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Ozark, What brand is that mouth piece in your picture? Looks to be a heavy weight of some sort. I play a Marcinkewitz 8-S concert on my Olds Custom Crafted. Size is around the Bach 10-c diameter wise. I used to have a Bach Strad large bore that had such dark rich sound to it. Life made me sell it. Took me a while to get another large bore horn, but this Olds I have now is pretty good sound wise. Have gotten a few compliments on it. The cornet is a Conn Director of 1962 vintage ,copper bell and a .485 bore! Looks wise it seems to have been ridden hard and put away wet, but still sounds good. Kind of a chameleon, with a Bach 10-c cornet piece sounds pretty trumpety, but with an English brand cornet mouth piece it sound down right flugely. Right mellow. My flu gel is just an inexpensive Chinese make that I've had to do a lot work on to get it to function well, valves are real problem, but I can get a good sound out of it. The c horn is Chinese as well and was an attempt to ease up on the need to transpose a lot for church. Valve wise it worked better than the flugel did.............Buck
Always happy to hear from another trumpet player. Sounds like you have a nice collection that you enjoy playing. The Olds Custom and the Conn Director are both nice vintage horns.
All of my mouthpieces are Terry Warburton. http://www.warburton-usa.com/ They are a two piece system that allows you to mix tops and backbores. All of my tops are #2 diameter which is slightly larger than a Bach 1, but it's still quite a bit smaller than the Schilke 22 I played when I was playing full time. You are correct that I'm using a heavy weight, Warburton Series 80, backbore. I sold all of my classical trumpets (C, D, piccolo, etc.) when I quit playing full time, since I wasn't using them. Today I still have my original 1978 Benge Claude Gordon Bb (that's what I'm playing in the pictures). It's a very open .485 with a large Resno bell. That's been my money horn since I bought it new in 1978. Paired with that Series 80 backbore, I can drive the band from the backrow with ease. My flugelhorn is a Kanstul 1525 copper bell with a Bach taper. My Warburton flugel mouthpiece is a traditional deep V that produces a dark rich sound without compromising my upper register on the horn. Both of my trumpet and flugel were designed by Ziggy Kanstul who also supervised their production. Ziggy worked for Benge in the '70s, then started his own company in 1981. He started as a builder for Olds in the 1950s. Who knows, he may have built your Custom.
I've got a two piece one as well. The cup is poly, got it for cold weather BAA ,it has a larger back bore. A Kanstul flug is an excellent horn. My mouthpiece for my flugel is another custom piece with a cup size around the 10C Bach size( I've always been a smaller cup guy since high school) but it doesn't have a traditional taper type. Blame the Chinese, it has a trumpet taper. A trumpet player in the Vegas area that had ombersure problems did it for me. Been too long away from trumpet boards to remember names of these makers. Used to hang around on Trumpet Master before a computer problem lost my passwords and then the board closed. Too bad, it was great place to talk brass.........Buck