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by timbone
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns
Replies: 12
Views: 1094

Re: Bundy & Other "Bad" Horns

It could be easier if we started with before Asian, or B.A., sort of like LP or HP lol. The Bundys and Olds and Getzens I grew up with were excellent horns and have stood the test of time. Its a lot like the cars of the 60's compared to now. We are talking about metal here. Look at a new car in an a...
by timbone
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois AC280BO Users
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Courtois AC280BO Users

Congratulations- and for a couple of reasons. First off, finding a mouthpiece that works with your horn. SOOOO many people miss the mark on that today. The interchangeable lead pipe thing is marketing fluff, which people think they need. It kind of reminds me of those guys that buy a vehicle and jac...
by timbone
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Is Shires like an exotic car company?
Replies: 21
Views: 1114

Re: Is Shires like an exotic car company?

The car analogy is good. People buy trombones like they buy sneakers. If I buy the Michael Jordan shoes I can jump higher right? Everybody complains about trombone prices but they have no problem paying 25k for a car or 8-1000 dollar cell phones. So, all the comfort items- no problem, but the tool I...
by timbone
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any Info on: Courtois Prestige Symphonic 400 ?
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Any Info on: Courtois Prestige Symphonic 400 ?

This instrument is probably from the early 90's. It wasn't until mid 90's that Gerhard Meinl was distributing Courtois (under Triumph Adler) and involved Michel Becquet in the redesign, now being the 420 series. Yes those horns were interesting , designed for pros, and modular. I have seen some outf...
by timbone
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?
Replies: 16
Views: 1762

Re: Does Hornguys still sell Shires trombones?

Steve wants brand exclusivity first. If he can't get that or exclusive terms that will usually determine what he is selling.
by timbone
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 1862

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

All these golden parachutes!
by timbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Old guy rant
Replies: 101
Views: 4497

Re: Old guy rant

Whats sucks is this guy (as in all the others in this demographic) live in an electronic world, where's the excuse? The real problem is mommy didn't wake him up and put his play clothes out. NEXT!
by timbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Brass Instrument Expo?
Replies: 15
Views: 2389

Re: Brass Instrument Expo?

Glad to hear you have contacted BUFFET for Besson - but who are the "many others"?
by timbone
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires
Replies: 22
Views: 1862

Re: Stephen Shires quits SE Shires

Steve is out and Joe is in, or Joe is in and Steve is out?
by timbone
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New B&S Sarastros in USA
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Re: New B&S Sarastros in USA

Put your order in......!
by timbone
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Getting an endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: Getting an endorsement

I'm not specifically looking for myself, but I was curious about the process and what companies are looking for. I've been shocked when certain friends of mine have gotten turned down by certain companies. And then I also have friends where I think to myself, how'd YOU get an endorsement? This is no...
by timbone
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

What chromebone said. This is no different than the Iphone and Nike sweatshops. I've seen the dorms too - and those are the people that are taken care of! Just like Walmart says- "Save more, live better" ....... The bigger global problem is- its getting harder to find folks from younger generations ...
by timbone
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Brass Instrument Expo?
Replies: 15
Views: 2389

Re: Brass Instrument Expo?

Brass band? Besson.
by timbone
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

Are you talking about what is referred to as the star valve?
by timbone
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?
Replies: 20
Views: 1266

Re: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?

Sure- '66 35H alto, '24 18H Tait model, '24 82H (.522 bore) '21 70H, '70 62H. I haven't found the TIS 8H size, but I do have an 8H ('59) and an 88H ('63). The 8H I have is pretty worn but it plays amazing! All these horns found me BTW! Keep checking the usual places...they pop up from time to time. ...
by timbone
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

One thing you can be sure about- Branding. All over it. Eastman has given him reign that no other manufacturer wanted to allow. You're right,next comes a series of branded mouthpieces following the Alessi rotor.
by timbone
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Why Did JJ Switch From King To Yamaha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1719

Re: Why Did JJ Switch From King To Yamaha?

I believe that to be true also- as he was getting up there in age. I also heard him play an a F live - it was like he was splitting my head with it- I was right underneath his bell. I have never heard him play higher than a D in a recording (I think).
by timbone
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

So my friends, what have we learned from this discussion?
by timbone
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?
Replies: 20
Views: 1266

Re: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?

If it ain't broke......its all been done and there is no right or wrong way.
by timbone
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

Nothing has gotten out of hand. Kudos to you for doing it the right way, and yes there are a lot of great players that do not want any affiliation also. Its all about the instrument. In most cases, the instrument will outlive the artist. I worked with Doc too, so I have a perspective there. Don't ta...
by timbone
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

Norbie- I'm in the industry, mark my word. Any more details would be personal and I will not opine based on my respect for the individual. Paul GT said it best - we should thank the Getzen family for their dedication to their craft- they were there long before JA came around. It is our charge to mak...
by timbone
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 141
Views: 10221

Re: Joe Alessi

Joe switched. Ask me how I know. The money must be good. Finlayson will continue to play Y brand in spite of Joe.
by timbone
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?
Replies: 20
Views: 1266

Re: TIS Construction - Any Advices / Links?

I've had both wheelhouse and single side. The 20's horns do have bracing across the tubes, the 35H and 62 do not. I could see where the latter would be more prone to misalignment. My TIS's slides work great and are as fast as a lightweight slide- with more inertia- just release and catch it at the n...
by timbone
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Curtis Fuller gear
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Curtis Fuller gear

I could see that about Michael Dease. I just recently heard his sax playing......OMG......!
by timbone
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 70H Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1546

Re: Conn 70H Question

FWIW- I had a wheelhouse 70H from 1934. The bell was what I would consider a "standard" taper (like on a 62H). I have a '21 and that I believe is the Fuchs taper. Smaller bell; a lot faster taper in the throat. It barks on command.
by timbone
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Curtis Fuller gear
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Curtis Fuller gear

Another beautiful player. And here, another straight horn player and listen to the personality. How can an instrument so simple- sound so different in so many other hands? His tone and his triplet figure (lick) are standouts which every trombone player should go to school on. PS Dako- today's Curtis...
by timbone
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How should one choose a new instrument?
Replies: 24
Views: 1182

Re: How should one choose a new instrument?

Sound. Sound..........sound........you get the sound you are looking for because of feel......feel.....feel translates to how secure it is going from 1-5-8-5-1. Those are the notes that will tell you how well a lead pipe is functioning, use the KISS method. If for some reason those notes are fuzzy o...
by timbone
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Besson BE-943 Bass Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 950

Re: Besson BE-943 Bass Trombone

Uh, not to belittle the dialog- the Besson is a good horn and was the first horn I saw and played with Hagmans. I would say it is more Conn like with Hagmans, and it may have a ten inch bell, so look for that. Play test that instrument, if that is what you are interested in, and try not to buy on pr...
by timbone
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires Q Series Euphonium
Replies: 44
Views: 3718

Re: Shires Q Series Euphonium

Having experience with Eastman trombones I have no worries about quality control. They have been some of my favorite trombones I have tried. They are also making huge gains in the tuba world it seems everyone is becoming an Eastman artist. Yes this is true- They are making huge gains because you ca...
by timbone
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?
Replies: 15
Views: 1351

Re: Ballroom Bells: advantages/disadvantages?

I played a William and Wallace with a set back bell for many years- why- it played and sounded great! Short bells for me have no effect on slide position, but long bells have a strange effect altogether. I know someone (young) who developed carpal tunnel in the wrist from plunger use on standard len...
by timbone
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 2268

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

Vibration is everything. For us that is feel (or feedback), energy transmission, response, the most efficient way- with metal. Sure there are folks that can benefit from carbon fibre from a health standpoint. Its interesting that carbon fibre and graphite are popular on the golf circuits. And for th...
by timbone
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 2268

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

Bach5G wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:50 am
My understanding is that some orchestras now expect the bass trombonist to play contra.
Well then the orchestra should buy the instrument. They do it for contrabass clarinets, contrabassoons, etc.
by timbone
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wayne Henderson
Replies: 11
Views: 1413

Re: Wayne Henderson

Ok folks- I uploaded seventeen of my favorite Wayne Henderson solos and heads- for all to enjoy. The tracks are up on dropbox in wav. format. There are a few other albums/cd's I'd draw from but I would have to dig to find them. Elanor Rigby 1968) comes to mind. Please PM me with your email address s...
by timbone
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Besson BE-943 Bass Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 950

Re: Besson BE-943 Bass Trombone

It was a tough sell for Besson regarding trombones. As much as they tried and even with Dennis Wick behind them, people only considered Besson to be a euphonium company. The concept was a Conn like instrument as that was the popular instrument at that time (still is?). Good horns, lightweight jazz h...
by timbone
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wayne Henderson
Replies: 11
Views: 1413

Re: Wayne Henderson

BTW- The 6H goes back to the 60's, early 70's Chain Reaction, Those Southern Knights, Southern Comfort....must haves! The dizzy horn I do not know......
by timbone
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wayne Henderson
Replies: 11
Views: 1413

Re: Wayne Henderson

I'm glad you brought that name up- my favorite player among a lot of fine players. Sadly he has passed. I started listening to the Crusaders in HS, still their music is awesome. I have compiled a bunch of recordings of my favorite heads and solos he played- everyone needs to go to school on him! Lov...
by timbone
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Doug Bert!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1081

Doug Bert!!

Hey folks- This is a shout out to my friend Doug Bert who has a fantastic selection of used horns! Most notable his collection of small jazz tenors which is awesome! https://www.thebrass-exchange.com/
by timbone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn 50h
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Conn 50h

The 50H is a staple in the market and has been there for a long time. Its an excellent trombone for a first f attachment horn.
by timbone
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Slide weight
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Slide weight

Heavier slides are great when the they work properly. You will get much more sound (which is more of the reason why players like older trombones). When you have a "heavier" slide that works well, you have to just point it in the right direction and catch it when it gets to the other position if that...
by timbone
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getzen 1047F. Thoughts?
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: Getzen 1047F. Thoughts?

I think the Getzen 1047F is one of the best trombones on the market today. Several years ago I tested all the jazz trombones at ITF and the best was the Getzen .508 horn, not the custom boyz... Its unfortunate they have to play second trombone to Edwards, but for the savvy informed player, its a gre...
by timbone
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois ACB550H
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: Courtois ACB550H

Well there are reasons. First a soldered rim versus the 88 unsoldered is why the 88 gives you more feedback, whereas the 440 gives you more volume. My experience with the 440 is that it is a cleaner articulation and somewhat brighter timbre more so than my '63 88 and '59 8H. In the end it is a very ...
by timbone
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois ACB550H
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: Courtois ACB550H

So the AC550BH is the stock Hagman bass today that replaced the AC500BH (which was also good and had the placque resonators that people thought were too heavy which I love). Paul took a liking to the 550BH and tweeked, hence the 551. Previously the AC500 was a standard rotor called the orchestra mod...
by timbone
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Courtois ACB550H
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: Courtois ACB550H

Uh, first, the Courtois is not a copy of a Bach, sorry. Second, the Hagman valve system is among the best there is and of all the manufacturers that use Hagman, Courtois was the first and they have been doing it a long time. Look at the wrap. Third, my experience with the bass is they are easier to ...
by timbone
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: TIS small bore straight horns
Replies: 12
Views: 1128

Re: TIS small bore straight horns

I have six TIS horns, five Conn and one Williams and Wallace. They are all remarkable trombones even by today's standards, and all players. I decided long ago that If I liked the way a horn played and I love TIS, I will learn how to hold it. I bet my slides are as fast as anyone's, and I love the in...
by timbone
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Nickel silver leadpipe
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Nickel silver leadpipe

Nickle silver is going to be brighter and somewhat metallic as opposed to brass. I would consider that only if you had a horn that was rather dull, but of course the human element may call for some changes as well.
by timbone
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cheap Altos
Replies: 21
Views: 1747

Re: Cheap Altos

What is it with all you cheap guys? The alto trombone is hard enough to play well but you would rather make it harder on your conscience and ability to play the thing (in public) if anybody dare ask you- so why bother? When do your training wheels come off your bike?
by timbone
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Bells
Replies: 32
Views: 2934

Re: Sterling Silver Bells

No screw bells. Personally I would rather not take away from the bell's ability to vibrate. Plus adding a ring adds more weight to an already heavy bell. You don't have to worry about being more compact with this type of arrangement sound wise which is another attribute of a screw bell. Just my opin...
by timbone
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Bells
Replies: 32
Views: 2934

Re: Sterling Silver Bells

Steven- I have quite a bit of experience with solid sheet silver bells, which are different than electroformed or plated bells. First off they are not for everyone. And, the business of not being able to blend in a section is subjective as well, lets put that to rest right now- there are plenty of m...
by timbone
Tue May 21, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 2836

Re: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone

Not much to say here- folks are gonna defend their purchases. To me one thing is for sure- brass in the pacific rim is not the same as American brass and not even close to European brass. We're talking raw materials here.
by timbone
Mon May 06, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Conn Artist Symphony
Replies: 17
Views: 1935

Re: Conn Artist Symphony

Congrats and good luck!

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