Tuning an older Cornet

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  1. alant

    alant Pianissimo User

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    Can anyone advise i have just bought a 30 year old Getzen Capri cornet in very good codition however most notes are playing sharp. i am using a Bach 1and1/2C mouthpiece and the tuner set at 440
     
  2. rowuk

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    The problem is most likely not the horn or mouthpiece. They are metal and practically NEVER too short if the tuning slide still moves.

    Sounds like you are lipping up a lot! Try practicing after taking a long bath (20 minutes). We are very relaxed after that and it may give you an indication of what is necessary.
     
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  3. VetPsychWars

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    I tried a Getzen trumpet and found that the intonation was very different than I was used to, so all of the notes were "in the wrong spot". After you relax some :-) you might need to just play it a while until you learn your cornet's intonation pattern.

    Tom
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    So, is it sharp even when you pull the tuning slide way out?
     
  5. catello

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    And take the trumpet in with you. You can clean it, blow bubbles with it, and maybe get some practice in along the way. :woop:
     
  6. rowuk

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    Not for me. The sound is too tubby.
     
  7. Dale Proctor

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    Ouch...that pun was so bad it hurt...:lol:
     
  8. rowuk

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    A little wet behind the ears?

    O.K. I'll stop.............:shhh:
     
  9. amzi

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    30 years old isn't really old for a cornet. It is absolutely a modern design with modern tuning. My "newest" horn is over 40 years old. Try tuning to a tone rather than an electronic tuner--it helps in so many ways.
     
  10. alant

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    can you explain lipping please.
     

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