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Bach TR200
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100% of reviewers $285.00 6.3

 

Description:
.459" medium-large bore, 4-3/4" two-piece bell with rim wire, Monel metal pistons with two-point nylon valve guides and enclosed barrel-shaped bronze valve springs, one-piece Stradivarius-style brass valve casing, first valve slide thumb hook, adjustable third valve slide finger ring and stop mechanism, two waterkeys, nickel silver tuning slide receivers and trim, engraved bell, lacquered finish, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, wood shell case.
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Bore (inch): 0.459
Bell (inch): 4.750
Bell Type: 2 Piece
Website: http://www.selmer.com/
Keywords: Bach TR200
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Review Date: 4/24/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $230.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: good marching/ beggining trumpet
Cons: laquer/ the valves stick after 1-2 years of use

 
i got it used to use as a marching horn cuz i diidnt want to get my silver one dirty and dented works for marching and begginers well
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Anonymous
Review Date: 9/5/2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: It Looks very shiny and nice in the case
Cons: The playing experience is not shiny, nice, easy, or any of the above

 
All right..... I will start with the positive aspects of the horn.
1) It is a trumpet.
2) It was provided to me for free.

Well I am glad that is out of the way. Now I can fully discuss why I wouldn't recommend it. First off, the feel of the entire horn is stuffy. It gets even worse as you go higher. With some horns, the resistance is equal throughout the range. On this Bach, the resistance multiplied itself the higher you tried to ascend. Double C on this thing is nearly impossible.

The slotting was also anything but impressive. Everything from A above the staff up does not slot. It was like a big Ol' Trombone slide! Fit and Finish was all right, although I was able to tell that it was built with considerable tension. IE: when i pinged the bell with my finger, it just went "thud".

Intonation was decent, but that could be due to the fact that I was using Monette mouthpieces while testing it out. I don't even want to think how slotting would have been had i used anything else.

Overall, I would have ranked this horn higher had it been specifically a "student model". I may have even given it a 5 - 6. But according to Bach this is an intermediate level horn. The add in the Woodwind Brasswind says it is designed with the same precision as the Strad. I have never really liked the strad, but I don't think this is the same level of "precision". My Getzen Eterna 700 is also an intermediate, but it blows the pants off of this horn and even makes a wonderful alternative to the strad. The Eterna is also about $300 less than the TR 200.

If I had to sum this up in one sentence it would be: "Tr 200, near beginner quality for near professional price."
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Petere
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 14
Review Date: 5/14/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $340.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great Bach Sound, easy upper register, valves are smooth and well made
Cons: I like lighter feeling trumpets but this is good for an intermediate

 
If you take into consideration that it is an intermediate horn, then it is a very good trumpet in its price and quality range. It is far better than a student horn, and its not a professional horn. It is in-between. The Yamahas and Getzens in this price range are comparable in quality. What makes this stand out in the intermediates, is that the bell is yellow brass (not rose brass like many intermediates), and the bell has the tone of the Bach 37 Strad, and it has the Bach Strad-like valves. These features are what make this a "keeper" for intermediate purposes. The intermediate Yamahas are well made, but don't have this sound. The intermediate Getzens have great valves but don't have this traditional pro sound either. This horn will blend well with the pro sounds in a trumpet section. When a player is ready for upper high or college, the player might want to move up to a pro-level horn. The pro horns will, for example, play better up high, and will handle quick slurs more smoothly, etc. However, for it's place in the modern trumpet spectrum, it is a very good trumpet.
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