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Schilke S42L SN/ 51167  50th Anniversary Trumpet Like New 

  • S42L- Medium bore With a Tunable yello brass Bell 


The Schilke catalog states: "Detachable tuning-bells are available on all Schilke custom built trumpets. The advantage of the tuning bell feature is that the tuning slide can be left all the way in or moved only a little, thereby keeping the bore relatively free of gaps that may cause a disturbance in the nodal pattern of the sound wave. Another advantage is that different bells of varying sizes and materials can be used to change some of the characteristics of the instrument. The main drawback to the tuning-bell instrument is that it is more fragile because of the lack of the second brace. Consequently extra care must be taken to prevent damage to the instrument." For a full discussion of the research conducted by Schilke behind the tuning-bell trumpet design, see Colin Bloch's article, The Bell-Tuned Trumpet.

The other, and more dramatic, effect of the tuning bell option, in my opinion, is the removal of the far bell brace which results in the increased responsiveness of the bell and changed projection characteristics. The bell becomes free to vibrate without stabilization from the second valve to the end of the bell. Contrast that to the conventional brace on a horn with a conventional turning slide, like a Bach, where the brace is a matter of a few inches from the end of the bell flair. Such things do make noticeable differences. From a Schilke lightweight, especially with the larger bells, the sound seems to radiate out in a larger arc than, say, a heavier weight horn with braces near the bell flair where the sound seems to emanate from the horn in a narrower arc, focused directly in front of the player--at least that seems to be the sensation to many players.

The tuning bell models were introduced in the late 60's, though there were some custom models made earlier. Those horns with tuning bells are designated by adding an L to the model number, e.g., a Schilke S42 with a tuning bell is a Schilke S42L  The tuning bell design is the sole patent developed and registered by Renold Schilke, which is one more than that held by Vincent Bach, Elden Benge, or Dominic Calicchio. The patent however was transferred to Yamaha by Schilke shortly after its registration because Schilke believed that only a company with Yamaha's resources would be financially able to defend the patent against infringement. Schilke was proven right and by the end of the 70's Yamaha had sued F. E. Olds & Son over their use of the tuning bell design.

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