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  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    @OldSchoolEuph said in LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS:

    Well, changing my password does indeed seem to do the trick.

    Question is, what if you get locked out - create a new account all the time? Doesn't seem like a good approach.

    I wonder if this situation has any connection to how much shorter the list of those posting these days is relative to the list of registered users . . . .

    No, I'm not sure why people are getting locked out. I will look into it. If you feel the need to create a second account that's fine; I can delete it fairly easily anyway.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    That's strange. I can reset your password, if you want.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Valve oils

    There was another thread recently with a valve oil discussion, but I can’t find it. Anyway, what I have noticed is that Hetman leaves a lot of sticky, yellow buildup - especially in horns that are not cleaned regularly. Yamaha synthetic can turn into a hard green cement when left sitting too long, even in a brand new never used horn. Pretty much any synthetic, even when advertised as odorless has some sort of odor. A player might not notice it as much, but I sure do as a tech, especially since some days I seem to end up bathed in it. I switched to Berp for my personal horns years ago because the smells of most of the others were really bothering my sensitive sinuses, and have loved how it works. I’ve never had a horn in storage freeze up, and I don’t have to oil constantly. I’ve liked it for everything that crosses my bench because I haven’t yet found a horn it doesn’t work on. I still keep the other brands around because if I oil a new horn I’m not going to clean I like to use what it comes with, but I also haven’t found that the Berp reacts badly with most others. If you’re curious and want to try it, they sell a sample pack of the 3 piston viscosities. I find that no matter what brand you use, using a heavy rotor oil in place of slide grease on 1st and 3rd slides works super well. I swear, with as much as I’ve advertised for Berp they should pay me, but they don’t! I’ve been pushing for my work to be a dealer but they haven’t made the order yet. We’re moving to a new location soon, so that’s been the priority at the moment!

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Valve oils

    I once went through a phase of trying out all the oils.
    The best oil I ever used was the (original formula) La Tromba T2. They seem to have changed the formula, though.

    Now I just use what I have laying around as leftovers from that safari!

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Valve oils

    @Gendreauj said in Valve oils:

    Administrator,
    Have you used Ultra Pure black label valve oil?

    Never heard of it, but I haven't looked up the latest and greatest in valve oil in a long time.

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Valve oils

    Hetman 3 is good stuff

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Stagg cornets

    At that price you can just throw it away and replace it anyway...isn't that the society we live in already?

    posted in Flugelhorns & Cornets
  • RE: V, V barrel and barrel trumpet mouthpieces

    @ROWUK said in V, V barrel and barrel trumpet mouthpieces:

    @stumac I think that a "barrel" backbore would be something like the Schmidt Backbore that Schilke uses as well as certain hyperbolic shapes used by Monette.
    Those that get excited about backbores need to keep in mind that the rim, cup, throat, leadpipe and bell are also in the system and that any advantage is very much dependent on the synergy.

    A good playing mouthpiece with a standard backbore gets a flat upper register when we change the backbore in this way. Some like that because they play tense and that compensates...

    I can't imagine changing backbore is a "quick" solution to any problems. Every part of the mouthpiece affects the other parts of the mouthpiece. Like you said -- it's a system and it has to all be in harmony to truly work well.

    I liken it to a bike fit. You can raise or lower your seat, but then you need to adjust the fore & aft position, as well as angle, otherwise the whole system becomes compromised. Not sure I totally agree with that statement about the mouthpiece giving Miles Davis his "dark" sound. I'm pretty sure that sound came from his head first & foremost, and then his trumpet secondary.

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet

    @ROWUK said in Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet:

    Mavbe some of us are reading the auction incorrectly. The engraving says Duke Donin FROM Louis Armstrong. Christies has a bunch of "non scientific" theories - not backed by documentation (invoice, serial number. history):
    https://www.christies.com/features/The-1948-Louis-Satchmo-Armstrong-trumpet-10881-3.aspx

    Certainly a collectors item, but you really have to want to believe the conjecture about Louis having actually played theis horn...

    And they are asking a lot of money...

    posted in Bb & C Trumpets
  • RE: Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet

    I read an article once in the ITG Journal that basically claimed the metalline structure of brass changes over time to match the playing characteristics of its owner. So, perhaps it isn't too uncouth to say that you would sound like Herseth on Herseth's horn, or like Satchmo on Satchmo's horn.

    posted in Bb & C Trumpets