Lex and Lynn Grantham

llswoods@peoplescom.net

Flip:

Below is a description of my regards for the WT. Thank you very much for all you have done in this respect.

Impressions – WT Trumpet (lacquered)

  1. There is a great evenness of sound quality from pitch to pitch (low F# to high C).
  2. The instrument (I feel) was made to play softly. How many times does a player have to make a subtle entrance at a pp or ppp volume, and all of a sudden the sound is weak or explosive or maybe does not speak at all? Not so with the WT.
  3. Playing intervals (octaves, for example) is easier, and one does not seem to have to make so much of a shift in embouchure settings (it is not really proper to be shifting lip positions anyway, but many players do). The WT helps in this manner.
  4. Tonguing feels and sounds more relaxed. Clint McLaughlin and Don Herman have both claimed that tonguing has been faster and cleaner for them on their WT trumpets. I think I will join in their approvals.
  5. The low register on the WT is very full.
  6. The upper register is more secure and less strained (forced) in sound than I have experienced before. Maybe the WT helps to make up for something that I had been doing incorrectly.
  7. The valve action of the WT is excellent… nice feel.
  8. The horn does not appear to have to be played very loudly to have decent projection because of the excellence of the tonal qualities. But I am not one to want to blast, either.
  9. Everyone must practice an instrument to be more proficient and efficient with it. The WT makes the player desire to play/practice more because of its greater ease.
  10. How many times has a player ascended / descended a scale only to sound as though the pitches were from two different trumpets rather than the same horn? The consistent tone quality is the outstanding characteristic here.
  11. There is less cracking of pitches (blips) on the WT than other trumpets I have played.
  12. I went up to a D above high C, held that pitch for a couple of counts, and then immediately played a G below low C. Talk about ease!
  13. There is a definite sameness (core) in all the pitches…kind of like the slices in a loaf of bread are consistent in texture and taste.
  14. I have not used the #1 tuning slide as much as the #2 slide, as the instrument seems better controlled with the #2 slide for my involvement in a symphonic band setting.

Flip, thank you very much for what I think is a wonderful trumpet and possibly the most excitement to come (when I play it more) than I have ever had with an instrument.

Bless you for the opportunity.
Lex

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