Valve Clusters and their affect on the trumpet

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  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I am on my soap box again!

    Previously I have written that the characteristic "blow" of a trumpet is determined to a large degree by the valve cluster. Having stripped down one of my trumpets I decided to put the (assembled) cluster on the scales.

    1lb 6oz.

    The total weight of this trumpet is 2lb 4.5oz.

    The cluster accounts for more than half the total weight.

    Interesting....
     
  2. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    Depends on the trumpet...
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    yup, and as you have explained on another post, how one couples and decouples the rest of the horn to that mass determines a lot about the feel and response. Monette made an early change to the Prana 3 by securing the leadpipe to the valve block from one (2nd valve) to two posts (1st and 3rd). So much improved that he told the world about it. I tried both ways and heartily agree!

     

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