Mostly :amazed: :shuffle: :D :D
by blast
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton 185 appears on ebay!
Replies: 15
Views: 925

Re: Holton 169 appears on ebay!!!

Ahhh I stand corrected then! Thanks Chris! I changed the title of the main post to reflect what Chris has mentioned! I may be wrong, but this is my best guess without seeing it. As it says that it is marked 185 we must presume that it is stamped in a place not shown in the photos. I have a bass sta...
by blast
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton 185 appears on ebay!
Replies: 15
Views: 925

Re: Holton 169 appears on ebay!!!

Interesting horn. Having owned quite a few 169's and 185's I think I have a reasonable eye for them. One of my 169's has the same bell engraving as the ebay horn.... but it says 'model 169'. Every 169 I have owned and seen has 169 on the flare. This ebay one does not. It does have the early style se...
by blast
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

Well this week we have been playing Pagliacci by Leoncavallo in a very large Circus style tent. There are lots of sideshows... face painting, tarot reading, hot dogs, puppets, donkey rides etc. The audience just walks about as the singers and chorus are all around the tent. It is actually very good ...
by blast
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1005

Re: High range to low range

I should make it clear that Doug is part of the 'solution police' , but that is fairly obvious . Think how nice it would be to get a Skype lesson from Doug and find out that everything is efficient and you just need to practise..... it can happen...

Chris
by blast
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1005

Re: High range to low range

Whenever I play a bit in the upper range I find that going back to low and pedal range can be a bit of a struggle and the sound diminishes quite a bit. I'd like to work on improving this issue. Any suggestions? Thanks! :D You ask the question and the 'gotta problem' police come out in force. Let me...
by blast
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 926

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

I can make an LB M cup and shank work on a Conn 62H... that's what I used on the 'Wallace Collection' recording of the Malcolm Arnold Symphony for brass...downloadable on the usual sites. But, the Conn is generally happier with a much smaller cup.... even down to a J a lot of the time. You might be ...
by blast
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 926

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

What instruments are the tenor players using ? The tuba ? There are ways of adapting without changing instruments...... Chris Tenors are on a Conn 8h, Bach 42 and the tuba player is on a Miraphone 186. My Minick is sorta like a yellow brass 62H type horn. We're all using smaller stuff. For what it'...
by blast
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 24
Views: 926

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

What instruments are the tenor players using ? The tuba ? There are ways of adapting without changing instruments......

Chris
by blast
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H

Burgerbob wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:35 pm
The original was completely reamed out... Didn't fit anything and blew very diffuse in all registers. I'd love to get something better for it but I just don't use it often enough.
Fair enough.

Chris
by blast
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H

sf105 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:05 pm
@blast, could use a BrassArk pipe? It works pretty well with mine.

S
I gave my student (it was his new horn) a genuine Conn pipe... modern, but the best of a dozen that I had. I did have a BrassArk 62 pipe...not as good in this one as the Conn pipe.

Chris
by blast
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: FS: Elkhart Conn 60H

Shame you had the pipe pulled. There would be more interest on this side of the pond if it were unmodified. I just checked an Elkhart 62H with a Bach pipe and felt the pipe changed it into a 3rd rate Bach. I put in a Conn pipe and it was back to classic Conn. It's just what we like over here.

Chris
by blast
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: George Roberts ce mouthpiece
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: George Roberts ce mouthpiece

They were made in LA. There was NY, MV, CE, SE and SO. Think about it a bit and you can work out what they refer to.... except SO. SO is the most valued.
George told me that he never got a cent from the guy that made them.

Chris
by blast
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5828

Re: The Bunker

They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played. They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest. I haven’t kept up on all of the na...
by blast
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

This weekend, hacking through a couple of acts of Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Strauss) with Fulham Opera. It's brutal but we get there, and we're all sweating this weekend. Then one quintet blow through before shutting down for the summer break. S Haha ! I remember playing with Fulham Opera in my late ...
by blast
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1556

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

My capacity is well down on where it was 40 years ago.... but I can still play a note for longer than most of my pupils.... over the years you gradually learn to make the best of what you've got.

Chris
by blast
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

Last week of our run of Eugene Onegin . This week Belfast. Heatwave. Doing as little as possible... eating, warming up, show, beer. There, Isn't that exciting ? Next week booked for a gig with no trombone parts... Do I sign the contract or tell them they got it wrong ? The life of the pro trombonis...
by blast
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?

Should that read 'all the players in major American symphonies and where in America they studied ' ? Chris Hey I wasn't just talking about americans. I would love to see where anyone went. I think its a great resource for people looking at schools across the world and its success rate at turning ou...
by blast
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: What school symphonic Trombonists attended?

Should that read 'all the players in major American symphonies and where in America they studied ' ?

Chris
by blast
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1556

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

We've told the OP many valid reasons why we can't help him. On the other hand, there are some things we could say about breathing that would be agreeable to most of us and potentially understandable to a beginner, aren't there? I think Chris's note and the old "tongue and blow" are both really good...
by blast
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1556

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:55 am
We've told the OP many valid reasons why we can't help him.

On the other hand, there are some things we could say about breathing that would be agreeable to most of us and potentially understandable to a beginner, aren't there?
On present evidence, no.

Chris :shuffle:
by blast
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Bill Watrous

Very sad. A legend gone.

Chris
by blast
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1556

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

Breathe in, blow out.

That's about it.

More might be said in a lesson, but really, how much smoke and mirrors do we need ?

Chris
by blast
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

Doug Elliott wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:31 pm
An orchestra player's pay per note is already more than just about anybody else.
Ah..... the grass is always greener......

I wish it were that simple.

Chris
by blast
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Wessex Bones
Replies: 27
Views: 2181

Re: New Wessex Bones

Just a reminder... I did this as a favour for Johnathan, who is a great guy. I am not on the payroll and I get nothing out of this apart from helping to bring a decent affordable bass to the marketplace.

Chris
by blast
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Wessex Bones
Replies: 27
Views: 2181

Re: New Wessex Bones

Ah ! Good to see it happening. That's a great price for an instrument hand made in the custom shop.... yes, there is a custom shop !
Looking forward to seeing how production models turn out.

Chris
by blast
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5699

Re: What we're doing

Last week of our run of Eugene Onegin . This week Belfast. Heatwave. Doing as little as possible... eating, warming up, show, beer. There, Isn't that exciting ? Next week booked for a gig with no trombone parts... Do I sign the contract or tell them they got it wrong ? The life of the pro trombonist...
by blast
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces

Answer to Steve... the Conn Kenfield is probably the sort of mouthpiece that would have been used with the Fuchs, but as there is no Fuchs mouthpiece that is just a guess. It sounds far less modern when played with a Kenfield. I have no idea how these old mouthpieces compare with modern replicas, th...
by blast
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Traditional 19th c. German Mouthpieces

I have a small collection of 19th c German trombones and an even smaller collection of old mouthpieces. First off, mouthpieces were smaller.... a LOT smaller than modern examples. I have a large shank piece that is as small as a modern tenor horn mouthpiece with a very thin rim. One that I think is ...
by blast
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.

I like simple ideas..... when my students are having legato issues, I tell them to think about keeping playing a note right up to the new note... keep blowing.... you then find slide movement will need to be quick and articulation will become quick and neat. Just remember to keep playing a note righ...

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