There are many different horns out there, at many different price levels. I started in 1970’s on a Holton student model, then owned a Schilke B1 through high school and college and then switched to a Calicchio R32. I am currently in search of a new horn and want to try something different.
WARNING: Stay away from the cheap Chinese made horns - they make good lamps or can be sold for scrap metal - but that’s about it. If it’s not on this list DON’T WASTE your money.
A beginner horn is PERFECT for those starting out. You DO NOT need to spend a lot to get started. A beginner horn can last a good two to four years. THIS is where YOU START. (also see used horns at the bottom)
Conn - Example: Conn 23B "USA"
Getzen - Example: Getzen 390
Holton - Example: Holton T602
An intermediate horns can be a fine lifetime horn when maintenance issues are addressed.
Bach - Example: Bach TR200
Jupiter - Example: Jupiter 1200S
Getzen - Example: Getzen 590S Capri Intermediate
Bach - Example: Bach 180S37
Schilke - Example: Schilke B Series
Yamaha - Example: Yamaha YTR9445CHS Chicago Artist Orchestra
Calicchio - Example: Calicchio R32
Taylor - Example: Taylor Trumpet Chicago Standard
They are some great deals to be found. Things to consider:
• How many sales does the seller have? (at least 50+)
• Is their feedback rating above 95%?
• What is their return policy?
• How many musical instruments have they sold?
• How is the finish? Are there dents? Other issues?
• Why are they selling?
Keep these questions in your mind as you search, and you can get a good deal on used horn.
Whatever you purchase, I recommend a chemical cleaning from Dr. Valve It is worth it for the cleaning and fixing of dents and/or problems with used horns. (They are former Schilke guys and are a great group of people)
The horn is very well constructed and will last over the long haul. The left thumb U hook and right third valve loop are slightly oversized in width and really make the horn comfortable to hold. Through trial and error, I have found that large bore horns are not for me. I like the resistance of the smaller bore horns and want the horn to help play in the upper register. The Calicchio R32 has the smaller specialized Studio 2 Lead pipe that makes playing in the upper register, very easy, with no strain. The five inch R3 bell produces great projection from minimal player effort. Through its construction and the increase of copper in the horn, it has a very consistent feel as one plays from the lower octave through the upper octaves, very smooth.
The R32 valves are FANTASTIC! They are extremely fast. Due to the flat oversized finger buttons, I can actually play faster. The valves slot well, yet also allow for flexibility in jazz situations.
The horn slots well in a very smooth fashion. It allows for flexibility, but also locks in the pitch easily. The intonation is excellent and has not been an issue.
Because of the higher copper content, this horn gravitates towards a beautiful warm rich tone.
The R32 projects well and is extremely smooth and pleasing to the ear. It is very versatile for many musical styles. The sound blends well with other instruments: piano, organ and brass players.
The Calicchio R32 has all the features you have always wanted. It seems as though everyone’s wish list came together to make this one. It is a very flexible horn with a warm rich sound that you will enjoy playing for many years.