- 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!