Dave's Equipment Page
"I'm not an equipment junky, really"
My playing situations have changed over the years. The 16 piece big band gigs are much fewer and the smaller group with one or two trombones are more common. This means more high parts, more solos and more stress on the chops. The Olds Recording that was great for playing 3rd part in a big band is really not suited for playing the lead part. The Stratodyne that is poorly suited for the bottom part is superb on lead.
Holton Stratodyne 67
George Masso told me that although he played a King 2B for many years his favorite trombone was a Holton Stratodyne. It has also become one of my favorite horn. It has an incredible sound for such a small horn. I have played many other horns in this size but none of them comes close to the Stratodyne except for the Model 65 which is another great trombone and is the model that Buddy Morrow played.
I was never a fan of the 2B until I tried one with a very vibrant bell. It was completely different from other 2B's that I had tried. 2B's vary all over the place. Many of them have a tendency to blow with a blatty sound. The ones with a vibrant bell play completely different. The problem is to find a good one.
This is a great all around "jazz" horn. Great sound, easy to move around. The 6H a great lead horn and a great horn to solo on. The resistance of the 6H is unique and takes a little getting used to. I can understand why it was a favorite of Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino. I have been using my Conn 79H more and more where I used to use the 6H.
The Olds Recording is a muscle horn. It has a great tone with great projection. I've used this horn as my main horn for several years, especially for playing in a blues band with a three instrument horn section. It is not my first choice for playing big band lead, but it is great for just about anything else. It has its own distinctive sound which I really like.
Martin Urbie Green Model
One of the trombonists in the Coast Guard band plays a 79H. I was always impressed with his sound with this horn and one day I got the chance to buy one. It has not disappointed me. It has a .525" bore and an F attachment. It has become my first choice for situation where I need an F attachment horn or just when I need a bigger sound. The 79H is more like a 6H on steroids rather than a small 88H. So much so that I pretty much stopped using my 6H.
After a long search for the perfect mouthpiece I settled on the Jet-tone Studio D. I had a local custom mouthpiece maker (Lou Diorio) make a couple of modular mouthpieces based on this mouthpiece. He modified the backbore and rounded the edges on the inside of the V cup thus greatly improving the Jet-tone design. He made an extra shallow cup that works well on the Olds Recording. He also made a special shank for the Recording and another large bore shank. I have been using this setup for about 4 years and never looked back. I still like the Jet-tone though.
Super Slick with the Plus 1 treatment. On every slide.