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  1. Finally tried LeFreque plates

    Played duets with a friend yesterday and he had one at the mouthpiece-leadpipe connection. I experimented with them for about 2 minutes and honestly I'll be ordering a set ASAP. They made a MAJOR difference on his horn (Yamaha 842). When I put them on the intermediate horn I'm borrowing it was a completed different instrument. I hate gimmicks but these are definitely worth a try.
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    Yep, I notice a difference too. Or more correctly my wife listening to me in a 'blind test' can hear a difference. I only have the 41mm (in silver) bridging across the mpc to receiver. They are fiddly to attach, but once I have them on I leave them on my mpc. I'm careful when removing my mpc to put my horn away.
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    "They are fiddly to attach" -- you were watching the Steven Mead attachment videos

    I have them on my Jinbao. I can't tell a big difference, but it does seem to land on notes better. I'm going to play with them for a few more weeks, and then take them off and see how bad the horn becomes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBj View Post
    "They are fiddly to attach" -- you were watching the Steven Mead attachment videos
    Ha ha - Yes. Fiddly it seems is a popular term in the UK. I like to watch "Wheeler Dealer" where they buy cars, fix them up then sell. I often hear them say "fiddly".

    Here's a link to exactly where Mr. Mead describes how to keep the plates attached to your mpc:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyiONFHMovY&t=3m45s
    Last edited by RickF; 08-09-2017 at 02:28 PM.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed)
    El Cumbanchero (Rafael Hernández) cell phone video

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    Regarding these Lefreque plates, I'm still skeptical. I once played with a paperclip attached with rubber bands as a 'bridge' between mouthpiece and receiver and even then my mind gave me the impression the notes slotted better. I did not have anyone else listening though.

    So in my opinion this could mean two things:
    - it is all rubbish and the effect is just 'between the ears';
    - they actually do work, but are waaayyy too expensive if you can get a similar effect with a paperclip...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cochranme View Post
    Played duets with a friend yesterday and he had one at the mouthpiece-leadpipe connection. I experimented with them for about 2 minutes and honestly I'll be ordering a set ASAP. They made a MAJOR difference on his horn (Yamaha 842). When I put them on the intermediate horn I'm borrowing it was a completed different instrument. I hate gimmicks but these are definitely worth a try.
    Can you describe the difference you felt Martin?

  8. Hi Michael,

    On the pro horn (Yamaha 842) it made the slotting more defined. There was a greater evenness of color, especially noticeable in the high range. It was much easier to keep the sound from thinning out. On the intermediate horn (Besson 4 valve non comp) it was a more drastic difference. Really fortified the sound in all registers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cochranme View Post
    Hi Michael,

    On the pro horn (Yamaha 842) it made the slotting more defined. There was a greater evenness of color, especially noticeable in the high range. It was much easier to keep the sound from thinning out. On the intermediate horn (Besson 4 valve non comp) it was a more drastic difference. Really fortified the sound in all registers.
    Thanks Martin.

  10. I've been looking at trying these out for probably a year or more, but am worried that I'll spend all this money on a set, and not notice a difference. If I were to buy one size, just to try them out and see if I notice any difference, any recommendations on which? It seems like maybe the bridge from mouthpiece to leadpipe is the most popular?

    Also, is there a major difference with the different materials they're made from? It seems like they have at least 5 or 6 different options in terms of material/plating.

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