Volume 11: The Trumpet Chronicles is Now the Saxophone Chronicles

Since this website used to reside at a different address, until the idiots who run my web hosting somehow didn’t notify me of a domain name renewal, I doubt many of you (well, the one or two who’ve visited so far) are familiar with the Trumpet Chronicles.  This was a series of articles I wrote as I wandered my way through the intricacies of trumpet selection and mouthpiece searching.

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Volume 9A – The Trumpet Chronicles

mendez1I started to just update Volume 9 after last night’s practice, but figured I would “thrill” the couple of you who actually read these chronicles with a new entry.

I called it “Volume 9A” since it is a continuation of Volume 9.  Catchy name, huh?

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Volume 8 – The Trumpet Chronicles

olds-recording-offset-trumpetThere hasn’t been too much going on with the trumpet chronicling lately.   Continue reading “Volume 8 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 7 – The Trumpet Chronicles (Happy New Year)

Red-Brass-Silver-Plated-flugelhornThe holidays are typically a slow time for trumpeting, at least for me.  But there have been a few things going on that are noteworthy.  See what I did there?  See?  C’mon, it wasn’t THAT bad! Continue reading “Volume 7 – The Trumpet Chronicles (Happy New Year)”

Volume 6 – The Trumpet Chronicles

mendez1OK, kids, it’s time for another episode of (echo on) “The Trumpet Chronicles” sz sz sz sz ….

A lot has happened since the last episode dd ddd dddd dddd Turn it OFF, Kevin nnn nnnn CLICK! Thank you. Continue reading “Volume 6 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 5 – The Trumpet Chronicles

yam-11So, last night I was at band practice.  We were quickly running through some of the Christmas music for our first concert on the 13th.  I was using the Yamaha 11 mouthpiece I mentioned in a previous post with my silver Olds Ambassador trumpet.  Strangely, my lip got really tired way early in the practice, long before I expected it to.  On a whim, I switched to my generic 3C mouthpiece, and quickly found new life and endurance.  My tonal quality came back substantially also. Continue reading “Volume 5 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 3 – The Trumpet Chronicles

mendez1Since buying a couple of Ambassadors, I have become intrigued by the Olds trumpets; their history, the different models, and what the differences are between them. Continue reading “Volume 3 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 2 – The Trumpet Chronicles

yam-11I ordered and received a Yamaha 11 Japan mouthpiece this week.  Depending on who you read online, it’s either like a Shilke 11 (R. Shilke consulted for Yamaha in the 60s) or a Bach 7C.  One site even said it was somewhere between a Bach 3C and 5C.

I don’t know.  I’m a woodwind guy, remember? Continue reading “Volume 2 – The Trumpet Chronicles”