Beware of Phishing Scam

August 17th, 2017 by Joshua Brown

Email Phishing

One of our distributors just received an email that appears to have come from us. The return email address has our domain. The message header has a nice Edwards logo. The footer includes our correct contact information. It’s the stuff in the middle that makes it dangerous. First, the content:

“This announcement has been uploaded for your kind information through our secure information sharing portal which is linked to your email server.”

What?!

This was probably run through a translator. All we know is Christan has never uttered the phrase “secure information sharing portal.” Or “kind information.”

Surprisingly enough, the links in the email don’t even go to our secure information sharing portal! (We don’t have one). Instead, they send the user to a website that undoubtedly wants to do them harm. So don’t click the links. Delete the email and go about your business. The good news is that most email providers will flag this and send it to spam. Google did that for us.

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Auditor Spots Available for 2017 Alessi Seminar

May 22nd, 2017 by Joshua Brown

Alessi Seminar

Edwards has had the pleasure to be involved with the Alessi Seminar since it’s inception. In that time, we’ve attended seminars in Nyack, Albuquerque, Tuscaloosa, and Eugene. This year’s seminar is once again being held in Eugenem Oregon, and while the Participants and Fellows classes are full, auditor spots are still available. Attending the Alessi Seminar is a tremendous opportunity, as you’ll be learning from Joseph Alessi, Peter Ellefson, Jonathan Whitaker, as well as fellow participants, fellows, and auditors.

I wanted to say a few words about the Alessi Seminar. The Participants and Fellows classes are full and the performance level in each group is very high. As an auditor, you would therefore have many opportunities to hear fine performances and get a lot of valuable information, as well as do a sizable amount of playing.

If you are unable to be there, I would like to ask your help in getting the word out to your students and other colleagues to attend.

Happily, there are now a lot of trombone seminars, institutes, workshops, symposiums, etc. Most of these other events have been generated from my former students. But I have confidence that our format and content promises you the most informative and all-encompassing event going on this summer.

Informative, as you will hear many varied ideas on how to improve your musicianship and technique.

All-encompassing, because we have a wide variety of clinicians, performance opportunities, ensembles to hear and to join and innovations to discuss.

I have heard from past auditors that they have enjoyed the experience a great deal, from the first day to the last. So, if you know of someone of any age who is hungry to learn this summer, please share. We have a high school class too! Thanks very much,

Joseph Alessi
www.alessiseminar.com

As always, we’ll be there with our T396-A’s, B502’s, T350’s, B454’s, and much more. So plan to join us in Eugue from August 5-13!

Dave Taylor Performs at Taiwanese Ceremony

May 16th, 2017 by Joshua Brown

Dave Taylor recently performed on the 2017 Tawainese American Community Scholarship Award Ceremony in Washington, DC. Dave was joined onstage by pianist Joseph Yungen and dancer Shu-Chen Cuff, who performed an interpretive dance during Thekla, a Franz Schubert piece arranged by Dave.

Dave’s complete program was titled Suite Humoresques Con Sordini, which included two works composed by Dave, numerous Schubert pieces arranged by Dave, and a Johnny Reinhard composition.

We love that we can always count on Dave to bring something unique to his performances. He’s a master technician on the bass trombone, but his music is so much more than that. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him live, go! You won’t be disappointed.

Dave Taylor at Taiwanese Ceremony
Pictured: Dave, Shu-Chen Cuff, and a friend of Dave’s after the concert

Working with You

February 25th, 2017 by Christan Griego

Yesterday I was working with a young musician the age of 17 and I was reminded of why I do what I do. Getting to hear and help talented musicians of all ages has it’s rewards. Not only was the father ecstatic that his son sounded better than he ever had, the scholarship auditions are approaching for this player. The instrument (I felt) will help him get a better scholarship than on his old clunker, and definitely motivate him to practice. I remember when I purchased my Edwards how much I practiced after the new Edwards was in my hands….

With the non stop shows (that seem to grow in numbers), look for us at the American Trombone Workshop in DC, ITG in Hershey PA, ITF in the Redlands CA, Alessi Seminar in September, Midwest in Chicago in December, and TMEA again next February.

If you are young enough to do any of the competitions available, then you should. I still regret not entering these when I was young enough. Even attending these conferences can light a fire under you and keep you motivated. Many times when working on new things or concepts it’s hardest to keep things fresh and moving forward.

Nobody said it was easy

February 25th, 2017 by Christan Griego

When an artist arrives, we go through pleasantries and catch up on things that have happened since we last met. Then the closer we get to the testing room I can always feel that they want to get the instrument to their face for a bit even before we work.

Watching David Taylor wake up and go about the exact routine he’s done for decades is truly inspirational to me. Seeing the level of dedication he has to his chosen craft pushes me to make the best level of equipment possible. Knowing that the level of expectancy is decidedly high keeps us on our toes around Edwards.

We know that you will choose the best instrument for your needs, and we are consistently striving and working forward with the brass and nickel we use to turn into instruments.

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I’ve got a screw loose

September 20th, 2016 by Christan Griego

I opened my closet door a month ago and found that the handle was loose.

Looking closer I see that the screws are a bit loose and need to be tightened. Today I went to open the closet door, as I have every day for the past month, and guess what? It’s still got screws loose. The handle wiggles, and it’s exactly the way it was last month when I discovered this. Maybe it was six months ago, to be honest I’m not sure how long it’s been this way. It’s my own lack of motivation that keeps this problem from changing. I know it’s not going to fix itself but for some reason I can’t bring myself to change the situation.
Two weeks ago I was in Bern Switzerland listening to Ian test equipment I’d hand carried over from Elkhorn WI. Comparing equipment I started hearing a click, or maybe it was a clack. We continued to play test and the click and clack continued from the depths of his 4147IB. It was not going away!

Knowing that I’m the guy that’s supposed to be able to fix things I decided to stop ignoring the sound and I dove in.

Looking over the instrument carefully, I quickly decided that the issue was not from anywhere but the rotor area. Ian was clear in saying that it’s been doing “this” for a while and he’s not sure where the sound is coming from. After two minutes I find a rotor screw that holds down his stop arm has backed out a couple thousandths and is making the annoying noise. After grabbing a screw driver and remembering that old principle “righty tighty” the sound magically goes away.

What was left after this turning of the screw was nothing but music, and resonance. Sometimes all it takes is the initiative to not ignore the problem.
Please don’t tell my wife I wrote this blog, she might make me actually fix that closet door.

Raw Vs Refined

September 16th, 2016 by Christan Griego

Man, I can’t get rid of the sugar references but I promise this will be the last…

Yesterday I was picked up by a friend in a Subaru WRX STI which is a small little rocket ship of a car that handles like a modified go cart. As we accelerated onto the interstate I was pushed into the door from the G forces of the all-wheel drive connecting us to the road. The road noise could be heard, and every little road inconsistency felt through the car. I started comparing in my head this ride to a BMW 335D I get to ride in.

Both are capable, performance wise, of doing more than you could ever do on the road legally. They both get the job done quite well, but the BMW is a bit more refined in the approach.

Thinking of instruments that people play, and what they are after brought this full circle in my head. Many times the instruments that people want handle like these sport cars, but how they get there can be quite a difference in experience during the performance.

The handling if a bit tight can lead you exactly where you put the note, for better or worse. If the response is a bit soft in the handling the excitement of the experience can be lost as well.

Maybe it’s time to go for a drive and think about this a bit more…

Dave Taylor Concertino Reviews

September 14th, 2016 by Joshua Brown

David Taylor recently performed his new Concertino 4x’s at Bargemusic’s Here And Now Festival in New York. In a Facebook post, Dave said that he was shocked that the reviews were mostly about his composition, but that it was more surprising that the New York Times ran a photo of him to promote the festival.

Dave Taylor in the New York Times

The first review comes from New York Classical Review:

On the musicians side, there was bass trombonist David Taylor’s Concertino No. 2, with Taylor accompanied by pianist Ron Stabinsky, bassist Matthew “Moppa” Elliot, and percussionist Kevin Shea. The form was classical, with four recognizably standard movements. The style was not, though it was a fascinating hybrid of older jazz ideas heard through a prism of modernism, a more successful version of Stan Kenton’s experiments in modern composition. There were serendipities, like a fractured tribute to Tommy Dorsey and a ballad in the form of a waltz, and Taylor played with a strong, beautiful sound.

Another comes ConcertNet.com:

One would hardly know from David Taylor’s informal, talkative, delightfully informal persona that he is one of the most accomplished and eclectic musicians in the world. Specifically the trombone, and more specifically because he has worked with composers like Hovbhaness, Wuorinen, Perle, as well as Yo-Yo, Streisand, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and… well, everybody else in the classical and jazz world.

Listening to his four-movement Concertino for Bass Trombone, Piano, Contrabass and Percussion was like listening to Ursula Oppens on piano. It was a master at work. The slightly jazzy but beautifully laid-out chamber work did go on a bit, but Mr. Taylor didn’t need any avant-garde techniques to make his point. It was big-band-style trombone style with a minimal chamber-group to support him.

Dave continues to push the musical envelope. As brass musicians, we love what he brings to his performances. It’s nice to see when others recognize what an incredible talent he is, as well.

Decompress

September 14th, 2016 by Christan Griego

When your leadpipe-to-mouthpiece relationship is correct, a couple of magical things can happen.

The lips inside the mouthpiece can actually relax and buzz more freely since the leadpipe and mouthpiece are providing the correct amount of compression for your body.

This allows the resonance to be more complete and relaxed. Imagine if you could just focus on the music and decompress…

No more sugar!

September 13th, 2016 by Christan Griego

I’m a coffee snob, but I haven’t always been. I used to buy my coffee based on fancy labels. I’d load it down with sugar and creamer, masking the acidity, the lack of flavor, or the burnt aftertaste.

Then I started roasting my own coffee beans. I quickly found that I had a better product than anything available to me in southeastern Wisconsin. I now drink my coffee naked. It has flavor without the fillers.

I never knew that what I’d been drinking for decades was of such low quality.

I think a lot of musicians can experience the same thing with their instruments. When a horn doesn’t work for them, they add creamers and sweeteners, trying to overcome their instruments’ underlying problems. Tension creeps in. Intonation suffers. Sound quality and resonance are less than what they could be.

They’ve never experienced what is possible with an instrument that is completely natural for them.

Our main goal is to fine-tune instruments for our customers. We strive to achieve a balance of sound, color, resonance, and clarity. Many times this can be accomplished in a single visit. But we do have customers that visit from more regularly, staying on top of their changing needs.

It might be time to take a look at your horn and everything you’re adding to it to make it work for you. I’m not saying sugar is bad. Well, yes I am.

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