Calicchio connection

Discussion in 'Horns' started by nowherenearadouble, May 12, 2004.

  1. nowherenearadouble

    nowherenearadouble Pianissimo User

    Nov 12, 2003
    I saw a post by Larry Gianni saying that said Jerry had a Calicchio 3/9 Large bore.
    Is the Callet New York a similar horn?
    Its not often we hear about the early horns.
  2. LeeAdams

    LeeAdams New Friend

    Nov 11, 2003

    Jerome usually has a number of vintage horns passing thru that he sometimes takes in on trades because he is still a dealer of Callet horns.
    Back when Jerome was a dealer of Calicchio horns he was partial to the 1S bells and thats what he was seen playing on gigs in New York in the seventies.
    Yes in some years Jerome had as many night time gigs as many of the full time pro's in New York plus he ran other enterprises in normal daytime hours.

    However the 3/9 is pretty much a different animal than the New York Callets.
    One of the main differences is that Jerry maintained exceptional projection even in the New York Callet's without copying Caliccho's bell taper or flare. The Calicchio taper and flare as well as bell bow radius is very similar to the pre war Besson designs.
    Jerome implemented in the later New York Callets and early Kanstul manufactured Callet horns the very unique bell bow which is between a Monette Ovate shape and neither is it a completely round bow. The design falls in between the two extremes. Uniquely Callet was using this design concept before Monette or others were adopting the Ovate and fully round radiuses. I have digitizes dozens of brands and models and the Callet is unique.
    Additionaly Jerome took the good projection of the Calicchio Besson type designs to a new level by freeing up the bell bow area, using a thicker metal for the bell construction which helped to retain the projection even though he used a more open bell throat and wider final flare. A very good combination of compromises which (along with some hand tuning) were some of the finest slotting horns in their time still even today.
    The Soloist and the Jazz models continued with even more improvements which are very unique desgns and NOT copies of vintage horns which was falsely asserted on the internet some months back by a very misinformed poster.

    Back on course here :D The New York Callet .472 SLB had the freedom of blow of a 3/9 yet the Callet projected sound a good bit better and had more stable upper register slots.
  3. TheMoose

    TheMoose Pianissimo User

    Nov 3, 2003
    I think Jerry has experimented so much with horns and mouthpieces it would take a true Callet historian to keep up with it all. Another thing that I was thinking was what a good deal the Callet horns are. With the dollar where it is right now it's pretty expensive to buy new outside the US. Great info Lee, I have heard that there are certain mouthpiece and backbore combos that work well with the Callet horns also.
  4. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Georgia, USA
    It's great to see Lee Adams posting here!

    Lee can always be counted on for some great knowledge about horns. He knows his stuff like few others.

    Welcome "back" Lee!

    Warmest regards,

    Tom Turner
  5. TheMoose

    TheMoose Pianissimo User

    Nov 3, 2003
    Hi Tom,

    Good to see you posting here too. I have been talking to Lee and Bruce Lee about coming back down south in Feb. of 2005, you are also invited. I hope to have things layed out a bit better this time.

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