Osmun Music will close on December 24th at 4pm and reopen on Monday, December 29, at 10am so that our staff can enjoy a long holiday weekend. We’ll close at 2pm on December 31st and reopen on January 2nd at 10am. The weeks around the holidays are very busy so, if you need repair work during that period, please schedule it as soon as you can. (Click here to schedule an appointment online.)
All of us at Osmun Music wish our customers and friends a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a safe and prosperous New Year.
Choosing gifts for the brass players on your holiday list can be tricky. You want to support and encourage them, but it’s difficult to pick out things will be appreciated. Here are some ideas for presents that will appeal across a wide spectrum.
- A Really Good Mute. A professional quality straight mute is a basic item for every trumpet, horn, and trombone player. Horn players need a good fibre mute. Aluminum mutes are standard for trumpet and trombone. If your brass player is using a plastic mute or the old red-and-white fibre kind, a new mute will be welcome.
- Silent Brass/ Practice mutes. These specialized mutes for practicing allow a player to warm up or do basic maintenance playing without disturbing people in the next room.
- Electronic Tuners and Metronomes. Rhythm and pitch are the building blocks of performance. Everybody needs a tuner.
- Stands and Lights. If your brass player is using a wire stand at home you can bet he or she will appreciate a solid, strong, orchestral stand that can support a heavy load of study materials. A good stand light can be a life-saver in a dimly lit room or pit.
- Books. Books about playing, players, and performance broaden horizons.
Stocking Stuffers. Small, inexpensive, and guaranteed to be appreciated:
As Engelbert Schmid’s mouthpieces have become increasingly popular, a lot of our customers have asked for Schmid rims to use with Osmun cups. so, we now have two Engelbert Schmid copy rims. All four standard sizes are available as metric rims and the smaller sizes (17, 17.5mm) are made for standard (Giardinelli thread) cups as well. Here are the rim sizes for Schmid’s mouthpieces:
- 17mm-Schmid models 4 thru 6.5
- 17.5mm-Schmid models 7 thru 9.5
- 18mm- Schmid models 10 thru 12.5
- 18.5-Schmid models 13 thru 13.5
We also have Schmid Digital rims in 17.5 and 18mm, as used on Schmid Digital mouthpiece models 1 thru 3.5, available as metric rims (fits our metric and Paxman Halstead Chidell cups).
You can see our full range of cups and rims on our mouthpiece page at osmun.com.
Osmun Music Trumpet Specialist Jim Becker
Jim Becker, our ace trumpet tech, just got a nice shout-out from a happy customer on the Trumpet Herald (Here’s the link):
Hi All — Last year I had Jim Becker at Osmun do a valve job on my 1968 Olds Special. He turned a “Special” into a “Fantastic.” This past week, he did a valve job on my 1954 Olds Recording, with the same result. The horn is the off-the-map good. In my view, for a vintage horn, there’s no bigger bang-for-the-buck than a valve job, as long as the rest of the horn is sound. Jim also goes the extra mile, always finding other things to correct along the way (my Recording came back with the bell straightened out and with O-rings on the third valve slide). He’s an expert’s expert, fair in pricing, and a nice person to boot. Thanks, Jim!
Be sure to check out the Trumpet Services page at osmun.com.
Here’s a nice shot of a Schmid valve cluster and a bell flare with nickel silver garland. The ports between the valves have a gentle curve and there are no solder joints to interfere with the airflow. Schmid’s garland is narrower than most and has an oak-leaf motif. Garlands can also be made in yellow or gold brass.
Engelbert Schmid horns has just launched a new website: www.engelbert-schmid-horns.com (Easy to remember, harder to type.) It’s been completely redesigned and organized and has a lot of information and pictures. It shows the full range od Schmid modern horns, baroque and classical hand horns, and Wagner tubas.
Our next Schmid horn is due in late January. It’s a full double, yellow brass, lacquer, two water keys, adjustable hand rest, and your choice of bell flare. (All our Schmid horns come with detachable bell.) Give us a call (978-823-0580) or an email if you’re interested.
Osmun Music horn tech Jim Engele with Ed Shenk and his new Engelbert Schmid double horn
We’re pleased to welcome Ed Shenk as our newest Engelbert Schmid horn owner. Ed’s retired from an engineering career at Polaroid. He currently plays in local amateur ensembles and in a horn quartet. I know the horn will get a lot of good use!
Ed’s passion though, is resurrecting classic horn quartet music. He’s transcribed, edited, and published all 136 of the Gumbert quartets as well as others by Dauprat and Javault and various duets and trios.
Ed’s Mute Crib holds two mutes and folds flat .
Interestingly, he’s transposed everything into F and includes an alternate fourth part for euphonium. He also makes a gadget called a “Mute Crib” that holds two mutes within easy reach . All the music is available on his website: at http://www.cadtronix.com. Be sure to check it out.
Jim Becker, Jim Engele, Katsushi Sakaino, and Bob Osmun check out the new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” model double horn.
This morning, Osmun Music welcomed Katsuchi Sakaino, the owner of Ed. Kruspe Metallblasinstrumente. Mr. Sakaino is in the US showing his new horn to interested players and dealers all around the country.
The firm Ed. Kruspe has been in existence since 1833. It was bought by Katsushi’s father Tatehiko in 2012 and they continue the tradition, building all brass, with an emphasis on horns, in their workshop in Bavaria.
You can read about the history of the company on the Kruspe website.
The new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” horn is a direct descendant of the horn Kruspe developed for legendary Philadelphia Orchestra hornist Anton Horner, in 1904. The Horner model was the first successful wide taper horn and was a big part of the “Philadelphia sound” made famous by Stokowski. In the late 1930’s it was copied by Conn and became the Conn 8D.
Contact the shop if your interested in more information, and be sure to check our new and used horns, accessories, and mouthpieces at osmun.com.