Kessler Custom Professional Trumpet
As a business, we have always sought to provide excellent quality instruments at affordable prices. Many times though, the music industry as a whole does not offer instruments that are both affordable and high quality for the customer’s needs. Professional trumpet models are a great example of this as all of your major professional trumpet models have nearly doubled in price in the last 10 years.
So we teamed with Custom trumpet builder Tony Scodwell to find a solution to the issue. The solution:
Kessler Custom Artist Series Professional Trumpet.
Whatever Trumpet Voodoo that Tony Scodwell and the guys at Kessler’s are doing to these horns is amazing. At this price point, this horn is one of the best horns I have ever played and anybody looking for a professional trumpet for school or work should not think twice about buying one of these horns.
Tony Scodwell Inspection & Play Test
There are a lot of models of professional trumpet to choose from in the current market. However, most of them are treated like a piece of electronics or a DVD… an item that can be simply grabbed off of the shelf and shipped to the customer. Musical instruments should never be treated in this way. Musical instruments need to be tested and made sure that they are right before they are given to a player. Sadly, most professional trumpet models are not tested and inspected either at the factory or by the music store that sells them. Our trumpets are not treated this way!
Every Kessler Custom Artist Series professional trumpet is play tested and inspected by Tony Scodwell. Tony is a master trumpet builder, the maker of Scodwell USA professional custom trumpets. He is a top tier professional player and band leader. He goes over every single Kessler Custom Artist Series professional trumpet to make sure that they are amazing instruments before they ever get
put in the hands of a player. Each instrument will include a signed certificate of inspection for that instrument. What other trumpet in this range can make this type of testing claim?
We also include a signed copy of Tony’s book: “Big Band Classics Featuring Tony Scodwell” published by Hal Leonard.
The professional trumpet bell and leadpipe are the most sensitive pieces of the trumpet’s tube. So with our Artist Series, we designed a professional trumpet around these pieces.
Professional Model – Solid Silver Leadpipe
The leadpipe of a professional trumpet is one of the most acoustically important pieces of the instrument. Any change made here has drastic impacts on the performance of the trumpet as a whole but especially to the response and resonance of the trumpet. Obviously, the design of the leadpipe makes a huge difference, but so does the material. We chose to use Solid Sterling Silver (92.5% pure silver) for the leadpipe of our Artist Series professional trumpet. The Sterling Silver pipe provides improved resonance and response to the instrument throughout the whole range. The upper register is bigger and more responsive and the lower register is free-er blowing and sweeter. Everything about our professional trumpet is amplified by the Solid Silver leadpipe maximizing your performance!
Professional Model – Bell
The bell used on our Artist Series Professional Trumpet is a 5″ diameter, Goldbrass alloy with a soldered bead. This bell produces a rich and powerful tone but offers excellent response and projection. Designed to give both sizzle and sweet, this bell is an ideal design for all musical styles and levels. From the high school concert player to the professional pit musician and up to top rate lead jazz player, this bell does it all!
Artist Series Valves
The valves used on our Artist Series trumpets are of the highest quality Monel alloy valves that we have ever come across. The fit & finish quality of the valves rivals the absolute best valves ever made. They are tightly fit and provide amazing response and feel. They will hold their own up against the valves on $3,000+ trumpets and in many cases, still be a better valve! They are very durable holding tight feel and excellent seal to the air column of your horn.
Available in 3 Finishes
Our Artist Series Professional Trumpet is available in 3 finishes:
- Gold Lacquer
- Un-Lacquered “Bare Brass”
- Bright Heavy Silver Plate
Please note that with un-lacquered models, we recommend using gloves and or a valve grip protector to limit skin exposure to raw brass. Some people are more sensitive to raw brass than others so limiting your physical contact with the raw brass is recommended. The benefit of the un-lacquered raw finish is that the horn is more responsive than a “finished” horn which many players prefer.
Kessler Custom Professional Trumpet Specifications
|Kessler Custom Artist Series – Professional Model Trumpet Specifications|
|Bell||5″ Goldbrass with Soldered Bead|
|Leadpipe||Solid Sterling Silver (92.5% Silver)|
|Finish||Gold Lacquered Finish (also available in Raw Brass Finish or Heavy Silver Plate)|
|Valve Caps||Heavy Weight Top & Bottom Caps (lightweight kit also available)|
|Spit Valves||Vertically Mounted Amado Style with Screw Rim Base|
|Case||ProTec Contoured Case|
|Quality Control||Inspected & Play Tested by Trumpet Master Tony Scodwell|
|Warranty||1 Year covering defects in workmanship & material (through Kessler shop)|
|Manufacture Country||Made in Taiwan – Final Setup in Las Vegas|
Kessler Custom Trumpet Family
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