north bay trumpet
Selecting a New
(this is posted as a
suggested starting point and is not intended to be comprehensive)
- Ask your teacher for advice.
- Shop around locally and online.
- Try to play the instrument before
- An instrument choice should be based
on the musical and financial needs of the student, level
they are currently playing at, level they need to play at
in the near future, and which mechanical features will
serve that purpose.
- Cheapest is not necessarily best.
- Most expensive is not necessarily
- Most shiny is not necessarily best.
- Most popular is not necessarily best.
- The same as everyone else is not
- Try to play several instruments of the
same type-not just one.
- Don't compare apples and oranges-play
the same musical passages on each instrument you are
- When play testing, try to objectively
evaluate single elements individually.
- Ask yourself these questions: Is this
easier to play than my current horn? Is this more in tune
than my instrument? Is this easier in the upper register
than my instrument? Is my tone quality better than it is
on my instrument?
- Play on your regular mouthpiece-to
provide a known reference point for comparison.
- Play in all registers and at all
- Ask to try the instrument in both
large and small rooms.
- Check the lead pipe for pitting
(internal rust damage).
- If any of the valves stick during the
testing (after being oiled) abandon the horn
immediately-this is a sign of things to come and rarely
- The same rational applies to slides.