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    Question PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Hello everyone.

    First post, long time lurker. I have been looking and purchasing plastic trumpets and trombones for the school I work at (I'm a trombone and euph kinda guy). I had a pBone and think it was great (value wise) but I have come across PlayLite brand and I am struggling to find any reliable information. I searched her and couldn't find any info on them

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    They are cheap, and the bones have a trigger! They also have euphs and Tubas. I guess my main concern is that they are too good to be true (30 cheaper then the other brands)

    They would be used in a Special Ed setting (light for students with physical issues, cheap enough that if someone with behavioural issues throws it my budget wont be too worse off) so I am not too concerned with quality of sound - and we have a few trad. brass instruments kicking around that players can graduate to if they enjoy playing enough.

    If no ones used them yet I guess I'll bite the bullet and order one to test (and let you folks know!)

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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Hi Triastan,

    Welcome to TM.

    The PlayLite trumpet's bracing, valve tubing and bell seam all look similar to the Tiger Trumpet. Could they be the same?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm09p5AW3Lw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_-Sl8hVkI

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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Quote Originally Posted by TrumpetMD View Post
    Hi Triastan,

    Welcome to TM.

    The PlayLite trumpet's bracing, valve tubing and bell seam all look similar to the Tiger Trumpet. Could they be the same?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm09p5AW3Lw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_-Sl8hVkI

    Mike
    Thanks Mike!

    That was my thought at first, but the Trombones look different in design to the Tiger ones. I have just emailed the company to ask, I guess I'll play the waiting game. Ill post my findings when I hear back.
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Well I just did the unthinkable and purchased a PlayLite from Gear4Music. 40 plus a bit for postage. Extremely fast delivery, seems like they can't get these things away from them fast enough, hehe.
    So here's some photos for those of you who are curious:
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    I tried using photobucket, but it doesn't seem to be working, so I hope you can see these.
    The valves are all identical, cutting production costs, the plastic is about as shoddy as you could get away with and still be able to sell (joints with overlap/different diameters). I can't play it at the moment, because I just had my tonsils out and it is excruciating to even swallow. But perhaps it would be excruciating to listen to as well, who knows
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Is that open sided port a new thing? Seems like a bad idea to me. Cylinder wear won't just disrupt the opening and closing moment but provide turbulence that entire length...
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Quote Originally Posted by BeatupGetzen View Post
    Is that open sided port a new thing? Seems like a bad idea to me. Cylinder wear won't just disrupt the opening and closing moment but provide turbulence that entire length...
    The one-valve Bb Kanstul bugles that were custom made for the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp had open sided ports in the valves. By doing it that way, Kanstul was able to create a valve that was about 2/3rds the length of a standard trumpet valve and made for a better fit for that bugle. From what I remember, I never had issues with the the valve on my bugle. Then again, I've rarely had any valve issues ever - not from typical wear anyway.
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    What's that small part with "PLAY" stamped on it? Looks like part of the receiver that broke off...
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    What's that small part with "PLAY" stamped on it? Looks like part of the receiver that broke off...
    Dale, yes you're right, it was the mouthpiece receiver that had snapped off. I just superglued it back on and put a length of clear hose around the join to make it sturdy. Plays ok. Not too badly out of tune, I would start a beginner on it, at least.
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    Quote Originally Posted by BeatupGetzen View Post
    Is that open sided port a new thing? Seems like a bad idea to me.
    Rotary valves are all open-sided, are they not? Doesn't seem to do them any harm.
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    Re: PlayLite Trumpets (another plastic company)

    There is nothing wrong with the sides being open other than direct contamination of the cylinder wall. Turbulence is not an issue in trumpets. The air is not moving fast enough. Constriction can affect how the standing wave behaves however. I consider that to be a design parameter, not a problem. Ivan has often talked about the valve block being the soul of the instrument.

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    Is that open sided port a new thing? Seems like a bad idea to me. Cylinder wear won't just disrupt the opening and closing moment but provide turbulence that entire length...
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