Highschool trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by dct, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. dct

    dct New Friend

    Sep 29, 2013
    I am about halfway through my first year of highschool, playing on a student king trumpet which was rented (brand new) until owned from 6th grade.. I am wondering wether an upgrade to a nicer horn is "neccasary" like will I ever hit a limit as far as how well this horn can play, or will it eventually make it hard to keep improving... Anyone have any thoughts/opinions?
  2. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

    Jun 22, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    We can offer you all sorts of advice but ultimately everything depends upon you and your trumpeting ambitions. Are you taking private lessons? If so, what does you teacher say about your instrument? How about your band director, any useful feedback from him/her? Are you advancing in your skills or have you plateaued for an extended period of time? Also, understand that many times perceived shortcomings in a trumpet are actually attributable to a poor mouthpiece fit for the player, the trumpet, or both. Blending with your section, overall responsiveness of your mouthpiece/trumpet combination, and your own increasing skills are priorities for high school musicians. Losing sight of the fact that trumpet playing is mostly about you as a player and then, to a much lesser extent, about mouthpiece/trumpet is a hazard that frequently befalls young players. Good luck!
  3. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

    May 7, 2011
    I promise you that a great player will still sound great on your trumpet. A lack of consistent dedicated practice is what will hole you back... not a horn.
  4. dct

    dct New Friend

    Sep 29, 2013
    I was taking lessons, until this fall when they conflicted with my ability to play in the pit orchestra for a musical. I plan on resuming taking lessons.  My teacher has not made any comment on my instrument, though the high school's "brass specialist has wondered about an upgrade, and I used to take lessons from him, but disliked his attitude, as he is constantly jokingly putting down anyone he hears playing, and likes to try and act like a "grumpy old man" and calls himself one regularly.  In fact he taught my current lesson teacher, when he was a lot younger. I practice about 5 out of 7 days of the week, unless i have too much homework to do so, which happens once every month or so... though this time of year it might be more often, due to finals, though its my first year of high school so I don't know yet. I am 4th in the schools "lead" jazz band, and seem to have made a very positive impression on the music director. He says if I keep it up, I would make a wonderful lead soloist as an upperclassman.  As far as the mouthpiece/trumpet combination, for what I've seen online the only way to get a "fitting" mouthpiece is through exploration and trial and error, and since I don't live anywhere near any good music stores, that means spending a lot of money on the internet, and not just testing mouthpieces in a music shop. I currently use a 6B mouthpiece, though i started on a 7c.. i switched because of a lip injury that the slightly smaller mouthpiece pressed on, and have found when I've tried switching back that everything seems cramped, and it is hard to play higher and lower notes, and even middle range notes sound stuffy.. I try to blend, and generally am told I do a good job, though I am deaf in one ear, and the majority of the section is to that side. (the lower chair trumpets rearrange themselves daily, and so the order is mostly based on who walks in first, and who is most pushy..since I'm not pushy and the class I have is on the other side of the school, pretty much, I'm almost always quite far down).  Also I know I can go much farther on the trumpet I currently own, but am curious whether an upgrade will ever become , because if so I should probably start saving up for that day right now.. 
  5. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

    Mar 29, 2014
    I highly advise that if you do decide to upgrade, stay away from that "intermediate trumpet" crap. Just get yourself a nice pre-owned Bach Stradivarius on ebay for no more $1200. In fact, recently I saw one for $999 on ebay. Do your homework, and I am sure you will find a horn that will open up just right so that you can maximize your playing abilities. A student horn is always good to practice with though, because when you do get a professional horn, you will be even better. If you practice on pro horns too much, you might start to lose some of your embouchure strength.
  6. joe1joey

    joe1joey Piano User

    Jul 3, 2010
    E.Panhandle WV
    I would NOT suggest going the way of the internet for a Bach Strad. as they can be truly fine horns and they are not consistently so...which means you can easily get a dog. WHEN the time is right for you to get another trumpet, I suggest that you take a trip to the nearest metropolis/area that has a selection for you to blow on. If that is not at all feasible, look at the internet businesses that allow try and return, as well as ebay...only consider purchasing from those sellers which allow you a trial period to test the trumpet out.
    When you NEED a different trumpet? Ask your next teacher to evaluate that. The horn that you have now should be fine through highschool in my opinion...its a good trumpet.

  7. Culbe

    Culbe Forte User

    Jul 25, 2014
    "intermediate trumpet crap"!!!!!! I love my getzen 700
  8. ConnDirectorFan

    ConnDirectorFan Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2010
    United States
    All intermediates but the 700 [I like the Eterna II 700 a lot] and the King 2055 [pretty good].
  9. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

    Apr 30, 2010
    dubuque iowa
    Amen on the 700 Eterna II. It will serve you well for as long as you want, and you can get one reasonably in the used market. They are consistent and you can be sure that one that suits you cosmetically and economically will play just as nicely. The Getzen name is synonymous with satisfied players, just ask one and be prepared for a long hurrang about how you wont be sorry if you get one. I know. Best wishes.
  10. rambam655

    rambam655 New Friend

    Jul 25, 2016
    Hi Comeback,
    Im also a intermediate student (or at least I would like to think that I am) that just got my first trumpet. No more rentals. I live in Miami Florida and asked my teacher about a next level trumpet and he recommended me to the jeanpaul usa tr330. There facility is located in Miami. I checked out the price and immediately thought it was crap. After doing some research and calling them up, I found out that they really take care of each trumpet and offer a free 1 year guarantee. They referred me to this Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Dj7VSPT2k&spfreload=10. I also talked with the professional in that video, his name is Carlos Puig. He really recommended it and told me how the tuning is really good equivalent to a Yamaha and told me he took one home for himself! I really like it but then again I just got, so well see...THeir Website is www.jeanpaulusa.com they have their contact and everything...

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