"Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own. --Adam Lindsay Gordon
Bach Stradivarius in C
In the concert band, I'll switch to a smaller mp if my part has a lot of tongued above the staff notes, and likewise go to a more symphonic sound from a larger mp if an ostinato tone predominates. I once bought a mp (#1xb) just for a Mahler piece....enormous low tone, but useless above the staff, unless my chops are in super shape, something that is not always possible.
Likewise, there are "go-to" mp that I keep handy, esp. in 3-4 hr. gigs that will get out any note if asked to...not the greatest tone, but dependable, and never far from my reach. Ted Sparks has a Sparx 2bc cornet mp made for back row (British brass band) players that is specifically made for lower part endurance. Works, too...I use it with my Strad trumpet often.
Could I do it all with one mp? Sure, and ofttimes do, just to get away from my equipment obsessions and the insecurities that follow close behind them. I'm thinking that if I hear myself produce a certain tone, that I can then more likely get that tone from my memory no matter what I'm playing....sort of the "desert island" approach....play what you have in your hands.
Second Trumpet, Buffalo Niagara Concert Band
First Flugel, Bergholz German Band
Buffalo Silver Band - former back row cornet.
Conn Vintage One flugel
Selmer Paris Flugel, SP, s/n 102x...'60's ?
Tromba plastic cornet
Tromba Flugel - two..black and gold, with slides and valves interchanged
Blessing Artist cornet
former owner - Buescher 280 flugel '29 - cornet wrap.
Connstellation (Elkhart )37a/38a cornet - short model, coprion bell.
Strad 37m Trumpet
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