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« on: Dec 19, 2017, 05:42PM »

Shires, Edwards, Brass Ark.


Any others out there? Did one strike you as exceptional?
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 20, 2017, 06:56AM »

I have played both Edwards and Shires .525 slides.

In my Shires, I use yellow brass 2.5 M (small shank) and MT (large shank) pipes. I have also tried a bunch of Shires M and MT pipes that I think are gold brass (they have a G included in the designation). A 2 in both sizes, 3 in both sizes, and an unmarked pipe that feels very similar to the 2.5 MT pipe. Out of all of those, I still prefer the 2.5 M and MT pipes, though the unmarked pipe is very similar, hence my thinking that it really is a 2.5. I also have the Shires RS MT pipe, and while nice enough, I just like the 2.5 better.

In my Edwards, I use a SS2 pipe, but have also used the Edwards 1, 2, and 3 brass pipes.

The Shires pipes will not fit in the Edwards slide, but the Edwards fit in the Shires (with the use of Instrument Innovations FT/CT adapters). I have tried the SS pipe in my Shires, and while OK, I didn't find it as suitable for me as the Shires 2.5 pipe. Since I have the unmarked Shires pipe described above, I was thinking of having some of the metal taken off to make it fit the Edwards slide.

I have not tried Brass Ark .525 pipes, but I have a MV50 drawn nickel-silver pipe that I use on bass that I love!  I had to wait a long time to get it, but it was well worth it. If I was dissatisfied with my current .525 options, I would definitely look at those offerings. These are just my experiences though, everyone will be different.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 20, 2017, 08:34AM »

Conn makes their H, T and X leadpipes for ths SL2525 and SL2547 handslides.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 20, 2017, 09:37AM »

Conn makes their H, T and X leadpipes for ths SL2525 and SL2547 handslides.

I actually use one on my franken 525/547 slide. One of the small receivers. I bought it used from someone and I need to look back through my records to see what it is because it works perfectly on the setup.  They're also very reasonably priced, though I don't know the degree to which they are available nor if they are consistent.  Adding a Shires collar to it ended up costing me like $30 incl. parts.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 20, 2017, 09:40AM »

I use either the Edwards 2 or 3 in my (Edwards) .525/.547 horn. The 1 works ok but feels tighter and brighter, so I rarely use that one except for jazzy things.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 20, 2017, 06:23PM »

Shires, Edwards, Brass Ark.


Any others out there? Did one strike you as exceptional?
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I have a 3B+ pipe that I like a lot, and also a pipe from a 78H that I like a lot too. I use them in a custom .525 slide made for my Arrowhead Williams "L" model.

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 2017, 06:19PM »

M&K are making some really fine .525 pipes. In 2 different tapers, and a number of material options. Very well made, too. I've been play testing some for them for a decent period of time now and am very happy with them.

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 22, 2017, 08:16PM »

M&K = MK Drawing?
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 22, 2017, 08:21PM »

M&K = MK Drawing?

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 22, 2017, 08:56PM »

The MV36 by Brad Close is very nice...
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 23, 2017, 04:43PM »

I have not tried Brass Ark .525 pipes, but I have a MV50 drawn nickel-silver pipe that I use on bass that I love!  I had to wait a long time to get it, but it was well worth it. If I was dissatisfied with my current .525 options, I would definitely look at those offerings. These are just my experiences though, everyone will be different.
Sorry for the long wait time. There was a big backlog for awhile. I have gotten a lot more caught up on making the pipes, so in the future the wait time should be much better.

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 02, 2018, 12:03PM »

Blowero/Brad/Brass Ark/Brass Medic made me a MV36 in drawn nickel that to me was the final piece of the puzzle on my 525/547 Conn. It made the whole thing so much better. I am a fan of Brad's work in general so I might be biased, but it's worth a try.

For Conn variations, Hickey's stocks them and for some reason .525" pipes are priced much lower than other sizes ($29.95-39.95). Not sure why. H and T seem to be in stock right now.

http://www.hickeys.com/search.php?q=conn+leadpipe+525
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 04, 2018, 02:58PM »

I have an Edwards #2 in my Mount Vernon 36 and love it
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2018, 04:59PM »

Would the Conns be compatible with Shires threads?

I'm guessing not.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 04, 2018, 05:37PM »

No, Conn threads are compatible with Edwards/Getzen & Greenhoe AFAIK. They will screw in pretty far though and if you get one of the Instruement Innovations adapters won't wobble. I used an Edwards leadpipe on a Shires slide for a few months and then swapped out the receiver on the pipe and didn't notice all that much of a difference. Blow was basically identical and the pitch was only one or two cents sharper. Well within my margin of error  Evil
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 10, 2018, 12:50PM »

Sorry for the long wait time. There was a big backlog for awhile. I have gotten a lot more caught up on making the pipes, so in the future the wait time should be much better.

-Brad
Just want to clarify. The orders for leadpipes are still faster than I can make them, so there is still a wait time, but it's a shorter wait time than it was before. I think they are worth waiting for. ;-)
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 10, 2018, 01:49PM »

I think they are worth waiting for. ;-)

I second this!

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