The best Trumpet models

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tubatu, Jun 10, 2003.

  1. tubatu

    tubatu Member

    One of our cornet players is looking for a trumpet to use in professional gigs.
    Can I have suggestions for the best makes available that would be suitable.
  2. Despot

    Despot Member

    I believe the generally accepted "standard" pro instrument is the Bach "Strad". Think it's the market leader. Any pro trumpet player I met seemed to have one. (Also many seem to have a matching "Strad" cornet. Not a great cornet IMHO)

    But I'm only a humble euph! I'm sure there's more qualified than me to talk about this! :)
  3. carlwoodman

    carlwoodman Member

    I would think it depends on what sort of professional gigs he will be doing. Sitting at the back of a symphony orchestra is different from lead trumpet in a big band!
    Not sure where your cornet player lives but, if he is close to London, Phil Parker Ltd. would give good advice;
    David Fisher at John Myatt Ltd. in Hitchin would also been keen to help;
    Myatts usually have some interesting secondhand stuff too. The list is updated daily;
    Bach Strad trumpets have been the chosen weapon for many years but come in so many different variations it is important to get specialist advice. Recently, I've noticed a make called Stomvi gaining popularity too.
  4. picju96

    picju96 Member

    I have a bach strad and its great. The yamaha professional trumpets are nearly exactly the same in weight, structure etc but a bit cheaper.
  5. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    I think the Bach Strad was the defacto standard 15 years ago, but his has been changing (partly due to the fact that other manufacturers have got thier acts together).

    Other maks to consider would be Schilke, Smith-Watkins, Yamaha, Stomvi.

    Another shop you might try is the Valve in Warren street, London they have plenty of stock you can try. (I also personally find thier service less condiscending than Parkers!)

    Two main things to consider are: budget and the type of playing you will be doing. Apart from that if you like an instrument go for it.
  6. Robo

    Robo New Member

    trumpet selection

    I would agree that the Bach Strad is a very good choice, however I have had the opportunity to play on a professional trumpet by F.E. Olds. I considered this to be a very good instrument. I'm not sure of the availability of these within UK, as they are US made, but would reccomend investigating them.

    Solo Cornet
  7. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Funny, someone else said this exact thing to me last weekend..
  8. Despot

    Despot Member

    Things have obviously changed since I was there last! I only dropped by for valve oil and ended up talking at length to a nice older gentleman that was there. Mind you that was a few years ago.

    I then went to Bill Lewington, when it was on Shaftsbury Ave. (?) about attitude.....

    If you wanted to try an Olds trumpet, I believe Bill Lewington carries it.
  9. lucretia

    lucretia Member

    Bach Strad for definite. Wonderful instruments.
  10. timold

    timold New Member

    "The Best Trumpet"

    I would also look out for good old trumpets such as:

    Olds Recording, Olds Super, Olds Special, Conn Connstalation, Conn Victor, Selmer 99, Holton "Maynard Ferguson".

    There are some good "older" trumpets out there, to me they have much more soul about them, and the sound is better.....try some of ther old ones... If you want some more help I would be only too pleased to help you.


    Tim Oldroyd
  11. midwalesman

    midwalesman Member


    I have always played on Strad's and I think they are very good, free blowing and extremely versitile. I have tried Smith Watkins and I really liked the tone, certainly a contrast to the Strad. If I wanted another trumpet I'm afraid it would still have to be a strad although if it was a Eb/D then it would probably be a Schilke.
  12. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    Re: "The Best Trumpet"

    This is the Holton ST302 MF2 model - very large bore - very good if you're playing lead trumpet in a big band but doesn't help your tuning too much if you're playing straight stuff.

    Another good horn in this ilk is the Yamaha Bobby Shew model. Both have reverse lead pipes leading to a large straight bore - gives you a birght sound if that's what you want.
  13. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Re: The Best Trumpet

    A friend of mine who plays trumpet professionally swears by these guys., Taylor Trumpets Apart from being a good trumpet they also do some fancy customising if you fancy that sort of thing!

  14. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    Selmer Paris

    I currently use a Selmer Paris which is without a doubt the best horn I've ever played - works well for both jazz and orchestral work (or maybe I just have a crap sound for both!)

    As for the Valve, I had something from them last week that said they are going back to their roots (whatever that was) which may mean trumpets are not their thing anymore.
  15. bladder

    bladder Member

    Strads...? No!

    For a cornet player playing trumpet, you'll want to steer clear of the big stuff, they take some blowing and high reg. tuning is difficult. Have a go on the lighweight ML bore horns, i.e. Yamahas, Schilke, Stomvi, etc. These instruments will give you the agility and response that your used to from a cornet without too much extra effort. Some of the older US trumpets can v. good esp. Olds Recording ( a gem ) / Special / Super, King (silversonic, a cracker ), Getzen (eterna), Conn ( not Constellation, itsa whopper ). The 'Jazz' models are perhaps a bit on the small side, e.g. Yamaha 'Bobby Shew', and give a thin, insubstantial sound.
    The Stomvi Elite range has lightweight ML model with reverse lead pipe option which I've tried. I was very suprised by how responsive and agile this horn was, nice and cheap too. It doesn't like to be honked too much, a bit disappointing for big/dance band lead work or 'loud' orchestral stuff, but fantastic for 'light' orch. or quintet/small ens. work. ( The Stomvi Elite D/Eb is an absolute gem. I've got one and it's the mutt's nutts!)

    I wish to correct my brother's earlier posting regarding the Holton 'Maynard Ferguson'. Holton have, in the past, produced a few MF designed horns, the 'MF2' only being one of about a dozen. ( He designs a new one when he misses top C, (not that one, octave higher!!)) The latest is the MF8, ST308 and the student version ST550, the bores sizes are coming down a bit now, well he is 75!! Some of the MF Horns have names like 'Admiral' and 'Bluebird', which is nice. I've actually got the MF2, I think my brother was describing my playing in his post, cheeky bastard!!
  16. bladder

    bladder Member

    Re: Selmer Paris

    :wink: I can vouch for that, YES!!, you do have a shit sound for both, and for any other genre you'd care to mention!! :wink:
  17. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    Blad, would I do that! The point is that these reverse leadpipes (I know lots of guys that have had them fitted) give you a bigger brighter sound but also do affect your tuning. (usually for the worse :wink: )
  18. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    Re: Selmer Paris

    Now which of the savlilles do we have here - ah yes, it's Jimmy! :p
  19. rdouglas1976

    rdouglas1976 New Member

    Which trumpet?

    I've had a strad for about 10 yrs and it is considered the industry standard, pretty much everybody I have ever met has one. With the noticable exception of one guy who has a "Wedgewood".

    I had a go and was absolutely smitten it had fantastic response and seemed a lot more open than the strad. If I had the money I would buy one. :D

    As other ppl have said it depends what you want from it but I wouldnt of thought you should go for anything bigger than an ML
  20. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    Ive got a really old one a B&M Champion don't know anyone whos heard of 'em!!

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