Okay so, well, the observant amongst you will have noticed the addition of a Yamaha 4335 GS II to my signature. This horn found me and, its so far away from what I would normally go for, for a start it say Yamaha on it and I have a deep seated prejudice agianst them having had poor beat up models thrust at me in my teens when I was playing a pristine Besson cornet. It's laquered I prefer silver plate.
First the Back story. Out of curiosity I went to a local stack em high sell em cheap with its own brand musical instrumnet warehouse. To have a look at thier "pro model" I've got to be honest about this instrument it wasn't horrible by any stretch and perhaps would step a player up from grade 4/5 to 7 and perhaps 8 and for under £400 its not a bad bet. I would insist on testing the one I got first because there are reported inconsistacies in the range. So this wasn't bad but a little tight to blow and felt at once a little flimsy and heavy at the same time. They also had a silver plated 4335 ... which I liked very much better for me than any of the Xeno's and the couple of Strad I have tried although still a long way behind the Shilke. I left it concerned about cash and went back ten days later and tried out the laquered version and was blown away. Let's just say I have got over my Yammie prejudice. I'll post a full review later.
However on to yesterdays practice.
I'd been doing a bit of reading and cruising some of the advice from big names etc without taking too much in when I came across this
HÃ¥kan Hardenberger and his Warm Up Routine.
I enjoyed the read and for no real reason I decided to start practice with a series of bends. Starting on G and down to roughly F# then extended the long bent tones each way. In every case I found as I "came back up" the horn was resonating better and more easily at a point just under where I had started the initial note. So I just took the tuning slide in slightly and played what I felt was a fraction lower. (I know this all sounds a bit Monettey playing low on pitch) But I had one of the best practice sessions I have had for months (since a chest infection) the horn sang effortlessly in all ranges that I use. I'm not too worried about the whys and wherefores of this although any thoughts might be interesting. But as I am incapaciteted in playing terms this morning by the dregs of an overnight migraine I thought I would share my experience.
For info the set up was Yamaha 4335 GSII in laquered finish and a DW 3C Heavytop mouthpiece.