Sensory Evaluation of Brass Instruments

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Sensory Evaluation of Brass Instruments




        “Sensory Evaluation of Brass Musical Instruments” is the first book length work to address the myriad elements in testing musical instruments.

       Numerous issues, both psychological and musical, become intertwined when attempting to objectively assess and evaluate trumpets and other brasses. Psychological influences include the impact of famous endorsers, myths regarding design, intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, effects of advertising, and numerous other elements. Controversial design questions such as mouthpiece rotation, tuning slide shape, instrument finish, valve alignment, etc. may be objectively tested using blind and double blind protocols, all described within this writing.

       R. Dale Olson, with advanced degrees in both music and experimental psychology, has carefully explored the many biases unconsciously held by all players in testing instruments, and has provided scientifically valid testing procedures to achieve objective evaluations.

RDO-003, 338 pages, soft cover, perfect bind (Please allow three to four weeks for delivery)


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R. Dale Olson, biography

Originally from the state of Texas, Olson holds the Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas, and the Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. In 2007, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of North Texas.

Early teachers were Everett James (Harry’s father), John J. Haynie, Renold Schilke, John Clyman, and Vladimir Drucker. Over many years, his research associates have included Dr. Robert W. Young, President of the Acoustical Society of America, Zig Kanstul, and William T. Cardwell, Jr.

Extensive research over sixty years has resulted in completion of approximately twenty book length works on trumpet performance, design, and testing. Only now, in 2019, is Olson releasing these works for publication.

Dale is currently involved in a monumental work of analyzing every United States patent related to trumpet ever granted, referred as the “Chronology of Innovation”. This research effort will ultimately result in multiple volumes, each addressing different physical elements of trumpet design. The first in this series, “Drainage Devices” has been published in 2019, and the second, “The Trumpet Mute” is scheduled for publication by the end of 2019.

Olson has lectured at numerous Conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, University of Edinburgh, Scottish International Trumpet Festival, Rice University, and many colleges and universities.

 With his wife, Diane, Olson has homes in Orange County, California, Indian Wells, California, and Galveston Island, Texas. He has long lectured and written on the subject of Gulf Coast Piracy and the life of Jean Laffite and maintains a collection of vintage English automobiles.