Mt. Vernon Strad

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  1. fhammelman

    fhammelman New Friend

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    I have a Strad - serial 20--- and I have noticed that my mouthpiece goes into the receiver much further than in a relative's newer Elkhart model. I was planning to have a new leadpipe installed, but my repairman and I noticed that the new pipes are 3/8 longer than the original. He says he can modify the new pipe so the length will be the same by moving the tuning slide sleeve. There is more than 1/4 inch available without machining or cutting any parts. Does anyone have experience with new longer leadpipes on old horns?
     
  2. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    If your receiver is worn, why not just have a new one put on your original mouthpipe? I'd save the original one, BTW.

    That said, I think MV mouthpipes of a certain era were shorter than the norm. Do you have to play with your tuning slide pulled out more than is usual on other trumpets? If so, a new longer (standard length) one probably wouldn't hurt. If the slide is only pulled 1/2" or so, then you'd probably need the new mouthpipe shortened to match the original.
     
  3. fhammelman

    fhammelman New Friend

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    I plan to keep the old leadpipe, and I knew many Bach players in the 60's who all had to pull their slides 1 inch or more. It was standard. I had originally planned to only change the receiver, but I liked the new pipe when we taped it to the horn for trial. I hope it does not change the great tone quality of the horn. I'm told that has more to do with the bell section.
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    Sounds like a plan. If your tuning slide pull was acceptible with the longer pipe taped on, I would leave it the stock length.
     

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