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by Kbiggs
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Motivation to practise in a non performing world
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Motivation to practise in a non performing world

You are probably in the majority of players. This is a difficult transition for all of us and I wanted to share my positive feelings, hoping that it might help others to think this thing through. We really cannot carry on in the old way in a gig focused schedule.... so we have to make the practise ...
by Kbiggs
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Singin' in the Rain
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Singin' in the Rain

It’s been a few years, but I don’t remember anything unusual. Probably just straight, cup, maybe plunger.
by Kbiggs
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 1692

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

I use Wright’s silver polish when needed. I wouldn’t use toothpaste—it’s too abrasive, and it doesn’t have the anti-tarnish properties that silver polishes have. They tarnish very quickly afterwards. When I have polished my mpcs., I let them sit for a while, maybe overnight, and then wash them with ...
by Kbiggs
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Interested in learning sackbutt
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Interested in learning sackbutt

1. Listen to a lot of recordings featuring good sacbut playing—Adam Wolff, Ercole Nisini, Charles Toet, Concerto Palatino, Dark Horse, Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse, etc. 2. Buy good equipment with an historic mouthpiece. 3. Adam Wolff has a book out called Sacbut Solutions. 4. Subscribe to Historic...
by Kbiggs
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations in Trombones... (and other brass)
Replies: 52
Views: 3584

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

The Wiss valve system looks vaguely like one of the older valve systems from the late 19th century... like an improved Berlinerpümpen system...
by Kbiggs
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke 59 /58 question
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Schilke 59 /58 question

You might also try Karl Hammond’s 19BL and 20BL. He used to work for Schilke and, IIRC, helped develop their Symphony line of tenor and bass mpcs.
by Kbiggs
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Monette Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: Monette Trombone?

Jim Pugh visited the Monette shop several times over the last 20 years. One of the first of Monette’s Prana mpcs. For trombone was made with Jim in mind. Dave Monette is kind of an unusual guy. He may have taken a liking to Jim, heard something he wanted to change, convinced Jim it was worth the tim...
by Kbiggs
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Monette Trombone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: Monette Trombone?

Ending about 15 years ago, I played in a quintet for 10 years with some of the fellows who worked at the Monette factory. These are my opinions/impressions from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... For many years, I played a Monette trombone mouthpiece, and briefly played one of the prototyp...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M

The Griego has SOLD! Thanks everyone for looking!
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M

The Greg Black has sold. The Griego is still available.
by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M

Sorry, I should have posted asking prices:

GB: $225
Griego: $125

These prices including CONUS shipping.
by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M

The Griego 5C
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by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M
Replies: 4
Views: 255

FS: Greigo 5C and GB 4.5G-5G M

Two mouthpieces for sale:

Griego 5C
GB 4.5G-5G M. This is screw rim mouthpiece. The rim is gold plated.
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by Kbiggs
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: GB bass and tenor mouthpieces
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: WTB: GB bass and tenor mouthpieces

I found the tenor mouthpiece. I’m still looking for the bass mouthpieces.
by Kbiggs
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Plastic Harmon / Wah-Wah ?
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Plastic Harmon / Wah-Wah ?

👍🏻
by Kbiggs
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Plastic Harmon / Wah-Wah ?
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Plastic Harmon / Wah-Wah ?

Are you thinking of the Trapani mutes? Noah Gladstone’s BrassArk is the distributor.
by Kbiggs
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Rath valve?
Replies: 26
Views: 1837

Re: New Rath valve?

These look similar to the Kanstul CR (controlled resistance) valves.
by Kbiggs
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tinnitus
Replies: 10
Views: 1379

Re: Tinnitus

Update: I had a second opinion, which was basically the same: tinnitus is usually idiopathic—doctors rarely know what causes it, and there really aren’t any effective treatments for it except in extreme cases. The best suggestion I received was from a tuba-playing friend and mentor: “I’ve had that f...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Band Member with B.O. Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1092

Re: Band Member with B.O. Problem

Talk with him away from the rehearsal. Ask him what’s going on. He might be aware of it already, or maybe not. If you approach the conversation from the attitude of caring what’s going on with him (rather than annoyance), it might be an easier conversation.
by Kbiggs
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: ISO MONETTE MOUTHPIECE CASE
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: ISO MONETTE MOUTHPIECE CASE

Yes, for the heavier blank. Email me.
by Kbiggs
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: ISO MONETTE MOUTHPIECE CASE
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: ISO MONETTE MOUTHPIECE CASE

Are you still interested? I have one:

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by Kbiggs
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: GB bass and tenor mouthpieces
Replies: 1
Views: 289

WTB: GB bass and tenor mouthpieces

Looking for the following Greg Black mouthpieces:

BASS
1 1/4, .312 throat, #2 backbore
1 1/8 ,.312 throat, #2 backbore

Any weight but heavy.


TENOR:
New York 5.25 model; regular or light weight.


Must be in excellent condition.
by Kbiggs
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?

I must disagree Kbiggs that the challenges are always musical. Many times to get to the music, a player must develop or refine a particular aspect of playing. Arbans was a master at this and brass players have a great resource because of it. Stars Wars also comes to mind. Musically, it is easy to m...
by Kbiggs
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: What makes the bass trombone challenging to learn?

The challenges are always musical. Otherwise they are just interference, noise, or distraction from the purpose: to make music. Focusing on the specific technical challenges of playing bass trombone is important so we know what we’re dealing with with. But it’s more important to solve the problems m...
by Kbiggs
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Trombone Christmas
Replies: 18
Views: 1346

Re: Trombone Christmas

disco wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:41 pm
My wife said she’s not coming next year if there’s a Contra there.🤷
I’ve played the last two years in the Portland OR Trombone Christmas. One of the organizers plays contra—tastefully, I might add. Maybe she’s just listening to the wrong players...
by Kbiggs
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Faulise: The F&D Double Valve Bass trombone
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Faulise: The F&D Double Valve Bass trombone

Faulise has three books: the one you mentioned (the original; a routine book for dependent valve players), a similar book for independent valve players, and then a book confusingly called Volume 2: The Basics, which is a method to introduce the bass trombone for new players, doublers, etc. I only ha...
by Kbiggs
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Going digital: stands and holders?
Replies: 7
Views: 1997

Going digital: stands and holders?

I’ve decided to convert to digital music as much as possible. I have a new iPad, ForScore, and the AirTurn Pro pedal. I play 95% classical and chamber music, if that makes a difference. What kind of stand do most people use? A regular music stand? If so, how do you keep the iPad on the stand? If you...
by Kbiggs
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The Bach 42 Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 2047

Re: The Bach 42 Thread

I’ve played a few 42’s in my time. The first new horn I bought 30-odd years ago was a 42C. I’m currently playing a friend’s stock Corporation 42B (thanks, John!), while mine is in the shop. It’s actually quite refreshing to play. Nothing incredibly outstanding about the instrument, but It has an eve...
by Kbiggs
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The Bach 42 Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 2047

Re: The Bach 42 Thread

Here's a 42 I'd love to try: http://www.brassark.com/arkupdatedtrombones/revised_arksawday42_1.jpg Sawday 42 refit. http://www.brassark.com/arkupdatedtrombones.html Anybody tried one of these? I haven’t. Timothy Higgins, SFS principal, plays one now. I heard him in a recital about 4 months ago. He ...
by Kbiggs
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Preserving raw brass
Replies: 10
Views: 1267

Re: Preserving raw brass

Wright’s Brass Polish, the paste variety. It’s minimally abrasive.
by Kbiggs
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: Greg Black 4.5G
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: WTB: Greg Black 4.5G

I have a 4.5-5G, a screw-rim model with gold plated rim if that’s of any interest.
by Kbiggs
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg black
Replies: 24
Views: 1374

Re: Greg black

Mouthpiece makers/designers, just like instrument makers/designers, have a philosophy of how to do things and what the end result should be for their products. One poster states that GB mpcs provide more core to the sound. (That, of course, depends on what you mean by “core.”) So GB produces mpcs th...
by Kbiggs
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: New Dad!
Replies: 14
Views: 1061

Re: New Dad!

Congratulations!
by Kbiggs
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: GB Alessi/NY and Standard mpcs
Replies: 0
Views: 175

WTB: GB Alessi/NY and Standard mpcs

Want to buy:

1. Greg Black Alessi 5.25 or a New York 5.25.

2. Greg Black 4.5 GSD cup, .277/#1.

Rim and shank must be in excellent shape. I would prefer the regular weight on either mpc., but any weight will do.
by Kbiggs
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto that plays like a tenor
Replies: 27
Views: 1723

Re: alto that plays like a tenor

Here’s another vote for the ErgoBone. You might also consider the Get-a-Grip from Sheridan Brass. There are various other grip aides: Bullet Brace, the big-extended-paddle-thingie you see on Thein trombones, and others. Balance is important: the center of balance in your horn might be off. Have you ...
by Kbiggs
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Florida Man?
Replies: 16
Views: 1325

Re: Who is Florida Man?

You know who he is... he’s “that guy,” the guy who has such breathtakingly poor control over his executive functioning that even his better decisions are questionable. Yesterday, he was in Washington. Today, he’s in Florida. Tomorrow, he’ll be in... Montana? Texas? New Hampshire? Who knows?
by Kbiggs
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)

Being warmed up is as much a state of mind as a state of physical preparation. We are “warmed up” and ready to play within 5 to 10 minutes. We tend to think that we need to play for at least 30 to 60 minutes to complete our personal routine of slurs, tonguing, flexibilities, scales, etc. The physica...
by Kbiggs
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: MK drawing leadpipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1380

Re: MK drawing leadpipes

2 more cents... and a $1.98 will get you a cup of coffee... If you tend to play with a hard front to the note, and you have more brilliant sound, and you want to tame the front and “darken” the sound, then a gold/bronze leadpipe MIGHT help. Otherwise, I’d go for yellow. Just remember that everyone r...
by Kbiggs
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: MK drawing leadpipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1380

Re: MK drawing leadpipes

Sorry, my confusion. You’re right. It’s soldered vs. unsoldered. I was getting them confused with two piece bells (Conn, Holton) or one piece bells (Bach).
by Kbiggs
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: MK drawing leadpipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1380

Re: MK drawing leadpipes

Leadpipes, like mouthpieces, are all different. While it’s tempting to make comparisons like you sometimes see in mouthpiece comparison charts, it’s basically pointless. EVERYONE’s leadpipes are different, they feel different, and they are made with different designs and philosophies—overall length,...
by Kbiggs
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Starting Bass Trombone at 60 - Am I crazy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1879

Re: Starting Bass Trombone at 60 - Am I crazy?

Yes, you are crazy. Welcome to the club! ;-) +1 Anyone who chooses to play an instrument that: Is sometimes required to play as high as a tenor but has a larger bore, more weight, and a larger mouthpiece; Is often required to play as low as a tuba but has a smaller bore, is half the length, and a s...
by Kbiggs
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)
Replies: 97
Views: 6980

Re: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)

“His mouthpieces were copied by a small shop in L.A. in probably the 1980's.. they were stamped 'George Roberts' and marked NY, MV, SE, CE and SO... no prizes for working out what the letters stand for. George told me that he was ripped off by the copyist and never saw a cent for the designs." I’d ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: SOLD—FS: customized 42B with extras—SOLD!
Replies: 4
Views: 562

SOLD—FS: customized 42B with extras—SOLD!

For sale is a Bach 42B with lots of extras. I purchased the horn used about 1 ½ years ago from Aidan Ritchie here on TC, who had a lot of custom work done. I also had some custom work done, found a nice case, and now I’m offering it for sale. The slide has serial no. 119xxx, indicating mid-1990’s, b...
by Kbiggs
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg black Mouthpieces
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: Greg black Mouthpieces

Sorry. Currently in active use.
by Kbiggs
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Greg black Mouthpieces
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: Greg black Mouthpieces

Mv2541 wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:06 am

Was there a 5 series of the Alessi Blacks? I don't recall ever seeing one.
Yes. I own a 5 and a 5.5.
by Kbiggs
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: If, when, and how to try a different mouthpiece?
Replies: 13
Views: 1173

Re: If, when, and how to try a different mouthpiece?

You might not “need” a new mouthpiece, depending on your sound concept, playing needs, and physical characteristics. Many people spend their lives playing on a 1 1/2G and make it work. Others, for any of the above and other reasons, find that something larger or even smaller works better for them. T...

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