Recommended Equipment

The following lists are by no means complete, and exclusion from these lists does not imply an inferior instrument. Rather, these are recommendations collected from expert brass players based on their own experiences, meant to guide the music educator in advising their students. These recommendations are intended for beginning through pre-collegiate students.

In addition to new instruments which are listed below, used instruments made by Bach, Bundy, Conn, Getzen, Holton, King, and Yamaha have a long history of quality and durability.

Trumpet

Bb Trumpets

Beginner:

Bach 300 series

Yamaha YTR 2335

Intermediate:

Bach Stradivarius

Yamaha 6000/7000 series

Mouthpieces

Beginner:

Bach 5C, 7C

Yamaha 16C4

Intermediate/Advanced:

Bach 3C

Shilke 11, 12

Yamaha 11C4, 15

Horn

F Double Horns (ideally, start beginners on double horns)

Conn 8D, 10D

Holton Farkas 179, 180, 181

Yamaha YHR 567, 667, 668

Mouthpieces

Conn 5N, 5W, 7N, 7W

Holton Farkas MDC, DC

Yamaha 30C4, 31D4

Mutes

Denis Wick

Humes & Berg

Tom Crown

Trombone

Tenor Trombones

Beginner

Bach 200

Bundy 1523

Conn

Yamaha YSL-354
Intermediate/Advanced

Bach 42B, 36B

Conn 78H, 88H

Yamaha YSL-684, YSL-820 (Xeno)

Bass Trombones

Bach 50B

Conn 110H

Yamaha YBL-613, YBL-622

Mouthpieces

Beginner

Bach 12C

Schilke 47

Intermediate/Advanced

Bach 6 1/2AL, 5G

Schilke 50, 51

Bass Trombone

Bach 1G

Schilke 57

Euphonium

4-Valve Euphoniums

Willson 2704

Yamaha YEP-321, YEP-621

Compensating Euphoniums

Besson 967, 968

Hirsbrunner

Willson 2901

Yamaha YEP-641

Mouthpieces

Bach 6 1/2 AL

Denis Wick 5AL, 6AL

Shilke 50, 51

Tuba

BBb Tubas

Besson 997

Conn 5J

Meinl-Weston 20 (rotary)

Miraphone 1864U (rotary)

Yamaha YBB-301

Mouthpieces

Bach 18

Conn 18

Conn-Helleberg 1205

Yamaha 18

 

Mutes

Tom Crown

Vincent Bach

Denis Wick

Humes & Berg

Harmon

Jo-Ral

 

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