I own a '72 Strad I bought as an investment. I was offered twice what I paid on a wholesale level. If I had it replated @ $400, which is possible, I could easily get $1200 for it, maybe more. It may or may not get me anymore so it would be a crap shoot to do it.
On the other hand, I would not sell my first trumpet. There are many ways to skin the "no time to practice" cat. 10 ft. of flexible pvc 3/8 inch hose and your mpc gets you a "hose trumpet"!! Low tech for sure but oh so effective!!! I used to hate "wasting" time on long tones until I realized I could do them in my truck while driving (not in bumper to bumper!!) . Sounds like you live in the boonies so it could be done while commuting.
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
I typically drive 30 minutes to brass band rehearsals, and some people drive 60 to 90 minutes to get there, so don't let a little drive time stop you.
I'm a member of Group #2. I sold my first trumpet, the used Conn 6B my parents bought for me in high school (I played cornet before that). I sold it to buy a Bach Strad, and have regretted selling it as the years have passed. I found another one on eBay a few years ago and bought it, and it's in better condition than my old one was...but it isn't my old one.
When I got the Strad, I gave away the Argenta I played through school. Would like to have that one back as well
Bach Artist LTD-1
Yamaha YTR-732( now gone)
Selman C, rose brass( ongoing experiment)
72 Olds Custom Crafted
Selman Flugle( I know, it's Chinese)( Any body got a Getzen valve block I can put in this thing?)
Conn 17A Cornet
Bugles across America
Being a sentimental sap is a GOOD thing. Your kids will grow up and you wife will likely grow in her appreciation of you if you keep it and yield to your inner muscial drive. Playing is good for your soul and will feed you in ways nothing else will.
Keep it and I doubt very much you will be sorry in the long run.
Sometimes wish I'd hung on to the Holton MF ST307S... if only for repelling 'space invaders'
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereš unfågne eorl, žonne his ellen dėah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
My parents bought me my Strad in the eighth grade I think. I don't even remember what I played on before that. My Strad will always be my "first horn" and I'll never sell it.
Getzen 3850 Custom cornet - 70s Bach 180ML37 - 70s Bach CL 229 25C - Kanstul 1525 Flugelhorn - CarolBrass CTR-5000L-YLT-SLB - CarolBrass pocket trumpet - Bill Jones Custom Piccolo - 40 Conn 80A Cornet - 55 Conn 18A - ACB Doubler Rose Flugelhorn - Dieter Otto flugelhorn
I had young kids and a non musical wife who hated the trumpet. Not a great combination, however strong your personality is! I practiced for about two years before giving it up for a few years. I don't know if my taking it up again CAUSED the marriage to fail, or whether it was a symptom of it failing. Nevertheless I persevered and I'm very glad I did. I had to find creative ways of playing - a friend's house, when everyone was out, practice mute, even contemplated building a shed on our cliff of a garden lol!
1992 Bach Strad Large Bore 25 Silver
1976 LA Benge 5x Silver
1920s?? Langen?? Rotary Bb Raw brass
1977 Olds Super Star Flugelhorn Raw brass
1985 Mario Corso Piccolo Trumpet A/Bb, 4 bells
2008 Kuhnl & Hoyer Tenor Trombone
Christian Lindberg 10C
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