B-flat trumpet for lead playing

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  1. Jimi Michiel

    Jimi Michiel Forte User

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    So I've been studying classical trumpet for the last 5 years, but now I want to get back into lead playing. Does anyone have any recommendations for a lightweight, high quality, affordable instrument? I'm thinking used Bach 37, but I really feel ignorant when it comes to lead equipment. Thanks in advance.
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  2. trickg

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    I just got my hands on a used Schilke B6 - the trumpet that the Yamaha 6310Z "Z Horn" was designed from, although it can't be called inexpensive by any stretch.

    However, although I have only owned it for 4 days, I believe that it is going to be worth every penny.
     
  3. Bear

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    what does inexpensive mean to you?....
     
  4. camelbrass

    camelbrass Mezzo Forte User

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    The most inexpensive...use your Bach 37. It's perfectly acceptable for a lead trumpet and lot's of good players use it.

    If you want to change and try a light weight. Kanstul Chicago 1001 or 1070, good condition LA Benge 2X, 3X, (+) or CG, Kanstul made Besson Meha, Bach 72*. Watch the bigger bore ones...like the 1070 and the Meha. Might seem great at first but take some blowing at the end of the 4th set.

    Just a few quick thoughts.

    Regards,

    Trevor
     
  5. Jimi Michiel

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    Wow, thanks for responding so quickly. I really can't go more than 1200 for a new B-flat, which is why I'm thinking that I should go the "used" route. I never really liked the way new trumpets felt anyway...
    I think I want to go with a smaller horn (bell and bore). At one point I owned both a Bach 37 and a Bach 72. I sold the 72 because it played too much like a C trumpet and the 37 was just stolen while on loan to a friend. My friend had been borrowing it for almost two years, but I remember it being ok for lead playing. I'm waiting for the insurance money (prob about 1200) to buy a new horn.
    Thanks guys,
    Jimi
     
  6. trickg

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    I paid just over $1200 for the Schilke.
     
  7. Bourbon City

    Bourbon City Pianissimo User

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    Check out www.dillonmusic.com they have a large selection of used trumpets as well as new ones.
     
  8. gzent

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    Jimi,

    In all seriousness - pick up a 1950's Olds Ambassador with good valves and have it tweaked for your preferences. You will spend less money and have a horn that will put a new Strad (Xeno, etc) to shame.

    Take a look at what a fellow over on TH had done with his Olds:
    http://www.picturetrail.com/gid2129611&?

    Greg
     
  9. Jarrett

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    I'd second the Bach 37 notion. I have been using a Bach 37 Heavybell for years and I've never found anything I was more comfortable with for lead playing. Find yourself a good one. I paid 300 bucks for mine.
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  10. joey

    joey Pianissimo User

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    lead trumpet

    What Bb are you playing now? Remember, there's no such thing as a 'lead trumpet'.

    A good trumpet will serve you well in a variety of styles.

    Joey
     

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