My wife bought this at an estate sale here in Austin, from a box of kitchen utensils. If it's a kitchen utensil too, what is it used for? If not, what purpose could it serve but the violent ones that come to mind, perchance? And are there other tools made with this grace you could turn us on to? ("JAPAN" is stamped in the metal.)
My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
What is the best way (if any) to keep cleaning these brass plated hinges? [more inside]
I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
I bought a beautiful necklace a couple of years ago, and it tarnished almost immediately. How do I clean it? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of musical traditions or performances centered around (i) the human voice, and (ii) an instrument (or instruments) played by blowing (flute, trumpet, pan pipes, whatever). It's okay if other instruments are involved too, but they have to be secondary to the breath + voice combination. The platonic ideal of what I am after would be a thriving folk tradition in which a single performer alternates between singing and playing a flute. [more inside]
Help! I'm going crazy over a song I know, heard a part of in a restaurant today - and can't put a name to. Can any of you help me name this song? The song is ska-ish, I would say nineties, not so fast for a ska song (maybe 80-100 bpm?) The riff that sticks in my mind is a horn riff, starting with 2 very accented half notes at the beginning of the bar (same note), then 3 beats of staccato unaccented quarter notes (varying notes). I know that's not much to work with - but I'd be forever indebted! Thanks!
My partner's Grandma recently passed away, and my partner kept this brass head that she owned as a memento, because he'd always been drawn to it as a kid. Can you tell us anything about it? Pics inside! [more inside]
Can you please help me figure out what old-fashioned brass and choir music this was that I found (and then lost) on an LP? [more inside]
I'm looking for quite a few marching band/concert band covers of rock, especially punk rock bands. [more inside]
Mystery token! What is it's use? What is it made of? When was it made? What do the numbers mean? What do the letters mean? What does the grid mean? What does the dial mean? What is the significance of AM? What does W. & H. CO. mean? [more inside]
How do I hammer my brass instrument back into shape? [more inside]
When a friend's grandfather died, the family found a drawer full of mysterious brass disks. The grandfather had a lot of random scrap metal and other odd items around the house and grounds. The disks are pretty much identical and appear to be brass. My friend told me that at some point someone brought one to a jeweler or something and they were told that the disks were brass with a small amount of gold mixed in. [more inside]
Recommend me some music with roaring brass. [more inside]
How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
How can I apply a patina to the shiny brass snap fasteners on my jacket? [more inside]
Let's have some non-traditional brass band recommendations [more inside]
Looking for songs with marching bands! [more inside]
Thrift store treasure pot! Probably not, but can anyone tell me what the heck I just bought? [more inside]
What to do with some awesome antique doors? [more inside]
What are some big, bombastic brass bands that will blow out my brains? [more inside]
I have a brass gas line manifold for a draft beer system that has developed a hairline crack. To fix it, I'm contemplating one of the following: (a) fill/wick with solder using a plumber's propane torch; (b) JB Weld epoxy; or (c) asking a friend to weld it (hi MrMoonPie!). Thoughts?
What's the best method for adding color to metal without it chipping off? I have some brass flowers like these that I want to color but I have no idea where to start.
What type of mute do I need to buy for a King 625 bell-front Euphonium? [more inside]
Aviation buffs and antique enthusiasts: can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet? [more inside]
Trumpeters: Help me find the right trumpet. Music-lovers: some Balkan music recommendations, please. [more inside]
Where can I find a lamp socket (like this one) but in brass?
Question about dentition and brass instruments [more inside]
What is the best way to oxidize brass chain? [more inside]
Phill Niblock. Peter Hansen. Jóhann Jóhannsson. Terry Riley. Distant trains. Find me more gorgeous, drifting, droning horns, please.
Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it up on. Any help with this query will be most appreciated!
[New-Classical-Music Filter] What are your favorite pieces from the last few decades (or have you written anything) for solo trumpet, trombone, bass tbn, or tuba? Seeking scores and/or recordings to study (online availability would be a huge plus). Small-chamber works, other than brass quintet, would be great too. Asking because I haven't written for brass insts. except in orchestra/large-ensemble contexts, and I want to explore solo/chamber writing for them. Yes, I'll also get what I can from newmusicjukebox. Thanks!
What is this brass ornament thing? [more inside]
Years ago, when I needed money badly, I sold my beautiful Selmer tenor sax...I went into another branch of the arts, but lately I've been fooling around with a friend's horn, and I'm really enjoying playing. I don't intend to do anything but amuse myself and maybe play with some like-minded buddies - mostly traditional jazz, some soul horn section type stuff, but definitely no Smooth Jazz or Wailing Rock. The problem is I can't really justify the big bucks replacing my Selmer would cost...and I'm spoiled, of course, by the horn I once owned. Any advice for tenor horns under $1,000 - new or used? How about $2,000? I know the proof is still in the playing and trying, but I'd love some help getting started. thanks!
My dad is looking for a recording -- format doesn't matter -- of Harold L. Walters' Badinage for Brass. [more inside]
Recommend unaccompanied brass quintet recordings of Christmas carols on CD. [more inside]
I have an embarrassing confession: I love the music on The Price is Right. Help me find more like it. [more inside]