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    rotary vs piston

    What is the difference in general between rotary trumpets vs piston trumpets? What advantage is there to having rotary valves?

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    Re: rotary vs piston

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    What is the difference in general between rotary trumpets vs piston trumpets? What advantage is there to having rotary valves?

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    Re: rotary vs piston

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    Quote Originally Posted by eisprl
    What is the difference in general between rotary trumpets vs piston trumpets? What advantage is there to having rotary valves?

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    Rotary valve trumpets have a slightly different tone quality that is generally darker and broader than piston valves. Also, they are very difficult to overblow and can take a lot of air so you can play very loudly.

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    Re: rotary vs piston

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    Arturo Sandoval's band was on PBS a year or so ago. (I forget the name of the program.) Anyway, one of the members of his band played a solo on rotary. Jazz in a rotary trumpet! He was superb. Had flawless technique and hit the high notes like Mr. Sandoval. In closing my eyes, I could not tell he was playing a rotary trumpet. By the way, does anyone know his name?

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    That would be Claudio Roditi. You are right, he is a fantastic player.

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    Re: rotary vs piston

    I don't really know much anything about a rotary valve, but I know that their sound is a lot more volume-ous and seems to have similarities to a french horn sound (not implying valves)
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    Re: rotary vs piston

    Trills and slurs played with valves sound smoother to me than on piston. All the above about sound is true. Targets are usually larger. Although darker, I would not compare their sound to french horns.

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    Re: rotary vs piston

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpetnick View Post
    Trills and slurs played with valves sound smoother to me than on piston. All the above about sound is true. Targets are usually larger. Although darker, I would not compare their sound to french horns.
    I meant because the sound of a french horn kind of floods and really expands. These rotary valves have a similar but lesser resemblance to that.
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