@trumpetlearner take a look inside the slides. If you see green, that’s calcification that needs to be removed. There is nothing wrong with doing proper maintenance yourself - a regular home clean can extend the time you need between pro cleanings and extend the life of your horn. A professional clean is great in addition, especially if your horn is older or if you tend to have very acidic skin, and also if you play a lot. One never replaces the other - they work together to give you horn a longer life, and a better playing experience for you. Generally, horns will need a pro clean every 1-3yrs depending on your playing and cleaning habits.
I had a stroke "event" December 14, 2018. All I can say is, when it comes to recovery, be patient. I'm fortunate as I can still work, and have suffered no long term major disabilities. I have a vision loss in my upper right quadrant, a constant ringing in my ears and headaches. Still, at 61, I am active and have a new respect for age and life.
My return to trumpet playing has been a pleasant surprise in that there is no effects from the pressure of "buzzing"! So, onward. Enjoy what you have, we've no guarantees...Doug
Dr GO's Ambassador is one of a fairly small herd of unicorns; they do exist, though. A larger number plays anywhere from mediocre to pretty good. They were all well-made and sturdy. I particularly like the water key arrangement, and Olds put some thought into producing visually appealing instruments.
How about this? I received an email from an Instagram follower that he had purchased a painting from a thrift store after realizing it was not a print but an original, and had my signature on it. Could I tell him any background information about it? he asked.
He sent me a good photo of it, and it even had a frame I had made some 42 years past. By the way, he paid $6.99 for the framed original.B37E7A5B-7754-41EC-A27E-FF4F38B48B77.jpeg
@georgeb georgeb, are you still a union player after all these years?
No, Doc, when I quit playing in 1965 I dedicated myself to climbing the ladder of success in the printing and publishing business to give a good life to my wife a 3 sons, and it was the right move at the time. I started out in that business in a daily newspaper as a proof runner, then an advertising salesman and finally into management. I retired at the close of 2000 as general manager, publisher and vice president at one of eastern Canada's largest printing and publishing operations. I never touched a horn again until 2016 and I no longer play for money, so I had no need for the musicians union. But they were sure a great help to me when me and my band were members.
I agree. Beautiful horn. Sell it for what it's worth. If you do donate -- please give to a VERY deserving student who will take very good care of said horn and appreciate the generosity.
Once you get a chance to really explore the combination of mouthpiece and horn, please consider posting a video. I'd love to hear the sound.
Your measurements tell me that the mouthpiece is about the same dimensions as my old unmarked mouthpiece that I'm currently using. It is small but not so small that it can't be used. I have a Conn 18 that looks great but is so small I just can't be consistent with it.
I imagine playing the piccolo trumpet and the digideroo each require a slightly different technique.
You are absolutely spot on! I tried to use my standard Bach 7C for both, but every time I inserted it in the Didgeridoo, it fell out the other end along with some termites. Maybe if I had a Mt. Vernon 7C it might have worked better. Perhaps tjcombo, or one of other Australian members could chime in and set me straight.
Yeah, seems the jazz players today play very angry. I don't know, but the thing I liked about players like Bobby Hackett, when he played a ballad like Stardust, he improvised but he was still with the melody and you always knew the song he was playing.