Adams Musical Instruments

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Adams Musical Instruments is a manufacturer of percussion instruments based in the Netherlands.

History[edit]

The company was founded by amateur musician André Adams, who started repairing brass instruments in 1971. Music was Adams hobby while engineering was his passion in life. He gained experience as a maker of instruments with various firms throughout Europe. With this unique background and skill, it led him to the foundation of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of percussion instruments.[1]

Cooperation[edit]

Adams Musical Instruments has expanded due to the fact that they have been in partnerships with the following:

  • professional musicians
  • amateur musicians
  • several universities[1]

Information[edit]

The instruments produced by Adams Musical Instruments include:

  • timpani
  • marimbas
  • xylophones
  • vibraphones
  • bass drums
  • chimes
  • flugel
  • horns
  • trumpets
  • euphonium[2]

Trumpets[edit]

The trumpets made by the Adams Musical Instruments company are unique and made with superb quality. Before creating brass instruments, Adams was used to creating timpani. It is with this knowledge of metalwork that the Adams company began to forge trumpets. The instruments are completely handmade, and the design and manufacture of every instrument is spearheaded by Miel Adams. Adams uses a wide variety of metals in its trumpet creation, including brass, gold brass, red brass, sterling silver, and nickel silver. Plating for these horns can include lacquer, silver, or gold. Raw brass is also an option. In addition, Adams is the only known company that has patented what they call the "Adjustable Gap Receiver". This new mechanism is designed to widen or shorten the gap between the trumpet mouthpiece and the mouthpiece receiver. The end result is an instrument that has the ability to change tonal color and feel without buying a new mouthpiece or instrument.

Below is a list of their trumpet model numbers and their corresponding specifications. These instruments are constantly being reviewed and worked on by head designer Miel Adams, as well as Adams trumpet/flugelhorn artists Trent Austin and Amik Guerra.

A1:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: ML .460" (11.7 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5" standard
Leadpipe: Adams 14ML
Receiver: Fixed A1
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A2:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: ML .460" (11.7 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5" standard
Leadpipe: Adams 1ML
Receiver: Patented adjustable receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A3:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: ML .460" (11.7 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5" standard
Leadpipe: Adams 3ML
Receiver: Patented adjustable receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A4:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: L .470" (12 mm)
Bell diameter: 5.5"
Bell: 1 piece
Leadpipe: Adams 3ML
Receiver: Heavy fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A5:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: L .460" (11,7 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 4.9"
Leadpipe: Adams 3ML
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A6:

Pitch: Bb
Bore : L .438" (11 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 4.8" / 4.625"
Leadpipe: Adams3ML
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A7:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: L .470" (12 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5" standard
Leadpipe: Adams 2L
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A8:

Pitch: Bb
Bore : L .470" (12 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5.5"
Leadpipe: Adams 3ML
Receiver: Integrated changeable mouthpiece
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A9 L:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: L .468" (11.9 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 5" (127mm)
Leadpipe: Adams 9.2
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

A9 ML:

Pitch: Bb
Bore: ML .453" (11.5 mm)
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 4.725" (120mm)
Leadpipe: Adams 9.1
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

C1 + C2:

Pitch: C
Bore: L .460"
Bell: 1 piece
Bell diameter: 4.8"
Leadpipe: Adams C3
Receiver: Fixed receiver
Valves: 3 x top center stainless steel

In addition to the handmade standard models, Adams also does custom trumpet work. This work includes, but is not limited to, custom bracings, engravings, bell shapes, plating, etc. Various new instruments have also been created for trumpet player Christian Scott. One of these instruments includes "The Siren", which is a combination of a trumpet, flugelhorn, and a cornet. Also created was the "Reverse Flugelhorn", which is a flugelhorn with a uniquely shaped bell, and pipes that are placed on the opposite side of the instrument (hence the name 'reverse').

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Awards[edit]

Adams Musical Instruments has received the following awards:

  • Limburg Export Award
  • King William 1 award[4]

Location[edit]

The instruments are sold in North America and Japan through Pearl Drums. Some notable dealers of Adams trumpets and flugel horns in North America include Austin Custom Brass and J. Landress Brass.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Company Profile". Paukenfabriek Adams B.V. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Online Store". aukenfabriek Adams B.V. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Adams Trumpet Page
  4. ^ "Adams Awards". Paukenfabriek Adams B.V. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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