Tips For Choosing The Best Trumpet Cases
If you own a trumpet, like many musicians, you also need a gig bag or a case to store your instrument safely. A good trumpet case not only offers protection for your musical instrument, it makes it easy to carry your trumpet from place to place. It is a great investment that every musician should consider making. With a little bit of planning and research, a great case can be purchased at a reasonable price, and will provide years of service.
Many trumpet players choose to carry their instruments in a sturdy case instead of a soft bag. Soft bags are often lightweight, easy to lose, and fragile. They often do not protect the instrument as well as a case that is built of sturdy material. However, even though they may be more expensive, they offer a higher level of protection than many cases on the market today. Some trumpet players prefer not to use a case at all.
Most professional trumpet players carry their instruments in a special nylon lining that will provide the necessary protection to the instrument. The lining will protect the face of the instrument, as well as any hollow parts that may break. Most cases also include a padded shoulder strap and a detachable carrying case.
Another aspect of a good trumpet case is to have a few essential accessories. This would include valve oil, a soft cloth, valve oil pads, a special nylon lining, and oil pads for the mouthpiece. Other accessories may include special straps, a carrying case, cleaning supplies, or a leather book about playing with brass instruments.
The trumpet case itself usually measures about 12 inches wide, and about eight inches deep. The outside is usually made of breathable nylon mesh that allows for proper ventilation. The inside can have pockets for various accessories and several compartments for holding the various instruments. Some cases will have side closures, while others have top closures. Most come with two straps that will connect the instrument to the gig bag.
Many new players choose not to use trumpet cases when they first start playing. Instead, they simply play their instruments in their open homes, attaining the necessary mobility that will allow them to perform wherever they find a spot. Some people like to practice by themselves in their living room. Others prefer to have an additional instrument in their band so that they can play other instruments, whether classical or jazz.
When shopping for a new trumpet case or kit, first consider how much space you need. Make sure that there is enough room for your mouthpiece, valves, whammy bar, tuning pins, and any other hardware that you might need to attach to the instrument. Be sure to measure the space that you have available and have a friend hold the instrument while you take this measurement. If you cannot see any space on the instrument to hold the components that you want, then purchase a smaller case.
Most of the trumpet cases that are made today are designed with the musician in mind. The instrument is protected from damage and the owner's hands remain safe if the case is properly assembled. There are even models designed specifically for professional musicians who perform with their instrument full-time and require a case that will support it during all of these activities. Some professional trumpet players actually have two separate horn cases: one for their professional instrument and one for their home. Whichever type of musician you are, there is a model of musician's horn case out there that is just right for you.