It’s Time To Blow Your Own Jupiter Trumpet!

It’s Time To Blow Your Own Jupiter Trumpet!

It’s Time To Blow Your Own Jupiter Trumpet!

A Jupiter trumpet is a popular choice both for beginners and more advanced players. They’re affordable, easy to carry around and have a variety of applications across a wide range of musical styles. Whether you’re in an orchestra or wind band, a jazz ensemble or are a soloist playing for pure fun and enjoyment, there’s a Jupiter trumpet to suit your needs.

Learning to play a musical instrument has a host of benefits, and a trumpet is great for those looking to play for the first time. There are many different types available, but for new players, the standard Bb (or B-flat) version is definitely your best bet. It’s probably the most common type of trumpet available today and is often used by children in school recitals.

Jupiter has several options in this range, the most popular of which are:

Series 1100 Trumpets

The trumpets in this range are ideal for players looking for a responsive instrument with a remarkably beautiful sound.

Series 700 Trumpets

These trumpets follow on from the best-selling JP 606 trumpet. They are made from quality materials, such as stainless steel and brass, using exacting manufacturing processes, so will give many years of pleasure and enjoyment.

JTR500 Trumpets

This model has a gold brass tuning slide crook and lead pipe, and nickel-silver pistons. These ensure that it’s smoothly responsive, making it the perfect instrument for younger players.

JTR700 Trumpets

Many music teachers advise beginner players to start with a coronet, as it’s easier and lighter to hold in the correct position, away from the body. But as this trumpet is played with your arms much closer to your body, it considerably reduces the leverage effect, making it easier for younger players to play.

Things To Remember When Choosing A Trumpet

Younger players, in particular, face a couple of key challenges when first deciding to play the trumpet. Firstly, they aren’t always physically capable of holding the instrument comfortably for extended periods of time. Trumpets should be held at a suitable distance from the mouthpiece, and this can be tricky for younger players with shorter arms. Holding the trumpet incorrectly affects lung capacity, as poor posture compresses and restricts your diaphragm.

A good mouth position, or “embouchure,” can take many years, with small adjustments over time. This is why it’s advisable to wait until all your child’s adult teeth are fully in place before introducing them to the trumpet. In this way, they will have a stable mouth position, which is essential for the development of their embouchure. 

Whether you’re buying for an adult or a child, it’s important to choose the correct trumpet for the specific need. For example, do you just want to play for pleasure in your own home, or do you harbour ambitions of becoming a professional in a band? And what type of music do you like to play? Jazz or orchestra, big band, or military tunes? There is an almost endless choice so it’s important to think carefully before making a final decision.

Some other considerations are:

Valve Action

The valves and valve block are the crucial interfaces through which the player interacts with their instrument. Valves should be easy to press up and down – if you have to force them, or if they stick in any way, choose another trumpet! The ease with which the trumpet’s valves move is a good indicator of the overall quality of the instrument. Sticky or seized valves are common issues with cheaper student instruments so make sure you check them carefully. If possible, choose a trumpet with nickel-plated valves, as they don’t need much maintenance and are very durable.

Build Quality

The build quality of your trumpet is directly related to the materials from which it’s made. Make sure it’s built from the right materials and has a quality finish, such as silver- or gold-plated. Brass is the most common material for trumpets. Yellow brass is often used for student models and comprises about 70% copper and 30% zinc. High-grade brass (80% copper, 20% zinc) is more commonly used in standard professional models. Rose brass has the highest copper content of all, at about 90%. Trumpets made from this material have a warmer, mellower tone. Rose brass is also sometimes used in the lead pipe and bell sections of student trumpets. In addition to the warmer tone, it also has the advantage of resisting ‘red rot’ and corrosion.

Sound Quality

This isn’t always easy to determine if you’re an inexperienced player. This is when the advice of your music store assistant can prove invaluable. They can tell you what to listen for, and help you discern the different sounds achieved with different instruments. You also have to take skull vibrations into account – what you hear differs significantly from what other hear. This is the advice of an assistant, or a fellow musician is invaluable. Pay particular attention to the sound volume and the response across all registers. Your trumpet must sound smooth at all dynamic levels.

Consistency

When trying out different trumpets, always play the same passages or exercises. This is the only way to make a meaningful comparison. In addition, try to make sure you hold each instrument in the same way, and that you blow in the same direction. And of course, it goes without saying that using the same mouthpiece every time is essential. Your mouthpiece actually has as much of an effect on your playing as the trumpet itself. They come in a wide range of sizes and dimensions, and the one you choose depends on your style of playing.

Keep It Short And Sweet

Don’t play any one test instrument for too long, or you’ll compromise your musical memory. Play a short piece on each trumpet and then try the next one. If you already own a trumpet but are looking to upgrade, your new instrument must immediately sound better than your previous one. Don’t be swayed by an enthusiastic sales person telling you the “sound will improve over time.” If it doesn’t sound good now, it never will.

Marshall Music is a proud stockist of Jupiter trumpets, as well as a wide range of other instruments. Our sales assistants are all either musicians themselves, or have a deep love of music and the instruments used to make it. So, while we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, you can trust them to give you the very best advice!

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