WTB: Heavy Custom Horns

Discussion in 'Bb Trumpets' started by Stradbrother, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Stradbrother

    Stradbrother Pianissimo User

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    Hey guys,

    One last thing I'm looking for this summer.

    Looking for a custom heavy horn. I've been seeing a lot of student horns that people have been adding metal to, to make them heavier.

    I've just been experimenting around this summer and I've always been curious on what a really heavy horn is like.

    Heres an example of what I'm looking for...
    Dillon Music - Blessing B-125 Student Trumpet

    And hopefully for a loooot cheaper...

    Let me know what you have!
     
  2. Stradbrother

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  3. gunshowtickets

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  4. TrentAustin

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    lipstick on a pig.
     
  5. 12ekul

    12ekul New Friend

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    I was thoroughly surprised at how mine plays, but the different leadpipe that was put onto it probably has a lot to do with that ;)
     
  6. jazzfreak

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    well for something not cheap at all but probably the best quality would be a Austin custom brass a4 or a8
     
  7. iiipopes

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    Want heavy? Wrap the braces in golfer's lead tape. You can get a whole roll for @$10. I have found after playing brass on and off, everything from trumpet to tuba, for over 43 years, that everything is a balance. You need braces not only to hold the horn together, but to tame anti-nodes that want to make certain notes vibrate off-pitch, and to keep joints in the horn, usually at either end of the valve block, from sympathetic resonances, sapping those notes of tone. OTOH, too much bracing will damp the entire instrument, make everything harder to blow, and cause different intonation issues. I don't know about you, but as I get older, the less weight I want to prop up in front of my face!

    Manufacturers want their horns to play in tune. Much R&D is spent on the design and execution of an instrument, including bracing. I personally look at weight, or more precisely, added or subtracted mass to alter mechanical impedance, as something to make a minor tweak to better fit a horn to a player, not something to wholesale change just for the sake of cosmetics.
     
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