Post by Jack Patrick

There are many components of a trumpet that can determine its characteristics, one being the bell flair. Bells with fast tapers produce a dark, warm sound, whereas slow tapers yield bright tones. Bach Stradivarius trumpets come in the most popular flair options: 37 (fast), 43 (medium) and 72 (Slow)

Like the bell, leadpipes with fast tapers result in warm tones, while slow tapers produce bright sounds. Some players opt for the ‘reverse leadpipe’ construction option. By eliminating a step where the pipe connects to the main tuning slide, the air moves more freely. This results in a longer pipe maintaining constant taper for improved intonation. However this is not for everyone, some trumpet players prefer to have resistance when playing, and some do not think that the reverse leadpipe makes much difference at all.

Specifications on all student models are fairly standard, however when choosing a professional level instrument it is worth considering the bell type to ensure the instrument you choose fulfils your requirements – for the type of player you are and the style of playing you do.

When looking for a mouthpiece, there are many variables that you will need to consider. This can often get confusing. The dimensions and shape of a mouthpiece have a direct impact on its feel, play-ability and sound. We hope to give you a brief overview of the various parts and Jargon used when talking about mouthpieces and their effects on the mouthpiece characteristics.

There is a huge variety of types of high trumpets both in terms of keys and exotic makes. We have therefore restricted the range in this catalogue to ‘mainstay’ instruments needed by orchestral players and music college students - the Eb/D Such as the Bach Artisan ADE190 and the and Bb/A piccolo like the Yamaha Custom 9835, however, if you want something more specialist please call us.