best way to protect your horn??????

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by harveyhassanator, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Thanks for the info.
  2. Dave Mickley

    Dave Mickley Forte User

    Nov 11, 2005
    I have a friend who scrimped and saved to buy his dream horn in the early 60s - a new Benge. He has always uses a white hankie in his left hand when he plays his horn and he always has his right hand arched like there is a tennis ball between his palm and the lead pipe.. He never ever lets anyone try his horn and guess what - today in 2010 his horn looks pretty much like new. He cleans it out with warm water about once a month and changes out his hankie about every week [ he always keeps a couple of clean ones in his case]. He uses the original horn case and except for a couple of minor mute dings there are no dents. For the first 3 years he had the horn he practiced at least 4 hrs every day and then for a year he practiced 8 hrs every day [he was going to go pro and the guys he was rooming with were practicing 10 hrs a day and couldn't get Symphony work so he decided to teach instead]. He uses his horn and no one ever makes any comments about his hankie. Just another thought on keeping a horn looking good.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2010
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I also have performed tests like trumpetsplus and have found similar results. The grip/gloves/caps/buttons changes the sound that the player hears quite clearly. Listeners at 30 feet could not hear any reliable difference however. Recording the trumpet sound with the mikes at the ears/listener positions confirmed the listening tests when comparing the spectral analysis.

    I did not check the sound in front of the bell as the sound there is not really significant unless you are in a studio where the audio engineer will bend sound and dynamics as they see fit anyway.
  4. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

    Aug 19, 2010
    Very interesting research.
    For what its worth I just was never comfortable using gloves or pads.
    The cloth affected me the least.
    When it came down to it i just went screw it!

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