rotary vs piston

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  1. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

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    What is the difference in general between rotary trumpets vs piston trumpets? What advantage is there to having rotary valves?

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    Eric S.
     
  2. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    You can play in European Symphony Orchestras :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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  3. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    I might be thinking of the wrong person but, what happened to the guy with the hat?
     
  4. trumpetpimp

    trumpetpimp Piano User

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    Rotary valve trumpets have a slightly different tone quality that is generally darker and broader than piston valves. Also, they are very difficult to overblow and can take a lot of air so you can play very loudly.
     
  5. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    Oh, you have to change sometimes just to be different. I saw the movie The Incredibles this weekend. Fun movie. The avatar is a character from that movie (the guy with the hat is fun, but I have a beard and look nothing like that anyway -- of course I don't look like a cartoon character either, but it is fun). I may have to put a trumpet in his hand :?: :?:

    Jim
     
  6. cornetmike

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    Arturo Sandoval's band was on PBS a year or so ago. (I forget the name of the program.) Anyway, one of the members of his band played a solo on rotary. Jazz in a rotary trumpet! He was superb. Had flawless technique and hit the high notes like Mr. Sandoval. In closing my eyes, I could not tell he was playing a rotary trumpet. By the way, does anyone know his name?

    warm regards, cornetmike o-iii-O
     
  7. Lawler Bb

    Lawler Bb Piano User

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    That would be Claudio Roditi. You are right, he is a fantastic player.
     
  8. jerec576

    jerec576 Pianissimo User

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    I don't really know much anything about a rotary valve, but I know that their sound is a lot more volume-ous and seems to have similarities to a french horn sound (not implying valves)
     
  9. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Trills and slurs played with valves sound smoother to me than on piston. All the above about sound is true. Targets are usually larger. Although darker, I would not compare their sound to french horns.
     
  10. jerec576

    jerec576 Pianissimo User

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    I meant because the sound of a french horn kind of floods and really expands. These rotary valves have a similar but lesser resemblance to that.
     

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