Just like Matthew’s own horn, the “Tubstar” features a Temby 725L lightweight yellow brass bell. It has an early taper with a 5″ bell diameter. For comparison purposes, this bell is similar in dimensions to a traditional “72” design, but takes advantage of thinner, more responsive walls, and a larger 5” bell diameter. This widens the spread of sound, and provides the player with more feedback.
The bore is ML .460″, and the standard “Tubstar” comes with medium heavy bottom caps, and two 1″ and one 1.5″ hollow valve bottom cap extenders, to replicate the configuration that Matthew prefers on his own horn.
The blow is open, and the tone is broad. The lightweight bell allows for a wider range of tonal colours and faster response. The balance of the horn makes this a very comfortable horn to play for extended periods. Although the tone is broad, this horn has a defined core which makes it equally at home as a lead horn, or as an all round “workhorse”. For a very capable lead horn, the bottom end is also huge.
This trumpet has it’s own individual look with hand finished “fine matting” of the raw brass bell and silver plated leadpipe and sections of the valve slides. It’s a mixture of classic and contemporary.
Matthew Tubman:“In 2015 the David Temby Hand Assembled Trumpet #2015-3 was born and after what started as a two week trial to see how the horn would behave in a big band section, I’ve just not been able to put the horn down. I had previously been playing a Yamaha Xeno NY which is also an amazing horn. The Temby was not only keeping up with it, but giving me a lot more tonal fullness and variation and a lot less resistance, Especially in those moments where I had been screaming in the upper register and then had to back off and blend into the trumpet section or jump straight into a ballad.
In my mind there was no question what horn I needed to be performing on. It allows me to blend in big band and wind band trumpet section and equally sits on a section if playing 1st or lead trumpet. It’s smooth and airy on jazz and zings on lead. I’ve not come across a more versatile trumpet and to be able to watch Dave assemble and modify before my eyes is something trumpeters in Australia rarely have the opportunity to experience.
Having Dave’s knowledge of physics and metal working skills on top of his education as a trumpeter and musician is really a dream come true. To have someone in Australia designing and assembling parts from Australia and all over the world to produce a trumpet that is designed and built for me is an honour.”