One of the results of my recent trip to Europe is a new Jaeger model, the Jaeger Heavyweight.
New Jaeger Model
Or in longhand:
A couple of weeks ago I flew to Europe because the factory making my Jaeger Bb trumpets told me they had some new options I might like to check out.
One option they showed me was a heavyweight bell made on the same mandrel as my standard bell. It was 20% thicker and weighed almost 3 oz more than the standard weight. I was hesitant at first, because I do not necessarily agree with the design concept of heavier being better. We like our trumpets to dance! Due to material availability and the factorys production capability, these bells will only be available in very limited numbers.
We mounted this bell on one of my Jaeger trumpets but found that the rest of the instrument needed other changes in order to better match this bell. Specifically we added more mass to the small braces on the fixed tubing of the first and third valve slides. and added some ferrule rings to the upper and lower tuning slide receiver tubes. The trumpet was responding pretty well at this stage so I decided to bring it home for more intensive testing in a familiar environment.
Back home we found that we has to add a brace to the tuning slide and decouple the front brace going to the bell (the normal Jaeger has only the rear brace decoupled).
Needless to say, this new model plays really well. I have a demonstrator here in my shop whilst I wait for some refinishing to be done locally. This model will be on display at the ITG conference in a few weeks.
P.S. there is more to come...........