We’re happy and excited to welcome Genevieve Rudolph to our team. Genevieve is a trumpet player and a student at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. She’ll be answering the phone, helping with customers, and helping to keep our display instruments in tip-top condition. You’ll find her here on Saturdays and some weekday afternoons (when her band schedule permits.) We look forward to working with her.
Here are a couple of new projects Bob’s been working on this week. The rims are Neil Sanders models in a metric size (17.5mm). Neil was one of the post-war generation of British players that also included Dennis Brain and Alan Civil. (He can be heard playing second horn to Dennis Brain on the legendary London Wind Soloists recording of the Mozart Serenades.) His rim featured a very wide, slightly inward sloping contour that provided great support with reasonable flexibility. Nowadays, they are particularly useful for players with braces or lip injuries.
The mouthpieces, in Delrin, were made for a player in a prominent German orchestra. Delrin is an ideal hypo-allergenic material for mouthpiece since it machines well and holds a true dimension.They are designed with integral tuning bits for a Cornford triple horn. By making the mouthpiece and bit in one piece we’re able to eliminate the point of turbulence at the end of the mouthpiece and also able to extend the mouthpiece backbore right to the bore of the instrument.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.