Is A Monette Trumpet Worth The Price?

Monette trumpetThe Monette trumpet is one of the most highly regarded of all horns and a huge favorite among innumerable trumpeters. There are many brands of horns but the Monette trumpet has managed to carve out a niche for itself. There is no debate that Monette trumpet mouthpieces are the best and no brand stands any chance of even a remote comparison with the quality and efficacy of the mouthpieces.

There is, however, some debate as to whether the Monette trumpet is the absolute best trumpet and if it justifies its price tag. Monette trumpets range from $10,000 to $20,000, whereas as other professional trumpets are a fraction of the cost ( list 5 pro horns for less than $2,500!)

An honest opinion about Monette trumpet is that it is expensive. Not many trumpeters, aspirants or veterans, would be able to afford it but that doesn’t change the fact that Monette is a brand that doesn’t actually have a challenger.

Monette trumpets are custom built for each client and take an average of 150 man-hours to produce. The demand for Monette trumpets is so high that there is a waiting list of over a year to get one!

The primary reason why a Monette trumpet is so expensive is because of its ability to produce amazing sound. The quality of music that Monette helps you to produce is unparalleled. The intonation, clarity, brightness and the sustainability of the notes one can play on a Monette trumpet is better than most other brands. Many people wonder if the Bach Stradivarius is comparable to a Monette, but those who have played both a Bach Strad and a Monette trumpet would tell you that the latter is better. But is it worth paying 5 to 10 times as much?

Bach is a great brand and they seldom pose any problems but once you try a Monette trumpet then a Bach Stradivarius won’t impress you. Many trumpeters who have switched from Bach to Monette report having better intonation, tune and stronger endurance levels. The consistency of the central pitch of Monette mouthpieces is also a major factor. The Monette also comes in various sizes and shapes which fit almost anyone.

The maker of Monette trumpet and its mouthpieces, David G Monette had envisioned creating a trumpet that produces the perfect sound, which in his words was music that wouldn’t get in the way of a musician’s connection with the audience. Whether or not that vision has been realized cannot be inferred but the Monette trumpet produces a quality of sound that other brands can only, for now, aspire to.

Here’s David Monette to tell us a little bit more about Monette mouthpieces and trumpets during a shop tour…


How Does A Jupiter Student Trumpet Compare To Other Leading Trumpet Brands?

Jupiter trumpets are known for making excellent student trumpets. If you are an aspiring trumpeter, about to get started or you have a certain level of experience playing the instrument but have some miles to go before you can call yourself a pro then a Jupiter student trumpet might be just right for you.

There are many companies that make trumpets and some are very popular. When you think of the best trumpet brands, the names that come to mind are Yamaha and Bach. These two are more popular trumpet brands and that is primarily because they are widely advertised and have been in the business for a long time. Jupiter trumpets are less well known; especially among those who are about to start with their trumpeting practices. There are a couple of things that you have to know before you can regard Yamaha or Bach as better brands than Jupiter or vice versa.

Yamaha and Bach, both companies make some great trumpets but they are at their best when you buy the high end trumpets. If you are willing to shell out more money and wish to buy the pro models then these brands would be an ideal choice. At an intermediate level or for a beginner, a Jupiter student trumpet may be a better bet.

Jupiter 600L Student TrumpetA Jupiter student trumpet is easy to play and maintain. It produces good sound quality and is affordable. The valves are very smooth and durable. In comparison, Yamaha and Bach student trumpets models have a similar sound quality but are more than twice as expensive.

Again, if you were to compare a high end Bach with an economic Jupiter student trumpet then that would not be a fair comparison. If you are looking at models that are of the same class, then a Jupiter trumpet can play as well a Bach and Yamaha trumpet and costs half the price.

If you are looking for more information and comparisons of leading trumpet brands has some good comparison charts.

How The Conn Trumpet Has Changed Over The Years

Conn trumpet is one of the oldest brands in the world. From its inception in the late 19th century when the first cornet was rolled out in 1975 to the 1960s when there was a spree of innovation and expansion, the story of Conn trumpet has been a cult that veteran trumpeters have been very well accustomed with.

The earliest Conn trumpet can be traced back to the first decade of the 20th century. Back then, not much was recorded and thus not much is known about the designs and features of the Conn trumpet. In the 1920s, the Conn trumpet didn’t have anything similar to what later came to be known as the main turning slide brace. The finger hook that is a traditional feature on the lead pipe wasn’t a part of the design of any Conn trumpet through that decade. The number two slide that is usually curved towards the player was at a right angle in the earlier designs which started changing circa 1920 and in the following years, the abrupt slide at a right angle was completely done away with from all Conn trumpet designs.

Through the 1930s, Conn trumpet underwent numerous changes and most were innovatively evolutionary at the time. The famous 2B, 5B and other interim models went out and in came the New Era Conn trumpet models. These new models were longer than what used to be made back then. The number three slide came in to complement the third valve and the main turning slide came in along with the finger hook on the lead pipe. The 58B Conn trumpet that was a huge success during that time became a classic instrument later and many regard it as a collector’s item today.

Conn Constellation trumpetVarious models attained cult status in the subsequent years, for instance the Symphony Special and the Connqueror. The post second world war years saw the emergence of the Connstellation and the New York Symphony Special models. These Conn trumpet models became very popular and have been so ever since.

Here’s a look at beautiful C.G. Conn Connstellation 38B trumpet manufactured in 1967 in the C.G. Conn Elkhart, Indiana plant.

As trumpeters became more akin to change, lighter models like the Director Conn trumpet made its way onto the stores. They were more portable, sleeker and certainly more advanced. Circa 1960s, Conn trumpet also made way for different types of mouthpieces and accessories.

While the innovations and theme based expansions of the Conn trumpet were promising, the 1970s didn’t see the brand revive from its decline. One of the most beloved trumpet brands eventually had to merge and change many hands in the subsequent decades to stay afloat and compete with the best trumpet brands.

Getzen 590 Capri trumpet

What to Look for When Buying a Trumpet

Considering buying a trumpet for yourself or your kid but not sure which trumpet to buy? I went through the same thing when my son starting playing trumpet.  We ended up renting a trumpet for the first two years with the option to buy the trumpet at the end of the rental period. Once the rental period was up, we had to decide which trumpet to buy.  Here are a few things we considered.

Student, Intermediate or Professional Trumpet

You will quickly find out that not all trumpets are created equal. There are three basic grades of trumpets for sale including Student, Intermediate and Professional trumpets. As you might guess the price of the trumpet goes up as the quality of the instrument increase. What distinguishes the various grades of the trumpet is how there are made.  Student and some intermediate trumpets are mass produced using automated production methods.  Higher grade professional trumpets are hand made by skilled craftsmen.

Student Trumpets

If you are just starting out or buying a trumpet for a young player (say someone in middle school), then a student trumpet is a good choice.  Student trumpets vary in price from $150 to $500 dollars depending on the brand and where the trumpet was made.  The less expensive student trumpets are typically made in China and the quality can vary considerably.

 LJ Hutchen Student TrumpetThat’s not to say they are all bad, far from it actually.  Take the LJ Hutchen student trumpet for example. This trumpet is made in China but the LJ Hutchen Company has a very good quality control program and a master technician bench-tests each instrument before it is sold. This particular instrument also comes with a sturdy case which is also another important consideration when buying a student trumpet. The case is going to take a beating and needs to be able to protect the trumpet or it too will take a beating.

Intermediate Trumpets

Next up are intermediate level trumpets that are sometimes referred to as step-up trumpets. Intermediate trumpet are for advancing players, someone who has been playing for a few years. Student players entering high school for instance would be a good candidate to buy an intermediate trumpet.

Pricing on intermediate grade trumpets varies but you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $1,500 for a decent intermediate trumpet. The increased cost reflects the higher level of craftsmanship used in making the trumpet. Most intermediate trumpets are made with a single piece bell that produces better sound.

Getzen 590 Capri trumpet

There are a number of great intermediate level trumpets on the market. Two of the most highly rated are the Getzen 590 Capri Series and the King 2055 Silver Flair intermediate trumpets. You can’t go wrong with either of these horns.

Professional Trumpets

The top of the line trumpets are known as professional trumpets but don’t have to be a professional trumpet player to own. For instance many advanced students, including those in high school and college, buy professional grade trumpets.

Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpetProfessional trumpets can vary in price considerably but typically start around $2,000. The Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpet is considered by many one of the best professional trumpets money can buy and will set you back about $2,500.

What sets professional trumpet apart from both student and intermediate trumpets is again how they are made. Most professional trumpets are hand made and have a hand hammered bell which provides the highest quality sound. The video below demonstrates how high quality trumpets are made and what sets them apart from mass produced instruments.
Hopefully this article has shed some light on what to consider when buying a trumpet.  Good luck finding the perfect trumpet!