Giardinelli GTR 512 quality?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rdrr, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. rdrr

    rdrr New Friend

    Dec 2, 2013
    Forgive my rookie question, and I suspect the answer will be, "you get what you pay for." My daughter has a old King trumpet circa late 20s, that has sentimental value. So as a second trumpet for marching band and general practice, I bought her a Giardinelli GTR 512 in Jan 2011. A couple of months ago, the first valve broke and it just spins in circles. I took it to a local repair shop and they said it couldn't be fixed, because the parts aren't made anymore. I got to ask... is he serious? I have a 1920s trumpet that still plays great and another that breaks 2.5 years later. I know that the Giardinelli isn't up to the standards of King or some of the other better brands. But for $630, you'd think it would last a little longer!

  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Welcome to TM, rdrr!

    Sorry about your shop experience. Any repairman that knows their stuff should also have some machining chops equal to the task of fabricating the part (can be pricey) or take the time to look for alternative solutions. It can be repaired.

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