E. Schmid Rims for Screw Rim Mouthpieces

Schmid_rim

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).

We have the standard rims in stock now and the metrics should be back from the plater by Dec. 5. You can see our full range of cups and rims on our mouthpiece page at osmun.com.

We Go the Extra Mile

Osmun Music Trumpet Specialist Jim Becker

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.

Schmid Horns New Website

Engelbert Schmid valve block and flare with garland

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.

Welcome to the Club!

Horn Tech Jim Engele with Ed Shenk

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.

Mute Crib

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.

A Visit From Kruspe

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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.

Brown Spots, What Are They? Where did They come From? What Can I Do About Them?

brownspotsOccasionally, some lacquered brass instruments develop small brown spots or areas of discoloration. Brown spots are copper oxides formed when moisture is trapped under the lacquer during the lacquering process. Before an instrument can be lacquered it must be perfectly clean and free of any oils or greases. One drop of oil can spread out to cover about seven square feet, so it doesn’t take much to ruin a lacquer job.

In times past, instruments were commonly degreased with trichlorethylene or 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, either by dipping or by spraying with vapor. These chemicals, while very effective solvents, are toxic and carcinogenic and deplete the ozone layer, so they have been phased out of use. Their replacements, water based detergent cleaning systems, can leave moisture behind. Typically, brown spots appear in small fissures in the solder at ferrules or along the bell rim where moisture has been trapped.

Brown spots are purely cosmetic. They’re superficial and don’t cause any damage to the instrument. Don’t confuse them with pink spots. Pink spots are caused by the acidic components of the breath, which attack the brass alloy, eating away the zinc from the inside and leaving behind a pin hole all the way through the tube. Pink spots usually occur on the mouthpipe, slide bows, or trombone outer slide tubes and indicate a serious deterioration of the instrument.

When you see a brown spot, scrape it with a pin to open up the lacquer and allow the moisture to escape. It’s a good idea to scribe all the way around the rim to prevent future problems. You can use a non-abrasive polish like Simichrome to brighten the metal and then seal it with a drop of clear nail polish. Larger areas can be buffed and relacquered. Someday, maybe someone will figure out how to prevent brown spots. Till then, the best approach is to go after them early to keep them from spreading.

Off to ITG

Jim Becker showing off a new hand-made Osmun Bb trumpet

Jim Becker and I are off to the ITG conference in King of Prussia, PA.  We’ll be there with trumpets, mouthpieces, and all sorts of things to make your life as a trumpet player happier and more rewarding.

We’re very proud to display Jim’s latest hand-made instrument. It’s a large bore Bb trumpet designed for the lead player. The prototype was built for 1st call big band and show player extraordinaire Larry Pyatt, who provided us with valuable feedback every step of the way.

Jim will be available to talk about blueprinting and all the ways he can make your trumpet just a little bit better (We call it “The last 2%”). We have a Bach Bb and C that we’ve blueprinted for you to try. I think you’ll be amazed at the improvement over stock horns. Please stop by and say hello.