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by LeTromboniste
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

Aaand now all of July is cancelled, it all came within the last 12 hours. I'm incredibly lucky that I got asked for a transcription/edition gig for the next three weeks that will hopefully allow me to survive at least until the summer, many of my colleagues aren't so lucky.
by LeTromboniste
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Trombone, Trumpet, Pipe Organ Repertoire?
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Trombone, Trumpet, Pipe Organ Repertoire?

BGuttman wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:24 pm
I've also felt that the Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant would sound great with trombone and organ. After all, Guilmant was an organist.
It does, there are a couple of arrangements out there. One is on IMSLP
by LeTromboniste
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bell Rim Design
Replies: 15
Views: 770

Re: Bell Rim Design

http://collections.nmmusd.org/UtleyPages/Utleyfaq/brassfaq.html#rims I wanted to post exactly these graphics from Heyde. I think it's a bit of a shame that we don't see this variety of rim designs on modern trombones, with pretty much only the French (with the soldered/unsoldered variants) still in...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

I'm not a doctor or epidemiologist, but some of the numbers advanced here are way off from officially reported numbers, for instance the death rate is certainly much higher than 1% of confirmed cases. All the publicly available tallies point to a higher number. The mortality rate in China is reporte...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: AFM Petrillo Fund Financial Assistance
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: AFM Petrillo Fund Financial Assistance

I think this all nice and swell but fails to recognize (as do most governments' pledges to support affected self-employed workers I've seen so far) that right now it doesn't matter who has the virus or not, all self-employed musicians are in the same financial boat since essentially all events are c...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

Yeah the Canadian dollar is really tanking, and the Swiss franc somehow managed to stay strong despite the situation being pretty dire here. I regret not transferring money to my Swiss account when it wasn't as bad, and dread the day in two or three months where I'm going to run out of francs and ne...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Compress Octaves?
Replies: 30
Views: 1593

Re: Compress Octaves?

Harrison, I think the "longer cylindrical section shrinks octaves" might be true at the design stage (I.e. Assuming everything else is not necessarily the same and that having the cylindrical section is making the backbore volume smaller, not larger), not as a modification on an existing piece. The ...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Compress Octaves?
Replies: 30
Views: 1593

Re: Compress Octaves?

Ratio cup volume (which both width, depth and shape affect) vs backbore volume (which throat size and backbore taper affect) directly affects the spacing of the octaves. Keeping everything else the same, increasing cup volume compresses the octaves, and decreasing widens them. Conversely, increasing...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

Yeah this is going to be a 2-3 months thing, not 2-3 weeks. Switzerland has had it for already 3 weeks now and hasn't reached the peak yet.
by LeTromboniste
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

Got back from the masterclass I was giving to grab a quick bite before my dress rehearsal, only to find out that was cancelled along with the concert tomorrow. Sigh. At least we're getting paid for that one anyway, but it's probably the last income I'll be getting for three or four months...Though t...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

Oh and one of the main venues for early music concerts in Basel, which has a very nice series of monthly concerts, is adjacent to the hospital and is now being used as an isolation and testing venue for incoming patients. It's gonna be a while before any concerts happen there again...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 193
Views: 6784

Re: Coronavirus

I am luckily in Canada this week, giving a masterclass at UofT Friday and playing a concert Saturday. That's the last work I'll have for I don't know how long, though. All my gigs from now to the summer are in Switzerland or Germany, both of which have banned large events and I don't see them going ...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: ATW 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: ATW 2020

Slide positions on an alto are shorter than on a tenor (just like the distance between 1 and 2 is shorter than between 6 and 7, and why F attachment positions are longer), so an alto doesn't need to be out of proportion to have 7 position. Many altos are indeed out of proportion compared to tenors b...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Interested in learning sackbutt
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Interested in learning sackbutt

Any advice? The list above by Kbiggs is a good starting point. Number 3 is a particularly good point. That book is extremely comprehensive and a very solid introduction to many aspects of sackbut playing. If you need advice on buying equipment, feel free to send me a PM. I would add another point t...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Interested in learning sackbutt
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Interested in learning sackbutt

I've always wanted to learn the sackbut as well ... but the cost of entry always stops me. Instruments that those in the know call adequate are so far out of my budget it's ridiculous and the ones that are 'real' cost more than my entire collection of modern instruments. Certainly there has to be a...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning across octaves
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Tuning across octaves

Is the top Bb even sharper and the pedal Bb even flatter? If yes, it's very possible it's the mouthpiece having too large a throat/backbore for the horn (if the cup was too deep the problem would be reversed, higher octaves would be flat). If not, if only that partial is out of line, then it's likel...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: EXACT Lengths of Alto, Tenor, and F-Attachment Trombones
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: EXACT Lengths of Alto, Tenor, and F-Attachment Trombones

There's no such thing as an exact length that is the same for all instruments. Bore size, profile of the curves of the instrument, bore profile/conicity, mouthpiece, individual sound production characteristics on the part of the player, etc etc, are all factors that affect the pitch. There's a rough...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: Sackbut mouthpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: WTB: Sackbut mouthpiece

Still on the hunt for a bass Sackbut piece. I have a Van der Heide bass mouthpiece that I'm not using and was considering selling.I could let it go for 120 USD (they cost about 175 new). His mouthpieces have been the reference/standard for a long time and most of the other mouthpieces on the market...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: .525 or .547 Bore?
Replies: 41
Views: 2800

Re: .525 or .547 Bore?

While it is true that .525 can pass in about every situation, there are few situations where it is actually the best choice. I do think it is very underrated for solo playing, and it can work extremely well for 1st trombone in orchestra. But the problem arises when you break the progression within t...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB Ewald Meinl Classical Bell
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: WTB Ewald Meinl Classical Bell

They don't come up for sale very often... Little side note, I expect these will go out of fashion in the next 10-15 years. They really aren't right for almost all the music they are currently used for. I would keep my money and wait for something nicer to come out on the market (a proper Viennese cl...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 315
Views: 54718

Re: What we're doing

Got a last minute project the next four days, playing mid-19th century arrangements for small wind ensemble of Beethoven Coriolan Overture and selections from Rossini Barber of Seville. The arrangements are for 13-14 players (wooodwinds by one or two, one trumpet, two-three horns, one trombone, doub...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Using a 'no leadpipe' mouthpiece
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: Using a 'no leadpipe' mouthpiece

The historical instruments I play don't have leadpipes and I have to say, the freedom in sound color that it provides is amazing, but I would probably never want to even think of playing a modern American style trombone in a modern context without a leadpipe. I also don't really see how the absence ...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide inner tubes
Replies: 9
Views: 657

Re: Slide inner tubes

It's kind of hard to answer this question as it's nearly impossible to compare instruments with brass inners against others with chrome-plated nickel silver inners that are otherwise identical. Any comparison will involve horns that are different in many other regards, in quality, design and/or vint...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Turning a wooden mouthpiece
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Turning a wooden mouthpiece

As far as I know, wood used for wind instruments needs to be aged and dried quite a bit in order for it to be stable and durable enough. An early music colleague of mine who is one of the top cornett makers has a stockpile of wood that has been aging for several years (some of it for decades). You'l...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 2559

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

Just like languages, it's easier to learn when you're young. Don't put it off. And alto clef, and treble if you don't already read it. I'll go further and suggest learning even the other clefs that are no longer in use, like baritone (F3), mezzo (C2) and soprano (C1). Most instrumentalists will nev...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 315
Views: 54718

Re: What we're doing

January and February are the low season here with not much going on, so things are winding down, which is both a curse and a blessing. The good thing is it gives time to refocus and the chance to get some practicing done on the important things that tend to give way to the urgent things when it gets...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 2559

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

Yup, it's not just common or useful, it's essential and necessary (unless you only ever play in the few contexts where it is never used). Tips: sight read a lot of music, take it slow. We all panick the first time, it's normal. Take it slow. It feels impossible at first, but you'll find out it's muc...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 4514

Re: Old guy rant

Schlitz, e-mails and apps and other platforms are not mutually exclusive. You think we all don't use Dropbox and Drive and Doodle and PayPal and TransferWise and what not already? You're not a genius, you haven't discovered these, people have known about them for a while and yes, they are used by mu...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 4514

Re: Old guy rant

I'd just like to rewind a bit and address an issue with this whole conversation that has been bugging at me even if I do agree with many things that were said. Namely, the suggestion that this is a generational problem. First, let's clear something up, millennials are not in college, we're 25-40 yea...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ta-ta-ka vs ta-ka-ta - triple tongue articulation
Replies: 14
Views: 1087

Re: ta-ta-ka vs ta-ka-ta - triple tongue articulation

I learned first as Ta-ka-ta, and like some of the previous posters I did later find ta-ta-ka very useful for single triplets on an upbeat where you want a particularly clean articulation on the downbeat, but ta-ka-ta worked better for me on long runs (probably just because of learning like that firs...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Hagmann valve maintenance
Replies: 15
Views: 1716

Re: Hagmann valve maintenance

It's gotten better with Hetmann 11. It's not scratchy or anything, TBH it might just be that the spring is a little stronger than on my rotaries. Why don't you order the oil that Hagmann recommends for the valves? Also if the spring were stronger the valve should respond quicker, right? Interesting...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Wedge players
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Wedge players

When I still played modern trombone on a regular basis I had switched to a Wedge 6.5AL for my modern tenor playing, but was playing a conventional rim on bass and a historical mouthpiece on sackbut.
by LeTromboniste
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials
Replies: 14
Views: 1420

Re: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials

I always wondered if there’s a science behind mouthpieces as far as rim size, cup size, and throat. For instants, Bach has a shall shank 4 mouthpiece, which is equivalent to a Bach 4G rim size, but it’s a medium cup/Standard size throat. There’s also a small shank Bach 3 which is equivalent to a ba...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials
Replies: 14
Views: 1420

Re: Mouthpiece characteristics that affect partials

It's all about balance actually, and not any single parameter. What affects the tuning of the partials is the balance/ratio between the volume of air in the the backbore(which is affected by the size and shape of the throat and the length and taper profile of the backbore) vs the volume of air in th...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which alto trombone
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: Which alto trombone

I recently tried a Glassl sterling bell tenor. Incredibly responsive horn. Interesting also because the horn overall was built in the German tradition, but the bell shape looked more like a typical American bell in terms of the taper and flare. Also ticker walls, and two part construction with a T s...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Christmas in Gabrieli's Venice - Pacific Northwest tour
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Christmas in Gabrieli's Venice - Pacific Northwest tour

Little shameless plug. Anyone in the Pacific Northwest with an interest in early brass (or early music in general) might be interested in concerts happening next week : Early Music Vancouver is bringing together a pretty awesome team of voice soloists, cornetts, sackbuts and strings for a program of...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Does Marcus Bonna make custom bags?
Replies: 11
Views: 773

Re: Does Marcus Bonna make custom bags?

To the OP, the answer is yes, Marcus Bonna makes custom cases....when he feels like it! You might not be able to get him to make a custom version of the double trombone case design that significantly departs from the original, but you might have more luck with a straight rectangular design like the ...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Spontaneous Pneumothorax
Replies: 12
Views: 1231

Re: Spontaneous Pneumothorax

I have a friend who had the same thing. Started having chest pain after playing a concert, went to have a beer, went home to sleep, still had pain the next day, finally followed his friends' advice to go to the hospital, which probably saved his life. When I met him I think he was coming back from b...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Bach Cantatas, what pitch?
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Bach Cantatas, what pitch?

A really good resource on the evolution of performance pitch (with a good chapter on Bach specifically) is Bruce Haynes' A History of Performing Pitch: The Story of 'A'
by LeTromboniste
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Bach Cantatas, what pitch?
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Bach Cantatas, what pitch?

Trombones always had more or less the same length of tubing as a modern Bb trombone*, but for a long time because the pitch was about a semitone higher (470 in Venice for example), it was conceived as an instrument in A (alto in D but the length of a modern Eb, basses could be in many different keys...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Hagmann valve maintenance
Replies: 15
Views: 1716

Re: Hagmann valve maintenance

I played with Hagmann valves for several years. The instructions work well (I mean, they're from the guy who invented the thing so they can't go wrong) if a bit simple. But if you use a bottle with a long tip (being very careful if the tip is metal) you can reach in to drop the oil directly in strat...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: German trombone - Odd slide lock system
Replies: 23
Views: 908

Re: German trombone - Odd slide lock system

With a slide that won’t fall off, it cOld be useful for Turmblasen from the Münster in Basel. But seriously, thanks for the op and the following posts and pictures. My goodness, those towers. We were talking for two years about we should go play from there with an alta capella group...I thought it ...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: German trombone - Odd slide lock system
Replies: 23
Views: 908

Re: German trombone - Odd slide lock system

D.R.G.M. 18485 is from September 26, 1893. But Piering himself writes later that they used it since 1882. It was presented at the "Saechsisch-Thueringische Industrie- und Gewerbeausstellung" (Saxony-Thuringia Industry and Business Fair) in Leipzig 1887 and won a silver medal. In the exhibition repo...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: German trombone - Odd slide lock system
Replies: 23
Views: 908

Re: German trombone - Odd slide lock system

Why don’t you ask Reisser in Ulm? The shop is still around. https://www.reisser-musik.de/ Regarding “stuffy” sound, American trombone mouthpieces do not work very well on these trombones. Get a Schmidt Prof. Bambula TP3 3/4 or similar. I wrote them before I purchased the instrument and did not get ...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: German trombone - Odd slide lock system
Replies: 23
Views: 908

Re: German trombone - Odd slide lock system

I have one like that. Unfortunately, mine appears to have a poorly made replacement bell, so there's no way to tell who made the slide. Shoot! Mine is engraved with "Christian Reisser Instrumentenfabrik" but I'm pretty sure it was made after WWII (seller said 1960's but they didn't seem to have any...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: German trombone - Odd slide lock system
Replies: 23
Views: 908

German trombone - Odd slide lock system

I just picked up a German trombone I bought online. Mid-20th century I think, but traditionnal German design with wide thin-walled bell, long slide, no leadpipe, floating slide brace, wide kranz, snakes, etc. so it's hard to date for sure. Beautiful horn — slide makes it sound a bit stuffy and I'll ...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Rochut #59 - Carl Fisher edition - errata?
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Rochut #59 - Carl Fisher edition - errata?

It's just following an older, outdated notation convention (which wasn't older or outdated in Rochut's time) for tuplets in compound meters.
by LeTromboniste
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any Benge players out there?
Replies: 32
Views: 2779

Re: Any Benge players out there?

If I ever go back to playing more modern trombone and I get myself a bass, I would almost certainly look for a Benge 290 (or maybe Yahama 613). My experience is they are easier to play than a lot of horns, and easy to color with different sounds. Also, I like to use two mouthpieces on bass and choos...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Loud metronomes?
Replies: 13
Views: 904

Re: Loud metronomes?

Placing your phone with the speaker against a sound-reflective surface (e.g. phone placed on a solid music stand, with the speaker facing into the stand rather than outwards) helps a lot. If that doesn't work, then a good analog metronome plugged into speakers won't have the same delay issues as a p...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Found on eBay - East German trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Found on eBay - East German trombone

Just look at the German eBay site and eBay-Kleinanzeigen (equivalent to Craigslist) and you'll find that instruments like that are not rare at all and sell for usually much cheaper than this (you will see some for sale at a similar price, but if you look regularly you'll find that they never still a...

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