I use both slides.
I use both slides.
I much prefer the third valve slide, and when I play my Recording, the trigger mechanism. I have owned horns with the first slide saddles, and if I had to have something on the first valve slides, that would be my choice. I don't care for triggers, as I feel like they get in the way. My preference is to use my embouchure and lip it down. Not always possible.
1954 Olds Super w/Bach 43 uptilt bell Frankenhorn
1968 Olds Recording Trumpet
1965 Bach Stradivarius Model 37
Yamaha Xeno Chicago Artist C Trumpet
1956 Conn 80A Cornet
1951 Olds Special Cornet
1965 Olds L-12 Flugelhorn
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"I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it"
When I don't use the slides the horn sounds kind of funny anytime I play a note which uses 1 or 3. Kazoo-ish almost.
Nothing is more contagious or tenacious than music. Once you are exposed it gets inside you and you can never get rid of it. It is also non-discriminating. It can be Ride of the Valkyries, In a Gadda da Vida, the Jeopardy 15 second thinking tune, your most disliked commercial jingle - it doesn't matter. Once triggered, off you go, like it or not.
Way back when I modded my Ambassador to play lead in a big band, I took the 3rd valve ring/bracket off (along with the spotty lacquer and the end bell brace). I didn't have the need for it...
For my playing now, I prefer the 3rd slide for most intonation adjustments, but if the 3rd valve isn't involved, the 1st slide gets the work. All my horns that have a 3rd valve slide stop have the slide super easy to move - so easy that it would fall out without the stop.
Just push them all out on a low C#...And if you want to make a low F# into a low F. Otherwise, I just pull out sometimes to prevent using pressure on some high notes where the slide really play no part, but reminds me not to press!
Oh, and to tune a high "a" in hot humid weather I play it 3rd valve with the slide out.
'54 Conn 28b Connstellation
Warburton 1MD/Austin Custom Brass A1 Backbore
Bach 1D (custom rim)
Austin Custom Brass, Custom Lead Mouthpiece (14A-A1)
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