Friday, October 4, 2019

For Sale: Bachalone Trumpet in D / D flat

I'm offering for sale my "Bachalone" trumpet in D and D-flat. Plays great. Sounds great. Great shape.

I had it made around 1986. Bob Malone was gaining worldwide fame with his adaptations of C trumpets, by cutting them down to E-flat trumpets (with his famous S-shaped custom leadpipes), that could also be played in D by using an alternate tuning slide. Such an instrument (in Eb/D) was played by HÃ¥kan Hardenberger on his well-known first CD (1986).

My trumpet started as a Bach large-bore C trumpet. My teacher, Rob Roy McGregor (then of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra), recommended I have Bob make mine in the keys of D and D-flat. I had a nice Schilke D/E-flat, so I didn't need another E-flat trumpet, and there are a few orchestra parts that work nicely on a D-flat trumpet, if only you have one, which almost no one does.

You can see it here in D, with the slightly longer D-flat slide alongside. It also has a "tone-ring" on the third valve. I liked it that way, so the tone ring comes with. The trumpet is not lacquered. Raw brass.

Bell is 229. Lead pipe is MC2S (Malone C2, S-shape). Serial number in the 221xxx series. It has a Bob Reeves valve alignment.

Since it was cut down from a C trumpet, it plays much more like a C trumpet than regular D trumpets. Great for playing D trumpet in an orchestra. Switch out the D tuning slide with the D-flat tuning slide, and you have a D-flat trumpet for special occasions.

I have five D trumpets with valves, and six more without valves. Some people have said this might be more than I need, so I'm selling this one. Actually, I'm also selling a long-bell Bach D trumpet. The three that will remain will suit me fine.

$2,900.00, shipped to CONUS.


Interested SoCal locals can come test it.

For Sale: Piccolo Trumpet in C "Meister Andreas Bergmann"

This piccolo trumpet in C is one of two that I own, and believe it or not, I don't need two piccs in C. Hard to believe, I know. I'm keeping my Yamaha C picc and selling this. It has a gorgeous sound, and interestingly -- unlike other rotary valve piccolo trumpets I've played -- I can easily hold this trumpet steady and still.

It's marked "Meister Andreas Bergmann" on the bell, which I assume is the maker, but I've never found information on such a maker online. If you find anything, please share.

It all works beautifully. I don't see any dings or dents. Lacquer finish. There is one odd thing, though. The mouthpiece receiver will receive a US-style mouthpiece, but not much of it. Set up that way, I find the trumpet plays flat. But I have other European-made trumpets that are not designed to use a US-style trumpet mouthpiece shank shape, so this isn't a surprise for me. (And no, cornet mouthpieces don't work, either.) My Yamaha C picc also receives, just barely, a US-shaped trumpet mouthpiece shank, but it also cannot be brought up to pitch. So, I had John Mason -- a local brass specialist -- cut down and reshape the shanks on a couple of trumpet mouthpieces to fit the receiver on the mouthpipe on this instrument (and the Yamaha C pic). I'll include one of those mouthpieces in the sale of this trumpet, if the buyer wants it. It's a Yamaha 14B4, which is what I normally play on piccolo, but with the shank shortened and the taper altered to fit.

For me and other players, a piccolo trumpet in C is an ideal instrument on which to play JS Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. For one thing, the top A (on a Bb piccolo trumpet), -- the highest note in Brandenburg 2 -- is a G on the C piccolo, thus an open note on the harmonic series of the instrument, and it just speaks more easily and reliably.

$1,400.00, shipped to CONUS.


Interested SoCal locals can come test it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Looking Back at the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop

One of my first posts in this highly occasional blog was a description of and introduction to the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Workshop. It's a program I love and with which I've been associated for many years -- since 1985 as a coach and in 1981 and 1982 as a participant. Chamber music involves an intimacy of both music and friendship -- at least, it should, -- and of all the possible meanings the Workshop has for me, the friendships are chief among my treasured memories.

I just sent a few photos to a "brass camp" friend of mine, causing me to rummage through all my saved HSUBCMW pix, and it occurred to me that I should share them with the world in some manner. So, here you are.

There are shortcomings, of course. I've lost a lot of the photos I once had. Some shots are just bad shots. Some years, I took no photos. Some people appear more often than others. And so on.

But there are positives, too. Some of these pix will be of area attractions that not all participants have visited. Some will include people who didn't know I was taking their picture. Many, I hope, will bring back fun memories to those who've been there, and for those who haven't, perhaps you'll be enticed to go some year.

Comments and questions are welcome, and I have but one request. If anyone took a photo of the 2018 coaches' performance, I'd sure like to have a copy. Pretty sure I don't have one. Thanks.

My purpose in posting is not to display my activities at Humboldt, but obviously I'll appear in a bunch of the shots. My purpose, since it's so easy to upload digital memories, is just to share with the BCMW family a bunch of pix you might enjoy. So, Enjoy!