The year 2018 represents a milestone in the history of Vincent Bach manufacturing. Having started his business in 1918, master craftsman Vincent Bach created a legacy that has continued over the last 100 years. Bach Brass is celebrating the Centennial with two limited edition mouthpieces.
The Trumpet mouthpiece is a 3C Cup with a 27 Throat, 10 Backbore, and Gold-Plated 100th Anniversary Engraving.
The Trombone mouthpiece is a Gold-Plated Large Shank 5G with the 100th Anniversary Engraving.
Made in the USA. The Centennial Mouthpieces are made to order by Bach and are in limited production. Get yours before it’s too late!
We have been working on a new web site for a few months now and we will be making the switch to the new site over this Easter weekend. Our new site will be more fluid and easier to order mouthpieces (with modifications), set up service appointments, ask technical questions, and browse & purchase products.
We apologize if you have recently been on osmun.com and it’s been a little glitchy. We hope to clean up all the bugs over the next week once the new site is up.
Any questions about products or if you need to place an order for something, please don’t hesitate to call 978-823-0580 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re open Monday-Friday 10-5pm and Saturday 10-2pm EST.
Osmun Music will be headed west for the Northwest Horn Symposium at Pacific Lutheran University on March 23-25th. Bob Osmun and Taylor Allen will be on hand with the Osmun Horn Mouthpieces along with a few Finke and Engelbert Schmid Horns. Please stop on by to try out our standard, replica, and signature model horn mouthpieces. Bob Osmun will be available for horn repair estimates and mouthpiece consultations.
The Symposium will feature three days of intense horn presentations, performances and pedagogy. Guest artists include Leelanee Sterrett, Bernhard Scully and the horns of the Seattle Symphony. These artists will work with master class participants, share their expertise and perform in special concerts. Regional artists and scholars are invited contribute their special projects and music making. All horn players and enthusiasts are welcome. This year, there will be a horn quartet competition for any non-professional groups, with cash prizes. The event will also feature vendors for many of your horn, music, and gear needs.
This Symposium is open to the public. The following link has all the info. Hope to see you there!
Osmun Music just received an Engelbert Schmid Double Horn in stock configuration*. Here’s a quick video of it. It’s here in the shop for anyone to try out. These horns are amazingly easy to play. If you were thinking about getting an Engelbert Schmid double, this one is available without the wait.
*Lacquered Yellow Brass, Two Water Keys, & Hand Rest (Bell is currently a medium spun yellow brass)
Genevieve is the newest member of the Osmun team.
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.
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.