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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    Living in the US is actually remarkably cheap compared to other places in the world. Measured by purchasing power, the USD in the US is very strong.

    Inflation lowers the purchasing power of a currency, which makes things cost more of the currency (although as your wage will have increased with inflation, it won't actually be much more expensive for you to buy). Here's a graph of the US CPI (Consumer price index, it represents the relative cost of consumer products). Look at the blue line.



    Compare this against my conveniently backwards income data (not the same time scale, don't let that catch you out!) and you will see that the two charts follow a similar trend, meaning that trumpets haven't actually become massively more expensive.

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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgano Brother View Post
    Prices were pretty low when I was an undergraduate--a Bach could be had for $350 through the discount places and was a benchmark of sorts for trumpets. In 1983 Dave Monette was making trumpets for $1500. Not long afterwards Bach's prices started to skyrocket. Why? Obviously (tongue in cheek) a Monette can't be four times better than a Bach, can it?
    It may be for you, but not to me.

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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Lee View Post
    It may be for you, but not to me.
    Bach=good, OVER RATED (and OVER PRICED). Monette...I've played on one horn...it's OKAY. I don't like the way it feels. I like the mouthpieces from both companies, specifically Bach, but the horns...eeh. I thought my Bach was AMAZING until I started learning more about other companies like Conn, King, Yamaha, and Getzen. I've said it too many times before, but I'll say it again, King > Conn & Yamaha > Bach > Getzen > Monette. This is just going off of the horns I've played on. But any brand new trumpet nowadays is overpriced in my opinion. If you can find a used one in great condition, buy it!
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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    I just buy old junk and try to play it. I wonder if I had a brand-new horn, at two to three times the price of a used one, would I be two or three times a better player?
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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    I just buy old junk and try to play it. I wonder if I had a brand-new horn, at two to three times the price of a used one, would I be two or three times a better player?
    I would not class your latest Conn 9A as "old junk", a gorgeous horn.

    My favourite horn at the moment is an early 60s Buffet-Crampon Balanced, 1/12 the cost of my Eclipse MS, I do not play 12 times better on the Eclipse. I can play equally badly on any horn.

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    Yeah, I'm picky about the junk I buy. Funny thing is, parents are spending twice what I paid for the 9A every day for new, name-brand beginner horns that will be worth less than my 9A in a year. That kind of puts it in perspective, doesn't it? I'm almost 61 and have owned exactly one (1) brand-new, never played horn in my life. That was the King Cleveland cornet my parents bought me when I was in 6th grade. Everything else has been either slightly used, well used, or 100+ years old...
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    Re: Trumpet price inflation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    I'm almost 61 and have owned exactly one (1) brand-new, never played horn in my life. ...................... Everything else has been either slightly used, well used, or 100+ years old...
    I'm almost 67 and the only new horn I've ever owned is my 1961 Connstellation I bought in the same year and there is not a ding in that horn. I like your style!
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