What if....

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Outkastah, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    What if I happened to have a old trumpet that isnt verry good and I decided I wanted a C trumpet so I took a saw and cut just enough of the leadpipe off to make it in C?....
    Note it already doesnt play in tune, and no I didnt do this I just wanted to hear your opinions.
     
  2. Bourbon City

    Bourbon City Pianissimo User

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    Please go down to your nearest Pub, settle in to watch the Super Bowel, get a few doubles of your favorite booze, down four of them and then forget about that cutting idea. MHO
     
  3. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    Haha, sounds good
     
  4. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    1. I wouldn't recommend cutting the tubing with a saw.

    2. You don't just cut the leadpipe. It isn't that simple.

    3. Bad idea
     
  5. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

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    I had an image of a drunk man trying to hack saw a Bb to C... probably end up in Eb ROFL
     
  6. a marching trumpet

    a marching trumpet Mezzo Piano User

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    :laughwave:
     
  7. ska

    ska Pianissimo User

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    I will do the same to your LEADPIPE if you touch that horn with a saw >.<
     
  8. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    As Brekelefuw said, "It is not that simple". First, all of the tuning slides are proportional to the overall length of the trumpet. If you cut only one part, the rest will be HORRIBLY out of tune. Older trumpets that were made to be played in either Bb or A often had two sets of tuning slides - or engraved marks on the tuning slides - so that all the slides could be set to the correct length for the change in key. Converting a Bb to C is a very iffy proposition even if you have a trumpet that is somewhat suited to that conversion and if you know how to make very precise, accurate modifications. It is not something to be done with a hacksaw. Otherwise, great idea!
     
  9. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    I do exactly the opposite : everyday I give fertilizer to my C trumpet in order to grow it up into a B flat !
     

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