Welcome to the amazing world of Taylor Trumpets. Above is just a sample of the masterpieces that Taylor creates. These works of art push the envelope of trumpet design and playability. That's right, they aren't just museum pieces. They are playing machines, made with the highest standard of craftsmanship and modern technology.
TAYLOR - Model Info & Options
Phat Boy Flugel
Blue Zeus Cornet
Custom "Taylored" Horns
"My new X-Lite allows me to take entire phrases up the octave all night! It's quite simply the best horn I've ever played." Paul Paetzell, east coast recording artist and lead trumpet of the Easton soul band Joyous
Yellow brass, red brass, copper, or naturally aged copper bell!
Phat Boy Flugelhorn
All Copper Bell! Amazing design!
Heat Colored Bell
Custom "Taylored" Horns
24K Satin Gold Plated
24K Satin Gold Plated
24K Satin Gold Plated
24K Satin Gold Plated
Making the Trumpet World a Better Place
ML 0.460 bore, Silver with Gold trim, reverse leadpipe with innovative bracing for protection. Amazing price!
The Taylor Chicago Model Trumpets sound and feel refreshingly different, full bodied and dark, yet powerful and expressive. The sound speaks to audiences, never tiring or demanding on the ear. The Chicago’s response and stability are unparalleled in conventional trumpet design.
Approach the Chicago with an open mind, and it will reward you with a new playing experience. You may well discover why the Taylor Chicago Models have built up such good reputation over the years as a true players instrument. You could easily get hooked!
5 Chicago Model Trumpets:
Custom The heaviest model. Sheet bracing. Unparalleled massive sound and projection.
Standard The heaviest model without sheet bracing.
VR The lightest
ML (0.460”) "46" Models
Yellow Brass 70/30 copper/zinc ratio. The standard for all trumpets.
Red Brass 90/10 copper/zinc ratio. Darker sound with more projection than yellow brass or even 80/20 red brass.
Silver with Gold Highlights
24K Satin Gold
*No refunds on non-stock items.
TAYLOR - Chicago Custom & Standard
TAYLOR - Chicago Lite
TAYLOR - Chicago X-Lite
The Chicago Custom
This is the big boy of the Chicago range. Massive big, dark sound. Capable of tremendous volume and extreme subtlety as well. Blow it hard and the sound just gets bigger and bigger, never really introducing much cut. It just gets louder and louder. There is no shut off point either. It will just keep increasing in volume till you physically can’t give it any more air.
But it also has a softer side . This is probably the main reason for the Chicago Custom's popularity with soloists. A warmth of sound at lower volumes that other trumpets so rarely possess. The ability to taper off the volume to little more than a whisper without losing control. The way you can change the tonal colors within the same musical phrase. This makes it one of the most expressive and lyrical trumpets you could ever play.
5 1/2" Bell
Sheet bracing for added stability and projection
Weight 4lbs. 3 oz.
The Chicago Standard
The Taylor Chicago Standard possesses most of the attributes of its heavier brother, especially in the softer touch department, but with one main difference. It can and will brighten up a bit on demand. This makes it more adaptable to differing environments. It also makes it a terrific recording instrument.
5 1/2" Bell
Weight 3 lbs. 9 oz.
The Chicago Lite
The lighter of the ‘3 brothers’. This is great allround horn. It can blend in sections, cut when needed, and still has a certain creaminess and body to the sound. It is open and easy to play with just the right amount of feedback to the player, its also comfortable and reliable. If you work mostly in the commercial domain and want one horn to do most of your work then this is about as good as it gets. Its natural tone color is not as dark as the Custom or brighter like the ‘VR’ but it treads the middle ground with extreme confidence.
The Chicago Lite is Taylor's most popular horn among Jazz players. It's extremely fluid and responsive. It has a beautiful medium dark tone that will make you melt when playing ballads. It's versatile enough to play in all settings. It will speak in all registers and really scream with a full-bodied sound when using a lead mouthpiece. If you want a fantastic all-around horn with plenty of body and depth, the Chicago Lite is an excellent choice.
If you need a trumpet to do the B**h, S****ke thing but ‘even more so’, then this is it. It’s a mainstream, non threatening, .460” bore, easy to play, take anywhere anytime trumpet that’s been force fed steroids and taken to the gym. Hey, you could even take this one to a symphony orchestra gig! And it uses the same silky smooth and quiet valve section all the other Chicago models have AND at a great price to.
The Chicago X-Lite
Over the years Taylor has been asked numerous times about making a ‘lead’ horn that blows as openly as the regular Chicago models, opens up in the upper register, with a big strong solid sound, bright but not brittle, not heavy and happy with any mouthpiece.
Tall order, but seeing how well the Chicago 46 Lite has been received we thought this was a good step in that direction. So now we have developed it a whole stage further with the X-Lite.
A totally revamped valve casing arrangement with lighter casings, lighter caps and buttons and solid nickel silver upper casings. The actual valves are the same ones used in our other Chicago models for that super smooth and quiet action that is a trademark of all the Taylor instruments.
The internal tapers in the mouthpipe and bell are the same as the Chicago 46 Lite but the material for the bell is lighter for more ‘zing’. The mouthpipe on the regular Chicago models is a solid machined one-piece pipe. On this model we have deliberately introduced some vibration into it. We have made the mouthpipe in very light gauge tube, then suspended it at each end inside a stiff but light nickel outer sleeve. This means it is totally free to vibrate along its entire length as it is not touching the 2nd valve brace, or being damped by your right hand. The result is a trumpet that almost anticipates the note!
The Chicago 46 Lite has introduced more players to the fold who now realize that here at Taylor we also make some extremely versatile trumpets as well. This new model gives the option of going the extra mile. You can now have bright and light, or dark and weighty, or somewhere in between. All with the renowned playability and build quality you’ve come to expect with a Taylor.
The new X-Lite is a .460” ML bore trumpet. It’s free blowing enough and doesn’t need the extra size of the Larger bore. We would recommend it be finished either Raw brass or Silver Plated (or Gold if you feel the need) to allow it to ‘breathe’. So, how much lighter is the X-Lite? Read the list below to see just by how much.
Chicago 46 Standard 3 lbs 13 ounces (1.75 kilo)
Chicago 46 Lite 3 lbs 3 ounces (1.45 kilo)
Chicago 46 X-lite 2 lbs 10 ounces (1.2 kilo)
5 1/2" Bell
Weight 3 lbs. 3 oz.
The Chicago VR
We have been asked for years to make this trumpet. At last, the wait is over, its here. Whats so special about the ‘VR’? It's an all-around, use anywhere, in any situation trumpet. It's not too heavy. Its superbly balanced and very focused. It's free-blowing, easy to play with no vices. It's got plenty of power, it can be subtle, it can cut and it can blend in a section. It's an ML (.460”) Bore, so it’ll feel familiar to most players very quickly. It's finished in Silver Plate with gold trimmings for a classy up market look. It's got the same fast, quiet, silky valve section as all the other Chicago models.
Its got bags of ‘Character’, that essence sadly missing from many modern trumpets.
AND, its ONLY $3250 in the USA.
So, how can we do it at that price?
Firstly, this is a no options instrument. We make one version. This keeps manufacture time down. Secondly, we make them in small batches, rather than individually. This makes best use of build times. We reflect that saving by offering you an excellent value instrument.
Anything new and radical about this Taylor Chicago ‘VR’ trumpet?
Well, yes. This horn was developed to use a reversed leadpipe. The apparent advantages are well documented. However the flaw in the concept is that it can leave this area of the trumpet structurally weak. The trumpet is less rigid around the top leg of the tuning slide area and prone to damage easily.
The Taylor Chicago ‘VR’ fixes this by careful engineering. It uses the inherent strength of the one-piece machined leadpipe, strategically positioned bracing and a strong high temperature solder joint at the vulnerable point. The result is a reverse leadpipe that is as strong as most non-reversed systems.
Will I have to use the Taylor Mouthpiece?
Not if you don’t want to. Use whatever you feel most comfortable with. The Taylor mouthpiece has a little more mass and its backbore is a match to the trumpet, but due to the lighter weight and thinner receiver section of this trumpet it will still give excellent results with most regular mouthpieces.
Why aren’t the other Taylor Chicago Models like this one?
Because the other Chicago models, which are mostly bigger and heavier than this particular model, are designed to play a certain way. Usually with a darker tone and a wider power band, more a soloist instrument than a general-purpose horn. These trumpets take longer to make which is reflected in the higher price.
The big brothers to the ‘VR’ also use a bigger, heavier bell and a wider flare end. This alters the projection and dispersion characteristics. This is great in a more intimate, personal setting, but not always so comfortable to use in a section. The Taylor Chicago ‘VR’ is designed to have just the right amount of sizzle to be used comfortably in all mainstream environments, big band, soul band, school band, salsa band, and even the symphony orchestra!
That about covers most of it. So now you have a choice.
A Taylor that’ll do everything your B**h, Y***ha or S****ke will do, and more. And all that at such a competitive price.
Since its introduction this flugelhorn has caused quite a stir within the business. It has gained an enviable reputation as being probably the best ‘players' flugelhorn on the market today. One thing is for sure; this flugelhorn will leave a lasting impression.
Photos show standard Taylor Flugelhorns with red brass or optional copper bell.
The Taylor Flugelhorn was developed in conjunction with flugelhorn specialist Eddie Severn. The aim was to recreate the sound of the old French classics. It had to have that sound and be as reliable as possible. It has the very best modern valve block, with stainless steel pistons for dependability. The bore size is small, like the old French instruments.
Most modern flugels have a bell with a large throat area. This provides reasonable volume and projection. The big drawback to this, is that it makes the flugel sound more like a trombone. If that is the sound you want, fine. The main difference in the Taylor Flugelhorn is the smaller bell dimensions. This gives a sweeter, more subtle, 'airier' sound.
A smaller horn is easier to play because you don't need so much air to fill it. The tone comes together; the amount of 'air' you let into the sound becomes more controllable. It's less tiring to play, and the biggest bonus of all is improved intonation. If you are serious about the flugelhorn, and want more than 'a big fat trumpet on steroids', why not give the Taylor Flugelhorn a try?
Photo shows a special order Custom Shop Flugelhorn made for Jazz musician Byron Wallen. It features a heavyweight naturally aged copper bell and branch for that gorgeous colour. The standard bell is either red or yellow brass.
Taylor Phat Boy Flugelhorn
The fabulous all new Taylor ‘Phat Boy’ Flugel. New Phatter bell taper. New sublime sexy shape. Heavy gauge all copper bell and branch. In all this adds up to an extremely sensuous sounding horn. You don’t have to believe the sales pitch. Let the reviews speak for themselves. Two examples were used for test reviews to ‘Brass Herald’ magazine. These are the full reviews (not the abridged versions that were published). Read these and see if you are ready for the Taylor ‘Phat Boy’ Flugelhorn.’
Taylor ‘Phat Boy’ Review
by Davie Howes.
Not so long ago I was earning a living playing my trumpet in the four corners of the world, but never with Maynard (trumpet joke!) These days I support the family working as a professional arranger, but the trumpet/flugel remains my first love. I was delighted to be asked to try out the latest offering from Taylor Trumpets.
My first impression of the ‘Phat Boy’ on taking it out of the bag was, what a sexy looking horn. Even the wife said ‘that’s really pretty’. My regular Flugel is a Yamaha, bit old and beat up, so this was going to be an interesting comparison. I used the mouthpiece supplied with it as I guess this was intended to be a match. The Phat Boy lives up to its name, it is a ‘Fat’ sounding horn. It’s almost impossible to get this horn ‘not’ to sound like a flugel. It refuses to ever sound like a trumpet at any volume. It’s a totally different feel from my Yamaha. I found I needed to relax a bit more in the bottom register to get the best from it. This is a radical instrument and as expected it took a while to adjust. Once I got the feel for it though I began warming to it. Copper horns do have a slightly woolly response and the Phat Boy is no exception, but the trade off is a distinct richness in the sound quality. The left hand position is no different from a regular flugel, though I imagine some people might find the right hand position takes a little getting used to. I have long fingers, so to me it was not uncomfortable. I found I had no real problems with the intonation, often a worry with flugel horns. It pays to take the time to get used to any flugel, but I would give this one the thumbs up.
I made some test recordings alongside my Yamaha, same piece, same mic, same flat eq settings. From this it was apparent that the Phat Boy likes the microphone. The tone on a flat/dry setting was great ‘straight out of the bag’. This saves a lot of time in the recording process and must make the live engineers job so much easier.
Taylor Instruments are expensive but they are hand made and of exceptional build quality, great valves and they are certainly good looking horns. Only someone ready to shell out this amount of cash can decide if its really worth the money. If I didn’t have to feed the kids I would give it serious consideration. Joking aside, it is a very nice piece of kit. And I did sell my soul to buy a Taylor Chicago Trumpet 3 years ago.
TAYLOR ‘PHAT BOY’
FLUGELHORN REVIEW (Bryan Corbett)
Upon opening the package that contained the instrument for review, the first thing that hits you when you see the new Taylor flugel is ‘wow’, what a horny looking horn!' The bright orange bell section sparkling, then wrapping the bell section into a golden mat like orange, with a beautifully unique curved bow. The flugel oozes quality in both looks and build. You realise from the minute you pick it up that you are holding a piece of top quality engineering.
To me the real test is what is produced when blown. If you see my own horns then you would realise that I don’t go for the pretty shinny finish. Blowing on an equivalent to a 1 1/2C flugel mouthpiece and just focusing on a few long notes, the immediate sound quality of the instrument comes across. Every note seems in tune to my ears, no real adjustment in blowing needed to produce low ‘D’ or liping in on middle ‘D&E’ notes. The 3rd valve trigger is largely unemployed.
The notes seem to centre easily and the horn blows freely. It really gives you the confidence of striking a beautiful clean, centred note each time. Still in your mind is the feeling you are holding something a bit unique and special. The different shape of this flugel gives a slightly unfamiliar feel to that of a conventional flugel. The weight seems about average, (no problem for those of you who have a problem with the weight of Taylor’s heavyweight trumpets). The fast, precise stainless steel valves move beautifully and confidently as you glide up a down the instrument. You are not only aware of the ease of blowing, but also the warm, mat like sound that you are producing.
The horn speaks magnificently. The warmth and fat richness in the sound is very noticeable, (to me how a flugel should sound), and at low volume produces an essence of air in the velvet sound. You always feel that the ‘Phat Boy’ will take whatever you can give it, even when you try and give the sound a real ‘wrasp’, the instrument consumes the air-flow to produce a large, rich fat sound. For the jazzer the instrument not only offers its sound, it’s slightly different feel is brought into your playing, creating different line blowing and textures. It all feels fresh and you are still aware that you are holding a unique hand built horn. The only real problem I encountered with the ‘Phat Boy’ was the positioning of the right hand thumb. It cannot wrap around the valve block like on a more conventional instrument due to the shaping of the bell flare. However, after a couple of days with the horn my thumb found its own position and holding it didn’t present a problem.
For me, the Taylor ‘Phat Boy’ gives you a high end flugel horn of quality manufacture, and where it stands out from the crowd is it gives you something personal, something slightly different and unique. If you’re in the hunt for a new flugelhorn give it go. It will stick in your memory for sure!