I started in 3rd grade, so I was probably 8. My first horn was a Werill student horn that my parents bought for me through the music service. Still playing now, I'm 21 and I'm playing on a Schilke S32.
Music is my religion.
~ Jimi Hendrix
Schilke S32 Bflat trumpet
Getzen Capri Bflat trumpet
Weril Student Bflat trumpet
Amati Kraslice Flugelhorn
Laskey 65B gold plate
Bach 7 flugel
I started at age 37 (six months ago) and I love it. I have played guitar for years but I feel sure that I will play the trumpet (as well as guitar) for the rest of my life. For a guitarist, it's an amazing thing to experience the joy of tone - not saying that I have a good tone yet, but there is a great deal of pleasure to be obtained from trying.
I started in 5th grade with a rental TR300. I just barely turned 10 and the school offered introductory band in 5th grade. We played Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had A Little Lamb and such so I don't think it really counts (especially since I already learned how to read and play music from piano lessons) but it's when I started.
"If you're not improving, you're falling behind." - My Trumpet Teacher, Steve
Bach Strad 37 - Wedge 3C w/ L backbore
Conn Director Cornet
Olds Ambassador Fullerton Trombone - Bach 6-1/2 C
started playing in 4th grade with bugle, graduated to cornet in 5th grade(10yrs old). I was given my uncles cornet, a Conn with double Y water key and the cornet was made in the late 1800s. Been playing ever since and i'm 71.
I started at grade 4 in my elementary school band. My first trumpet was a gold bach something, I forget exactly. I'm now 16 and continue playing on a bach stradivarious.
Looks like this thread has been making the rounds for awhile but I guess people still want to jump in so here goes. I started in the summer of 1955 when I was 10. My first horn (like many others) was an Olds Ambassador cornet. In 1963 I gave it to my brother and bought a Selmer Invicta Trumpet. That's all I had until the 'bug' hit me a couple of months ago when I started my comeback after 30 years. I found my original Ambassador - still in great playing condition - and I still have my Invicta - looks like new. So, I guess I'm pretty lucky that way.
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Selmer Invicta London ('56)
Olds Recording ('58, '59, '60)
Olds Super ('51, '63, '66, '67, '68, '69)
Olds Standard ('46)
Olds SuperStar ('71, '72)
Olds Studio ('55, '59, '70)
Olds Special ('51, '56, '58, '60, '62,'68,'73)
Olds Ambassador (a few: '49-'79)
Olds Flugelhorn ('70)
(+Eastman, Besson 609 , Conn Director, King Cleveland, Holton Collegiate, Blessing Accord,
Conn Severinsen, York, Yamaha, Getzen, Amati, Revelle, Bundy, Alcazar)
I started when I was 26. Okay, I really started when I was 10 and quit when I was 14, but I don't even count that. I was a lousy player, no drive, never practiced, and didn't play right anyways. I probably would have been better off having not played at all before beginning at 26.
Started playing at 12, Quit at 19. Restarted at 38. Played an Olds Ambassador which I bought in 1953. Great horn, but it had an odd quirk in the 2nd valve would start to stick for no apparent reason and then it would be OK for a while. No amount of cleaning, oiling would slove the problem. wish I had that horn now.
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