Do I already own a 'natural' trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by cdave, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. cdave

    cdave New Friend

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    So...theoretically, couldn't you use a Bb or C piston trumpet as a natural trumpet just by not using any keys? I imagine you would need a more appropriate (shallower) mouthpiece. But as a budget-minded person, it would be nice to see what playing a natural trumpet is like by only investing in a different mouthpiece. Am I missing something here?
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

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    You're only missing half the trumpet. The natural trumpet in C is twice the length of a valved C trumpet. You can hold down all three valves on a normal Bb for a natural trumpet in E. Due to the amount of tapered tubing in a valved trumpet and all the valves creating some sharp bends it won't exactly respond the same.
     
  3. cdave

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    Would a tenor trombone be a better approximation (with the slide locked shut)?
     
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  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Somewhat, but the bell would be too big.
     
  5. cdave

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    Thank you. Plus I imagine the natural trumpet mpc might not fit w/o an adaptor of some sort.
     

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