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Martin Committee Trumpet

The black-lacquered Martin Committee trumpet from Leblanc is a pretty horn. Right from the start I was impressed with its craftsmanship. The horn has extensive engraving on the bell that runs almost its entire length. It is well-constructed and feels good in the hands; of course, this is something that is expected from Leblanc. While the horn’s distinctive look commands respect for the instrument, the true test is how well it plays.

Upon playing the horn, I noticed that the face-to-valve distance was much shorter than the more traditional length (i.e., Bach standard). When I measured the distance, it was almost two inches shorter. This is because the valve casing is set closer toward the mouthpiece receptor, and the end of the mouthpiece receptor is lined up to be even with the end of the horn rather than having a half- to three-quarter-inch offset from the end of the horn. I’m not sure of the reasoning for this, but I did feel a closer connection with the horn because of it; maybe it is due to my hands being closer to me than I’m accustomed to. In any case, it took a little getting used to but was not a problem at all.

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