Lots of old horns...some Bachs, Some conns, A Getzen or two...
The playing is in the player, not the horn. Find the sound in yourself first.
2009 Jupiter JTR-700
2010 Extremely old bugle
2014 Yamaha YTR-232
2014 Amazing quality Marceau Cornet
2015 Used a Lechner Bb piston Trumpet over the summer.
Hope to add a couple soon!
Piccolo or Flügelhorn (depending on jazz or classical)
Other keyed trp
As for order of importance for what I do,
What would I do, if I had my time over again?
1. Bb trumpet
2. Bb Cornet
4. Valve Trombone
5. Slide Trombone
6. C Trumpet
7. Ed/D trumpet
What did I actually do?
I started on Bb British Bugle in 1970 (Grade 8)
I bought my first trumpet myself in 1971 (worked in a lumber yard over school holidays to pay for it)
Had lessons immediately with Professionals. Range on Open partials was to High G above High C when starting trumpet.
Selmer Bb Pro trumpet bought by my Dad in 1971
Bach Mercedes 1973
Getzen Eterna Bass Trumpet 1978
Olds CT Flugelhorn 1978
Olds Ambassador Trombone 1979
My First Bach Strad in 1981
Gave up serious playing in 1981 - concentrated on my Real job
Clarinet/Flute/Piano/Guitar at various stages over next few decades
All others have come later after 2000 - my comeback stage, then my safari stage, then my expanding stage...
Probably at the contemplating Stage now...
Why do I like a bell that Points UP ?
- because the spit does not run back into my mouth!
1. Dad's "Melody Maker", unknown brand but fairly old.
2. Yamaha 4335G
My money, a dark dark period:
3. Beat up, high pitch 1900s besson Bb cornet.
4. Cheap Chinese made "Sebastian Buckley" cornet.
5. Antoine Courtois "Brevete" trumpet
6. Horrid flugelhorn, bought and sold straight away.
Then came good instruments (selling all the others):
7. B&S challenger2
8. Cerveny 803PX flugelhorn
9. Carolbrass pocket trumpet
10. Soon to arrive rawbrass Carolbrass 5000L-YLT
I might pick up a cornet at some point, but I am in no hurry.
For me the order of importance is:
-Second Bb (with different playing characteristics and as a backup)
B&S Challenger II, 3143/2-S
Carolbrass 5000L-YLT-P (N+1 satisfied... for now)
Carolbrass pocket trumpet
Cerveny 803PX (rotary)
I started on piano when I was six, had a very thorough grounding on that instrument, went on to play all kinds of contests... sang a lot, first in childrens' choir, then in respectable church choirs. Trumpet always ws a fascination for me; but when my father once gave me a toy trumpet with ten buttons (for ten different notes), I got out a small wire saw and in three days' patient work (I must have been five or so) neatly removed seven of the ten "valves" "because proper trumpets only have three!"
My enthusiasm for correctness was unappreciated, though... I was scolded for being so destructive and told to return to the piano...
Fate then took a hand... first destroying my piano career by making me have an accident that involved putting my right hand through a glass door, with considerable lacerations to my wrist including a severed nerve. Result - no feeling left in three fingers of the right hand. Movement was unrestricted, so I did not care, but was rather glad to be rid of the tinglebox. And then, second, Armenia had a big earthquake in 1988. Lots and lots of casualties, and an immense wave of help from all over the world. Munich University ran a charity tombola. In duty bound, I bought one ticket (priced One Deutschmark, which was more or less 50 US cents) and won a bugle. Just a tube bent twice, with a bell and something resembling a mouthpiece.
I went home with it and said to myself: "That means something - you have to try and produce some sound." So I retired to the bathroom with a record cover (Maurice André, Roi de la Trompette) and held that up beside my face in front of the mirror. And tried to squirm my face into some kind of semblance to Maurice's embouchure...
Since then I've styled myself "student of Maurice André" (It became truth later on, when I met him, helped him to get his picc repaired in Munich on a late Saturday night and we became friends).
Next day, I went into a large music store in Munich and right behind the door, they had big pile of trumpet cases, with a placard "Beginner's Trumpet Set - DM 95" (forty bucks, more or less).
So I got a black leatherette case, with one shiny brass Chinese Comet TSO, an unbranded 7C mouthpiece, a snake, a bottle of oil and inevitably a pair of white gloves. Still got that hooter; I always get it out for rough outdoor events - winter funerals, football games and the like.
Next day, secured a teacher, and with him, a week later, got myself a Bach Strad C with Bb conversion kit... and if I continue about my instrument history from this point onward, my wife will be very annoyed because I will still be sitting at the keyboard tomorrow morning and not be available to prepare her first cup of coffee and bring it to her in bed... as is my invariable custom (she does the rest of the breakfast...). Let it suffice to say that there are a very few (six or seven) horns that have been with me almost all the time and will continue to do so, but most others tend to come and go according to the needs of the moment.
Bb Trumpet B&H Imperial
Piano (who cares which)
Bb Trumpet Yamaha 232
Rhythm Guitar (sh**e)
Bass Guitar (sh**e)
Bb Trumpet Getzen 300
Bb Cornet B&H Imperial I think (loaned)
Bb mezzo Trombone Jupiter
Bb pocket Trumpet Jupiter
Bb Trumpet Holton ST307S
Bb Trumpet Geneva Symphony
+ signature list
Wish I'd not bought the sh**e and kept the Holton. And got my own Sovereign cornet. And had the money at the right time.
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereð unfågne eorl, þonne his ellen dëah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
Olds Studio trumpet
Olds Special trumpet
Yamaha YFH-731 flugelhorn
Dillon Bb pocket trumpet
Selmer Bundy tenor trombone
Casio CTK-518 keyboard
"If it was just up to me, I'd have nothing but trumpet players on my show." - Jackie Gleason
Yamaha Xeno Trumpet
Hopefully next some horn just for fun... Looking at a Soprano trombone or a cheap rotary.
Yamaha Xeno 8335S II Bb
Sonaré Tr8-CYS C
Holton/Leblanc/Yamaha C602RC Cornet
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." -- Robert Frost
Jaw bone of an ass.
You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
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