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by tbonesullivan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Odd eBay Holton
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: Odd eBay Holton

Weren't there some horns made with double slides to take up less space? I think the Navy had some, and the USMC is technically part of the Navy
by tbonesullivan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue Controlled Embochure
Replies: 44
Views: 945

Re: Tongue Controlled Embochure

Is it true that trumpets dont have true a pedal register? A trumpet player told me that before. I didn't believe him. I thought all instruments had some type of pedal register. I know its kind of off topic but if anyone can help i would appreciate it. From what I remember reading, the trumpet's bor...
by tbonesullivan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do you exercise?
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: Do you exercise?

I don't exercise enough. Aerobic exercise can really help increase your lung capacity, as well as maintain it.
by tbonesullivan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue Controlled Embochure
Replies: 44
Views: 945

Re: Tongue Controlled Embochure

You may find this link interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NtrvlRt0-g At the 35:47 mark James Decker from Texas Tech University and formerly Honolulu Symphony Orchestra talks about his experience with TCE and does some demostrations. This section lasts about 10 minutes. There is also a bi...
by tbonesullivan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug elliot Star
Replies: 16
Views: 515

Re: Doug elliot Star

That reminds me of a system that used to be applied to late 19th century gun designs in the UK. They had would go by "Marks" to indicate the version, and a * after the Mark number meant it had additional changes done to it. So you'd see Mk.I, Mk.I*, Mk.I**, Mk.II, Mk.II*, and so forth. I guess I sho...
by tbonesullivan
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 38
Views: 759

Re: Teele book question

There's a good video out there with Alan Raph regarding the shift. He calls it the "raised embouchure" but it's the same thing.

Alan Raph is one of the great commercial bass trombone players, just like Phil Teele.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNgZ1TK0h8Y
by tbonesullivan
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teele book question
Replies: 38
Views: 759

Re: Teele book question

It takes a lot of time for the no-shift approach, and you need to work on it a lot. A LOT. I've been doing a lot of pedal range exercises, and 6 months equaled getting down from G to F, but F is still soft. Getting an immediate and loud pedal range is something bass trombonists spend years getting. ...
by tbonesullivan
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is there such difference between mouthpiece companies?
Replies: 11
Views: 569

Re: Is there such difference between mouthpiece companies?

Definitely differences in design. It's really a very subtle combination of craftsmanship and art. Each maker has little tweaks and secrets that they use to get the effect they want.
by tbonesullivan
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Hard to choose!
Replies: 15
Views: 731

Re: Hard to choose!

Not always an easy thing to find. I discovered that one thing I DO like are wide rims. I know some aren't fans, but the L -series bass trombone mouthpieces from Ferguson music are no joke. I know some worry they are too "commercial" sounding, but I haven't found that to be the case. So, sound and co...
by tbonesullivan
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice
Replies: 36
Views: 2374

Re: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice

Add me to the list of trombone players who like doubling on the E flat tuba. I have a Boosey 3+1 19inch bell compensator. Easy to play a point and shoot tuba. As good a choice as any if you have only one tuba. I find it's a larger transition to CC or BBb. F is too small and too many low range chall...
by tbonesullivan
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Getzen style Bach case
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Getzen style Bach case

By serial number, that's the late 80s. Can't say I've seen a case like that before for a Bach, but it's definitely a Bach case.
by tbonesullivan
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Monette Pricing
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Monette Pricing

Those are used, so I guess you are paying for not having to wait months to get the mouthpiece?
by tbonesullivan
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice
Replies: 36
Views: 2374

Re: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice

I've found a lot of people have had really good luck with Eb tubas and doubling from trombone.

So far, the tuba has been a gradual improvement "slope" I guess. BBb tubas are just a different beast than Eb, which is like a big Euphonium.
by tbonesullivan
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to clean Gold Plated MP
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: How to clean Gold Plated MP

Are the bristles of the mouthpiece brush stiff enough to scratch the delicate plating? My regular (and frequent) mouthpiece cleaning protocol: wipe clean with soapy water, then flush with tap water. Very seldom do I use a mouthpiece brush. ([ brush my teeth before playing!] My mouthpieces (gold- or...
by tbonesullivan
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to clean Gold Plated MP
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: How to clean Gold Plated MP

Hint: If you wipe the mouthpiece with a soft cotton cloth and use a twisted corner of a soft facial tissue to dry the backbore after every use, you'll never have to clean your mouthpiece. If you're concerned about microbes, rinse the mouthpiece once a week or so with 92% rubbing alcohol. I wash my ...
by tbonesullivan
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Is the Brasslab still open?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Is the Brasslab still open?

It still saddens me how the Brasslab ended. I don't get how a shop that survived in Manhattan for years moved to a much cheaper neighborhood and then went under. I'm sure he had no lack of work.
by tbonesullivan
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red Rot found on newer vs. old horns
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Red Rot found on newer vs. old horns

Is it red rot or acid bleed and/or surface corrosion? Is there any leaking or break through yet? If not I would say replacing the outer slide tubes is premature. Now, there have been some who feel that the more modern drawing techniques result in less work hardening of the brass, which in turn makes...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 1701

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

I used this method on entire instruments when I was doing restoration work for musical instrument museum. They were very particular about the restoration process. It doesn't "polish" the silver. It simply removes the tarnish. It doesn't really "remove" the tarnish. It turns the tarnish back into si...
by tbonesullivan
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 1701

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

The water beading probably means there was silicone or some other type of material that leaves a "film" on the surface after polishing.
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Silversonic
Replies: 13
Views: 1045

Re: King 2b Silversonic

Oh, I totally thought it was a 606. I definitely want to see the matching numbers of your 3b! This is getting a little confusing... I'm pretty sure that slide is legit, and from that type period. Does the bell say it's an anniversary model? I thought those all had special appointments like silver p...
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: King Silversonic 3B slide crook replacement?
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: King Silversonic 3B slide crook replacement?

Is it under the lacquer, or has the lacquer flaked off? Polishing the brass is really the only way to truly know if it is red rot. Well that or seeing if you can make the brass collapse with finger pressure.

That IS the place where you find it most often though.
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 1701

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

It was this https://www.goddardsshop.co.uk/goddards-long-term-silver-polish-125-ml.html "This specially formulated Silver Polish contains a special ingredient which forms an invisible, non-toxic, chemical barrier that protects the surface of the silver from re-tarnishing." I looked at the MSDS, and...
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: For the REALLY demanding high stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 1099

Re: For the REALLY demanding high stuff

For the really high stuff, I switch to my Alto trombone mouthpiece. Also for myself, the Alessi series mouthpieces are quite large for tenor trombone, especially the 1s. They are around a 1/2 G width.
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?
Replies: 36
Views: 1701

Re: How to polish mpcs to be really shiny?

I'd avoid using a silver polish if it has a tarnish inhibitor in it, because it leaves a coating which can feel quite "grippy" on the lips and can be hard to remove. Which polish was that? I tried the 3M polish with "tarnishield" and didn't really notice anything. It's really good at keeping tarnis...
by tbonesullivan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Silversonic
Replies: 13
Views: 1045

Re: King 2b Silversonic

As I said before, those cork barrels are definitely from a King or Benge professional model, not a 606 or a Tempo.

I have a mid 90s 3b. I'll see where the matching numbers are.
by tbonesullivan
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 2b Silversonic
Replies: 13
Views: 1045

Re: King 2b Silversonic

Looks like the usual king "yellow" lacquer on that slide. They have changed the locations of the slide matching numbers over the years. I don't think the tempo and 606 have the same shape cork barrels. Do you have a picture of the end bow of the slide? it should be brass, so even under the yellow la...
by tbonesullivan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Blessing B88 question
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Blessing B88 question

I play with someone who has one with the red brass bell. She likes it just fine and sounds great. I think it's red brass anyway. It's hard to tell as some companies slightly tint their lacquer. They are good horns, the problem is finding parts, and that since they are cheap on the market, often end ...
by tbonesullivan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Shires rotor valve
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Shires rotor valve

A good "drift punch" I have used is a wooden dowel. Chopsticks work GREAT.
by tbonesullivan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: D valve tuning
Replies: 10
Views: 663

Re: D valve tuning

I tune my dependent horn so that I have the most possible notes available, so I tune for the in tune F and D in "first position", which I play about 1/2" inch off the bumpers. For a dependent horn I don't see why someone wouldn't want all the valves to be in tune in first position. For an independen...
by tbonesullivan
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 788

Re: Valve Recommendations

Thanks for your responses! Both of my F attachments have rotors and they get the job done. Having never used anything else I was just curious. I don't notice any problem playing a C on either horn either with or without the trigger. Both of those horns have well-designed rotors and valve wraps. I d...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Please help me, what is going on with my lead pipe conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: Please help me, what is going on with my lead pipe conversion

Is the receiver end of the leadpipe too large to fit in the inner slide tube possibly? Or is the fitting on the end of the leadpipe running into the inner slide tube?
by tbonesullivan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Gummy Valve
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Gummy Valve

Burgerbob wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:45 am
Take it apart, clean it out.
seconded. If there is "crud" in there, no amount of oiling is gonna get it out.
by tbonesullivan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Gummy Valve
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Gummy Valve

How long have you had it? What type of valve oil do you use with it? Have you tried detaching the linkage to see which part is sticking?
by tbonesullivan
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Where to source leadpipes in EU
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Where to source leadpipes in EU

I don't think you're going to find anywhere that has a large stock of leadpipes in the EU. Not unless they sell Rath, Edwards/Getzen, and/or Shires, companies that market and sell leadpipes as separate items.

Most companies have gone back to focusing on getting the best leadpipe to match the horn.
by tbonesullivan
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Do Bach 16/12/8 slides have same tenons?
Replies: 18
Views: 978

Re: Do Bach 16/12/8 slides have same tenons?

Also, as far as I know, all Bachs use the same size receiver nut, with the same threads. It's the tenon and interior receiver dimensions that are different.
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Conn 88H lacquer issue - what would you do?
Replies: 19
Views: 1374

Re: Conn 88H lacquer issue - what would you do?

When did the 88H switch over to the soldered bead? The unsoldered rim is sort of a major part of what makes an 88H an 88H... Yeah, as well as the brazed bell seam, but they went to a welded seam, thicker metal, and then went to a soldered bead. The THIN bells are better, but apparently still not as...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Conn 88H lacquer issue - what would you do?
Replies: 19
Views: 1374

Re: Conn 88H lacquer issue - what would you do?

Yamaha used to have this problem in a big way with their soldered rims. My Bach, King, and Kanstul horns all have a little bit of acid bleed. I have heard, though I'm not sure how true this is, that the flux can get trapped inside the rim, and then can slowly seep out. With my King 3b it took ten ye...
by tbonesullivan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?
Replies: 61
Views: 5712

Re: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?

I visited the BAC at TMEA a few days ago, and as always, they're doing innovative things with their instruments, experimenting with various materials, even bi-metallic bells, using both traditional and artistic designs. Their custom stuff is pretty good, and the slides are great. I know they've had...
by tbonesullivan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YSL 671 alto trombone tuning
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: Yamaha YSL 671 alto trombone tuning

5th partial = D partial on tenor, G on alto? Just to make sure we are all on the same page... There is some argument about partial/harmonic/overtone numbers. Partials and Harmonics should be the same. The overtone series will be one lower, because it starts with the Fundamental, and then Overtones....
by tbonesullivan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 2170

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Also.. LISTEN to lots of playing. You pick up ideas that way. Improvisation is a language. You need to near other people speak too to really learn.
by tbonesullivan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Edwards Thayer vs. CR-E valves
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Edwards Thayer vs. CR-E valves

I would definitely contact Edwards to see what people have been saying.

What particularly are you looking to change from the Thayers?
by tbonesullivan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Good Euphonium for doubling?
Replies: 33
Views: 1968

Re: Good Euphonium for doubling?

Another vote for the YEP-321. If you can find an older one that's even better. It does take a small shank mouthpiece, but many session people keep them on hand, and they are also popular when Tuba players need to play a "tenor Tuba".
by tbonesullivan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: D slide for single rotor
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: D slide for single rotor

I've only seen a D attachment a few times, and it was always on a double valve independent, with F on the first valve. Might have been the same horn that keeps floating around. The attachment literally bends around the main tuning slide to the other side of the horn.
by tbonesullivan
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Custom counterweight
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: Custom counterweight

I had the same problem with my 42 C when I owned it. I didn't keep it long enough to consider bracing it.
by tbonesullivan
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Leadpipe Holder
Replies: 16
Views: 1452

Re: Leadpipe Holder

I think all of Kanstul's leadpipe collars are the same size and thread, which is the same as Shires. The collar threading is wider than the pipe will ever be, so all leadpipes fit in the same tubes that kanstul made.
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Leadpipe Holder
Replies: 16
Views: 1452

Re: Leadpipe Holder

I'll see if I can get the numbers off the plastic pipes that kanstul used for their leadpipe sleeves.
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 4373

Re: In defense of Yamaha

Wait, what? So, the second valve tuning slide, without the insert, puts the horn into E or Eb. Inserting the extension puts the horn into D or, if all the way out, into Db (is there such a thing as a Db bass trombone?). Yam markets the horn as a basic pro model of particular interest to band direct...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trigger notes higher
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Trigger notes higher

The F attachment may be another case entirely, being squirrelly because of the bore mismatch (attachment tubing to big compared to the slide tubing.) It's the same size as the outer slide tubing, and when you have the trombone in 6th and 7th position, you've got a lot of that larger diameter tubing...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Reviews of Kanstul 1570?
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: Reviews of Kanstul 1570?

Thanks for the replies! I'm a jazz / modern music player, I'm playing with a King 2B Jiggs Whigham now, but I need a horn with the f attachment to some works like musical theatre, lower recordings, and to have another option sound basically. I found a Kanstul 1570 in a very good condition and price...
by tbonesullivan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 4373

Re: In defense of Yamaha

Memory serving, the second slide - similar to how the Duo Gravis is designed - can be removed from the additional sleeve and inserted to be an Eb attachment. So you have the main F attachment slide, the secondary F attachment slide (which can be used for water removal or when both pulled should be ...

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