A Tale of Three Tom Crowns

Here is an incredibly “trumpet-nerdy” post for all you trumpet-nerds, like me.  I recently bought two Tom Crown straight mutes, an all-brass Gemini, and aluminum with the brass bottom Gemini.  I have owned over a dozen straight mutes over the years and I really have never “connected” with any metal straight mute until I tried a Gemini.  (I have a favorite harmon, cup and wood straight that I love…

More on Mouthpieces

I wrote a post on a mouthpiece experiment back in 2011. It's now 2014, summer just finished, and I'd like to follow up on that article. I was surprised by how much attention that particular post got among trumpet players.  I guess a bunch of us think about mouthpiece issues.  A few months after I wrote that, a friend of mine, (who happens to be a fantastic trumpet player, Chuck Lazarus, check…

Site Update News

For those of you that frequent this site, you are obviously aware it has recently undergone a complete makeover.  My web designer does a fantastic job and if anyone is interested in hiring him, please contact me and I'll put you in touch. Aside from the look and format, I have merged DavidCooperMusic with AllThingsTrumpet and since deleted DavidCooperMusic.  Basically the only thing that other…

What Trumpet Do You Play? Part 2

Well, here I am about to sound like a real "waffler" and contradict a previous post of mine titled "What Trumpet Do You Play?"  In that post I said that I have owned many brands of trumpet throughout my career.  In each horn, at that time, I truly felt that that particular trumpet was the best trumpet I could find - at the time.  Time goes on, manufactures come and go.  Innovations happen or…

The Greatest Trumpet Cases, Part 2

It's been four years since I wrote my post "The Greatest Trumpet Cases In The World".  Any self respecting trumpet geek like myself would of course have added equipment to his arsenal in that amount of time, and so I have.  A couple years ago I had the opportunity to play a series of recitals in China and needed a lot of horns to be flown.  There are a number of flight cases for trumpets out…

Mouthpiece Experiment

This is super-geeky, but whatever. This summer I'm going to only play one mouthpiece per horn! Today starts my summer playing schedule and for the next month and a half, it's going to be a very busy one. The last few months I have been slowly driving myself crazy switching mouthpieces. I was juggling about six and (obviously) not completely thrilled with any of them. I think the reason I…

More reasons to clean your horn

My good friend Lauren Bernofsky (the composer whose works I love and have reviewed here on All Things Trumpet) passed this article on to me.  I have a post dedicated to cleaning your horn and personally find this stuff very important.  I’m very glad to have gotten this article because it just supports my cause.  I hope you enjoy it.  Well, “enjoy” probably isn’t the right word…  Read and heed.……

A Word about Mutes

Here’s the bottom line with mutes; for the most part - You Get What You Pay For. Q.           What makes one mute worth more than another? A.            Consistent intonation in all registers.  Often lesser mutes will make you sharp in the lower register and flat in the upper register. A.            Intonation to the instrument; meaning, how far do you have to pull your slide when you put the…

Jens Lindemann on Mouthpieces

Here is an email-article that I read written by Jens Lindemann.  For those of you new to the trumpet world, Jens is one of the greats.  Actually, I would put him in the top 10 living all-round players.  He is one of the few trumpet players making a living as an international soloist. This was originally written a few years ago and I see on his website that he is now endorsing GR mouthpieces.…

To Flush or Not to Flush

Here’s a quick post that I am sure is common sense to some of you but will hopefully save the rest of you some money.  I had a friend ask me the other day where I take my horns to get cleaned.  (The deep chemical flush cleaning.)  I used to get my horns dipped at the local music repair shop but now I do it myself.  You can do this in your bath tub but it is far better to use a wash basin or…