Jupiter Quantum 5050 Revisited
A Quantum prototype mellophone (model 5050) was procured during the first quarter of 2008 and play tested for a review that was published on this site in March 2008 that can be viewed here. John Erickson also published a thorough review of the in his celebrated horn blog.
Following its inaugural season of usage during the summer of 2008 by three junior drum and bugle corps, the Quantum 5050s was modified slightly to address issues identified by the corps.
The Phantom Regiment
announced in December 2008 that it would be utilizing Quantum brass during
their 2009 competition season, offering the manufacturer a rare opportunity to
showcase its new marching brasswinds with the defending DCI Championship corps.
Fortunately, an inspired reader and contributor to The Middle Horn Leader (Sam Range), has devoted his analytical talents toward a Quantum 5050 (v 2.0) that he encountered while visiting a Phantom Regiment preseason rehearsal camp.
His photographs and comments are presented below (with his permission) along with the gratitude of the publisher and the readers who find such minutia fascinating!
It's important to clarify that this Web Site is in no way affiliated with Quantum and the opinions expressed below are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Phantom Regiment, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Music, the National Football League, or the National Organization of Women.
Opinions (Sam Range)
First, I got my hands on the instrument again. Turns out,
there are two included mouthpieces from Jupiter, the 7BM and the 7CH. The
7CH is the hybrid horn mouthpiece, with a sound and response similar to a
horn mouthpiece on an adapter. The 7BM is a trumpet mouthpiece posing as a
mellophone mouthpiece. The tone is somewhat offensive and painful to listen
The shank on the Quantum and both mouthpieces is
non-standard, and Phantom already knows this. The rumored mouthpiece exists
and will probably be a Hammond 6 made specifically for the Quantum shank.
Given how stark the improvement is playing the Quantum on the non-standard
shank mouthpiece, the new Hammond could make this a formidable
instrument/mouthpiece pairing. I'm not sure if or when that mouthpiece would be
available from Hammond, but he has been good about releasing Santa Clara
Vanguards' and the Bluecoats' designs. A second review with that mouthpiece
would likely be very different from the original.
I attached some pictures of the mouthpieces and the
current construction of the third valve slide. It no longer has an
adjustable kick ring. Instead, it is a fixed ring, freeing up the screw to
act as a lyre holder. The lyre would move with the slide. There is a second
screw that seems to be made to lock the slide in place, but the screw
doesn't reach far enough to actually lock. There is not a removable section
on the end of the slide.
Special thanks to Sam Range for his efforts in contributing this information.