Trumpets are among the most common brass instruments in use today, so it's no surprise that they come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. While the transposing Bb models outnumber the others, they have a strong orchestral competitor: C trumpets. In an American orchestra, the Bb and C trumpets go hand-in-hand, with the C helping to liven up the sound thanks to its bright tone and crisp articulation. If you're an experienced player, it's likely that you already know your way around transposing on-the-fly. If you're a beginner, it might be time to learn! Once you do, you'll be able to use the C trumpets in this section to play music written for just about any scale trumpet. There are great options here for any player, and making the right choice comes down to factoring in your skill level and budget, as well as the features and materials you want to see in your instrument. If you're a beginner searching for an affordable performer, the Sonare 800 Series C Trumpet is a great place to start. Or, if you're a seasoned pro in need of a world-class instrument, check out something like the B&S EXC eXquisite Series C Trumpet or the Bach AC190 Stradivarius Artisan Series C Trumpet. Maybe you're looking for a trumpet that does things a little differently. In that case, the Kanstul 1506 Series Rotary C Trumpet could be the way to go - its rotary valves give it a distinctly European look, feel and sound. Or, if you'd like a trumpet with customizable tone, consider models such as the B&S DCX Large bore X-Series C Trumpet with Interchangeable Bell. And if your ideal trumpet is one with a reversed leadpipe, there are several to choose from, including the XO 1642 Professional Series and the B&S 3136 Challenger II Series. With C trumpets, the choice is yours: go for a traditional instrument or change things up with a reverse leadpipe, rotary valves, interchangeable bell or large-bore design. Whichever one is right for you, there's no doubt that once you've had a few practice sessions with your new trumpet, it will start to show you all kinds of new possibilities for your signature sound.
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