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by BGuttman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1329

Re: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?

FWIW, we had a violist audition at my orchestra playing a Bach Cello suite excerpt on viola. Note that the stings on a viola are the same pitches as a cello, just an octave higher.
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player

Hi and Welcome! A 51D is a deep tenor trombone mouthpiece. Bass trombone requires a much bigger one. Most of us start on a Bach 2G or 1 1/2 G. But as a tuba player you may find a large bass trombone mouthpiece like a Bach 1G or Schilke 60 to fit better. You might even find a contra size like a Bach ...
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 158
Views: 5411

Re: Db bass trombone!

It's gonna have to be REALLY better than a conventional bass to get people to even try it.

Either that or have a couple of nice albums to show it off; preferably by a big name player.

Remember, you have to overcome some serious inertia that says "stay with the status quo".
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 52
Views: 2462

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

My condolences. Hope they sort themselves out. It may get kinda ugly for a while.
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why Eb? Why F?
Replies: 12
Views: 347

Re: Why Eb? Why F?

I should point out that King F-attachments (at least 3B, 3B+, 4B, 5B) have two tuning slides. The slide on the longer loop is marked for an E-pull. The idea is that you tune the attachment with the short slide and use the long slide for E-pull. Very convenient. Why Bb/F? More historical than anythin...
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Conn 78H for Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Conn 78H for Sale

Message will remain in your outbox until it is read by the recipient.
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Name the composer
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Name the composer

How about Caesar Cui?
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Another of the Mighty Five
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Method Books?
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Method Books?

I like the Raph "Double Valve Bass Tromobne" book. I haven't tried the Aharoni books but I understand they are pretty good for bass. Bordogni vocalises (whether Rochut's version or somebody else's) are great for building musicianship. The Dave Schwartz versions are available with accompaniments to m...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: cheap desktop PC at local Goodwill

Linux can be a lifesaver for an old computer. I have a Thinkpad T-43 with a Dual Core (not even Core Duo) and I put 32 bit Linus Mint. Found the built-in WiFi (802,11g) and runs Apache Open Office and does low-grade Internet browsing. Machine has to be over 15 years old. For you Thinkpad geeks out t...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 893

Re: Massimo LaRosa

One of the thorny issues of sexual misconduct is that it becomes difficult to determine who is really "at fault". Was it the man imposing himself of the woman who did not want the attention? Or was there a consensual act that woman decided was not consensual after the fact (or even worse as a form o...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!

Brass Band trombone parts (except for bass trombone) are written exactly as you would write trumpet parts. And the pitches are named as written. So you see a C (one line below treble staff), you call it C, but you play Bb (2nd line of bass staff). If you keep working on it, you will get the hang of ...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 893

Re: Massimo LaRosa

If true, LaRosa should be censured, just as James Levine was. Genius is no excuse for boorish behavior.
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 591

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

My head is spinning. But ... <evil grin> I'm starting to get ideas. Well .. an idea. I just need to know one more thing. Slides. I guess it never occurred to me that slides could be bought, sold, and traded independently of the rest of the horn. Is the mating collar of the slide section a standard ...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 893

Re: Massimo LaRosa

Schlitz wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:28 am
Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped.......
Is that what they are claiming he did? :horror: I'm especially concerned about the cattle raping :eek:

I'm waiting for the details. Innocent until at least credibly charged.
by BGuttman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 591

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

You don't need a dual rotor. You can get to low C on a conventional F-attachment (but it's WAY out on the slide). You can hit Bb above the treble staff on a bass trombone. Alan Raph can do it. But it takes a LOT of practice. You can play most of the horn lit on a horn with an F-attachment. Remember,...
by BGuttman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5805

Re: The Bunker

I have a different problem. We're supposed to have an orchestra Board meeting at the North Andover MA Senior Center. I'll hAve to find out if they have power and if they are acting as a shelter. For those who were under a rock, there were several explosions in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence fr...
by BGuttman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

We tried a Warbrton 3B cup on a 6ST (small shank) backbore on a 321S. Too big for that player, but an option for somebody like me.

Schlitz, I didn't go to school with any Euph players of consequence.
by BGuttman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?
Replies: 20
Views: 591

Re: Dual Bore Tenor Bone = Slide Euphonium?

The 547/562 was developed for Jay Friedman at Chicago. He needed a horn with a lot of sound. Going from a King 606 it will be a complete air hog and you may find it difficult to get any significant volume (and you'll feel very dizzy as well). See if you can find a Medium Bore with F like a King 607 ...
by BGuttman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 952

Re: Mouthpiece Material

There are definitely differences in material, especially with large differences. Plastic and wood mouthpieces (and probably the ox horn mentioned above) tend to be quieter and duller. Stainless steel is more "brilliant". Is there a difference between brass (copper/zinc) and bronze (copper/tin)? Can ...
by BGuttman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternative Big Band Setups?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Alternative Big Band Setups?

My Thursday AM band plays for dances at a Senior Center. We changed our setup a bit. We now have the 5 saxes on a diagonal half facing the audience and half facing the center of the stage. Trombones are in a line at a 90 degree angle so we also face them some and the audience some. Trumpets are on r...
by BGuttman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Cup mute

I like my bass bone cup to fit about 6-12 mm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) from the bell. A "tight" cup is 3 mm. If the cup toches the bell you get no sound.
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Ebay King 2b
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Ebay King 2b

This has been listed several times. His price is way over market. You should be able to get a brand new one for around that price.
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 635

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Lot of really good questonis. 1. I hold my Euph cradled in teh left arm (and the left index finger is available for the 4th valve if necessary). The right hand works the valves. My euph fits nicely with teh bow on my leg, but not everybody fits this way. Some use the Stewart Stand. Some rest the bow...
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!

Closed position is Bb in concert pitch, but in transposed treble clef (like a trumpet) it's called C. Still sounds Bb. Are you trying to read treble clef in concert pitch? That's WRONG. When Brass Banders read treble clef it's transposed. So if the part is in G you should be in Concert Pitch F. A tr...
by BGuttman
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 158
Views: 5411

Re: Db bass trombone!

In the tuba world we have Eb tubas and EEb tubas. They are the same length, but the EEb has a much larger bore. The EEb tuba sounds "bigger" than an Eb tuba.

I would consider a large bore trombone capable of playing all the notes of a bass trombone as a xxx[key] Bass Trombone.
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Bone socks? (for stands, not feet)
Replies: 26
Views: 2245

Re: Bone socks? (for stands, not feet)

Geordie wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:47 pm
Cannot find them in England.
Tea towels with a 3 cm hole poked in the middle work great.
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mating bells and slides of different brands
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: Mating bells and slides of different brands

I can tell you a couple of combinations that DON'T work. King trombones have the bell nut on the slide while Conn (and many others) have the bell nut on the bell section. Can't mix them. I'm currently trying to find a slide to fit a Martin Indiana bell. It has the bell nut on the bell. A Cecilio sli...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Trombone model comparison website
Replies: 17
Views: 354

Re: Trombone model comparison website

Thanks. I reckon I'll start a new article, if that's alright ...Bruce, for example, wrote something on lubricants in the BBCode formatting I believe, which isn't compatible so I went ahead and spruced it up before finalizing it. And I appreciate your doing it. Right now I think it's the only inform...
by BGuttman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

I'd like to put in a recommendation for the Conn 5J. It's a 4 valve BBb and seems to be a good fit for Euph players. Good size for quintet and smaller Community Band.
by BGuttman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: DW Gold plating
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: DW Gold plating

It's been fixed.
by BGuttman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Beginning Small Ensemble Literature
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Beginning Small Ensemble Literature

I have set of books by Kjos called "Christmas Time". Four parts. Available in Bb treble, F Treble, and 1st, 3rd, 4th in Bass. I use 1 and 2 in Bb treble (trumpets), 3d in F (horn) and 4th in bass (trombone and tuba in octaves). 32 arrangements of the most popular carols.
by BGuttman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)

Schlitz wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:07 am
BGuttman wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Muffled to sound like horn: hand in bell. Pretend you are a horn player.
BUT play the right notes....
with no sense of proportion :cool:
by BGuttman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

Shipping a tuba isn't cheap. If you buy from Wessexl Dillon, or Jim Laabs you are going to pay shipping inside the US. Have you looked into Tuba Exchange? They have lots of good used tubas at good prices. Sometims you can find a gem. I had a Weimar that was actually made from Mirafone parts. I found...
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)

Muffled to sound like horn: hand in bell. Pretend you are a horn player.
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Instruments made in China
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Instruments made in China

China doesn't have forefront musical instrument technology so they have resorted to copying successful American and European designs. Some copies are extremely good and others not so. Another big problem is Quality Control (i.e. none). The reputable American and European dealers will test each instr...
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

Two things I noticed: 1. He has two (maybe more) different placements: one pretty balanced and one extraordinarily low. Also, he seems to wander from side to side. 2. I watched a classic Pivot where his trumpet angle changes as he changes his range. I'm sure I missed the important part if there is o...
by BGuttman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

Suggestion if you have to use the bad mouthpieces for a while: Put a layer of nail polish on the rim. It will be a barrier between lips and raw brass and can even smooth out some of the pitting. You will have to recoat periodically since the nail polish isn't very resistant to abrasion. Not a long t...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: Hobbyist to pro tech. Is it worth it?

I'd also like to point out that having a side business that doesn't make money is a quick path to an IRS audit. The IRS is pretty strict about "hobby businesses" and your little repair shop will fit their model. I think the rule is you have to be cash positive for 3 years out of 5 before they call y...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 718

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

Large brass ensembles tend to be: 1. Brass Bands, which have special instrumentation and modern (if not necessarily listenable) literature. You may find some of this literature at a University where they have a Brass Band. 2. Descendants of Saxhorn bands. There is a lot of music for such bands in th...
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Compatibility of King 7B slide with DuoGravis?
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Compatibility of King 7B slide with DuoGravis?

I'm pretty sure a 7B slide will work on a DG.
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Music stores
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Music stores

Best I can suggest is DJ Kennedy who lives in Chester IL and has a house full (literally) of used trombones. Three's also Acme Music across the river from him.

Woodwind and Brasswind used to have a store in Michigan, but it got closed and they went to strictly mail order.
by BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 536

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 BGuttman
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

Pitted mouthpiece, especially very common ones, are not worth trying to fix. For the same money you can buy a new mouthpiece. I would look into the Faxx line. I'm sure you can find a dealer somewhere in Asia who will ship to Thailand. Or there may be a Chinese manfacturer who has decent quality copi...
by BGuttman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana
Replies: 22
Views: 1030

Re: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana

It's pretty "notey" but the lines do make sense. Some of the high notes I couldn't even figure out :horror: :cool:

If you are looking for a slow melodic ballad, this isn't it.
by BGuttman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

I can offer some experience going wrong from "comparison charts". I generally play 1.02" (Bach 4) rims. I bought a Marcinkiewicz 8H, which was supposed to be the same size. It was too small. Then I see them label it 8H-6.5AL. That's about the size it really was.
by BGuttman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique

Note that tetraphosphate is in New Zealand and shipping for her is going to be pricey from the US. Tetraphosphate, have you a good reason to need an alto trombone? I would doubt you will find any parts for it in your school band repertoire. It will require learning a whole new set of positions. If y...
by BGuttman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique

I have never found a real use for the A pull on my 36H. I guess it would be necessary if I need a low E, but these are pretty uncommon even on tenor parts.
by BGuttman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Re-corking a Harmon mute
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Re-corking a Harmon mute

The Harmon version has pure cork (and thicker). I have the Jo-Ral and it has the mixed rubber/cork.

Bonearzt has recommended using the mixed cork/rubber material for mute corks.

You can use pure cork, but it often is harder to bend into shape.
by BGuttman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 6h slide compatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Conn 6h slide compatibility

Length is probably OK, but the bell nut came in late in the 1920s and the one on Ebay (if that's the one you are talking about) is a friction fit.

A lot of 6H's with bad slides got new life adding a Director slide; especially a later Director which is 0.500"
by BGuttman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 459

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

Burgerbob wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:30 pm
7.
Does that include you? :tongue:

Then again, if we were to limit ourselves to only trombone players who do nothing OTHER than play trombone, that number could be pretty accurate.

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