"Brassy" sound- good or bad?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Haste2, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Thanks tobylou, and the same goes to you... Now pass me the A-1 Sauce!
  2. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I don't know about a witness, but I'll bet you can get an AMEN!
  3. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Same difference! :lol:
  4. Dave Hughes

    Dave Hughes Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    I just spit my beer all over the place! Lol!!! How do you do that rep thing+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+ ROFLROFLROFL
  5. Dave Hughes

    Dave Hughes Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    In all seriousness, my over-thought take:

    1. Symphonic/Concert=No Brassy (My MP- Warburton 1MD) + Xeno
    2. Marching with Lead Playing= Brassy with broad sound (My MP-Custom 14a Lead) + Xeno
    3. Marching with Symphonic/Concert= No Brassy (Warburton 1MD) + Xeno
    4. Smooth Jazz and Combo=No Brassy/a little Brassy (Bach 1D: same cup depth as a 3C)
    5. Big Band 4th-2nd Chair= a little Brassy (Bach 1D) + Connstellation 28B
    6. Big Band Lead= Brassy but Broad (Custom 14a Lead) + Connstellation 28B
    7. Latin= Brassy and Sizzley (Custom 14a Lead) + Connstellation or, in the past, Kanstul Meha
    7. Rock and Hardcore Combo= LASER!!!!!!! (Custom 14a Lead or even Jet Tone Al Hirt A)

    Sorry for the annoyance, OCD, you know!!!!
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  6. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    my take ... it's all about control.
    My unscientifically proven thought on it is it's not the volume but the acceleration of the air stream and the embrochures ability to manage it. If I am playing a "classical" piece and it is going to be loud but not "brassy" I have to really hold on to it so it doesn't break loose and sizzle. Sort of like a car accerating on an icey road. If you do it slow and steady you can maintain traction but once it breaks loose you have to back way down to get it under control. I thinkif your horn is always sizzling and you can't get a nice "round" sound when it's called for then brassy might be considered bad or immature.
    Your equipment can be given to a certain sound too. I would think a lightweigt horn with a shallow cup mp is going to want to sizzle. It doesn't mean you can't not sizzle but you are going to have to be aware of what tendacies the horn you are playing is given to.

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