Re: Language assists Horn sound by (Selmer4fevr)
Dude, if all these lines of questioning were to quit, what would people on this site have to talk about? Everything interesting to read here is an opinion, including mundane technical advice like what mouthpiece works with what horn or what's the best place in whatever city to get work done. (Some opinions may be more grounded in reality than others, but I'm not going to even get into that.) Anyways, what better way is there to get people to give subjective opinions by asking what is, in essence, a series of unanswerable questions?
As for my subjective opinions, my main horn is a Chu Berry Tenor, which I love but am going to give up in a few months for a custom-made horn (inherently modern,) because yes I agree with you that it's pretty much the player, and I might as well have something with comfortable keys. Oh, and the mouthpiece is pretty damn important, too--I'm pretty sure Bird always played Brilharts. But yes everyone will have a unique tone, due to biological factors like the shape of their mouth cavity and lungs, where they voice with their tongue, the particular way they manipulate the airstream note to note and within the phrase...a kajillion factors. The sonic characteristics of the horn and the reed and the mouthpiece and the ligature are just four more factors. They definitely figure in, but are not the be-all and end-all of a player's sound.
Okay I'm done now.