Claudio had just purchased a trumpet for $75 at a street sale. We both agreed when he handed it to me to play, that it sounded like a $75 trumpet. He then changed the mouthpiece and the horn sang. He said he had just returned from Jarome Callet's loft where he opened up the back bore to match the lead pipe of the horn. He then took me to Jarome's after that lesson to match a similar sound with my horn.
Are you telling me Claudio and Jarome are wrong? We all three heard the difference. You were not there Dale. Do you see he contradiction here?
It IS ALL about the back bore. I believe my consultants over any individual that was not in that studio while I personally watched the piece being adjusted.
Not saying you're wrong, but you started out with a deep cup. Try the same on a really shallow cup and see what happens. Nice name dropping, BTW...
When I discovered my Schilke, I had it lined up with several brands of shallow cupped mouthpieces, including the Al Hirt Jettone. All felt shallow, but the Schilke played the brightest. Then I changed Schilke's 13,14,15,16 A's. They all had the same brightness, it's just that the 14A was most comfortable. I am truly convinced the backbore is the answer. My Olds Recording to this day rings best with any cup sized Schilke, but the Callet fills the horn with the darkest, richest full tone.
Your name-dropping would be more impressive if you spelled Jerome Callet's first name right. Your Callet mouthpiece may very well have initially not had an optimal balance between rim, cup, throat, and backbore... for you and your trumpet. It sounds like Mr. Callet correctly diagnosed the problem and fixed it, which is no surprise, given his reputation. But you are (once again) drawing universal conclusions from a personal experience.
If the backbore is truly the answer why aren't you playing a Schilke 14A4, or even a 14A4e?
J. Notso Nieuwguyski
I do believe I am not alone with my "personal" perspective. This is the perspective that was given to me by Mr. Callet, by Mr. Roditi, and it is what I am reading into the comments posted by Turtlejimmy, SmoothOperator and others in this thread and in others [many others] concerning mouthpiece opinion. So while my comments are from personal experience (this is true) my personal experience involves input from some fairly influencial individuals.
AND YOU ARE ALSO CORRECT SIR: My spelling sucks!
Dr. Dave... I am calling for a Dr. Dave consult. Dr. Dave, any input into this discussion, as it would truly be helpful coming from the perspective of another individule that designs and builds mouthpieces.
Now if I can just figure out how to measure the lead pipe and back bores of my horns and mouthpieces.
I don't believe a word of this. I think that we just have a great deal of inconsistency in SOs playing. I would suggest not trying to reinvent the wheel.
Even if you could come up with a measuring system for leadpipes, what would you learn from it? The same applies to the backbore. Any of those parameters only make sense in the context of the entire horn. Moving braces fractions of an inch cause very great differences - that can be measured in inches, but doesn't say anything out of context either.
My experience is that weak players with "dark" sounds are not heard in band playing and weak players with "bright" sounds are annoying. A big BEAUTIFUL sound is a function of breath support and competent practice not the hardware.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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