Greetings amigos of TM,
it's been a while since i posted a thread in the forum, but now seems the right time to do it..
So, the time has come for me to (and i) consider to buy a C trumpet. I've created a brass/wind quintet recently and after examining enough material i found available, it revealed to me as an absolute necessity the acquisition of a C instrument..
Not being even close to Bill Gates's treasure, i have to scale price and quality, at the same time..
Seeing that there's no decent, used C trumpet on Ebay, under $1000, my initial thought became to buy a CarolBrass instrument. I've read everywhere about how magnificent Bb trumpets they make, in lower costs, so yes.. even the cheaper CTR-4000 (~€500/$600) could be the right choice.. I'm hardly familiar with the C trumpets, so...
But then it became more complicated, since CarolBrass informed me of their advanced model, the CTR-5060H, which is double the price, but it's more flexible, warmer, with better metals, and for "experienced musicians".. My teacher suggested the latter one, since C trumpets have often intonation problems, so, maybe, more money, better care..
And then, a seller i found, suggested:
i) a Lawler C trumpet, with the classic yellow mat finish, for ~$1300.. And i got excited! I'll never make that money from playing with a C trumpet, i'm out of my budget, but, hey, it's a Lawler..!! (which apparently, closes the production of trumpets, as from Jan 1, 2017)...
ii) a Bach 239 with 25 Herseth leadpipe, third hand, with a mysterious/nasty patch on the right little finger's crook.. for $1300.. I'm feeling too confident about that.. even though the price is crazy for a Bach..
iii) a Getzen Capri, good condition, $750-800.. (Good i read, but not as an Eterna...??)
So now, i address my dilemma and confusion to the community here:
a) which one would suggest?
b) what "tradition" does Lawler have on C trumpets? I mean, are they the classical, bright and mellow instruments that you expect (when buying a C trumpet) , or are they on the same commercial motif, the famous Bbs are, just smaller?
thank you all in advance