With their popularity, trumpets have evolved from the basic ones in use many years ago for marching bands, orchestra or military performances. People are familiar with the trumpets seen in parades, at jazz festivals or local bands but the variety of trumpets in existence has exploded with the advent of custom trumpets. There are companies who specialize in creating personalized trumpets for musicians with the money and the need for a trumpet with special features. These companies have created specialized trumpets such as the Taylor Focus, a version of another one of their popular instruments but with a thinner bell to create a slightly different sound. The Taylor Trumpet Company makes the Pocket Rocket, designed to please musicians who want professional power in a compact instrument.
These custom trumpets are coming out in large, small and all sizes in between, made with non-precious metals to reduce price, or with gold and silver parts. Brass is the most common metal. Trumpet players want certain metals that they feel produce the sound they want. Size and shape of the bell, the size of the bore and the metals they are made of all can be customized to create variations in tone and power and ease of use that a musician may want.
Small brass trumpets such as the Pocket Rocket from Taylor Trumpets, are made in response to requests from professional musicians, who worried that their larger instruments were harder to carry, could not be taken aboard a bus or plane with them and were man-handled and thrown around in plane or bus luggage compartments. The Taylor compact trumpet is a small jewel, made with polished silver and gold trim. The pearl-shaped buttons make it a beautiful instrument, appropriate for a professional musician to hold on stage. Taylor Trumpets will personalize it with an engraving of your name or your school’s.
The larger the trumpet, the easier to give custom features, since the larger body and added metals give more room to work. If you want special engravings or decoration on your trumpet, a small one may have little or no room to put a decoration or engraving that will be visible. A large one can be decorated so it looks dazzling. Some people feel that having custom trumpets is not particularly costly, depending on what maker you use to have a trumpet customized. The choice is yours. You may also consider looking at Bach Strad trumpet or Benge piccolo trumpet.