Are Brass Players Ruining Orchestras?
Over the past two decades, there has been a veritable explosion in the development of the modern trombone. Players are now confronted with a dizzying array of choices in mouthpiece, bells, leadpipes, valves and slides. Many manufacturers offer the player the chance to put together a highly specialized instrument made up of several individually selected parts. The good news is that the choice has never been greater - the free market is a wonderful thing. But there is a down side to all of this.
I'm not sure this is technically a consolidation, because Greenhoe shut down for a time before being acquired by Schilke this year. The machine tooling had been offered for sale to the tech community when Greenhoe shut down. Clearly, Schilke has seen value in the designs, especially because they have their own line of tenor trombones that are gaining in acceptance in the trombone community.
Sorry, but I got sick this summer. Really sick. But, things are better and I will be back in the saddle, soon. I am contacting some potential guests, and working on some new stream ideas. I do hope to be back with you, soon.
Musicweek reports that the UK's "only musical instrument trade show" took place on 13 July 2016. What the report says, and doesn't say, is fascinating to me.
With summer now in full swing, more people are at the beach, on vacation, mowing lawns, and so forth and so on. The Saturday morning regular episode makes no sense. We are just going to do causal lunch time streams until after Labor Day. Hopefully, we can get Chris up and running at his shop in Wilmington, DE so we can double your fun!
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Military bands are under the Congressional knife, and may be cut for good. There is something you can, AND MUST, do. And it will only take a few minutes of your time to make your voice heard by your elected representatives.
We started out streaming on Saturday mornings at 9am ET on our YouTube channel, but are now scheduling shows for 10:30am ET on our Facebook page. (See the Show Schedule page for more information.)
Why the changes?
Well, we listened to our viewers and our guests. It was clear that we get TONS more views on Facebook, and that a later start on Saturday mornings was appreciated, especially on the west coast of the US.
So, FOR NOW, we will live stream on Facebook, and archive on YouTube.
AND, we will continue to add Casual Streams, which will be easy-going and whenever we feel like doing it. Those will be archived on YouTube, as well.
Please let us know how you feel about the times, the hosting, or whatever. We want to give you programming you enjoy and find valuable.
The IHS 2016 Exhibits Roundup was a live stream on Facebook on Saturday, June 18, 2016, and is now archived on our YouTube channel. You can watch it on our Episodes page.
This episode is now archived on our YouTube channel, and you can watch it on our Episodes page. The stream doesn't really start until around 2:50, so just jump to there. We had a few tech difficulties, which we hope to erase in the future. Sorry about that.
Dave shows that disassembly can be as important as assembly as he takes apart several instruments. Watch it on our Videos page.
Dave and Chris are brass technicians who enjoy helping players get the most out of their playing experience.