A Closer Look at Custom Series Bb Trumpets
In the world of professional trumpets there are a lot of great names to choose from. However, it’s not just the name that matters. What’s most important when picking a professional trumpet is finding one that suits you as a player. One that fits your playing style and needs as well as giving you the highest possible quality is the key. The only way to find this perfect fit is to go into the buying process armed with an open mind, a set of chops ready to play, and as much information on trumpets as you can find. In the spirit of this information gathering, the following is a detailed breakdown of the entire Custom Series Trumpet line intended to give players an idea of what to expect from each, an idea of what kind of player each was designed for, and to demonstrate why they should easily be at the top of anyone’s wish list.
With six models of professional Bb trumpets and a long list of available options and accessories to choose from it can be difficult to find a starting point within the Getzen Custom Series. After all, within the 3050, 3051, and 3052 trumpet lines there are more than a dozen different options to choose from. Players have the ability to change the basic model with anything from different bells, reverse leadpipes, and six different finishes just to name a few. A musician can even have almost any design or text they choose permanently etched onto their trumpet by taking advantage of our Custom Etching system. When all of this is considered, there are more than 1000 different Custom Series Bb trumpets to choose from. Combine that enormous list of professional trumpets with the three different tuning slides (round crook slide, square crook slide, & round crook jazz slide) available to choose from and you’ll agree it is safe to say there is a Getzen Custom Series trumpet that meets the needs and styles of almost every trumpet player out there.
When taking a more detailed look at Custom Series trumpets, it should be noted that each and every one is hand crafted by the highly experienced artisans of the Getzen ProShop. Each model is built around a world famous Getzen valve section with a heart of nickel plated, nickel silver pistons. What does this mean to you? It means you will have a lifetime of lightening fast and trouble free action from day one. There is no mythical “break in” period for Getzen pistons like those found with competitors’ monel pistons. Precision brazing, precision honing, and hand lapping ensure this. Also, every Custom Series trumpet is built with a hand hammered, one piece bell of either yellow or gold brass sheet. This allows for exceptional tonal production and superior acoustical efficiency within the bell thanks to the lack of a radial seam seen on standard two piece bells. In addition to these great features found on every Custom Series trumpet, each model also carries with it a few specific design attributes that make it ideal for different playing levels, styles, and needs. Don’t forget that this entire package is backed by more than 70 years of family tradition and is covered by the Getzen Platinum Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer defects guaranteeing you a top of the line, world class trumpet for years to come.
Bb Trumpet Bells
#137 Bell: Standard throat providing great projection and response with a more compact sound.
(available in standard weight yellow brass or heavy weight gold brass)
#172 Bell: Larger throat than a #137 with a darker, richer, and more rounded sound.
(available in either light weight yellow brass or heavy weight gold brass)
#125 Leadpipe: Some moderate resistance to lean against with exceptional tonal centering and slotting.
#125R Leadpipe: Reverse leadpipe construction providing great slotting, but with a more open, less resistant feel.
3001 & 3001LE
The 3001 & 3001LE Artist Model trumpets were designed with a very specific type of player in mind. Each trumpet features a #125 mouthpipe and a #137 one piece, hand hammered bell of yellow brass mounted to a .459″ bore valve set. Both the bell and the mouthpipe undergo a special heat treatment and annealing process. This combination works to create a brilliant tone with outstanding projection. The Artist Model trumpets provide a responsive feel along crisp articulations making them very attractive to players from the jazz, commercial, and lead arenas of play. For those players seeking a more open feel, the addition of the round crook tuning slide will open up the horn adding more freeness to its blow without comprising the trumpet’s responsiveness.
The 3003 Genesis is built around a solid design that produces a very powerful, round tone. Heavy bracing, an ovate tuning slide crook, a .464″ valve set, and a large throat bell all combine to make it perform evenly and responsively throughout the entire register while maintaining a free and open feel. In addition to those great features, the Genesis includes our ground breaking Interchangeable Leadpipe System (ILS). The ILS allows players the ability to switch between a Standard or Open leadpipe depending on their specific needs. In essence, giving players the ability to have two trumpets in one. All combined, these great features make the 3003 one of the most versatile trumpets available.
The 3050 trumpet is designed for the serious high school or collegiate player. With it’s standard #125 mouthpipe and #137 one piece, hand hammered yellow brass bell it produces a full, brilliant tone with excellent intonation from low to high. The standard .459″ bore and square tuning slide provide moderate resistance allowing a player to “lean” against the horn. The addition of a round tuning slide will open the horn slightly. If even less resistance is desired, going with the optional .462″ large bore or #125R reverse mouthpipe or both will open it up even more. If the standard bell is too bright, the optional #137 gold brass bell will add warmth and darkness to the sound.
The 3051 trumpet is designed to be a great “all around” trumpet that will sound well in all settings from jazz to classical. The #125 mouthpipe and #172 one piece, hand hammered heavy gold brass bell combine to produce a very broad, rich, and warm tone with a great sense of freeness to the blow. The 3051 also provides a smooth, even play with excellent intonation and slotting from low to high thanks in part to the square tuning slide. As with the 3050, the addition of a round tuning slide, reverse leadpipe, .462″ bore valve set, or a combination of the three will allow players the ability to achieve the resistance level they desire from moderate resistance to a very free blow.
The 3052 features a .462″ large bore, a #125R reverse leadpipe, and a round crook tuning slide in addition to a #137 one piece, hand hammered yellow brass bell, providing a trumpet ideal for commercial and big band players that like a very free blowing instrument. The optional #172 light weight, yellow brass bell will significantly brighten the sound and increase the trumpet’s responsiveness. Adding a square tuning slide will allow the trumpet to slot tighter and add more stability in the extreme upper register without jeopardizing its freeness. For those wanting a bit more resistance, the options of a .459″ bore or a standard leadpipe setup are available.