Mouthpiece throats

About drilling out mouthpiece throats Making a mouthpiece throat larger will make it longer as well as it cuts into the backbore. Both mpc that you mentioned have the c backbore and could go up to a 22 throat. I play this but I create so much resistance that I can’t play any Bach horns. I have to play Calicchio, Callet ect. You might try going to a 25 or 24 throat. Or you could try relaxing your corners and pivoting the horn away from your top lip when playing over high c. There are several things that add to the overall amount of resistance. Mouthpiece pressure, lip compression, lip curl, tongue arch, corner tension. Sometimes backing off on one of these will really free up the upper register. Also Giardinelli mpc project more than Schilke because they have shaved shoulders between the cup and throat. I have this done […]

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Trumpet design

  In the construction of trumpets there are a number of variable factors. 3 lead pipe options. Fixed, removable and variable taper. 10 lead pipe tapers 3 variations on tapers. Open, Normal or Tight. 4 types of tuning slide bows. Standard, Reverse, 90 degree or open curve. 4 horn materials 3 weights of brass and copper. 5 bell tapers 5 bell materials. brass, gold brass, sterling silver,bronze and copper 3 bell weights 3 bell types. Fixed, tuning bell or screw bell 11 bore sizes including straight, dual and tapered bores. 3 pipe materials nickel, brass or silver. 5 finishes raw, paint or lacquer, silver, nickel or gold plate 3x10x3x3x2x2x4x5x5x3x3x5x11x3 = 160,380,000 different combinations. 160 Million How many are available at the local music store? Only 3 or 4. The ones that work are in my book. Checkout the review on the Wild Thing Trumpet.   Mouthpiece Design How many mouthpiece combinations […]

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Trumpet Makes

I’ve played a great many trumpets. In fact there are very few I have not played. I have NEVER found a horn that I LOVE. I’ve found horns that I disliked. I’ve found horns that were ok. And I’ve found horns that I liked. But nothing that I felt blew away all other horns in every aspect of playing. I’ve played quick (more responsive) horns that I felt were lacking in tonal qualities. I’ve played horns with great lower registers that I felt were tight in the upper register. I’ve played horns with great valve action. Yet I have never played a horn that I felt was ALL THAT. Including Monette, Schilke, Calicchio, Callet, Kanstul, Blackburn….. These are fine horns and well built. But they don’t play themselves. And Regardless of price I consider them to be roughly equal instruments. One will slot high notes better, one will be better […]

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Trumpet bore sizes

Typical current bore sizes are .450 small, .460 medium, .468 large and .472 XL. People have stated that horns can’t backup, big bores can’t play softly…… I can play soft while using a .472 bore trumpet. I have played trombone and can play that softly as well. I have even heard TUBA players play a full sound while playing softly. The bore of a tuba is huge compared to a trumpet. If you have any size brass instrument and sound poorly while playing softly then you NEED to use a closer lip setting. That is a good indication of a spread setting. When we talk about the air backing up it does not backup in the sense that it travels back to the mouth. The vibrations meet with an increased resistance. I CAN FEEL THIS. This affects how the lips vibrate and in many cases a less experienced player will […]

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Trumpet nodes and acoustics

Subject: Re: Nodes, intonation, pedals and super R#. Well the number of nodes inside a trumpet depends on which harmonic is being played. I will discuss a Bbtrumpet using no valves. (The use of valves changes which harmonic is being sounded as in the use of alternate fingerings.) The note 2 octaves under low c has only 1/4 of a complete wavelength in the trumpet. It also has only 1 node in the horn. Pedal c has 1/2 of a wavelength and 2 nodes in the horn. Low c has a complete wavelength in the trumpet and 3 nodes. Second line g has 1.5 wavelengths and 4 nodes in the horn. Middle c has 2 wavelengths and 5 nodes in the horn. 4th space e has 6 nodes. G has 7, Bb has 8 and high c has 4 complete wavelengths and 9 nodes in the horn. Super c has […]

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