I'm a student in year 9 and I've been playing for about 5 years and I am doing my grade 6. I've been playing on a crappy yamaha student trumpet for years and I really need to get a better quality trumpet but I have no idea what kind to get- any ideas????
Re: New trumpet- ideas! 10:59 on Thursday, July 5, 2012
Yamaha makes a very fine trumpet. I own two and have had no problems with either.
If you want to play what MOST trumpet players play, I would suggest a Bach medium bore. The reason for this is that most college trumpet instructors still favor the Bach and when the time comes you go to college, chances are that they will expect you to play a Bach. Als, the Bach is the easiest to sell if you don't like it.
The best way to find out which horn works for you is to try every horn you can get your hands on and decided which one FITS you and your playing style.
Trumpet players are collectors by heart. We Collect mouthpieces, trying to find the one that solves all our problems. Then we start collecting trumpets to do the same thing. The real secret to improvement is PRACTICE not equipment.
Practise ALWAYS comes first. If you're looking to upgrade, Yamaha or Back is the way to go. They are very consistent brands, and always perform well. If you're looking for a specific type, I believe (this is my personal opinion) is either the Yamaha Xeno trumpet lines or the Bach Stradivarius type 37 trumpet lines. These are pricy but will get the job done.
There are other ones that are less expensive by these companies, but when it comes to buying trumpets, you get what you pay for.
I played a yammie all through school, a 6335 cornet and a 1335 trumpet, I only got a new trumpet in my 2nd year at college after I did my grade 8
and picked a bach omega for cheep on ebay
then 2nd year at uni I felt I needed something better! as my omega was backing up on me when I played lead...
so went down to john packers in taunton and tried them all out, played all of them from the JP trumpets all the way upto the smith watkins! the schilkies where nice, and got that nice sound out of them but found them hard to blow, quite liked the 8335LA but eventually settled on the Selmer concept TT, twin tube leadpipe so no chance of overblowing, felt big but comfitable and efficiant for me and I could get many sound colours, so could get a nice mellow jazz sound or could really open up and scream! so it was perfect for me!
oh and I hated the strads....
it all depends on what YOU like! not what the media/other trumpeters tell you to like, just because bach is a well known brand doesnt mean you will like their trumpets,I know I diddnt!
infact at uni, in the wind band we had 3 strads, 3 selmer TTs, a schilke a 6335, a king and 2 xenos
and my trumpet teacher played on a something Ive never heard off!