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Pocket Trumpet

Pocket Trumpet
Pocket Trumpet

[NOTE: image changed as old photo has disappeared into the mists of time. Post content may not make much sense…]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 £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.

Look, it's tidgy

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.

  1. Now that has got to be the smallest trumpet I have ever seen. I played cornet for almost a decade through school, and saw a few varieties of the horns, but never one like that! How is the sound on it? I would think it would be a slightly dampened brass sound, but you never can tell.

    Anyway, where are ya off to anyway?

  2. How do trumpet players traditionally greet each other?

    “Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m better than you.”

    What do trumpet players use for birth control?

    Their personalities.


    What did little Johnny’s mother tell him when he said “I want to be a trumpet player when I grow up”?

    “But Johnny, you can’t do both.”


    What would a trumpet player do if he won a million dollars?

    Continue to play gigs until the money ran out.

  3. I have just bought one of the same trumpets from ebay and was pleased to read your comments. I have never played a trumpet so hoping that I can at least get some sounds from it. I do read music and wondered how you started playing with your pocket one.

  4. Nice to find your comments.

    I’m about to buy one of these Stagg pocket trumpets and would be interested to know what makes you say that you’d never play a gig with it.


  5. Hi there Garret.

    As instruments go it’s strictly “student class”, in that it’s really not good enough to be used at a gig. It’s sound is OK, but because of it’s design produces a much smaller, tinnier sound that a full-size trumpet.

    It’s really good value as a practice instrument though. I only paid £80 for mine from eBay and it’s brilliant for taking away with me rather than my proper instrument

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