Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin

‘Pops’ wrote:
Slotting notes is as important in the upper register as it is in the lower register. We can all BEND pitches and play them with the wrong fingerings. They don’t have the same tone quality, projection, power, response…. as they do if we finger it the right way. Play a low D 1-3 then play it open. It is not slotted that way.

As the sound wave goes through the trumpet it goes to a certain point in the bell, bounces off of the soft boundary (air) and travels back through the horn.

The higher the pitch is the farther it goes down the bell before it returns. In most trumpets it stops returning in the A, Bb, B above high C range. Where it stops depends on the bell flare.

A couple of years ago Jerry Callet started making horns with shorter leadpipes (1/2″ on each side of the tuning slide). He added that 1″ to the bell flare to help shift the reflection point toward the small end of the conical shape (mouthpiece end). He was making a horn to slot a double C.

Flip changed the entire bell taper on the Wild Thing to such an extent that the reflection point shifts so that E over double high C can slot. That means that those can now have the sound quality of REAL NOTES and not merely squeals. That is a BIG DEAL for lead players.

I talked about the quick response of the Wild Thing compared to a Callet Jazz. That is because up to that point the Jazz had the fastest response of any horn I’ve played. The Wild Thing is quick I still have not out played it. I didn’t compare it to a Bach.

But lets get real here. People buy Bachs and spend 1600 – 2000 dollars to make them play like pro-level horns.

The conversion of Bach trumpets is a FULL TIME business for 2 different companies and part time for too many to count. Those are NO Longer Bachs. You could take a $50 toy trumpet and make it play well if you spent 2000 on it.

I was completely up front about my review of the Wild Thing. I really expected to not like it. I was very pleasantly surprised. If you are serious about trumpet playing you really NEED to try a Wild Thing.

A collection of Net Trumpet Lessons.

Information about my 2 books. “The No Nonsense Trumpet From A-Z” & “Trumpet FAQ’s”

Best wishes
Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin

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