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I've stumbled upon a new No. 3 valve for an F.Besson Meha (presumably the Kanstul-made one, but am waiting for verification) at a UK shop for a giveaway price ($15 or so after exchange rate assuming I can ship it to one of my company's offices in the UK for me to retrieve later this year). There's nothing obviously wrong with my current No. 3 valve, but with Kanstul's future in question and this part being so cheap, is it worth picking up as a spare for future repairs? I know valves can be...
Spare Parts?
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I have this crazy idea and want to run it by you all to see what you think...

Take the classic 12/8 ballad by The Beach Boys from 1963 called "In My Room" complete with the same incredible harmonies, but yet rework it, rearrange it/transcribe it to Bb for trumpet, in a 5 part harmony. The trumpets would just be "singing" the main vocals: "There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to, in my room, in my room (in my room)".

Could it be done? Would it sound right? What do you...

Composing, arranging harmonies, cover tunes for Trumpet
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I am a returning player and have read on this forum that a "deeper" mouthpiece with help to produce a "darker" or "softer" sound. My question:

is deeper only referring to the depth of the mouthpiece cup or does the width of the rim have anything to do with that?

Does the flatness of the rim have any bearing?

I have the traditional Bach 7C that I started back up on but I also have a old Reynolds 7C which has a flatter and somewhat wider rim, a Schilke 14A4A (hard for me to play) and a...

Mouthpiece depth mellower or darker sound
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Hey all, wondering if you guys have any suggestions as to a good place to start for a lead mouthpiece. I've already invested a large sum into my main orchestral mouthpiece(Parke 1.5C with #24 backbore), so I would like to not spend too much money(>$100 please) on a starting point. I know that mouthpiece doesn't affect range, just looking for suggestions. I've tried a 3E and I thought that was pretty nice, 1E felt too wide and sharp and 7E was felt flat and small for my thick lips.
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Ohh, did you click on my bait title? My apologies......but please read on......

While you are here - might I humbly submit my brand new YouTube channel which focuses on Vintage Brass Instruments and Accessories?
Just kicked off yesterday with the goal of regular updates.
I have around 40 videos already planned - so that will keep things fresh for a while.

The Brass Cellar - YouTube Channel...

Something that might be of interest??
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For sale is a silver plated 180-37 serial 570xxx. You won't find a single dent on this one!

Plating and valve rebuild done by Dr Valve, this was traded in on a Jaeger Artist. Even the case is in great shape. Free shipping to lower 48, NY residents pay sales tax.

Sorry photos won't load, I will email anyone interested. Or look at it here https://www.facebook.com/groups/TrumpetsForSale/
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I understand that small metal particles, particularly in the valves, may work themselves free during the break-in period on a new horn. If so, then it needs cleaning. So, I have two questions:

1) Is the premise true, in the first place? Can there be small particles that need cleaning out? And,
2) How soon after acquiring the horn should that cleaning take place?

If it matters, quality control and all that, this is a new Yamaha Z.
Thanks, Kehaulani
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...but I was thinking of purchasing an Olds Ambassador. It's cheap but dependable and for somebody who only dabbles in trumpet now and then, I can't really justify much else. What should I be looking for? Thanks to all the Olds nuts for helping me out.

P.S. -- I once drove an Oldsmobile and it was very dependable. Something in that word!
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For sale is a beautiful long bell Getzen Eterna D trumpet. Not to be confused with the Getzen 300 series this is a pro horn with a big sound. Horn is .460 bore by my measurement. Horn condition is super clean, excellent+. Valves are typical Getzen, fast and tight. Comes with a very sturdy hard shell double case. I can send multiple pics to anyone interested. Below is a a quick demo vid clip of it. $750 plus $35 for ConUS shipping. Thanks!

Ravel Piano Concerto Trumpet Excerpt on Getzen Eterna D - YouTube
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