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Taste - for me but great
After I tried many straight damper for Flügelhorn, I finally got stuck with the Stölzel straight damper. The sound was exactly like my expectations: warm, soft and a bit like an English horn (the previously tested dampers usually sound like a horny trumpet). Especially in a pure brass-brass ensemble, there are so beautiful tonal alternatives.
The response of the instrument dampened with the damping damper changes from the deep (below c ') over the middle to the high (ab g' ') register relatively strongly (therefore there are only three stars): The attenuated horn only speaks moderately under c' The response is correct in the middle register (a little more resistance than in the case of the undamped horn), and ab g "the induction resistance is clearly increased; But for someone who plays with dampers more often, this is no problem.
The intonation is also somewhat problematic with respect to g '', but can be corrected with little lip effort. The damper is probably more suitable for some more extended wing horns: With my relatively narrow (Dreventil) - winghorn, it protrudes quite a bit beyond the sound cup.
Conclusion: The damper is clearly, due to intonation and address, clearly taste. For me was the great sound however completely convincing.
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