Zeus Olympius

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  1. AndrewK

    AndrewK New Friend

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    I have only recently heard of these horns via the Internet in my quest for a new horn. I have read a couple of reviews as well and they appear to be a very well built horn (especially for the cost) I talked with Alex regarding ordering one and he was pretty helpful so I think I may proceed with my purchase of one of these horns in the near future.

    My question is, what is the approximate weight of these horns? I read some articles that say it is a very light horn, and then others had claimed it is a heavier horn. Which is correct?
     
  2. Bear

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    The Zues Olypus is a lightweight horn. I love mine.
     
  3. MUSICandCHARACTER

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    But anything would be light to a big bear with shades -- especially a ZeuS Olympus! :-P

    Jim
     
  4. Bear

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    Hardy Har Har Doc.... It is lighter than all my previous horns I've owned so therefore, it is lite to me... how's that? lol
     
  5. Reverend

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    ROFL

    No, really, they are relatively light weight horns. What I think helps in this regard is the "valves forward" design, which makes the horn feel quite "balanced."

    I love mine!! :cool:

    Blessings,
     
  6. pwillini

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    I love mine! :D :D :D

    I've owned an ARLX for about 1.5 months and play it everyday. It is superlight (I don't have a scale), the lightest I've ever played. The balanced design is awesome, makes for easier playing, less stress and fatigue.

    The thing I love about it is the way I feel each and every note as I play. The minimal bracing allows the whole horn to vibrate throughout my range and this provides instant feedback to any intonation problems I encounter.

    Don't hesitate to buy from Alex. And don't forget to get the Aegis mouthpiece to go along with it, you'll find it a perfect match to your horn!
     
  7. dcstep

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    What do you guys mean by "valve forward design"? The pictures I see show the valves in the "normal" position, not at all like a Selmer Paris Balanced Action trumpet where the valve section is a couple of inches closer to the bell-end.

    I never liked the feel of the BA horns, but that's probably because I've spent decades playing normal trumpets. My trumpet (not a Zeus) feels balanced in either hand and I agree that's a nice feature.

    Dave
     
  8. Bear

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    Valve forward mean simply that. They are more "in the center" of the horn than closer to the player. From comparison between my Bach 37, Callet Jazz, and Olympus; the olympus valves are about an inch further towards the bell creating more of a "centered" feel. IMO. To each their own, it works for me.
     
  9. dcstep

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    Isn't the horn in Pwillini's avatar an Olympus? If so, that's not very far forward, if at all. At most, it's a fraction of an inch. In comparison to a Henri Selmer Balanced Action it looks "normal." Maybe I need to find another picture of an Olympus.

    Anyway, looks don't matter, if it feels good in the hand that's great point of comfort.

    Dave
     
  10. MUSICandCHARACTER

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    Dave,

    I feel a bit compelled to reply. I made the Olympus avatar. A bit of the leadpipe has been cropped (oops). Also, the bell is 5 1/4 inches so the perspective in the picture is a bit off. And the small pictures don't give a great view.

    As I recall having has several go through my hands, the valves sure felt forward some. It is very balanced for a big bell horn. However little or a lot they are forward, it is nicely balanced.

    Jim
     

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