I suppose I'm more "hack" than sophisticated discriminating discerner of fine trumpets, but I have had success with untried ebay purchases. My approach is to focus on good specimens of good reputation and then spend time with the instrument to effectively match-up mouthpieces. My Super Artist didn't play all that well for me until I matched it up with a vintage Blessing 13. Now, when I play it, I really hate to see trumpet time end. My Getzen Eterna Severinsen has a slightly larger receiver than, say, my Strad. It was a disappointment until I stuck a Jet-Tone Severinsen by Getzen vintage mouthpiece in it, then it just seemed to soar. Among my Bb trumpets, the Strad seems least sensitive to mouthpieces. It seems to play pretty well with nearly anything I stick in it, but even then it seems to play best with its particular Bach 3C. My point is that it may take time for some trumpeters to determine if a horn is right for them. If I had walked into a music store with a favorite mouthpiece in my pocket and then tried any of my Bb's with the objective of making a purchasing decision in twenty minutes or so, I may have passed on all of them, which really would have been too bad.
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Getzen 900 Eterna Classic, Leblanc 707 Sonic (Metzler Brass restoration)
Bach Model 180SL229W30 Stradivarius C Trumpet
Holton Collegiate Bb Cornet (heirloom)
Blessing Artist Bb Flugelhorn
The only horn I bought w/o playing was returned. It was an e-Bay purchase and the horn just wasn't good. It had a "great" reputation but didn't live up to it. If it is interesting to me I'll get it (Olds Pinto with Turbotron valves ) but since I mainly shop C'list, I get to play them.
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!
If you don't know where you are going it doesn't matter how you get there.
Hmmm. You know what, I've never played a horn before buying it. The only ones I've been "disappointed" in were the Model 215 Custom Built and Model 217 Lightweight 400 because these are beastly open horns that takes a better man than I am to play.
But the rest of them? Bought them on ebay and kept most. Then again, we're talking various Buescher models, they play somewhat differently from one to the next but not enough that you can't tell the family resemblance.
I'm pretty much a hack anyways, so that's ok.
I've been playing my Holton 48 Deluxe recently with a (modern) Heim 1 mouthpiece. If I wasn't so hung up on Buescher I could play that combo full time and be very happy with it. Also an ebay horn... and I restored it without really playing it because its valves were completely shot.
So either I'm incredibly lucky or some people are incredibly picky....
Buescher Lightweight 400
Other Buescher horns 1939--1955
Al Cass 1-28 mouthpiece
Humes and Berg mutes
Maybe i'm just too Naive ,been reading to much stuff on TM and such ? that i think i haven't found my play-mate ? Now guy's and girls don't get all excited I'm referring to a horn
Started on a Conn way back when,yes a Director ,the only thing it wouldn't do was make me a better player but having more experience now ,both practice and in terms of music i have played , I keep thinking there might be a better fit for me ? The bad thing is i don't know what i would try to find even if i had a clear idea of what i would like to change.
If I'm honest i think I'm not nearly experienced enough to judge a horn anyway,so I'm now thinking i just need to play and forget about finding the (perfect ) trumpet.
Keep putting your thoughts on the forum everyone ,never hurts to get another angle on things
Date ? Cousenon Flugelhorn-#747**
1929 Holton model 48
1940 22B Conn NYS late model
1956 18B Conn Director Coprion
1967 15B Conn Director (my first)
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