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Heated Horn Case

Brass horn case with a built in heater
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An electric heating element is built into the case for the brass instrument of choice. The element keeps the horn at the temperature that it would normally reach after being played for an hour or so. This invention allows the musician to "warm up" more quickly.
Cuit_au_Four, Oct 21 2012

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Prior art [csea, Oct 21 2012]


       I've used a heating pad for this purpose. See also [link] for method for outdoors marching bands.
csea, Oct 21 2012

       Simply fill the tubing of the instrument with a volatile hydrocarbon (anything from butane to octane) and introduce an ignition source; et viola ! Instant warming.
8th of 7, Oct 21 2012

       The obvious solution is a flame fed by the player's exhalations, which still contain 4/5 of the oxygen as ambient. Tuba gets too cold, flip a switch and light it up for a few seconds.
FlyingToaster, Oct 22 2012

       The first trumpet lesson I ever had started by putting the trumpet on the radiator. This seems more portable though. [+]
TomP, Oct 22 2012

       Perhaps an electric heating element embedded in the mouthpiece rim.
pocmloc, Oct 22 2012

       Yes, because electric heating elements, moisture-rich environments, and bare skin all play so well together.
Alterother, Oct 22 2012

       Modulated pulses would help lip contractions for those high notes, Shirley?
pocmloc, Oct 23 2012

       The interior tubing of a brass instrument of any type tends to be warmed by the approximately isothermal exhalation of the player.   

       The difficulty comes when the player is asked to keep silent for long stretches of time in a cold ambient environment, then play an unwarmed instrument.
csea, Oct 24 2012

       Simply pass a current between mouthpiece and bell via terminal clips.   

       A safe low voltage would be used as the bulk resistance of the instrument will be low - an ohm or less. 20 Amps should be enough - a modified arc welder would be suitable.   

       What's the electrical resistance of a tuba?
8th of 7, Oct 24 2012

       [+] Comfort wise, it's a great idea for those cold mornings but it has been my experience that warming up the instrument takes roughly the same amount of time regardless of the ambient temperature.   

       If you play your horn for 15 minutes in any temperature/condition, it will be ready to go. Even in warmer conditions, you have to blow your horn for a while just to warm up yourself as well as the instrument.
Jscotty, Oct 24 2012

       //(anything from butane to octane)//   

       This could greatly increase the range and versatility of the Gas-Tuned Trumpet (see top right of screen) too.
Wrongfellow, Oct 24 2012

       Many eons ago, I had a dorm-neighbor who played the tuba; he claimed that it was necessary for him to play sustained notes for 45 minutes just to get his "lips loose."   

       Despite numerous complaints from other floor residents, he persisted in doing this at 7am before going to band practice. It didn't bother me because A) I rarely sleep, and B) that was the height of my comp shooting days and I always had 33db earplugs close at hand.
Alterother, Oct 24 2012

       //This invention allows the musician to "warm up" more quickly.//   

       Sorry, I think you would need a "Heated Musician Case" for that :)
phundug, Oct 24 2012


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