So, here's an update..... WWBW listed new Hetman #2 as "in stock." So, I ordered 5 bottles. They arrived promptly, but the zip-closure bag inside the box arrived full of oil. The bottles all leaked like crazy.
I was at local shop "Hornucopia" about other matters, and I asked owner Sandy about Hetman. She told me that other players had told her the same thing. The new round-shaped Hetman bottles leak like crazy. Other players also report the product seems different from the old Hetman oils.
I called WWBW and they gave me a refund "no questions asked." They didn't want the product returned. I can see why.
I have said for years that the instrument, the mouthpiece and the embouchure form a system and all parts can either work against each other and the result is unhappiness or they all can work together and the result is joy.
Our task is to discover this joyous combination.
A few days ago I handed a 1948 Besson New Creation trumpet to a teacher for him to try and he clung on to it noodling and playing all sorts on it, he loved it and was having so much fun he didnt want to give it back. I got it back eventually.
Old instruments so often give new joy. They are a gift to us that just keeps on giving.
I lived in New Orleans from 1974 into 1979 and had the opportunity to see Al Hirt perform at his “Al Hirt’s Club” located on Bourbon Street a few times. During the same time I also saw Pete Fountain perform a couple of times at his club.
In the early 2000’s I attended a Maynard Ferguson performance as a guest of a friend of his and got to spend time with him after the concert. My impression of him was that he was a very nice person, but was not in the best physical condition at that time. Never the less, he could play at a high level, but paced himself at short intervals. After the concert I noted that he seemed short of breath with minimal exertion and had noticeable fluid retention (leg swelling, etc). He died in 2006 of Liver and Kidney Failure.
Hmm. An urinal in the ladies bathroom in the art building sounds more like an art installation than anything else. Besides, I don't need a urinal in the women's room. Regular toilets work just fine, if you put the seat up.
@j-jericho As I do have a derby mute, but no derby hat, I think I'll settle for the mute...
Playing into a "soft" mute of any kind means that there is enough damping to kill overtones. A normal "hat" or derby mute is OK but putting some additional damping material performs the conversion. Kill the overtones on a trumpet, and it sounds more flute like.