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Are some trumpets  designed and made specifically to be played in the higher registers?


Yes and no. I say that because it depends on the person playing the horn.  Do you feel Maynard Ferguson would have had trouble playing in his style on a different horn? The approach to high register playing is indeed an approach.
The horn is the conduit for the vibrations and some horns may "claim" a certain resonance, but until a certain player picks up that horn and feels that difference and it translates out of the end of the horn then I would concentrate more on upper register approach and maybe adjust the mouthpiece.
The mouthpiece would have a more overall effect one way or the other because that's where the vibration and airsteam are directed. If you have a mouthpiece created to give a big warm sound then it may not help in the uppers.

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Gene Ramsay


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