Our C1 trumpet was designed for the orchestral and classical soloist in mind. The C1 is slightly tighter and brighter than our C2 with a fairly directional sound shape. Wonderful projection and accuracy through an orchestra with ample core.
The C1 selected model has an XL bore which provides even more richness, tonal colors, extreme dynamic control and projection.
We offer our bells in a choice of gauge. In very general terms:
- The thinner the gauge of the bell results in a more energized, faster response.
- The ticker the gauge of the bell will result in more stability and density to the sound
Of course this in particular is very much specific to the overall build characterstics of the individual model of our Custom Series instruments. For example the A4 trumpet is primarily considered to be a "heavy" profile trumpet. We have found that a thinner gauge in the bell maximizes the whole tonal and articulation spectrum for this model.
For all of our Custom Series instruments we use brass bodies with nickel silver tuning slides. Meanwhile we offer a choice in bell materials, all listed below with their specific characteristics.
This bell is an excellent mix of materials for all round work as this material is very versatile. The sound is clear and brilliant at all dynamic levels, with a good core and great projection. This alloy is ideal for lead trumpet, commercial playing and studio work. Also a good choice for principal trumpet players in symphony orchestras or someone who is looking for good crispness to the articulated sound.
Like the yellow brass bell this is a very versatile horn - a near perfect blend of warmth and projection. The gold brass brings a depth to the sound which is very smooth, rich and dark, however it is still a lively and agile trumpet. It responds quickly and has good projection without getting as brilliant as the yellow brass bell. We find it to be suited to a host of applications: be it in the jazz soloist, the crossover artist, the classical soloist, or someone who is looking for depth to sound while still retaining projection.
The Red Brass bell material is an ideal choice for the soloist who is looking for the richest, warmest, thickest sound available. Higher in copper content than our other two bell choices this provides the player with the smoothest transitions from note to note. Articulations are veiled (although with a lighter Red Brass bell option it is greatly improved) and sound shape is overall a bit wider in shape.
We do offer all Custom Series Trumpet Models with a solid Sterling silver bell. Sterling silver is a very versatile material but also much more dependent on the individual’s particular ability level. Therefore we recommend this bell option for the serious amateur or professional. The general characteristics are the bell is much darker and thicker when played at soft to medium volumes. When this bell is pushed the higher overtones are much more present and the result is a wonderful sound with great “sparkle.”
Next to the bell thickness (gauge) and bell material, we offer a choice in the finish of your Adams Custom Series instrument. These options slightly influence the sound color and for some it's just a matter of taste.
This is actually no finish. The raw material of the instrument is only polished.
This finish will liven and energize the sound slightly.
This finish will leave the sound very similar to the original raw state.
The instrument keeps the look of the raw material.
A gold tone is added to the clear lacquer.
A copper tone is added to the clear lacquer.
Colored lacquer which gives the instrument a typical antique look.
Our Adams Custom Series offer many specific models as well as varation inside each model of instrument. Here are a few of the additional customizations we can offer.
We are pleased to offer this as a custom option for our clients. Please contact us or a dealer for more specific information.
Anything from your name to a complete custom made design is possible now for your instrument. For specific pricing and information, please contact your nearest authorized dealer.
We have a large stock of different materials, if you want to customize your valve buttons.
This additional option is available on our custom trumpets and flugelhorns extending the bottom range of the instrument.