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My 2 cents, my story on trumpet playing ... and what sold me on CarolBrass:
First off, China and Taiwan are NOT the same. China with 7 times the population of Taiwan, is famous for cheap labor, cheap goods, cutting materials costs, cutting labor, cutting corners and have so many of those $100 NEW shiny trumpets out there. ( India also has these) Taiwan is completely the opposite focusing on quality over profit. Does CarolBrass have an inefficient designed low priced $100 trumpet ? NOT !!! China = focused on PROFIT. Taiwan = focused on QUALITY !
Back in 1973, since I was doing so well on trumpet, my dad bought me an Olds Super Trumpet. It was $350 and alot of money at the time. It was my main horn for 35+ years. It had a good good, decent, nice sound. Great slotting horn. One thing that I could seemingly never do on that horn was play real high notes. I tried different mouthpieces, and with a shallower cup could consistently get to a high "D". That was about it. In the 80's and 90's I bought a few more trumpets and I noticed that on some, I could get some higher notes ... a solid high "E". OK ... nice ... Same mouthpiece, different horn, higher notes. OK...cool but I thought the Super Olds was a great PRO horn ? I played on 10-15 different horns from the 1990's and into the 2000's. so then ... I tried different mouthpieces. I got really used to a 14a4a Schilke mouthpiece. I could play OK in my limited high range on the Olds and learned how to play decent orchestral passages on that mouthpiece as well. Yes I know it is generally a lead mouthpiece, but I was able to adapt it to most of my playing.
Then ... in comes my "CarolBrass era" into my trumpet experience. I still had my Olds Super, a Bach 180S37 Stradivarius, and then I bought a CarolBrass CTR-5000L-YST trumpet. Same 14a4a mouthpiece .... all horns sounding great, awesome intonation. OKAY ... so I went up the scale ....
Olds - I am OK up to a High E
Bach Strad- same, High E, yep, maybe a little better, OK great
CarolBrass - E = solid as a rock, F = peeling paint off the back walls, then up to a high G ... pretty decent but at least I could hit it with a good sound. so I am NO PRO but It was no problem. Same mouthpiece ... wait? what? changing NOTHING ... what in the world is going on here ??? You mean I was a pretty good trumpet player and just needed a better trumpet to play higher?
While I cannot guarantee you can play higher on a CarolBrass trumpet, I did want to relate my personal experience. Of course there is more to playing trumpet than high notes. What I can tell you is that, design, engineering, materials, modern manufacturing do make a difference! CarolBrass has it ... free blowing / Range / intonation / quality! It was after this, that I started selling CarolBrass horns in 2011 on my Site: WWW.WorldWideWebDot.com . With all of the customization available with CarolBrass, with styles and different materials, you absolutely can design a trumpet that fits you like a glove, whether it be a lead horn, jazz horn or an orchestral player.
I remember back in high school the 1970's one of my band mates had a Yamaha trumpet. What??? YAMAHA ??? They make motorcycles !!! Huge laughs. but then .... Turns out ...the entire trumpet section was all extremely jealous as my band mates , Tim's "motorcycle trumpet" played so well, it shut everyone down. The leaders in the trumpet market today are Yamaha and Bach. I firmly believe the next top player will be CarolBrass ! Join me .. Play one ... you will be delighted ! (and they are 1/2 the price of others) All CarolBrass trumpets come with my conditional money back guarantee. Go for it. You will be pleasantly surprised !
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