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 Trumpets                                                                                                         

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.

Trumpets-Student


Bach TR500
  • 0.460 ML Bore
  • Red Brass Mouthpipe to Deter Red Rot
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
Bach TR300
  • Made in Ohio
  • 0.459 Bore
  • First Slide Thumbhook

Trumpets-Step Up


King 2055T

  • 0.462, ML Bore
  • Silver Plated
  • Seamless Bell
  • First Slide Trigger
  • Made in Ohio
Bach TR200S
  • 0.459 ML Bore
  • Sliver Plated
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • Engraved Bell
  • Made in Indiana

Besson BE2000L-2

  • 0.460 ML Bore
  • Silver Plated
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • Back-Pack Style Case
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Getzen 700S
  • 700 Eterna II
  • 0.460 ML Bore
  • Silver Plated
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • 5-Year Gold Warranty
  • Made in Wisconsin

Trumpets-Professional   


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Bach LR180S37
  • Legendary Bach Stradivarius
  • 0.459 ML Bore
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • #25 Mouthpipe
  • Hand-Hammered Bell
  • Silver Plated
  • Reverse Lead Pipe
  • Made in Indiana
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Bach 180S37

  • Legendary Bach Stradivarius
  • 0.459 ML Bore
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • #25 Mouthpipe
  • Hand-Hammered Bell
  • Silver Plated
  • Made in Indiana
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Bach LT180S37

  • Legendary Bach Stradivarius
  • 0.459 ML Bore
  • 1st Slide Thumb Hook
  • #25 Mouthpipe
  • Hand-Hammered Bell
  • Silver Plated
  • Lightweight Bell and Body
  • Made in Indiana
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B&S Challenger

  • German Engineered, Designed, and Manufactured
  • One Piece Hand Hammered Bell
  • 0.459 Bore
  • #37 Yellow Brass Bell, Silver Plated
  • Gold Brass Lead Pipe, Silver Plated

Flugelhorn


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Bach FH600

  • 0.434 Bore
  • Yellow Brass Bell
  • Clear Lacquer

  Trombones                                                                                                      

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-Student


King 606

  • 0.500 Bore
  • Nickel Outer Slide to Deter Red Rot
  • Made in Ohio

Trombones- Step Up 


Getzen 747

  • 0.547 Bore
  • Yellow Brass 8 1/2" Bell
  • F Attachment Trigger
  • Made in Wisconsin

Trombones- Professional


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Conn 88HO

  • 0.547 Bore
  • Rose Brass 8 1/2" Bell
  • Rose Brass Outer Handslide
  • Open Wrap F Attachment Trigger
  • Made in Ohio

French Horns                                                                                                 

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


Holton H378

  • Double French Horn
  • Yellow Brass
  • Made in Ohio

French Horns-Professional


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Conn 10DES

  • Double French Horn
  • Geyer Style
  • Detachable Screw Bell
  • 0.468 Bore
  • Yellow Brass
  • 12” Small Throat Bell
  • Made in Ohio


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Holton H278 

  • Double French Horn
  • Farkas Design Style
  • Detachable Screw Bell
  • 0.468 Bore
  • 12.25” Hand Hammered Bell
  • Medium Throat Yellow Brass Bell
  • Water Key on Mouthpipe
  • Nickel Inner and Outer Slides to Deter Dezincification
  • Made in Ohio
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Holton H178

  • Double French Horn
  • Phillip Farkas Design
  • 0.468 Bore
  • 12 1/4" Hand-Hammered Bell
  • Medium Throat Yellow Brass Bell
  • Water Key on Mouthpipe
  • Nickel Inner & Outer Slides to Deter Red Rot
  • Made in Ohio
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Conn 8D

  • Double French Horn
  • 0.468 Bore
  • Nickel Bell & Body
  • 12 1/4" Large Throat Bell
  • Made in Ohio


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Holton H276

  • Known as the Merker Matic
  • Double French Horn
  • Detachable Screw Bell
  • Dual 0.468/0.460 Bore
  • 12.25” Hand Hammered Bell
  • Large Throat Bronze Bell and Main Branch
  • Reversible 4th Rotor
  • Water Key on Mouthpipe and 3rd Slide
  • Adjustable Fingerhook
  • Made in Ohio
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Holton H179

  • Double French Horn
  • Phillip Farkas Design
  • 0.468 Bore
  • 12 1/4" Hand-Hammered Bell
  • ​Water Key on Mouthpipe
  • Nickel Inner & Outer Slides to Deter Red Rot
  • Made in Ohio
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Hans Hoyer, G10L

  • Double French Horn
  • Geyer Style
  • Detachable Screw Bell
  • 0.468 Bore
  • Gold Brass Lead Pipe
  • Adjustable Thumb Lever
  • 3D Adjustable Fingerhook
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Hans Hoyer, 6802A-L

  • Double French Horn
  • Kruspe Style
  • Detachable Screw Bell
  • 0.468 Bore
  • Gold Brass Leadpipe
  • XL Throat, Yellow Brass Bell
  • Adjustable Thumb Lever

  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.

Baritones/Euphoniums-Student


Besson BE 162-2

  • Three-Valve
  • 0.580 Bore
  • 11" Upright Bell
  • Top Action Pistons
  • Silver Plated

Besson BE 162-1

  • Three-Valve
  • 0.580 Bore
  • 11" Upright Bell
  • Top Action Pistons

Baritones/Euphoniums-Step Up


Besson BE 165-2

  • 0.580 Bore
  • 4 Valve (3+1)
  • 11" Bell
  • Silver Plated

Baritones/Euphoniums-Professional


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Besson Soverign BE 968-2

  • Compensating System
  • 0.580 Bore
  • 4 Valve (3+1)
  • 11” Bell
  • Silver Plated

Tubas


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King 1140

  • Made in Ohio
  • .640" Bore
  • 15" Upright Fixed Bell
  • Top Action Pistons
  • Clear Lacquer
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Holton BB450

  • 3/4 Size Tuba
  • .669" Bore
  • 14.5" Bell
  • With Case