Beta testers needed - Bach Strad mod

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by trumpetsplus, May 13, 2018.

  1. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Ivan,
    I am interested as soon as this becomes a product.
     
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  2. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Already in the mail......
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Me too.
     
  4. Acludwig1

    Acludwig1 Mezzo Forte User

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    They came in the mail today. Now I just need to wait for my horn to finish getting serviced.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Ivan, we talked about vibrations in the valve block when you were here. I think that I know what is coming...
     
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  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    You're just now figuring it out? :)
     
  7. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I am starting to receive feedback from this forum and from my customers. It is all positive so far.

    Here is one that more or less summarizes all the others:
    I tried this with a very skeptical mind [ed. interesting - his college trumpet professor is well known for tinkering]. However, I could feel and hear the difference right away! It seemed to take the extraneous buzzing or vibration from the trumpet and all that was left was a solid core of sound. Others have also remarked at the improvement in my sound. I have also tried it with three other trumpet players and they all felt the same. (High School Band Director/Trumpet major - Bach 37)

    and another:
    This really works! It helps me produce a quick, focused attack and a more centered sound.... For me, it works better than heavy weight caps. Even better, it doesn't add any extra mass. (Freelance/Jazz player - carefully prepped [blue-printed?] Bach 43)
     
  8. trumpetsplus

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    But if you want flowery!
    Poets and musicians have much in common: Both constantly look to improve the acoustical quality of their instrument. While poets might employ onomatopoeic expressions, musicians, too, utilize aural devices to create a bridge that connects their concept of sound to that which will resonate with their audience.
    As trumpet players, our instruments are imperfect. Advanced players are in a constant state of compensating and adjusting to make the imperfect perfect.
    A visit to Ivan Hunter's studio and workshop is a unique experience. One can plainly see that Ivan is more than a very gifted trumpet player and teacher. He's an innovator. Though a short hallway separates his teaching studio and workshop, the strong connection between the two rooms is palpable, and it's there in that space where the master craftsman and musician do their best work. You see, Ivan understands the challenges of the trumpet player and the inherent shortcomings of the modern trumpet's design. He understands that in the trumpet world, a millimeter is mile.
    On a recent visit, I expressed some concerns regarding intonation with my circa 1972 C large bore Bach Strad.
    "Hold on", said Ivan. He reappeared with a prototype design (unnamed at the time, so let's call it an aural device) that he recently developed to deal with a not so apparent design flaw in the horn. Not only did it improve my particular issue, the overall resonant quality of the horn improved.

    Thank you, Ivan Hunter!
    (Recreational player - budding poet)
     
  9. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Well it can't be the end of the world.

    A sign in my workshop:

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  10. larry tscharner

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    Amen. Ivan. Best wishes.
     

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