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VetPsychWars
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject: End of an era Reply with quote

Health reasons have caused me to get out of the community band business, so I will be playing a lot less. Sold my flugelhorn, the Lightweight 400s, and the Holton. I kept my grandfather's 400 (of course), the matching cornet, and the long/narrow Custom Built.

I've been wanting to learn to play guitar for ages, so wish me luck with my Gibson SG and Epiphone Masterbilt archtop acoustic!

I'll be around now and again, and at the Chicago Trumpet Hangs. You can send me private messages with your Buescher questions any time!

Tom
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you'll be feeling better soon Tom. I know that these new challenges must be hard on you.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transitions of life can and do present some difficult adjustments in many ways.

I have been thinking for some time now about the possibility of the trumpet playing era of my life coming to end, and what, if anything, to do next.

The guitar and piano have been on my mind, since I have some rudimentary level knowledge of each and neither require the use of the mouth and teeth. In time, the teeth will probably be the issue for me.

I also think both are more "forgiving" when it comes to practice time. Of course, it depends on the skill level one wishes to achieve.

Best wishes to you as you move ahead.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure sorry Tom. Look forward to seeing you at the Hang.

Best wishes,

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that Tom, I hope you enjoy the transition to guitar.

Also, Iíve wondered in the past about the meaning of VetPsychWars, would you care to tell us?

Best of luck!

Brad
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that, Tom. 99% of everything I know about Buescher's came from you. Hope you'll keep hanging around here regardless how your trumpet playing changes going forward.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad361 wrote:
Sorry to hear that Tom, I hope you enjoy the transition to guitar.

Also, Iíve wondered in the past about the meaning of VetPsychWars, would you care to tell us?

Best of luck!

Brad


From the Blue Oyser Cult song, A Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trumpet is a tough instrument to keep up even without health concerns. You may find taking a break is a relief! Guitar is a great instrument, very versatile and forgiving to play at whatever level suites you. You'll find a whole new world of playing opportunities & music styles, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VetPsychWars wrote:
Brad361 wrote:
Sorry to hear that Tom, I hope you enjoy the transition to guitar.

Also, Iíve wondered in the past about the meaning of VetPsychWars, would you care to tell us?

Best of luck!

Brad


From the Blue Oyser Cult song, A Veteran of the Psychic Wars

Tom


Got it; I thought maybe you were a retired shrink!

Brad
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad361 wrote:
VetPsychWars wrote:
Brad361 wrote:
Sorry to hear that Tom, I hope you enjoy the transition to guitar.

Also, Iíve wondered in the past about the meaning of VetPsychWars, would you care to tell us?

Best of luck!

Brad


From the Blue Oyser Cult song, A Veteran of the Psychic Wars

Tom


Got it; I thought maybe you were a retired shrink!

Brad

Oh! I was thinking of the receiving not the giving end of the transaction.

Tom, we will miss you.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the OP,

I don't know what your health reasons are but just wanted to put it out there that the saxophone is a MUCH easier instrument to play than trumpet. The reed does all the work and if you get a mouthpiece that's on the smaller side and a light reed you can produce a note just by exhaling.

Just a thought.....

Also,if I couldn't play a wind instrument the guitar would definitely be my instrument of choice. You can practice anytime of the day and for as long as you want. I bet you will pick it up faster than you think. Just be sure your axes are set up well. Nothing more discouraging than a guitar that is poorly setup. You get intonation problems and difficulty playing chords in the first position.

Oh, also if you are inclined, try a classical guitar. I found that really fun because I like to play written music and the classical stuff is challenging and fun. Also the nylon strings are easy on the fingers.

Now I'm getting the itch to play a guitar again.....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I missed playing too much. I am going to try a community band again. I found out that I had a rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder, some physical therapy has helped. and the fatigue has gotten better... so, we'll see what happens.

Of course I don't have the lightweight horns any more, but the weight difference wasn't that much.

We'll see how it goes.

Tom
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck, hope it works out for you!

I am looking at similar surgery in my future; my wife thinks now, but I'm afraid to go find out. It's just painful, not debilitating, so far...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Tom. Best wishes and thanks for the update.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:24 am    Post subject: End of an era Reply with quote

Best wishes to you in Greenfield, Wi. Stay close to the music community. Learning the guitar sounds like a great idea. Best wishes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to trade the buyer of my Model 228 Lighweight 400 for the Model 240 medium bore.

Try, try again!

Tom
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VetPsychWars wrote:
I was able to trade the buyer of my Model 228 Lighweight 400 for the Model 240 medium bore.

Try, try again!

Tom


Cool!!

Brad
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