A hybrid trumpet? pTrumpet reveal latest innovation
The people behind the pTrumpet have introduced a new trumpet into their arsenal of instruments: the hyTech.
Hybrid cars, hybrid pianos, hybrid trumpets! With these fashionable new hybrid products you have the security of the familiar while embracing something daringly different that promises to trump the hum-drum.
In this respect, the hyTech marks a new chapter in their own niche plastic trumpet evolution. Combining metal and polymer this hybrid instrument promises to deliver a performance standard equal to high-quality student trumpets. The pTrumpet has always had its eyes set on the student market, so the manufacturers are really aiming high with their latest venture.
The pTrumpet has already established itself well in the student market; being taken under the wing of leading trumpeter and keen campaigner for music education Alison Balsom. The pTrumpet's USP has long been its weight. For young beginners who find the traditional metal instrument too heavy to maintain a good posture, this instrument is very accessible.
The hyTech weights in at 650g, a little heavier than the pTrumpet at 500g. This is compared to our John Packer JP051 which weighs in at 1.06kg.
Let's look at how else the p Trumpets compare...
|Pitched in Bb plastic trumpet||Bb metal/polymer trumpet|
|4 3/4-inch Bell||Bell size 5 inches|
|Unique fully plastic valve system||Top sprung valves with ABS guides|
|All plastic water-key||Metal water keys with silicon seals on main and 3rd valve tuning slides|
|Adjustable main tuning slide and 1st and 3rd valve tuning slides||Aluminium top & bottom valve caps, stems and contoured finger buttons|
|Weighs just 500g||Lightweight; 650g (1.4lb)|
|One piece patented lead pipe||Patented hybrid lead-pipe design|
|Works with any standard trumpet mouthpiece. Comes with 3C and 5C plastic mouthpieces.||Works with any standard trumpet mouthpiece. comes with a 7C silverplated brass mouthpiece.|
|Fabric carry bag||Padded gig bag|
|Special right hand little finger rest||Stainless steel sleeved pistons|
|8 colours Available||Black, gold & silver finishes|
But what does it play like? Here's what Tom had to say...
"After seeing the Hytech in person, I was amazed at how realistic they look – all three finishes are clean and smooth. I then picked up the trumpet – wow! Incredibly lightweight but with a very sturdy feel to it. I couldn’t wait to play some notes on it. The addition of the brass and stainless steel parts make such a huge difference, and I couldn’t have enjoyed playing it more than I did. So much so that I had to take it into the warehouse to make use of the acoustic!
"It feels even throughout the range and allows the player to really go for it with the louder dynamics, but mellow things out with the softer dynamics. You can really play with the tonal qualities of this trumpet, and I think it has a very exciting place in the market."
Interested in trying it? Contact Tom on 01823 282386, or view them here.
Warwick Music - the people behind the p instruments - have created some helpful resources for teachers and schools. Check their trumpet guide here