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Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by harrisonreed » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:03 pm

Hey gang! Haven't seen a post from Blast since June! Anyone know if he's doing OK, or if he has abandoned TC like so many other amazing pros abandoned TTF (probably for legitimate reasons!)? Not trying to make a stink about that if it's the case -- I got rid of FB for good reason.

Just wanted to put up a shout out that I miss his posts, and hope he's OK!
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Post by Posaunus » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:46 pm

harrisonreed wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:03 pm
I miss his posts, and hope he's OK!
Ditto
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Post by Bach5G » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:11 pm

AKA Fossil. He was active until last fall.
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Post by BGuttman » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:26 pm

Apparently Chris logged in today. Hope he checks in here and sets everybody straight.

The Blast account got corrupted and he re-registered as Fossil.
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Post by JohnL » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:45 pm

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.

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Post by imsevimse » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:22 am

Yes, I think he has had enough of this forum.The same with Savio. The old forum had a few people who could set people straight sometimes when it was needed. Those people could be harsh but also knew what they were talking about by reputation and that prevented the problems we now see here in threads where a blind leads a blind I'm sure that's why they left.

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Post by harrisonreed » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:45 am

That thread was the one where Lief stopped posting as well. I had forgotten that Blast became FOSSIL for a short while.

Ah well. Maybe YouTube is the place to post ideas about the trombone, with video and good audio to back yourself up.
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Post by FOSSIL » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:29 am

Never thought I'd be a thread.
Thank you all for your concern. I'm fine and getting through these troubled times better than many in rural isolation. I have sons in Italy and the US so have first hand access to conditions on the ground. Their situations worry me. All our situations worry me and yet the sun still shines and the birds still sing and the planet reminds us of how fragile life is and how little real control humans have. It's a lesson.
I check in most days as I cannot resist reading the banter. You guys do fine without me.
I got sick of arguing. Wasn't doing me any good,, or tthe forum. I PM people if I think I can help and keep in touch with a few folk who ended up feeling like me, and those I hold in high regard.
I read posts and ask myself if contributing would really make a difference and if I am honest, mostly it wouldn't.
Please don't watch that youtube link... I wasn't well at the time and it should have been much better...not an excuse, just a statement of fact.
Keep safe, keep practising, as the day will come when we can once again make music together.
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Post by harrisonreed » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:09 am

Sounded great to me. Glad you are doing well, and stay safe!
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Post by SwissTbone » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:17 am

Happy to hear you are ok!
Sad you think your contributions don't make a difference. They clearly made one for me. I learnt a lot from you even without knowing you.
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Post by Geordie » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:39 am

Chris I miss your practical down to earth insight and your comments made a difference to me although we have never met. Thank you.
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Post by hyperbolica » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:49 am

I mostly agreed with Stearn. I like older equipment and more moderate sizes for a great classic sound.

We have also scared away retired pro 2bobone. I personally loved his stories about pro orchestral situations and equipment.

Disagreements are natural, but there is a point where name calling and trying to belittle others is really bad for the group. Losing the experience and maturity among us hasn't made the forum a better place.

I just ask you all to respect differences, respect experience, and respect maturity.
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by Posaunus » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:24 am

hyperbolica wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:49 am
Disagreements are natural, but there is a point where name calling and trying to belittle others is really bad for the group. Losing the experience and maturity among us hasn't made the forum a better place.

I just ask you all to respect differences, respect experience, and respect maturity.
:good:

I re-read the thread below, and now recall why Chris surrendered. Parts of it read to me like sports talk radio sounds - a bunch of self-proclaimed experts talking past each other, dropping gratuitous insults along the way.
JohnL wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:45 pm
by JohnL » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:45 pm
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
Chris, I invariably found your posts knowledgeable and thoughtful. If you (or Leif, 2bobone, or anyone else who has gone silent) wants to contribute to our strange little forum, I'd welcome you back.

Please let's all respectfully consider the opinions expressed here, and think carefully about others before we hit "Submit."
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Post by sf105 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:41 pm

I missed this incident. Sorry, but sympathetic, to hear that you bailed out.
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Post by Bonearzt » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:14 pm

Hi Chris, glad you're well!!! I too, for one, miss your wisdom!!!


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Post by Bach5G » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:31 pm

I recall Blast being supportive of some writing I did about a week at jazz camp. That seems like a long time ago now.
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Post by Neo Bri » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:12 pm

Bonearzt wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:14 pm
Hi Chris, glad you're well!!! I too, for one, miss your wisdom!!!


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I do too. I really miss Savio (Leif) a lot, too.

Here's a neat recording I found of him and I playing "Danny Boy." I just happened to find it at a serendipitous time. Download it here and admire his melodic sound.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhV82aTgKho-g789W6X ... w?e=AElFmd
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Post by afugate » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:01 am

Neo Bri wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:12 pm
I do too. I really miss Savio (Leif) a lot, too.

Here's a neat recording I found of him and I playing "Danny Boy." I just happened to find it at a serendipitous time. Download it here and admire his melodic sound.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhV82aTgKho-g789W6X ... w?e=AElFmd
Nice! :good: Love the outro. Yikes, that's low!! :lol:

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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by GermanTrombone » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:54 am

I am not a frequent contributor to the forum, but am reading quite a lot.

I must say that this is partly for the same reason that seem to have made Chris Stearn leave the forum for a while.

There were simply some discussions driven in a relatively unfriendly, not reflected and narrow-minded manner that actually didn't bring any additional insights and were partly even insulting to individuals.
At least I received it that way.

We always must keep in mind that there are people with different levels of trombone experience, different levels of English language, different environments that you live and play trombone in and - even among high-level professionals - simply different opinions and different approaches towards the trombone.
There is no best way, just alternative ways.

I still consider this a great resource, but it would be good if all - not only moderators - would try to keep an eye on this.
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Post by Posaunus » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:43 pm

GermanTrombone wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:54 am
I still consider this a great resource, but it would be good if all - not only moderators - would try to keep an eye on this.


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Post by paulyg » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:31 pm

With a couple notable exceptions (none of which are relevant to this thread), the etiquette and courtesy displayed on trombonechat is a beacon of light in a dark, dark, internet.

There's a saying: "if you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen." Trombonechat is not an oven, not a kitchen, not even a small restaurant- our ecosystem is the equivalent of a fancy afternoon tearoom. Everyone drinks with pinkies raised.

We overcome language barriers, different opinions, different circumstances, and a total lack of inflection/nonverbal cues to preserve an admirable civility on this forum.

That being said, due to the nature of online discourse, there are bound to be misunderstandings. This is on TOP of the *gasp* DIFFERENCES OF OPINION that may exist among the hundreds/thousands of members of this community.

Everyone has a right to their feelings, and may certainly avail themselves of the fire exits if things get too hot.

BUT...

Think of what a great resource this is. There is value in giving others the benefit of the doubt and continuing to codify the discussions that, until this marvelous forum, were the purview of after-rehearsal hangs. I know I still visit the original "Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1-1/2G thread" every so often. It would be a shame to call it quits over some slight here. Not everyone's perfect, and for some people, that means a personal slight may make it into the discussion. We can each choose, when confronted with that, to take it personally... or not. Sometimes a break might be in order. But, I hope you come back. I miss you!

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Post by BGuttman » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:44 pm

paulyg wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:31 pm
...

Now let's all go have a beer.
We have virtual beers in The Bunker. No age restrictions either. :cool:
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Post by brassmedic » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:48 pm

These meta-discussions are always entertaining. I remember that thread, but I didn't realize it had taken a left turn like that. I went back and read it again. I guess I don't see it as some of you apparently do. I got the vibe that it started out as an innocent discussion about equipment that was actually pretty interesting, and then a couple people came in and essentially said, "It doesn't matter what equipment you play so go practice", and I have to say I actually agree with Aidan that those sorts of comments aren't particularly helpful. Is he the one you are demonizing here, or are you talking about the posts that were deleted? At any rate, I would say if you don't want to discuss equipment, then don't post in a thread that is specifically about equipment.
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Post by Posaunus » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:16 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:44 pm
We have virtual beers in The Bunker. No age restrictions either. :cool:
And these virtual beers are on the house! :good:
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Post by FOSSIL » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:45 am

brassmedic wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:48 pm
These meta-discussions are always entertaining. I remember that thread, but I didn't realize it had taken a left turn like that. I went back and read it again. I guess I don't see it as some of you apparently do. I got the vibe that it started out as an innocent discussion about equipment that was actually pretty interesting, and then a couple people came in and essentially said, "It doesn't matter what equipment you play so go practice", and I have to say I actually agree with Aidan that those sorts of comments aren't particularly helpful. Is he the one you are demonizing here, or are you talking about the posts that were deleted? At any rate, I would say if you don't want to discuss equipment, then don't post in a thread that is specifically about equipment.
I quit because I had better things to do with my time than argue and not the time or inclination to post at the length that would have rendered my comments impervious to misinterpretation.... so I quit.
Equipment is crucial...you can't play trombone without a trombone... but, as I recently posted elsewhere, you should put maximum effort into securing fine equipment, then get on with learning how to play it.
Far too many people are constantly looking for equipment solutions when the way forward is to develop the soft machine.
I must have gotten the message across to my students as when I ask if they want to think about tweaking equipment they refuse.... but all of them had the equipment they use very carefully chosen, by themselves under my supervision... they know it's good.
It's always tempting to try stuff, sure... I was tempted to buy one of your 32H pipes for a 6H that came with a non standard pipe, but I decided to simply use a standard 6H slide I have, that works fine, so why fret ?
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Post by imsevimse » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:53 am

It has always been more who read than write and the people who write tend to be the same people. I have reduced my time on the forum and it has to do with the change of attitude. I don't know exactly what has made the forum change, but I have the feeling the point was 'to share" at the old forum. The point at this forum has become more about to "win a discussion" and that is not what I'm interested in. I have thought of this for a while."To share" is to give away thoughts. To be able to share needs a healthy climate where people dare to share without being hit in the head. There also need to be a good mix of professionals and non professionals at the page to make it interesting an healthy. Words of pros will allways be more valuable because of their documented experience. A problem now here is; How do we know who is who? What can we trust and what can we not trust? I guess in the era of fake news and relative facts this has infected the discussions about trombone too. The old page at it's best had a good mix of professionals and non professionals who could bring a discussion to a higher level. Students and amateurs also are very important because they start threads and bring subjects to a point where more experienced and reputed players chimed in to give their thoughts. When pros started to discuss with eachother it become real interesting. Miss you, Chris!

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Post by brassmedic » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:26 pm

FOSSIL wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:45 am

I quit because I had better things to do with my time than argue and not the time or inclination to post at the length that would have rendered my comments impervious to misinterpretation.... so I quit.
Equipment is crucial...you can't play trombone without a trombone... but, as I recently posted elsewhere, you should put maximum effort into securing fine equipment, then get on with learning how to play it.
Far too many people are constantly looking for equipment solutions when the way forward is to develop the soft machine.
I must have gotten the message across to my students as when I ask if they want to think about tweaking equipment they refuse.... but all of them had the equipment they use very carefully chosen, by themselves under my supervision... they know it's good.
It's always tempting to try stuff, sure... I was tempted to buy one of your 32H pipes for a 6H that came with a non standard pipe, but I decided to simply use a standard 6H slide I have, that works fine, so why fret ?
I do modify and rebuild trombones, but that is a hobby, not a quest.

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I agree. I just don't think that particular thread was an example of that. The question put was simply, "It would be interesting to know how his equipment evolved over his career." He didn't say, "I want to sound exactly like George Roberts by playing the exact same equipment that he played." Not everything has to be a teaching moment. Sometimes enthusiasts just want to share trivia. (Not that I think George Roberts' choice of horns was trivial, but that knowing this isn't essential for us to be good trombone players.) It is not essential, but it is interesting. People are interested in that stuff, just as people here have expressed interest in your equipment, which I think you have shared on occasion, and it is appreciated.

I'm not pointing the finger just at you; there seemed to be several people who missed the spirit of the discussion there. I too am often frustrated by the discussion of equipment as some sort of panacea. Like young players who want to "trade up" their Bach 42B for a Chinese-made horn, because someone told them the valve is no good. The stock 42B has been played by countless professionals for what, 70-80 years? And now all of a sudden people think it's a "step-up" horn? Sometimes I want to scream at these people. You don't need the flavor of the month just because it's the flavor of the month. I just don't think the George Roberts thread was an example of that. And when everybody here started dog-piling on a couple folks in the thread who basically said that, I felt like I needed to say something.

I'm just saying to everyone that maybe we need to pick our battles a bit more carefully. As Tom said, it's not about "winning" the discussion.
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Post by norbie2018 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:32 pm

imsevimse wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:53 am
I don't know exactly what has made the forum change, but I have the feeling the point was 'to share" at the old forum. The point at this forum has become more about to "win a discussion" and that is not what I'm interested in. /Tom
With respect, I think you are forgetting the amount of arguing that went on at the old forum; there was plenty of it! Not in every thread, but plenty of them had people of differing opinions trying to make there point and perhaps win the discussion. Do you forget the posts by Sabutin? I enjoyed most of what he posted but those could be intense discussions.
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Post by BGuttman » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:47 pm

One of the problems we run into is that there are generally two classes of readers.

One class is highly sophisticated players (both professional and amateur) who can notice subtle differences and will argue over their relative benefits. Sort of like the argument of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

The other is a bunch of learners who wouldn't be able to notice the difference between playing a Jin Bao or a Shires. Often these are kids who really want to become proficient by purchase rather than work. They read the comments of Group One and think that simply getting a frammis because [insert trombone god here] said it helps clean up his upper register. In reality the improvement is so small that it fades against the lack of sophistication. That's why you will often see me stating that the change is small or subtle. If you sound like a wounded moose before that change you will probably still sound like a wounded moose after it.
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Post by afugate » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:54 am

BGuttman wrote:
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If you sound like a wounded moose before that change you will probably still sound like a wounded moose after it.
I'm pretty sure a wounded moose would be offended by the sounds I sometimes make... :weep: :lol:

Regarding the overall thread... there's debate, and there's discussion.

I think of discussion as people sharing differing viewpoints to lend their own personal wisdom and experiences, generally in a "try everything, and keep what works" approach (to paraphrase Sabutin).

Debate is inwardly focused. It's all about winning and proving the supremacy of one's own approach. That stuff is just tiresome.

Rarely do I chime in on threads where true experience and skill is helpful, because I am well aware of my own limitations. I'm here to learn from others. I'm grateful for those like Blast/Fossil/Chris, Doug, Bassbun, and many others, who choose to spend their precious time helping people like me.

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Post by CharlieB » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:06 am

I miss the old days of the TTF, where the focus was trombonists helping each other by sharing information and experiences. Toward the end of TTF that focus was becoming redirected by those who preferred to argue and debate over irrelevant minutia. Somehow, at the changeover to TromboneChat, we have even further lost direction. I really appreciate the input of those remaining who strive to share useful information, but I find myself increasingly less interested in logging on. I don't need any more conflicts, debates and arguments. I have a wife and in-laws for that.
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Post by hyperbolica » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:26 am

CharlieB wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:06 am
I miss the old days of the TTF, where the focus was trombonists helping each other by sharing information and experiences. Toward the end of TTF that focus was becoming redirected by those who preferred to argue and debate over irrelevant minutia. Somehow, at the changeover to TromboneChat, we have even further lost direction. I really appreciate the input of those remaining who strive to share useful information, but I find myself increasingly less interested in logging on. I don't need any more conflicts, debates and arguments. I have a wife and in-laws for that.
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Post by Bach5G » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:10 am

I recall some pretty heated discussions/flaming on the TTF and before that on the OTJ. There’s FB for that now.
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Post by FOSSIL » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:22 am

Yes there some VERY heated debates on TTF that are easily forgotten.. As a moderator and then chief moderator, I had to deal with a lot of that. This forum is much smaller and suffers because of that. If it seems like the same people are always posting, it's because they are. That is a major reason for argument.... tension from previous threads gets carried over and tempers boil over.
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Post by Neo Bri » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:22 pm

Bach5G wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:10 am
I recall some pretty heated discussions/flaming on the TTF and before that on the OTJ. There’s FB for that now.
The trick is to have more people posting who have good attitudes, rather than the "will to dominate" as I sometimes call it. Debates are fine, arguments are fine, but sometimes ego goes too far. Clearer heads need to participate and prevail. Easy to say, but hard to implement.

If it's possible to stay positive, then stay positive. Everyone will benefit. And if there are habitual trolls that tend to "stir the pot" perhaps they'll eventually learn to rectify their ways or they'll learn they're no longer welcome.
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by torobone » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:50 pm

For what it's worth, I also reached a point of posting less. Some of it does come from arguments where none is necessary or intended.

As for equipment, I looked for new horns about 10 years ago, and I learned a few things from TTF. Some private notes from Chris were very helpful to me, and one of these years I hope we meet.

I have also found that almost anybody can tell a good horn from a bad one. I have never found a pro playing a horn I don't love. But, I have loved many, many horns played by lesser players. Also, each trombone is different; every maker can make a excellent instrument and the occasional clunker. That's why the equipment discussion is so much fun. Who doesn't have a drawer full of mouthpieces?

Also, I continue to figure out things that work better for me. As I have progressed to having a real basis on which to build further, I find that the "soft machine" is truly a personal journey. Many pros have it figured out; some do not and they either retool or give up playing.

Many amateurs still struggle with the fundamentals of making a sound. No, I'm not talking about you. When someone is struggling, they reach out for any idea and they sometimes look for input and validation. To offer great amounts of advice is hard, when it is hard to explain some ideas and have them not be understood. This also leads to equipment changes that help for a time - a lot of equipment changes.

So I am choosing not to offer advice. I would like to have a discussion on how to get players started correctly on a journey of improvement, but again, this journey is different for each individual. The things I need to learn have a better chance of being fixed in a lesson rather than a forum post.

My current project is to move back to a smaller bass trombone mouthpiece. Chris, I might just make it to a Bach 1.5 G, but not yet. We'll see.
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Tenors: 2009 Yamaha 891Z, 354 (loaned out), Yamaha 697Z (on loan)
Symphony tenors: 1972 Bach 42B, Yamaha 882 GOR (on loan)
Basses: 2011 Yamaha 830 Xeno
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by FOSSIL » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:43 pm

torobone wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:50 pm
For what it's worth, I also reached a point of posting less. Some of it does come from arguments where none is necessary or intended.

As for equipment, I looked for new horns about 10 years ago, and I learned a few things from TTF. Some private notes from Chris were very helpful to me, and one of these years I hope we meet.

I have also found that almost anybody can tell a good horn from a bad one. I have never found a pro playing a horn I don't love. But, I have loved many, many horns played by lesser players. Also, each trombone is different; every maker can make a excellent instrument and the occasional clunker. That's why the equipment discussion is so much fun. Who doesn't have a drawer full of mouthpieces?

Also, I continue to figure out things that work better for me. As I have progressed to having a real basis on which to build further, I find that the "soft machine" is truly a personal journey. Many pros have it figured out; some do not and they either retool or give up playing.

Many amateurs still struggle with the fundamentals of making a sound. No, I'm not talking about you. When someone is struggling, they reach out for any idea and they sometimes look for input and validation. To offer great amounts of advice is hard, when it is hard to explain some ideas and have them not be understood. This also leads to equipment changes that help for a time - a lot of equipment changes.

So I am choosing not to offer advice. I would like to have a discussion on how to get players started correctly on a journey of improvement, but again, this journey is different for each individual. The things I need to learn have a better chance of being fixed in a lesson rather than a forum post.

My current project is to move back to a smaller bass trombone mouthpiece. Chris, I might just make it to a Bach 1.5 G, but not yet. We'll see.

Nice to see you posting Martin. Don't worry about big or small mouthpieces, just look for good mouthpieces.... good for you, good for your horns.... they might even be smaller, but they might not.
Here's one to think about... if you play bass, big tenor and small tenor, life will be a lot easier if you can find mouthpieces with the same rim shape...not size, but rim contour...found that one out ....in the end.

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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by FullPedalTrombonist » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:47 pm

Online environment aside I, too, am glad you’re doing well Chris.

Times are crazy and not everyone is doing their part for the rest of humanity. But we’re surviving. I hope we all keep practicing and growing
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by tjonz » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:36 am

Just one word of warning about Chris Stearn: never cross swords with him.

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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by torobone » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:06 pm

FOSSIL wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:43 pm

Nice to see you posting Martin. Don't worry about big or small mouthpieces, just look for good mouthpieces.... good for you, good for your horns.... they might even be smaller, but they might not.
Here's one to think about... if you play bass, big tenor and small tenor, life will be a lot easier if you can find mouthpieces with the same rim shape...not size, but rim contour...found that one out ....in the end.

Chris
Hi Chris,
Thanks for your response!

As you suggest, my mouthpiece choices are driven by sound. The rim feel I like is mostly that of traditional Bach mouthpieces. The only certainty I have in mouthpiece choices is my Yamaha Al Kay signature for my 891Z and the loaned 697Z. (Al had Yamaha produce a consistent 11C that bears his name.) Inexpensive but only readily available in Canada (pity, too quote an old tea commercial). $48 CAD so I keep thinking of buying a backup.

Every other mouthpiece choice is up for grabs to a point. I have spent more time working on my embouchure than choosing mouthpieces. This might be worthy of a thread, if I could describe it accurately. Suffice to say I use far more lip compression than mouthpiece pressure into my face.

My bass trombone playing has evolved the most, driven by the great big band I play with. I feel it to be a privilege to play there. That could be part of that thread I mentioned. I went to a large mouthpiece ( Griego .75) to be able to play pedal Fs, but as I figure things out, I want a more focused sound, so I'm downsizing.

Cheers.
Martin Hubel
Tenors: 2009 Yamaha 891Z, 354 (loaned out), Yamaha 697Z (on loan)
Symphony tenors: 1972 Bach 42B, Yamaha 882 GOR (on loan)
Basses: 2011 Yamaha 830 Xeno
Lidl Bass Trumpet (on loan)
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by hyperbolica » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:54 pm

This might be worthy of a thread
Do it. I love to hear the stories of high level players.
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Re: Chris Stearn (AKA Blast) OK?

Post by timothy42b » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:32 pm

Just saw this.

Glad to know Chris is okay, he’s one of the old timey characters here, and the playing he’s shared has been SO musical.

I’d forgotten the old thread, reread it with considerable trepidation. Who knows, it could have been my fault. Actually it didn’t seem that bad as a thread, especially compared to other forums. Sometimes history gets into the feelings.

My favorite comment was Harrison’s. Well played, sir!

As far as equipment vs player, I’m doing an experiment now trying to make a mini pBone alto sound good - because I’ve hurt my left hand and it’s all I can lift.

The slide is crap but ssking and boneagain gave me tips on improving it, plus my discovery it works better reversed.

I’d love to share my progress- but work is crazy just now.
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