Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

New trumpet!

I went around to Sir Kenny Wheeler’s house and bought one of his spare trumpets from him. It’s a SmithWatkins – a very wonderful instrument. It has a large bell in quite thin yellow lacquered brass and a choice of six leadpipes for me to experiment with. They seem to make quite a difference to the sound and to the intonation of the very high notes but it will probably be years before I know which one is the best all-rounder for me.

The stuck-on moldings are modifications to make fit my left hand.  Not pretty, I know, but very comfortable.

Thanks, Kenny, for parting with this lovely trumpet!

This instrument has some weird bits stuck on. Please ignore them. I’m not ready to go public with these just yet!

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