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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

We’re experiencing a lot of growth at Edwards this year. As a result, we can’t keep up with the 6-8 week trombone delivery estimates we’ve listed on our product pages. A more realistic timeframe for complete horn delivery is 8-12 weeks. We are ramping up production, but we want to do it slowly in order to maintain our build standards.

The good news is that your money is sitting in your bank during those 8-12 weeks; we don’t charge you until the horn ships. So if you’re in the market for a new Edwards, you might consider getting your order in sooner than later.

Your patience with us through this year of growth is appreciated. We will continue to do our best to improve our delivery.

The Edwards Team

Joseph Alessi Interview

Friday, August 6th, 2010

No we do not wear sweaters in August in Wisconsin.

It took us a while to get to post this video but we hope you enjoy it.

Alessi Model Demo

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Mike Dugan and Christan Griego recently got together in the Pro Stop to demonstrate the Harmonic Bridge and Pillars on the Alessi horn. The audio is actually quite good, so you should be able to hear the differences in tone as Christan adjusts Mike’s setup. These videos can also be viewed on the T396-A product page.

Domo Arigato!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

In April of 2000 I first visited Edwards for a T350. Previously I had canceled a few appointments to visit, but finally did show up.

And boy was I glad I did.

That day was amazing and overwhelming as Christan fit me to a trombone that I still play and love to this day. What I never imagined that day was the door that was opened and the great friendship I was in for. After mountain biking with Christan during the summer the opportunity came to work here part-time while finishing my undergrad at UW-Whitewater. After graduation it was a natural progression as Edwards became my home.

At just shy of 10 years with Edwards the amount of great musicians and people I have had the pleasure of fitting makes me smile. I appreciate your trust in us. There are so of many of you that have shaped my life and kept me coming back every day. But let’s face it, playing with trombones and trumpets all day can’t be all work! Some days I would come home and tell my wife about my day. The common response was “Do you actually work at work?”

What will be the most lasting and hardest to leave is all the friends I have worked with. Their kindness, knowledge and generosity of their lives is very humbling.

Thank you all, most especially Christan.
You have been a great friend, mentor and incredibly patient boss. (Let’s continue the first two!)

Wednesday April 7th will be my last day playing with trombones and trumpets. I am off to different pastures and new challenges. I know the future here is in great hands with many new things to come.

Hopefully I will cross paths at gigs(if I write this, then maybe I will practice more) with some of you. I leave you with something that was posted here once before. It is one of my favorite thank you gifts we have received and it is from the trombone extraordinaire, eccentric, avant-garde, super-duper guy Brian Allen entitled “Domogriego”

ListenListen! (3.9 MB)

Trombone Valve Conversion Kits

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

We have received request upon request for our Axial Flow (Thayer) valves. We are now pleased to offer valve conversion kits that will allow you to modify your existing Bach, Conn, or other trombone of choice with an Edwards valve system. We are too busy building horns to do the conversions ourselves, but we will be happy to refer you to a competent repair tech that can do the work.

More info »

New US Edwards Dealers

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

If you live on the east coast of the US, you now have more options for play testing our instruments. We’ve recently decided to put our horns into two retail outlets: Washington Music in Wheaton, Maryland, and Dillon Music in Woodbridge, NJ.

We chose to partner with these two stores because we feel they will offer the highest level of support during and after the sale. Please call ahead to make a fitting appointment so you can be sure they will have everything you need in their inventory. We’re looking forward to working with Washington and Dillon to help you find your perfect Edwards.

Washington Music
11151 Veirs Mill Road
Wheaton, MD 20902
phone: 301-946-8808
fax: 301-933-4438
web: www.wmcworld.com
email: sales@chucklevins.com

Dillon Music
325 Fulton Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
phone: 732-634-3399
fax: 732-634-4932
web: www.dillonmusic.com

Summer Special

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Summer Case SpecialDo you remember those tan Edwards travel cases we used to sell? We’re going to start selling them again because we recently found quite a few while going through our inventory.

If you purchase any T350(E), Alessi T396-A or B454(E), we can offer you one of these vintage-style travel cases at cost. That’s $170 for tenor and $175 for bass. When these cases are gone, the sale is over. We still have our current cases and gig bags for sale, but if you’re a fan of tan, give Cathy a call to place your order:

(800) 562-6838

View image of open case

Midwest Reminder: Alessi Model Unveiling

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Well, I’m sitting here and thinking, “what have I forgotten to do?”. The horn has been tested and re-tested (and tested again) in as many configurations as we could think of. Now it’s time to get the Alessi Model in our customers’ hands. You can be one of the first to try it at the Midwest Clinic next week. Details are in the post below. Come to the booth early to get your invitation. We hope to see you there!

Alessi and the T396-A at Midwest

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Edwards will be at the Midwest Convention in Chicago December 17-19 displaying our regular assortment of trombones and trumpets. After much testing and input from players around the country, we’ll be showing our new Eb trumpet, as well.

Trombone players will also be able to play a new horn — the Alessi Model. But there’s a catch. You won’t find the T396-A in the exhibits hall. Instead, interested trombonists need to come to the booth to receive an invitation to our top secret location where you’ll find the horn and quite possibly Joe Alessi himself.

Okay, Joe will be there and so will I. We are planning on doing two to three sessions a day. Each session will begin with a 15 minute introduction, followed by a Q&A and time for you to try the horn. Please bring your own mouthpiece.

Space at these private sessions is limited, so be sure to stop by the Edwards booth early to pick up an invite. We have tentatively scheduled two sessions on the 17th and three sessions on the 18th & 19th.

See you there.

First Signature Series Model Ready for Production

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

T396-AHow many times have you looked at your yard and thought, “I’d really like to do some landscaping. Maybe a new tree here, some bushes there, a coy pond, perhaps.”? And how often do you simply mow the grass and go inside to pay the bills, run the kids to soccer practice or take a nap? If so, you know all too well the things we face everyday (sans the nap). We’re a small company devoted to making the best instruments we can. That requires time and energy that, in the past, has kept us from putting in the koi pond.

Well, three years ago, I decided to start putting time aside in order to develop a new signature series tenor trombone. Time that would allow me to fully delve into every aspect of the horn. Time that would allow for testing, not only in-house, but out in the real world (the latter mostly at Lincoln Center with Joseph Alessi performing with the New York Philharmonic). Time that would help Edwards create the next great tenor trombone.

We feel we’ve accomplished just that with the Alessi Model T396-A.

Being the first fixed instrument that Edwards has ever produced, the biggest challenge to us was building a trombone that would fit the physiologies of trombonists around the globe. I had a call with Joe one morning (he was in Switzerland and I was in a Lowes parking lot) where things really started to come into focus. For 45 minutes we discussed the merits of the prototypes we had been working on. The conversation kept coming back to the weight within the build. We both felt strongly that the new brace we added to his then-prototype helped bring stability to that horn (we dubbed that new brace the “Harmonic Bridge (Patent Pending)”, and it plays a vital role in the T396-A’s construction and playability). The prototype Joe was on at the time had a bit more weight in the valve section than our current prototype so Joe insisted that I try to get a bit more into the prototype I was working on in-house.

I got to the office a bit late that day and immediately started working on adding more weight to the horn. The first step was attaching a counterweight. A mere 134 grams made the horn too centered and we lost the beautiful blossom in the resonance we had worked so hard to achieve. I modified the counterweight by taking off a four grams. The result was better, but a counterweight wasn’t the aesthetic I was looking for.

I was looking at the horn and an idea hit me: build the counterweight system into the instrument’s bracing via the Harmonic Bridge (Patent Pending). So I once again found myself back at Lowe’s in the nuts and bolts aisle during my lunch break. I bought a number of materials and headed back to the shop.

After tapping the Harmonic Bridge (Patent Pending), I inserted one threaded rod into the left hole of the brace. The partials instantly stabilized and the sound changed (not in a small way) but was more defined in the outer ring. So I decided to insert two more rods and the horn instantly changed once again. Depending upon the lengths and material densities of the rods, the results were drastically different each time we tested new combinations.

I went back to the first combination to make sure my ears (and brain) weren’t playing tricks on me and the sound and feel changed once again. My head was spinning with the possibilities: I could change the tonal characteristics — the width, depth and core of the sound — simply by switching out the materials and their respective lengths. Not only could I affect the resonance but the entire feel of the instrument, as well.

To take it further, I brought out a number of mouthpieces that, in the past, have not worked well for me and each one immediately felt more comfortable. I realized that the one thing I had been trying to accomplish (building a fixed horn that would fit everyone) was now possible. The T396-A had gone from being an excellent instrument to being one that I think could very well set the new standard for tenor trombones.

Here are the goals we initially laid out:

1. Build a fixed model Edwards that works well in a symphony orchestra

We accomplished this by traveling to NYC once a month to work with the New York Philharmonic’s low brass section. There were no compromises with this goal. After all, the orchestra is Mr. Alessi’s livelihood.

2. Build an instrument that also works well as a solo instrument, either in a recital setting or in front of an orchestra

Mr. Alessi has performed solos (many premieres) on recitals around the world on the T396-A.

3. Build an instrument that records well

It has met Mr. Alessi’s exacting standards in recording sessions.

4. Allow Mr. Alessi to perform with the correct timbre and feel no matter the musical setting

This is more difficult than it sounds. A lot of timbre comes with having an instrument that is tonally flexible without becoming unstable in different registers. We feel we have achieved our goals in each and every way and thus are excited to make an instrument available that is as unique as each and every one of our customers.

Delivering the first acoustically tunable fixed instrument is a new concept. We hope all of you will be able to test it for yourselves as it travels from ITFs to ETWs to MEAs in the coming months.

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