Posted by Roger Lewis on June 30, 2003 at 06:54:07:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Miraphone posted by curious on June 27, 2003 at 16:19:02:
The 1st slide was narrowed to bring the G at the top of the staff into better pitch. If you check the photo on the web site you can see this is an older model. On the newer model the 1st valve slide is the same width as the 5th valve slide behind it.
The intonation quirks are the C in the staff is about 20 cents sharp and easily lipped down or dead-on with 4th valve. Also the A at the bottom of the staff is on the high side when played 1&2 but perfect when played with just the 3rd valve.
The difference between the yellow and gold brass is subtle but from the players standpoint the yellow brass is brighter and the gold brass is more mellow. The yellow brass responds just a fraction quicker but you can over blow it if you work at it. The gold brass model tends to hold together better at the high-end dynamics and the one I picked has an incredible dark sound that blends incredibly well in the orchestra but plays with wonderful clarity as a solo horn.