Looking for economical, easy blow of a horn

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Midlife Cornet Crisis, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Midlife Cornet Crisis

    Midlife Cornet Crisis Pianissimo User

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    As my user name implies, I started playing a bit later in life. I don't have the best air capacity (I'm working on it). But in the meantime, I wondered if there is a horn (cornet or trumpet) that is known for being an "easy blow". I'm on a budget, so that matters too.... Thanks for any tips.
     
  2. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    The 2000 series Yamaha should do you fine. Or the - slightly more expensive - Stomvi Forte series. Jupiter does an easy blowing thing with the 600 series.
     
  3. trumpetnick

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    If you are healthy and normal (I hope that you are not a greyish, short and slim creature, coming straight from zone 51) capacity is irrelevant. Very few (if any at all) of us have any bigger lungs than the rest.

    Control is everything. Most important is how you use what you've already got. What's wrong with the Al Hirt trumpet and Olds cornet? I had and Olds Ambassador cornet, it was absolutely fine, though not perfect. Never played the Al Hirt trumpet...so tell you what you are after, what you long for and you seem not to have...or you just want a "new"shiny toy for Xmas?
     
  4. Midlife Cornet Crisis

    Midlife Cornet Crisis Pianissimo User

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The Al Hirt trumpet is awesome -- but takes more "air" than the Olds cornet. I would guess that cornets in general are "easier blows" than trumpets in general. Perhaps the Olds cornet is all I need and I just need more practice -- I don't doubt that for a minute! But, in the meantime, I wonder if there is a horn out there that is known for being an easy blow. I've heard people talk about such things, but not naming specific horns. So I just wanted to hear what these mythical horns are.
     
  5. trumpetnick

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    Basically easy blow horns take more air. I doubt that with low budget you can get anything any better than you already have. You can also check Carol brass, they have some nice horns. The are rather middle priced, but most of them are worth the money. The student horns of Schagerl known as Academica are also kind of OK, as their new low end pro models, but I doubt that they will be cheap in US.
     
  6. sj3209

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    Conn 22B trumpet. Small bore and ridiculously easy to blow. Get one from the sixties and because it says student on the label, much cheaper. I've been playing mine for a while. Intonation is good and it will just spoil you with the easy range. Plug in a Curry TF mouthpiece and you have instant Chet.
     
  7. True Tone

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    While yes a 22B is a great horn, where does it say student on one?
    The only student ones I've seen were the later ones, in the 80s/90s or so, that have 22B in block letters on the bell.
     
  8. Midlife Cornet Crisis

    Midlife Cornet Crisis Pianissimo User

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  9. ConnDirectorFan

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    Perhaps this?
     
  10. Dennis78

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    I would suggest a Holton t602 or c602. Both student models and well built. Ease of blow is relative. Student horns should have a bit more resistance for an easier production of good tone. Also the Holton line is always overlooked so they are priced nice. A pro horn weather trumpet or cornet is probably going to feel more open and will seem to take more air to get it going. Make sure you're not playing on a giant mouthpiece too that will be more taxing
     

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