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Jupiter XO Series Tribune Trumpet

It is my assumption that not only in the Hudson Valley of New York State, where my musical beginnings took root, but all over the country, the Jupiter instrument company has been closely associated with the grade-school-level brass boy or girl; in particular, the aspiring 10- to 16-year-old trombonist. If I were a betting man, I might lay heavy odds that it wasn’t just 13-year-old Nathan Arbeitman, my childhood friend and bandmate, who took pride in his trombone being named after the largest planet in our solar system, and who took the liberty of decorating the Jupiter logo on his trombone case with colorful crayon meanderings. I’d wager that this activity was repeated many times over by Nathans coast to coast, a regular sight for the junior-high band directors. But folks, class is out: Jupiter has graduated to a professional-level line of instruments in its XO Series, and I had the chance to test its new Tribune XO 1602S model trumpet.

I am probably the last person getting paid to play the trumpet who gives two licks about looks. However, the first thing one notices about this horn is its handsome appearance. It comes in an extremely attractive brown leather case featuring a mouthpiece pouch, a large music pocket and backpack straps. Any urban trumpeter would be happy toting this Jupiter horn around in style (no need for crayons). The horn looks gorgeous, beautifully lacquered with bell engravings reminiscent of some prewar trumpets.

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