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  1. Jack E

    £1m for a brass band

    That's a very good point, which reminded me of the number of times I've seen videos on Youtube where anything from a solo performer to a full blown orchestra started playing in a street, a sqaure or a shopping area, and people gathered round to listen - and I'd bet that many of them had never...
  2. Jack E

    One Mouthpiece, K.I.A.

    You've reminded me of an old joke I saw, back in the 60s. Man walks into the kitchen with an electric guitar: (wife) "Where did you get that?" (husband) "Off the kid next door." (wife) "But you can't play that guitar!" (husband) "And as long as I've got it, nor can he!"
  3. Jack E

    Buzz or No Buzz

    If I've learnt one thing through the many subjects I've studied over the years - from electronics to firing a steam engine - it's that, when it comes to learning, there is no such thing as a 'one-size-fits-all' method. You can state general principles, which apply to most people in most...
  4. Jack E

    Warning - re. Alan Gregory Music (Manchester)

    Yes, but the bosses of Trevada let people know in advance, and their website explains about them retiring. Big difference to Gregory's just locking the door and hanging onto people's instruments, with them being left completely in the dark as to how to get them back. Even if your business is...
  5. Jack E

    Warning - re. Alan Gregory Music (Manchester)

    Actually, as I pointed out, above, Gregory's do not have any instrument of mine. The posts I quoted from their Facebook page are from other people, not me. With best regards, Jack
  6. Jack E

    Warning - re. Alan Gregory Music (Manchester)

    Fortunately, they don't have anything of mine - but thanks for sharing the sound advice, 2nd Tenor. I'll make a point, in future, of always taking a photo showing the serial number of any instrument I put in for repair. A friend of mine got very badly stung by a motorbike shop in Hastings. He...
  7. Jack E

    Warning - re. Alan Gregory Music (Manchester)

    Their website address has a message (been up there for at least a week), saying the server is down for maintenance. BUT . . . Two posts on their Facebook page read as follows: "Made multiple attempts in person, by email and phone to collect my sisters oboe. Can you advise how to arrange...
  8. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    Cheers, Brian! Jack
  9. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    I think this is the same effect deliberately used by people who build model steam locomotives, and want to fit a scale model whistle which doesn't emit a scale model sound - i.e., something like the top note on a fife! What they do is to connect the bore of the scale whistle to a large chamber...
  10. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    That's a lot of food for thought, Brian - and I think you may have hit on the answer, with the back-reflected pulses. I had no idea that the flow of air through a brass instrument was as low as that - so it's clear that bore size alone cannot account for the very noticeable difference in ease...
  11. Jack E

    Safety Warning on Sanitiser Gel

    I just picked up this warning notice sent out by a group I belong to; source is a circular put out by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Bear in mind, too, that some people (like my younger sister, can build up high levels of static electricity on themselves, just from...
  12. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    Yes, my first own baritone was a Regent, and I do recall the weight of it as compared to another one I'd borrowed - but just out of curiosity, I've weighed the two trombones, and this is how they came out: Regent:- Slide - 541.9g (1lb, 3.1oz.); Bell - 771.5g (1lb, 11.2oz); Total, 1.3kg (2lb...
  13. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    Many thanks for the encouragement, @2nd tenor - it helps. A lot. Re. bore sizes on tenor trombones; it also happens that I have another lurking in a corner - a B & H Regent, Ser. No. 514723 (which I make 1971 - 72). I'm not sure where to measure the bore size, but the bell is only 7"...
  14. Jack E

    Dem bones, dem bones, dem BRASS bones!

    Fix yourself a brew, ladies and gents - this could be another 4 page essay . . . I've had some serious breathing problems for about the last 3 / 4 years, which an inhaler has kept manageable up till last winter - when it all went pear-shaped. I had to quit playing baritone completely for a...
  15. Jack E

    Practise Tips

    I can see your drift, @trumpetb - unfortunately, with my lungs in the shape they're in right now, if I did that for 20 minutes on the easiest note in my range, that would be me finished for the rest of the day. And if what I did the other day on my baritone is anything to go by, I might only...
  16. Jack E

    One Mouthpiece, K.I.A.

    Oh, that's an easy one, J.J. ; a mouthpiece which works! 😁
  17. Jack E

    Revelation!

    Thanks for the tips on those other music books, 2nd Tenor - I'll follow them up. Re. the need for arranging skills; I can't claim those myself, and my knowledge of music theory is very sketchy. But I do have a music notation programme called Crescendo (see link below), which I think only cost...
  18. Jack E

    One Mouthpiece, K.I.A.

    Um . . . I dunno; I'd have thought a .357 Mag would go right through . . . so, maybe a .38 Special sub-sonic? ;)
  19. Jack E

    Revelation!

    Last night, I was chatting with a very old friend (very gifted bass trombonist) about the music that my clarinet teacher is giving me. Granted, my lessons with her got off to a flying start, as she didn't have to teach me how to read music, and what scales were, etc - but I only started on...
  20. Jack E

    One Mouthpiece, K.I.A.

    As you may have noticed, it's pretty rare for me to be totally lost for words, but . . . This mouthpiece is up for sale on Ebay, with a starting price of £19.99 (+ £4.70 postage), and the following description: "Item is pre-owned, metal has minor rubbing to the plating, couple of small dents to...
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