D to C Trumpet?

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  1. VanDoren

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    I saw a trumpet on eBay where a guy was selling a Bach Strad D trumpet, but had C slides to go with it. Is it possible for you to just put the C slides on the horn and it'll play in C just fine?
     
  2. Peter McNeill

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    If it is a full set of slides, Main, 1st, 2nd and 3rd slides, Yes.

    If just a Main slide - hard yakka and probably not. Just my opinion, I have Eb, D, C, Bb, but no D-C conversions.
     
  3. VanDoren

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    Bach Stradivarius Large Bore D Trumpet with C Slides Lacquer Finish No Reserve | eBay

    So it came with all the slides (as shown) so it will convert just fine, right? I just want to be sure before I drop the money for this.
     
  4. Peter McNeill

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    Yes, should be fine.

    Expect a slightly forward balance with the C slides fitted, due to the rear positioned valves. But, YES it Should be a good horn.
     
  5. LaTrompeta

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    It will naturally be a thinner C sound.
     
  6. VanDoren

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    why will it be a thinner sound?
     
  7. LaTrompeta

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    Combination instruments are always designed to play best in their highest key. That's what the bore size, bell size, tuning crook design and a whole host of other things are built for.
     
  8. gunshowtickets

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    THAT looks like a horn I'd want to play.
    Hope opie snagged it, sold for a steal of a price.
     
  9. Vulgano Brother

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    It will play in C. "Just fine?" Probably not.
     
  10. nieuwguyski

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    There's a balance between money and performance. I've been told by multiple sources that Mel Broiles used to encourage his students to buy a Bach D180L trumpet with the optional C slides -- as their first C trumpet. Not because it was the best C trumpet, but because it was quite good in both C and D, and he recognized that students were on budgets.

    Did Mel Broiles himself play a Bach D180L with C slides on all his C trumpet gigs? Probably not, but he thought that combo was pretty good. Or so I've been told.
     

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