Specialty Rentals

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  1. Nerf

    Nerf Piano User

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    Hi there!

    After a rather exhaustive internet search, that came up with nothing, I thought I would seek advice here. Does anyone know of a place where "specialty" trumpets can be rented? I can go down to my local Music & Arts Center, or other music store, & try to rent something there. But all they're going to understand is that I want to rent a trumpet & try to give me a student horn no matter how much explaining is involved.

    I thought maybe Dillon or some place like that, but cannot see where they rent on their website. Specifically, I'm looking for an Eb (no, I don't have one) and Bb bass. I have an idea that has been cooking around in my head for a while & thought I would try to give it life.

    Any ideas/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Clarkvinmazz

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    As far as I know, the best “rental” for an Eb would be a nice friend who could let you borrow one. I do not know of any place that rents them as they are specialty horns and wouldn’t make very much profit, especially because of the cost of buying one. Say a store bought a new Schilke for $3000, and then rented it out every 6 months to someone for maybe $100 for a couple weeks. That would take a very long time to make money the back, much less make any profit. Unfortunately, that’s what most businesses look at instead of supplying a small need but a very good one.
     
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  3. Brekelefuw

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    My store rents any instrument that you want, but it's a little far from VA...
     
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  4. Nerf

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    Yea, I get it. I knew that going into writing this post. I kick myself everyday for not purchasing on back when I was in college. But, we live & learn. It's still on the wish list (along with a bass trumpet and others). I'll just have to save more of my lunch money. Thanks!
     
  5. BrassBandMajor

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    This could be a business idea? Getting specialty trumpets and renting them out?

    Bass trumpets are rare birds, they are rare and they go priced high......
    Eb trumpets are more of a 'getting right price for it' horn.
     
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  6. Clarkvinmazz

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    Again, it’s not a good business idea for the reasons I listed above...nobody wouldmake any money doing it.
     
  7. rowuk

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    The limited use and quirkiness of an Eb trumpet make it a liability to any retailer. Those that want to buy one want either brand new or huge discounts for used. For playing the Haydn or Hummel in college (2 big reasons to have one), there always seems to be a prof or student with a decent one available.
    I have a D/Eb Selmer Radial that only really gets used as a D trumpet anymore. I play the Haydn and Hummel on the rotary Bb.
     
  8. Nerf

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    You make an interesting point about trumpet usage. Thinking back to my college days, NO BODY used a D trumpet for ANYTHING! I was told that ALL transpositions were made on C trumpet "so you'd better get used to transposing". I found it odd when playing Mozart, for example, in orchestra where the trumpet parts are just exercises in arpeggios.

    I have also seen a rise in the use of "German rotary Bb trumpets" to play Haydn/Hummel. Is this just a European thing or a German thing?
     
  9. Clarkvinmazz

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    I don’t know about German or European but it makes sense- the sound is closer to what it would have been originally
     
  10. Nerf

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    Maybe, but having never even held a rotary, much less played one, I do not have a point of reference.
     

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