New or Old, which is better?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Trumpet Dreamer, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. turtlejimmy

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    In an effort to help stop the slide into Monetteness, I'll add this to the thread:

    I think I have the best of both worlds with my '78 Getzen. A vintage classic, it's not that old and the company that made it is not only still in business, but thriving. The local tech here was able to get braces and valves springs directly from Getzen. When I go looking for something brand new, probably a C trumpet, down the road, I'll look at Getzen first.

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  2. Trumpet Dreamer

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    I second the vote for Getzen, a small family owned business right here in the USA! The people there are very nice as well. They went to great lengths to explain the hand making process to me, and went into even greater detail on the hand hammering of trumpets. When you consider the price of a new Getzen, it is a bargain when factoring in the artisans at work turning out quality products by hand. It just does not carry that "snob" appeal.

    So, to stick to the original premise, when it comes to new or old, my advice is to
    "Get a Getzen."
     
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  3. likesRawCopper

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    This Austin Winds Stage 470LT Bb Trumpet in raw copper and brass has, IMO, a major drool factor that's off the scale.

    Stage470LTCopper

    When I get my lip back, I'm paying them a visit.
     
  4. turtlejimmy

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    I second that .....

    Get a Getzen!

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  5. Trumpet Dreamer

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    Just heard from a good friend of mine who has been a professional musician all of his adult life, was a high school classmate, graduate of UNT School of Music, and is very active in the LA music scene. When I posed the question of new vs. vintage, his reply was that while there are many examples of good vintage horns that are highly desirable, the new top of the line offerings from manufactures such as Selmer (Bach) and Yamaha, just to pick a couple of names, are every bit as good as the horns they manufactured decades ago. And Colin would be a good judge as he has played most everything available, new and old, and has a collection of instruments.

    Now I have to qualify this because my friend is a saxophone artist (I played sax for 14 years), but it would seem that his opinion on this issue would still be a valid argument.
     
  6. veery715

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    OK. I'll bite. What?
     
  7. rowuk

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    Wymboldon, Marsachussetts. They used to build jazz trumpets there over 50 years ago......................
     
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  8. A.N.A. Mendez

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  9. Big Country

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    OK, now I have to ask. WY? :-)
     

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