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John Packer UK JP154 Bb/A Rotary Piccolo Trumpet

$989.00 $1,419.00

Item Details

The JP154 is a very competitively priced Bb/A piccolo trumpet and a popular choice for experienced players struggling to justify the expense of a professional model. This instrument is ideal for occasional use in orchestras or to take on new repertoire such as Oboe concertos. The JP154 would also suit trumpet players specifically seeking a rotary valve instrument.

 

Specs

  • Rotary valves featured on the JP154 help to assist a smoother sound which is more suited to lyrical works. This is due to the shorter valve stroke when compared with piston models
  • The choice of 4 trumpet shank leadpipes allow the change of pitch between Bb and A to suit the requirements of the player
  • Free blowing and with good intonation
  • Represents excellent value for money and is a great choice for first time piccolo trumpet players

 

All JP Instruments are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects.

The JP154 is supplied in a lightweight case with a shoulder strap, and comes with a 4 trumpet shank leadpipes, a JP 5C trumpet mouthpiece, a bottle of Ultra Pure valve oil and a maintenance guide.

  • Model: JP154
  • ​Key: Bb/A
  • Bell Size: 98mm (3.86")
  • Bore: Medium-Large 10.4mm (0.409")
  • Waterkeys: 1 (Lever)
  • Body: Yellow Brass
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Lyre: No

 

Comments from JP154 Owners

 

  • This is an excellent value piccolo trumpet for around £2,000 less than a Sherzer! The trumpet would consistently play flat in the upper register when using various trumpet mouthpieces, but when a Vincent Bach 3E cornet mouthpiece with a cornet mouthpiece to trumpet leadpipe adaptor was used, it played beautifully in tune throughout the whole range. The trumpet comes with a very good case and four different leadpipes (like the Scherzer!). You cannot go wrong buying this trumpet, but do be careful with the intonation, which may be rectified using a cornet mouthpiece.
  • Firstly, with a P5-4 in the stable did I really need a new piccolo trumpet? Well after borrowing a friend’s JP 154 and really enjoying playing it for a week I found that I liked not only the sound but also the rotary valves...something which was quite foreign to me. So I opted to buy my own.

  • The outfit comes with four leadpipes, an A and three Bb pipes and although they are unmarked it was simply a matter of trying each to find which one best suited my needs. I find the trumpet free blowing and although bright, as one would expect from a picc, the sound is slightly more mellow than the Schilke. There is a train of thought which suggests tuning can be a problem with cheaper trumpets and in particular the smaller trumpets. However, this was not the case...even the infamous bottom C# works without alternate fingering!

  • If I have one adverse comment, it is that the mouthpiece which comes with the trumpet does not do the outfit justice. I used a cornet/trumpet adapter with my Taylor cornet mouthpiece which Andy Taylor made for my Schilke. Maybe that combination just works for me but nonetheless it works well!
  • With the right mouthpiece it blows freely and in tune and thus far has handled Albinoni, Bach and Handel without any problems. For anyone considering buying a piccolo trumpet for the first time, the JP154 should be well up on the list of ones to try!
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