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« on: May 15, 2017, 09:46AM »

Has anyone used these B4. I understand they are 25+ years old and only a limited number were made.
The one I came across was 10" in Red Brass in a light gauge. Made in BO Canada,
AS I understand it Mr De Bruycker has passed.
THanks in advance, John McKevitt
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 10:13AM »

BO?

Joe was a local legend. Sharman King and Benn Hansen could give you some info.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 08:11AM »

My Mistake  "BC"  British Colombia .Stamped " JD Bruycker  Surrey B C"
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 12:30PM »

Columbia

Colombia is a country in S America.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 02:49PM »

I hoped I spelled my name right
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 04:30PM »

Benn Hansson used to have one of his basses. He should have some more info.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2017, 05:10PM »

T H A N K S
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 07:37PM »

I have seen a few of Joe's horns, and have played a few notes on a couple (including Sharman King's bass). They were usually franken-horns - assembled from parts from various manufacturers with one of Joe's bells. Very colorful sounding bells with some quirks. They sometimes had unusual overtone series that didn't line up with the usual expectations on that front. They also were sometimes longer or shorter than stock bells, so the slide/bell relationship was off a bit from what you might be used to. Took some time to adjust for the people that played them. Nice sound, though. There were some good players in B.C. and Alberta playing horns with a DeBruycker bell back in the 80's/90's.

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2017, 08:06PM »

Joe only made flares. You had to supply your own slide. He told me once that he used to get slides from Bach but they cut him off.


At one point, nearly all the top players in Vancouver played Joe's bells, typically with a Bach or King slide.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2017, 08:39AM »

This sounds like my old horn.

Joe never used red brass, he couldn't source small enough amounts of the sheet metal in odd musical instrument alloys, so it was regular brass or copper.  He made 1.5 small bore bells in sterling, the half being a copper and sterling bell.

I got the last horn Joe built right before died in 2005.  9 7/8" thin copper flair, with a small brazing problem on the throat.

Teflon coated aluminum TVI valves, rose valve tubing, redbrass J bend, I built the dual bore Conn 62-80 slide. 

Joes bass bells are medium throated. They are not a copy of any American bass bell, they are bigger that a 70 series Conn smaller than a 50.  My horn was a great Commercial bass. Think in the vain of a Duo Gravis with better valves and a broader sound.

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 12:50PM »

The current owner said you had it previously Ben. Everything she said and you said match exactly. Right down to the brazing issue on the bell.Although her comparison to the Duo Gravis was this, " Think of it as a Duo Gravis on Crack" With all the components I would have thought bigger and better Conn 62H. I am definatley interested in it. I had a set of Ed's back anodized aluminum valves. I don't remember them being Teflon coated. Is that something you did? My valves corroded after 10 years and had to be replaced. For a small charge of $25 each Ed replaced them. It looks great I have only seen pictures of it. Thanks for your input Ben
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2017, 12:57PM »

In the early 2000s Ed Thayer had a teflon coating baked onto his black anodized cores. My old horn has it.

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2017, 07:27PM »

I had a few friends who were lucky enough to have one of his bells. One of the secrets was that he believed that if you had a horn in all one alloy it responded better. No nickle silver on his bells. Just all yellow. A Bach 36 bell by him played like a Bach 42 bell. Super efficient.

The proof that that works is the Olds Ambassador small student tenor. Same size as an Olds Super...but better in almost all ways that a Super or a King 2B, which has a lot of Nickle silver on it.
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2017, 05:25AM »

Which goes against the trend of people thinking that a yellow bell should have a gold brass tuning slide, or a gold bell a yellow brass TS....

There is no "right" or "wrong", just different ideas, and sometimes, too many options.

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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 06:37AM »

There is no "right" or "wrong", just different ideas, and sometimes, too many options.

Amen.

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« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2017, 07:13AM »

Which goes against the trend of people thinking that a yellow bell should have a gold brass tuning slide, or a gold bell a yellow brass TS....

There is no "right" or "wrong", just different ideas, and sometimes, too many options.

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Yeah, custom and modular horns are a nightmare for OCD people like me. I had enough trouble settling on leadpipes and mouthpieces. If I could change out bells, tuning slides, etc etc it would drive me up the wall because of the one question: Is this the best possible configuration for me.

And of course, my favorite tenors are my Bach 42 and Kanstul 1570, which are all yellow brass, except for the inner tubes and fittings. I guess it's definitely a case of go with what works best, not what you THINK will work best.
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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2017, 02:00PM »


I try to hold No Prejudices or Pre-conceived Expectations when I try something new.
A new horn, bell, leadpipe, mouthpiece,etc...
Whatever Works!
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