how hard to go from Bb to C trumpet

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  1. brassplayer

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    Half-step????

    Is your other horn pitched in B Natural, or am I missing something here?
     
  2. wiseone2

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    As far as playing jazz on the C, think of how impossible it was back in the old days to get one. Jazz was born in the poorer communities, there were few if any C trumpets around. Freddie sounded great on my horn when we played duets.
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  3. Buck with a Bach

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    Ooooopppps:dontknow::lol::oops:
     
  4. Bob Grier

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    Wilmer, I studied with Saul Caston in the mid 60s. He said that when he was principal with Philly the section used Conn 22Bs. That was back in the late 20s to early 40s.
     
  5. wiseone2

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    My First C was a Conn purchased from Sigmund Hering.
    This is of interest, more about early horns in Philly. Bach was the horn of choice when I started going to concerts in the 50s. I have Caston's Bach Eb/D trumpet from the 40s:cool:

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  6. ogauge47

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    I too feel like my C is somewhat stuffy compared to a Bb, especially if I pick it up after playing on a Bb, even more on a flugel
     
  7. Ed Lee

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    It certainly does whereas so much church music is set for C instrumentation, including the hymnals. I've especially found it so, years ago when I had access to a C, when providing accompaniment for a vocalist.
     
  8. rowuk

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    Stuart,
    basically the only modern member of the trumpet family left is the trombone with more than half the bore cylindrical. Bb trumpets are about 1/3rd cylindrical and C trumpets about 1/4 - about the same proportions as a vintage cornet which is the soprano member of the horn family.

    The older low F trumpets had that "regal" sound that resembles the natural trumpet more closely. That brazenness is missing in many modern instruments.
     
  9. wiseone2

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    Dang!
    Tage just whipped out a Bb trumpet in the midst of all those C trumpets in the Mahler 7th.
    Wilmer
     
  10. 65Strad

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    I agree. I also find it to be to be more voice like, more of a singing sound with a chorus and organ in a wedding/church or chamber venue. I took a little time to mentally adapt but it gets easier.

    I feel as if the Bb and C trumpets are different animals with their own
    characteristics. Really enjoy the C trumpet, I play it and my Bb about equally in recent years.
     

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