Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
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I'm not into swapping mouthpieces, although I am a believer that you should find something that gets you most of the way to where you are trying to go from a sound/function perspective. The rest needs to be accomplished with hard work in the practice room.
I own mutes, but I'd have to scrounge around to put them all together because I don't use them with my current gig, and haven't used them in a while, so I'm not altogether sure where they are.
I have stands - both music and horn. The music stand I bought sometime in the early to mid 1990s - not sure when. My Hamilton trumpet stand I didn't buy - my sister got it around the time I was in the 5th grade, 30+ years ago. I have a K&M flugelhorn stand, but only because I gig with the flugel. I also have a K&M trumpet stand, but only because I forgot my accessory bag on an out of town trip, and so I picked one up at a local Guitar Center - again, just a means to an end, and I got the cheapest one available.
I have a metronome - a Yamaha Clickstation - but that was purchased more for my efforts as a drummer in a worship band so that we could start playing to a click.
I own a cheap Korg Chromatic tuner, but it doesn't get used for trumpet - it gets used when I restring my son's guitars.
I'm just not that into gear. I believe you need to have decent gear, but I've never been into flipping horns, and I don't have a collection of mutes, mouthpieces or other trumpet related accessories that aren't necessary to the gigging I do.
As a drummer, I'm slightly more into gear, but only because there's more gear associated with it, and even then, I find what works and stick with it. I've owned 2 drum kits in the 12 years I've been drumming - my starter kit, and the one I bought when I decided I was going to be more serious about my drumming, and I only replace cymbals when I break one. For a short while, I was into snare drums until I found that every time I went to take my kit out for something, I was reaching for one of two of the snares I owned, and lately I've been using the same one for everything - a maple Keller shelled snare, 6x14. It has a nice bright crack, yet maintains warmth.
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[QUOTE=TrumpetMD;806753 ... whether smoking hurts your trumpet playing ... ,Mike[/QUOTE]
Mike, as an MD, I take issue with "whether" as there is NO uncertainty that smoking hurts trumpet playing. I'm the example now with incurable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (C.O.P.D.) and other severe coronary ailments brought on by a prior smoking habits. I sure would like to now play my trumpet for a two or three sets at a gig, but it just isn't possible for me to do so now.
Bublet, Yes, to keep peace with my wife of 47 years when she is present in our house, I play my cornet and trumpet with a old model Yamaha Silent Brass (YSB) that eats 9 volt batteries, but I use much better ear phones than the ear buds that came with it (they are trash IMO). Some players don't like these as they induce back pressure but I don't find such to be worse than most mutes. Although the older YSB are found from time to time now offered for sale by others, new ones cost over U.S. $100.00 and if it weren't a necessity even I'll not recommend them. Yes, trumpets can be loud to the extreme by beginning players. To address this to some help, you'll read of Crown Royal (liquor) bags being used to soften the tone, well, to mute it more add a hand towel or rags inside the bag. I use clean old socks that have developed holes in them. Any small cloth bag that can be secured over the bell with draw strings will do, I just have a source for the Crown Royal bags, although I no longer drink anything alcoholic unless there is some in a medicine I'm prescribed to take. We've gone over swabbing the interior of an instrument to the point of exhaustion. Looking at the exterior, I'll recommend wiping it down all over immediately after playing with a clean microfiber cloth. It is hand acids that eat through the finish, be it lacquer or silver plate. To be specific, I think of dining table chairs being adequate for at home practice (as long as such doesn't interfere with the serving of a meal for the family), but in many homes dining tables are also the desks for children to do their homework. I never counted how many cardboard box table top music stands were made from cardboard boxes that we made for use in elementary schools and at home during WWII, but personally I made at least 4, 1 for school, 1 at home, and 1 at each of my grandparents. Both my brothers did the same. Sometimes we were lucky and could use the piano stand at home and one of my grandparents. Anything metal was strategic during WWII. Really, I enjoyed my mother accompanying me, where I sat to her left with my trumpet pointed further to the left and learned to sight transpose her C piano music one tone higher, something I still do today. This was a bit much for my brothers, one who played an Eb mellophone and the other tuba and Sousaphone.
You may have misunderstood the tongue-in-cheek spirit of my post. I did qualify my reply with "Just kidding".
After some give-and-take on what music stand to purchase, someone jokingly suggested that we should next "fight" over what mutes to purchase. In a humorous way, I expanded this list to questions from several prior threads that led to circular arguments here on TrumpetMaster.
For convenience, I repeated the dialogue here...
Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
Mike, you're off the hook this time. The OP's son is 9 and I started the bad habit between 10 & 11, buying a pack for 21 cents from the machine. Put a quarter in and got 4 cents change inside the cellophane wrapper. Then I smoked 2 or 3 a day. The longest I ever quit began when I was 21 and went into USAF jet pilot training and started up again after I got out of pilot training and out of USAF and after 1st divorce and didn't stop again until I was in the ambulance on my way to have my open heart triple bypass. During my LEO career, at times I smoked as many as 2 or three packs a day. Thinking back on it, I wouldn't call it quits, but I didn't smoke that much in my first 3 years of college playing in the college band or while studying in the library as didn't allow smoking. Too, when I finished college and was teaching, I only smoked in the evenings when my second wife and I went to a bar.
I wouldn't put much into making it pretty just yet. He is nine... I would bet you will need repairs in less than six months. Combine the work.
1995 Holton T101G
1969 Olds Custom Crafted in C
1967 Holton F400 Flugelhorn
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