The star of Foden’s euphonium has become an Adams Brass Artist.
Foden’s euphonium star Gary Curtin has become an Adams Brass Artist.
The international luthier, based in Ittervoort in the Netherlands, is a renowned manufacturer of percussion equipment, but has also gained respect over the past two decades for his brass conducted by Miel Adams.
This allowed the company to design, manufacture and build its instruments from its base, using the experience of its craftsmen.
Gary recently traveled to the Netherlands to test the different euphonium models in the Adams range of euphoniums.
Speaking to 4BR, Ruud Corstjens, Adams Artistic Relations Director, said the company was delighted to welcome Gary on board: “I was delighted when Gary called me to make an appointment to test. our euphoniums.
We have been making progress for several years and have found that more and more players dare to look beyond the established names. When a great musician like Gary calls in to express his gratitude, it’s like a reward for our hard work. “
The company currently has three professional models: the E1, E2 and E3. They are also producing a “Sonic” student model.
Speaking of the decision, Gary told 4BR: “After testing about fifteen instruments of all shapes, sizes, thicknesses and materials, I think I have found a really great instrument to work for me as both a musician and soloist.
Prior to my arrival I tended to go for the E2 which is made of a thicker, .80 caliber metal, as it is important that the instrument can withstand true fortissimo dynamics played by top notch brass bands. “
He added: “My final choice was an E1 .70 gauge, with heavy valve caps. The great thing about it for me was that I felt like the instrument was open in all registers.
The instrument could really sing, the tuning is fantastic and all the notes, even the elusive C # above the staff, are open. “
Adams does not yet have a big name in the UK as a member of the brass band scene, but once people start trying these instruments I am sure they will find a solid place in the market.Gary Curtin
Gary also revealed that he went for a brushed antique finish with an ornate engraving pattern.
“It definitely grabbed attention in the band’s room, online and at our first Christmas gig this weekend,” Gary said.
“Adams doesn’t have a big name in the UK yet as a member of the brass band scene, but once people start trying these instruments I’m sure they will find a solid place in the market. “