What do you think of pocket trumpets

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Rick Chartrand, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. Rick Chartrand

    Rick Chartrand Piano User

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    Ok here goes an interesting question. I know that not to many people play pocket trumpets professionally and they are not really that popular. I think that they were initially invented as a way to practise your horn in a confined space. But aparently some people use them professionally. I think pocket trumpets are cool looking.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. rdnkbkr

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    Hi. I have one of those "made in India" pocket trumpet. I was quite suprised that it actually has a good tone. The only reason that I bought it is I think it's a cute novelty item. Scott
     
  3. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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    I have a purple pocket trumpet I got off ebay for 100 bucks...my neice just had to have a purple pocket trumpet...now it just sits in my closet...it did come in handy when I went to vist my folks down south...not alot of excess baggage, still able to pull my golf clubs and able to get some practice in while I was down there. I do like Don Cherry he is the only pro that comes to mind...that made the pocket trumpet known.
     
  4. Beau Kemp

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    I'll hopefully get one for christmas. I've looked at different kinds and the professional ones are too expensive. However, all I want is something to practice with while on vacation. Going sailing in the Virgin Islands for a week in January and it will be 4 people on a 33' boat.
    I wanted to get the Jupiter, but lots of people gave the BandNow horn good reviews so I'm going to try that. It's on sale for $150 at WWBW.
     
  5. Trumpet Hobo

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    All it needs is some valve oil.....................besides that it is in perfect shape :-) .
     
  6. bandman

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    I've only played on a few, and they were novelty trumpets at best (not a brand I had ever seen before). I'm curious, are there pocket trumpets that are actually made and designed that they can play well in tune in all ranges and have a decent sound? I think it would be kewl to have one to pull out on a gig if it played well -- just for a novelty! People would definitely notice it! :cool:


    Funny story -- I had a guy call me one time and ask me the name of the pocket trumpet I had played at a wedding :?: He said he really like the sound of it and he wanted to get one for his son. After talking to him for a couple minutes I realized he was talking about my Schilke Piccolo!

    I did find out later that the guy is a doctor and bought his son a Schilke Piccolo -- he called me and asked what the 4th valve was for? :-o
     
  7. trumpet blower88

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    I played my piccolo the other day at a marching band pep rally thing for homecomming. Everyone thought it was a pocket trumpet...

    But to keep the subject on topic and not to stray off to piccolos. I'm not really a fan of pocket trumpets, my friend has a Jupiter one and I just don't like the way it plays. The tone and intonation on it is ok, but it's not very free-blowing at all.
     
  8. Beau Kemp

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    Bandman - yes there are some good pocket trumpets that play like a regular horn. Well at least they claim to, and you'll pay full-size prices for them too.
    For instance Kanstul makes one, the Kanstul CCT905

    I think Monette makes one too, I bet that's nice.

    This One looks nice too.
     
  9. P.K.Bloo

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    One of the reasons (among several) I'm a comeback player is that I'm developing a tramp type clown character, P.K. Bloo, who obviously is a blues player. I thought a pocket trumpet would be a cool prop in my routine, but wondered the same thing about the tone quality, etc. I may still consider it. :cool:
     
  10. bandman

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    Your link didn't come out -- here it is........

    www.wwbw.com/Benge-Colibri-Pocket-Trumpet-i32520.music
     

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