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Tuba
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:43 pm    Post subject: Pro Trumpet Poll Reply with quote

To all my friends at Trumpet Herald, I am taking a poll. For those who own "Pro" Trumpets which one do you own, and what about this horn in particular works for you.

This is for my benefit as I am trying to broaden my horizons and further educate myself about Trumpets and the Trumpet playing community.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: pro trumpet poll Reply with quote

Hello,
You should have put a poll up...But otherwise browse my signature.
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Maarten van Weverwijk
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy to help, but many people here have a whole bunch of differently pitched "pro" instruments.
Do you really want to read about every instrument we own? Wouldn't you prefer to narrow the choice down to just Bb-tpts?
I'm a classical player; my main tool box contains 8 or 10 instruments that I earn my money with, but I've got many more. I know several TH members who have collections of over 100 pro-trumpets/cornets/flügels...
Where do we start, where do we stop?

In general:
Ignoring the great importance of mouthpiece choice for a minute, to me the ideal professional instrument is one I don't ever have to fight or adjust. It enables me to just concentrate on making music and allows me to produce the sound that I have in mind. If something goes wrong, I want to be sure it is because of me, not because of the instrument's shortcomings (so I can "work on it"). In other words, I want to set the limits, they shouldn't be marked by the horn.
The instrument should also be flexible sound wise and should have great pitch, response, feedback and projection (see other recent threads). A precise definition of what is good response, feedback and projection may depend on the type of music you are using the instrument for.
And... what works well for me, might hold another player back from doing his/her thing with freedom.

Main instruments:
Schagerl Charis C & Bb tpts, Schagerl Hörsdorf C & Bb rotaries, Getzen 810-C & 3850-Bb cornets, Yamaha 9630 Eb-only, Selmer vintage piccolos, Yamaha 631 flügelhorn, Egger Ehe & Haas natural tpts, etc.

MvW.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Callet SIMA Bb - I've owned just about every top pro horn imagineable and I sold them all once I played a SIMA. The SIMA Bbs are being played by top jazz, latin, lead, and orchestral players and I find it equally suits every genre, a rare attribute. For me, this horn has more power, better intonation and more richness in the sound than any other. And, it's easier to play than any other. I've played over 200 gigs on this horn and both the audience and fellow musicians have really noticed the difference - awesome trumpet. - Kyle
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're trying to get an accurate survey of the working professional's instrument trends, this is probably the worst place in the world to ask.

I play Bach Strad Bb and C horns, my picc is a Selmer Paris
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bach 180-37 Bb (sold core "Bach" sound; my go to horn)
Bach 180-72R Bb with Nurenburg leadpipe (dark, thick jazz sound)
Yamaha Mark II C with 25H leadpipe (big orchestral sound)
Paris LeBlanc Bb balanced model large bore (nimble jazz player)
Holton Llewellyn Bb vintage (big orchestral sound)
Benge picc with Blackburn A pipe (great intonation)
Conn 80A cornet (bright Dixie sound)
Getzen 800S large bore cornet (mellow brass band sound)
Getzen Eb soprano cornet (surprisingly good intonation)
Paris LeBlanc flugel (a very mellow fellow)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hack001 wrote:
If you're trying to get an accurate survey of the working professional's instrument trends, this is probably the worst place in the world to ask.


Ouch! That's a little harsh, I think, but ok, point taken. And while there are many "hobbyists" here (and there's nothing wrong with that, there are some VERY good musicians who choose to play gratis), there are people here who play for compensation (myself included, albeit part time) as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll list only my Bb trumpet, which is probably what you're asking for. It's a 1976 Bach Strad, silver plate, ML bore, 25 leadpipe, 43 bell. This horn has terrific intonation, is easy to play, has an easy upper register, and has no mechnical shortcomings. I've owned it since the early 1980's, and even though I've owned and played numerous other Bb trumpets over the years, I keep coming back to this one as THE horn.

BTW, the OP didn't ask for pro trumpet players, he asked for players of pro trumpets...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1975 LA Benge 3X+

Great jazz/commercial horn. OK in classical situations.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schagerl Gansch "Vienna": It just works! Bflat trumpet
Scherzer B-flat/A Picc: Because I couldn't afford the Schagerl Tristan
Schlub Brass "Damar" Flugelhorn: Because it is the best 4 valve flugel I have ever played.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Bread and butter Reply with quote

I have a fleet of horns, but over the past ten years I've played virtually every gig on two horns - a Yamaha 8310Z up until about two years ago, and now a 1965 Conn Connstellation 36B. My niche is commercial lead playing, but I guess listing a Connstellation would lead one to understand I'm not playing principal in a major symphony
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Powell signature
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Lawler Flugel
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sonare 800.
Bright, thick, orchestral sound that really projects. Fairly rigid slots. Often described as a really good Bach 37, for hundreds less.

I had been playing a Schilke S-32 for years, which I (and my teacher) really liked. However, during a couple of lessons, my teacher let me play his Sonare, which he had recently obtained. We both agreed that I was playing his Sonare better than I was playing my Schilke.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:34 am    Post subject: Re: Bread and butter Reply with quote

Yammie wrote:
...I guess listing a Connstellation would lead one to understand I'm not playing principal in a major symphony...

You might be surprised, but I've used my 38b on several occasions, like West Side Story and a couple of programs with film scores. First time I took it to my orchestra (a general reh. for the Bernstein) it was just for fun, but it turned out to be the best choice for the music and not just for the louder fragments.

MvW.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrelson 909 B flat - This is my horn for a large majority of work. I use this horn the most as it plays great in all situations from classical to jazz to rock. Blends wonderfully, slots great and is the most consitent horn I have played.

Harrelson Summit Jazz B flat - this is a new requisition. It is a great solo horn. Really built to allow my voice to show forth.

Quinon Flugel - Great buttery sound. This is however the one horn I would change as it is not the best for pitch and I find that I have to fight it more than I like.

Bach/Malone C - I have further modified this horn with a Harrelson trim kit. I did this and found that it opened up the upper end for me and smoothed out the slotting so that it is more comfortable for me to play on.

Schilke E flat - Wonderful sounding solo horn.

Schilke B flat/A piccolo - Solid and consistent piccolo sound

Good luck with your inquiry.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: Pro Trumpet Poll Reply with quote

Tuba wrote:
For those who own "Pro" Trumpets which one do you own, and what about this horn in particular works for you.


Bach C. 108xxx. 229 bell, 25 "S" style pipe custom made from an old LB Bb pipe. I like it for the sound and articulation.

Holton Bb. Model 47 circa. early '50s. Plays easily and reliably.

Selmer Bb/A picc. Purchased new in 1979. Better sounding than others, but not necessarily easier to play.

John

*edited for unnecessary content & length.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a day with Trent Austin and, a week later, I returned to purchase the Shires BLW that he had let me play. The coolest thing is that he had also let me play every other pro trumpet he had in his shop, (NY Trpt. Co, a Wild Thing, Carol...etc...) what an opportunity? To put it simply, try a Shires and Talk to Trent.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bounce back and forth between a Kanstul 1500 and an Akright Blackbyrd.
- The Kanstul has a bigger leadpipe and was 'tweaked' by Chuck McAlexander at Brasslabs. It has a huge, warm sound. Great transition from note to note. Intonation is great. Articulations are a little thick on it though.
- The Blackbyrd is based on a Mt Vernon Bach. Has a much different tonal pallet to draw from. Projection is more focused. This horn has history (It used to belong to Donald Byrd) and was made by a guy I've known for 25 years.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my signature list....I AM NOT a pro...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can check out my Gearhead Page:

http://jazztrpt.freeservers.com/photo3.html


But if your finger is too tired to go there right now I'm playing:

Harrelson HT3 Bb with #4 bell and #4 lead pipe
Kanstul 990 (formerly Mariachi Standard)
Sonare 900
NYTC (Taylor) Broadway flugel
Getzen Capri cornet (an old one-- nice!)
GR 62S-B on trumpet, Warburton 7FLM on flugel


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