With so many options in terms of finishes on trumpets these days, I was hoping that the experts could shed a little light on the subject for me. In terms of brightness/darkness, where on the tone spectrum would the various finished land?
I know that there are many other variables, but generally speaking, are heavily lacquered horns darker than silver plated or raw finish trumpets? Is silver plate the brightest option out there, or does a raw finish outshine it? Then there are "antique" brushed, matte finishes... What impact does this have on brightness and tone?
Problem is that I live in a smallish city, with only a couple stores that carry trumpets. Stock available to try includes Bach, Yamaha, Cannonball, but there are others out there that I would like to check out. The stores seem to carry silver plate exclusively, likely because it is the most popular seller, but I am very curious about other finishes that I should also consider.
I recently returned to the land of trumpets, and my chops are coming back nicely, with daily practice. My ultimate goal is to get a small trio or four piece combo going for some regional gigging, so I am looking for a somewhat darker solo sound versus a screaming lead sound. Currently, the top of my range is around the high C, but I am working on it :)
The Silver Flair has been doing well for me since addressing some slow valves, but I would eventually like a horn more suited for professional use.