Pictured here, to the fore and rather out of focus, is my new purchase. It’s a rather delightful pocket trumpet that I got from eBay this week. The perspective is a little misleading in this first photo, as this little trumpet is tiny!
To the rear is my old Besson Sovereign cornet. That’s a rather good instrument and I love it to bits, but it’s far too bulky to carry with me on a plane (more news about that later…). I decided that I needed a smaller, more easily transportable instrument so that I can practice while I’m away, and I noticed some other, funkier instruments on eBay last week.
I lost out on one of those auctions though, so I was pleased to win this one. It’s a Stagg Pocket Trumpet, and even though it’s called a trumpet it is very cornet-like. I didn’t expect it to be the best instrument ever (it was only Â£72!) but it’s turned out to be a rather solid, playable piece. I’ve borrowed an adapter so I can play it with my cornet mouthpiece rather than the much shallower trumpet one that came with it.
In this photo on the left you can see a better comparison of the difference in size. It’s the same length of tubing as the larger cornet, just more tightly wound. It’s in the same key and I shouldn’t have any problems playing it at all.
The case is much, much smaller too, and the whole thing is very light. I’ll be able to take it with me in my hand-luggage on the plane, rather than leaving it to the orangu-tangs to load “carefully” into the aircraft cargo bay.
I don’t think I’d ever use it for a concert, it’s still what is usually termed a “Student Class” instrument, but it’s a lovely little thing. I’m so pleased I won that auction.