Schilke S32L Bb Trumpet  

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One of Schilke's most popular Bb models, the S32L is ideal for the player who wants an instrument designed for the classical musician that offers an ease of response but slightly more resistance than ... Click To Read More About This Product

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One of Schilke's most popular Bb models, the S32L is ideal for the player who wants an instrument designed for the classical musician that offers an ease of response but slightly more resistance than the B1 or B5 models. The S32 products a full, rich center of sound which is ideal for orchestral, chamber and solo performers. Classical music is surely the S32L's chief application, but it is also excellent in commercial and jazz settings. The color and clarity of this trumpet's voice is a thrill to hear in any context.

Detachable Tuning Bells are available on almost all Schilke custom-built trumpets. The advantage of a trumpet that tunes from the bell is that it moves the "gap" inherent when tuning at the main tuning slide farther away from the mouthpiece receiver. In general, this varies the resistance or feel of the instrument and can open or "free up" the "blow" of the trumpet especially in the upper register.

It is believed that the instrument plays better in tune through the whole working range of the instrument when tuning from the bell. There is less bell bracing so the player generally feels a quicker response because the bell is free to resonate however, the instrument is more fragile because of the lack of bell braces. With a tuning bell instrument, the player has the option to change bells of various tapers and materials to alter the resistance and sound color of the instrument.

Retaining the same response and excellent intonation that is characteristic of the "B" and "X" series models, the "S" series play with a compact, focused, resonant center to the sound. Distinguished by the bell construction, bracing, and different mouth pipe and tuning slide design, the "S" series instruments emphasize the sound core and are ideal for both classical and commercial performance. All "S" series trumpet models share the same bell, which is referred to as a ML bell or a #2 bell. The bell has the same taper as the bell used on the B5 but utilize a yellow brass bell with a soldered bell bead. This feature helps with the sound focus and emphasizes the resonant core of the sound at the louder dynamic levels. The "S" series Main Tuning Slide has a semi-square shaped bow with a brace providing additional resistance and sound focus rather than the rounded "brace-less" slide on the "B" and "X" series models.

  • Easy response but with some heightened resistance
  • Full, rich tonal center
  • Yellow brass with silver plate
  • Bore: ML -.460"
    Bell: ML - 5"
    Yellow Brass Bell with #2 taper
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Dented horn but sold to me "as new"

By Harry Hilgers

from Berthoud, CO

Comments about Schilke S32L Bb Trumpet:

The horn sounds gorgeous just as one would expect from any Schilke horn. However the WW&BW advertised it "as new" where in fact it had a deep v-type dent in the bent of the tunable bell from what appears to be a drop in on a table edge. It also had a lot of discoloration of the blue plastic factory wrapping. The tunable bell was very hard to move out as we're all the slides. The valves where fully dry. That in itself is not a problem as after some valve oil the valves started moving perfectly as one would expect from a Schilke horn. The issue I have is that this horn clearly was returned by some previous disappointed user and then set on the shelve at the WW&BW without ever being inspected. So now I will have to go through the hassle of shipping it back. A solution would be for the WW&BW to send me another tuning bell. However I checked with Schilke and such a bell would cost about $800 with a delivery time of many months. This has been another case in point of a product being sold coming through a WW&BW service and inspection department that at one time was good but now seems to be staffed by individuals who really don't care about serving the customer in a respectful manner. Add to that some of the arrogance by some of the customer service personnel and the at one time excellent WW&BW has been sinking to the level of mediocrity. Yes, they do have a few good folks in the instrument sections but they cannot make up for all the negative stuff.

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