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Phaeton PHT2020
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The Phaeton is a new concept in trumpet design that combines inventive new touches like acoustical bracing and pro-style valves with incredible finishes like matte black onyx and 24-karat gold-plated finger buttons.

WEIGHT 1.12 kg
BORE 11.68mm (460")
MOUTHPIPE MIDWEIGHT RECEIVER
BELL ONE PIECE 4 7/8" DIAMETER
PISTONS Monel w/red brass piston ports
CAPS HVY WT MACHINED BRASS
PRICES RETAIL STARTS AT $1,745.00


PHT2020 - The Phaeton is a Bb trumpet with an 11.68mm (.460") bore and a one piece 4-7/8" diameter bell.

Gold Lacquer finish and trim.
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Bore (inch): 0.460
Bell (inch): 4.875
Bell Type: 1 Piece
Bell Mtl.: Yellow Brass
Valves: 3, Monel, Red Brass
Website: www.pjlamusic.com
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Registered: December 2005
Location: Suwanee, GA
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Review Date: 9/1/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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“The trumpet is the instrument of the gods,” said master musician Marcus Belgravein a recent interview about his Detroit Jazz Festival trumpet summit (which I took part in this past summer). Now if these gods happened to descend from the heavens in an ornate spaceship, complete with all the trimmings out of a sci-fi movie (imagine Close Encounters or Men in Black), and brought with them a horn in its likeness, they might have given us PJLA Music’s Phaeton trumpet. The instrument need not leave the display case for you to know the Phaeton ain’t your daddy’s Martin Committee. The Phaeton 2000 series of professional horns is available in five stylish finishes: gold lacquer, silver plating, eye-catching rawbrushed brass, black-onyx matte and 24- karat gold plating.. The aesthetic standard referenced here is definitely Monette, but the Phaetons have their own look. They feature wide, swooping braces, thick, heavy valve caps and pomo-style finger holds. The curves are extended, graceful and sexy, and the edges seem thick. Overall, it looks “big,” which screams dark, heavy, flugelhorn-esque sound. The trumpet certainly fits in with the standards of a beautiful light fixture or perhaps a vase in a hip SoHo pad, but the question any prospective professional buyer will be concerned with is: Does it play? In terms of the more substantive qualities of a musical instrument, the marks are fairly good. Chicago trumpet guru Wayne Tanabe largely designed the trumpet, and it does play nicely. It is intended to look like a heavy horn—which is all the rage— but to play and feel lighter. This is accomplished to an extent. The horn feels very solid and supportive of the air when blowing. It is sturdy and substantial but is, in fact, remarkably light. Like a heavier horn, you can get a nice, full, resonant vibration when you push the volume and airflow. It is a typically modern-sounding horn, without a whole lot of edge and a great deal of roundness. The horn also features heavy gold valve caps designed to provide some gravity to the finger-stroke. After working them in they do feel good, though you do have to prefer that weighted-valve feel, as opposed to featherlike, Dizzy Gillespie/Clark Terry-style valves. Last, in favor of the horn, it plays very well in tune. The low D below the staff and the A right on pitch.

I tested two of the finishes mentioned: the raw brushed brass and the bright silver-plated Anniversary model. The main difference in sound was, as expected, the brushed brass added a mellowed darkness to the sound. I actually found the silverplated version easier and freer to play, and it cut as well as any good horn should; it also worked well for an acoustic set and also sounded good through a microphone. The main qualm I had with both horns was that they did not feel nearly as responsive at medium to soft volumes as when played loud. While the strength of the horns’ playability was in their richness of sound at full volume, softer playing did not yield the same resonant canon of overtones. In other words, to experience the depth of these instruments’ timbre, you really need to blow. These horns would best suit the small group soloist who wants to be able to really blaze without coming across as brash or excessive. So the Phaeton paradox is a success: make a horn that’s fairly light, looks heavy and sounds dark. With a few small limitations, the 2000 series does just that—and it looks hot! In a market that is dominated by old giants of the trumpet industry, only time can tell what is in store for the relative newcomer. Pete LaPlaca at PJLA Music is quite proud of the trumpets and that they are made mostly in America. He has every reason to be satisfied. GREG GLASSMAN
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Review Date: 4/27/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: EVERYTHING
Cons: NONE

 
I HEARD SO MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HORN THAT I HAD TO HAVE ONE...AND BOUGHT IT SIGHT UNSEEN. I LOVE IT.
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Anonymous
Review Date: 3/18/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great balance
Cons: none

 
would like to see extra hvy bottom caps available.....tho standard caps are the perfect weight for most performance needs. loved the short stroke pistons.
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Anonymous
Review Date: 7/21/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,275.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: very well built almost flawless
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the horn performed exactly to my needs....
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