You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
Olds Supers, LA (1953), Ful. (1962)
Olds Recording, LA (1952)
Olds Studio, LA (1953)
Olds Special, Ful. (1964)
Olds Ambassador, LA (1954)
Olds Ambassador, Ful. (1973)
Bach Strads 37-(1967, 1970, 1974, 1982)
Bach Strad 72 MLV (1973), 72* (1982)
Kanstul 1500 (2002), 1502 (2008), 1503 (2002)
Kanstul 1537 (2007)
Kanstul Chicago (2000)
Kanstul 1510 C
King Liberty (1929,1929)
King Liberty 2 (1938, 1944)
King Liberty 2b (1950)
J.H. Darby 45 USA
Holton (Revelation) 1924
Kanstul 1525 Flugelhorn
when i purchase my Strad 37 may years ago - larry mynette (sale and repair guy) suggested using only pure cotton cloth without fire retardant. Buy it a cloth and sewing shop - cut to Louie Armstrong hanky size and it works great. Diaper cloth (cotton) also works well.
Relative to the guards - i agree with Rowuk - i like to feel the trumpet in my hands - hard on my clothes with all the valve oil and drips - but.. worth it.
Now I go just the other way. Im perfectly happy with how all of my horns sound with the valve guard and a cloth to boot. I have been known to sweat and since I lost some weight this hasnt been a problem, but old habits are comfortable. Truth be told I havent actually ever touched the metal on my horns except for the mpc, pinky hook and spit valves. I use proper technique and only touch the valve buttons on the custom inserts, and the cloth also protects the first and third slide hooks. I dont have a guard on the Klashen but I dont think its a fair comparison to the more modern horns because its valves are shot and so is the finish for the most part, its just a doodler, and all of them sound great to me.
I understand all of the above reasoning given, but I love all of my horns with their clothes on. Its what works well for me. I have borrowed and play tested horns without guards and they feel thin and spindly in my hands and I dont believe I could tell the difference in the sound, its the valve casings, not the bell thats covered. With all due respect to the many distinguished players above, any difference must be minute. Sorry, I dont buy it. Best wishes.
M J Klashen The Yankee 1923
Concertone, Czech made, pre war
Olds Ambassador Cornet 1955
Olds Super Trumpet 1966
Yamaha 8335 Xeno 2008
Getzen 900s Eterna Classic 2009
Caught in the act of not an uncommon site. Here I am with my band at Little E's in Pittsburgh playing on Coltrane's "Resolution". At 1:47 im wiping my horn up until 2:14, then I am in at 2:25 to help take the song home and "playing naked".
Resolution - Keigo Hirakawa with Eddie Brookshire Quintet - YouTube
A regular application of furniture polish will keep your horn protected for at least a month.
I suppose so, if you need some place to hang your hat.
Who wears a hat when playing?
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