Zero gap

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by robeebee, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. robeebee

    robeebee Pianissimo User

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    Received a shim kit from Harrelson Trumpets yesterday

    Played around with different gaps until I was happy

    Ended up with mouthpiece touching lead pipe

    Feels nice and free, open
     
  2. redintheface

    redintheface Pianissimo User

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    I have always wondered about mouthpiece/receiver gap. I found a change of mouthpiece (originally from standard bach to megatone) also helped open up the feel. What else can you tell me about the change in feel?
     
  3. amzi

    amzi Forte User

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    Megatone mouthpieces have a larger throat than Bach's standard mouthpieces.
     
  4. Branson

    Branson Piano User

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  5. GandalfTheDwarf

    GandalfTheDwarf New Friend

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    When I visited the Harrelson Booth at ITG 2013, I tried out (and was given) the prototype of the current Gap Adjustment system. I tried out a bunch of different lengths... For me, I liked having a wider gap from the lead pipe to the end of the mouthpiece. It all depends on preference. I ended up giving the kit to a friend, and he liked having a smaller gap.
     
  6. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Hmmm... who was the one that recommended the Harrelon Gap Kit?:whistle:
     
  7. afp

    afp Pianissimo User

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    I had been dialing in gap with Dave Harrisons shanks. You can fine tune a little more with Reeves sleeves, and I like the lesser mass of a Warburton backbores with Reeves sleeves vs the Wedge backbores.
     
  8. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

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    The lead-pipe tube end is quite delicate and not designed to take repeated impact from butting up to a mouthpiece shank end. Are you 100% sure you're not doing damage here?
     
  9. robeebee

    robeebee Pianissimo User

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    It's only just touching

    Should be fine
     
  10. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Please realize that if the mouthpiece is bottoming out on the beginning of the lead pipe, the mouthpiece is not being held securely in the taper. If you tip your trumpet up the mouthpiece may fall out.
     

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