Archive for January, 2011

There have been some changes in the CarolBrass Line-up.

As a ‘Head’s-Up’ the whole brand and line-up has changed as of Jan 2011.
Unfortunately the new website is not yet up and running with all the new information.
Hence there may be some confusion.

For example what was a CTR-500T is now a CTR-5000L YST

Here’s some additional information with regards to the changes.
(I do not know if these will be offered in the US – please check in with your local friendly dealer for that info)

There are 2 options when choosing – you can choose by ‘style’ or by ‘material’

Then you have the ‘Styles’ based horns which are basically done by design specs. These can be modified to your choice in relation to some options like bore size.

With the Material option you basically pick a ‘base model’ trumpet and you can then tweak the look and specs of the horn to your personal preference. There are different tuning slide materials etc that can be used also.

Here’s some other new developments that will be of interest:

There are 7 (yes seven!) different finishes:
– Lacquer
– Silver Plate
– Silver with Gold Trim
– Satin Lacquer Bell
– Satin Lacquer
– Antique Dark
– Polished Raw Brass

In terms of bore size you have 3 options:
– Medium Large .460
– Large .465
– Xtra Large .470 (New)

Bell Size/Thickness you have 6 different options
– Standard Size (Bach 37 style)
– Large Size (Bach 72 style)
– In Thin, Middle or Standard weights

Then there are options with the bell material:
– Yellow Brass
– Gold Brass
– Red Brass (Newly developed)

Leadpipes and Tuning slides might have the following:
– 70% copper, yellow brass.
– 85% copper, gold brass.
– 90% copper, red brass.
– 10% nickel, nickel-silver.
– 30% nickel, nickel-silver.
– P. Phosphorus bronze.
– S. Sterling silver.

If you want examples of the new horns I suggest you go to facebook and search for CarolBrass* Wind Instruments and befriend them as they have a lot of images in their photos.

If anyone wants a chart of the new models and the explanation behind the new numbers etc. then feel free to PM me with your contact details and I will send it to you.
(If this gets to be too many I may post a link with the download)

Some quick examples using the CTR-5000 as an example:

Bore size….
CTR-5000…means ML bore(11.70 mm) .460
CTR-5002…means L bore(11.82 mm) .465
CTR-5004…means XL bore(11.94 mm) .470

Main tuning slide…
CTR-5000L…means reversed structure of main tuning slide.
CTR-5060H…means standard structure of main tuning slide.
you can distinguish very easy.

Bell material SIZE/THICKNESS…
CTR-5000-YST…mean yellow brass standard/thin.

Here is a link to the chart where is shows clearly the specs and options for each horn:

2011-1-1…Styles offered and Materials offered models

Here is a link for the ‘Style” Models which explains the numbering:

Styles model’s number explanation

Here’s a link for the ‘Materials’ Models which explains the numbering:

Materials model’s number explanation


So today I finally managed to get down to my local retailer and test a few horns up against the Carol CTR-100 Bb Trumpet.

The two other trumpets in the test are in my opinion the direct competition from 2 other larger manufacturers – Yamaha and Jupiter.

Here’s the actual models tested (in no particular order):

Carol CTR-100 Bb Trumpet

Yamaha YTR-1335 Bb Trumpet

Jupiter 600ML Bb Trumpet

The conditions this test was done under:

1) 1 Take only (So yes there are some missed notes)

2) I am not really that familiar with any of these horns – this is a pick up and put in my normal mouthpiece and play test. (My normal horns are quite different)

3) Mouthpiece used in this test = Wedge Mouthpiece Gabriel 24 with a 25M Heavyweight Backbore

4) Tuning was not given as much consideration (sorry forgot the tuner again)

5) There were no edits at all done to this video – it’s raw (and to be frank a little nasty…all in the name of demonstrating trumpets truthfully)

I am not going to identify which horn was which until later – as I would be interested to hear what other people thought – I have a favorite out of the 3 for playability and sound.

What are your thoughts?

In case anyone was wondering about pricing – Yamaha ~$595.00, Jupiter ~ $499.00, Carol ~$450.00

NOTE: Watch out for the 10-12 sec mark the Zoom needs 2 secs to auto adjust (so it will be a loud for the first played notes).

As promised I am going to attempt to post more often as information and knowledge comes to me.

Here’s a horn that I managed to grab not too long ago which may be of interest to some:

What we have here is an earlier 2006 Harrelson 908 Modification done on a Benge 90C trumpet.

This is quite an interesting horn given that is has the full thickness leadpipe and a number of modifications around the leadpipe and bracing. The bottom caps were originally the heavy weight caps but they have since been ground down to between the medium and lightweight caps.

The bore of the horn is large – yet it plays and speaks quite easily – very even and clear tone with a nice core to the sound.

I had never really played a C trumpet properly for an extended period before – but I found this very easily to acclimatize too and have since been playing where I can a number of C charts to ensure that I can switch between a C and Bb trumpet with ease.

All-in-all this was an excellent buy and I intend to keep this one a while as it makes a great partner to my Harrelson Summit.

If you can find a used Harrelson – most of the time they make excellent purchases as long as you get specs that are close to what you are looking for. (Especially the 907 and 908 modifications as they were based on existing horns and modified to improve efficiency and sound)

You will find used horns like this go for US$1200 to a few thousand.

A lot better than buying new at twice the price – and no waiting time!