Why Are Some Trumpets Better Than Others?
As far back as I can remember, it’s been an article of faith for trumpet players: To get a good trumpet, go somewhere where you can try a lot of identical instruments and pick out the good one. That used to work, sort of. Years ago, large stores, and even some smaller ones carried multiple samples of the same instrument which they would dutifully roll out to be tried. The problem was that, unless you happened to be there when a new shipment arrived, you could safely assume that the trumpets you were trying had already been picked over by numerous players. Plus, it can be very difficult to access small differences in a short time span and in an unfamiliar acoustic. Now days it’s pretty much a moot point. The economics of the music business make carrying a large stock of instruments a losing proposition. Continue reading
Bach trumpets are available with a lot of different mouthpipes. The purpose of this article is to explain the differences between the different C trumpet pipes and suggest appropriate uses for each model. Continue reading
Precision Valve Alignments are recommended for Yamaha Trumpets
Sometimes with my hectic schedule, I procrastinate on projects that would actually benefit my own trumpet playing. I have been playing on my Mike Vax Yamaha for years and never had Jim Becker look at my valve alignment. Recently, while playing Jesus Christ Superstar, I felt something was off with my 4th space E and the E an octave above. So, for my birthday, I treated myself to a Precision Valve Alignment by Jim Becker. Sure enough, my valves were way off. When Jim was done, the E’s lined back up, and the core of my sound was consistent from top to bottom. I feel much more confident blowing through the notes on my horn, as opposed to “hoping” the horn settles on a particular slot.
Both Jim Becker and I highly recommend Precision Valve Alignments on Yamaha Trumpets, especially the Bobby Shew medium bore horns. The Bach C trumpet is the trumpet we perform the most PVAs on. I would say that in general, a Precision Valve Alignment by Jim Becker will add 10-15% improvement in your horn’s stability. That’s sometimes the difference between a good day of trumpet playing and a bad one.
Feel free to contact the store if you have any questions on your possible PVA.
One of the fastest growing products we produce are the Osmun Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpipes. Osmun trumpet specialist Jim Becker has made many beneficial advances in these mouthpipes to make your piccolo trumpet more stable, more even, and freer blowing. Osmun Music makes mouthpipes for most piccolo trumpets on the market in both Bb and A. We can also silver, lacquer, or gold plate to match your particular horn.
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