New (old) Trumpet!

December 13th 2014

I recently acquired a new (old) trumpet! This is a pretty big deal for me as I have been playing the same horn for nearly my whole trumpet playing life, specifically since grade 10. I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get another horn as I still really liked the horn I was playing (1989 Bach Strad 37, un-lacquered with slight modifications), but I have been on the look out for something with more projection, specifically for when I play with the Dirty Catfish Brass Band. I knew I wanted a Conn of some type as they are know for being build very sturdy and tend to provide more volume with less effort. I started leaning towards a Constellation model for their big bell’s (5 1/8’’) which would get the projection I was looking for, and they are also known to have a warm/dark sound which appealed to me for the more smaller band playing I also enjoy doing. After a few months of checking various dealer sites I ended up finding a nearly mint 1965 Conn Constellation 38B from a dealer (Austin Custom Brass) in Massachusetts. I have had it for a few weeks now and I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable on it, and it is acting exactly the way I had intended it to: for loud/big clubs and small jazz settings. I look forward to playing it for you in the near future!