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Thane Performance vs. Edwards X-13 (3 videos)



 
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ericmpena
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:19 pm    Post subject: Thane Performance vs. Edwards X-13 (3 videos) Reply with quote

I've been asked many times about the difference between the Thane Performance and Edwards X-13.

Both horns play equally well, but the tone is completely different.
The X-13 sounds brighter and louder to your ear. While the X-13 can darken up to sound like a solo horn, the tone typically leans towards the brighter side.

The Thane Performance plays silky smooth and has a huge, wide sound. It doesn't sound quite as loud to your ear, but the large bell on the Thane can easily fill up a room without much effort. The Thane also has a slight advantage when it comes to the clarity of articulations.

I made these videos for a potential buyer of my X-13 who was asking me to demonstrate the sound difference. Hopefully other people will find these videos helpful.

Let me know which horn you like!


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jcubed901
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing these comparison videos. And great playing!

Your videos show the personality of each horn. I could imagine use cases for each horn as it relates to recording and live performance, and expressing different genres of music
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eric, did you notice any signifcant difference in tone or brightness on the X-13 with the pillars?
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ericmpena
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Croquethed wrote:
Eric, did you notice any signifcant difference in tone or brightness on the X-13 with the pillars?


Yes. The copper pillar deadened the frequencies quite a bit. The nickel pillar slightly deadened the frequencies.
The horn with no pillar sounded the most resilient and natural in my opinion.

There is a noticeable difference in sound with the pillars that you can't really capture through a microphone. It's not so much the tone, but the frequencies like I mentioned.

I'd describe it at vibrant (no pillar), less vibrant (nickel pillar), and no vibrance (copper pillar).

As for playability, I also felt that the horn maybe slotted a little different with each pillar, but I think it has more to do with your lips wanting to match what your ear is hearing.

I played the worst with the copper pillar. The nickel felt comfortable in any indoor setting. But overall no-pillar worked best for all around use of the horn.
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dstpt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I noticed is that the Thane allowed you to hit the middle of the note with noticeably less chipping/splitting at the start than on the Edwards. The Thane appeared to be more comfortable for you to attain your intended results. With time (and maybe a different mpc?) you'd probably be able to make the X-13 "behave," but as [cbtj51] writes: Life is Short!
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