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by JohnL
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: trigger spring snapped
Replies: 8
Views: 257

Re: trigger spring snapped

Even if you can't figure a way to improvise something to take the place of your spring, you should at least be able to secure the linkage in such a way that you can play it as a straight horn.
by JohnL
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

All our (Uptown Rhythm Makers) club gigs were cancelled as of March 15 till further notice, even the outdoor jazz club in Balboa Park, San Diego. They've closed down Balboa Park completely. The Sunday Spreckels Organ Concert had to go online as of last week. I think the last thing to interfere with...
by JohnL
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

This just arrived via Curbed: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/CALACOUNTY/2020/03/27/file_attachments/1413054/HOO_Beaches%20and%20Trails_3.27.20_FINAL.pdf LA closes beaches and hiking trails. There was a lot of attention given in the local media to the crowds at some beaches and on some ...
by JohnL
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?
Replies: 40
Views: 1553

Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

He pretty much stopped posting after this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11716

His parting words were:
FOSSIL wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:52 pm
I surrender. Out of here.

Chris
by JohnL
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b f attachment mods
Replies: 15
Views: 688

Re: King 3b f attachment mods

One issue is if your string is stretched or loose. That can make the action sloppy. It would be the same on a string 88H. Other possibilities are the the valve really is sluggish (a clean and lube will fix that) or that it's not strung correctly so it's binding. But none of that matters if you real...
by JohnL
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b f attachment mods
Replies: 15
Views: 688

Re: King 3b f attachment mods

Rusty wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:51 pm
Mine is from 1993 and has the black plastic bar.
So it's the hybrid linkage? Metal lever, plastic bar, and string? Like this?
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by JohnL
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Case for King 5b?
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Case for King 5b?

chromebone wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:16 am
EOlson9 wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:30 pm
The 2105 iteration
The King 5B hasn't been made since the late '90's. Is it a 4B style one made in the 70's-90's or is it an earlier 1480 Symphony model?
That's not a typo. The model number for the 5B in later years was 2105.
by JohnL
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

At this point, this thread could probably be retitled "What We're NOT Doing".
by JohnL
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

They were printed on the backside of something called "calling all workers," which sounds like it might be the official Communist Party march. Maybe related to the Industrial Workers of the World , which was founded in 1905. I could see them having their own march. They were a pretty big deal in th...
by JohnL
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

The closures and cancellations are coming thick and fast; I think it was mostly a matter of someone having to make the first move (and a nudge from the governor didn't hurt). It seems most colleges are taking steps to transition to online instruction wherever possible. So far, K-12's are planning to...
by JohnL
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 194
Views: 6943

Re: Coronavirus

The Claremont Symphony here in SoCal has had to "indefinitely postpone" an upcoming concert because the college where their performance venue is located is cancelling all public events through at least April 18th. Several colleges and universities in the area are suspending "face-to-face" instructio...
by JohnL
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Name That Tune
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Name That Tune

Posaunus wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:39 pm
keybone wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:58 pm
I was waiting for the bridge... :hi:
Cross that when you come to it!
Unless you're in Indiana.
by JohnL
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Name That Tune
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Name That Tune

AndrewMeronek wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:54 pm
My impression, too. The hokey swing "feel" reminds me somewhat of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Makes me think more 1920's than swing era.
by JohnL
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3596

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

I think I might get dizzy moving my bell into and out of the plunger while trying to create some of the wah-wah effects often written into big band charts. As long as the composer/arranger managed to avoid writing plunger parts down into the trigger register, you can just use a normal plunger. I us...
by JohnL
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Fixing loose slide lock
Replies: 14
Views: 782

Re: Fixing loose slide lock

Robb Stewart used the same sort of technique to tighten up a badly worn valve cap on my Conn double-bell baritone. Chuck it up, give it a little squeeze and Bob's your uncle. A much more elegant solution than the Teflon® tape I was using as a temporary fix.
by JohnL
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3596

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

Anybody can write something you can't play. I ran into this problem on the 4th part of Harlem Nocturne. Especially upsetting because Earl Hagen was a trombone player. Maybe he intended it to be played on a G Bass?. I always figured the fourth part on that chart was an afterthought, maybe not even w...
by JohnL
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3596

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

Our bass bone player has a request. He wants a autonomous plunger. Friday night we were playing a gig that called for plunger, unfortunately it also required him to play note which required him to use his valves and his slide. He chose to blow off the plunger thing. That's an easy fix. You attach t...
by JohnL
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3596

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

Not sure how he's accomplishing that last part. It's not a compensating system, and lowering the pitch a half step from D (1-3) to C#/Db (1-2-3) still requires more tubing than going from G (open) to F#/Gb (2). Looking at the exterior of the valve block, I'm pretty sure I know what the piston itsel...
by JohnL
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cut It
Replies: 30
Views: 3783

Re: Cut It

Is a G attachment with F pull possible? Figure the open horn is about 9' (108 inches/~274 cm) long. To lower the pitch 1/2 step, you need to add 5.95% to the length (and remember, it's like compound interested, so the first half step is 5.95%, the second is 5.95% of the open horn plus 5.95% of the ...
by JohnL
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3596

Re: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)

Jerome Wiss actually uses computer design and 3D printing for prototyping his instruments. While not a trombone, his 6/20 trumpet departs from all previous trumpets by eliminating one of the three ports in each valve and doesn't require manipulation of the third valve slide to get the typical C# an...
by JohnL
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Joseph Serafin Alschausky in the US
Replies: 12
Views: 2183

Re: Joseph Serafin Alschausky in the US

I found a website http://composers-classical-music.com/a/AlschauskyJosephSerafini.htm with information on Alschausky in the US. Some of the information seem consistent with what is known so far. For other information, the source is unclear and cannot be corroborated yet. Much of that looks like cit...
by JohnL
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: D slide for single rotor
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: D slide for single rotor

Yeah, I'd kinda miss Eb. There's been a few experiments with E and Eb attachments, but F remains the standard.
by JohnL
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 4373

Re: In defense of Yamaha

Certainly Peter Moore sounds great on one (but he probably would on anything). Most likely. We say something like that about a lot of top-tier players, and make the inference that it doesn't matter what they play. But look at it from a different angle. Here's a person who could play pretty much any...
by JohnL
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Position chart
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Position chart

Others have posted charts for Bb-F-D; Here is a chart for Bb-F-Flat E; a lot of D-G's are set up that way. I suppose I should include the standard caution, just in case some newbie bass trombonist reads this thread some day: The position charts just get you in the general neighborhood. Use your ears...
by JohnL
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Couple of New Bass Bone Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1177

Re: Couple of New Bass Bone Questions

I think the most telling piece of information is that the OP says that his YBL-830 "sounds like a tenor with two valves". The YBL-830 is a really good bass trombone that's pretty much "straight down the middle" in most ways, avoiding extremes in size, weight, and sound. So what does he like? An old ...
by JohnL
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Chromebook for digital sheet music?
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Yes, the latest versions of chrome will run android apps... that is what started me down this path... = ) Yeah, my personal Chromebook is way too old. As of this summer, it's past what Google calls AUE (Automatic Update End); the last update was Chrome 75. Anyone reading this thread and thinking ab...
by JohnL
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Chromebook for digital sheet music?
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm
I loaded MobileSheets Pro on it and imported about 50 songs... it works like a champ.
That's an Android app, correct? You loaded it through the Google Play?
by JohnL
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide inner tubes
Replies: 9
Views: 657

Re: Slide inner tubes

My previous post was referring to the fact that nickel silver inners are more stable, less likely to bend or dent, and chrome plating is a lower friction and longer lasting surface. Pretty sure they're more resistant to corrosion, too. With the proper care (i.e., getting dents and alignment issues ...
by JohnL
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Best valve oil?
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: Best valve oil?

How does weather affect oils and lubricants? Depends on which one you're talking about. I don't live in an area where cold is a problem, but I've had bottles of Yamasnot go bad after being left in the car on a hot day. Valve oils (synthetic or petroleum-based) can usually stand high temperatures be...
by JohnL
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Faxx vs Bach mouthpieces
Replies: 15
Views: 1617

Re: Faxx vs Bach mouthpieces

Does anyone know who actually owns the Faxx name? Is it American Way Marketing? Whoever is in charge, they run a very streamlined operation. They only make a few sizes for each instrument, which simplifies almost every stage of manufacturing and distribution. They don't seem to do much advertising. ...
by JohnL
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Chromebook for digital sheet music?
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

I looked around a bit and did not find anything promising as far as a Chrome extension. I expect you'll have to go with an Android app.

But now you've got me thinking of a way to brute force this with the tools at hand...
by JohnL
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?

I took a quick look at the Wayback Machine. There are only a couple captures of the pertinent pages, but It would seem that none of us noticed when hornguys disappeared from Shires' dealer list pages... They're on both the main and Q Series lists in 2017: https://web.archive.org/web/20170703165358/h...
by JohnL
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?

I notice that the seshires.com site doesn't list Ferguson Music/Hornguys as a dealer, either.

No Shires dealer in SoCal any more. There's a Q Series dealer in Fresno; for the Custom Series, it's either the SF Bay Area or Mesa, AZ.
by JohnL
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?

Bach5G wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:05 am
Is it simply Eastman preferring to sell through larger dealers?
Could also be a decision that was made on the Hornguys end of things. I looked around a bit but did not find any information one way or the other.
by JohnL
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?

WGWTR180 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:24 am
Google. You'll get the full story.
Well, Steve Shires is completely out and is busy (and hopefully happily) building French horns in Vermont. His level of involvement with the S. E. Shires company had been diminishing for a while. Is there something more going on?
by JohnL
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: NAMM Report 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 2044

Re: NAMM Report 2020

Aidan, there was one company there with a bunch of compact tubas and euphoniums. You didn't happen to try one, did you? I noodled around on one of the euphs and it was surprisingly playable. That Bob Sanders bass is a beast though. They put a little extra care and juju magic into that one. You talki...
by JohnL
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Something I didn't know about rotary valves
Replies: 7
Views: 750

Re: Something I didn't know about rotary valves

Loose bearings allow the valve core to wobble. You end up with wear to the valve core and casing, which eventually leads to low compression.

Of course, if the whole thing is already loose...
by JohnL
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Intermediate Bass Trombones
Replies: 28
Views: 1649

Re: Intermediate Bass Trombones

No one has mentioned the Benge 290 yet; a well-regarded but often overlooked instrument.
by JohnL
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Outer Slide weight posting
Replies: 38
Views: 2494

Re: Outer Slide weight posting

Some of those numbers look a bit off. The King 3B slide is definitely not a lightweight slide. Neither is the Super. Are you sure those numbers are accurate? I'm sure my numbers are accurate (within the limits of my scale, which is not certified). I neither stake claim to nor accept responsibility ...
by JohnL
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Outer slide tubes not parallel
Replies: 26
Views: 1463

Re: Outer slide tubes not parallel

Every time I saw those Olds trombones with the non-adjustable outside slide brace, I didn't know what to think of them. One side of my brain said....."this is short cut that will likely never result in a parallel slide." The other side of my brain said..."Wow! The Olds company must have a manufactu...
by JohnL
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Outer slide tubes not parallel
Replies: 26
Views: 1463

Re: Outer slide tubes not parallel

brassmedic wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:36 pm
I think the Olds Ambassador had a one piece slide brace.
The brace on the inner slide is two-piece (flattened oval cross section), the brace on the outer slide is one-piece with a round cross section.

Olds had a thing about one-piece braces; Supers had all one-piece braces for a while.
by JohnL
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Olds O-25 Mouthpiece Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: Olds O-25 Mouthpiece Advice

Another vote for keeping the 6½AL unless there's a good reason not to. Olds used at least two different large-shank receivers over the years. The later production horns (which I expect includes your O-25) aren't enough undersize to cause an issue for most people. The only way to get a perfect fit is...
by JohnL
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3B+ in a classical setting
Replies: 39
Views: 2116

Re: 3B+ in a classical setting

tbonesullivan wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:43 pm
Weren't the Williams F-attachments also the same bore as the slide? I also think they believed in making the trombone out of all the same alloy.
Not on my Williams, but it's a pre-WWII TIS horn. His approach may have changed on the post-WWII models.
by JohnL
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Outer slide tubes not parallel
Replies: 26
Views: 1463

Re: Outer slide tubes not parallel

Seen it before. Coulda just been "born bad" (i.e., not put together properly at the factory). Could also have had the crook repaired/replaced at some point and the person who did it either didn't realize that it needed to be adjusted or just didn't care.
by JohnL
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Olds S-24G Bass Trombone - Tell Me More
Replies: 10
Views: 607

Re: Olds S-24G Bass Trombone - Tell Me More

As the author of the article in question, I'm afraid I have little to add. The S-24G in uncomfortable to play. The small valves don't particularly bother me, but I'm used to playing on similar valves on LA-era Olds basses.
by JohnL
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 1881

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

I know Steve well; this was a difficult decision for him to make, but it was coming for a while. It's gotta be tough to walk away when it's your name above the door, plus the people you're leaving behind. OTOH, living in Waterbury Center and working for a company in Holliston, MA? I wouldn't think ...
by JohnL
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass as best
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Bass as best

I've played the trombone parts to both Chopin piano concertos on bass trombone without complaints, but that's in an amateur orchestra. FWIW, the part for the second concerto is marked as "trombone basso", but one could argue that the notation should be interpreted as "trombone in bass clef" rather t...
by JohnL
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 1881

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

I wouldn't think that it would be a big surprise to anyone. He's probably working full time and then some on getting his new company rolling; doesn't leave much time for S. E. Shires.
by JohnL
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3B+ in a classical setting
Replies: 39
Views: 2116

Re: 3B+ in a classical setting

King rotors from what i understand are the bore size of the slide. So a 3Bf rotor section should be .508. At least thats my understanding. It may be somewhat larger. The "f-attachment the same bore as the slide" philosophy seems to have come from George McCracken. He designed the 4B/4BF, the 4B-bas...
by JohnL
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3B+ in a classical setting
Replies: 39
Views: 2116

Re: 3B+ in a classical setting

harrisonreed wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:13 pm
Sounds like if you order a 3BF bell section and a 3B+ slide you can still get a brand new 3BF+. Are the slides not compatible?
I think the bigger question is the bore of the f-attachment. Anyone have a 3BF and a set of calipers handy?

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