I have a Yamaha Custom and a Packer Alto. While there is a difference in quality it isn't nearly as profound as the price differential would suggest.
The Packer would be fine to learn on, and like many other things, when you can do it right, get yourself a good 'un!
Going out Worldwide on the Internet, live from a cowshed in the heart of Norfolk, the home of Wayland Radio. There’ll be 3 hours of chat, interviews, recorded and live performance, broadcast across the world!! Contributors include Denis Wick, Ian Bousfield, Dennis Rollins, Andy Berryman, Simon...
I'm a trombonist. I've used one extensively for the last 3 years with no problems. Just make sure that you breathe properly. I have found that using the headphones for some of the practice (rather than just using as a practice mute) with the reverb OFF really helps production as it amplifies...
This weekend I will be interviewed by BBC telly (for Inside Out) as to why there are falling numbers of kids taking up Trombone specifically and Brass instruments generally.
This is a great opportunity to get the message across - as I see it the main questions include;
1/ Are falling numbers of...
Surely this is only a problem in 2 scenarios:
1/ Only certain harmonics are affected (not in my experience of both Wick and Yamaha practice mutes)
2/ You have perfect pitch (in which case adjust the tuning slide!!)
Most players (myself included) have relative pitch, 2nd position notes...
I used to have a Conn 8H which was previously owned by David Want when he was principal at the Halle. That instrument WAS blown out, the sound didn't 'ring' no matter who was playing it.
A friend of mine has an 88H that was previously Dudley Brights - that is also blown out.
Ian Bousefield was principal trombone at Yorkshire Imps at the age of 15. He was with Imps until early 1982. He played at the 1982 Open with Hammonds Sauce Works.
He also played with Newham for 6 months until he got Principal trombone with the Halle.
Yep, I'm an anorak :-)
On Saturday 11th we rehe***** until 13:00 and made sure that we were at the Conference Centre 30 mins before the draw (we were at Harrogate for 14:30.) and congregated as a band at 15:15 to find out our draw.(the swear word filter allows rehearse but cannot be ***** to allow rehearesed...
I played at Hammonds in 1982/3 when Tom was principal cornet (just before he emigrated to Oz). Previously he was principal cornet at Grimethorpe.
He was superb at triple tonguing, probably the best I've ever heard.