why would you want to replace your lead pipe?

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  1. Stefen

    Stefen Pianissimo User

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    I have an old (1983) Schilke B6, i have been told that I should consider having a custom leadpipe fitted. What could I expect from this? I play lead in a Big Band.
    Thank you.
     
  2. tobylou8

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    Well, if it's the guy that wants your spot... . :-) Unless there is damage OR SEVERE red rot and it has to be done, I would do nothing. If you want to "upgrade", take your time and research and talk to the guys that make these. Some will send you several to try. If you like the way one plays, you send the others back. There is the issue of getting yours off and putting one on, etc..
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    If the leadpipe is corroded and pitted beyond hope, then a replacement might be in order. Renold Schilke knew his physics, how to use lab equipment and how to adjust tapers for intonation and response; it is difficult to imagine anyone making a leadpipe that is a better fit for your horn.
     
  4. Stefen

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    This is what I thought, but I thought I would open it up to hear others opinions.
    Thank you :)
     
  5. Solar Bell

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    I played a Schilke B6 for quite a while.....as the lead player in our big band. It is a great horn!

    Maybe have a new B6 lead pipe installed if it needs one.

    If it doesn't need one, why mess with it?

    What are the credentials of the person who told you that?

    A custom lead pipe does not mean the horn will be any better, in any way.
     
  6. gmonady

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    Keep the lead pipe you got... it will save you having to take leave to go on a mouthpiece safari... If it ain't broken, don't fix it... I also have to believe with the recommendation you received... some one is after your lead chair.... perhaps when you are out on safari.
     
  7. Stefen

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    Thank you guys, I think the advice is clear, keep the lead pipe and watch your back. :-?
     

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