Trumpet Advice For An Uneducated Dad

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by GarrisonDad, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. operagost

    operagost Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    Spring City, PA, USA
    A little OT, but I believe the "G" denotes a gold brass bell (it does on my 8335RGS).
  2. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    I think Rowuk's advice was very good. It is going to be her horn for a while, possibly all the way into college. Give her a budget, have her do the research. Once she tells you what she has found, talk about it with her and ask why she thinks her possible choices are good (just to check she actually did do her job, not saying anything about her, but kids are kids). Suggest that she could shoot for a better horn if she puts in some of her own money that might have been saved for a little while (an additional 250 could go a long way on a used horn).
    The first trumpet I bought was a Yamaha (4420). I still have it and it plays pretty much like day one, even after a few seasons of marching band with long bus rides and winter outings.
  3. BrassEye

    BrassEye Pianissimo User

    Sep 9, 2011
    The G does indeed denote a gold brass bell on my 4335GS.
  4. DCIGene

    DCIGene New Friend

    Jan 3, 2010
    Totally disagree. Maintenance on Chinese horns is ridiculous and at her age, it needs to be considered. You can't skimp in quality for price at any level, in my opinion.
  5. DCIGene

    DCIGene New Friend

    Jan 3, 2010
    I could not agree more. At any level the player of the horn should be involved. Players and horns must be "married" and that only happens with fair face time. The financial responsibility is something I had not thought about so thanks. I'll add that to my "soapbox".

  6. richtom

    richtom Forte User

    Dec 7, 2003
    Here is Nick Drozdoff running a Getzen 490 though its paces.
    Nick Drozdoff: Home
    Go to the media area.
    The other choices mentioned are also excellent and she should be involved in the selection. A beginner would not know the difference, but at her level, she may have a distinct preference.
    Rich T.
  7. GarrisonDad

    GarrisonDad New Friend

    Oct 9, 2011
    Thanks again for all the advice!

    We are gradually narrowing the choice down and have been in contact with a gentleman selling a Getzen Capri for $470. It was reconditioned 6 mos ago and has been played very little since. We hope to go look at it tomorrow evening. Is the Capri a good model for what we are looking?
  8. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    Okay.. the Capri is a great horn but keep in mind they usually have 1st valve thumb triggers. The young man I had checking out horns played a Holton I had (pro model) and he instantly didn't like the feel of the "wrap" basically the left hand around the valves. It had a thumb trigger. If your daughter has small hands then it might not feel comfortable to her. If the Capri is Silver then 450 is a fair price.. not a great price but fair. I think the 700 series is a better horn and it has a saddle instead of a trigger. I found a Getzen 770SP ( the Sam Ash version of the 700 ) that I am selling to this student for 450.
    This is just my opinion and some other members might have a different take on that horn.
    Price is also dependant on what area you live ... what is your general geographic location, if you don't mind me asking.
  9. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Getzen : Trumpet

    .... will give you the heritage of the Getzen line 300 series, 400 series, Capri, 700 series, 900 series etc.

    I bought a 700S Eterna II new and played it for quite a few years - my neice is now keeping it warm and
    I have now two other horns, one is a Getzen Eterna Classic (900 series) - fabulous sound and valves but
    a little light in the gauge of the material to be truly robust. The 700 is a much more robust build - 'solid'
    if you will, without spoiling the intonation at all.

    You can't really go wrong with a 700 IMHO and the prices are good, AND they always come in silver.
  10. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    The 770 is made with nickel slides ... easier to maintain than brass, I don't think anyone could tell the diff between a 700 and the 770 either.. both are very nice

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