Herb Alpert Mythical Beast

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by DezynGuy, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. DezynGuy

    DezynGuy Pianissimo User

    52
    2
    Jan 14, 2009
    Burlingame, CA
    I saw Herb Alpert last night performing with his wife, Lani Hall, along with a small combo (piano, bass, drums). All were terrific musicians.

    What intrigued me was the custom horn Herb designed himself. It has 2 bells! He puts a harmon mute permanently into one bell, and when hitting a trigger, swaps between bells. That way he can swap muted sounds immediately.

    From a convenience standpoint, I get it, but it seemed rather gimmicky to me. It didn't have as nice a sound as his regular horn.

    What would have been cool would be if he could play through both bells at once, but it doesn't work that way. Got me wondering what kind of case it requires....

    Anyone else seen this "mythical beast" of a horn?
     
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    8,187
    1,911
    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    60
    12,459
    7,035
    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Dave Monette made a "Shewhorn" for Bobby Shew that does the same thing.
     
  4. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    7,070
    4,662
    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
  5. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    7,070
    4,662
    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
  6. vntgbrslvr

    vntgbrslvr Piano User

    267
    5
    Oct 10, 2008
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
    They've been making multi bell "Echo" cornets since the late 1800's

    echo_bell_cornets
     

Share This Page