Established in 2006, Frate Precision is the brainchild of trumpet graduate and expert metal-worker Dario Frate. From the facility in Lombardy, Italy they offer a broad range of mouthpieces that are growing in recognition and popularity around the world.Dario has kindly shared some of his thoughts and experiences with me below, followed by a review … Continue reading Frate Precision: Interview and Mouthpiece Review
The past few years has seen a number of new Bb models enter the Vincent Bach catalogue. Below is a summary... LT1901B Commercial LT weight #1 bell with French bead 5” bell, standard weight 2-piece valve section with bronze upper, custom #43 pipe. This model was a long time in coming. After much experimentation, the … Continue reading Instrument Review: New Bach B-flat Trumpet Models
A.R. Resonance is a maker of custom trumpets and mouthpieces from Italy. Antonio (Tony) Rapacciuolo creates instantly recognizable works of art, and is gaining a great reputation amongst trumpeters ‘in-the-know’, including Marquis Hill and Scott Tinkler. I only became aware of A.R. Resonance in the past 12 months from colleagues who had sought Tony's advice, … Continue reading A.R. Resonance: Interview and Mouthpiece Review
Encouraging younger students to play brass instruments in a crowded marketplace full of competition for children’s attention is a tough task. Warwick Music (the team behind pBone and pTrumpet) has set about opening up “buzzing” to the masses in the hope that the pBuzz can be the gateway instrument to get children interested in brass. Recorders have been a mainstay of primary schools across the world for many years, and ukuleles have also been very popular as an affordable way for hard-up schools to introduce musical instruments in the classroom at an early age. So, why not brass?!...
Regular readers will most likely need no introduction to Allen Vizzutti - an artist of the highest calibre: soloist, recording artist, composer, educator and master clinician!
What difference does mouthpiece material make?
Mike Lovatt has one of the most heard and recognisable trumpet sounds in the world right now. If you do not think that you have heard him play before, you are probably wrong! Starring on more movie soundtracks than I can even begin to list, he is instantly recognised by his signature scintillating yet full, … Continue reading Mike Lovatt: Interview and Instrument Review
A New Year brings with it a fresh start, and a resolution to keep instruments clean and hygienic. If you need any further confirmation of the importance of keeping your instrument clean, please read on!... Back in August 2016, the BBC and numerous other news agencies were reporting on a journal article written by doctors … Continue reading Bagpipe Lung
There is a multitude of great pro trumpets currently on the market, and some wonderful manufacturers working alongside players and teachers to develop instruments for every style of music, approach and player. In a previous post I have discussed finding the right balance of resonance/resistance for you. Here I am going to be less specific!...