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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:58 am    Post subject: Need Opinions: Used Taylor Chicago Bb Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm a classically trained player (went to Oberlin) and pivoted out of the music industry into tech. My Bach C trumpet has been sitting on the shelf for ages and I'd like to get back into it. This time around, I'm getting into Jazz and contemporary Christian music (at my church). So, looking for a solid Bb that has a naturally darker sound than my Bach.

I'm looking for some opinions on this model (I currently have it on hold, which is why it's showing out of stock):


Seems like a steal to me, but curious if you guys see any red flags. Sound profile seems to fit the bill for what I'm looking for and I love the way it looks.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There really is no substitute for trying it yourself. The right horn is like finding the right spouse - every match is unique.

I used to think Taylor was a bad joke. All I ever saw from that shop was goofy looking creations built for aesthetics alone (or so I thought). Once realizing that these absurd contortions of the instrument were none the less playable, I started wondering what would happen if the obvious advances in design and technology utilized in those projects were applied to serious horns. When I got a chance to play some, I found out. Taylor is building some truly amazing, cutting edge, 21st century trumpets. I have not played this model, but based on those I have, and elements of its construction I recognize, I am inclined to accept the descriptions offered. The Taylors I have played are the kind of horns you don't want to let go of once you blow them - which can be expensive . . . .

Still, you have to try it and see if it ultimately is what works for you. Certainly given your goals and Taylor's intent, seems like a match. But, every match is unique.

(You might also want to ask if anyone has experience with that finish - sounds a little experimental to me)
Ron Berndt

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had a similar Taylor 46 Magnum Max for a couple of years, played it in Big Band, Concert Band and Orchestra, consider it one of the best horns I have played.

The only down side is that at 80 I find it very tiring to hold up at a long gig, at 4lbs a very heavy horn.

I use a Taylor 2M mouthpiece with it, Jason's looks to have his mouthpiece fitted.

Regards, Stuart.
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