Martin Committee trumpets

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  1. cbdmd

    cbdmd Pianissimo User

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    Can anyone tell me the playing characteristics of the the vintage Martin Committee MEDIUM bore trumpets? What's the blow like on these? Is it as open as a ML bore wayne bergeron model? I hear much about the large bore horns, but not much about the Medium bore. Does the medium bore have the "slippery slots" like the medium bore horns? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    I really like medium-bored horns, it's a great balance between the different bore sizes. However, it does all come down to your own preference. I've played a M bore Committee, and I absolutely loved it.
     
  3. Markie

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    Hi CB,
    Markie here, Literature suggests that the vintage Martin Committees with the serial #140,000 to 210,000 are the most sought after. This maybe gives a definition to the term vintage.
    How does it slot? I have a Committee Serial 185295 and I like it due to it not slotting well and it has a bit of a darker timbre to it.
    The blow is fine for a medium bore(0.451). However, I generally play an MF Horn which has a far larger bore so I'm possibly not the best judge on how it blows. I know it doesn't blow as free as my MF Horn. If you're getting ready to buy one, watch out for red rot. I'm lucky in that mine was free of this. But many people have been burned on Committee purchases thinking that the reddish dirt they see on the metal was just dirt and grime from all the years. Good Luck
     
  4. Gary Garcia

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    Hi, I have a medium bore and a large bore. Both are 1947 vintage and are close in sound.Of course the large bore plays slightly bigger.I find the biggest difference is the way they feel in your hands when you hold them. The large bore has a larger valve block.They are both great but I like the medium bores better. another one of committees Chris Botti autographed with a Sharpie. ------Gar
     
  5. A.N.A. Mendez

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    All I know is when I start messing around on mine, 20 minutes goes by like "THAT"
    Fun to play, hard to explain...
     
  6. cbdmd

    cbdmd Pianissimo User

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    You guys are only feeding my need to have one.....thanks for the replys....keep 'em coming.
     
  7. cbdmd

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    Gary, do you find any decrease in range with the tighter medium bore when you compare it to the larger bore? It sounds like you wouldn't and there would just be much more volume ( bigger sound) with the larger bore? Is that right?
    Thanks!
     
  8. Gary Garcia

    Gary Garcia Pianissimo User

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    yes, you are right it does has a bigger sound,slightly,but its easier for me to play higher notes with the medium bore. I have six comittees but I just gave one to my trumpet teacher last night ,1956--five now --I guess I like them alot, all 1940's. -----Gar
     
  9. A.N.A. Mendez

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    You sir,are a major horn pig! I know because I am one too.....:-)

    Cool.......
     
  10. Gary Garcia

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    Mr. Mendez, You're my hero, I've read your posts for awhile now.----Gar
     

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