John Packer Trumpets
Trumpet and Cornet Specialist
With many years playing various brass instruments, Thomas has a wealth of knowledge and advice for all things brass.
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Dating back to 1500BC, the trumpet has the highest register of any brass instrument and is usually pitched in Bb.
The trumpet is probably the most recognisable brass instrument in the world and is one of the most popular with new players. Nearly all students will start to learn on a Bb trumpethowever a range of other models are available such aspiccolo trumpetsand specialist trumpets pitched in C and D/Eb. The standard Bb trumpet has three piston valves, adjustable slides (for tuning), leadpipe, bell and waterkeys. Bb trumpetshave 4’ 6” of brass tubing tightly wrapped so that it fits comfortably into the players hands. Usually found in concert bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles, the trumpet has a cylindrical bore, unlike its brass band brother, thecornet, which features a conical bore.
A wide range of starter models are available, theJohn Packer JP051 Bb trumpetis a common favourite and is competitively priced. Professional models can cost up to £3,400 such as theSmith-Watkins 464R25. Common manufacturers include Bach,Yamaha,Stomvi,Getzen and JP.
A guide to buying your first trumpet
This guide aims to provide you with all the information you need to make a informed judgement when purchasing your first trumpet. It covers the basic fundamentals of the instrument as well as what to kook for when comparing different student models.