DARK: A warm, less projecting tone. It has a more personal feel. A dark sound is usually created by a low baffle and floor.
BRIGHT: Loud and penetrating sound. A bright sound is usually created by a high baffle and floor.
PROJECTION: A sound that can be heard from far away has good projection. Good projection allows a musician to be heard over other instruments in a group.
CORE: A very centered sound, that has good direction. Like water coming from a hose in a solid focused stream. Also similar to a spot light. The opposite of a spread sound.
SPREAD: Sound that spreads out for a very wide soundstage. Like water coming from a hose that spreads out over a very wide area. in a solid focused stream. This sound envelopes a listener instead of penetrating them. Like a flood light. The opposite of a core sound.
FAT: A full bodied sound that has a sense of width to it. It is the opposite of a thin, nasal like or whiney sound.
ROUND: More the Otto Link school of sound. As opposed to the modern high baffle ‘smooth’ Jazz sound.
COLORFUL: One gets an inner sense of color, usually produced by gold plated mouthpieces. A very interesting sound.
CLEAN: A very pure sound without edge, colorfulness, spread tones, etc.
EDGY: An almost raspy sound, with high partial overtones. It is usually created by a high roll over baffle, and can be an aspect of both dark or bright mouthpieces.