Range extension

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  1. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Is it possible to pull the slide for Eb? Would come in handy on Ein Heldenleben.
     
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  2. Kujo20

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    Sounds like innovation to me.

    Kujo
     
  3. trickg

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    That's how I see it too. Given the circumstance, it's a pretty cool solution for a specific situation, and prevents a person from having to lug around multiple horns. Some people don't mind that, but everyone has their own preference for how they do things, and I can understand the person who wants the simplicity and compactness of that solution.
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Amazing what coffee can do, huh Patrick! :-)
     
  5. trumpetsplus

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    The (dump) slide after the rotor is long enough to pull out for a further half step to get you to Eb. The tricky part is to remember what length tubing you have for each fingering. Don't ask me how I know that! I was testing this extension at a rehearsal of Shostakovich 5 (first movement melody down to low G in a Bb part) and got totally confused. I think I sounded the correct pitch in spite of my fingering.
     
  6. trickg

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    For me it's about effort and efficiency vs the payoff - I couldn't imagine a situation where a C to Bb conversion would play as nicely or sound as good as a good Bb trumpet is all. Once I understood the purpose of the range extension, it made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, I was a bit slow on the uptake earlier today and didn't get it at first! LOL!

    It's a lot like having the 4th valve on a Getzen flugel - it's not something that I'd personally use, but for someone playing flugel in a brass band, or for someone who has the need for the extended bottom range, it makes a lot of sense, even if it's only ever going to be used on the rarest of occasions.
     
  7. Dale Proctor

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    I agree. I suspected that might be what it was for, but I thought, surely not...

    Nice work, nonetheless, Ivan!
     
  8. Phil986

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    Very nice work. I find it actually to be quite a practical solution. Could also have the added benefit of offering some alternate fingerings. Well done.
     

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