I've been on the hunt for a good quality professional Bb trumpet for a long time. My parents want me to earn the money myself and I can understand that, but I'm not too sure which brand to get.
The only high quality brand that I'm aware of in Beijing is a dealer that offers Schilke trumpets. Seeing they will be the only horns that I'll be able to test, I think I'll be buying one of them (either an S32, B5, or B1 depending on which one I like the best if I try them), though it will definitely be used (or else it would be too expensive!
I was a little interested in the Courtois Evolution IV but since I have no chance to test them I can't have any opinion of the horn. All I know is that it's slightly heavier then most horns and that it has a "rich, dark sound." The thing that intrigues me about the horn is really its looks, its reputation, and especially the gap regulator (thanks to Austin Horns who gave me the tips).
Ray Vega (great guy that he is) told me that the Stomvi USA was a great horn and seeing the price, it really is! A pity I can't actually test the horn. Btw, Ray I was Original_Username from TM.
I thought about a Stage 1 Vintage at some point, but the price kinda scared me. I'm planning on testing one of my school's music teacher's horn which is a vintage Bach Stradivarius to see whether Bach is an option.
I'm a tad bit wary of buying vintage trumpets despite the fact that they could be equal or even better then a modern horn. I'm worried that since I can't really test them and that they could be really weird when I have to play them. At one point I thought about a Selmer K-modified or Radial or an Olds Mendez. Recently though I saw two vintage horns which really caught my eye.
<--I saw a rare Scherzer Piston Trumpet on NYTC when I was browsing. I know that Scherzer is owned by JA Musik so the parts were probably made similarily to B&S trumpets, but I really don't have any idea what they play like. Anyone have any ideas?
<-- Dr. Valve also has a 1920 Courtois trumpet in absolutely stunning condition. Again, I have no idea how it plays and could use some advice.
So essentially, I'm having trouble deciding on which horn I should get. I'll happen to post a lot more information once I test a few Schilkes and my school's music teacher's Bach Strad. Any and all advice is welcome!