"Normal" vs. "Lightweight" trumpets

Discussion in 'Horns' started by cornetmike, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. cornetmike

    cornetmike New Friend

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    I'm rather ignorant on the subject, so enlighten me, guys and gals...
    (can I get away with playing a lightweight trumpet in the community orchestra? Everyone else plays Strad 180/37's...)

    Happy Holidays! cornetmike
     
  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Do you really think the violas will know the difference 8)

    Play what you sound best on.

    Wilmer
     
  3. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    Our concert band consists of 8 trumpets. I play in the 3rd section, with a Getzen custom lightweight and a Bach 47.

    Nothing kills the ears and destroys the musical senses like hearing a blaring, cutting, laser-beam, knife-in-the-gentials, marching band sound that lightweights tend to produce....In a delicate concert piece. When you push dynamics on a lightweight, it tends to produce that sound. Controlling a lightweight is a completely different game than with a normal or even heavyweight. Of course, some people think the normalweights are too "vanilla" and the heavyweights have a "dead" sound....

    So anyway, if you can control the lightweight bell, and you have the musical ear to blend with a section, AND that is the horn you play best with, you are set.

    Y'know, it would have been easier to just say "I agree with Mr. Wilmer." :D

    Van
     

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