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What is a Reverse Leadpipe? A trumpet player’s guide to determining the perfect fit.

While searching for the perfect new trumpet, many customers encounter the dilemma of, “Well this horn has a standard leadpipe, but this horn has a reverse leadpipe. What’s that difference?” Thank you for asking!

A leadpipe on any trumpet is the main receiver for the instrument in which the mouthpiece fits into, and connects to the main tuning slide. The means in which the leadpipe connects to the main tuning slide is what constitutes the term “standard” (non-reverse) or “reverse”.

For standard leadpipes, the main tuning slide fits inside of the leadpipe as pictured below.

Players who are mostly playing at loud volumes usually prefer the standard option as there is less variance in the quality of sound at those levels compared to the reverse leadpipe.

Reverse leadpipes are simply the opposite, in which the leadpipe fits inside of the main tuning slide.

A reverse leadpipe will likely be noticeably longer than the standard option. This factor increases the distance in which there will be any small gap going from leadpipe to tuning slide, resulting in what most players describe as less air resistance and more consistent intonation.

Ultimately, what is best for you will require being able to compare several options side by side in order to determine what instrument feels, plays, and sounds the best based on your own personal style.

For those in the market for a new trumpet, you are in luck! Here is a list of our trumpets here at Paige’s, sorted by leadpipe designation.

Standard (non-reverse) Leadpipe:

Yamaha- YTR5335 (GSAL, GSIIAL), YTR8335 (II, SIIS, LAS), YTR9335 (CHSII, NYSII)

Bach- 180S37, 180S43

 

Reverse Leadpipe:

Yamaha- YTR5330MRC (Mariachi), YTR8335IIRS, YTR8345IIS,

Jupiter- JTR1100S

All customers are more than welcome to come in and try out all of the horns in our store at any time in order to find his/her best fit!

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Clarinet

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. Below is the general care and maintenance video, with instruction given by Sam Motter of our Retail Sales staff.

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Flute

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. The original videos were done just before HD became popular, so it was time for a redo. Below is the general care and maintenance video for flute, with instruction given by Erin Nichols of the Indy Flute Shop. Indy Flute Shop is a flute-specialty store owned by Paige’s Music. If you’d like to see the rest of the flute videos, you can view them on our Flute Care & Maintenance page.

Get Your Instrument Serviced Over The Summer

Has it been a while since your instrument was in for a check-up? If summer is a down time for you and your playing time, then you should send your instrument in for a check-up. We recommend two visits each year to help keep your instrument in proper playing condition and the summer is the perfect time.

In fact, schools across the state will be sending in all kinds of school-owned instruments this summer to be cleaned, repaired, and refurbished so that they are ready to go for the next school year.

The best way to get your horn serviced during the summer is to bring it to the store. Our District Managers are visiting some schools during the summer, but not all schools and not every week. It’s very sporadic. The safe thing to do is call us first to see if arrangements can be made to drop off a loaner and pick up your instrument. You can call us at 1-800-337-0471.

Have a great rest of your summer and don’t forget to practice!

Tips On Caring For Your Trombone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your trombone.