Gen 2 Bb RL Trumpet

Gen 2 Bb RL Trumpet

Gen 2 Bb RL Trumpet

The Generation II Bb RL is a new direction for Edwards.  The Edwards Reverse Leadpipe is not a traditional reverse leadpipe setup nor does it try to be. Departing from the traditional length leadpipes accomplished a couple of things for the RL series. The gap between the main tuning slide and leadpipe was diminished allowing the instrument to become much more efficient in blow. With the leadpipe entering the main tuning slide the total air transitions have been diminished. No longer does the air have to step into a ferrule, step into a tuning slide, and step into the tuning slide. Now the air steps into the tuning slide from the leadpipe getting rid of turbulence points that cause interference with the air column.

Does your current instrument back up on you, or is it too open blowing? If it is too open you will have to provide the compression at the chops causing premature fatigue. If the horn is backing up on you then there can be physical discomfort in the neck and make it impossible to blow through the instrument comfortably. By matching the instrument to you we can find the correct amount of compression that "you" need. This is why we offer the leadpipes that we do. It is not to change daily for gigs, but to find the correct compression to your physical make up.

The Gen II RL series is for the player wanting a more traditional blowing instrument. With the standard shaped tuning slides (semi square, square and round) this instrument is like a traditional trumpet on steroids.   Find the instrument you want. Call us or visit us for guidance to find what you need, not what your neighbor wants for you.

Standard Features

Bore Size
.459" or .462" bore
Interchangeable leadpipe system. Gen 2's feature the Edwards Reverse Leadpipe (RL).
Bell Weights
  • 21 Gauge - Heaviest (.028" thick)
  • 22 Gauge (.025" thick)
  • 23 Gauge - Lightest (.022" thick)
Bell Materials
  • Yellow Brass (70% Copper / 30% Zinc)
  • Bronze (90% Copper / 10% Zinc)
Bell Treatments
  • Heat Treated
    • Heat treating a bell is a softening process. This bell is treated in specific areas that will encourage more overtones with projection. Heat treated bells "slot" slightly less than a tempered bell and create higher overtones at louder volumes.
  • Annealed
    • Annealing is also a softening process that encompasses the entire bell. An annealed bell offers a smooth blow with a slightly darker tone. Articulations are slower with the "slot" being wider.
  • Tempered
    • Tempered bells offer no heat treatments. This bell creates clear focused tone with medium to fast response. This bell "slot" well with less room for adjustment.
Bell Shapes (hand-crafted one-piece)
  • K Bell
    • Medium Large Throat (4 7/8" Flare)
  • M Bell
    • Large Throat (4 7/8" Flare)
  • XK Bell
    • Medium Large Throat (5 1/8" Flare)
  • Note: The XK is a special order item on the Gen 2
  • Need valve content
Tuning Slides
  • Standard
    • Standard tuning slides are offered as a stock item with all our valve sets. It creates a stable broad tone with solid articulation. Standard slides create a very even airflow with moderate resistance.
  • Square
    • Square tuning slides aid in clearer attacks at the beginning of the note. This shape offers slightly more resistance than a standard shape. Tone production can be brighter than a standard slide.
  • Round
    • Round tuning slides are the most open blowing slide we make. It produces a very smooth tone with soft articulations. Tone production can be very broad with little brilliance.
  • RawBrass
  • Lacquer
  • Silver Plate
  • Gold Plate
  • Satin Finish

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Gen 2 Bb RL Trumpet Artists

Edwards Trumpet Artists include world-class soloists, orchestral musicians, jazz artists, and teachers. Use the following list to compare and contrast the different setups these artists use.

Artist Model Body Bell Tuning Slide Leadpipe
Akhmadullin, Iskander G2-Bb .459" M22 Square D3
Ashton, Graham G2-Bb .459 2M22B Standard BD1
Asper, Lynn G2-Bb .462 M22 Standard D5
Candelaria, Leonard G2-Bb .459 M21B Standard D4
Chaisson, J.D. G2-Bb .462 M22B Standard D2 Silver
Curnow, Jeff G2-Bb .462 K22 Square D5
Davison, Michael G2-Bb .462 M21B Standard D4
Hayes, Adam G2-Bb .459 K22 Standard D2
Jenkins, Clay G2-Bb .462 M21 Square BD1
Leasure, Tim G2-Bb .462 M21B Standard D4
Lindsey, Doug G2-Bb .459" K21B Standard D4
Melvin, Jr., W. Parker G2-Bb .462 K21B Standard D5
Perkins, Jeff G2-Bb .459 M22BHT Standard D4
Peters, Grant G2-Bb .459 K22 Standard D4
Valasek, Michael G2-Bb .462 K21B Standard D4
Vasquez, Ramon G2-Bb .462 K21HT Standard BD1
Wenger, Alan J. G2-Bb .462 K22 Standard D5
Wurtz, Gary G2-Bb .459 K21B Standard D3
Zingara, James G2-Bb .459 M21B Standard D4
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In Their Own Words

Paul Tynan

"This is the best horn I have ever played - period. Before I found my Gen X, I was looking for a free-blowing instrument that allowed me to readily achieve the sound I desired. My Gen X did exactly that. Thank you, Edwards, for taking the work out of trumpet playing."

Paul Tynan
Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University