My A iis flat

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  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

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    While trying out two new Yamaha pro level cornets, I find the staff A to be quite flat. None of the trumpets do this. Is this common for Yamaha cornets?
     
  2. trumpetnick

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    I had such a problem on Soprano Besson cornets...but B flats? Something must be wrong...
     
  3. rowuk

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    I don't think it is the horn. Those are notes that lay naturally well in the partial series. If anything they could be a bit sharp.
     
  4. dhbailey

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    When trying new horns, especially if changing the type of horn, it's important to keep as much as possible constant so that you can really tell whether something's up with the horn.

    If you're trying a new horn and using a new mouthpiece, those intonation issues may just be your issues with the mouthpiece and not the instrument. Try to find a mouthpiece where at least the diameter is the same as your trumpet mouthpiece, and try to find a true cornet mouthpiece, not just a trumpet mouthpiece with a small shank. And play a lot of low, slow, soft notes on the instruments to allow your body to adapt to the change, then play the same music on each instrument you try out, and THEN check for intonation after your body has adjusted to the change.
     
  5. reedy

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    i played on a yam 6335 cornet quite a while ago and the top A was always flat apparantly was a common problem, try playing it on 3rd valve....worked for me :)
     
  6. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

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    I had the salesman provide me with a Bach 5C. I didn't realize that it may not be a true Cornet MP.
     
  7. trumpetnick

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    well, a deeper mouthpiece won't hurt but if the mouthpiece is cornet shank should work still even if it gives a bright (trumpety) sound.
     
  8. Bob Grier

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    A good 5C would play in tune and Yamahas are well made. I'm suspecious of the Bach mpc. they send out stuff that is not properly made. I would try it with a Yamaha mpc. see if they have one that is the same size as your trumpet mpc.
     
  9. 43Bach

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    Don't forget the shank length of the mouthpiece will effect the pitch...I agree A is if anything sharp...almost never flat.....

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