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)
- There is a great evenness of sound quality from pitch to pitch (low F# to high C).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The low register on the WT is very full.
- 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.
- The valve action of the WT is excellent… nice feel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is less cracking of pitches (blips) on the WT than other trumpets I have played.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.