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Locutus2k
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:52 am    Post subject: Let's talk about the Edwards X-13 trumpet Reply with quote

Lot of hype for the Edwards X-13 trumpet but very little first hand experience.
This trumpet looks very interesting, i would like to read some review / impressions on how it plays, strong points, weak etc. from owners or users who had a chance to play it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played one for a few minutes at ACB, and that was probably the easiest playing trumpet I've ever held. Super quick response, clear articulations, flexibile, the works.

My one caveat is it doesn't have that much "core" or "ring" to my ears, but if that's not a issue, it's a killer horn.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bagmangood wrote:
I played one for a few minutes at ACB, and that was probably the easiest playing trumpet I've ever held. Super quick response, clear articulations, flexibile, the works.

My one caveat is it doesn't have that much "core" or "ring" to my ears, but if that's not a issue, it's a killer horn.


Very interesting, i was thinkin' "lot of core" instead. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played it for a bit at ITG this past summer. I was zooming through booth after booth and horn after horn thinking I was about done but that one really grabbed my attention. I had never heard of X-13 before then and had no idea of anything other than it was yet another horn sitting on a stand to try out.

I was specifically looking for "core" since my old Yamaha Xeno was primarily lacking in that so while I don't remember too many details I must have thought it had core for me.

I couldn't afford an X-13 but I bought a Gen 3 at a fire sale price, they were unloading all their old stock. That horn also has a really good core.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've written about this trumpet a few times before. I thought it was a standout at the 2015 ITG in SoCal. If I wanted a new trumpet for jazz playing, this would be it - it played great!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yourbrass wrote:
I've written about this trumpet a few times before. I thought it was a standout at the 2015 ITG in SoCal. If I wanted a new trumpet for jazz playing, this would be it - it played great!


I also played it at the same event. The most memorable thing to me was the combination of the "strong core" mentioned above and its exceptionally light weight, which promotes the fast response. These two things don't typically go together, but the Getzen/Edwards guys put a lot of effort into isolating points where mass adds resonance and where lightness can be added without subtracting resonance. Very nice trumpet. Very notable accomplishment.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was my favourite at ITG2016.

Wonderful horn.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played the X-13 at ITG. My first impression was…wow! I liked it so much that I sold a few of my horns so that I could purchase one.

For me, the X-13 provides a full, clear sound that holds together at the dynamic extremes better than any horn I have ever played.

The X-13 is very free blowing. When I first started playing it I had a tendency to overshoot notes in the upper register when switching from another horn, particularly my C trumpet. That “problem” went away as I became more familiar with the horn.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Played the final prototype at a Chicago trumpet hang several years ago. It was mine as well as several other guys favorite. I thought it had everything, great core, slotting and with a commercial piece just sizzled. The blow was not too open and had resistance farther down the horn which I like. If I had the cash I'd have one in my quiver as my main horn. The Edwards guys nailed it in my opinion.
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