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Getzen Gazette

Hints for Building Range
By Mike Vax The proper way to build range is to increase it gradually over a number of years, always using as natural an embouchure as possible. Students need to learn to let the air do the work instead of...
Extending a Helping Hand
In the fall of 2005, I was contacted by Mike Vax. Not a big surprise since Mike checks in with us at the factory quite a bit. This call was different. Mike was looking for our help. Some friends in...
A Visit From Bugles Across America
As a part of their 2006 convention near Chicago, several members of Bugles Across America visited the Getzen Company for a tour and a luncheon. B.A.A. is an organization dedicated to providing volunteer buglers to sound Taps at military funerals....
Improving from Start to “Finish”
At Getzen, we pride ourselves on our industry-leading quality and we are constantly striving to find ways to improve our products even more. In that effort, we have made two key advancements in our production. First is a new, cutting...
Matching the Outside with the Inside
The American Heritage Field Trumpet has served to show the proper respect to America’s veterans. Now a new case will also reflect those strong feelings of patriotism. The case features the same great protection in a lightweight package as before,...
What Does a Trombone Leadpipe Do For You?
Everyone knows that trombones have a bell and a handslide. What a lot of players don’t realize is that all trombones also have a leadpipe. However, the majority of leadpipes are fixed (soldered) into the handslide. This is because most...
Happy Anniversary, Getzen!
by Milo Greene March of 2006 marks a great achievement for the Getzen family. That month they will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the family buying back the company bearing its name. In 1991 the Getzen Company’s production and...
Nickel vs. Monel: The Battle Rages On
I suppose a better title would be “Us vs. Them”. Regardless, one of our proudest accomplishments is the reputation we’ve earned for having such great valves. Still, we’re asked why we use nickel plated pistons. Why not follow everyone else...
Mail Bag: March 2006
Dear Getzen, Here are pictures of my son, Will Parker, playing his American Heritage Field Trumpet for the first time at a funeral. Will has been playing Taps since the seventh grade for local funerals. He is now a tenth...
Battle of the Bands
  On January 2, the University of Badgers faced off against the Auburn University Tigers in this year’s Capital One Bowl. Not only did the game bring together a Big Ten powerhouse and an S.E.C. force, but it also showcased...