Inside The World Of A Cup Mouthpiece

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In our never ending quest for scientifically proof of what goes on in our trumpet playing world, we find yet another bit of information to confuse and delight our readers.
Here is a video showing what actually happens in the cup of a trumpet mouthpiece as it is being ProEnhance played.
For those with weak stomachs, please be advised that what you are about to see might be too graphic for the casual viewer.
For the rest of us, it looks exactly as we thought it would.

Enjoy and remember to keep buzzing, no matter what it looks like!

Improve Your Sight-reading- On Line

downloadI found this site today and felt compelled to share it with you.

In a previous post I covered the importance of being able to read rhythms quickly and accurately. It is my belief that being able to recognize rhythms quickly is the most important area a musician needs to improve his/her sight-reading ability.

When I found this site, I knew immediately that I needed to point my readers in that direction.

If you want to improve your sight-reading ability, check out this site and let me know what you think of it.

Rhythmic Studies

WHAT I LEARNED IN JAZZ CLASS

downloadThese are quotes from students in a college jazz history class. They are extracted from the essay topic, “What I learned over this semester in jazz history.” These are all genuine responses, completely unaltered. They areall 18+ year old students; not high school or middle school age kids. None of them are music students; they all took this class as a gen. ed. credit and a hopeful “easy A”.

“Free Jazz is an era that I wished I had never learned about.?

“Free Jazz. Wow; what a sound it makes. An awful, horrible sound. I don’t see how that can actually be called a sound. My 5 year old nephew could pound on the piano and make the same sound! He may even make a better sound. To be honest, that sound is one big mess”.

“With swing, it’s kind of up in the air for me. I must say I tried like hell to keep up with it.”

“My favorite jazz has a bluesy, Mexican feel to it.”

“Though Jazz started in New Orleans, it traveled all around the world picking up and dropping off things along the way.”

“One thing that confused me was Jelly Roll Morton. Did he play with the Red Hot Chili Peppers? I didn’t think that they were around back then.?

“Jelly Roll (Morton) bridged the gap between piano and ragtime. “My grandpa likes it, but I think scat stinks.”

“Chick Corea, Dizzie Gillespie, Bix Biderbeck, and the monk created the first cool group.”

“I wished Don Cherry would put his trumpet back in his pocket.”

“There is not enough space in my head to fit all that I learned.”

“This class taught me about a lot of things that I never knew about.”

“Some of the big jazz musicians we learned about were: Lous Armstrong, Duke, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Cillespic, T. Mark, Ken Barns, Buddy Baldwin, Jellyroll Mortin, Sydney Bichai, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, and many many more.”

“Coming into class on the first day, I assumed there would be a boring professor standing in front of the class droning on and on about jazz. Here’s where it started; this is who played it; and here we are today; blah, blah, blah. I now realize that my assumption wasn’t all that wrong.”

“I assumed that jazz had started in the African-American community only because it fulfilled a multi-cultural course that I was required to take.”

“Jim Crow, in a way, was the first jazz musician.”

“Jazz was put into effect by Jim Crow”s Law.”

“I really enjoyed hearing the big band, Frank Foster’s Arrangement”.

“I learned in this class that, contrary to my mom’s opinion, Kenny G is a joke. A really non-funny one.”

“I fell in love with that tune, “Stablemates”. It really hits home.?

“Jazz musicians don’t play for women any more.”

“I learned that going to jazz concerts gets me in good with the girlfriend.”

“I learned a lot about Be Bop, Swing, Drugs, and Fusion.”

“I found new respect for Miles Davis. He was adamant about not using drugs when everyone else was trying to get him to try some.”

“I liked hearing the Original Dixieland (Jazz) Band, and how they were the original Dixieland band.”

“You might want to mention to future classes that jazz brings true romance to a scene.”

“I’m glad I took this class, because I feel more comfortable to talk about jazz in its awesomeness.”

“Drugs caused many artists their careers in many ways.”

“Jazz is a style of music that is almost very sober.”

“I figured jazz started in the 1960s, but to my surprise, it started back in the late 18th century.”

“Smooth jazz now just plain old angers me.”

“A lot of the things that I learned were facts that I never new about, not only in jazz, but in life as well.”

“I got really excited by the tenor sax, soprano sax, baritone sax, but not so much the alto sax.”

“I can’t believe that blacks had time to invent jazz if they were hanging out in the whorehouses with Jelly Roll Morton.”

“A lot of black jazz musicians were very talented, which probably came from them not having anything else to do.”

“When blacks and whites finally decided to get together to make jazz, it was a big hit.”

“Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz were two guys who would sit down and enjoy cool jazz.”

“Going to the club gave me jazz sensations.”

“I hear the hard-bop jazz influence on bands today such as Matchbox Twenty and Dave Matthews Band”.

“I’m now going to start this essay on jazz.”

“James Crow worked to bring the slaves together with the creoles.”

“Learning jazz has helped me beat my mom at Jeopardy. She had no idea who a blind pianist from Toledo, OH was for $800.”

“I learned the definition of supreme technical virtuosity is to play like Louie Armstrong.”

“Charlie Parker was a famous jazz musician who played saxophonists.”

“Getting 81% (on a test) is all well and good until you see that dumb guy next to you who picks his nose getting 91%. I then started studying and coming to class”.

“I asked the drummer what the names of the names and styles of the tunes that he played but he didn’t seem to know”.

“TV has become more jazzy to me now.”

“Studying jazz has been a coming out party for me.”

“I loved the vibrational solos of Clifford Brown.”

“When I think of tradition and instruments, I think of Fiddler of the Roof”

“Jazz has the technique of classical music, the feeling of blues, and the hope of children everywhere.”

“I know what troubles musicians now when I watch and listen to them play.”

“My ties to jazz were through Bleeding Gums Murphy, a character on a TV show called the Simpsons. It comes on at 8pm on Sunday nights.”

“I was surprised to find out about the different styles of jazz like hard, be, and post bops.”

“I thought that jazz was a certain amount of instruments that you played and was composed for you(,) not believing that it was their improvisation and the jazz musicians who made up the music on the spot doing what they wanted to do with the tunes. I know this is hard to explain but it is true.”

“When I try to play jazz, I mess around with the instruments pounding out random notes that were just me making har vokse nonsense up and it sounding like a big pile of crap.”

“Jazz is more profound when it doesn’t help pay the bills.”

“The first thing I learned in jazz history that happy birthday is the most played jazz classic. You want to hear happy birthday in swing BAM! You got it You want to hear happy birthday in classic jazz BAM! You got it. You want to hear happy birthday in be bop BAM! You go(t) it. It’s great The second thing I learned is free jazz is where its at. I think that I could be a free jazz musician cause it all sounds like a drunk 7 year old jamming down on some notes and making the sweet sweet music fly. Free jazz was defiantly the best part of the class but unfortunately you didn’t play free jazz enough. My one suggestion for your next class is that you start out every class with a 5 minute free jazz intro. Over all and all, I defiantly learned a lot in jazz history class.”

“Hip hop and pop are fine, going out for fame and bling bling. Jazz has been around for a while, is out of style, but can really sing.”

“Jazz musicians sing and play music because they can’t contain their passions. Their music starts in the soul radiates out in every direction.”

“Jazz is a very dynamic kind of music. Loud and Soft.

“Swing makes you want to get up and dance and free jazz just makes you want to get up.”

“If any kind of music can calm a hectic day, its cool jazz. If you feel like going out and dancing, however there is ragtime.”

“In conclusion, jazz is music.”

“Jazz has come from the fields of New Orleans to my 2pm class, and beyond.”

“Unlike other forms of music, jazz is listened to by old people as well as us.”

“I learned what intros and outros were in this class. Now I look for them when I go searching for good music.”

“I went to do my (jazz) listening report at the house of blues.”

“Jazz has taught me a lot about the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.”

“I thought of jazz as a thing of the past, something old African American men listened to on old record players while sitting on their front porches smoking cigars.”

“Steve Turre has taught me that sea shells should be left on the ground instead of his mouth.”

“Over the course of the semester my knowledge of jazz has gone from nothing to practically nothing.”

“Even though I probably won’t listen to jazz after this semester, it has given me a greater appreciation of movies.”

“My favorite person to study was Sonny Rollins. He knew that he had to throw his saxophone off the bridge when he heard how good Charlie Parker was.”

“Jazz to me was the ‘shoo opps’ from groups in streets downtown in the olden, golden days.”

“Happy birthday That song is just amazing to me.”

“My all-time favorite jazz artist to listen to was Buddy Baldwin, AKA “the jazz king”. I think I’m going to go out and buy a couple of his CDs?

“I was surprised to find musicians with such odd names such as Vilage Von Guard.”

“Jazz is not as popular with all of the adolescence going around.”

“I like jazz more in books than on cds.”

“I remember coming into class with no facts but a whole plate of bullshit to dish out.”?

“I found myself learning about Blues, Early Jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Be Bop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Third Stream, Japanese, Post Bop, Fusion, Smooth, Modern Jazz, and the list goes on.”

” ‘Call and Respond’ is where one musician plays and the other one tries too hard to figure out what he’s doing.”

“The people in Dixie Land originated jazz music.”

“Jazz is now a part of me from 2pm-3:15pm every Tuesday and Thursday.”

“Jazz started in the fields where they used hand-me-down instruments and wore hand-me-down clothes.”

“If Wynton Marsalis said jazz was dead in the 1970’s, what was he playing at the time”.

“Weather Report was the final big band back in the day.”

“My girlfriend and I both agreed the next morning that jazz-club food was something we could’ve done without.”

“Jazz agitates me.”

“I like jazz, but I need something else besides rhythm, melody, and harmony.”

“I had no clue that so many (musicians) used drugs. Thinking about that, there is no doubt that they are living the life I dream of. They are spending money on things that they don’t really need or even want.”

“I noticed that there weren’t many jazz women in our textbook until I looked to see that the author was a guy. All guys are sexist, women bashers, who don’t ever give us our credit.”

“The part I most enjoyed was studying and appreciating slavery.’

“Its hard to imagine where Winton Marsalis gets his ideas from.”

“I’d like to see midgets getting bribed in every jazz club. Not just with Birdland. I’m of course talking about the jazz club, not Charlie Parker.”

“We’ve had our share of good times and bad times over the semester. By bad times, I mean my tests.”

“Count Bassie WAS the swing era”.

“This class increased my intelligence with aptitude.”

“Duke Ellington had the ability to turn jazz compositions into pure magic.”

“Swing died in World War II when the soloists took over.”

“I could go on and on about jazz, but I won’t.?

“Tony Williams was my favorite drummer because his group, Lifetime, is the same name as my favorite channel that I watch.”

“How do the musicians know what to play when their eyes were closed the whole time? And what was with the piano player talking while he played his solos. His musician friends must have been thought he was crazy.”

“I technically wasn’t in your class but I was happy to be along for the ride.”

“I was in jazz band in high school but we didn’t play jazz music.”

“Dizzie Gillespie was the one who jammed on the drums.”

“I thought doing our listening report would be a painful sort of torture.”

“I was bummed out at the beginning of the semester because I thought Louis Armstrong was going to be one of the guest lecturers”

Thank you Paul for your material and be well, live long.

Rotary Trumpets- Revisiting Our Past

stock-photo-the-valves-and-pipes-of-an-old-trumpet-53127106 (1)The hottest new trend is something from our trumpet past.

Rotary valves are making a strong comeback. For that reason I searched for the most interesting description of this option which many trumpet players are Natox switching to- rotary valve trumpets.
I found this video very interesting and well done, “so on with the show”!

For additional information on rotary trumpets, you may find this post interesting…

Rotary Valve Trumpets

Practicing In Front of a Computer Screen

Practice on screenMore trumpet players are beginning to read their music off computer screens and this new trend has advantages as well as disadvantages as we will address.

More players are beginning to take advantage of on line lessons through Skype as well as other programs and many times their material is sent to them as PDF files. Some may choose to download and print this material so that they are able to practice in the conventional manner, using their music stand to display their material. Some, on the other hand have begun to read their material off the computer screen, thereby avoiding costly paper and ink issues. Although this seems to be an economical advantage, it does bring up unanticipated consequences and I will list those in the material below.

Advantages of on screen practicing;

1. You can enlarge your notes- As a member of the advanced years club, this is a big advantage for even the smallest 1/64th note can be read more easily.

2. Page turns are as easy as pushing PgUp or PgDn on the keyboard.

3. Material in a Midi (as in Finale file) form can be regulated to any speed you need to practice.

4. Midi file exercises can be adjusted to any octave you want to play.

5. Seldom will you have to search filing cabinets MaleEdge to find your material for everything can be stored on your hard drive.

6. On line reading costs nothing to print.

Disadvantages of on screen practicing;

1. Due to the closeness of the monitor to your bell, you will have a tendency to back off on your volume.

2. Your tone quality will tend to be much brighter as your sound is reflected back from the monitor.

3. Most computer desk chairs are too comfortable for a good playing posture.

4. Extended periods in front of a computer monitor tend to limit your eyes focusing flexibility.

5. Extended periods in front of a computer screen will increase bad habits in physical movement.

Here are some possible ideas which may help those practicing in front of a monitor-

• Take frequent breaks to walk around the room which will help with stiff backs as well as forcing you to focus on short as well as distant objects.

• Adjust material size as well as the distance from the screen.

• Change chairs from a computer desk chair to a folding chair from time to time.

To help improve disadvantages #1 & #2, try this alternative-

The Official “In front of the Monitor” practice mute.
Over bell

The amount of filler you decide to use in this bag will determine the amount of volume and tone quality change.
Off bell

What is the Best Trumpet Case? Part 4

Listed prices changing constantly!

Single Soft Side Cases

Now we have come to what I feel is the best compromise among all of the cases mentioned. The soft sided trumpet cases have advanced to the point that the protection is acceptable and the issue of excessive weight has also been addressed. If I were to purchase a new case for my horns, I would definitely go for one of these.

Of the cases listed below, my choice would definitely be this one- Protec Standard PRO PAC Trumpet Case Price- $75.99/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4-5 ***** http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-Standard-PRO-PAC-Trumpet-Case-540692-i1151238.wwbw Front section for music. Large accessory compartment. Two mouthpiece holders. Shoulder strap.

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

Gator GL Lightweight Trumpet Case Price- $45.49/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 ** http://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GL-Lightweight-Trumpet-Case-545891-i1152427.wwbw Good protection for horn. Accessory compartment too small. Handle and strap attaching hardware looks weak. Shoulder strap. Outside storage area.

WolfPak Polyfoam Trumpet Case Price- $35.99/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/WolfPak-Polyfoam-Trumpet-Case-464528-i1433909.wwbw Back pack straps. Outside section for music.

Giardinelli GLP-TRUMPET Premium Lightweight Trumpet Case Price- $34.99/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Giardinelli-GLP-TRUMPET-Premium-Lightweight-Trumpet-Case-541246-i1151599.wwbw Single mouth piece holder. Accessory compartment too small. Shoulder strap.

Reunion Blues RB Continental Series Trumpet Case Price- $99.95/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 3-4 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-RB-Continental-Series-Trumpet-Case-585876-i1541402.wwbw Too small.

Reunion Blues Trumpet and Stand/Mute Bag Price- $138.60/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-Trumpet-and-Stand-Mute-Bag-540873-i1447626.wwbw

BAM Trumpet Cases Price- $408-$428/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/BAM-Trumpet-Cases-472710-i1418037.wwbw Too expensive.

Trumpet/Flugelhorn Cases

The popularity of doubling (trumpet and flugelhorn) for trumpet players has created a whole new case offering. The combination cases are very popular and for that reason I have included a few to look at. My all time favorite set up was a Schilke triple case for my trumpet and my Yamaha flugelhorn. Recently I replaced the Yamaha flugel with a Conn Vintage 1 and the newer horn would not fit in the old case. At this time I am using the Conn case that came with the flugel but after finishing this blog, I will be taking my own recommendation for a new double case. I can’t wait to see what I recommend.

First choice

Protec PB301F Pro Pac Trumpet / Flugel Combo Case Price- $94.99/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-PB301F-Pro-Pac-Trumpet—Flugel-Combo-Case-471409-i1441178.wwbw Four mouthpiece VolumePills holders. Well built. Outside music section. Be sure to check out the flugel horn dimensions in the advertisement.

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

WolfPak Trumpet/Flugelhorn Case Price- $89.00/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 5 http://www.wwbw.com/WolfPak-Trumpet-Flugelhorn-Case-464559-i1427147.wwbw No inside pictures.

Bach 1852 Stradivarius Trumpet / Flugelhorn Case Price- $239.99/Material- Wood/foam/leather/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Bach-1852-Stradivarius-Trumpet—Flugelhorn-Case-467350-i1431055.wwbw Very sturdy. Good latches. Fair section for trumpet. Two mouthpiece holders. Old style wooden case. Large and hard to carry.

Allora Trumpet & Flugelhorn Wheelie Bag Price- $161.99/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Allora-Trumpet—Flugelhorn-Wheelie-Bag-467116-i1441068.wwbw No inside photos.

Altieri AL08 Trumpet & Flugelhorn Bag Price- $130.49/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Altieri-AL08-Trumpet—Flugelhorn-Bag-540447-i1151105.wwbw Not enough protection. Would not consider this one at any price.

Reunion Blues Leather Doubler’s Trumpet and Flugelhorn Bag Price- $292.60/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-Leather-Doubler-s-Trumpet-Flugelhorn-Bag-540877-i1400423.wwbw No inside shots. Have no idea how the two fit together.

Reunion Blues Cordura Doubler’s Trumpet/Flugelhorn Bag Price- $166.60/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-Cordura-Doubler-s-Trumpet-Flugelhorn-Bag-540875-i1401462.wwbw No inside shots. Have no idea how the two fit together.

Walt Johnson Trumpet/Flugel/Mutes Case Price- $565.00/Material- Plastic/foam/Rating- 4 http://johnsoncases.com/ Highly recommended. Very strong. No photo. Very expensive.

Marcus Bonna Triple Trumpet Case Price- $349.95- $449.95/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 3 http://thompsonmusic.com/store/product152.html Not secure as most. Made for three trumpets but can hold trumpet and Flugel.

Gard Mid-Suspension Trumpet & Flugelhorn Gig Bag Price- $58.49/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- Not rated http://www.wwbw.com/Gard-Mid-Suspension-Trumpet—Flugelhorn-Gig-Bag-H67645-i1570737.wwbw No inside shots. I Have no idea how the two fit together.

Airline Proof Cases

When trying to decide on the ultimate case for protection, only one would be considered at this time. The new designs being developed at Torpedo Cases are at the cutting edge and for that reason; you need to check them out. Indestructible is the only word to be used when telling their story.

Torpedo Bags Price- $189.95/Material- Fiber/foam/Rating- 5 http://www.torpedobags.com/ Indestructible! Also check out the trumpet/flugelhorn case.

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

Calzone i Series PJL-TPT I Series Trumpet Case Price- $147.28/Material- ¼” Plywood/foam/Rating- 4  http://www.wwbw.com/Calzone-i-Series-PJL-TPT-I-Series-Trumpet-Case-585180-i1526777.wwbw

Calzone i Series PJL-TPT2/FLGW I Series Double Trumpet/Flugelhorn Case with Wheels Price- $329.84/Material- ¼” Plywood/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Calzone-i-Series-PJL-TPT2-FLGW-I-Series-Double-Trumpet-Flugelhorn-Case-with-Wheels-585185-i1526782.wwbw

Calzone i Series PJL-TPT/FLG I Series Trumpet/Flugelhorn Case Price- $240.24/Material- ¼” Plywood/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Calzone-i-Series-PJL-TPT-FLG-I-Series-Trumpet-Flugelhorn-Case-585184-i1526781.wwbw

Calzone i Series PJL-TPT-3W I Series Triple Trumpet Case with Wheels Price- $240.24/Material- ¼” Plywood/foam/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Calzone-i-Series-PJL-TPT-3W-I-Series-Triple-Trumpet-Case-with-Wheels-585182-i1526779.wwbw

What is the Best Trumpet Case? Part 3

Gig Bags

The basic design of trumpet gig bag has not changed much in the past twenty years. The basic design was originated to serve the convenience of the player. There is not too much protection for the trumpet when transported but the ease of carrying more than makes up for the lack of security. That is if you don’t care what happens to your horn. I never trusted a gig bag to any of my horns so I have to admit that my opinions of the trumpet gig bag might be slightly bias. Most of my friends do use them and for that reason I will try to be impartial in my posting. At least I will try.

Gig bags are convenient and make it much easier to transporting your instrument to a gig. They have improved substantially from the earlier models and do warrant a close look if you want an easier way to transport your trumpet. Some models are manufactured with nylon covers with foam insides. Some are made from leather and in my opinion, the leather models seem to give the instrument more protection. For that reason, I would only recommend this style of bag.

Top choice

Reunion Blues 540-15-02 Distresses Leather Single Gig Bag Price- $149.95/Material- Leather/Rating- 5 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-540-15-02-Distressed-Leather-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-581509-i1443260.wwbw

Second choice

Bach HLBL 1 trumpet gig bag Price- $107.24 /Material- Foam/leather/Rating- 4-5 http://www.wwbw.com/Bach-HLBL1-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-540347-i1151048.wwbw

Third choice

Protec L238 Delux Leather Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $109.24//Material vigrx plus works– Foam/leather/Rating- 3-4 http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-L238-Deluxe-Leather-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-541006-i1151465.wwbw

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

Giardinelli GB Price- $22.39/Material- Foam/nylon/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Giardinelli-GB-Trumpet—Padded-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-541239-i1151592.wwbw

Gator Trumpet Bag Price- $61.59/Material- Foam/nylon/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Gator-Trumpet-Bag-542154-i1482279.wwbw

Protec Standard Pro PAC Price- $69.99/Material- Foam/nylon/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-Contoured-PRO-PAC-Trumpet-Case-541010-i1151470.wwbw

Protec Delux Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $42.29/Material- Foam/nylon/Rating- 3-4 http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-Deluxe-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-540690-i1151236.wwbw

Protec L238 Delux Leather Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $109.24/Material- Foam/leather/Rating- 4+ http://www.wwbw.com/Protec-L238-Deluxe-Leather-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-541006-i1151465.wwbw

Bach HLBL 1 trumpet gig bag Price- $107.24 (possible error in pricing)/Material- Foam/leather/Rating- 4-5 http://www.wwbw.com/Bach-HLBL1-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-540347-i1151048.wwbw

Reunion Blues 540-15-02 Distresses Leather Single Gig Bag Price- $149.95/Material- Leather/Rating- 5 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-540-15-02-Distressed-Leather-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-581509-i1443260.wwbw

Reunion Blues 540-59-71 Trumpet Bag Price- $96.60/Material- Foam/fabric/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-540-59-71-Trumpet-Bag-464554-i1414733.wwbw

Reunion Blues Leather Bag Price- $138.60/Material- Leather/foam/Rating- 3-4 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-Leather-Trumpet-Bag-540889-i1401463.wwbw

Reunion Blues Cordura Trumpet Bag Price- $96.60/Material- Cordura/foam/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Reunion-Blues-Cordura-Trumpet-Bag-540887-i1447627.wwbw

Conn 7116BK Single Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $29.99/Material- Cordura/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Conn-7116BK-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-463646-i1440985.wwbw

Artieri Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $76.49/Material- Cordura/foam/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Altieri-Series-Trumpet-Gig-Bags-483846-i1442056.wwbw

Gard Deluxe Leather Single Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $53.99/Material-Leather/foam/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Gard-Deluxe-Leather-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-467131-i1441071.wwbw

Gard Deluxe Cordura Single Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $44.99/Material- Cordura/foam/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Gard-Deluxe-Cordura-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-467132-i1491529.wwbw

Gard Cordura Single Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $18.19/Material- Cordura/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/Gard-Cordura-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-467145-i1437944.wwbw

Bandnow Single Trumpet Gig Bag Price- $13.22/Material- Nylon/foam/Rating- 2 http://www.wwbw.com/BandNow-Single-Trumpet-Gig-Bag-471060-i1429053.wwbw

What is the Best Trumpet Case? Part 2

Traditional Hard Cases

Almost every professional trumpet came packaged in a traditional hard case and most often these were made with wood panels covered with a leather or leather like material. These are considered very strong and protect the instrument from most abusive encounters.  Some are designed with extra room for accessories such as mutes, music, and valve oil and some are designed to only carry one trumpet. Some manufacturers place the trumpet on it’s side as in the case of the Bach and some secure the trumpet in an upright position as in the case of Yamaha and Schilke. I’m not sure one is any better than the other but as in the case of the latter two cases, the vertical position makes for a more compact case. A two horn Yamaha case will hold as much extra material as the Bach case yet it is 2 inches smaller in width.

One improvement which you may not be aware of is the replacement of the old snap style locks with the newer latch style. The old snap locks were always breaking springs and were a real problem as the case ages. The new latches are equally square and will never break. Some manufactures are still using the snaps and I would avoid this feature. You can see the difference on the follwing examples. Snaps are still used on the Schilke double cases. And a very similar case made by J. Winter is equipped with the newer latches. When making your final selection, you might want to check this feature for a latch will far outlast a snap.

Another very important issue when selecting a single trumpet case would be the security of your instrument. Bach cases do not hold the instrument as securely as a Yamaha or Schilke. How the horn is held within the case is what makes it safe or not safe. You will want the padding within the case to surround itself around the horn when you place it in the case. This is another short coming of a Bach case. The trumpet is allowed to slide back and forth in the case.when the lid is shut. Remember Ken Watson’s experience with his Bach case rolling down the stairs? Now you have heard two opinions about Bach cases. A very similar case made by Giardinelli http://www.wwbw.com/Giardinelli-Trumpet-Case-540285-i1151024.wwbw has the same “lay down” feature as the Bach but has designed the case to hold the trumpet more securely inside. It also had the latches for locking.

If you are interested in a single hard case for your instrument, you might want to consider buying a double case instead. Even if you are not going to add another trumpet to your collection, I would recommend a double case for these reasons-

  • Some day you might want another horn
  • The dimension of the double case is smaller than a single case.
  • Many times the double case will protect your instrument better than a single case.
  • Cost- Bach single case $184.99, double case $180.49

If I were interested in purchasing a single hard case, I would be considering these three possibilities-

Stock single horn cases

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

Bach single case Price- $184.99/ Material-Wood/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Bach-1843-Single-Trumpet-Case-540307-i1151038.wwbw

Gator single case Price- $52.49/Material-Wood/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GW-Trumpet-Hardshell-Trumpet-Case-546214-i1167668.wwbw

Gator single case Price- $45.49/Material-Plastic/Rating- 1 http://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GC-TRUMPET-Deluxe-ABS-Trumpet-Case-545829-i1152360.wwbw

Gator  Deluxe single case Price- $41.99/Material-Plastic/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Gator-Deluxe-Wooden-Trumpet-Case-471105-i1420219.wwbw

SKB single case Price- $104.99/Material-Plastic/Rating- 1 http://www.wwbw.com/SKB-SKB-330-Hardshell-Trumpet-Case-544709-i1152111.wwbw

SKB single case Price- $104.99/Material-Plastic/Rating- 1 http://www.wwbw.com/SKB-SKB-130-Trumpet-Case-544586-i1152049.wwbw

Giardinelli single case Price- $62.99/Material-Wood/Rating- 3 http://www.wwbw.com/Giardinelli-Trumpet-Case-540285-i1151024.wwbw

MTS single case Price- $35.99/Material-Plastic/Rating- 1 http://www.wwbw.com/MTS-Products-Replacement-Cases-for-Trumpet-471805-i1411889.wwbw

Yamaha YAC TRC-606 Wood Trumpet Case Price $199.99/Material- Wood/Rating- 5 http://www.samash.com/p/Yamaha_YAC%20TRC606%20Wood%20Trumpet%20Case_-49956222

My recommendation for the best hard double case trumpet case is easy. My choice would be the

Yamaha YAC TRC-606 Wood Trumpet Case Price $199.99/Material- Wood/Rating- 5 http://www.samash.com/p/Yamaha_YAC%20TRC606%20Wood%20Trumpet%20Case_-49956222

Hard Double cases

(Ratings 1-5 for this type of case only)

Bach Double case Price- $180.49/Material-Wood/Rating- 4 http://www.wwbw.com/Bach-Double-Trumpet-Case-467349-i1414744.wwbw

Schilke Double case Price- $227.99/Material-Wood/Rating- 5 http://www.wwbw.com/Schilke-112-Hard-Shell-Double-Trumpet-Case-475623-i1438294.wwbw

Yamaha YAC TRC-606 Wood Trumpet Case Price $199.99/Material- Wood/Rating- 5 http://www.samash.com/p/Yamaha_YAC%20TRC606%20Wood%20Trumpet%20Case_-49956222