Understanding Leadpipes & Bells
There are numerous leadpipe and bell configurations that will potentially fit your playing needs. The following chart offers a basic understanding of these options. However, not every leadpipe may be paired with your bell and mouthpiece selection to produce optimum results. This is where consulting with Jason personally becomes an important part of the order process. Print this chart and make notes as you try various trumpets in your search. Then discuss your preferences with Jason in your consultation to determine the leadpipe and bell best suited to your specific playing needs.
VPS Summit & Muse Leadpipes
All VPS leadpipes are precision CNC machined and include the Venturi Gap Receiver (VGR). The new SWE Leadpipe System ensures higher accuracy, efficiency and intonation while the VGR offers you full control of air flow, flexibility and slotting. No other instrument offers you so much versatility in a simple, high efficiency design.
Read Jason's blog entry "Understanding Bell Choices"
Extra Large diameter bells
We now offer 5 extra large diameter bells available on Summit & Muse trumpets
1X - 5.3" - vibrant medium bright vocal sound with a broad projection pattern
10X - 5.3" - vibrant medium dark vocal sound with a broad projection pattern
3RX - 5.3" (red brass) - dark vocal sound with a broad projection pattern
11RX - 5.3" (red brass) - very dark vocal sound with a broad projection pattern
7 - 5.3" to 5.5" - vibrant medium vocal sound with a broad projection pattern
Bell configuration updates
The following bells are now only available in red brass and will be labeled with an "R": 3 & 11
Note on SWE bells: SWE (Standing Wave Efficiency) bells are currently in the prototype phase and will likely become available on the Muse model in late 2017. The "SWE" line on the bell chart signifies the sound spectrum produced by one single SWE bell. This bell is machined from solid billet, is elliptical in shape and produces the spectrum of several different bells combined.
Bright versus Dark...a PBS Extra