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Wow! What a Phenomenon!

by Administrator 17. June 2008 16:44

In the last six months we have had orders of over 1500 John Packer JP Cornet MKII (SW) 171 & 271.

These instruments are designed for both experienced players and training bands.

See what the Critics Say:

"I was instantly impressed by the build quality and feel of the instrument (which we had in sliver plate) and noted that the valves had a smooth action without having to be oiled before I played it. In the hands the instrument feels evenly weighted, and the triggers are similar to those on the Yamaha models."

"The addition of the Smith Watkins lead pipe is a real stroke of genius, as I believe no-one makes cornets better than Richard Smith. As a result the cornet has a very free blowing feel, and a rich sound throughout the range. Whilst testing the instrument I was really impressed with the evenness of sound quality, and the ease of playing in the upper register. Intonation was good and whilst the notes just above the stave were a little sharp (as they are on most cornets) the trigger soon rectified that."

"We are now looking at replacing more of our older cornets with the JP Cornet 271L MkII (SW), which at the bargain price of £199.00 puts a lot of its more expensive competitors to shame. Whether you are a student on a budget or a band looking to kit out a section without breaking the bank, you could do far worse than to look to JP."

Pete Collins. (Pete is the Musical Director of the Foresters Band and a well known teacher).
Click here to purchase a JP171SW or JP271SW

PHOTO: JP171SW Cornet

Another Tubax sold!

by Administrator 17. June 2008 16:39
We have recently sold our seventh Eppelsheim TUBAX Contra Brass Saxophone Eb Lacquer.

The Tubax is an astonishing new product. With it's unorthodox configuration and narrow bore, it is that rarest of rare beasts - a contrabass instrument that is a real instrument rather than a low frequency generator. Fantastic.

The Tubax is the first major evolution of the saxophone since the time of its conception. Lots of changes have been made to saxophones during this period, but none has been quite so radical. This instrument, with its extremely narrow bore and convoluted form, allows the player a remarkable degree of tonal and dynamic versatility and is beguiling in its ease of play. It's range of tone colours moves with alacrity from rock and roll (to beef up the bass or rhthym section) to the lyricism required for the filling of any 'classical' parts. Its top range enters with stability right up into the bottom of the baritone top register. The fact that many of the linkages go across the instrument rather than up and down, mean that substantially less metal is being moved, so the keywork feels positive and the small amount of travel lends itself to playing with speed and precision in a realm where this has not previously been a really practical proposition. All in all this is a stunning instrument of great versatility and character.