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Selmer Concept TT Bb Trumpet - Tradition and Innovation!

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TRADITION
There is no doubt that European trumpet design, particularly by French manufacturers such as Selmer and Besson, has had a significant influence on American trumpets. French innovations, like the development of the Périnet valve system, have shaped the evolution of trumpets since. Many of today’s trumpets still borrow heavily from the designs of Henri Selmer, and the company he founded.

Selmer trumpets have always been distinct: with ornate trim and refinement of fit-and-finish, to that iconic balanced wrap, or that bold radial valve design, and more. Innovative. Elegant. Refined. These are hallmarks of the Selmer legacy.

INNOVATION
‘TT’ stands for ‘twin tube’ - the familiar tapered mouthpipe is carefully mounted within a heavier outer sleeve. Although Conn experimented with this in the 1930’s, the Concept TT’s design is clearly inspired by Selmer’s own US Patent #2,181,346, which describes a process for mounting components of the trumpet using outer tubes to obviate the effects of heat on the working parts of the instrument during assembly. There is little, if any, direct tension on the mouthpipe, allowing the trumpet to resonate - to sing more freely.

The Concept TT was born of the celebrated, yet still somehow underrated Chorus Series 80-J produced by Selmer in the 1990’s, and has inherited the strong sonic qualities associated with the Selmer reputation. The Concept TT is indeed a Selmer in more than name - it is also a Selmer in spirit!

FROM THE SELMER WEBSITE:
Puisssance et finesse. La "Concept TT" est une proposition artistique complémentaire des modèles "Chorus".Une Conception basée sur la technologie "TT" ("Twin Tube" , branche d'embouchure à double tube) lui confère des qualités acoustiques exceptionnelles: un son direct et centré, harmoniquement très ouvert, une excellente réponse , une large étendue dynamique. L'ensemble de ces éléments contribue à une souplesse d'utilisation remarquable et la destine à des musiciens jouant en orchestre, en grandes formations (soliste ou pupitre) , ainsi que dans des plus petits ensembles

(Translation: Power and finesse. The "Concept TT" is an artistic proposal complementary to the "Chorus" models. A design based on "TT" technology ("Twin Tube", double tube leadpipe) gives it exceptional acoustic qualities: a direct sound and centered, harmonically very open, excellent response, wide dynamic range. All of these elements contribute to a remarkable flexibility of use and are intended for musicians playing in orchestras, in large formations (soloist or desk), as well as in smaller ensembles.)

MECHANICAL SPECS
Key of Bb

Bore size 11.75 mm / 0.463”

Brass bell at 129 mm / 5” diameter

‘TT' technology

Reverse mouthpipe and rounded tuning slide assembly

Precision ground Monel pistons

Bottom caps: standard or heavy (a set of each is included)

3rd Slide stop*

Immaculate gold lacquer finish

Elegant details - check out those water key levers and the logo stamped into the valve casing

A LEGACY
Sole owner is a respected Los Angeles composer and trumpet player. Rarely did this leave his home studio, Brass Mavens is told. He has been reviewing his collection, and has decided to release this one. It is in pristine condition and has been well cared for.

FOR THE PLAYER OR SERIOUS COLLECTOR
This trumpet really sings! Feels open in all registers and has a wide dynamic range. Solid core, rich in overtones with a warm tone that will make the audience swoon. It would make an intimate jazz horn as well as a bombastic big band player.

The action on these pistons is lightning fast, buttery smooth, yet very quiet - more than living up to Selmer's reputation for quality valves. Felted water key levers are a thoughtful detail, and elevate the playing experience. This Concept TT is exemplary, and is just wonderful to hold and play.

Included is a high quality lightweight Selmer case, clean, with backpack straps. There is space inside for a mute or two, or other accessories. Anything you want to see? Please email us and ask for more pics, brassmavens@gmail.com

Sadly, the Selmer company discontinued trumpet production well over a decade ago - the end of an era, but not the end of the legacy. Your opportunity to acquire a like-new Concept TT is now!
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Category: Bb Trumpets
Item price: $2,750.00
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