The story on some of my gear…
For solo and improved music: Marcinkiewicz Rembrandt Quarter-Tone with a double shepherds crook. (The horn I own is one of two prototypes Joe Marcinkiewicz made for Arturo Sandoval.) The fourth valve drops whatever note you are playing by a quarter-step. This trumpet was given to me by Rob Blakeslee, a truly wonderful and creative trumpet player. You can hear him in the artists section of the following web page. I am quite indebted to him.
For ensemble work: Bach Stradivarius 180-43, 43 lead pipe.
More on this later, a beautiful vintage cornet going back to 1910 given to me by my step-grandmother.
Nick, of Nick Rail Music, has done some fantastic (and weird) mouthpiece mods for me…like putting holes in mouthpieces to let air leak out and more.
Electronics and related gear:
I’ve been using electronics with my horns since I began playing. I originally used hardware-based electronics until I became fed up during a tour in England in the summer of 2005. Carrying the 150 plus lb. box of gear on cabs, planes and trains got old very quickly.
I now use a laptop running software I author in Max/MSP from Cycling 74. I wrote a paper about my transition from hardware to software for the 2007 Spark Festival of Electronic Music at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The paper is titled, “How I lost 150 lbs. thanks to Max/MSP!”
Included in the slideshow is a photo of my old rig from a pretty remarkable Choir Boys gig: READ more here. The rig included a Shure Beta 56, Mackie 1202, MoogerFooger Ring Modulator, Alesis Bitrman, Boss SE50 (!) and Two Line 6 Delay Modelers.