2017 Ushers in the enhanced Callet "Jazz" Gen 2 trumpets and the"Jazz" Flugelhorn Gen 2.
The lead pipes are meticulously drawn with a new and improved method at M/K for 2017.
Then the venturi is carefully set to the exact thousandth of an inch by Lee Adams and carefully hand fitted to the special heavy receivers here at the custom shop in Atlanta which includes our exclusive new ERT (enhanced resonance technology) the lead pipe venturi size is now stamped into the underside of every receiver.
Then the lead pipes are sent to Kanstul where our Jazz bell mandrel remains and the bells, valves, and assembly are completed.
Then back to the shop in Atlanta where each trumpet receives a PRV precision valve alignment with our exclusive port balancing.Valve port edges and valve guide contact points are polished. All internal parts are weighed,marked and placed to create the best combination of player feedback and projection.The heaviest bottom cap (marked inside)when on the second valve gives a good combination of player feedback and projection.The heavier bottom cap can be moved to the third valve to increase projection and the slots become firmer with less player feedback. Play testing by Lee Adams with special tweaking done by George Rawlin.
New for 2017 The Callet Jazz has three lead pipe venturi size options .346 .348 and .350.
Add to that 5 new main tuning slide options (available during shop visit/fitting sessions) and you can create a trumpet that works for YOU and all of your different playing requirements! 5 different lead pipe gap options to chose from during custom fittings for full customization.
Add to this the new Jazz LT (Lightweight) model, the new Studio Artist and Studio Artist LT there is a model to suit virtually anyone. The "Jazz" Flugelhorn Gen 2 has a new lead pipe giving even better response and intonation!
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NORTHERN BRASS "Star Series" MOUTHPIECES:
Originally designed and manufactured by GR as custom designs made for Bruce Lee to help solve the problems inherent in mouthpieces designed for upper register work, and for efficient all around playing.
Very high alpha angles can not be played well by most players the sound becomes brittle and articulations are very sloppy. Very low alpha angles can make articulations harsh and sound very tinny.
GR designed the NB mouthpieces keeping in mind first, an alpha angle which is playable by the majority of players. This unique alpha angle was developed in order to keep the chops supple and free to vibrate, yet provide support and fast, clean articulations. Players will experience a much broader spectrum of sound with NB compared to other commercial / lead designs. Higher as well as lower overtones are full and in focus.
Northern Brass Mouthpieces are known for their solid upper register, but not at the expense of producing a good sound in the low and middle registers, pointed articulations, and acrobatic flexibility make the NB some of the most versatile mouthpieces ever made.
After trying virtually everything on the mouthpiece market in recent years. I kept returning to the original Northern Brass models and GR made mouthpieces as unsurpassed in quality and playability. I contacted my old friend Bruce Lee about restarting the Northern Brass line. So we are thrilled to have GR the world leader in mouthpiece technology making the original Northern Brass line. With 6 new models with the #3 rim added to the line for 2017. This expands the line to fit even more players.
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