Eclipse Trumpets use 6 different leadpipes to match the instrument to the player. The changable leadpipe system is without doubt the most versatile set up for a trumpet that Eclipse produce.
This system enables the player to get seriously close to the resistance feel that they require, rather than just having to get used to a standard leadpipe fixed to the instrument.
We hand make 6 different pipe sizes, labeled as follows - from most resistant to most open:
4T > 2T > O < 2O < 4O < 6O
The 0 pipe is the middle of the road pipe, comparable to the bach 25 pipe on a standard bach 37 trumpet.
To the right of the 0 pipe the 20 , 40, and 60 get progressively more open which will give more warmth and roundness of sound, maybe a little more richness and character as you go up to the most open 60 pipe.
Of course as you go up through this series slightly more air is required to drive the horn (but these are slight increments). The 20, 40 and 60 have been a big hit with both jazzers and those with a lot of air who generally find standard trumpet leadpipes simply too resistant and feel that they have to move onto a large bore instrument. This is not necessary with this system as you can achieve exactly that feel will a larger leadpipe.
As you move to the left of the 0 pipe the 2T and 4T get progressively tighter or more resistant . These pipes are popular with lead/ orchestral players who want a little more edge and response in their play. These pipes will wake the instrument quicker with smaller volumes of air required to do so.
Designed with a slightly faster taper as the standard pipe for the fixed leadpipe Celeste models, it soon became clear that it was very popular indeed for all models, therefore it is now available on any of the Eclipse Bb trumpet models, whether fixed or changeable. Although from a different shaped mandrel, if we were asked for a resistance comparison we would place it alongside the 0 pipe.