Jerome Callet Sima or What?

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Mayo, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Mayo

    Mayo New Friend

    Jan 29, 2009
    What are anybody's thoughts on the Jerome Callet Sima trumpet?
    What horn has a great big fat sound but still has a strong vintage look and sound core?

    I love the Olds Mendez and the B & S Challenger II that I have now but want a fatter sound.

    I had a Callet Jazz trumpet the sound was great but the valves had a issue.The bell had a great big fat flair and a full bodied sound. Sold it after I got married and keep a couple of vintage horns.Regret that move! not getting married but selling the horn..Ha Ha

    I have been researching for a new trumpet for some time now and it's like the mouthpiece search there's always something new on the block.

    I did find my perfect mouthpiece - Monette

    Why not a Monette horn ...simple I can't afford it.

    Not that there are not other mouthpieces that I've played that sounded good but the Monette fixed the back pressure and register balance issue that I have had for years. I played a Marcinkiewicz Rick Baptist for 16 years but was always curious about the Monette concept.

    Thanks to anyone for feedback and have a good day.

    Mayo :play:
  2. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    I absolutely LOVE the SIMA!! I don't own one, but one of my teachers bought one, he and Jerry Callet are good friends....what a horn! He plays it professionally in a Philharmonic, and plays every other gig on it. He's played on tons of horns, vintage, new, and everything in between, and now uses only the SIMA. At that price, I'd go for it, it's only one cent more than a new Bach from WWBW, and you're getting about 20x the horn!
  3. carltonsstudent

    carltonsstudent New Friend

    May 2, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    My take on the SIMA trumpet.

    I bought a SIMA about 4 months ago in November. I liked it immediately, put my other trumpet away and only last week took my other trumpet out to see what I think now. There is no comparison! The SIMA is so much better! It blows really easily and is in tune everywhere. My wife comments on this often. My other horn, I won't tell you what it is because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings but suffice it to say that it is about the best horn I could buy and I was very happy with it until I tried the SIMA, seems stuffy to me now and has nowhere near the tonal quality and projection of the SIMA. I think Mr. Callet created a great horn in the SIMA and I really love it. I was thinking last night, however, that the SIMA is a man's horn. It is really gutsy and will take everything you can put into it, but it is nevertheless a beautifully playing horn. I think that my teacher, Carlton MacBeth, who played a Martin Committee medium bore trumpet would really like it.
  4. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    I just bought a SIMA off eBay for $1700.00 including shipment. My main trumpet is a Mt.Vernon Bach. The SIMA is just as good. Very easy blow. Quick High register and nice dark sound. Depending on mouthpiece I can get a Bach 37 sound or a Martin Committe sound. The horn doesn't crack played loud. The valves are very smooth,(I.E. Martin Committee copies) making slotting easy. I played it as long as I could and had to rest.
    Would I pay $2700.00 for it? Yes, when considering the cost of a new Bach Strad, or a Schilke. Will I sell it? No way! It may be the vintage horn of the future. Well constructed, great looks,and fabulous sound. Now, I'll have to buy a Superchops mouthpiece or two, to match it out superbly. Although my Monette BL sounds super on it.
  5. Dave Hughes

    Dave Hughes Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Is there an option for a first-valve ring on the Sima? I'm pretty interested in one as well- but I do feel better with a first valve slide ring (even better with a trigger!).
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  6. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    David, there is essentially no need for the first slide trigger. The tone on the SIMA is so perfected that you only use the third valve rarely. It is very much like the trumpets of vintage and the tone is corrected by your lips. Go to Callet's webpage and read about it. The reviews are outstanding and totally unsolicited. I was skeptical too;but, after playing it I am impressed. My wife commented on the dark smooth sound and has never ever commented on my Mt. Vernon Bach. It was indeed a seal of approval that was unexpected, because she had no clue I was buying it. I was about to buy a Lg. Bore Martin Committee, but now am forgoing it. Callet believed in this horn so much after production that he sold his cherished 1936 King Liberty! I just read about it. Herb Alpert plays the SIMA and likewise is sold on it. Try to catch one used. I understand the valve section takes some time to break in and besides you can save several hundred dollars. Callet had the horn commissioned by Kanstul, so you could ask him about an optional first trigger valve, but I believe he will desuade you from considering it as not necessary. Best wishes, Pat.
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    While it is possible to get away without the first valve thumb hook, or trigger, the intonation issues are real and you have the option of your chops or the slides. Chops costs more energy. I find myself using the thumbhook MORE than the third valve slide on the Monette. My rotary has NO compensation and is more work.
  8. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    Good to know that there is an easier way. I believe some horns are built better than others, such as your Monette. Many professionals have varying opinions on intonation and the technique to correct intonation issues. Mr. Callet is one whom I have high regard.
  9. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    I've played the SIMA every day and enjoy it greatly. The slotting is easier for me. The .453 bore size is not an issue. I've played a variety of musical styles and it seems to be a nice option for diverse musical genres. I am awaiting the Superchops mouthpiece to try it out. I'll report more as my journey continues. Best wishes, Patrick
  10. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    After extensive reading on the Callet SIMA website, there is no options for any third valve slide. I'm not missing it, at all. My intonation issues are the more I play it. I don't pick up my Mt. Vernon Bach or Constellation Amy more.
    Best Wishes, Patrick

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