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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Jimmie D, May 31, 2013.
It's still cheaper to expand in the first place.
Based on what I described and the comments received I am wondering if I could have received a trumpet that that is sub quality? The Sigma tuning slide surfaces were polished and appeared to have a lacquer finish, the slides worked smoothly with the thin lubricant that was applied by the factory but seemed to be a looser fit than other horns and leaked some water which was corrected with a lube change except for the main tuning slide. I am wondering if my Sigma slides are typical for Selmer Paris trumpets (Sigma, Concept TT, 80J)? If my Sigma is not up to Selmer standards I am still under warranty and would try to find a U.S. Selmer contact. Considering the list price of the trumpet and Selmer Paris's reputation I expected high quality. Thanks for the input, Jim
Beside the Sigma I now have, I have also owned a late model Concept TT. I could not find fault with either one, so if your slides are loose, you should contact Conn-Selmer. Mine came with a Selmer mouthpiece (the TT came with a Bach mp), but there was also some Conn-Selmer-Bach literature. Even though discontinued they should stand behind it.
It may be easier to have a tech tighten things up. They expand more than just the end of the tubing.
I wouldn't draw any conclusions based on the list price. Those prices were so high that they were absurd ($3600-5500), and what you likely paid for yours (mine was ~$1500) is indicative of where the wholesale prices were set. If they'd used a more reasonable MSRP maybe they'd still be in the trumpet biz. I think for the price I paid, the horn I got is FANTASTIC. I did switch to the anhy. lanolin though because of some water issues on the tuning slide. I don't consider this a fault, really.
My thinking is when you're forced to have a tech expand the tubing that there is a change in intonation albeit minute. Yeah, anhydrous lanolin is a biggee with me also. Don't blame me if my hands are callous free and smoother than my wife's.
Had this done to my old courtois worth every cent.
Ivan's gonna love that!!!!!