Bach Bell Question

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by VentureScore, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. VentureScore

    VentureScore Pianissimo User

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    I need to replace the bell on my trusty Bach 37. (Let's just say, that NEVER AGAIN will I be a user of gig bags - always hard cases........)
    Ideally, I'll find a descent price on an older 37 bell on ebay, or other location.
    In the meantime - I friend of mine (former teacher / horn collector) has a Bach 239 bell that he has offered me. I know this bell is for "C" trumpets.... but would it work?

    (My guess is that the 239 bell is slightly shorter.... but just a guess)
     
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  2. Dale Proctor

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    It's about the same length, but who knows how it would work on a Bb horn.
     
  3. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Don't do it. There are plenty of Bach 37 bells out there. It's worth the investment.

    Is the original bell truly irrepairable? I have seen some amazing resurrections of crumpled bells.
     
  4. VentureScore

    VentureScore Pianissimo User

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    "Don't do it..." Definitive - I like that :-)
    The bell got badly cunched when I was in college - this is the second good crunch. There's a small crack on the outer edge. She still plays fairly well, I did a big Gabrielli concert with it over Chrstmas, so it's not an "emergency."
    But I think it's time to let this bell retire.
    My instinct was that this would not be the best idea, but it was just a gut reaction.
     
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  5. edfitzvb

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    Understood. If this is the second time, and there is a tear/crack, I would find another 37 bell.
     
  6. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    What about having the horn modified into a tuneable bell thingie? Then you can experiment with different bells... I did the same with my Jupiter STR-1010 (tuneable bell, came with a straight one and a Dizzy style banana horn). Put a Schilke beryllium bell on - worked and sounded a treat ( so much so that a guy I lent the hooter to never returned it and decamped to a new post somewhere in Africa - can't be traced...)
     
  7. VentureScore

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    Setting it up as tunable bell... good thought. If I can't get a good 37 bell that'll be something to look into. Thanks.
     
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  9. trumpetsplus

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    Disagree. The C trumpet has the valves about an inch closer to the player than the Bb. This means that the bell tail is shorter (the silhouettes of the horns are the same length) so the pitch will be sharp.
     
  10. VentureScore

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    Thank you Ivan
     

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