A large Kruspe taper which graduates rather quickly for the first 11 inches and the has a more gentle taper for the last 10 inches. With this larger taper you can expect a softer sound with more lows while keeping a fabulous high register. Resistance is light with a larger target area to hit the notes resulting in great legatos.The color of sound is darker and this pipe is well suited for Conn 8-D, Kruspe, and Holton 179 and 180. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, or Red Brass.
Gentle taper in the first 11 inches however still larger than most leadpipes you will ever play. This leadpipe has a little more center than the A5 and if you're looking for a pipe that has a beautiful sound with the right balance of back-pressure, this is it. The sound has a brighter timbre than the A5 and the middle register is a little more open. The color of sound is dark with a ring that projects well with strong overtones. Remember no matter how loud you play it will not carry if the leadpipe does not have strong overtones. Works well with all large-belled horns. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, and Red Brass.
This is our famous recreation of legendary hornist Vincent DeRosa's leadpipe that he used on so many recordings (including the LA horn club albums and Larendo Almada's "Intimate Bach"). I convinced Vince to let me cast the leadpipe when he was on vacation in Hawaii. He reluctantly did, because in order to get the casting out, the original leadpipe had to be destroyed. The result was phenomenal and Vince was the first to put this new leadpipe on his horn. The C9 leadpipe is extremely consistent in its taper and has no anomalies in its taper growth. The sound is lighter in color than the A series leadpipes with a strong center, even registers, and great intonation. Works well on Conn 8-Ds, Paxman model 20s, and even Alex 103. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, and Red Brass.
A recreation of a pre-war Knopf leadpipe with a faster taper and smoother sound for those style horns where you might want to warm the sound a bit without loosing its clarity. Good center and indeed darker than our Geyer leadpipe. A hidden gem in our arsenal of leadpipes. Intonation is excellent with good highs and awesome lows. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, and Red Brass.
As with our Geyer bell this original leadpipe was bequeathed to us by the great hornist Wendell Hoss (who played in more major orchestras than any hornist, living or deceased). Wendell was a gentleman's gentleman and a fabulous musician where everything was about making music and phrasing. This is from a 1920's Geyer double that Wendell had from Geyer's shop. It is the major leadpipe we have used on our AG2K horns for many years. Produced a rich sound with the clear center and with just the right amount of zing to the sound. Very fluid with great staccatos and legatos. In most instances it will raise the pitch on your high open As to A440 or higher allowing you to use alternative to 1&2 combination. Wendell sold that Geyer double but could not part with this outstanding leadpipe. Works well on Geyer style horns with medium to large bells. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, and Red Brass.
This is a combination of our Knopf and Geyer leadpipes. We actually split the difference in tapers between the Geyer and Knopf leadpipes to produce a hybrid that has pleasing color variations with extreme dynamics. Intonation is again excellent with an outstanding high register. A really relaxing leadpipe to play on and gives the player great freedom in phrasing. Works well on Geyer style horns, Holton 177, 178, and Alex 103's. Available in Nickel-Silver, Brass, and Red Brass.
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