Getzen Question

Discussion in 'Horns' started by rockinrandy5, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. rockinrandy5

    rockinrandy5 New Friend

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    I am considering purchasing an 80's Getzen Signature Custom 2000 Series trumpet at a local music store. Can anybody tell me where this trumpet rates among the other Getzen models?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    It really doesn't matter. It is old enough that it would not play like it is new anyway. Any repairs that may have been done would change the playing characteristics.

    With this model, you should definitely play before you pay. That being said, Getzen has some awesome valves. If even only minimal care was taken, they will still be in decent shape.

    Let us know what YOU think after you have played it. Then we have a first hand opinion and no conjecture based on memories!
     
  3. brianj

    brianj New Friend

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    Hi

    This trumpet was made by Donald E Getzen and was the top of their range.

    all the best

    brian jones
     
  4. rockinrandy5

    rockinrandy5 New Friend

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    Thanks, Brian.
    I'm a "come-backer" and looking for something better than a student model to play. I don't want to jump right in to something like a new strad, so I've been shopping around for a good used pro model. I'm able to find all sorts of info on Getzen horns, but not too much on the D.E.G.. Would it be correct to assume the DEG signature custom 2000's quality is on par with the "regular" Getzen custom trumpets? Would you comment on whether you think $600 is a fair price on the DEG? It has no dings or scratches, very little wear on the finish, and plays like a dream. Thanks!
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Any horn that "plays like a dream" is worth $600. I am not sure that you could resell it for that price though. DEG were not the horns that the pros threw their Bachs away for.
    I don't think it is ever safe to assume anything. There are good and bad horns from just about everywhere.
    If you really want to be sure, take somebody with better chops than yours and let them try this horn. Take your time, play for one another, slur octaves, play scales with a lot of sharps or flats, play in a big room, test the projection. The only proof is in playing it. This is not a horn brand that will walk off of the shelf, you have plenty of negotiating power!
     

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