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Van Laar B3 - Gorgeous Honey Lacquer!


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Brand: Van Laar

Model: B3

Condition: Used, Very good 

Year: N/A

Key: Bb

Bore: .461"

Bell Size/Material: 5.3" Yellow brass

Finish: Lacquer

Case: No

Oil: Yamaha Regular

Used Van Laar B3 in lacquer, very good condition. This model is a hybrid consisting of the OIRAM-like 5.3-inch bell and a standard weight body and trim like the B-series. It also has aftermarket Saturn waterkeys on the third and main tuning slides. We gave this older vintage Van Laar a professional cleaning and precision valve alignment, as well as some minor dentwork. It has a beautiful honey-colored lacquer and a huge warm sound that brightens easily when pushed. No case.


One could say that the B3 trumpet possesses the best of both worlds: somewhere between the OIRAM and the more commercial models.
In the high register the B3 has a natural, bright sound and it is easy to attain a good projection and sizzle when playing loudly without losing the expressive and exciting sound in the middle and low registers, not to forget the brilliant sound when playing softly.

  • ML bore: 11.7 mm (0.461″)
  • Standard weight valve casing
  • Reversed leadpipe
  • One-piece hand-hammered bell,
  • Bell material: yellow brass or copper
  • Bell diameter: 135 mm (5.315″)