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Calicchio R37 and RR37 Trumpets

Trumpets, like fashion or hairstyles, are influenced by trends, and everyone jumps on the bandwagon with their own version of the latest thing. These trends are cyclical by nature. Everything comes back around eventually, and is touted as the new great thing. With trumpets the trend these days is with extra weight. Starting with Monette, horns and mouthpieces the last few years have gotten heavier and heavier to the point where you have to go to the gym and lift weights just to be able to hold one of these things up through a concert. The extra weight (within reason) has its merits, and recently Calicchio jumped into the fray with the introduction of its new, heavier horns, the R37 and RR37.

Calicchio made its reputation developing the ideal horn for studio trumpet players. That horn, now known as the Classic 7, has a very consistent sound through all registers and is very responsive. It also has a smooth, even blow and it’s a little on the bright side, ideal for cutting through in any situation. The new horns retain many of these fine qualities and open up a world of new possibilities for those of us who want a horn that might not be as bright as the Classic Calicchios. The new horns are made of red brass, a heavier, softer metal with more copper in the alloy, and also feature a larger bell than the classic models. To balance the extra weight and size, the horns feature a thicker leadpipe and tuning slide, and heavier bottom-valve caps.

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