Lots of old horns...some Bachs, Some conns, A Getzen or two...
The playing is in the player, not the horn. Find the sound in yourself first.
I've said it once and I'll say it again - just because something is vintage doesn't mean that it's inherently any better than a modern production instrument - it just means that it's old. In a lot of cases, there is a reason those old horns aren't made anymore.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
"At my signal, unleash hell."
- Maximus Decimus Meridius
The first 15 seconds..... I know then.
" It's a dog eat dog world out there and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear" Norm Peterson "Cheers"
"No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up" Lilly Tomlin
I will like most horns the first time I play them. Without my regular horn to compare to, it's a shot in the dark. I play low register things. I try the pedal tone range. I play mid range things. I play slow things. I play high and fast. I check the evenness of the scale and the slide function. What do the valves feel like? Are they noisy? Are they fast? What is the fit and finish like? Does it dump water completely? Does it play well with my regular mouthpiece? Does it play well with other mouthpieces I own? How heavy is it? Do my mutes fit into the bell well?
What is the sound like? Is it bright or dark? Can I change the sound easily?
Try and check all of those things in my first session with the horn. Then again a few days later. I can learn to push a horn around to get the sound I have in my head. I want the horn to help me get that sound, not make it more difficult. By the end of the 2nd session, I'll know whether I like the horn or not. Whether I like it. I've accepted that I might like a much different horn than the next guy. That's why there are so many different kinds of horns (and also why I have two very different horns).
I love to try different horns. I love to hear good players, play.
(e.g. http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f139...tml#post795133 (Schilke's New Website) and
http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f131...tml#post208716 (Schilke Trumpet World Tour and Review?) and
http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f131...tml#post207469 (Continued Thoughts on the Schilke B6)
and probably many more...)
I'm a sucker for sound; I'll put up with a lot of idiosyncrasies for a horn with a great sound. This is not a good thing, and it's something I'm trying to overcome, since sound has always been one of my strong points. Ease of play should be #1, and intonation is crucial, too, because every compensation you have to make wears you out that much faster. Appearance matters to me; it's a reflection of commitment to the best of trumpet playing. Still looking for the right one; haven't found it yet; might not ever happen. I truly believe that the right horn finds you, but so far I've been too hard to find.
Olds Studio trumpet
Olds Special trumpet
Yamaha YFH-731 flugelhorn
Dillon Bb pocket trumpet
Selmer Bundy tenor trombone
Casio CTK-518 keyboard
"If it was just up to me, I'd have nothing but trumpet players on my show." - Jackie Gleason
The price! No, seriously: for amateurs like me, the price is the first consideration. I'm in love with my B&S Challenger horn that I got on eBay for a very good price. It's the best horn I've owned, lovely tone, free-blowing, easy slotting. But I wouldn't have been in love with it at twice that price because I wouldn't have had it!
I don't think that this can be intellectualized. Vulgano Brother has often posted (and I have shamelessly stolen) that the "Horn finds us". This is just like real "love" with a person. Sometimes it only lasts to the honeymoon, sometimes it dies after 7 years, sometimes it is good for a lifetime, sometimes you "cheat" after many years.
I only have one parameter with my horns: warm fuzzies. If I have never had them with a specific instrument, I keep my eyes, ears and heart open.
Probably the shortest post that I have ever written......
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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