Search found 381 matches

by GabrielRice
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires equivalent to Gen 2 Conn 88 HO
Replies: 63
Views: 5798

Re: Shires equivalent to Gen 2 Conn 88 HO

I used to do this work for the Shires company. I would suggest a 7GM or 7GLW bell. The X tuning slide is not a bad idea, but has to be considered as part of the whole package. I've seen Gen II 88Hs with gold brass and yellow brass slide tubes. Which is your preference? Depending on the answer to tha...
by GabrielRice
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Musicians Union
Replies: 12
Views: 10049

Re: Musicians Union

And what exactly do you expect the musicians union to do during a pandemic?
by GabrielRice
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Has Anyone Else Built a Frankenbone from a Chinese Horn?
Replies: 20
Views: 3102

Re: Has Anyone Else Built a Frankenbone from a Chinese Horn?

First off, no, I haven't and have no plans to. But one of the very best French horn players in the Boston area - principal of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra among many other things - now plays horns that he puts together from various parts. He buys cheap horns from China because he likes the va...
by GabrielRice
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Bach 50B single bass - 1966
Replies: 10
Views: 2974

Re: FS: Bach 50B single bass - 1966

I've got one with serial number 9220, marked Elkhart on the bell but originally with the Mt Vernon linkage and F lever.
by GabrielRice
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Low Range Buzzing
Replies: 5
Views: 1465

Re: Low Range Buzzing

Try taking off the outer slide and buzzing through the upper inner slide. It won't want to go any higher than about D in the staff, but that's OK. Start there and go gradually down. As that gets easier, use a spare leadpipe and/or a flexible plastic tube from the hardware store (1/2" diameter works ...
by GabrielRice
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: D slide for single rotor
Replies: 14
Views: 1943

Re: D slide for single rotor

There is a player in Boston, primarily a tenor player, who doubles very well on bass trombone with a single valve Bach tuned to flat E. He's got it set up so that low B is in standard 7th position. I think this puts E-flat in standard 2nd or thereabouts.
by GabrielRice
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB Doug Elliott rim (Lexan plastic) LB 116 and LB N cup
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: WTB Doug Elliott rim (Lexan plastic) LB 116 and LB N cup

I have an LB 115 in Lexan that I have no need for.
by GabrielRice
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Changing the intonation characteristics of partials on a horn
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Changing the intonation characteristics of partials on a horn

In this case, it is a partial thing. As Andrew suggests, the Shires X tuning slide will put that D partial in a more familiar place. It might not fit exactly without a little tweaking.
by GabrielRice
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Tennessee Tech Trombone Events 1/31 & 2/1
Replies: 0
Views: 5708

Tennessee Tech Trombone Events 1/31 & 2/1

I'm thrilled to be joining MSG Sam Woodhead of the US Army Band and Dr. Joshua Hauser for Tennessee Tech's annual Pops Night for Trombones and Trombone Day. This is a fun time! https://www.facebook.com/events/491447995113463/ Friday, January 31 7:30pm Pops Night for Trombones TTU Trombone Students w...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: NAMM Report 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 3982

Re: NAMM Report 2020

To answer your question about the George Curran model Shires, the axial section is lightweight by virtue of having shorter valve slides so there is less overlapping tubing and also no cross braces on the valve slides. The bell is a BII 7Y with an annealing treatment. Slide is a standard dual bore - ...
by GabrielRice
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ordering from Greg Black
Replies: 45
Views: 6528

Re: Ordering from Greg Black

There is no "them" at Greg Black, there is only "him." He runs his shop alone; no assistant to do grunt work, no secretary to answer the phone and email and do shipping. He does have blanks made on a CNC lathe (by Terry Warburton's shop) and he sends pieces out for plating, but other than that he do...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass as best
Replies: 9
Views: 2677

Re: Bass as best

Singe trombone versions of Rossini overtures (and I assume the operas as well) work well on bass trombone.
by GabrielRice
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 12720

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

Steve is out and Joe is in, or Joe is in and Steve is out? The S. E. Shires Company designed an instrument and established a business relationship with Joe Alessi. The founder of the company, Steve Shires, was no longer running day-to-day factory operations but was involved in the development of th...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Kanstul 1662 with 70 leadpipe?
Replies: 23
Views: 2367

Re: Kanstul 1662 with 70 leadpipe?

WGWTR180 wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:04 am
I’ve found with most modern pipes, especially Ferguson, Close, M&K , along with others my mouthpiece sticks out too far.
What do you do about it, Bill?
by GabrielRice
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Kanstul 1662 with 70 leadpipe?
Replies: 23
Views: 2367

Re: Kanstul 1662 with 70 leadpipe?

Does it sit securely if you give a gentle twist?

How old is your 2G? Does it have any other markings on it, like possibly an R stamped at the top of the shank just under the knurling between the shank and cup? That would indicate Remington shank, which would need a different receiver taper.
by GabrielRice
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air volume and mouthpiece pressure vs lip vibration
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Re: Air volume and mouthpiece pressure vs lip vibration

Go the other way: make sound on the trombone and then slowly pull the mouthpiece away, trying to keep the lips vibrating. This will help you get a feel for how to firm up the corners. Also, rather than thinking about NOT puffing your cheeks, think about keeping the insides of your cheeks against you...
by GabrielRice
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe receiver reamers
Replies: 23
Views: 2883

Re: Leadpipe receiver reamers

In most mouthpiece-to-leadpipe situations, if the end of the mouthpiece is too far away from the leadpipe's venturi, it feels stuffy and doesn't play well. If it's too close to the venturi it feels too open and is uncontrollable. So it's a matter of finding the balance that works. In your professio...
by GabrielRice
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?
Replies: 42
Views: 5804

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?

I do a variation on Mike Roylance's routine from this book: amismusicalcircle.com/library/bk-005.htm Essentially, it's the Jacobs melody, which covers an octave plus a step on either side, starting in the lower middle register and going down to the low pedal register by half steps. My variation is t...
by GabrielRice
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Keeping a horn "original"
Replies: 18
Views: 2509

Re: Keeping a horn "original"

There's a balance. I won't change a thing to my 1940 Conn 70H. It won't do everything I need from a bass trombone, but the things it's good for it's OUTSTANDING for in ways that are not available in any modern instrument I know of. I also have a mid-60s Bach 50B that was stock when I got it. The sou...
by GabrielRice
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 151
Views: 20019

Re: Joe Alessi

Kevbach33 wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:04 pm
Tangential question(s) about Shires in general:

Does the crossover wrap for the rotary valve allow for an E-pull?
No.

I don't find the E pull works on traditional wraps anyway.
by GabrielRice
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 151
Views: 20019

Re: Joe Alessi

Something I noticed today: for the Shires Alessi wrap the air flows backwards from their normal rotors- not that it's a big deal, but I have to wonder why (or what was wrong with their normal wrap)? This open loop design blows a little bigger and more free, and I think the only reason for it is the...
by GabrielRice
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB/WTT: Brass Ark MV50 yellow brass Shires threads
Replies: 0
Views: 445

WTB/WTT: Brass Ark MV50 yellow brass Shires threads

I would like to buy a Brass Ark MV50 leadpipe in yellow brass with Shires threads, either drawn or seamed.

I can trade a MV50 nickel seamed with no threads (pull collar) or a NY50 yellow brass seamed with Shires threads.

Please email
gabelangfur
at
gmail
by GabrielRice
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 151
Views: 20019

Re: Joe Alessi

New Rotary Valve? ... Interesting! Unless I misunderstood what I was told, it's the standard rotary valve, but with the open loop wrap (which blows a bit more freely than the cross-over wrap that has been standard), different bracing, and a bronze valve cap. This is not a Shires version of the Edwa...
by GabrielRice
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best symphony orchestra straight mutes
Replies: 22
Views: 3223

Re: Best symphony orchestra straight mutes

I'm partial to Wick aluminum straight mutes. The bass trombone one responds better for me below the staff than Crown or Jo-Ral, and the (much!) more expensive ones available now don't really respond better or sound better to my ear. I particularly like that the Wick straights still have some mute ra...
by GabrielRice
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any differences in the Eastman-era Shires?
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: Any differences in the Eastman-era Shires?

The gear I play every day is a mix of pre- and post-Eastman purchase. I have not seen any differences in quality, and the designs have continued to evolve. Steve is still involved in R&D. The financial backing of Eastman makes it much easier to support artists such as Mike Davis, Colin Williams, Bla...
by GabrielRice
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Free Multiphonic Etude
Replies: 5
Views: 5802

Re: Free Multiphonic Etude

Nice!
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: [BOUGHT] WTB: Small shank 5G mouthpiece
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: WTB: Small shank 5G mouthpiece

I have a small shank 5GS I have no need for.
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg Black Bass trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Greg Black Bass trombone mouthpiece

What's special about a 2-piece mouthpiece is that you can get multiple cups for the same rim. If you don't need to do that, there's no reason to have one.
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Shires water key
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Shires water key

Sometime in the last couple of years Shires redesigned the waterkey lever and changed the way it's made (it's either forged or cast now, I can't remember which). The new ones are sturdier and bend less easily. I can bend the old ones by hand, and with a tool it's really easy. You should be able to b...
by GabrielRice
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Connecting pedal register
Replies: 12
Views: 2146

Re: Connecting pedal register

I'd have to work with you in person to help most effectively, but generally speaking, you probably need to look at how the slurs connect above the pedal register. If you slur down from F-Bb in the staff, do your corners stay engaged, or is there a hitch or interruption of some kind? How about Bb-low...
by GabrielRice
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Finished Rochut, what's next?
Replies: 23
Views: 3198

Re: Finished Rochut, what's next?

Book 2 of Rochut is great; no reason not to get it and continue. Blazhevich is also great - you might consider the Sequences in addition to the clef studies. There are lots more challenging etudes: Maxsted, various books by David Uber (I've never used those, but I believe Curtis Olsen had his studen...
by GabrielRice
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Brass Instrument Expo?
Replies: 17
Views: 12053

Re: Brass Instrument Expo?

Ken Pope of Pope Repair is an important French horn dealer and technician.
by GabrielRice
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Why Did JJ Switch From King To Yamaha?
Replies: 12
Views: 4013

Re: Why Did JJ Switch From King To Yamaha?

He was playing Yamaha by the time I met him in 1992. I think he switched just because the Yamaha was easier to play.
by GabrielRice
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Brass Instrument Expo?
Replies: 17
Views: 12053

Re: Brass Instrument Expo?

Aaron Beck is making Lawson horns in Wellesley MA.

Virtuosity in Boston is a dealer for Edwards, Bach/Conn, Greenhoe. Maybe Yamaha as well?

Yamaha from the New York atelier.

B&S/Courtois from their New York shop.

Stork mouthpieces from Vermont.
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: George Curran thumb rest
Replies: 8
Views: 1854

Re: George Curran thumb rest

It probably is... but.... it connects to another part of the horn, which has an effect on response. I suspect the place of the shires rest has a lesser effect on the instrument I compared with my older shires and it is actually a quite brilliant solution. They must have used the thinnist bar possib...
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: George Curran thumb rest
Replies: 8
Views: 1854

Re: George Curran thumb rest

I think so. Best way would be to have your tech order the parts.
by GabrielRice
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: George Curran thumb rest
Replies: 8
Views: 1854

Re: George Curran thumb rest

It's the Shires thumbrest, now standard on all Shires bass trombones. It can be installed separately as well by a tech - the mount needs to be soldered on.
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: [Schilke] 60-sized mpcs - alternatives?
Replies: 19
Views: 2400

Re: [Schilke] 60-sized mpcs - alternatives?

I like the L when I need to be especially light and articulate. It also requires just a bit less effort up in the high register.
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: [Schilke] 60-sized mpcs - alternatives?
Replies: 19
Views: 2400

Re: [Schilke] 60-sized mpcs - alternatives?

Matt K wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:05 am
Doug Elliott all the way. LB114/L/L8 has been my go-to bass piece for a little over a year now.
I've been playing XB114/M/M8 and sometimes L/L8.

For relatively inexpensive mouthpieces though, the Yeo replica is probably my first recommendation.
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Help me buy the right Shires bell
Replies: 14
Views: 1842

Re: Help me buy the right Shires bell

The 7YLW and 2RVET7 are proven over and over by many, many players. Hard to go wrong with either.

One more option you might want to try, though, is the Ralph Sauer bell (which Ralph plays with a .525-.547 dual bore slide). Lightweight red brass with a detachable flare, and I think it's a type 7.
by GabrielRice
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Shires bell modified to fit M&W 322
Replies: 1
Views: 617

Re: Shires bell modified to fit M&W 322

I doubt there would be any problem, particularly if you had the work done by M&W.
by GabrielRice
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: George Roberts equipment
Replies: 66
Views: 7620

Re: George Roberts equipment

Think about this.... He always sounded the same.... You cannot tell what he is playing on. Chris Let's please lay off the lectures to people who just love trombones and trombonists and are curious about all aspects of the instrument. Gabe, you disappoint me. Its you which give the lecture here. Not...
by GabrielRice
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rotary valves: Open Port Vs. Closed Port
Replies: 22
Views: 3195

Re: Rotory valves: Open Port Vs. Closed Port

Huh. That's a weird way to label them. Instrument Innovations calls a valve with two 90 degree ports "closed port" and one 90 and one 180 degree ports "open port." Steve Shires has long thought that 90/90 ports play more open than one 90 and one 180 degree turn, which is why you see that configurati...
by GabrielRice
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Rotary valves: Open Port Vs. Closed Port
Replies: 22
Views: 3195

Re: Rotory valves: Open Port Vs. Closed Port

What exactly does open or closed port mean? Why are there these two types? :???: Can you point to where you see these terms? I am not an instrument designer, but I used to do sales for the Shires company. The Shires standard rotary valve may be one that you refer to as "open port." The ports in the...
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does it matter what horn you play?
Replies: 57
Views: 8437

Re: Does it matter what horn you play?

At least until you have tenure in your job.
by GabrielRice
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does it matter what horn you play?
Replies: 57
Views: 8437

Re: Does it matter what horn you play?

Yes.
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: Difference between Shires TW47 and TB47?

Ok, that makes sense. Yellow bell, TB47, rotor, Bach 42-lead pipe - that would get into B42 territory? Yes, it would. As Jim says, the difference is the bore size of the crooks. They are larger than Jim says though - matching the outer slide bores, not the inner slide bores. I don't know those numb...
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: George Roberts equipment
Replies: 66
Views: 7620

Re: George Roberts equipment

FOSSIL wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:35 am
Think about this....
He always sounded the same....
You cannot tell what he is playing on.

Chris
So...did he always sound the same because it didn't matter what he played?

Or did he always sound the same because he declined to play anything he couldn't sound like himself on?

:biggrin:
by GabrielRice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: George Roberts equipment
Replies: 66
Views: 7620

Re: George Roberts equipment

Well said, Matt. I've recently gotten into playing bass guitar again after many years away from it. I played a lot more bass in the basement of my house as a teenager than trombone, and over the course of a few years there I owned a couple of basses that are now valuable either to players or collect...

Go to advanced search