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HW Products UBSTB Brass-Saver Trombone Brush
HW Products UBSTB Brass-Saver Trombone Brush
Price: £10.19

4.0 out of 5 stars The missing tool for cleaning trombones with valves, 26 Jun 2014
I have a double-trigger bass with traditional rotors. I can get my snake through the gooseneck with the valves not engaged, but it's very difficult to get it through the valve's internal U bend on the other side. This seems to have the right combination of flexibility to go through one rotor, engaged or not. You can't push it all the way through the valve tubing and out of the bell (or at least I can't), but you can go far enough to pull it through the valve with the valve tuning slide removed.

Not quite ready to throw away my snake yet, but one of these is well worth having.


Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil
Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - one of the easiest 5 star ratings ever, 25 Jun 2014
As a player who first picked up a trombone in 1971, I've tried plenty of lubricants: Trombotine, Ponds Cold Cream (old formula I think), Pledge (all the rage when silicone sprays were a novelty), Superslick and simlar creams, and Slide-O-Mix (two bottle version and Rapid Comfort). Just got my first bottle of this, and it beats the lot. You need to clean the slide first, following instructions on the tube, with a cleaning rod and cheesecloth or similar, but by heck it's worth it. You know as soon as you've put your inch or so of lubricant on the top end of each inner slide (the bottom end should be fine too), and put the outers back on. A bit of water spray and it's even better.

The people who rave about "Yamaha snot" on the main trombone discussion forum say it lasts well too. I'm just wondering why I didn't buy some a year ago.

Note from the photo that these days it's a "lubricant", not an "oil" which was a silly name choice as slide oils have a poor reputation. Look for the cap that looks like a cylinder, rather than an older one with a pointy shape similar to valve oil bottles.


Vincent Bach 9957 Flexible Cleaning Brush - Black
Vincent Bach 9957 Flexible Cleaning Brush - Black
Price: £11.36

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2.0 out of 5 stars Brushes don't last well, 21 Jun 2014
Can't be 100% sure that it's the Bach one, but my "snake" is all black with the same small-looking brushes. After a year or so of use, about once every three weeks, both brushes have lost shape - the cross-section is no longer circular. A much older snake has survived some non-trombone uses and is in much better nick.


Mahler: Symphony No.5
Mahler: Symphony No.5
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterly, 10 Jun 2014
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Audio CD)
I went to hundreds of Proms in the 80s and early 90s. If I could board a time machine and go to one of them again, it would be the VPO/Bernstein Mahler 5, in the same year as this was recorded. Someone wonders how the audience at the live recording stayed so quiet. When the performance is as dramatic as this, it's very easy. People say some nice things about the prom audience, but I'm a bit sceptical. I'm prepared to believe that an audience who had never heard a note of Mahler in their lives would be silent too. There's a lot of horn in this symphony, so having Roland Berger playing first, and the sound of the Vienna horn, are big plus points. But that's a brass player talking - what really matters is the orchestra as a whole.


Pro Tec Bass Trombone Mute Gig Bag 402
Pro Tec Bass Trombone Mute Gig Bag 402
Offered by Dave Ballard Music
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant combination with their bass trombone case, 1 Jun 2014
Before I had these two bags/cases, I went to band practices with my unnecessarily large and heavy Vincent Bach case and a large (open) bag containing mutes [H&B bucket (9.5"), rubber plunger, metal cup & straight], music, and trombone and music stands.

This bag easily takes my 4 mutes, and would certainly take one more. The side pocket will hold plenty of music.

More at the review for the case - Protec PB309CT Contoured Bass Trombone Pro Pac Case - Black


Protec PB309CT Contoured Bass Trombone Pro Pac Case - Black
Protec PB309CT Contoured Bass Trombone Pro Pac Case - Black
Offered by Hayes Music
Price: £259.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant combination with their mute bag, 28 May 2014
Joint review with the mute bag - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pro-Tec-Bass-Trombone-Mute/dp/B00FMWPJRA/

Before I had this case and bag, I went to band practices with my unnecessarily large and heavy Vincent Bach case and a large (open) bag containing mutes [H&B bucket, rubber plunger, metal cup & straight], music, and trombone and music stands.

Now, the mutes and music go in the mute bag, with spare room for other stuff like sunglasses and lunch. The delicate inside part of the bucket mute is protected, and everything else goes in this case, with the two stands fitting in the outside pocket.

The nice-looking rubber interlocking handles which you may have seen forming the normal hand grip in a Youtube video (and some pics here) turn out to be fiction, but for me that's fine - the velcro-secured "wrapround" you actually get is familiar from previous use of an older Protec tenor case, and I suspect it's more comfortable to hold than the plastic version. Two minor hassles:

1. There's no place in the case designed for a cleaning rod. Best option seems to be to tuck it under the velcro strap that secures the slide protector.
2. If you have any added accessory closer to the end of the bell than about one inch forward of the bell/slide locking nut, the storage compartment will get in its way. For me, this means removing the curved rest component of my Rath hand rest - the remainder of it can stay on and just fits.

The optional backpack straps are a good extra if you're likely to be carrying your gear further than a couple of hundred yards.

(The instrument I'm putting in the case is a Bach 50B3O.)
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HP CE957A M451dn LaserJet Pro 4000 Color Printer
HP CE957A M451dn LaserJet Pro 4000 Color Printer
Offered by One-Stop PC-Shop
Price: £252.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, not very fast, fake low toner panic, 7 May 2014
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Print quality is superb even on pretty cheap copying paper, but if you run off 50 copies of something, you'll be drinking a lot of coffee, so if high speed is important, a different HP printer may be best.

My first use of the fold-out special tray was for OHP transparencies and these printed beautifully.

It has the usual exaggeration about how soon your toner will run out - I've now deducted a star for this aspect. Here's the timeline: 28 Feb: printer delivered with usual low-volume starter toner cartridge. 30 April: first low toner warnings about black cartridge (implying that it would run out in the next fortnight or so). 25 June: first noticeable loss of print quality.


Humes & Berg 172B Stonelined Velvetone Mute for Bass Trombone, for 24.1 cm Bell
Humes & Berg 172B Stonelined Velvetone Mute for Bass Trombone, for 24.1 cm Bell
Price: £43.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, some practical issues, 19 April 2014
As heard in some George Roberts solos, a bucket mute can suit the bass trombone very well. Apart from possible bell size differences, this what he used.

It needs careful handling for two reasons. It's very easy to add little dents to your bell if you don't make sure all 4 grippers are outside the bell as you push it on. This is therefore NOT a great design for 2-bar mute changes, though most composers/arrangers seem to understand this. The cotton wool inside is held in by what seems to be glued-on cheesecloth so it's much more delicate than your cup, straight and plunger.


Pryor Engagement
Pryor Engagement
Price: £15.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for trombonists (says one trombonist), 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Pryor Engagement (Audio CD)
Trombonists and other brass players will enjoy this most, because they'll understand how difficult some of this music is. But Ian Bousfield doesn't use the cadenzas as an excuse to show off as much as he could - apart from a couple of up the octave ossias that must have fallen off my copy of the music, they're as printed. Starlight, the one piece on this album that I could realistically dream of playing successfully in public, is simply played supremely well.

Just as the music takes us back to some lost days, the CD takes us back to the lost days when the booklet actually had something worth reading - both the link between Pryor's extreme rubato and Strauss waltzes as played by the Vienna Philharmonic and the reason for using a modern wide bore tenor trombone were good inclusions. Two quibbles: some of the pieces seem to include quotes from songs or tunes not mentioned in the title. Some are unmissable, but notes mentioning all of them would have been a good alternative to half of the inexplicable 4 pages extolling the various achievements of conductor Dr Nicholas J Childs - Bousfield and Black Dyke get 2 pages each.


Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49; Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49; Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.31

3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre mixture, 25 Mar 2014
The recordings are fair enough, but the content of the technical commentary about the artillery and bells contains many unnecesary details which should have ended up on the cutting room floor - the name of the carilloneur, the fact that the recording staff enjoyed the views of Manhattan, the weather, the weight in pounds of one of the bells, etc etc.


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