Trumpets Posts

Meet Ross Werner – Trumpet Specialist at Paige’s Music

Hello, everyone! My name is Ross Werner, and I am the Trumpet Specialist here at Paige’s Music.

My relationship with Paige’s began like most students in Indiana when I followed my parents into the Greenwood High School Band room to get fitted for an instrument during my 5thgrade year. I distinctly remember really wanting to be a percussionist, but Mr. Kalugyer was not hesitant in telling me that I should stick to trying out the trumpet. Turns out, I guess he made a pretty good choice for me!

After my time at Greenwood High School, I went on to pursue and complete a degree in Arts Administration with a Music focus and Marketing Minor at Butler University from 2014-2018. During that time, I was fortunate enough to spend 4 years touring the country through Drum Corps International. In 2014, I played trumpet in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Rockford, Illinois. I then spent the next three summers from 2015-2017 as a drum major for Carolina Crown Drum Corps from Fort Mill, South Carolina.  My time at Butler also presented me with outstanding musical experiences, including four years as part of the University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Col. Michael Colburn and in the trumpet studio led by Allen Miller.

In addition to my work at Paige’s, I am also a freelance graphic designer doing work mostly for band programs across the country in order to provide digitally-printed props and floors, social media graphics, multimedia productions, apparel designs, and more! During the Summer/Fall months, I am also an instructor for the marching band at Avon High School.

I am super excited to get things rolling for my position here at Paige’s! Some of these things include getting to work with students and schools throughout the year, helping students and adults find their “forever” instruments, developing relationships in and around the community, and continuously learning about all things trumpet/music.

Anyone is more than welcome to visit our store and try out any/all of the trumpets we have here in the store. It is my goal to not only provide quality information, but a quality experience for anyone who is looking to invest in an instrument, from beginners to professionals.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help any way possible!

e-mail: rwerner@paigesmusic.com

Phone: 317-813-2440 (personal)

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Trumpet

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. Below is the general care and maintenance video for trumpets, with instruction given by Kristina Borders of our Retail Sales Staff.

What is a Reverse Leadpipe? A trumpet player’s guide to determining the perfect fit.

While searching for the perfect new trumpet, many customers encounter the dilemma of, “Well this horn has a standard leadpipe, but this horn has a reverse leadpipe. What’s that difference?” Thank you for asking!

A leadpipe on any trumpet is the main receiver for the instrument in which the mouthpiece fits into, and connects to the main tuning slide. The means in which the leadpipe connects to the main tuning slide is what constitutes the term “standard” (non-reverse) or “reverse”.

For standard leadpipes, the main tuning slide fits inside of the leadpipe as pictured below.

Players who are mostly playing at loud volumes usually prefer the standard option as there is less variance in the quality of sound at those levels compared to the reverse leadpipe.

Reverse leadpipes are simply the opposite, in which the leadpipe fits inside of the main tuning slide.

A reverse leadpipe will likely be noticeably longer than the standard option. This factor increases the distance in which there will be any small gap going from leadpipe to tuning slide, resulting in what most players describe as less air resistance and more consistent intonation.

Ultimately, what is best for you will require being able to compare several options side by side in order to determine what instrument feels, plays, and sounds the best based on your own personal style.

For those in the market for a new trumpet, you are in luck! Here is a list of our trumpets here at Paige’s, sorted by leadpipe designation.

Standard (non-reverse) Leadpipe:

Yamaha- YTR5335 (GSAL, GSIIAL), YTR8335 (II, SIIS, LAS), YTR9335 (CHSII, NYSII)

Bach- 180S37, 180S43

 

Reverse Leadpipe:

Yamaha- YTR5330MRC (Mariachi), YTR8335IIRS, YTR8345IIS,

Jupiter- JTR1100S

All customers are more than welcome to come in and try out all of the horns in our store at any time in order to find his/her best fit!

Hammond Design Brass Mouthpieces at Paige’s Music

hammond design brass mouthpieces

Paige’s Music offers a variety of Hammond Design brass mouthpieces. Hammond Design mouthpieces are handmade by Karl Hammond near Chicago in Western Springs, IL. Hammond mouthpieces provide a fantastic combination of warmth and core while giving the player quick and dependable response. Mouthpieces for trumpetmellophonetrombone, and tuba are all available through Hammond Design.

Hammond’s numbering system is unique, and it is important to understand what the markings on a mouthpiece mean. These charts (trumpet and trombone) are helpful in understanding similarities between Hammond Design mouthpieces and other mouthpieces that may already be in your case. It is important to note that while the dimensions between a Hammond Design mouthpiece and a mouthpiece of another brand may be similar they may play differently.

The following mouthpieces are available for testing in our store.

Trumpet:

4MB, 5MB, 6MB, 4ML, 5ML, 4MLH, 5MLH

Trombone:

10ML, 11ML, 12ML, 13ML

 

For more information, please feel free to contact Paige’s Music or visit www.karlhammonddesign.com

Paige’s Music Attends the University of Indianapolis Trumpet Day

This past Sunday, I was proud to represent Paige’s Music at the 2nd Annual University of Indianapolis Trumpet Day! This event is full of dozens of ready-to-play trumpets for attendees to try, trumpet centered organizations and programs, and features prominent local and international artists.

I always enjoy attending events such as this because, as a trumpet player, I get to meet dozens of fellow players and “talk shop” about the intermediate, professional, and custom line trumpets we carry here at our brick-and-mortar location. I encouraged people to try the instruments first-hand to get a true feel of a new instrument, whether they are on the market or just want to try something new for fun.

Product Spotlight – Yamaha Xeno Artist Trumpets

Yamaha recently released a series of extraordinary trumpets developed with world-renowned performers. These “Xeno Artist” trumpets are some of the finest instruments in the world and showcase the beautiful delights that can be achieved when world-class engineering meets world class craftsmanship. The Chicago and New York artist series trumpets were designed with input from a number of world-class players and demonstrates the absolute best in sound quality, playability, and construction. Paige’s Music has three of these extraordinary instruments available for purchase and we highly encourage you to audition them in our store. Included below are the highlights that make these instruments unique. If you have other questions, please call your Sales Associate at 1.800.382.1099 or stop by our store in Indianapolis.

Xeno Artist Model “Chicago” C Trumpet (YTR-9445CHSII)

Developed with John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago series focuses on achieving the ideal blowing resistance and weight balance creating an instrument that is not just easy to play, but also provides delicate response when playing pianissimo and powerful presence when playing fortissimo. Every component of the instrument contains the input of artists from around the world, allowing us to create a highly evolved Chicago trumpet.