Boosey & Hawkes Imperial

This horn is kind of a mystery to me. I’m not actually sure where I got it from, but it may have been a rescue from an old Salvation Army Citadel that was closing in eastern Ontario back in the 90s. The Boosey & Hawkes Imperial is a medium (I’d say small, but I’m biased…

Schilke 60

This weeks Monday Mouthpiece is a two-for! This was my primary mouthpiece through the 80s. I had a bad reaction to the silver so I had one gold plated. A deep bowl with a thin and very sharp rim. This mouth piece did nothing to lock in tuning. On the other hand, it was really…

King 8B

This may be my favorite of all my horns. While the King 8B was not my first trombone, it was the first one that I bought for myself. (That’s not actually true: the first trombone I bought for myself was my Olds ‘Super’. More about that in another post). I played in the Ceremonial Guard…

OPS Comms 2016

Spent the day at a very non-Vintage communications conference. This is the story of that day.

Mouth Piece Monday

I’m not really sure, but I think this is one of the first mouthpieces I ever owned. When I first started to learn to play, I spent a year playing baritone. I was so little I couldn’t even reach 6th position when I was seven, so I started with a valved instrument to learn what…

Olds Recording

This may be the most beautiful horn I own. More later.

Where it Started

I’ve been playing trombone since I was 7.  I started playing with a Salvation Army band in Hamilton, ON. A 3rd generation trombone player (more about that later) I got my first trombone of my own when I was about 13. I played tenor trombone until I  was about 18 and then switched to Bass…