View Poll Results: What is more important in buying a horn that you can't play before you buy?

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  • Price

    1 6.67%
  • Brand

    6 40.00%
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Horns Discuss Price Or Brand? in the Equipment forums; When buying a trumpet without being able to play it, which is more important to you, price or brand? Just ...
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    Moderator Utimate User Solar Bell's Avatar
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    May 2005
    Metro Detroit

    Re: Price Or Brand?


    How does it sound....perform....for YOU!

    That is what matters most.

    Re-read the not buy a horn before you play it.
    Chuck Willard
    The Willard of Oz

    "Don't be afraid to see what you see."
    Ronald Reagan

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    Forte User bagmangood's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Bostonish & San Francisco

    Re: Price Or Brand?

    I didn't play my Bb before I bought it
    and I got real lucky. But its still not quite what I want. Grr.
    Must ... try ... new ... horns
    Bb: Courtois 305 "Elite", Holton Al Hirt Special (~1966), Benge 3x with Upturned bell (1973)
    C: Bach C180-239 (Akwright conversion),
    Cornet: Conn Wonder (1900)
    Picc: Selmer Paris, ~1971

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    Lincoln, NE

    Re: Price Or Brand?

    I've been lucky and bought two horns blind, and I was not disappointed with either at first. My next horn will not be bought this way...

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    Piano User
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    Jun 2007
    Kankakee, IL

    Re: Price Or Brand?

    Research on playing styles, numerous comparisons from veteran players and how they compare to models you know. Recording of the horn especially if you can compare to another horn. Basically as much info as you can get.

    I at this point right now and went to play the horn I think I want and was not available to play. So they are getting a couple examples but tempted to just get one blind.

    Still holding out though. It is hard though.
    Last edited by Schwab; 02-18-2009 at 09:28 AM.
    Kanstul Chicago 1001 w/ Kanstul M-B11 P (Monette B1-1 Prana)
    Conn 80A w/ CG Personal GP

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    Mezzo Forte User
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    Jan 2009

    Re: Price Or Brand?

    Cool question. Make sure you have a week to over a month to decide if you like it; then, figure their return policy. You'll probably have to pay to ship it back insured. Watch out for those re-stocking fees and the bologna sanitation fee. total it all up and figure what your time is worth to travel to test one out. There is a good chance you might get one that some fussy person returned because he looked at it under a microscope and didn't like that solder joint....etc. They are built by hand, right?

    Myself, it's worth it to wait for the delivery. I waited for a trumpet today. They overnight aired it. It's always my euphonium buddy in brown, or my trombone buddy (in Brown), last month, with my new flugelhorn, delivering. And they both waited till late in the day to deliver, just to drive me nuts.... my trumpet buddy works for the U.S. postal service, so, if you do order a trumpet, request it shipped U.S. Mail!!!! He'll get it to ya fast a.m.!! This town I live in ain't so small, but this is a true story.

    Oh, to answer your question... price comes with the brand, and brand is worth the price. After I played my new horn this evening, my wife said she hasn't seen me smile like that since my first son was born.
    Last edited by Bachstul; 02-18-2009 at 12:21 AM.

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    Mezzo Piano User
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    Dec 2006
    Ft. Worth, TX

    Re: Price Or Brand?

    Interesting thoughts, buying the horn blind...I'll admit, I just did it...yikes :) My new horn will be delivered in somewhere between now and 6 hours from now...I'm quite anxious. :) Come to think of it, I've done it with the last...counting this one...4 horns.
    Bb-Garry Stoner beadless copper custom Bb-serial 12.16.85.
    Monette XLT B2S3, Monette MFIII

    You don't use people to make music--you use music to make people.

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