1929 Conn 22B New York Symphony model Bb/A trumpet with accessories.
Best wishes for your rehearsal tonight, George. Please let us know how it goes. I have been following your thread with interest since we two old farts struggle with the same challenge when it comes to fast passages with lots of little notes. My rehearsal last night was a mixed bag. Enough bright spots to keep me encouraged but disappointments as well.
There was some humor in last nights rehearsal too. During one piece the MD stopped and quizzed the trumpet section - he was concerned about balance across the section. He asked “How many of you are playing third?” I responded that three of us were. “How many on second?” There were four. Finally, “How many on first? Fifteen? Figures...” There were actually six, but the MD’s questions and comment drew lots of laughs in the moment. Anyway, the upshot was that we thirds were encouraged to play out, which was fun.
So there were 13 trumpets. With a more or less stable group where the majority show up regularly, you need 3 or 4 on first, 4 on second, and the rest on third, with at least one or two strong players on each part. What usually happens is all the better players gravitate toward the front of the line, but each part is important and needs strong support.
The engraving is the stock Bach pattern, done by Sherry Huntley, who was the Bach engraver, but she did it for me independently after I bought the instrument because I couldn’t find a dealer willing to do the special order for me. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here’s an old pic of it right after I received it back from her.
@Bob-Pixley beautiful horn! Love the engraving.
Thanks. It’s the optional “Stradivarius Deluxe” factory pattern. Sort of an old school look, along with the custom brass finger buttons Mark Curry made for me.
Man, I was at a jazz festival years ago and stayed at the same hotel as a lot of the performers. Late on Saturday night, a jam session erupted in the lobby, and went on for hours. Brian Lynch was one of the group, and I sat down there right in front and drank it all in till about 3 in the morning. That guy was phenomenal !
Just practice it at the fastest speed you can do it correctly and gradually increase the speed. As others have said, muscle memory should take over if the tempo exceeds your ability to read the music. If it's a physical hand/finger issue, then it may not get significantly better with that approach.
We played a quintet with percussion arrangement of Liberty Bell as our final number at an outdoor concert a few years ago. No playing under the radar there...lol
I rarely trust anonymous instrument evaluations. Know-nothing hacks like to gush about how great the one trumpet they’ve ever played is, and you have no idea if they can even play the thing past a junior high level. I suppose if a person posts often enough, a somewhat accurate opinion of the validity of their opinions can be formed, but even then, unless an instrument is almost universally loved or hated, that vast middle ground is largely populated by player preference for any particular instrument.