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  • Hello everyone

    Nice to meet you all 🙂 - I am a new trumpet player and wanted to say hi and ask a question

    My music background is non-existant - but on the 12th March this year (just before the lockdown in my country) I ordered a plastic Trumpet from Thomann.de - half for me and half for the kids ---- now its just me and I love playing it most evenings and remakably (for me) i am slowly improving - I really have never been into music so it come as a surprise to me, while locked down, that I have done this and that I am now listening to far more music than before.

    But I am now at the stage where I want to get a metal trumpet and this is where my question comes from.

    My budget is not massive c.400 to c.500 eur, but what I am afraid of is buying the 'wrong' trumpet for me or one that's beyond my poor breath control!

    for example on the thoman site there is a copper/gold trumpet that they recommended would have a warmer sound - versus a gold brass which is sharper - the trouble is I really am not sure what that really means.....

    So instead of trying to understand what each type of trumpet does here is my question

    I have set myself the goal of playing this song by Christmas (fistfull of dollars theme playalong)

    Given my budget - what type of Trumpet/Finish & Mouth Piece should i be looking for and should i go new or 2nd hand?


  • Global Moderator

    Reach out to our resident @ACB. He runs a shop in Kansas City and can help you.



  • Agree to first start with Trent as per the Administrator. I personally, went through ebay, got lucky and the one horn I purchased I got for a great price, in excellent condition, but it was a pain. Overall, it was worth it as I did get a great and my most favorite horn (of the 10 I own).



  • Also, Flugelgirl on this site can also connect you with a good buy on a good starter horn, as she has familiarity with a variety of brands and as a technician, will know the quality of these horns literally, inside and out.



  • The recommendations may depend on where you are. What country are you in?



  • @Kehaulani said in New Player has entered the Game:

    The recommendations may depend on where you are. What country are you in?

    So true. My response was under the assumption you were based in the US. Being outside of the US will likely change some of the options that would be more practical for you.


  • Global Moderator

    Correct. If not in the USA, some of our international members may be of help. Here are some recommended stores:

    Austin Custom Brass
    Thompson Music
    The Trumpet Trader
    Horn Trader
    Quinn The Eskimo
    ... I'm drawing a blank, please add more



  • Dillon Music in New Jersey...

    Add that to the US list.



  • @administrator said in New Player has entered the Game:
    I'm drawing a blank, please add more.

    Chuck Levin's Washington Music
    Wichita Band Instrument


  • Qualified Repair Techs

    We ship internationally daily, and have a very good selection right now. The majority of what we carry are pro models, But we do have some intermediate and student from Jupiter and Conn-Selmer right now. My favorite of the intermediates is the Jupiter 1100SQ - great playing horn that feels more like a pro than a student. More horns are arriving daily, so check our website or message our Facebook page for more info!
    www.brassandwinds.com



  • Welcome to TrumpetBoards!

    Your goal of playing this piece is achievable if you keep it simple and play the high notes down an octave, staying in the same register as what is played through 0:42 in this video. Do not strain to try to achieve too much too soon. Playing high notes comes as an eventual result of playing the rest carefully and may take much longer than you expect to be able to do so. Lots of patience is required.

    As for a suitable trumpet, Thomann seems to have a good reputation, and I expect that if you contact them, they can help guide you in your purchase. There are many members of TrumpetBoards who are happy to assist as well. Feel free to ask whatever questions you like.



  • And to add to J.Jericho's advice, don't worry about your poor breath control. That will develop quickly the more you play. Use good posture and develop those stomach muscles.



  • Hi Everyone

    Thanks a million for the words of encouragement and advice 🙂

    I live in Ireland - should have said - lots of food for thought

    Thanks again.

    C



  • There are many choices for buying a trumpet in Europe. Are you considering buying rotary trumpets too? If you are buying without trying first, look at buying a well known quality brand. Such as Bach, Getzen, Jupiter and Yamaha or a European brand. Also consider buying an in store demo or blemished intermediate trumpet. Does your teacher have any recommendations?



  • Buy a trumpet with a yellow brass bell, gold brass bells seems to sound nicer but they lack of projection

    Wherever you live, buy a second hand Getzen Capri and you will have an instrument for years if not for the rest of your life: Superb valves, sturdy construction, fat brassy sound with excellent projection

    Keep on studying, progression will come over milage...



  • @Dirk020 said in New Player has entered the Game:
    Buy a trumpet with a yellow brass bell, gold brass bells seems to sound nicer but they lack of projection.

    I don't know why you would say this. I'm not sure of this advice.

    Wherever you live, buy a second hand Getzen Capri and you will have an instrument for years if not for the rest of your life: Superb valves, sturdy construction, fat brassy sound with excellent projection

    I have a friend who has played first in a community band, who has played his Capri for as long as I have known him (30+ years) and he has no reason to change horns. IMO, Capris are much better than their cost would imply.



  • Welcome. Maybe consider a Cornet. They are easier to play and I believe more popular in Europe.



  • @adc said in New Player has entered the Game:
    Welcome. Maybe consider a Cornet. They are easier to play and I believe more popular in Europe.

    I can only speak for Germany, first hand, but in 20 years there and in various ensembles, I have never seen a cornet.

    That I know in Germany is from first hand experience and by peripheral contact, I don't remember seeing them in any of the other Scandinavian and Middle European countries I worked in. The British Isles is the exception.



  • @Kehaulani Just how wide spread cornets are on continental Europe are I don't know, but there is a clip of the Stavanger Brass Band on the net, playing Elgar's Nimrod, amongs't other things. They have a spread of brass instruments, cornets, trumpets and flugelhorn. Maybe indicative, then again maybe not.



  • Isn't that a Scandinavian band based on the British Brass Band model? At any rate, they must be out there it's just in my experience, I've never seen one, so I would assume that's not typical.


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