Not Just Brass Tubing: Factors that Shape Instrument Tone and Feel

Shipbuilders are selective about naval alloys; sculptors, about architectural bronze or engraving brass. It should be no surprise, then, that many brass musicians have their instruments customized or altered. According to the Acoustical Society of America, brass players believe that what their instruments are made of – and how these materials are used – impact both their sound and feel.

As an instrument-maker, there are a handful of design and construction factors you can work with to craft trumpets, horns, trombones, and other brasswinds that perfectly match their artists. While these factors all start with quality brass tubing, they certainly do not end with that.


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