View Poll Results: Which Finish Do You Like Better

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  • Brush, with brass body and sterling silver bell

    16 64.00%
  • Brass with satin-gold lacquer

    6 24.00%
  • They are equal

    3 12.00%
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Thread: Adams Options

  1. #1

    Adams Options

    OK, what do you folks think of these two? Do you like the equally? One more than the other?

    One is the brushed metal that I currently have with a sterling silver bell. The other is yellow brass with satin-gold lacquer. Very different looks!

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    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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  2. #2
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    You know my preference, the brush, with brass body and sterling silver bell. And mine has a fully engraved bell which is awesome.

    I don't want to spoil this for you, Dave, but if I were a betting man, I would think you have not one, but two Adams euphoniums in your castle. One is your current brush finish, sterling silver bell beauty, and the other is this yellow brass with satin-gold lacquer beauty that you are trying on approval as a possible replacement for your current horn. Inquiring minds want to know!

    The satin-gold finish is also very attractive, but I still go with the other.
    Last edited by John Morgan; 05-05-2019 at 04:07 PM.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
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  3. #3
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    I also noticed the water keys on the satin-gold model. Just like your other one. They don't call me Dick Tracy for nothing. Actually, they don't call me Dick Tracy at all.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone, Edwards T396-A Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YSL-891Z Jazz Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Gosh, they’re both gorgeous! I voted the silver brushed - sterling bell.
    Rick Floyd
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    Straight yellow brass is my preference between these two, on looks alone. I am not considering the affects on the sound at all with this choice. It is simply that I prefer a solid colored horn, as much as possible. It is less busy, more traditional, and more visually appealing for me personally. Which is what you are asking for (personal opinion of looks).

    This is true, whether looking at a silver plate horn, or a glossy lacquer horn. I know that the lacquer horns often have nickle reinforcement built into their slides and other high wear pieces. It still manages to look like a single color horn to me. So if someone asked me, I would say to go with one look or the other (silver or lacquered brass), not some parts one way and other parts the other. Go with whichever you personally like best.

    That being said, the satin/brushed finish does minimize the difference in appearance between the two finish materials. It brings them together better than they are in a highly polished and reflective horn.

    That and Dave, you are known for your two color horn. It has probably become a part of your "brand." As such, it is something that should only be changed after careful consideration.

    - Sara
    Baritone - 3 Valve, Compensating, JinBao JBBR1240

  6. Mine is the brushed brass and I get many comments about how nice it looks. However, I would have gotten the brushed silver bell (not necessarily sterling) if I had a choice.
    Sterling Virtuoso 1052HS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HS baritone & Conn 24I/25I euphonium
    New England Brass Band/Metropolitan Wind Symphony
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  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by daruby View Post
    Mine is the brushed brass and I get many comments about how nice it looks. However, I would have gotten the brushed silver bell (not necessarily sterling) if I had a choice.
    It'd be hard to make a silver-plated brass bell with a brass body, as the pieces would have to be made separately and assembled after finishing. It can be done, but not 100% neatly.

    I like the look of the sterling bell, even though I like the way yellow brass plays better. Tinted lacquer reminds me too much of american instruments from the 1960s and 1970s.
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    Barry

  8. #8
    I voted for the yellow brass, but Id'be curious to know the difference in terms of sound, response etc.
    Besson Prestige 2052,3D K&G mouthpiece;JP373 baritone,T4C K&G mouthpiece;Bach 42GO trombone,T4C K&G mouthpiece

  9. #9
    Purely for aesthetics, the yellow brass one. I like uniformity in things like colour etc, and a silver bell on a brass body (or vice versa) has always looked kinda 'off' to me personally.

  10. I’m a sucker for a satin two tone finish. So the sterling silver gets my vote. Now if you happen to put some small “bling” pieces on the other I may change my vote 😂😂😂

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