This Phaeton Pocket Trumpet is the most amazing pocket I own. I have a 1985 Benge and a 2017 Brasspire Dizzy pocket and, together, they can’t outplay this 3000. Everything about this horn is perfect- the valves, the gold brass finish, the case... all perfect. Most impressive, however, is Pete LaPlaca, company executive.
My horn arrived without the bell engraving. I left Pete a message and he responded in just a few minutes. He couldn’t have been nicer. He said he would take care of it, and he certainly did. I would have been happy if the engraving was done and delivered within a few weeks but, it was done — perfectly — and delivered in exactly one week. His customer service is so extraordinary that he emailed me at 9:30pm on Sunday night to say the horn was ready and shipping out the next morning.
He just got it on Saturday! He also sent it back with a gold-plated Las Vegas Showroom mouthpiece, books, tee shirt, you name it – he sent it! I’ve NEVER had such outstanding service. I’ve already ordered a Phaeton Brush Brass PHT-2030 custom trumpet as a result.
Here is an example of ordinary customer service: my new Adams F1 Flugelhorn has had valve problems since I got it and it’s on a waiting list to be repaired sometime this summer. Not much for service, huh?
As soon as the repairs are complete I will be selling it and getting a Phaeton Flugel.
Stick with Phaeton and you’ll never go wrong!
Thanks for everything, Pete!
Lynne Iverson - Myersville, Md.
Just wanted to pop an email in saying how much I've enjoyed the PHTF - 2650 flugel. I've had it for about 7 months now and it has done nothing but played like an elegant and beautiful instrument. I have not been able to find a single horn that can be pushed so hard or played so gently and remain equally as nice to play, nor can I find one that fits into so many roles so comfortably (Small group jazz, big bands, pit work and brass bands.) The horn has been an absolute joy and I have no regrets on buying this horn. It would be nice to see a few more here in Australia though.
Take care and best of wishes,
I cannot believe how well this horn performs... free... easy... outstanding projection.
Review Date: 8/2/2007
Overall, this is a great horn. I just got it the other day and love it. The valves are amazing. The tone is warm but punchy, and also it just feels great to play. The brushed finish has some kind of clear lacquer over it which gives it this indescribable glow, it almost looked like a horn made out of velvet. And for the price, this trumpet is amazing.
Review Date: 10/6/2007
This is Pete the Phaeton Guy… Just wanted to let you know I hope you’re getting a lot more sales from Missouri as I am introducing my Phaeton Black Onyx trumpet to two different colleges and 4 high schools with great positive response!
Not one player who played this horn has not loved it and wanted to know more!! I am giving your web address/ phone number to all the directors I visit. I am doing my level best to get this wonderful horn to everyone I can.
I almost quit playing when my old Bach died and didn't think I could ever get one as good, but I was dead wrong. You and Phaeton have given me back the passion for music and if I only play at Church and with the Patriot Guard Riders, I am playing and doing what I love.
From the bottom of my heart again and tears in my eyes every time I play this horn, thank you… and as always… your friend and biggest fan
Pete Shelton, The Phaeton Guy - Missouri, 2011
Forget all the other horns, this is definitely the best! The pistons are great and responsive. When I grab it and start playing, it takes me to a different world. And really I am not exaggerating!!!!
Review Date: 3/2/2007
I am back in Jamaica now. Melvin and I met on Saturday, and I got a chance to play the horn.
I was amazed...firstly at the quality of the packaging (shipping box with packing peanuts around it).
Then at the case design! You clearly do not mess around on quality in your construction...I loved the tweed exterior and the red velvet lining inside. Then I got to the horn itself. WHAT A BEAUTY!!
I have to admit it was tempting to ask if I could just take the gloss horn... but I stayed strong.
Melvin can tell you, I spent at least 5 minutes just admiring the finish and feel of the instrument...well done to you guys. It is beautiful. I oiled the valves a bit with the included oil (very nice by the way) and then I was stunned again by the quality and feel of the valve action. Finally I played the horn (brought my bach megatone 3c with me – current and favourite mouthpiece).
I own a CG Conn vintage one and a king 2055...I have played a number of other horns, but I don’t think played one as responsive and comfortable as the Phaeton.
Thank you so much (and Melvin) for allowing me the opportunity to play one, and I am now more excited than ever for My Phaeton to be ready.
Omar S.E. Azan
The guys over at Phaeton horns have come up with an unbelievable horn at an unbelievable price! I love the responsiveness, ease of play in every range and dynamic level, and the even tone of the horn.
Since picking up the 2030 model, I've been able to effortlessly play in multiple settings with GREAT success. And to top things off, it's a great looking instrument. From the finishes to the bracing to the overall "floating" design of the fingerhooks, my horn has turned many heads from the studios to the stage.
So if you're looking for a great looking horn, a great playing horn, and an affordably priced horn to take you to the next level, Phaeton has just the right product for you!! As an in-demand recording artist and touring musician, I heavily recommend the Phaeton horns for players of every level and setting!
Melvin Jones - www.melvinjones.net
(Recording Artist, Turnaround Records)
Moorehouse College, Atlanta, GA - December 14, 2010
Pros: Big sound - almost what you would get out of a full-sized trumpet
I have had the opportunity to own five different pocket trumpets. Most were made in China but my Kanstul 905 pocket was built in the USA.
Out of all these pockets, the only one I wish I would have kept was the Phaeton 3030 (silver plated). I enjoyed it even more than the $1700+ Kanstul pocket (at less than half the price). It was a solid, well-made pocket with absolutely GREAT valves. The valve buttons and top/bottom caps were of the heavy style. Furthermore, the buttons were slightly concave. I loved the feel. I even used it on a gig!!
The bell was full-sized coming in at about 4 3/4 inches in diameter. All my mutes fit perfectly. When using my practice mute, it was great to practice with late at night or in a motel room. The case was well made and had room for my practice mute.
Personally, I'd like to get one again sometime in the future!!
Review Date: 1/15/2010
I find it to be my favorite trumpet over my Olds Mendez and Harrelson Bravura. Use it for all my gigs. It has a bright and brilliant sound that comes
out so easy. Perfect for mariachi music. I purchased it on eBay (with the great looking case) based on looks alone about five years ago. Been playing it ever since.
Mr. Al Lopez
July 15, 2016
Yes indeed the horn (Phaeton) arrived last week, thank you.
In short, the horn plays really well. All around great trumpet! In my opinion, from a pro commercial trumpet playing standpoint, the Pl-lT-2070 definitely plays better than a Bach in the sense of the free upper register, slotting and bigger sound. Also, more affordable than the Bach, Schilke and Yamaha! A really great combination of metals and materials, bells, etc...
Warm and rich at soft levels and will definitely sizzle and get really nice brillance and focus.
So sorry I didn’t get back sooner, and I am looking forward to talking to you soon. Thanks so much for your efforts in getting this great horn to me.
Las Vegas Trumpet Artist
February 22, 2012
LIVE PERFORMANCE AUDIENCE COMMENTS
FROM EDDIE ALLEN, NYC PHAETON ARTIST
“The sound is even in every register. Very rich and nice blend with the alto sax- Do they make trombones?"
“Your trumpet looks like it should be in Ferrari commercrals. I love the lines and the look... and it sounds great!"
-A woman in the audience
"I agree, your sound is warmer than I remember. It's interesting your sound was warmer sounding but With an edge,.."
Hi Pete & David:
The horns (PHT-2040 & PHTF-2060) arrived safely on Wednesday and I worked with them on Wednesday night. They live up to every review I have read. I have found that it is like playing on a ladder where every note has its own rung and you have to be very deliberate to play between the pitches but it supports very comfortable glisses.
The shorter valve stems give much faster speed and allows me to play accurately because of the ladder effect. I am much more in control of what I play than I ever was on a Strad and I've played Strad from 1983, no going back though. Now I am back home I started detailed work on the bottom register - long notes and lip slurs and articulation exercises to build that relationship and I find the bottom less broad than the strad but oh so much more focused.
I look forward excitedly to what my union with my horns will bring in 6 months. I am extremely happy I chose Phaeton and I had intended to write you with my comments but you got to me first. Thank you for going all out and providing me with the service that you did to make me this happy. I am also a repair tech and I don't need to polish my valves, I prefer to work these in naturally.
Anthony Woodroffe - September 2012
Editor’s Note: Anthony wanted a matching set of Phaeton Trumpet and Flugelhorn in Black Onyx Gloss finish. Both of which were delivered via
our dealer, Austin Winds of Austin, Texas.