Interested in a new or step-up trumpet, but not sure which one to buy? Read this helpful review taken from the April 2013 edition of DownBeat Magazine.
Although Eastman is a relative newcomer in the brass instrument world, the quality craftsmanship demonstrated in the ETR821S Bb trumpet proves that the company is well equipped to compete in an increasingly competitive market. By collaborating with master brass instrument maker Stephen Shires, Eastman has been able to
include special features on its horns that are usually found only on highend professional instruments. Eastman has also set an attractive price that will certainly widen the market for these horns to include students and semi-professionals as well as professional musicians.
The ETR821S features a medium large (.459-inch) bore, standard weight, traditional ﬂ are and a yellow brass bell that is torch-annealed and has a soldered and leaded wire-reinforced bell edge. The valves have a twopiece casing with nickel-silver balusters. The trumpet is silver-plated and elaborately engraved. I was initially impressed by how much this horn felt like my old standard model 37 Bach trumpet, providing that familiar, characteristic solid and centered tone and a similar amount of back pressure. The horn is well balanced, feels good in your hands and responds evenly throughout its range.
The slotting is excellent, and the intonation is spot-on. Although this horn would not be my ﬁ rst choice for playing lead in a big band, it holds together beautifully in the upper register with a lead mouthpiece. I could see the application of the horn to ﬁ t in a wide variety of settings; it would deﬁnitely be a solid option for a versatile, general-purpose instrument.
Eastman has produced a trumpet that should deﬁ nitely turn heads. The
ETR821 plays as well as any professional horn out there. Its playability and
relatively low price point will certainly grab the attention of a wide range
of trumpet players who are looking for a reliable “go to” horn.