The exciting day came on November 18, 2011 with the arrival of my Carol Trumpet with the snow just beginning to fall. It was exciting opening the box and going through all of the extras that were in the case. Then, I opened the case and the beauty of the instrument was just stunning. Of course with the cold trip that day the horn was extremely cold so I held it and just enjoyed looking at it while it warmed up to room temperature.
Then I could wait no longer and had to go try it out.
I sat down with the Carol on the Left and My Besson on my right and began to play various warmups back and forth between the two trumpets. There was a noticeable difference. I loved the warm quality of the sound from the Carol. After playing both horns for about 20 minutes I decided I better put the horn up because I had a performance at the Cinderella play that night.
Having changed instruments before I put both the Carol and my Besson in my double trumpet case and carried them both to the concert. I played through the entire 2 hours with the Carol and was very impressed. I notice several differences in playing. It did not take as much pressure as the Besson and there were several instances I would over blow on a note and it would either not come out or would crack. So there was an adjustment time.
The next night I carried both horns just in case. In the middle of the performance was when it began to dawn on me that I just needed to relax and not be as tense with this new trumpet. At one point I picked up the Besson and played a few passages. I noticed immediately that the sound was a very dull flat sound. So I immediately returned back to the Carol trumpet and finished out the performance with it.
Sunday night I had a chance to play around with the Carol trumpet in my technique studies and various scales and some songs. I was beginning to settle in with the Carol by now and really have fallen in love with the quality of the horn and especially the sound that is coming out which is balanced in low registers as well as high registers.
On Monday I played extensively with my technical studies and various pieces of music such as Haydn’s trumpet concerto, The Trumpet shall Sound, and Adagio an Allegro. WOW! Very nice. Then at 6 pm I had to go rehearse with a pianist for the ministerial service on Tuesday night. We played through the written music and the sound was great. Then she asked me to play some charts that she had written. So we messed around with those and I was able to improvise on several. The Carol is truly an amazing horn. I am looking forward to many long years playing this horn. And one day in the future I might even be interested in buying one of the flugel horns, and may be the piccolo trumpet / or cornet.
However, I am greatly pleased with this purchase and immediately put my Yamaha Xeno Trumpet up for sale on Ebay.
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