Let's talk trumpets. Student horns from Bach have red brass mouthpipes to ensure that the dreaded red rot won't devalue your horn in a few years. Like other instruments, brand name is everything: value, playability, repairability, and re-sale... need we say more? New student instruments can be rented for $29.00 per month or bought for half of the retail price. Silver plated step-up horns are here for you to play: Getzen, Besson, and Bach. We've picked out what plays the best and can be bought right. Each horn has its valve pressure checked and the finish gone over before it ever makes it to the showroom. I know other stores don't do this, so you don't know what you're going to get.
If we're going to talk trumpets, we have to talk Bach Stradivarius. The Stradivarius trumpet made in Indiana is the leader in professional horns. We carry a number of different models so you can match the model of the bell to your desired sound. We also have the Sonare German-made trumpets with a Cliff Blackburn leadpipe. Trumpets backed by our brass shop can't be beat.
Trombones seem straight forward, and they are if you are after a student horn. A King trombone with solid nickel outer slides is the way to go: nickel never gets red rot. Red rot, or dezincification, is the chemical reaction between the saliva and brass. The zinc disappears and you are left with copper spots. Dezincification is to brass as rust is to steel. We carry new student instruments that can be rented for $29.00 per month or bought for half of the retail price.
Now, for a little extra plumbing we can talk about an "F" attachment, or trigger trombones. Student and straight tenor trombones are each a 0.500 bore (1/2 inch). A standard large bore tenor is 0.547 bore. We stock an intermediate Getzen large bore that can be bought for considerably less than the professional models. This trombone, as well as the student horn, can be bought through our rent-to-own plan with no money down. The professional Conn 88H is the standard of all trigger trombones. We stock the open wrap 88HO, which has less resistance than a traditional wrap. Not only is the Conn we stock the standard of the industry but it is less expensive than many other horns. There are other horns with dual bores: 500/525, 525/547. These are great for those who don't want to put out as much air. Getzen, King, and Yamaha each make one of these.
Many famous trombone players came from Indianapolis. When you are downtown at our store, check out the mural by Pamela Bliss on our south wall to see the "who's who" of Indiana trombone players.
Trombones- Step Up
French Horns, or F-Horns, come both in single or double variety. A single horn has 3 valves. A double horn has 3 double valves and a 4th valve that changes which side of the 3 they use, but uses the same bell and mouthpipe (i.e. Double Horn). Not all 4-valve French horns are double horns - don't buy one without being sure. Single horns are for beginners and can be bought or leased inexpensively. Doubles are considerably more money but can still be leased. The Holton Farkas french horn is the industry standard. Their less expensive Holton horn is the best value and we do our best to keep it in stock. We also do our best to have used doubles in stock.
French Horns-Step Up
Baritones & Euphoniums
Baritones and euphoniums can be confusing, depending on which company or which era the definition is from. They are somewhat interchangeable. When buying a baritone, stay away from the little horns; even the brand name ones aren't great. We have found a great horn for beginners. The Besson plays very well and is priced right. This shouldn't be a surprise as Besson & Willson make the best euphoniums. Used instruments that look decent and have a nice case become harder and harder to come up with at a reasonable price but we usually have a few. Step-up horns will have 4 valves, and the 'good stuff' has compensating valves.