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03-31-2009, 03:20 PM
We plan to buy a trumpet for our son who has been playing trumpet for a year. According to his band director he is excelling and he enjoys playing. We are trying to decide between a Yamaha YTR-2335 which is in nearly new condition and an Olds Special (1959) that shows lots of finish wear but is not dented and plays very nicely. The Yamaha comes with a mouth piece and the Olds does not. They are both priced at about $300.

After reading reviews on this site we are leaning towards buying the Olds (though it does not look nearly as nice as the Yamaha does). We are not experienced with trumpets other than what we have learned from our son playing for this past year.

We would appreciate input.
Thank you

08-12-2010, 08:02 AM
Determine your budget limit for investment in a trumpet. Use the age and maturity of the student as a guideline. Include in your calculation a well-braced trumpet case of wood or metal with plenty of internal protective padding. Avoid a leather case at this point. Bring your own mouthpiece & examine the trumpet's tone quality. This quality is the prime attribute of any instrument. Understand that a large-bore (the inside tube diameter) instrument requires good breath support and produces a "big," "rich," and "fat" tone or resonance. Openness, warmth and ease characterize the nature of this sound.
Understand that a small-bore trumpet may be easier to blow, but the sound produced can be "thin," "crisp" or "shallow." A good tone should be "free," "round" and "clear" with an overtone presence. Small-bore instruments have a very "sharp edge" or "focus." Evaluate both types.
Realize that the "flare" of bell construction varies with brand names such as Bach, Schilke and Yamaha. Know what the ultimate cost will be, since purchase plans can vary.
Understand that the basic difference between a cornet and a trumpet is in the bore of the tubing. The cornet has two-thirds conical bore and one-third cylindrical bore. The trumpet is the reverse.
Cylindrical bore produces a "brilliant" tone. Conical bore allows a horn to produce a "warm" or "mellow" sound. The pitch or fingerings aren't different. Professionals usually own both instruments.