Wynton on a New Horn?!?!

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  1. ozboy

    ozboy Mezzo Forte User

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    The White House thought it resembled a weapon of mass destruction and wouldn't let the monette near the podium......Oh that's right. George Double U has been flicked. My mistake.
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    OK, let us say I am a poster-child for Porsche, and I (a) wreck it, or (b) send it to the shop for the yearly once-over. Are they going to send me a {IN FAIRNESS TO ALL THE FINE AUTO-MAKERS: NAME YOUR OWN BRAND] another brand, or another Porsche?

    Curious!
     
  3. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    I used to detail cars, and we had a customer who drove a Bentley. When his was in the shop, the dealership would give him the newest, top of the line model for a week in hopes he would buy it!
     
  4. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

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    I read somewhere that Wynton once dented the bell of his Monette by pushing a mute in too hard....apparently some Monettes have very thin walled bells.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe to clear up something here: you send the Monette back to Monette for work because Dave does unconventional things when he builds the horn and if it does not get returned to its original spec, it simply does not react the way that we expect.

    The Monette bells are not thin, they are SOFT, Any instrument maker has the option of annealing or tempering the metal that the horn is made of. This leads to a different response. It is easier to damage a Monette bell in this respect. If it happened, again, Monette needs to fix it because only he has the mandrels with that exact shape.

    The Monette customer accepts the horn the way Dave builds them. These are not players that think that they know more than the specialized artisan. I have often posted that we all need to build RELATIONSHIPS with technicians and artisans. They deal with the necessities daily and are in a much better position to point us in a favorable sonic direction due to their experience than we are.

    I always smile when this second guessing turns into posts here. The modern player seems to be much more influenced by marketing, voodoo and conjecture than previous generations. That may have something to do with disposable income...............................
     
  6. Ed Kennedy

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    Does Dave send loaners?
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I do know of some cases where he has flown with a prototype to "save the day"! He will make an appointment and fix it while you wait too. I have been to the shop twice for minor maintenance and pitch center adjustment.
     
  8. Ed Kennedy

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    Schilke used to loan out new Schilke demo horns to pros getting repairs in the shop. Problem was, sometimes they never came back. I remembered that when I had my own shop. We had a couple of "dogs" for loaners. They always (almost) came back for their repairs.
     

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