The Older Olds Studio Trumpet verus Olds Tri-Metal Special T

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by study888, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. study888

    study888 Mezzo Forte User

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    It seems the Older Olds Studio Trumpet is more sought after than the tri-metal Olds Special trumpet. The specs. and valves appear to be the same. They appear the same in every respect except that the Studio has a brass bell with 1/4 to 1/8 of it in nickel silver. The Olds Special has a nickel silver bell with 1/4 to 1/8 of it on older version a bronze bell and the newer tri-metal with a rose brass bell. May have been the same on both.Just a marketing word ploy. Does one play that superior to the other? Are they very differant in sound? Like the Studio very bright and the Special very dark. The tri- Special seems not to be as popular as its older version are even the ambassadors. It seems that the metal mix would have made it a very great sounding horn with a unique sound all its own instead of being the red headed step child of the Olds Family. All comments welcomed. :dontknow:
     
  2. djm6701

    djm6701 Pianissimo User

    My experience has been that the Studio is a very bright horn whereas the Special is a little darker but has less resistance.
     
  3. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    I'm currently doing a lot of playing on a LA Studio (ca. 1950). The bell flare is indeed, solid nickel. And it definitely makes a big difference, too. The horn is naturally bright, but not to the point that you can't use it in legit situations (I played a classical quintet gig with it once). That being said, the Studio is much more at home in a jazzy situtation. I've not yet had the pleasure of playing/owning a Special (though I've been keeping my eyes open), but I'd imagine the sound would be slightly warmer, dunno about darker.
     
  4. pangaea

    pangaea Pianissimo User

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    I'd have to look up the exact specs, but the Special is really an ambassador w/ fancier trim. Literally. The Studio is a different animal. I believe the Studio and the Super had a different leadpipe from the Ambassador and a few other Olds models as well...a tighter venturi for one thing.
     

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