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Phaeton Trumpets

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“The trumpet is the instrument of the gods,” said master musician Marcus Belgrave in a recent interview about his Detroit Jazz Festival trumpet summit (which I took part in this past summer). Now if these gods happened to descend from the heavens in an ornate spaceship, complete with all the trimmings out of a sci-fi movie (imagine Close Encounters or Men in Black), and brought with them a horn in its likeness, they might have given us the Phaeton trumpet. The instrument need not leave the display case for you to know the Phaeton ain’t your daddy’s Martin Committee.

The Phaeton 2000 series of professional horns is available in five stylish finishes: gold lacquer, silver plating, eye-catching raw-brushed brass, black-onyx matte and 24-karat gold plating.. The aesthetic standard referenced here is definitely Monette, but the Phaetons have their own look. They feature wide, swooping braces, thick, heavy valve caps and pomo-style finger holds. The curves are extended, graceful and sexy, and the edges seem thick. Overall, it looks “big,” which screams dark, heavy, flugelhorn-esque sound. The trumpet certainly fits in with the standards of a beautiful light fixture or perhaps a vase in a hip SoHo pad, but the question any prospective professional buyer will be concerned with is: Does it play?

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