I would like TM to participate in a simple test. If you can, please participate. Here goes:
The idea suggests that tuning a trumpet to itself involves matching the pitch of two distinct areas of the trumpet. The left side containing the bell which can produce a resonant pitch and, the right side which contains most of the piping which can also produce a pitch. A byproduct of the idea, if found to have support, is the removal of the person having to play a tuning note. Many will want to ask questions, boo hoo the idea or say the math doesn’t support it or the physics of sound and the trumpet just doesn’t work that way. So far I’ve had people with doctorates in mechanical engineering and Ph.D’s in acoustics to argue pro and con about this idea. I think maybe it’s best to just throw it out there and try it and see. If the trumpet sounds and plays better after using this method of tuning then I’d say that it seems to have merit. Preliminary results are very promising but the sample is small. If possible, please try this new way of tuning and see if your trumpet plays and sounds better.
Thanks for testing and continuing to test different trumpets.
FIRST, TAKE THE TUNING SLIDE OUT AND REINSERT THE TOP PORTION OF THE TUNING SLIDE BACK IN THE TRUMPET. THE BOTTOM PART OF THE TUNING SLIDE WILL BE POINTED BACK TOWARDS YOU AND NOT TOUCHING THE BELL.
THE TWO PITCHES MATCH:
A. Ping the bell rim of your trumpet so you can hear the tone given off.
B. Next, blow a steady stream of air into the mouthpiece and adjust the pitch of the air by holding the bottom part of the tuning slide and moving it back and forth like a trombone slide. The objective is to match the pitch of the air to the tone that was given off by the bell rim. No buzzing!! just a steady calm stream of air.
THE TUNING SLIDE
A.While moving the tuning slide, find the distance where the pitch of the air matches the pitch of the bell rim.
B. Divide that distance in half and mark it with a small dot using a with a magic marker.
C. The tuning slide is then reinserted into the trumpet in a normal manner but only up to the dot .
A.The half way point is where the trumpet is normally in tune (taking temperature into account).
The List of Trumpets That Had Positive Results:
2.King 2055T Silver Flair (post -UMI)
4.Getzen Eterna Doc Model (30-40 yrs. old)
5.Holton MF Horn (30 to 40 yrs. old)
6.Olds Ambassador 1965
8.Shires Destino III with a Monette B2S3 classic mouthpiece
9.Martin Committee Med. Bore 1953
10.Martin Committee Large bore (1940's)
11.King Silver Flair 1055 pre-UMI
12.Yamaha 4xxx and 6xxx
17.Holton ST 307 MF Horn
18.Bach Strad 37 ML
19.Bach Strad 43
21.Olds Recording (1953)
22.Olds Recordings (1967)
23.Martin Committee medium bore (1946)
24.Kanstul 1526 Flugelhorn
25.Bach Strad 37
26.Bach Strad 37
Please encourage others to try the test and if you had positive results, please let us know.