What do you think of pocket trumpets

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

  1. ROGERIO

    ROGERIO Mezzo Forte User

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    I picked up a Jan Batiste a year ago - new for $179 through Sam Ash.

    I had to keep sending them back because of the horrible valves... the 3rd go around was the charm.... well... it still stunk... but I was not purchasing it for it's playing qualities.

    The horn does not play well... but serves me well when I travel. I often pull it out while on flights and practice finger exercises. I even took it to Brazil with me in September and practiced while on vacation.

    It's one of those horns that you just don't worry about.
     
  2. B15M

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    I bought one from Reyburn. It's a Max. It plays OK but I would never play a job on it unless it was a novelty thing. I think I got burned a little on the price.

    I asked once on here or maybe TH and I was told it is worth what I paid for it.
     
  3. Clarence

    Clarence Mezzo Forte User

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    I,ll tell ya this much.
    Mine has a very big crisp sound and the valves work very well.
    It,s free-blowing,it can play dark and bright.
    I also love the travel size.
    You can take it anywhere!
    If you buy one check it out first.
    I got mine on ebay for $120.00
     
  4. Soarlips

    Soarlips New Friend

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    If you're looking for something cute and small to travel with (and perhaps have a little novelty value, too) why not the student Yammie shepherd's crook cornet. Small, pretty open blow, and even sounds kind of musical.
    KP
     
  5. BPinard

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    In pretty much all of the reviews I've read,peoplehave said that the top space E plays pretty flat. That's the only thing that I'd be concerned about when buying one.
     
  6. Happy Canuck

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    I picked up a 'quality' Tristar Pocket on eBay for .... 99 cents ... Yes, shipping was $20 but it was still fun. It was in Toronto for a 'trade show' so I assumed that it would have to be at least playable if they had it on demo. Turns out to not be a horrible horn, certainly not great in any way but what do you expect for $.99??

    They advertise like this
    Insist on a "TRISTAR" music instrument and buy peace of mind!
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    SAY NO TO UNBRANDED JUNK! BUY AN ORIGINAL TRISTAR!
     
  7. BPinard

    BPinard Pianissimo User

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    :lol:

    They're trying to take advantage of the people who don't know a lot about trumpet brands. It's upsetting but funny at the same time.
     
  8. Heavens2kadonka

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    While I'm thinking about it, I am reminded about a quetsion Nick Drozdoff posed me a LONG time ago. He was curious about a pocket that had a bell more like what we are used to, flared, not truncated (I believe is the word).

    I believe Henry Distin, a turn-of-the-century builder of much repute, built a few pocket instruments that possessed flared bells...

    I remember seeing a pic of an old Distin pocket that had a normal bell, but I cant remember EVERYTHING, so I dont completely trust this recollection.

    ....But I am slightly rambling.

    Anyone know of any normal-bell pockets?

    Van
     
  9. ROGERIO

    ROGERIO Mezzo Forte User

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    Van,

    I believe there are quite a few big names that still make pocket trpts with regular size bells. Kanstul may be one of them.

    Heck, I think Kanstul will make you a pocket trumpet with a trombone bell if you want one... :lol: :lol:
     
  10. Heavens2kadonka

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    The only pocket I ever played was, in fact, a Kanstul. VERY neat horn, with those great Kanstul valves, but I that truncated bell gave the sound a quality I didnt like...

    Maybe someone has a pic of a newer pocket trumpet with a regular flared bell?

    Van
     

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