King Mini-Trumpets

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  1. Jimi Michiel

    Jimi Michiel Forte User

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    Hey all,

    Check this out:
    http://www.hnwhite.com/Mini trumpets.htm
    These are actual working instruments, albeit a small fraction the size of even a piccolo trumpet. When I was working on my senior recital last year, I was really getting stressed out so my teacher brought on of these into a lesson and had me try it out just to get my mind of the task at hand for a moment. It's almost comical how small they are. I had to hold it with two fingers on my left hand and make sure that I was very precise when pressing down the buttons.

    -Jimi
     
  2. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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    Wow...Those are cool looking. They all seem to be from back in the day. I wonder if King still makes them now???? :dontknow:
     
  3. Rick Chartrand

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    Wow that is really cool! I'd love to try one of those. I wonder if they are like pocket trumpets :think:
     
  4. brian moon

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    They are piccolos.
     
  5. brian moon

    brian moon Forte User

    No, they don't.
     
  6. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

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    Hi,

    King never sold these little gems to the public, but Mr. White gave 'em as gifts to their artists, friends, vendors, etc. Possibly less than 100 were ever made in the '30's and '40s.

    They came trimmed out to look like King's full size trumpet of the year the mini was made and I have seen a couple of different looks.

    I, like everyone else on the planet who knows about 'em, would love to have one. They play very well and could definately be used in place of a standard Bb (only) piccolo trumpet.

    I think the horn would be a hit, though with a modest market, if it were re-introduced. The HN White company was sold decades ago though to UMI so don't expect this little puppy to have offspring.

    The whole horn, including their stock mouthpieces, were scaled down! I know one guy who had Warburton make him custom backbores that fit his TWO minis. Here I'm playing one of those two, at a collector's meeting in 2002. Great playing "piccolo!"

    [​IMG]

    Tom Turner
    Vintage Horns Forum Moderator
     
  7. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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    When did Al Hirt play a mini trumpet :dontknow: Sorry could'nt resist as soon as as I saw your pic he came to mind...All n fun ROFL
     
  8. Manny Laureano

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    I WANT ONE!!!

    ML
     
  9. Clarence

    Clarence Mezzo Forte User

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    :D I want one 2!
    i love that carcker jack prize in a box size!
    probley plays like butter.
    Tom what,s the tone like?
     
  10. Jimi Michiel

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    They'd make a perfect stocking stuffer...
     

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