Last week during my lesson I mentioned to my teacher how I had been doing a lot of listening to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and how taken I was with No. 8, the bass aria "Grosser Herr, so starker Koenig" with its prominent trumpet part. He responded by providing me with a copy of the sheet music. Of course, it was written for D trumpet so he had me try it, forcing me to transpose for my Bb trumpet.
Then he asks if I have ever played on a D trumpet. My only experience with anything other than a Bb instrument is when I swap out the slides on my cornet to play in A on rare occasions. So then he says that he has a D trumpet I could borrow and that it would be an interesting experience. He comes back a moment later and hands me a Bach Strad model 304 D trumpet with an optional tuning slide for Eb. He said he would not be using it anytime soon and that it wasn't a great horn anyway, but that I would find it a good experience.
I have had a lot of fun the past few days playing "Grosser Herr" in D and the Hayden Concerto in Eb. However, I am still bedeviled by my lack of range in the upper register.
My Christmas wish list keeps getting longer. Now, I not only want to fix up my various vintage horns, but I want a flugel, a C, a D, and a ....