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    The Jazzophone

    Well, we all know of them, but for those who don't

    The Jazzophone

    I've been wondering if it is possible to bend one of these out of an old herald trumpet.
    If so, is it a job for the local tech or should I consider sending it to someone like Charlie Melk?

    Thanks!

    (Techniqally speaking, I'm talking about a normaphone. -single bell-)
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    Re: The Jazzophone

    I will be able to tell you the answer soon....

    There are a few of us Downunder that cn see that the Getzen was a definite Herald to start off...so...

    Pics and story to follow when completed. Of course some Trumpet/Sax players will ask "Why?"

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    Re: The Jazzophone

    Can't wait!
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    Re: The Jazzophone

    The Getzen kind of looks like a player would be pointing the bell directly at his or her face by the time the mouthpiece was straight on your lips. Would not the leadpipe need to bend at an approximate 90* degrees?
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    Re: The Jazzophone

    Currently converting an Olds Ambassador to a "Jazzophone, will complete when I work enough courage to bend the bell.

    Regards, Stuart.

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    Re: The Jazzophone

    Quote Originally Posted by stumac View Post
    Currently converting an Olds Ambassador to a "Jazzophone, will complete when I work enough courage to bend the bell.

    Regards, Stuart.
    I was always worried the bell would not be long enough on a standard Bb
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    Re: The Jazzophone

    What I have done so far is to bend the leadpipe approx 70 degrees with a 4" radius, moved the tuning slide to the other side of the valve block with a 180 degree bow from an old valve slide to connect to where the bell normally attaches, the bell will then attach to the third valve stub reversing the air flow through the valves.

    Regards, Stuart.

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    Re: The Jazzophone

    What are you using in the tubes to bend them? Pitch, lead, wood's metal, soapy water?
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    Re: The Jazzophone

    Quote Originally Posted by Brekelefuw View Post
    What are you using in the tubes to bend them? Pitch, lead, wood's metal, soapy water?
    For the leadpipe I used lead, for the bell I would like to use a low melting point alloy such as Cerrobend, I have yet to find it here. Beeswax is something I have been considering also. Would be grateful for any suggestions.

    Regards, Stuart.

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    Re: The Jazzophone

    Email Andy Taylor at Taylor trumpets. He has made these before and I think he would share some knowledge with you.

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