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Small/Medium Bore Trumpets

Trumpet Buying Guide
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  1. Top Rated
    Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet
    Starting at $2,311.99
  2. Best Seller
    Bach 180S Custom Stradivarius Series Bb Trumpet with FREE Upgrades
    $3,429.00
  3. Adams A6 Selected Series Professional Bb Trumpet
    $2,935.00
  4. Kanstul 991 Series Bb Trumpet
    Kanstul 991 Series Bb Trumpet
    $2,394.00
  5. Yamaha YTR-6610S Series Eb/D Trumpet
    $2,226.99
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    XO 1600I Professional Series Bb Trumpet
    XO 1600I Professional Series Bb Trumpet
    Starting at $1,969.00
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  7. Scherzer Meister Johannes Rotary Valve Piccolo Trumpet
    $5,227.00
  8. B&S 3116 Challenger II Series Eb/D Trumpet
    $4,405.00
  9. B&S EXB eXquisite Series Bb Trumpet
    Starting at $3,465.00
  10. Kanstul 1506 Series Rotary C Trumpet
    Starting at $4,862.00
  11. Kanstul 1505 Series Bb Rotary Trumpet
    Starting at $4,858.00
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    Bach ADE190 Stradivarius Artisan Series Eb/D Trumpet
    Starting at $3,699.00
  13. Yamaha YTR-948FFMS Custom Series Rotary C Trumpet
    $5,187.99
  14. Yamaha YTR-938FFMS Custom Series Rotary Bb Trumpet
    $5,187.99
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    Bach AP190 Stradivarius Artisan Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet
    Starting at $3,609.00
  16. Yamaha YTR-988 Custom Series Rotary Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    $6,459.99
  17. Yamaha YTR-9835 Custom Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    $3,958.99
  18. Yamaha YTR-9610 Custom Series Eb / D Trumpet
    $3,981.99
  19. Bach 196 Stradivarius Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet
    Starting at $3,019.00
  20. Yamaha YTR-9825 Custom Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    $4,101.99
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    XO 1700S Professional Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    Starting at $2,279.00
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  22. Yamaha YTR-9636 Custom Series Eb / D Trumpet
    $4,105.99
  23. Bach VBS196 Vincent Bach Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    $3,089.00
  24. Bach D180 Stradivarius Series D Trumpet
    Starting at $2,939.00
  25. Kanstul 1523 Series Eb / D Trumpet
    Starting at $2,954.00
  26. Yamaha YTR-6810S Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet
    $2,351.99
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A trumpet may seem like a simple instrument - after all, it's basically just a long brass tube curled up with a few valves attached. But the truth is that there's a lot more to a horn than meets the eye. The length of the tubing isn't the only thing that affects the trumpet's sound: it also depends heavily on the shape of the leadpipe and bell, as well as the bore size. For musicians searching for a particular quality of sound, taking these measurements into account is very important. And there are plenty of trumpeters who swear by the tone produced by the small/medium bore trumpets found here in this section.

This naturally begs the question of what quality a smaller bore actually gives to a trumpet. The answer is softness: the smaller the bore, the softer the instrument's sound. There are all kinds of situations where that softness is a big advantage - for instance, a second or third-chair trumpeter can use a smaller-bore trumpet to avoid competing with the principal. And in smooth-sounding genres like jazz, a soft trumpet sound makes for a seamless fit into the overall voice of the group. From that starting point, you can then pick out the leadpipe and bell that will build up to the exact tonal character you like best, and once you've done that, you'll know you've found the perfect trumpet for your needs.

If you like the small size and distinctive sound of a piccolo trumpet, for example, there are choices like the Bach 196 Stradivarius Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet and the Getzen 940 Eterna Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet. Looking for a classic Bb design? The B&S EXB eXquisite Series Bb Trumpet could be the answer. Or, if you like the flexibility of interchangeable bells, check out the Kanstul 1523 Series Eb / D Trumpet. And for those who prefer a European flair, there's always the option to go rotary with an instrument such as the Yamaha YTR-948FFMS Custom Series Rotary C Trumpet. All in all, it's up to you as a player to decide which small/medium bore trumpets are worth putting on your wish list... so don't hesitate to get started!
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