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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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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    and a C to D conversion?
    - Adams A9 trumpet (2014)
    - Bach Strad. 37 (1977)
    - Benge pocket-tp (1982)
    - Carol Brass Cornet CCR-3880 (2015)
    - Nadir Ali pocket cornet (1997)
    - Adams F1 flugelhorn (2012)
    - Getzen Eterna 4-valves flugel (1978)
    - Stomvi Sinfonía Bb-tp (1984)
    - Antoine Courtois picc. - model Roger Delmotte (1960/70)
    - Amati C/Bb-tp (?)

    (and home-made natural trumpets)

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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    Decide first which Bb you like best. Then look around. It may be possible to trade the other for a C, or if not sell it and buy a good used C. I bought a Yamaha C (in my signature) for $800.00. It was in my tech's shop on consignment. Beautiful horn and plays like a dream.
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    1956 Conn 80A Cornet
    1951 Olds Special Cornet
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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    C to D !

    I have a cheap Amati in C, and a vintage picc. which I can't tune to A.
    but need something for weddings (D and A)
    on the Bb the wedding keys and range are not optimal and sound ....
    - Adams A9 trumpet (2014)
    - Bach Strad. 37 (1977)
    - Benge pocket-tp (1982)
    - Carol Brass Cornet CCR-3880 (2015)
    - Nadir Ali pocket cornet (1997)
    - Adams F1 flugelhorn (2012)
    - Getzen Eterna 4-valves flugel (1978)
    - Stomvi Sinfonía Bb-tp (1984)
    - Antoine Courtois picc. - model Roger Delmotte (1960/70)
    - Amati C/Bb-tp (?)

    (and home-made natural trumpets)

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    Re: converting b flat trumpet to c

    This thread is 5 years old......a ghost thread just in time for halloween!
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    1939 New York Bach Mercury trumpet- No.329 out of 375
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    2007 Bach strad Philadelphia C trumpet
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    1919 conn 80a victor new wonder cornet
    1942 Conn 22b New York Symphony
    1953 Conn "transitional" model 22b
    1965 Conn 5a Victor cornet
    1956 Besson 8-10 trumpet
    1922 Holton Shepards Crook Herbert Clarke model
    Dillon music flugel with rose brass bell
    1974 Selmer Paris Maurice Andre model piccolo trumpet

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