Lead pipe advice

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by groovy, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. groovy

    groovy Active Member

    I am thinking about the possibility of getting the lead pipe on my euph adjusted, so that the mouthpiece is about half an inch - an inch left of where it is now, because at the moment i find when playing my hand is getting cramped from the angle I have to hold the instrument, especially if I'm standing. My valve work isn't too great either as I don't have a lot of freedom to get my fingers right down. Basically, to hold my instrument where it is comfortable to have the mouthpiece on my lips I have to compensate by my hand being uncomfortable (It's easier to explain if I have a euph in my hand!).

    I know a guy who says he can do the job, but obviously it is a pretty major adjustment and will probably cost a bomb, so just wondered if there was anyone who has a similar problem or who has had anything like this done to their instrument. I am quite keen because it has bothered me for a while, but I also don't want to rush into it because if I get it done it would be hard to undo and I don't want to wreck my pride and joy!

    Thanks guys.
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    My information is that it was Colonel Mustard with the lead pipe in the library . . . . but I'll just go and get my coat :oops:
  3. Glehany

    Glehany Member

    I don't know about bigger instruments like euphs, but on a trumpet or cornet the lead pipe makes a huge impact on the intonation of the instrument. On really small trumpets like Bflat piccs you can even buy after sales lead pipes from specialists like Blackburn, in fact you can do that for bigger trumpets too. Again if it were a trumpet or cornet there's NO WAY I'd let anyone alter a lead pipe on an instrument of mine except for acoustic reasons.

    I don't know how much of this applies to a euph, but if you're going to get this done I'd definitely go to a specialist brass repairer because this type of work could seriously change the way your euph plays.

    Alternatively I know a surgeon who could take and inch off your forearm for you!!