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Is a trumpet a brass instrument?

by Joshua Berdugo

Is a trumpet a brass instrument?

by Joshua Berdugo

Is a trumpet a brass instrument? 


As a matter of fact, a trumpet is a brass instrument. What is interesting to note is that brass instruments are louder than woodwind instruments. The trumpet has been used as alarms and welcomings because of the fact that it is extremely loud, albeit a very different look.


Now although the trumpet is a brass instrument, the amount of brass does differ depending on different models and companies. For the most part there are three types of trumpets.


Yellow Brass: Made with 30% zinc and 70% copper. Yellow brass trumpets make a bright sound and easier to get loud on.  


Gold Brass: Made with 15% zinc and 85% copper. Gold brass trumpets do have a warmer tone than yellow brass but still have that ability to go loud.


Rose Brass: Made with around 10% zinc and 90% copper. These trumpets produce a much warmer tone but is harder to get it loud do to the lack of zinc which is a softer metal. Another important fact about rose brass is that it is anti-corrosive.


It is important to note that many trumpet companies, do make different parts out of different types of brass. For example our TR-430 while made mainly with gold brass, it does have a rose brass lead pipe in order to add that more warmer tone and to make sure it can last as long as possible. At the same time, the gold brass allows it to still have that louder tone making it easier to play then a full fledged rose brass horn. 

(Notice how the lead pipe is a different color than the rest of the trumpet) 

 

Our TR-330 Is a great yellow brass trumpet that is perfect for students looking to get a quality trumpet with a bright tone and easy to play.


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