I play a Model 37 Bach Stradivarius trumpet, purchased new in 1987. It's seen a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. A wooden rifle once whacked it while I was in high school marching band, it's been dropped many times, and a friend once stepped on it by accident.
In 2008, I had my trumpet professionally repaired by Rich Ita of Brass Instrument Workshop. Rich did a great job, and I'd definitely recommend him if you're in the Southeast and in need of repairs. When he returned the trumpet to me, it was as gleaming and shinny as a brand new silver-plated trumpet. You'd never know, though, considering the amount I've allowed it to tarnish since then!
I've thought about buying a newer horn, but it just isn't a priority right now. My horn isn't holding me back. I also like the idea that my horn (in its current condition), is affordable to a fairly wide population of would-be trumpeters.
A few years ago, I decided to get a pocket trumpet to bring with me while traveling. I originally bought a used Colin Pocket MAX, but I wasn't happy with the intonation in the lower register. I eventually sold the Pocket MAX and replaced it with a used Carol Brass pocket trumpet. I've used the Carol Brass pocket trumpet on several trips and I've been fairly pleased with the intonation. It isn't as in tune as my Bach, but it's good enough to use for ear training and that's good enough for me.
In 2004, I bought a Jupiter 846RL flugelhorn, which I sold about a year later. I don't own a flugelhorn at the moment, but I'm mentioning the flugelhorn since you will see some references to it in the comments.
I've only played on a few different mouthpieces. I started out on a Bach 1 1/2C. When I went to a music store to buy my first mouthpiece, they were all out of 3C's. Not knowing any better, I bought a 1 1/2C and used it exclusively for about 6 years.
Since then, I've gradually been moving to smaller mouthpieces. The shift started with a Bach 3C that I played during my college years.
When I started playing the trumpet again (I stopped playing for 7 years), I switched to an old Schilke 15 that somebody once gave me several years ago. I really like the way the Schilke plays. To me, it feels like the air is accelerated. It's easier to lock in high notes (my range isn't so great? high for me is a G at the top of the staff). Unfortunately, the Schilke's rim isn't very comfortable on my embouchure.
After a year or so on the Schilke, I switched to a Bach 5C. Yet another free mouthpiece! This one was actually sent to me by mistake in an order from music123.com. When I told them that I hadn't ordered the mouthpiece, they let me keep it.
I found the rounded rim of the Back 5C to be more comfortable than the Schilke 15, but I missed that accelerated feeling. So, I bought a used Yamaha 11C4-7C on eBay... followed by the purchase of a Marcinkiewicz 4/7C.
The Marcinkiewicz has the accelerated feeling that I liked with the Schilke, and it has a comfortable rounded rim. I've come to discover, though, that the rim is a bit too narrow and it causes me to fatigue early. So, I've returned to the Yamaha as my primary mouthpiece.
I may do another mouthpiece trial in the future, but for now, I'll alternate between the Yamaha and the Marcinkiewicz.
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