Bells

When chosing a bell  consideration should be given the subtle effects of finishing on timbre.


Relative to raw brass, lacquer will warm the sound slightly, silver plate will brighten slightly, and gold will leave the sound virtually unchanged.


See our  "finishes" page for more  information.

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Choosing a new horn is a very personal matter. We all have a totally unique sound - we don’t sound like anybody else even when playing an identical instrument. What we are all looking for in a horn however is the same. We want to find the horn that most easily enables us to realise the sound we imagine in our head when we are actually playing - our ‘inner trumpet sound’. All horns will colour or affect that sound in some way - we just have to remember that it is us, not the horn, which has a voice.


It is my belief that any one of the Eclipse models could be used very successfully in any musical circumstance. However the variety of bells available make it possible to select an Eclipse trumpet that feels tailor made to your own playing requirements.


Eclipse trumpet bells are available in 2 different throat styles:


Medium

The medium throat bell is a standard size bell with a profile designed to provide great versatility available in yellow or red brass, standard (0.5mm) or heavy weight (0.6mm).


Large

The large bell has a more open throat and a slower taper to the flare which makes for a larger sound with less resistance and room for a lot more air, available in standard weight (0.5mm) yellow or red brass, heavy red brass (0.6mm), and copper (0.7mm).




 BELL OPTIONS


 

(1) MR  Medium Red


Like the medium yellow this is a very versatile horn - a near perfect blend of warmth and projection. The red brass brings a depth to the sound which is silky smooth, rich and dark, however it is still a lively and agile trumpet. It responds very quickly and has a sparkling top register with effortless projection. Equally suited to jazz ballads or lyrical chamber music, at home in a big band or an orchestral trumpet section - the medium red could be the ideal choice for a ‘crossover player’. Added to the Eclipse line by the request of artist Robert Bauerle.



(2) LR  Large Red


This bell has proved to be the favourite choice of jazz soloists. It has warm, velvet timbres, within a large, golden sound. The slotting is more flexible than on the medium bells which allows for expressive and personal playing. It is very free blowing, speaks very easily is and responsive over a huge dynamic range. As you put more air through the horn the sound just grows and grows, it retains the rich, dark core to the tone but will also really project and open up when you want a phrase to flare out. At home in a variety of musical settings, the large red has also found favour with European classical players.



(3) MY  Medium Yellow


Excellent all round instrument, very versatile. The sound is bright and clear, remaining centred and focused at all dynamic levels, with a solid core to each note and great projection. The trumpet speaks very easily and is ideal for lead trumpet, commercial playing and studio work. Also a good choice for principal trumpet players in symphony orchestras or military bands.


  

(4) LY  Large Yellow


Similar in timbre to the medium yellow, bright and clear, but with less resistance and a more expansive sound. The large yellow has great projection but when you increase the volume of a note the sound just keeps on growing. The slots are firm and true but do not restrict expressive, lyrical playing. This would be an ideal trumpet for symphonic section work, particularly in clear lacquer. The large, bright, projecting sound of a silver plated large yellow would be perfect for concert bands or in military marching bands playing in the open air.



(S) MS  Medium SOLAR


The SOLAR bell has no bead around the bell edge. The MS bell is slightly brighter than the MY bell, with a larger volume of sound and an extremely solid core that doesn't spread at high volumes. The response is very crisp, even at ppp volumes, and less effort is required to achieve a leading, dominant sound. Perfect for big band lead.