What is the price they get for those things?
Selmer Radial, Bb.
Yamaha YTR4420E, C.
1930 Couesnon cornet
A mind that masters the breath
Creates strength (Lao-Tzu).
A trumpet in C with a set of Bb slides is a compromise. One or both of the configurations will have shortcomings, depending on the base design of the horn. Effective length is only part of the equation in having a good playing, in-tune trumpet. If you don't mind a slightly inferior horn (in at least one of the keys), a convertible is a cheaper way to have both a Bb and a C, though. Years ago, I went that route for a while, but eventually bought separate Bb and C trumpets.
As I can sight transpose from C to Bb, I've just never had a yearning for a C trumpet (or the surplus funds). The Bb is enough of a stew to stir. If anything, I'd think about a Thayer type pop-off to an F from a Bb. What do you think about this Ivan?
Even when transposition is as easy as falling off a log, many times you still want the difference in sound produced by a trumpet in a different key.
Admittedly, I'm a piano music transposer fanatic, in addition to cornet/trumpet, also mellophone in F, and my euphonium. Many boxes of my Mother's and Grandmother's music here. Lots of the 50s pops my late brother and I bought for my Mother. 40s, my oldest brother bought her (that's the big band stuff).
Thanks but no thanks about burling a log. I've watched, but I'm not going to attempt it myself, especially not now. Luckily, I can still walk some.
In classical music trumpets in different keys give you the option of having different texture of sound to fit the music. I'll play a D or Eb horn even if it means making the transposition difficult. I like to play Mozart operas on the D thrumpet regardles of the horn it's written for.
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[Hint: You can use the American Chemistry Society's publication on chemical characteristics to make this calculation.]
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