Wimpy bell-to-body braces can be replaced with a sturdier and more supportive X-brace. It’s our theory that it may also improve the sound of the instrument. A perfectly executed installation of a solid brace means that there is no tension in that joint, which would increase the resonance in the horn.
An increasingly popular modification for baritones and basses has been to double up with two X braces between the body and bell. Players who desire extra stability in their instrument will appreciate how sturdy two X braces be.