Actually, if you guys did a little bit of googling you would discover a lot of the answers surrounding material.
Just a bit of science: Horn taper determines efficiency vs frequency. The size of the horn mouth the lowest frequencies transformed and for very high frequencies the horn becomes directional.
Calculate out some frequencies and tell me how the material (gold vs yellow brass with almost identical mass) changes the high frequency response. Do you even know what frequencies make a trumpet sound brighter?
My current theory is that WE create the sound. The feedback from the horn colors our perception and that leads to the total product. The ringing sound off the gold brass bell is different than that of a yellow brass one. That ring is far to quiet for the audience to hear, but the player does and that sound is processed by our brain which controls the embouchure......(assuming that our brain is involved and we are not merely "blowing") Hence, night and day to a weak player, less difference to an experienced one!
Last edited by rowuk; 02-04-2012 at 08:55 AM.
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In the early1990's, I replaced my old Bach 43 with the then new Sterling bell 43 (before it was called Sterling Plus). I tried both sterling and regular bells against my old horn. With another trumpet player in the room we both found the sterling bell more alive and had more projection.
Spit-balling here... Does the speed of sound change depending upon the metal it is moving through? Is this what horn makers are playing with? Or is it the attenuation of the frequencies?
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