The Best Pocket Trumpets

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The Best Pocket Trumpets
Pocket trumpets are smaller B flat versions of standard size. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Pocket trumpets are novelty instruments sometimes used by musicians who want to have a trumpet that can be easily packed in a suitcase or carry-on while travelling. This particular instrument has the same range as a regular B flat trumpet and is not to be confused with a piccolo trumpet, which is an octave higher. There are quite a few manufacturers of the instrument, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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Pocket trumpets available in the U.S.

Several instrument manufacturers make new pocket trumpets available in the U.S. These include Benge's Colibri pocket, Holton's T650 and Marcinkiewicz's expensive Vermeer, among others. Kantsul also makes a professional-level pocket trumpet. According to collector and pocket trumpeter, Nick DeCarlis, of Pocket Cornets, the most well-made pockets in the U.S. are by Benge or Kantsul. Highly collectable vintage or used pockets can also be found on the Internet. Some of those companies include Conn, Besson and Holton.

Pocket Trumpets Found Internationally

There are other companies worldwide that make pocket trumpets. Jupiter of Taiwan makes a 416 model that is well-made and moderately priced. Another Taiwanese manufacturer is Marcato, which has received positive reviews, according to Dallas Music. Lidl, a company based in Britain, makes a pocket trumpet called the LCR727R, and Belgium's Stagg Music markets its own pocket, the 77-MT, to Europe and the Untied States. Reviewers have raved about the 77-MT's fine construction and beautiful clear-lacquer on the company's website.

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