Introduction: Trumpet Stand With Electric Warmer

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This is my electronic trumpet warmer, only one EVER made, and yeah, so I hope you like it.

Step 1: Needed Stuff.

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one trumpet
one hair dryer (I used a Dynasty 1350)

Trumpet stand :
4 orange rods
14 blues
1 yellow
21 oranges
2 whites
8 reds
1 big wheel
1 small wheel

Hair dryer attachement:
8 reds
10 blues
4 whites
2 yellows
2 whites
8 yellows
8 purples
1 red

Step 2: Stand Part 1

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Build this. See all those orange connectors, replace em with yellows and also the purple and green connector too.

Step 3: Big Wheel

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Build this around the big wheel. The purples, green and greys should be reds.

Step 4: Stand Part 2

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Build this with the wheel on it.

Step 5: Connect Em

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Put them together and the trumpet stand is done.

Step 6: Hair Dryer Holder

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Build this, mod it for your hair dryer.

Step 7: Holder

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This must be at a variable height for different hair dryers.

Step 8: Connect Em

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Connect them together just like this.

Step 9: In With the Dryer

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Put the dryer in here and put that white in to seal it, use that red to hold the dryer straight.
You're done! Put trumpet on stand, plug the dryer in and turn it on its LOWEST setting. wait 1 min, turn off and play your wonderfully warm trumpet!

Please help me make this a BIG invention, tell your friends, family and anyone who plays trumpet!

**If the dryer breaks, not my problem**


goldmanmusic (author)2011-08-01

That is very creative! I love the idea of keeping the horn warm, it may actually reduce the amount of condensation (spit) when you pick it up to play since the temp of the instrument wont be colder than your breath. I would be interested in how to use a much quieter fan than a hairdryer with the heating element, then it could actually be used in situations like an orchestra pit or outdoor performances where ambient air temp is cold.

farmerben (author)2008-10-20

make 1 for tenor sax

i useta play alto sax

I play baritone sax its like the hugest of them all (excluding the controbass)

x z i t (author)Mr.NHRA2010-03-04

theres bass and even bigger than contabass called subcontrabass

what do u play now

lioneatr (author)farmerben2009-07-26

i play the electric nuthing!

knex stuff i dont play any insterimunts now

mannyboy446 (author)2009-08-09

THE HEAT WORKS it expands the metal before you play so your not out of tune while you playing this way the trumpet will be ready to be played without tuning out

Bugman9 (author)2009-02-05

if you brass players are tired of cold mouthpieces, you can go to your music shop and buy a plastic mouthpiece.

Bartboy (author)Bugman92009-02-06

Been there, done that! I find it is easier to play low with one, but WAY harder to play high with one.

BeanGolem (author)2008-10-01

MerleCorey is correct. The expansion of the metal has very little to do with your pitch. The density of the air has everything to do with your pitch. Warming up properly before playing has nothing to do with the temperature of your horn and everything to do with your face. A proper warm up makes your face go from its normal "non-playing-relaxed-lazy-mode" to the focused "wow-I'm-actually-being-used" mode. I would say think of warming up like reminding your face how to play. You can just blow air through your horn to get it up to the temperature it will be while you play, but you still won't be "warmed up."

Bartboy (author)BeanGolem2008-10-20

lies, a cold trumpet is harder to play!

rofl495 (author)Bartboy2008-12-19

well I play trombone but our band teacher makes all the trumpet players blow warm air through their horns and then tunes them right before a concert same with saxes,clarinets,flutes and mostly everything else.

BeanGolem (author)rofl4952008-12-19

Correct. You want to bring your horn up to the temperature at which you will be performing when you tune. I've played my fair share of christmas parades. I know that cold mouthpieces are no fun. But still, the logic behind a warm mouthpiece and a warm horn and a "warmed-up" face are all different.

Bartboy (author)rofl4952008-12-19

Yes, they don't have any idea that the colder the trumpet, the more it hurts your lips.

rofl495 (author)Bartboy2008-12-19

O,well my mouthpiece gets warmed so fast I cant tell.

farmerben (author)BeanGolem2008-10-20

know it all

farmerben (author)2008-12-12

yaaaaaaaa dont lie

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-06-08

Do trumpets really need warming?

Yup, they do. Although pointing a hair drier down the bell won't help much. Instruments that use the mouth are designed so that when the heat from your breath expands the material of the instrument the sound isn't distorted. But that means when the instrument is cold, it doesn't sound right, and that's why most players warm up before really playing.

Noodle93 (author)Aar000n3y2008-06-08

As it expands, you get flatter. As it contracts, you get sharper. That's why it's very important to warm up thoroughly on a cold day.

MerleCorey (author)Noodle932008-10-01

-thats what it seems like but no, cold is flatter.

Bartboy (author)Aar000n3y2008-06-08

exactly!, exept that it this really works,

Aar000n3y (author)Bartboy2008-06-08

There's no way that this could work well. Even if the warm air somehow reached up through to the main lead pipe, the rest of the pipes coming from each valve wouldn't be reached because they would be closed off.

Bartboy (author)Aar000n3y2008-06-08

yes, as it heats up, the air around it heats up, thus eating up the other pipes, I tried freezing my trumpet for 10 min, the left it, and it took longer to be playable then when I took it out and put on this stand

MerleCorey (author)2008-06-08

this is an interesting and creative idea, but it seems more like a proof of concept demonstration. I might even say there is a reason that this was "the only one EVER made." I will point out two ways this might be actually bad idea, even though it's not entirely stupid. I wouldn't want to put a blow driver with an element that close to my lacquered bell; the composition of the materials on the bell adds so to the sound. I would let any deteriorating of the lacquer on any of my instruments occur naturally though out their lives, and not hasten it any way by forcing it to warm up with a hair dryer - right after the freezing. And you cant count on this to warm it up to the playing temperature, how do you know you will not be get too warm, and be sharp sharp. AND YOU JUST NEED TO WARM UP....EVERY ONE DOes But, its good that you are thinking about this. its good that you are thinking about tuning. Especially in a cold weather place. but not really--maybe keep a blow dryer in a gig bag and keep it blowing to stay a little warmer maybe. i dunno ....would nt do this though I am not knocking it.

Bartboy (author)MerleCorey2008-06-08

um, well, I can't really understand the way you speak, so ,yeah. Also. the hair dryer could be further away, but mine is a weak voltage. Also, where I live, it's freezing (minus 40 C) this is for playing outside. Also, my trumpet is not laqured, it is just brass, so I guess I will add that laqured instruments aren't the greatest to do this with.

BeanGolem (author)Bartboy2008-10-01

Except for extremely rare occasions, a "brass" instrument will not just be brass. If it's yellowish in nature and shiny, it is extremely likely that it is lacquered (as your photos suggest).

Bartboy (author)BeanGolem2008-10-01

hmm, well I dont know, but this does not wreck it.

Noodle93 (author)MerleCorey2008-07-01

Dude, if you got too warm you'd go flat. Meh, just warmup normally. Mind you, you Yanks might find it hard in Winter, but boo hoo.

MerleCorey (author)Noodle932008-07-01

no you are incorrect...if you are warm you are going sharp........thats why its called warming up sharp is higher (the up part of warming up) \but yes just warm up normally...thats the real key here. there is no substitute for warming up I SHOULD KNOW I AM A BAND DIRECTOR!

Noodle93 (author)MerleCorey2008-07-01

Theoretically, when you warm up, the instrument heats up, expands, which acts similarly (but on a more minute scale) to extending the tuning slide, thus making you flatter.

MerleCorey (author)Noodle932008-07-01

no im sorry noodle you are incorrect. It actually has to do with the air density not the metal of the instrument. cold air has more resistance in the vibration, making a cold instrument sound flat.

butthead95 (author)2008-07-09

Why would you warm trumpet? Isn't that a waste of electricity? Make no sense to me so if you could explain that would be great!

conor1148 (author)butthead952008-07-25

if a trumpet is cold the pitch can be changed drastically as it warms up, and since most people will tune right as they start playing their trumpet will be cold and even though the trumpet is intune as it is cold as it begins to heat up the pitch changes, leaving you badly out of tune make sense?

masterchrisx3 (author)2008-07-11

EVREYONE wants a warm trumpet :P

bannana inventor (author)2008-06-14

This is very creative, but be careful with the hair drier like burrito master said. Don't scratch your trumpet with the Knex,but it looks like you've already got that part figured out.

the_burrito_master (author)2008-06-12

nice be careful with the hair dryer it could melt your knex ,and start a fire.

I thought of that, my hairdryer has a shut of sensor, and I tested it with knex, I put it on for 5 minutes pointed directly at the knex, the knex didn't even heat up!

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-06-11


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