Its lower price reflects that this was Denis's attempt to bring more accessible "small" trumpets to a wider range of non-professional players. The tone is brilliant and vibrant, with good response throughout the register, though good control is needed the higher you go. It is important, for any of the higher pitched trumpets, that you have developed good breath control and a strong embouchure. If you've got those, you'll find that this tuning-bell D trumpet is great for both solo and ensemble work, and excellent for playing Baroque music (for example Handel's Messiah) in the original key with no transposition, as well as some later large-scale works such as Beethoven's Symphony No. Its incisive tone also works surprisingly well in a jazz setting.
These trumpets are now extremely hard to find and a Wedgwood D with its rare tuning-bell would be a great addition to any collection. Only a handful were ever made and Denis Wedgwood himself thought there were none left in the world. The valve felts and springs have been replaced, the tuning bell mechanism optimised, small dents and imperfections removed, the silver finish polished, and a loose connection in the three-part leadpipe repaired by master craftsman Andy Gibson. I absolutely love this trumpet but I'm running out of space and, as I tend to use my piccolo and Eb more than this one, I've decided the time has come to let it go. It's served me well for live performances and for recordings, and it'll serve you well too.
There are some small imperfections in the sliver plate due to age (this trumpet is over 30 years old but in great condition) but overall it's beautiful, as you can see in the photos. The item "Tuning-Bell D Trumpet (Silver Plated), Wedgwood, Handmade, choice of mouthpieces" is in sale since Thursday, October 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Brass\Trumpets".The seller is "us_lorca" and is located in County Cork. This item can be shipped worldwide.