The JP351SWLT was designed in collaboration with Smith-Watkins to ensure a high level of performance. A large bore instrument fitted with a specially designed nickel silver Smith-Watkins reverse leadpipe, the JP351SWLT offers players a free blowing experience and a big, powerful sound perfect for use in big bands and session music. Lightweight in design and made from a High Grade 80:20 Brass, this instrument features monel piston valves to increase reliability and and playability.
"I was recently asked by the chaps at John Packer's if I would review one of their recent introductions to the market - the JP351SWLT trumpet. Having both tried and been impressed by some of their earlier instruments I was keen to see what they had conjured up now. This interest was further enhanced by the fact that this instrument is a movement into new higher market areas for the Packer team and this means that you are battling with tougher opposition. Firstly the model number - 'SW' shows that, once again, Richard Smith (of Smith-Watkins) has been involved both in the overall design and, specifically, the all important lead pipe. The 'LT' refers to the fact that the bell is very lightweight which, combined with the nickel silver reverse leadpipe, is an interesting combination on a large bore instrument.
"On first sight I was impressed by the build quality - lovely construction and the slides and valves all moved sweetly and positively. Not only are Packers collaborating with the best designers in the west they are also using western grades of materials and, it seems, the best technology to ensure good construction quality. This instrument is over £1000 less than my own trumpet, but the build quality appeared to be equal. It's impressive even when you open the case and take a look at it.
"That's the cosmetics dealt with, but how does it all combine as a working tool for a musician? I tested this trumpet both at home and 'in the field'. My initial tests made me feel so confident in the instrument’s capability that it has now been heard by many people who have been to see Chicago in the West End. The sound is pleasingly warm and centred even at extreme dynamics and its overall characteristics make it ideal for jazz, big band or show music etc. Capable of power or subtlety with equal ease.
"Frankly, at this price, this instrument is amazing value. Packer's intention in bringing higher quality & performance to the market place at accessible prices has certainly been achieved. I have been happy to use it professionally and will be using it again on Boxing day when I take NYJO to the Today programme. This trumpet is without doubt capable of professional performance, but priced to be accessible to players doing the higher ABRSM grade exams. Great combination!"
The JP351SWLT is supplied in a JP851 Pro Double Trumpet case, and comes with a JP 5C mouthpiece, a bottle of Ultra Pure valve oil and a maintenance guide to help you keep your instrument in top playing order.
Kornel Fekete-Kovacs plays his brand new JP351SWLT trumpet at the closing gig of the Sound Expo 2010 at Budapest.
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