When it comes to trumpets, more than one factor will determine how the instrument sounds. With that being said, bore size is definitely an important aspect. While every player has their own personal preferences, medium-large bore trumpets are favored often by players who want a well-rounded sound that's not too soft or too loud. In fact, many professional trumpeters who hold versatility in high regard go their entire careers playing strictly medium-large bore trumpets. Today's market is loaded with medium-large bore trumpets ranging from models in the key of Bb and C to piccolo trumpets, pocket trumpets and more. Just look through this section and you'll find respected companies like Allora, Bach, Conn and countless others offering their own stage-ready horns.
It's easy to see how popular medium-large bore trumpets are when you consider how many top sellers make up these pages. There are terrific models under $500 here like the Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet and the Prelude by Conn-Selmer PT711 Series Bb Pocket Trumpet. Of course, musicians who play C or Eb/D trumpets will have to throw down a little more, but the payoff is well worth it. For example, check out the Fides FTR-8015L Symphony Heavy Series C Trumpet. Featuring a .460" bore with a thick leadpipe and heavy mouthpiece, this beauty has a dark sound and excellent projection. Or, how about the Bach 189 Stradivarius Series Eb/D Trumpet. The easy high register of this horn enables the use of open harmonics and avoidance of cross fingerings. The Bach 189 Stradivarius also comes with a mouthpiece and stylish case.
And there are many other medium-large bore trumpets here, so have a look around. It's also important to keep in mind that although bore size certainly has an influence on your horn's sound quality, its leadpipe and bell size are also two things to look into. Honestly, the best way to figure out which trumpet is right for you is to try out many types throughout your playing career. And remember, if a medium-large bore trumpet is what you find yourself enjoying most, this is the catalog for you.