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trickg
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most trumpets are a bit flat on the 4th line D, but how much depends on the horn.

My Schilke B6 was wonderfully in tune with itself - much more in-tune than trumpets built on the different wrap that most other trumpets are built on. That always made it interesting to play in a section of other horns like Yamaha Xenos and Bach Strads, but it was great as a solo/horn section horn. If that horn slotted better, I'd still be using it.

For my current axe, a Jupiter 1600i Ingram, I have two notes on that horn that are particularly problematic - that 4th line D, and the 1st ledger B above that - the D is flatter on this horn than on anything else I've ever played - it's so flat that when I first got the horn, there were times I'd break to the partial above lipping it in tune.

The upper B is really sharp. As a passing tone it's ok, but if I have to hold that B for any length of time I have to lip it down, and that's problematic at the end of a long gig.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JayKosta,

F is in tune, going to Bb is also in tune then that D is flat. But I really think it's more me than the horn now. I practiced earlier today on Chicowicz flow studies and the D was better in tune. If I just firm up a bit it seems to be ok.
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