More Compact Sound!
Retaining the same response and excellent intonation that is characteristic of the œB and œX series models, the "S" series play with a compact, focused, resonate center to the sound. Distinguished by the bell construction, bracing, and different mouth pipe and tuning slide design, the œS series instruments emphasize the sound core and are ideal for both classical and commercial performance. All œS series trumpet models share the same bell, which is referred to as a ML bell or a #2 bell. The bell has the same taper as the bell used on the B5 but utilize a yellow brass bell with a soldered bell bead. This feature helps with the sound focus and emphasizes the resonant core of the sound at the louder dynamic levels.
By tuning the trumpet from the bell, the instrument offers an improved feel and superior intonation. In general, the playing characteristics of this instrument will be more open or "free" feeling mainly in the upper register. Because the tuning bell design offers less bell bracing, the general response of the instrument feels quicker. By removing the standard "S" brace on the front section of the bell, the instrument resonates or "rings", which improves projection. With the lack of fixed bracing, the tuning bell design is fragile and caution should be used when carrying a tuning bell trumpet in a soft case.
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