The Wind Loft

Brass

The Wind Loft features New England Winds brass instruments. All are available at very affordable prices for far less than the competition. Academic and teacher pricing is available.

Model WL-TP200 MSRP: $675 ... Bb student trumpet shown below. This is a high quality student trumpet that features a beautiful lacquer finish, slides on both the first and third valves and a copper plated lead pipe.

 

Model WL-TP500 MSRP:$1,199 ... Bb intermediate-advanced trumpet that features a beautiful silver plated finish. This has many characteristics of being a professional sounding trumpet but for a very reasonable price. I have heard some people compare it to a Bach Stradavarius.

 

Model WL-TB200 MSRP: $675 ...
An excellent student model trombone at an affordable price in yellow brass.

Model WL-TB500F MSRP: $1,299
Intermediate trombone with an F rotor mechanism in yellow brass that is free blowing with a fullness of sound and projection. I've heard that this trombone is comparable to a Bach 42 model trombone but at two to three times less the cost.

REVIEW

I am very impressed with the overall sonic quality of the WL-TB500F. It has a nice open lower register with an easy transition down to the pedal range of the horn using the F-trigger. The upper register is clear as well.  The instrument is well-balanced in the hand, the slide moves very freely, and it is well-tuned, harmonically. I think it is an excellent choice for a serious student who is thinking of moving up from their beginner horn to a fine intermediate horn of outstanding value. The bore of the horn is symphonic, with the size of 0.547 matching that of the Conn 88H or the Bach 42B.

- Lars Wendt, tenured trombonist of Princeton Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, and performing artist for over 25 years in the tri-state area

 

Model WL-FH500 MSRP: $2,499 ... Great horn! This Double F/Bb French Horn is an intermediate level french horn that features a yellow brass body and bell with engraved valve caps. See review below.

REVIEWS

The new double horn from New England Winds (Boston) is a solid instrument. It is built for the U.S.market, with a layout similar to the other major horn builders, such as Holton or Conn Instruments.  The instrument has an adjustable pinky finger ring/loop (with small Allen (hex) wrench included) which will really help the beginning user. The slides are easy to reach and pull out. The instrument comes with a Bach-like, medium depth mouthpiece quite suitable for the student user.

It has an even tone over the entire range. I did not find any particularly difficult-to-tune or quirky notes in any of the ranges. I like the key action (standard rotary valves); the thumb valve is not awkward at all.  I was able to fill out the sound and to push out strong, but not harsh, loud notes, on both the low and high ranges.

I would guess that the bore is slightly smaller than a Holton, which means students should find it easier to hit those high notes. With the right mouthpiece the tone of the horn could be fairly mellow. The instrument is designed for a pleasant, somewhat bright and projecting sound.

It contains a useful case, somewhat of a cross between a soft and a hard case. It is a thick, firm foam with a waterproof cover. The case opens with a zipper not a latch. The case has both a over-the-shoulder strap and a strap handle (with velcro overlap); and the case has a useful outside zippered compartment that could fit either a folding music stand or music or both.

This is a solid instrument and well worth the investment for beginning and intermediate students.

- Mark Thompson, retired french horn professional of 30 years -- chamber, orchestra, opera, musicals; and music teacher

 

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