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    Bb bass trumpet

    I'm thinking about getting a Bb bass trumpet. Can anyone with this experience tell me the pros & cons of playing both the bass and standard Bb trumpets?

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    Well, I play the Gentzen bass every now and then. You'll probably never need it on a real gig and if you do, a bone usually will cover it. Pros and cons... well, the cons are the tuning and sound. The pros are increased air support and a nice workout for the bigger muscle groups. I like the bass because it is a bigger mpc and uses more air and lets me just blow without the resistance of the Bb. Anyways, just my two cents. I do think there are some positive aspects to playing bass/baritone/trombone for trumpet players.
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    Am I assuming incorrectly that one could play the Bb bass trumpet off of a regular Bb trumpet music sheet or score?

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    Correct, just sounding will be 8vb.
    The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
    -C. S. Lewis

    Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. -Tom Clancy

    And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
    -Revelation 8:6

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    Properly played, the bass trumpet will sound like a trumpet. Alexander makes great bass trumpets (in Bb and C) but they are pricey, and unless played correctly will sound like a cheap baritone anyway.
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    I play tuba and tenor horn (bavarian folk music - accompanying a diatonic accordian) from time to time and it does not affect my trumpet playing at all. If anything, it is a great warm down after some heavy duty trumpet practicing.
    Finding a bass trumpet that is in tune will be your biggest challenge-then the trumpet player things like what mouthpiece, embouchure and support will eat your time up.
    In any case, it sounds like fun. Let us know what you do!
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    Bb Bass Trumpet-thanks

    Thanks to BEAR, VULGANO BROTHER, AND ROWAK for your input about Bb Bass Trumpet. I'll announce my find when I get one...............crowmadic

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