converting b flat trumpet to c

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  1. jim trpt1

    jim trpt1 Pianissimo User

    Aug 7, 2010
    greensboro nc
    I have a Bobby Shew b flat trumpet, currently i am not sure if I will be using that or my Getzen eterna. I have been idle for 10 years and just got back into playing. i have been back playing for 2 months and want to get my orchestra chops back up. Is it worth converting a b flat to c and how much would it cost? i am not rolling in money at this time, is it worth even bothering doing this?
  2. Ed Kennedy

    Ed Kennedy Forte User

    Nov 18, 2006
    Sell one Bb and buy a used C. I picked up an excellent Besson Classic (Najoom-Kanstul Bach 229 clone) for well under $1000.
  3. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

  4. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    It will be much less hassle and much cheaper to just buy a good used C. There is way too much involved in converting a Bb to a C and then you may have a great deal of intonation problems.
  5. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

    Jun 11, 2006
    South Salem, NY
    I do this sort of conversion often. PM me if you like.
  6. jongorrie

    jongorrie Pianissimo User

    May 9, 2010
    Or, you could just play the Bb in the orchestra, which is very common in the UK for example.
  7. Kang-Ling

    Kang-Ling Piano User

    Oct 8, 2009
    and a C to D conversion?
  8. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

    Jun 10, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Decide first which Bb you like best. Then look around. It may be possible to trade the other for a C, or if not sell it and buy a good used C. I bought a Yamaha C (in my signature) for $800.00. It was in my tech's shop on consignment. Beautiful horn and plays like a dream.
  9. Kang-Ling

    Kang-Ling Piano User

    Oct 8, 2009
    C to D !

    I have a cheap Amati in C, and a vintage picc. which I can't tune to A.
    but need something for weddings (D and A)
    on the Bb the wedding keys and range are not optimal and sound ....
  10. Clarkvinmazz

    Clarkvinmazz Forte User

    May 11, 2013
    Oberlin, Ohio
    This thread is 5 years old......a ghost thread just in time for halloween! :twisted:

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