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    Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Has anyone ever owned and played one of these 3 valve piccolos? Just looking for some info on this piccolo other than it was discontinued. Thank you

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    I played one of those back in jr. college for quintet work. It was a decent enough horn. I remember it being a bit stuffy, not as free blowing as I would like, but that's my opinion. Intonation wasn't too bad once I got used to the horn. If memory serves, the 540 was the entry model of Getzen picc... I think they had a model higher that was a slightly bigger bore.

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Thank you. Sorry for the late reply. I was wondering if anyone has a blackburn or najoom leadpipe for this model piccolo that they are willing to sale?

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    If you're serious about playing a picc, stay away from the capri, or for that matter Getzen. Been down this road many times - there is no cheap answer for a picc. Look for a good used horn, and even they won't be cheap. Obviously, Schilke & B&S are the best, but Kanstul, Stomvi, and Yamaha run close seconds. Yamaha's lower priced (short) model is decent to learn on (& under $2k) - slots well and stays in tune well ...you can upgrade for better tone later & get a good resale price. Before buying anything less, consider a second job.

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Quote Originally Posted by cruisedoc View Post
    If you're serious about playing a picc, stay away from the capri, or for that matter Getzen. Been down this road many times - there is no cheap answer for a picc. Look for a good used horn, and even they won't be cheap. Obviously, Schilke & B&S are the best, but Kanstul, Stomvi, and Yamaha run close seconds. Yamaha's lower priced (short) model is decent to learn on (& under $2k) - slots well and stays in tune well ...you can upgrade for better tone later & get a good resale price. Before buying anything less, consider a second job.
    Funny, I have always gotten along with the Getzen pics. In tune, easy to play, dependable hardware, none of the glass cutting ability of the Schilke. Anyone that has a Najoom pipe is going to keep it though. I suggest you contact Dennis for a new one:
    Leadpipes

    Osmun also has a great pipe:
    Osmun Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpipes

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Thank you very much. I will look into them

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    Cody, indeed, the right leadpipe can make all the difference. Still, ya don't want to marry a thorobred with 'Tony the pony'. Being young, without a lot of money and wanting a picc is a hard place to be. I would still advise working & saving to get a good used horn. I've seen some pretty nice horns in the $1k to $1,500 range used. Rowuk, Just shows that everyone has a different opinion. Funny response coming from a person in Germany - where some of the finest piccs are made. I have a B&S (German) I will put up against any Shilke. In the US, the favored piccs are Shilke and Kanstul - Kanstul generally being considered very, very close, at a thousand dollars less. Of course, everyone's taste is different. I know some who even prefer the Kanstul. I recently met up with Allen Vizzutti, who plays a Yamaha (9830) and really likes it. I don't know many (correction, any) pros using Getzen.

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Quote Originally Posted by cruisedoc View Post
    Cody, indeed, the right leadpipe can make all the difference. Still, ya don't want to marry a thorobred with 'Tony the pony'. Being young, without a lot of money and wanting a picc is a hard place to be. I would still advise working & saving to get a good used horn. I've seen some pretty nice horns in the $1k to $1,500 range used. Rowuk, Just shows that everyone has a different opinion. Funny response coming from a person in Germany - where some of the finest piccs are made. I have a B&S (German) I will put up against any Shilke. In the US, the favored piccs are Shilke and Kanstul - Kanstul generally being considered very, very close, at a thousand dollars less. Of course, everyone's taste is different. I know some who even prefer the Kanstul. I recently met up with Allen Vizzutti, who plays a Yamaha (9830) and really likes it. I don't know many (correction, any) pros using Getzen.
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    what has ALWAYS made any Getzen horn "decent" is the playability and the construction. They are dependable, in tune, an easy blow and have a sound that is OK. A fine choice when first getting into it. It is not the solution for a lifetime. It will help a player develop skills to be able to pick the "optimal horn" after a couple years of service. The first instrument is a guesstimate anyway.

    For many years I played a Selmer 4 valve. I picked it up in France at the selmer factory in the 70's. By todays standards, not optimal but it was reasonably in tune and I made a lot of money with it. I play a rotary instrument of my own design (I've had it for about 20 years now). I would recommend it, but only my prototype exists.

    My take is that it is possible to start with an attractively priced used instrument for well under a grand and then when you discover that this is where you want to go, then you have all sorts of options.

    Mentioning Schilke, Scherzer or a Yamaha pro instrument to someone starting doesn't really help them unless they have enough money. Those that do, do not ask about instruments like the Getzen. It is a true alternative for the beer budget. the music is made by the player anyway.
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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    First, I would agree with the parts you say are 'decent', but disagree with the 'in tune' part. Problem is, Getzen is not entry level priced. A short model (940) runs $1,909, well the short Yamaha runs only a few $ more at $1997. The long model (3916)starts at $2057, yet for $2,247 you can get a Kanstul. The Kanstul could be a lifetime instrument for only $200 more. So, the Getzen certainly isn't beer money, but the Kanstul or Yamaha are only beer money more - and no reason to upgrade later. Just an opinion - and trying to steer the youngster in the right direction. I think our chat may help him.

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    Re: Getzen Capri 540 Piccolo Trumpet

    Quote Originally Posted by cruisedoc View Post
    First, I would agree with the parts you say are 'decent', but disagree with the 'in tune' part. Problem is, Getzen is not entry level priced. A short model (940) runs $1,909, well the short Yamaha runs only a few $ more at $1997. The long model (3916)starts at $2057, yet for $2,247 you can get a Kanstul. The Kanstul could be a lifetime instrument for only $200 more. So, the Getzen certainly isn't beer money, but the Kanstul or Yamaha are only beer money more - and no reason to upgrade later. Just an opinion - and trying to steer the youngster in the right direction. I think our chat may help him.
    In this thread we are talking about a Capri 540 entry instrument of which I have played several. They have a list price in Germany under a grand.
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