Trumpets with no second slide

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetfart123, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. simoncroft

    simoncroft New Friend

    Nov 21, 2013
    SE England
    A gentleman in the UK by the name of Giles Whittome owns a 'crookless' Wohlrab trumpet, which we photographed and published on p33 of The Brass Instrument Manual, along with many other curiosities Giles owns. Wohlrab was a maker of quality instruments in his day but I can only imagine that the slide-free design was the result of a complete obsession on his part. Suffice to say, it massively increases the complexity of manufacture as the 'missing' tubing is inside the valves. Even worse, it deprives the player of the ability to modify the slide lengths. As a result, it is a classic example of an engineering solution to a problem that was never particularly significant in the first place, unlike the whole series of problems it introduces. To be more specific: unless you are a brass player, you probably won't even notice the difference and if you are, you'll surely find a better-playing instrument for the money.

    For all that, hats off the Mr Wohlrab for turning such a crazy concept into a playable musical instrument!
  2. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    Thanks Simon, my Wohlrab plays quite well although sometimes I feel the timbre of the second valve notes is a little off, due to the shape of the passage through the valve.

    Looking through the patent data base it is amazing the no of patents granted for ideas that could not work, or if prototypes have been made have not been taken on.

    Where can I get a copy of your book?

    Regards, Stuart.
  3. simoncroft

    simoncroft New Friend

    Nov 21, 2013
    SE England
    Thank you for asking. Amazon stocks it, but so do many independent sellers if you Google the title. The Brass Instrument Manual is published by Haynes, which may make it a little easier to find. Regards, Simon
  4. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

    Aug 2, 2010
    North Carolina
    How does THAT work...(tee-hee)
  5. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    To what end? The 2nd valve slide is such a small, lightweight part, what would you be trying to accomplish by getting a horn that doesn't conform to what is now considered a general construction practice for the modern trumpet?

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