Customization options

Bell Construction

Detachable or fixed bell

 

One-piece bells produce a sound which features a strong emphasis on the fundamental pitch being played, with good projection and stability of tone. Soldered bead is standard on one piece bells.


Two-piece bells produce a sound with a complex range of upper overtones above the fundamental pitch being played. Strong projection, with great flexibility of sound. Un-soldered bead is standard on 2 piece bells

Bell Materials

Yellow brass 70% copper-30% zinc. Creates a clear, pure sound, which is consistent throughout the dynamic range and tessitura. 


Gold brass 85% copper-15% zinc. Sits between yellow and red brass in overall characteristics. Produces a well balanced and flexible sound spectrum.


Red brass  90% copper-10% zinc.  Very warm, rich sound. Dense and complex in softer dynamics, with an exciting brilliance in louder dynamics. Very flexible and malleable sound spectrum. 

Handslide Material Options

Yellow brass tubes create a rich, full sound, with a nice balance between response and depth of sound. 


Gold brass tubes give a very dense, rich, core sound with a more deliberate attack required to maintain quick response. 


**A yellow brass handslide crook will add depth and body to the sound, where-as a nickel crook will induce brilliance and clarity to the above slide tube options.

Finishes

Mirror Finish

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Brushed Satin

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Media Blast

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Bare Brass

The choice of lacquered finishes (mirror, brushed satin, or media blast)  does not affect the sound quality, play-ability or price of the instrument.