Check this out... Selmer Balanced

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  1. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    I've always wondered: what are the advantages of a "Balanced" trumpet?

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  2. fatpauly

    fatpauly Pianissimo User

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    Maybe more are out there, but the only balanced horns I know are the Olds Recording and the Selmer. I have both and they are fantastic horns.

    Other than the usual more-comfortable-for-long-arms feature, I think the only advantage is these are both great instruments.

    - Paul Artola
    Ellicott City, Maryland


     
  3. dcstep

    dcstep Mezzo Piano User

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    They feel different to hold. You'll love it, hate it or not even notice it. The Selmer is a GREAT trumpet, so, assuming you like the feel, it could be a great relationship.

    I'm seriously thinking of getting a sample of all the great Selmers since they started making trumpets. This would be a great example to add to any collection. The Selmers have the nice attribute that almost all are "players."

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  4. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Harry James and Louis Armstrong played versions of the Balanced Action Selmer.
    I played Lamar Wright's Olds that was set up like the Selmer.
    It really was a fine instrument. Lamar was Cab Calloway's lead player.
    He sounded like a million bucks :eek:

    Wilmer
     
  5. Heavens2kadonka

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    Hmm, the Recording is balanced *boggles* I didnt even notice it (I'm a big ole' fellow, by the way). Maybe theres some reason trumpet builders made them (Maybe they figured balanced horn=balance sound?)

    I never really thought the horn dramatically changed a player's sound, although players can feel more comfortable with certain models. Of course, if the horn is a complete heap, the player may be unable to control the higher or lower register, and intonation, and resonance.....

    Maybe I need to change my mind..? :D

    Van
     
  6. pwillini

    pwillini Pianissimo User

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    Notice something different about this horn?

    I've had the opportunity to play a Balanced model, with a 23A bore. Talk about a lazer beam! :!: The sound is tight (with that bore) and way out front. I'm told Louis liked this model because it was easy to play with the microphones he used to record.

    Did you notice the leadpipe? It's marked K Modified. What exactly is the K Modified, is it the leadpipe or what? I've never seen a Balanced model with that on the pipe.

    Who can tell me about the K Modified and how it differs from the other Selmer Paris models?
     
  7. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    The only difference is the mouthpiece receiver. The story goes that Bach mouthpieces didn't seat very well in the receivers of "European-spec" Selmers. One of the employees in the U.S. distribution office for Selmer, a fellow named Keith (as I recall), requested a redesigned mouthpiece receiver for Selmer trumpets destined for the U.S. market. Thus, the "K-Modified" receiver.
     
  8. fatpauly

    fatpauly Pianissimo User

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    Re: selmer

    Not the same thing as we are discussing here. This looks like a recent Selmer, probably for students. I am not familiar with the modern Selmer line, but it could be a good horn, especially for the money that auction closed.

    BTW, http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~artola/selmer is the webpage for my Selmer Balanced. Enjoy the pictures.

    - Paul Artola
    Ellicott City, Maryland

     

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