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P. Mauriat’s Professional Quality Trumpets

The 655 and 700 models are as impressive as company's saxophones

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P. Mauriat's silver-plated PMT-655 trumpet
P. Mauriat's unlacquered PMT-700 trumpet

P. Mauriat has gained a very good reputation as a manufacturer of excellent saxophones. Their roster of endorsers includes highly regarded players like Greg Osby, James Carter and Marcus Strickland. In recent years, the company has been working to increase its profile in the trumpet game. And while plenty of modern trumpet manufacturers would love to be the next Monette, creating an instrument that successfully looks, feels and sounds innovative, many more efforts only accomplish surface newness, leaving a product that is little more than shiny finish. P. Mauriat have wisely left superficial innovation to their competitors and instead chosen to make professional-quality trumpets that sound and feel-get ready for it-like professional-quality trumpets.

Their newest B-flat professional trumpet models, the 655 (I tested the silver-plated version) and 700 (unlacquered) are unquestionably successful additions to the market. (Other available finishes for the 655: clear epoxy lacquer, dark lacquer and unlacquered; the 700 also comes in clear epoxy lacquer, silver-plated, lacquered matte and matte silver-plated versions.) Both Taiwan-made horns are on the lighter end of the normal weight range, with the 655 coming in slightly heavier than the 700 (roughly 38 oz. and 36 oz., respectively). They do play differently from each other, and deserve separate discussion.

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