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by timothy42b
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!
Replies: 16
Views: 5083

Re: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!

I tried measuring with a caliper and a Scherr-Tumico micrometer. These measurements depend on the roundness of the tubes and... they're not. So the error band is significant here. But very roughly, the OD of the inner slide on my mini pBone is .546 and the stockings are .561. I think if your slide i...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 7013

Re: Air/breathing

I have discovered something from the mask experiences. When I have to do speaking parts with others like recitations in church, etc., and have to wear a mask, I found it impossible to get a full breath. All there is time for is a quick nose sniff and that isn't nearly enough air to get through the p...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!
Replies: 16
Views: 5083

Re: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!

Bruce, I'm at work, but I'll measure both pBones when I get home. I have a plastic tenor and an alto. I moved to the alto this summer when I was having left wrist issues and that's what I've been doing my morning warmups on. I do occasionally play the brass tenor in the evening. In COVID times with ...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The all-time loudest trombone
Replies: 42
Views: 7700

Re: The all-time loudest trombone

Fidbone wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:33 am


However Wycliffe Gordon on his Yamaha 891Z takes some beating "Musically speaking". :biggrin:
Yeah. I heard him live at ETW/ATW some years back and if there'd been windows in there they would have cracked.

I think shower tile would be at risk.
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Wide slide ergonomics?
Replies: 4
Views: 3545

Re: Wide slide ergonomics?

Narrow slides are uncomfortable on my neck. Guess there's problems either way.
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The all-time loudest trombone
Replies: 42
Views: 7700

Re: The all-time loudest trombone

One of my favorite stories. The American high school in Germany was shrinking as the Army downsized, and the band had graduating seniors, so the director asked me and a local trumpet teacher to sit in. I'd played some of the football games and musicals and my daughters were in the school so the kids...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A never ending topic. BUZZING.
Replies: 25
Views: 5994

Re: A never ending topic. BUZZING.

If I free buzz an F on the staff it feels allright. If I buzz the same tone on the mpc it feels the same to me. If I again buzz the F in the mpc and while keeping the buzz and take the mpc of my lips the buzz stops. If I play the F on any of my horns I do recognise the buzz as the same as free or m...
by timothy42b
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Efficient practice routine for my schedule
Replies: 11
Views: 4535

Re: Efficient practice routine for my schedule

Off topic, but how do you get through Reinhardt 57 that fast? It takes me a good hour if I do all 5 sets. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
by timothy42b
Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Recorder
Replies: 4
Views: 3591

Re: Recorder

I use the Zoom into my laptop running the free Audacity. When you plug it into the laptop, you choose storage or audio. That's the only time you could screw up. Hit the red button, play, hit the stop button, playback. So simple even I can do it. My laptop is connected to an old stereo and some decen...
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 12650

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

This is what I used to think. But now I find I can buzz a note with the tongue in an "ee" position, then gliss the tongue to an "ah", and the pitch will follow down with what feels to me like no change in lips. And reverse. Then I find I can gliss the tongue in the same way, but maintain the pitch....
by timothy42b
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Playing notes on glissando
Replies: 3
Views: 3542

Re: Playing notes on glissando

I don't know, but i would guess if/when it does work there are a couple things involved. One is that a gliss requires steady air and reveals pretty quickly when you're not doing it. Unsteady air and articulating with air are common problems. Another might be that good tone requires your lip buzzing ...
by timothy42b
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: i don’t like springs
Replies: 17
Views: 5441

Re: i don’t like springs

Doug Elliott wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:35 am
Make your own out of that copper tubing I mentioned.
And then keep it secure in your locker, or the others will "borrow" it.
by timothy42b
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?
Replies: 26
Views: 9449

Re: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?

baileyman wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:38 am
If you are a full floppy JJ or Kenny Shroyer shifter, then the momentum of a light slide on the fingers could be a big difference.
Also if your choice of positions requires frequent reversal of direction, the effect of both arm and slide weight would be increased.
by timothy42b
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Lightweight slides and shoulder pain?
Replies: 13
Views: 6786

Re: Lightweight slides and shoulder pain?

I second the exercise idea and the grip and rest ideas. I went through some pretty severe right shoulder pain a few years back, diagnosed as impingement syndrome after an expensive MRI (which you do NOT want to pay for without good insurance. Even with it wasn't cheap.) My doctor recommended surgery...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Formatting an invisible drive
Replies: 9
Views: 5845

Re: Formatting an invisible drive

Dave, good to hear from you. I thought you might weigh in, I remember you talking about apt-get once so your linux-fu is strong. I'm only playing with this drive because I happened to have it, I'm trying to solve a backup problem on a laptop that has no CD drive and software that blocks thumb drives...
by timothy42b
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Oily bubble leak
Replies: 12
Views: 6156

Re: Oily bubble leak

Did you put Bondo underneath? Or Superglue? JB Weld :evil: JBWeld stopped the leak at the top of my daughter's Volvo radiator and it held several years, was still going strong when we eventually junked the car. (blown head gasket on a 1991 with some other problems, it was time to move on). If it ca...
by timothy42b
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Formatting an invisible drive
Replies: 9
Views: 5845

Re: Formatting an invisible drive

Nope, it shows the hard drive and the CD drive but not the external.
by timothy42b
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Formatting an invisible drive
Replies: 9
Views: 5845

Formatting an invisible drive

I have a need for an external drive to back up some email, and I can't use my main backup for various reasons. It has to be encrypted and work with Win10. Digging through the drawers I came across a USB drive enclosure I used many years ago to recover some data from one of my children's laptops. For...
by timothy42b
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Cleaning material
Replies: 16
Views: 8122

Re: Cleaning material

People who run a rod through the inners are probably more coordinated than me. I never risk it. Once in a great while a brush on a cable, and then only when inside the outers. I've started leaving the outer slide upside down on the assembled horn on the stand to let it thoroughly dry. That's because...
by timothy42b
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Replies: 12
Views: 6782

Re: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

I think there is a distinction between a breaking up tone that gets buzzier and buzzier, and seems to be related to exceeding the strength of the chops, and a blat that doesn't get buzzy but is too loud to seem musical depending on the context. I can overblow and it gets buzzy, but I haven't figured...
by timothy42b
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide grips
Replies: 5
Views: 4066

Re: Slide grips

The correct slide grip should facilitate quick relaxed straight line slide motion. So as long as the slide grip is subordinate to the main focus, it can work. It seems to me that the slide grip is the third priority - first being the straight line slide motion, second focus being the wrist and forea...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Best sheet music apps for android
Replies: 8
Views: 5878

Re: Best sheet music apps for android

MobileSheets has a free and a pro version. The pro was about $12 so I bought it. It has some advantages over the iPad version but of course both work well.
by timothy42b
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mute repair
Replies: 13
Views: 6682

Re: Mute repair

I just measured my cup mute bottom at 3.5 inches. Interesting. Most tape measures have inches on one edge and centimeters on the other. This one has sixteenths marks on one and thirty-seconds on the other. No wonder it was cheap. But I digress. I grabbed a ruler for the metric folk here and it's abo...
by timothy42b
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bad news about live theater public performance
Replies: 19
Views: 7512

Re: Bad news about live theater public performance

I work in clinical trials research . It seems likely to me that at least one of these will be found to be safe and 'effective'. Because of the urgency of the situation, the FDA will accept a 50% reduction in serious COVID cases as meeting the effectiveness criterion. (That is very low.) These vacci...
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: External Mouthpiece Shape & the effects of playing
Replies: 8
Views: 4727

Re: External Mouthpiece Shape & the effects of playing

IMO. To discern a difference requires playing at an extremely high level - both in terms of note to note, day to day, consistency, and in having very refined listening skills. There are people on this forum who do both, and it makes sense to listen to them. It doesn't necessarily make sense that the...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cleaning a Yamaha rotary valve
Replies: 28
Views: 7601

Re: Cleaning a Yamaha rotary valve

Bach5G wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:56 pm
I found a wooden mallet at a Michael’s. In the leatherworks section.
Crab mallet, about $5 at Walmart.
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recommended score readers for iPad
Replies: 10
Views: 7595

Re: Recommended score readers for iPad

If you aren't on Apple, Mobilesheets is very good. I'm using it on a Kindle Fire 10. That's big enough for home use, I probably need the 12.9 if I were still playing anywhere, so might have to go iPad and forScore. I wanted to go with a 2n1 Chromebook but most of them have discontinued the 3:2 displ...
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 44
Views: 12845

Re: Extended length Slide?

Just found this with a simple Google search of "Does mass impact pitch?" https://www.csun.edu/~vcoao0el/webct/de361s71_folder/tsld004.html To summarize.....as mass increases, pitch decreases. Think of the mass on a man's vocal cords versus a woman's vocal chords of the same length. This is correct....
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 6719

Re: How to practice the Arban book

One thing I would suggest is to play some of the exercises in other keys. Jim Scott That was one of the complaints of that trumpet teacher I linked to. His other complaint was the lack of any high range. He solved both by rewriting the PD version from IMSLP in many more keys. He calls it New Arbans...
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 44
Views: 12845

Re: Extended length Slide?

Balance weight lowering pitch is new to me, and to physics, and as far as I know to trombone players in general. I've heard many many assertions that mass affects timbre, but pitch is a new claim. I can't see a reason why it would work, and fall back on the old dictum "extraordinary claims demand ex...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 6719

Re: How to practice the Arban book

Here is a pretty good approach: http://www.bbtrumpet.com/how-to-practice-arban-clarke-schlossberg/ For extra credit, use a trumpet book (or the public domain IMSLP). Go through the first time reading as Bb treble. Second time as alto, third time mezzo soprano. That will take about a year and a half ...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 6719

Re: How to practice the Arban book

There are 8 sections.

You do one page of each for a week and then move on. In 30 odd weeks you've gone through it. There's a sheet somewhere with the page numbers by a trumpet player, I'll see if I can find it.
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 44
Views: 12845

Re: Extended length Slide?

What’s some other solutions? I’m in florida and it’s constantly like 90 degrees and i’m always at least 20 cents sharp with my tuning slide as far out as it can be Super hot outside temperatures are the only reason I ever move the tuning slide, the rest of the time it's all the way in. But really, ...
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: "Un" Soldering a bell?
Replies: 13
Views: 5296

Re: "Un" Soldering a bell?

But that makes comparison between soldered and unsoldered muddier because there are so many other factors that can show differences in how the two bells play. Get two unsoldered bells and compare. I haven't done it but I'll bet they are different. Then get two soldered bells and compare. Ditto. The...
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Safety Razor Question
Replies: 15
Views: 7201

Re: Safety Razor Question

Nicks on what is essentially part of our instrument are a reality, so we can either reduce them as far as possible with the best blades, or go electric. I went electric over this years ago and haven't regretted it.
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Maintenance on TIS slides
Replies: 17
Views: 7767

Re: Maintenance on TIS slides

I kind of like the idea of an alto without a main tuning slide, in theory anyway, as long as it is short enough to always get in tune. Using alternates to avoid 1st is a pain on alto. I also wonder if you really need a water valve at all on an alto. The slide is short enough to just yank it off and ...
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Maintenance on TIS slides
Replies: 17
Views: 7767

Re: Maintenance on TIS slides

Hmm. If you leave your main tuning slide all the way in anyway on a nonTIS horn, doesn't the same apply here? You would never move the TIS mechanism? So maintenance would be minimal. Of course you don't have a main tuning slide on a TIS horn, IIRC, so you'd need to adjust for extreme heat/cold, but ...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68072

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I think there are probably two kinds of harm in racist art (as opposed to more direct harm like not being hired, not being able to rent, not getting access to justice system, etc.) One is the effect of offending members of the group. The other is the effect of encouraging racism on the part of other...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 7999

Re: Red rot mitigation

When the zinc is removed from the brass alloy, the remaining copper is oxidized and is not solderable. It also is very brittle, which is why holes develop easily. This is not galvanic action like electroplating. There's no battery or wires involved. I think it is probably galvanic, but as you say c...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 7999

Re: Red rot mitigation

What happens is that the solder prevents the red rot from migrating to the patch. Red rot is caused by something (usually moisture with some acidity) extracting the zinc from the brass. Kind of a nitpick, but I think the moisture facilitates the zinc extraction by allowing electrical current, rathe...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 7999

Re: Red rot mitigation

Rivet? Sure. Say you can drill out the rot with a 1/4" bit. Then insert a small piece of 1/4" brass rod. At this point, silver solder it in or not (not sure). Continue, using a suitable anvil and hammer, pound the disk, expanding its diameter (riveting). Then file the disk flat in contour with the ...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 7999

Re: Red rot mitigation

Elow wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:35 am
What’s the harm in just replacing the part?
Grandfather's axe.
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 7999

Re: Red rot mitigation

Other things being equal, IMO moisture is the enemy of brass. I don't see how a horn is going to dry out packed in a case. If children, pets, and general clumsiness allow I think the best storage is probably on a stand with outer slide pulled off and hung on the handslide brace. I started doing that...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68072

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I have little to add to the conversation at this point. Perhaps a couple of thoughts: I ducked out when it became clear only one opinion without nuances was allowed, and was harassed publicly AND privately. I don't disagree with not playing Lassus but there are many pieces and composers more egregi...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Keys for self-taught
Replies: 10
Views: 1626

Re: Keys for self-taught

You mentioned you already have a MIDI keyboard. Is it more of a touch pad system, or is it set up like a standard piano keyboard? If you are just using it for midi input, I don't think weighted keys are really necessary. When my kids took piano lessons their progress took off when we got a digital ...
by timothy42b
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 18454

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I was curious so I googled. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_oil It's not so clear if snake oil ever came from snakes. It seems unlikely in the US, but in 18th century UK there are references to "viper oil" for curing rheumatism, etc. (nonspecific illnesses that wax and wane naturally so are well...
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 8295

Re: Help with recording

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? I've always wondered that! And then I heard Christopher Bill say that trombone is not that complex a sound and not that hard to mike. Hmmm. I do think...
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 8295

Re: Help with recording

Also pick the right room. Huge difference! probably more than the mike.
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 8295

Re: Help with recording

I use a Zoom H2.

At home I connect it directly to the laptop and record on Audacity rather than on the internal memory.

At concerts and rehearsal it records onto an SD card so you have a handy portable digital recorder as well as a USB microphone for home use.

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