Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Brass and Sound Quality: What Artisans Should Know

As all instrument makers know, it’s the detail of a design that really matters when creating brass instruments. To stand out from your competition, you’ll need to create instruments that produce the most beautiful tone even when played by novice players, but how is that possible?

Material Matters

The choice of material is very important. Brass instruments are made with this material because it ensures the air vibrates correctly inside them and they produce a clear sound. Research has shown that using higher value materials such as silver has no detectable difference on sound, which is why your customers shouldn’t expect anything less from a quality brass instrument.

Although you’re likely to make careful adjustments to every piece of brass you buy, you can make your life easier by selecting brass tubing with the right dimensions in the first place. Contact your trusted supplier to discuss whether there are more appropriate materials they can provide you.

Shaping Creates the Tone

Carefully shaping brass produces the best quality instruments. You should find this relatively easy as brass is malleable, and this quality will allow you to create a smooth textured instrument both inside and out.

Because it’s where the sound leaves the instrument, the shaping focus is often on the bell. A smooth bell will allow clear sound to ring out, but one with dents may harm the clarity. Whether you have a mold that you know produces a great sound, or you choose to hand shape every instrument, you should find the ductile nature of brass easy to work with.

If you’d like to find out more about the brass available for your business to use, contact a respected supplier today for information and advice.

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