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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetpimp, Aug 18, 2005.
Rich Willey had terrible chop problems in the early 90's. His chops hurt so much he could not even buzz on my trumpet mouthpiece. During this period of time he had to play bass trumpet, as the mouthpiece was more comfortable for him. By applying principles taught to him by Dr. Reinhart and the "pivot system" he was able to go from a very grave situation to playing with Maynard over a ten year period.
Another case, although I do not recall the details exactly, is Michael Mossman. I believe he also ended up playing trombone for a while until his chops were in the condition to play the trumpet.
There is a great trumpet player in St. Louis named Jim Manley. He's a friend of mine from college. In the 70's Jim was a very mediocre player with poor tone and limited range. Jim made himself into a player.