converting b flat trumpet to c

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  1. jim trpt1

    jim trpt1 Pianissimo User

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    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

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    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

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  4. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    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

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    I do this sort of conversion often. PM me if you like.
     
  6. jongorrie

    jongorrie Pianissimo User

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

    Kang-Ling Mezzo Piano User

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    and a C to D conversion?
     
  8. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    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 Mezzo Piano User

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    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

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    This thread is 5 years old......a ghost thread just in time for halloween! :twisted:
     

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