Tuning Bits for Schmid Triples

schmid-bits

The bit on the left is standard Schmid issue. Our bits are .500″ and .750″ longer.

Like it or not, it’s still a 440 world. Many ensembles in the US are sticking resolutely to the old standard; in Europe, it’s different. Most orchestras tune to A=442, 444, or even higher. And European instruments reflect this.

It’s common here to see players of Schmid triples and descants playing with the tuning bit pulled out just about as far as it will go. In addition to the obvious stability issues, pulling that far out creates a long cylindrical chamber at a crucial point in the bore. This unwanted increase in bore can cause intonation, response, and focus issues.

The solution is obvious. We’ve made a couple of new bits that are longer than stock. This allows them to be played pushed further in. We’ve also created a longer taper and minimized the disruptions between different sections. Right now these bits are in the development stage. We’re gathering feedback from players and tweaking to optimize the design. When we have something that’s better it will become a product. Stay tuned.

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About Bob Osmun

We run a small music shop specializing in brass instruments, especially horns. We sell Engelbert Schmid, Finke, Hoyer and Alexander horns and have a world famous repair shop staffed by three of the best technicians in the trade. We regularly perform valve rebuilds, screw bell conversions and manufacture our own line of trumpet and horn mouthpieces. Jim Becker, our trumpet specialist builds custom trumpets and does all sorts of trumpet modifications.

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