IotW 4: Consorts and Cousins: A Tale of Two Trombones

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A “Bb” Tenor Trombone by C.G. Conn (Foreground) and a “G” Bass Trombone by Hawkes & Sons (Background) lounging.

The two instruments you see depicted are roughly contemporaries (the Bass Trombone is actually a little later, in the 1910’s, and English rather than American, but contemporaries they are just fine enough).

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Possibly early 1900’s or late 1800’s Classical Trombone Mouthpiece

I actually rescued this mouthpiece from a pile that were going to be scrapped, and boy what a find! A little polish and a great background shot for a future library is possibly born.

Some consultation with a more experienced individual points towards this mouthpiece being based on the sort of mouthpiece measurements one might find from the Classical period- large, relatively flat rim, smallish cup, somewhat sharp transition into backbore, small bore.

Guide to the Orchestra- Dev Blog 1

Just a quick update on the progress of my web project ‘A Guide to the Orchestra’!

I recently added a neat new feature- buttons on most pages that bring up a synopsis and also a ‘learn more’ button with links to helpful things to check out for more information on the instrument. This will make the site more accessible to those who aren’t interested in all the information and fluff and just want a simple run-down.

Synopsis of the entry on flutes

The synopsis of the entry on flutes.

In addition, I’ve added some more reference material to help people out and redid the organization of the reference material.

Next up:

  • Audio playback
  • Finish Woodwinds and move on to Strings!