The Jazzophone

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  1. MSfortissimo

    MSfortissimo Pianissimo User

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    Well, we all know of them, but for those who don't

    The Jazzophone

    I've been wondering if it is possible to bend one of these out of an old herald trumpet.
    If so, is it a job for the local tech or should I consider sending it to someone like Charlie Melk?

    Thanks!

    (Techniqally speaking, I'm talking about a normaphone. -single bell-)
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  2. Peter McNeill

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    I will be able to tell you the answer soon....

    There are a few of us Downunder that cn see that the Getzen was a definite Herald to start off...so...

    Pics and story to follow when completed. Of course some Trumpet/Sax players will ask "Why?"

    'Cause we can!
     
  3. MSfortissimo

    MSfortissimo Pianissimo User

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    Can't wait!
     
  4. MSfortissimo

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    The Getzen kind of looks like a player would be pointing the bell directly at his or her face by the time the mouthpiece was straight on your lips. Would not the leadpipe need to bend at an approximate 90* degrees?
     
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    Currently converting an Olds Ambassador to a "Jazzophone, will complete when I work enough courage to bend the bell.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  6. MSfortissimo

    MSfortissimo Pianissimo User

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    I was always worried the bell would not be long enough on a standard Bb
     
  7. stumac

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    What I have done so far is to bend the leadpipe approx 70 degrees with a 4" radius, moved the tuning slide to the other side of the valve block with a 180 degree bow from an old valve slide to connect to where the bell normally attaches, the bell will then attach to the third valve stub reversing the air flow through the valves.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  8. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    What are you using in the tubes to bend them? Pitch, lead, wood's metal, soapy water?
     
  9. stumac

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    For the leadpipe I used lead, for the bell I would like to use a low melting point alloy such as Cerrobend, I have yet to find it here. Beeswax is something I have been considering also. Would be grateful for any suggestions.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  10. codyb226

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    Email Andy Taylor at Taylor trumpets. He has made these before and I think he would share some knowledge with you.
     

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