Posted by Rick Denney on January 31, 2001 at 17:59:51:
In Reply to: Re: Re: My stupid question about silver vs. gold posted by Jim G on January 30, 2001 at 23:05:34:
The belt and duct tape do the same thing as lacquer and damp sibilant vibration of the brass. When you tap the instrument, the brass rings a big. Playing will also induce that ringing. Damping devices eliminate that ring, that's all. If the sibilance while playing is audible by the audience (and not merely the player), then those devices will darken the sound. That is not the case with my own Besson euph, but maybe I'm just not pushing it as hard.
Adding additional structural stiffness and/or mass will also change the dynamic response of the horn, likely limiting its contribution to higher harmonics. This will darken the instrument a little, perhaps. I suspect, however, that the major reason other pro euphs have a darker sound is their larger bore and bell throat.
Rick "not always wanting a darker sound" Denney