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dr_trumpet
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Becker wrote:
If any of you would like to book a same day appointment for blueprinting and show up in person I'll gladly let you play test your trumpet every step of the way.

I remember Andy Lott's visit where we did one adjustment at a time then let him play test his Bach C trumpet after each step. Phillip Chase Hawkins was present in the room as Andy play tested. The two of them looked at each other with amazement after each progressive adjustment. Having heard it with my own ears and receiving their positive feedback confirmed the validity of each adjustment.

It's time to finish my lunch and get back to restoring the valves of a 50 year old Bach Stradivarius. I've gotta go get some work done!


How does one get their instrument on the schedule?

Thanks for all you offer on TH,

AL
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shofarguy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The easiest thing to do to determine if the blueprinting process really works and how it affects a given instrument is to play numerous instruments of the same model and manufacture before and after the process.

If there is a consistent result, if the instruments show less difference between one another after the process than they did before each had the process performed to it, then the blueprinting is having the effect of giving a more consistent instrument.

This is exactly what Flip Oakes does and I have had the pleasure of taking part at various times in his setting up of newly delivered Wild thing instruments. The result is a very consistent experience, horn to horn.
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LittleRusty
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We all will eventually pass on. I hope that our master techs document or pass on their knowledge to the next generation. It would be a shame to lose their trade secrets.
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James Becker
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heim wrote:
Jim when did you start doing this "blueprinting"?

Thanks


We've been performing these services individually for decades, at least as long as I've been at Osmun starting in 1989. The concept of offering all of the above approach we call blueprinting is relatively new name for what we've been doing all along. You could think of blueprinting this way, rather ordering from the menu ala carte you're getting the full combination plate. So in addition to recording valve alignment data before and after adjustment we also measure and record all other pertinent data about your trumpet i.e. receiver gap, mouthpipe venturi size and any additional corrections to the bore.

I hope this is helpful.
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Our workshop is as close as your nearest UPS store http://go.mappoint.net/ups/PrxInput.aspx
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James Becker
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dr_trumpet wrote:
How does one get their instrument on the schedule?

Thanks for all you offer on TH,

AL


Thanks for asking AL.

Anyone can log onto our online scheduling page and book an appointment in advance for blueprinting or any number of services available that we offer same day service.

https://osmunmusic.fullslate.com/

Larger jobs like rebuilding and restoration are performed in the order they are received often requiring weeks to complete.

I hope this is helpful.
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Osmun Music Inc.
77 Powdermill Road Rt.62
Acton, MA 01720
www.osmun.com

Our workshop is as close as your nearest UPS store http://go.mappoint.net/ups/PrxInput.aspx
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Paladin53
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Becker wrote:


It's time to finish my lunch and get back to restoring the valves of a 50 year old Bach Stradivarius. I've gotta go get some work done!


That's probably MY 50 year old Bach James is about to restore the valves and blueprint.
I am so looking forward to what James can do for this really fine old Bach.

Godspeed James Becker.

Floyd
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