Trumpet Discussion Discuss switched bell/leadpipe in the General forums; browsing around the trumpet pics online, Ive noticed, that some of the older model conns and even some of todays ...
browsing around the trumpet pics online, Ive noticed, that some of the older model conns and even some of todays "custom" horns have the bell on the right side of the horn and the leadpipe on the left, as opposed to the other way around which I find to be the normal positioning. I was just wondering, what is the point of this? does it affect the sound/blow quality? Ive never played one of these "backeards" horns, so I thought maybe one of you could help me out.
I'd bet you are looking at photos that have been "reversed" for some unknown, weird "editor's reason". Flugelhorns do have their leadpipe on the "opposite" or left side of the horn (from the mouthpiece's perspective) but otherwise I'd think you would have to be either looking at a special, left-hand model, or (and here's where my money is) a photo that was reversed.
I dont think the pic is reversed
and after thinking about it, Im pretty sure they didnt just flip the horn around, cause if they did the bell would either have to be on the left side of the picture, or it would be upside down. I dont get it.
also, I made a mistake by mentioning conn, they didnt have the switched bell they had the mixed up tuning slide and third valve slide that I am also curious about, like this.
You had me there for a second untill I saw the Callet Jazz.
With the exception of the dillion picture, they are all mirror images... if you click on the supersize button on all the ones on the trumpet review site, you willl see them the correct way.... LOL!
I would guess that mirror imaging is the culprit for most of the instances you have encountered, however, could it not be possible to have a custom-built lefthand oriented horn for southpaws?
- Paul Artola
Ellicott City, Maryland
Bass ackwards. I'm betting they got a photo with "bell left" but their website protocol calls for it to be "bell right" and the website editor simply flipped it.
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