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As a trombonist, I can say that we do sound drunk. I've never played that sound that signifies failure on a game show, though. Maybe I should try that sometime...

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOrcris

Panel 3 I was thinking, I bet it's Riker I bet it's Riker I bet it's Riker

Panel 4 I was all YESSSSSS

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

A Basic Instructions with a happy ending?!

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAAX

Same reason that when my friend in highschool recruited me into the marching band I picked trombone.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Duff

You've just never heard a trombone in the hands of a true master.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

There's always an exception for Riker.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChip Camden

I respect good trombone playing and I like to hear good trombone playing. But four years playing flute in high school band taught me a very important lesson -- spit valves totally gross me out, so I don't wanna actually WATCH trombone playing.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I'm glad to see that you took your wife's words to heart... not once was "trombone" capitalized.

So, I pulled my trombone from high-school out and looked it up. 1941 Olds Standard. Now I need to find out what Riker played.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEDeIvU1si8

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Is his moustache for movember or hitler rememberence month?

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApps

I love this. First thing I thought of when he said trombone was Riker. The last frame is genuis though. Surely he can't start respecting any aspect of Mullet Boss' lifestyle.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershrink1061

Now i cant help but wonder if Riker played that "losing sound" whenever something went wrong on the Enterprise.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterryoken

http://youtu.be/w39-ChUl1G4

Brace yourselves.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSnagg

What's the preferred usage, "the boss is a trombonist," or
"the boss is a tromboner"?

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Ah, Will Riker. Easily the most loathesome of any character in a Trek series.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Wow. I totally thought of Riker and then there he was in the comic. It's like you read my mind.

Or are a stunningly huge geek like myself. Either way.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

I think that a trombone is probably the sexiest instrument for a girl to play :D I need to start playing my cornet/trumpet again, myself.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

Anybody who's ever heard Glen Miller and his orchestra knows what great music can be made with a trombone. And anybody who's ever heard Resphegi's "Pines along the Appian Way" in the "Pines of Rome" knows how powerful trombones can be in an orchestra.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfulletk

That awkward moment when you realize you have something in common with mullet-boss.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Jonathan Fakes first played Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You" in the Star Trek:TNG episode "11001001" while serenading the relentlessly beautiful Carolyn McCormick playing "Minuet" on he holodeck. I wanted to play the trombone as well but took up the saxaphone instead.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHoyt

Anne, you were in a better position than I was; when you play saxophone, you're sitting where the trombone players can reach their slides out and empty their spit valves on your shoulder.
STILL grossed out - decades later!

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

@Mark: Don't you mean "Drunken Master"?

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

awesome! first panel made me laugh out loud, like i haven't done in several weeks. Best strip in months.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCARLOS

While only loosely related to the talk about Mullet Boss's facial hair, I do have to think it would be amusing to see the Scott character sans any facial hair at all.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParticle

Actual, pro, working trombonists who know what they're doing - on Letterman a few years back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUPou0mrDK4 Even so, I still wanna hear Rick's solo album. Classic title.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNewlin

Dee, words cannot express the sympathy I feel. Ewwwwwwwwww. If you ever decide to kill any of the trombone players who did that, put me on the jury.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I'm surprised the final panel doesn't feature Scott's jaw dropping out through the bottom of the frame and hitting the bottom of the page.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Okay, for all of you who want to get boned... shell out a few bucks and join the tomfoolery.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/brass-instruments/jiggs-pbone-plastic-trombone#review

And Dee... as a euphonist, I used to dump my spit valves on the trombonist's shoes. Hope that makes you feel better.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

I think we've all forgotten about all the adults in Charlie Brown cartoons.
- What's that Miss?
- Bwa bwa bwa bwap bwa.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

A few decades ago we chaps all knew that, after the lead-guitarist, the sax players were the most attractive to women on account of the affect that the embouchure had on kissing action. Trombonists were reckoned third.
Spookily, the women who 'missed out' on the guitarists were always nicer!
I'm still married to one.

(Sorry if this post produces unwelcome mental images of Mullet Boss...)

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

I thought women liked French Horn players most? Something about the way, they hold them...

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkrupuk

Wow. Is that a win for mullet boss?? We must have slipped into some sort of spacetime paradox! Next thing you know, Rick will be a lady's man. Agh!!!!!!

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEricL

A good comic from start to finish.

Spit valves are gross, no doubt. Was a trumpet player from the time I was in 4th grade until I graduated. Also played the French horn. It was fun grossing everyone out getting the spit out of the horn. No spit valves=taking the mouthpiece off and dumping the spit straight out.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFig

Nothing beats the sputter and crackle of
just leaving the spit in the French Horn!

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheHornist

I do believe the sound in question is:

Wah Wah WAAAAAAH

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSi Guy

After getting out of hospital a few hours ago, that was best laugh I've had in a week! Why aren't you on HBO?

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

Hmm, as a childhood fan of TNG I wish I could say I picked Riker as my reason to play trombone. My real reason was The Music Man, and more specifically, the song 76 Trombones.

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

@TheMortallyWounded: Riker played on a King of some sort. I really don't know which model it was, but it was probably a 2B or something.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeed

Waaaait a minute. Scott, didn't you establish earlier that the MB doesn't like sci-fi?

Oh no! How will I handle an inconsistency that serves the storyline of a funny gag in a hilarious webcomic provided free to me by a genius-type guy? Huh. Guess I'm alright with your retcon, after all.

Thanks for all of laughs you've given me, Mr. Meyer.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterclh

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