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    converting b flat trumpet to c

    I have a Bobby Shew b flat trumpet, currently i am not sure if I will be using that or my Getzen eterna. I have been idle for 10 years and just got back into playing. i have been back playing for 2 months and want to get my orchestra chops back up. Is it worth converting a b flat to c and how much would it cost? i am not rolling in money at this time, is it worth even bothering doing this?

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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    Sell one Bb and buy a used C. I picked up an excellent Besson Classic (Najoom-Kanstul Bach 229 clone) for well under $1000.

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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Kennedy View Post
    Sell one Bb and buy a used C. I picked up an excellent Besson Classic (Najoom-Kanstul Bach 229 clone) for well under $1000.
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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    It will be much less hassle and much cheaper to just buy a good used C. There is way too much involved in converting a Bb to a C and then you may have a great deal of intonation problems.

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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    I do this sort of conversion often. PM me if you like.
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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    Quote Originally Posted by jim trpt1 View Post
    I have a Bobby Shew b flat trumpet, currently i am not sure if I will be using that or my Getzen eterna. I have been idle for 10 years and just got back into playing. i have been back playing for 2 months and want to get my orchestra chops back up. Is it worth converting a b flat to c and how much would it cost? i am not rolling in money at this time, is it worth even bothering doing this?
    Or, you could just play the Bb in the orchestra, which is very common in the UK for example.

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