Trumpophone

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Cymrobalch, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Cymrobalch

    Cymrobalch New Friend

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    In a concert recently, a friend of mine - for his sake BEN (an alto sax player) decided to combine attributes of our instruments together to see what would come of it. Noting that a trumpet mouthpiece on a Saxophone does not work, we did the vice versa and put the saxophone mouthpiece on the trumpet. As I cannot play sax, my friend blew through and, I'm telling you, it sounded pretty good and he went through the harmonic series.

    Do you think this could be harnessed into some kind of new hybrid instrument:thumbsup:
     
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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If you think trumpet players ar paranoid about mouthpieces, check out the woodwind players with their reeds. The one that just split was the best sound and projection they ever had - if you need excuses, it may just be the way to go!
     
  3. TrentAustin

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    Eddie Harris used to do that in the 70's.
     
  4. Nordic Trumpet

    Nordic Trumpet Pianissimo User

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    Hey, this is not a bad idea! :-P
     
  5. techboy10

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    Two of my friends did almost the same thing, except they took the bari mouthpiece and put it on the tuba :D. Sounded pretty cool, especially since it was in the middle of rehersal and the director just looked at them with the "wtf?" look. They both started cracking up (as did I).
     
  6. trumpet blower88

    trumpet blower88 Mezzo Piano User

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    Yup, it works with a tenor sax mouthpiece and a marching baritone/trombone/euphonium too.

    I'm not sure, but this makes me curious if a soprano sax piece will fit on a horn...
     
  7. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    I think I have a recording of Rahsaan Roland Kirk playing a harmon trumpet with a sax mouthpiece. He plays a killer rendition of bye bye blackbird and goodbye pork pie hat.
     
  8. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

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    Roland Kirk too. See The Case of the Three Sided Dream in Audio Color.


    Michael McLaughlin
     
  9. stchasking

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    You have no reason to stop the development of your idea. Persue it with passion. The vibrating reed is doing what your lips would normally do.

    Keep us up to date on your discoveries.
    You might want to do a patent search with both European and U.S. patents. It could save you some time.
     
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    A vibrating reed does not do what my lips do!
    I do not need to suck on my lips or drown them with a glass of water for 5 minutes to get started.
    I think that my wife might object if she got a reed instead of a kiss......
    A vibrating reed has a finite life - some are even DOA
    The reed vibrates, our lips are more like a switch - opening and closing - both lips influence the sound.
    Double and triple tonguing are infinitely easier when you don't have the mouthpiece IN your mouth.
    Even history is on our side. The saxhorn and keyed trumpet died and reincarnated as a saxophone - why mess with evolution
     

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