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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bb trumpet, flugelhorn. I sold all the rest of the other types.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This all represents gig-life before COVID:

The ultimate measure of importance is whether you need a horn to get the gigs you're offered. I absolutely need a Bb trumpet and a flugelhorn. I absolutely need a picc (once in a while).

Once in a blue moon I'm offered a (non-paying) opportunity to play with a community symphony. I think it's because I have a C trumpet, but I suspect if I showed up with a Bb and nailed the part it wouldn't matter.

I play a fair number of trad-jazz gigs and choose to play cornet on them. I wouldn't lose them if I played trumpet.

I have a D/Eb trumpet, and while I have chosen to use it, in either key, at times, it wouldn't have meant the difference between getting a gig or not.

And while it doesn't really matter in a trumpet group, I double on trombone. The reggae bandleader I play for demands slide trombone because he likes glisses, but I'd probably lose most of my other trombone gigs if I didn't play valves.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C, D, flugel, rotary pic in A, piston pic in Bb, various Bb cornets and trumpets - in that order. Of course I was put on a C full time in '71 (and I'm 64 now). And yes, I'm guilty of having played a lot of lead stuff over the years on C. (Shhhhhhh...)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can count on one hand the number of paid gigs I've had that didn't require Bb trumpet and/or flugelhorn. Played a few weddings on piccolo and an Easter gig and brass quintets where I doubled on C trumpet. Everything else has just been Bb trumpet and flugel, with the exception of a few trombone gigs in my younger days. Cornet is just for my own amusement at this point, though I hope after this virus nightmare is over that I can do some brass band and/or Dixie stuff.

I haven't done any orchestral playing since college and sold the C trumpet about fifteen years ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commercial musician and classic jazz lover so Bb,cornet and flugelhorn , C and piccolo just in case and pocket for vacation.

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