Baroque, natural and fanfare trumpets

One of my fanfare trumpets.┬áThis is a real musical instrument. I make these Baroque Trumpets, Natural Trumpets and Fanfare Trumpets for use in Renaissance Festivals. They are played at the jousts, knighting and crowning ceremonies. These instruments are 51 – 54 inches long depending on the flare of the bell that is used. They use trumpet mouthpieces (the mouthpiece is not included). For purposes of strength the instrument is double walled. This outside wall not only makes it sturdy (I have used mine in combat as a staff) but it also smooths out the line as it goes from the mouthpiece to the bell. The inner tubing is all copper and is what makes the trumpet play. The outside tubing is for appearance only. This valve-less Natural Trumpet will play any and all bugle calls. The sound is very good due to the double wall construction. Horns are made using […]

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Curry Trumpet Mouthpieces

Mark Curry Mouthpieces Mark Curry does several things very well.┬áHe has a line of mouthpieces based on Bach rims and diameters. These are very accurate and every diameter is available in several depths. All of the different depths have the same rim. (What a concept.) So you can have your Bach 1, 3 whatever with the very deep cup, deep cup, medium cup, medium shallow cup and shallow cup. Mark also has a line of commercial mouthpieces with a softer bite on the rim in shallow and medium cups. These are in all sizes from .600 – .690 Mark also duplicates old mouthpieces etc. You have not lived until you play one of his flugel mouthpieces. The sound is like butter. He has REAL cornet pieces too. Mark is not only a great craftsman he is a player. A real plus. Mark played lead for Woody Herman, and Ray Charles […]

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What trumpet should I play/buy?

It depends on HOW you approach playing the trumpet. I would try EVERY ONE of these horns. Lead horns: My A list horns in order: Wild Thing Callet Jazz Calicchio 2-9 (if you like open horns) Calicchio 1S-2 (if you like a little resistance) Calicchio 1S-7 (if you like resistance) Schilke (Both large and med bore models are free blowing) My B list horns in order: Kanstul 1500 series Vax model Yamaha Bach 43-72 light weight Shew model Yamaha MF horn and a valve alignment Arturo model LeBlanc and a valve alignment   Legit horns My A list horns in order: Wild Thing with the #2 slide Calicchio copper 2-9 (if you like open horns) Calicchio copper 2-2 (if you like resistance) Kanstul 1500 series copper bells My B list horns in order: B&S Challenger Vax model Yamaha Bach 37 Conn Vintage One Funny thing there are a great many […]

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Wild Thing Trumpets

Here is a short review of The Wild Thing Trumpet. “Damn !!!” It plays so much better than any other make I’ve ever played that I now consider those horns to be HS level horns. Here is why. The bell is different at the throat and it has almost NO bell flare. A long conical tapered bell. That design element shifts the nodal points toward the mouthpiece and enables the horn to SLOT higher notes than any other trumpet made. (Including $ 20,000 Monettes.) Some horns stop slotting notes around high A others go to Bb , B and a very few make it to double c. This horn SLOTS double E. Slotting notes is as important in the upper register as it is in the lower register. We can all BEND pitches and play them with the wrong fingerings. They don’t have the same tone quality, projection, power, response…. […]

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Schilke vs. Bach mouthpieces

If you want to play a mouthpiece between the size of a Bach 7 and a 1.5 you have to look at another source. Bach makes 10 mouthpiece diameters that are smaller than a Schilke 6A4a. under 16.00mm. Bach makes 8 diameters in the 16.00 – 16.25mm range. (Schilke sizes 6,7,8’s go here.) (Schilke 9’s fill this empty Bach spot from 16.25 – 16.40.) Bach make 3 diameters in the 16.40 – 16.50. mm. These are 2’s and are hard to find. (Schilke sizes 10 & some 11s go here.) Bach makes 0 in the 16.55 – 16.95 mm range. (Schilke makes sizes 11, 12, 13 in here.) Bach make some in 17.00 mm.(Schilke has the 14s.) Bach makes 0 from 17.05 – 17.45 mm. (Schilke has some 14s plus the 15, 16 & 17s.) Bach makes them in 17.50 mm. (Schilke has the 18s.) Bach make 0 bigger than […]

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Mouthpiece sizes

What about those little peashooter mouthpieces? The idea of what a peashooter mouthpiece is dependent on several factors. 1. The size of the players lips 2. The muscle strength of the players embouchure 3. The actual embouchure type used. (This means lip curl, lip pucker, as these things require different amounts of cup room to do the same job.) 4. The resistance between the players embouchure and his trumpet. (If I play my old .472 bore NYC Callet I can use a Schilke 14A4a, or a Jet-tone (Roman) mouthpiece. If I play on a horn with more resistance like a Bach 37 Ihave to use a more open mouthpiece. LIke a Schilke 14 with a bored out throat.) There was a question about mouthpiece depth and range. It is more a factor of endurance than range. It has to do with acoustical load. The lips buzz as they try to […]

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