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★★★★★

“The Jupiter 416BL is without doubt the best pocket...”

Written on: 27/02/2004 by Jazzer (2 reviews written)

The Jupiter 416BL is without doubt the best pocket trumpet around at the price. Why buy the "next one up" (Benge) when you cannot tell the difference in sound and save £700 / £800… Read Full Review

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Stj's Response to Jazzer's Review

Written on: 29/04/2006

This is a misguiding overstatement. There is definitely a difference between Jupiter and Benge. They clearly belong to different leagues in terms of intonation, beauty of sound and dynamics. Having played both, I decided it was worth putting extra money into buying Benge. I also find inpolite from the reviewer the practice of praising the instrument being reviewed by discrediting another, as well as lying about the price difference (which is approx. GBP 400 in fact)

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Brendanuk's reply to Stj's Comment

Written on: 16/08/2017

I have just bought a Jupitor 516L Bb pocket trumpet. It is very nice but the tuning is problematic. In particular C# in the stave seems flat relative to C, which is pretty serious. The lower C# seems a little sharp but the first valve tuning slide will compensate (the tuning slide is unusually on the first valve and is on the right hand side. It has a saddle for the thumb, a little difficult to operate while playing for (my) older hands but doable)

I am trying to decide if I can control the flat tuning of the C# in the stave through embouchure.

Apart from that it sounds good and is really only for playing by myself in hotel rooms - the bell accepts a practice mute. I have not checked the tuning with the mute in yet.

I share your dislike of praising an item via knocking another. When Jazzer says, "when you cannot tell the difference in sound and save £700 / £800" he is using his own powers of discernment - he can't tell the difference. In his case he has made the right choice - there is no point in him spending more than is needed to satisfy his requirements.

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Brendanuk's reply to Brendanuk's Comment

Written on: 16/08/2017

Not sure how to edit my own comment yet. I ordered a Jupiter 516L but they sent a JTR710 which I understand may be the same instrument but with a new designation. I hadn't looked until ten minutes after reviewing! Other than that, my comments remain as they were.

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