Trumpets - Understanding Bell and Bore Sizes
At MusiciansBuy.com, we understand there are many variations and details of ANY instrument. One commonly asked question is, “How does bore and bell size effect the instruments tone and playability”?
Like any instrument, there must be balance. For example, a guitar may be on the lower end of price point but at a price that is comfortable with the consumer. With that said we would still want the guitar to play well and easily for the player. With the trumpet, we would want the same thing. Simply stated, a balanced trumpet would be one with the proper bell size versus bore or lead pipe size. This in turn can greatly affect the tone and playability of the instrument.
Bore size specifically is the diameter of the tubing used to make your trumpet. Bore sizes vary for trumpets and are usually between the smaller .450mm and to the larger .472mm.
So what does this mean for you? As I explain we’ll want to remember “Balance” as stated above - let’s begin.
If you enjoy a mellow, softer tone and a more controlled sound then a smaller bore trumpet may be for you. Playing small night clubs or restaurants could be another example or reason to choose a smaller bore instrument.
If you are looking for a more pronounced, brighter and aggressive tone normally required playing in a lead role or 1st chair, then a larger bore trumpet could be the choice for you.
The bell [also known as the flare] can significantly affect your tone and, as mentioned, the balance between the bore and bell will play a big part in your decision.
A larger bell size can create darker tones and provide a softer, mellow feel. In conjunction with a smaller or medium bore, this combination would provide smooth playability and produce dark, mellow tones.
A smaller bell size has been known to produce a much sharper, brighter, and brilliant sound. Combined with a larger bore, this combination would provide smooth playability and produce bright and brilliant tones.
It’s important to choose the best instrument for each individual situation. With all the spec’s that are sometimes provided, it can be overwhelming. It is our hope that with this little bit of information provided, your search for the perfect trumpet will be that much easier!