2005-02-05 04:43:44 UTC
My 12 year old son has been playing trumpet for 5 months now. I got him
a really old Bach TR300 from Ebay when he started in last August. He
has been progressing very fast and I think the old trumpet is holding
him back because the third slide does not slide very well. His teacher
recommended Bach Stradivarius 180S-43 medium bore for him. After
searching online for couple weeks I just bought him a new Bach
Stradivarius 180S-43 from Musiciansfriend.com. It has a very good price
for $1429.99 with free shipping and 45 days satisfaction guarantee.
Here is my question. All the pictures I saw online are silver all over,
but when I got the trumpet today it is two toned. It has yellow inside
the bell and silver outside the bell and rest of the body. It also has
a golden water key and golden valve caps, both top and bottom. Is it
the right model for 180S-43? It has series number 610XXX and ML stamped
on the second valve. It also has 43 stamped under the Bach logo and
some real fancy engraving on the bell. What did I really get? Anybody
get the same one as I did? Oh, the invoice stated "180S-43 KC". Is
there any difference between the sliver all over and two toned
trumpets? We will not see the teacher until next week and so far we
could not tell the tone is up to a real Stradivarius or not. My son
thinks it is much better than his old trumpet. I can not really tell
but I think it is not the same sound as his teacher's trumpet, which is
also a 40 year old Bach Stradivarius 43 silver.
When I open the box there is no user's menu except care instruction and
some advertisement about mouthpieces, warrantee form etc. It also comes
with a bottle of valve oil and a cleaning rod, a 7C Bach mouthpiece.
But the golden tone really surprised me a lot and I could not find any
such 180S-43 trumpet online. That is why I am posting the question here
since I read a lot her before I bought. And I know here has a lot
experts can help me.
Thanks in advance and wish you all a happy weekend,