Ever Noticed a Horn plays better when...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Peter McNeill, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Honkie

    Honkie Pianissimo User

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    If you talk to classical string players, they seem to accept it as a fact: well-played instruments sound better. Perhaps wood is more influenced by the vibrations it produces, compared to metal.

    I suppose you could scientifically verify if there is a quantifiable effect or if it is only placebo. But, we are musicians -- not scientists -- so what harm is there in a little magical thinking? Music is a type of magic, isn't it?
     
  2. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

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    Not the way I play it.
     
  3. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    Perhaps you should get a rabbit and a top hat - that might help if you pull the rabbit out of the hat before attempting to play music ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  4. tedh1951

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    Well, in the interest of science, I'm giving my Harrelson it's usual very thorough clean and I am about to quite literally lend it to a professional musician friend of mine - let's see how that goes .... standby for a report in a couple of weeks.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Wood is affected by hundreds of years of better playing. That is what string players accept as fact.
     
  6. tjcombo

    tjcombo Mezzo Forte User

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    I'm hoping there's no foundation to your thesis Peter. I'm scared that I'm dragging my horns backwards in their capabilities :-)
     
  7. Peter McNeill

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    Hi Tj
    I did say they get better - not any worse - so we are both off the hook.
     
  8. coolerdave

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    I lean towards thinking that we just pay a little more attention to how the instruments sounds upon it's return. Same horn, different ears.
     
  9. bumblebee

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    This thread reminds me of a saying a colleague of my Dad had - you lend your car to a friend and you've lost a friend. Kind of the opposite to the premise of the op in this thread.
    Is that 1st slide a little stiffer now? Slight leak in the tuning slide? Were the valve caps always so hard to put back on? ...

    --bumblebee
     
  10. rowuk

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    I could loan you one with lots of high notes left. Then you would know for sure................
     

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