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Best Forms Holders 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsMy name is Billy Jacobs. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After considering 48 of the most highly rated forms holders and testing eight of them for more than 23 hours, we’re find the best forms holders of 2018.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on forms holders is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best Forms Holders of 2018

There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. You must have heard that the best forms holders should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one.

I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. Simply review and buy them.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
4 points
5 points
4 points
Size
5 points
4 points
5 points
Performance
5 points
5 points
4 points
Quality
5 points
4 points
4 points
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№1 – Saunders Recycled Aluminum Snapak Form Holder

 
Saunders Recycled Aluminum Snapak Form Holder

Pros
Durable recycled aluminum with a minimum of 60% post-consumer waste
Made in the USA – Memo size – HIPAA Product Solution
Side opening features 3/8 Inch storage compartment and clipboard
Cons
Not found yet.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this forms holders win the first place?

The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Saunders Recycled Aluminum Cruiser Mate Storage Clipboard Form Holder with Dual Tray Storage with Self-Locking Latch. Office Supplies

 
Saunders Recycled Aluminum Cruiser Mate Storage Clipboard  Form Holder with Dual Tray Storage with Self-Locking Latch. Office Supplies

Pros
Material: clipboard by Saunders is manufactured with high-quality recycled aluminum. 60% post-consumer waste aluminum. Ensures a lightweight construction. Provides corrosion resistance. Prevents rusting, if in contact with water. Black colored clipboard provides a finished appearance
Cons
Heavy in weight as compared to others in our lineup.
Exterior build could be improved.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this forms holders come in second place?

I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

№3 – Officemate Recycled Double Storage Clipboard/Forms Holder

 
Officemate  Recycled Double Storage Clipboard/Forms Holder

Pros
Two separate paper compartments
External pen/pencil compartment
Two internal compartments for clips
Cons
The cover is not ideal.
Quality control seems to be an issue.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this forms holders take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
4

4star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

Forms Holders Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy forms holders, right? No!

Quick Tips

If you’re in a hurry, these are the most important things to consider when choosing a new laptop. For a lot more detail, see the sections below.

12.5 to 14-inch  screens offer the best balance between usability and portability. Larger screens are fine if you don’t travel much and smaller models are great for kids.

SSD Storage instead of a hard drive.

8+ hours of battery life is ideal if you plan to take your laptop anywhere at all.

Consider a 2-in-if you want to use your laptop as a tablet. If not, a standard clamshell notebook may be a better choice.

Chromebooks are good for kids. Windows laptops and MacBooks both offer plenty of functionality; which platform you prefer is a matter of personal taste.

Chrome OS

Found on inexpensive “Chromebooks” such as the Lenovo 100S Chromebook, Google’s OS is simple and secure, but limited. The user interface looks a lot like Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around, but the main app you use is the Chrome browser. The downside is that many of the “web apps” you use don’t work particularly well offline. However, that’s changing as a few Chromebooks, including the high-end, Google PixelBook, can now run Android apps.

If you need a device to surf the Web and check email, navigate social networks and chat online, Chromebooks are highly portable and tend to offer good battery life at low prices. They are also extremely popular with schools and parents, because they are hard for kids to infect with malware.

Choose the Right Size

Before you look at specs or pricing, you need to figure out just how portable you need your laptop to be. Laptops are usually categorized by their display sizes:

1to 1inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh 2.to 3.pounds,

1to 1inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability, particularly if you get a laptop that weighs under pounds.

1inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops usually weigh 4.to 6.pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you’re not planning to carry your notebook around often.

1to 1inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day every day, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

Here are the main components to keep an eye on.

CPU: The “brains” of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on performance, but depending on what you want to do, even the least-expensive model may be good enough. Here’s a rundown.

Intel Core i5: If you’re looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get one with an Intel Core iCPU. Models that end in U (ex: Core i5-7200U) are the most common.  Those with the a Y in the name are low power and have worse performance while models with an HQ use more wattage and appear in thicker gaming and workstation systems. Intel’s new 8th Generation, “Kaby Lake Refresh” CPUs have model numbers that begin with (ex: Core i5-8250U) and double the number of cores from two to four, which dramatically improves performance.

Intel Core i7: A step up from Core i5, which Models with numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores, allowing for even faster gaming and productivity. There are also Core iY series chips that have lower power and performance. Keep an eye out for CPUs that have a in the model number (ex: Core i7-8250U) because they are part of Intel’s latest, 8th Generation Core Series, and offer better performance. However, 8th Gen processors are only available in the U series right now.

Intel Core i3: Performance is just a step below Core iand so is the price. If you can possibly step up to a Core i5, we recommend it.

AMD Ryzen Mobile: A new set of chips that are designed to compete with Intel Core iand Core i7. 

AMD A, FX or E Series: Found on low-cost laptops, AMD’s processors — the company calls them APUs rather than CPUs —  provide decent performance for the money that’s good enough for web surfing, media viewing and productivity.

Intel Core m / Core i/ i”Y Series” — Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below regular Core iU series.

Intel Xeon: Extremely powerful and expensive processors for large mobile workstations. If you do professional-grade engineering, 3D modeling or video editing, you might want a Xeon, but you won’t get good battery life or a light laptop. 

Don’t Skimp on Battery Life

If you’re buying large, bulky notebook that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, don’t take the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party results from objective sources, such as our reviews.

Lifting the lid on the helmet debate

One area where there’s absolutely no debate about whether you should or shouldn’t wear a bike helmet is mountain biking. If you are cycling off-road, which is inherently a risky business (that is, after all, partly why we like it so much), then you should be wearing a bike helmet. 

There’s a huge range of kids’ and youth helmets available these days, in every conceivable style and colour

Women’s bike helmets

The Bell Joy Ride collection is the women’s specific range from Bell Helmets

So while there are women’s helmets available, there are no structural or design differences between these and the unisex/men’s helmets available, with the main difference being the colours the helmets come in. 

That said, there are one or two exceptions. Specialized’s women’s helmets include what the brand calls a HairPort, where the construction of the fit system allows room for a ponytail to fit through at the back above the adjustable ratchet. 

Commuter bike helmet

While most helmets will work for a commute, there are some helmets specifically designed for this purpose

Most bike helmets are suitable for commuting, though you can get ones specifically aimed at commuters and urban riders. These range from basic, vented helmets, through to ones that include integrated lights and even stowable waterproof covers. 

Some commuter helmets are styled more like skate lids, with a solid outer layer and few ventilation holes, which has the added benefit of helping to keep the rain off your head if the weather isn’t great. Some come with integrated peaks and removable liners, and others even have integrated lights. 

Road bike helmet

The POC Octal road helmet is designed for optimum air flow while road riding

The focus in the design of road helmets is threefold: to create a helmet that’s lightweight, as aerodynamic as possible, and allows plenty of ventilation to keep the rider’s head cool. Road cycling helmets tend to sit close to the head with many air vents. 

As the price goes up, the weight goes down as a general rule, and the the ventilation becomes more sophisticated with internal channels incorporated to allow air to flow over the rider’s head and vents at the rear.

Some road cycling helmets will include features such as slots or magnetic catches to allow you to rest your sunglasses on them, or removable plastic shells to increase the aerodynamic properties of the helmet. 

Aero road helmet

Aero in this case stands for aerodynamics, and for certain road cyclists or types of race discipline such as time trial, this is an essential feature.

These helmets tend to eschew ventilation in favour of a smoother profile and have been wind-tunnel tested to reduce the amount of drag they produce.

These tend to sit towards the premium end of the cycling helmet market and most road cyclists would tend to have one of these in addition to a regular road cycling helmet.

Trail helmet

Because crashing is pretty much a certainty with mountain biking, trail helmets are designed to provide plenty of protection. Mountain biking is also hard work, so venting is important too.

Trail helmets will often have a thicker shell than premium road cycling helmets, and may sit lower at the back of the head for increased coverage. 

Mountain bike helmets tend to have a peak, constructed from a separate piece of plastic, which sits at the front of the helmet to help keep the sun, dirt and branches out of your face. Some also come with optional mounts for attaching lights for night riding or Go Pro cameras for filming the action. 

Enduro helmet

The Giro Montara, a women’s specific mountain bike/enduro helmet from Giro Helmets

Enduro or all-mountain bike helmets are similar to trail bike helmets, but tend to offer greater coverage with a deeper shell providing more protection around the base of the skull, and a peak that can be raised to allow goggles to be worn. 

The rise of enduro racing, which includes steep and technical descents, has also seen an increase in lightweight full-face helmets such as the Bell Super 2R, with its detachable chin guard, and the MET Parachute. These are lighter weight than downhill full-face helmets, but provide greater protection than just a trail shell on its own.

Kids’ bike helmets

There’s a huge range of kids and youth helmets available these days, in every conceivable style and colour

There are so many kids’ helmets available on the market now, including full-face and skate options, that whatever colour, style or pattern your child likes, there’ll be a safe and certified bike helmet to suit.

Some kids’ helmets even come with MIPS for an added level of protection. 

How to inspect and care for your helmet

Many helmet companies also recommend that you replace your helmet every few years if it’s been worn regularly because the structural integrity of the helmet can degrade over time through wear and tear, damage caused by UV radiation from the sun, and the cumulative effects of little knocks and bumps.

Specialized suggests between three and five years for its helmets, with around three years in Australia to reflect the impact the high UV levels will have on a helmet if it’s worn regularly. 

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Eve is an online only brand that has developed one mattress to fit all, with an ethos of keeping things simple, beautiful and affordable for every budget.

The Eve mattress comprises of three stacked layers: a high density base layer, a breathable cooling layer and a new generation memory foam layer to top it off. What’s different from the standard pure base foam is that Eve use an ultra resilient Reflex base foam that reacts to your movements, making the whole mattress reactive to your needs.

The memory layer is unlike other leading memory-foam mattresses where you get that sinking feeling, quite literally. The high-point elasticity has been developed to provide a responsive, soft cushioning without cocooning the contours of the body.

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Simba Hybrid Mattress

The Simba Hybrid is one of the new breed of mattresses that pops out of a handy-sized box. It’s the way the world of mattress shopping is going, as it’s convenient and super easy – order it today, get it tomorrow and trial it for 100 nights! Once unleashed from its box, the mattress takes 3-hours to fully take shape, ready for a night’s sleep.

Simba Sleep claims its high-tech mattress satisfies the sleep needs of 95% of the population. With odds that high, we asked what makes it so ground breaking? James Cox – CEO and co-founder of Simba Sleep told us, ‘It’s the first dual-spring and memory-foam mattress of its kind in the UK market. Its cutting-edge technology offers the comfort of five layers of memory foam with the support of 2,500 patented conical pocket springs.’

The patented springs make these mattresses unique, moving horizontally and vertically to fit the shape of your body and give you the best sleep. The Simbatex layer provides cool, gentle support, whilst the Visco memory foam moulds expertly to your body shape. It’s like a mattress that’s tailor-made for you.

Hovag Pocket Sprung Mattress

This is Ikea’s best-selling mattress by a mile! There’s no denying its unbelievable value, ideal for those on a budget. Take note first-time buyers and renters! One of the Ideal Home team was so impressed after testing it that they went and bought it. They describe it as the perfect balance between firm support and comfort.

You get support in all the right places thanks to the individually wrapped pocket springs that work independently and closely to follow the contours of your body. It’s designed to be slept on one side only, therefore it doesn’t require turning – although it’s fairly light. This is the best cheap mattress you can get.

Tempur Cloud 2Medium Mattress

The original masters of memory foam, the Tempur design model provides a top comfort layer made of a specially developed ‘extra Soft’ material for a feeling of instant relaxation. This unique fabric was designed to regulate temperature and humidity. Aptly named the cloud, the nature of this mouldable mattress material cocoons your body as it reacts to your body heat, making it ideal for relieving pressure points, such as hips and spine.

Working in perfect harmony with the lower support layers, once you settle your body weight is redistributed reducing pressure while you sleep. In addition to the comfort factor, this mattress also features a removable and washable cover, which is ideal if you are an allergy sufferer.

The Drysdale Pocket Sprung Mattress

This is the best-selling model from UK sleep experts Button & Sprung. Founder Adam Black tells us this is popular due to the unique IQ Spring system and six-layers of all-natural filling – with cotton, that’s strong, breathable and temperature-responsive.

The IQ system is something the Button & Sprung team developed exclusively. It provides an advanced level of comfort by offering ‘progressive support’. In other words, the more you push it the more it pushes back so everyone, regardless of their weight, gets exactly the right amount of support.

Saddles & Rollers

If you frequently drive through storms, two sets of saddles will offer a rock-solid support for your kayak. Saddles offer plenty of great benefits; they are easy to load and unload, they offer only the slightest resistance to wind and they take advantage of the aerodynamics of the kayak to reduce fuel usage.If you are looking for more convenience, you can replace the saddles with a pair of rollers. Rollers allow you to lift almost half the weight of the kayak (the bow) onto the top of your car, then pick up and roll the stern onto the saddle placed on the forward bar so you can securely strap everything.

Rollers are especially recommend for cars with long rooflines such as SUVs as they hold the kayak firmly and securely. But you must be prepared for a little shuffling around on the rollers, especially if you drive in rough weather. You can choose saddles or rollers depending on whether you want your kayak to be more secure when transporting it or if you like the ease and convenience of loading and unloading it at your destination.

Form Factors

Once you know what type of scanner you’ll need, the next big question is what form factor the scanner will be. Most of us are familiar with the basic gun-style and in-counter scanners from retail and grocery stores. There are main form factors for scanners, and each has advantages depending on your application and how you’ll use the scanner.

Handheld

These are by far the most common form that scanners come in and are very easy to operate. Simply aim the scanner at the barcode and pull the trigger. Most models, like the Motorola LS2208, will also offer a stand for hands-free operation. Handheld scanners are also available in cordless form to avoid cable clutter and increase your mobility.

Presentation

Presentation scanners, like the Metrologic MS7580, are designed to sit on a counter-top and don’t need to be picked-up or held. These scanners are made for hands-free scanning and will not require triggering to read. Likewise, instead of a single aimer like handheld scanners, presentation scanners have wide reading areas to reduce the need for aiming. You’ll find these types of scanners at retail check-outs since it is easy to scan many items quickly. Just present the barcode in front of the scanner and it will read it automatically.

Mobile Computer

While they also do more than what basic scanners do, mobile computers provide complete freedom since both the PC and scanner are in a single device. Where other scanners need to be connected to a PC, mobile computers like the Motorola MC75A can move around freely while storing information into their internal memory or communicate via Wi-Fi and Cellular (WAN) networks. Mobile computers are ideal for applications that require true mobility like inventory management and asset tracking.

In-counter

In-counter scanners are similar to presentation scanners in that you just present the barcode in front of the reader – however, these are made to be embedded into a counter-top. You have probably come across these types of scanners at grocery stores and self check-out lines. Units like the Datalogic Magellan 8300, are easy to operate for any user. Many models also have integrated scales to completely serve a POS lane.

Fixed Mount

A fixed scanner is a bit more specialized compared to the other types since it is really meant to be integrated with a larger automated system. These scanners are made to be mounted on a conveyor line or in a kiosk and do not have a typical trigger or button to scan. Often, these scanners will always be on or get triggered by external sensors or controllers. Fixed scanners come in a wide range of speeds, like the Microscan MS-9, to accommodate even very high speed assembly lines without any user intervention.

Ruggedness

Regardless of the environment that you’ll be using your scanner in, ruggedness is always something to consider. Environment is a big factor, though you should also consider how the scanner will be used. You may be in a standard environment but if the scanners are mistreated, a more rugged option will help save time and money down the road.

Most scanners are designed for daily use in an office or retail environment. An accidental drop once in a while will be ok. But if you are using your scanners in a warehouse or outdoor environment, you will want to consider a ruggedized unit like the Motorola LS3408FZ. The differences between a ruggedized and standard model are quite drastic. Rugged units are completely sealed against dust and can handle repeated 6ft drops on concrete. With a rubberized case, they can handle severe mistreatment. Some of them can even be used as a hammer without any problems!

You can always tell a ruggedized scanner by their bright yellow or red cases. They may be more expensive, but the time lost when a scanner breaks and the cost of replacing it quickly balances out the initial extra cost.

Grill Friends Silicone Brush

Silicone brushes are the best thing to happen to barbecue since the charcoal briquet. I long ago relegated my natural and nylon bristle brushes to cleaning computer keyboards. Silicone brushes load up with lots of sauce, deliver it evenly, and are easy to clean and decontaminate. They are dishwasher safe. We have three: One for barbecue, one my wife uses for egg washes and other baking, and one for whatever. There are many brands on the market.   Meathead

There are pros and cons to using a cover.

Pros. They keep rain, snow, wasps, birds, and other vermin out. If you have a shinyt stainless steel rig, it will keep it shinier. An expensive grill under cover will attract fewer thieves.

Cons. They are a bit of a pain because you have to wait til the grill cools and they gather rain when left off. But they can also trap moisture and humidity underneath and actually encourage rust and mold growth. For these reasons I cover only my grills and smokers that can collect water on the inside like my Weber Smokey Mountain, my Hasty Bake, and my pellet smoker (if the pellets ever melt and then dry out, getting your smoker up and running is an all day sucker).

Cheapo covers last only a year or two. A good cover will last five years or more. All the plastic or vinyl ones I’ve tried cracked and fell apart in two to three years. The canvas covers rotted in a few years. The best were canvas laminated or impregnated with polyurethane or PVC.   Meathead

Weber’s Grill Pan Sears and Allows Smoke Through

Another favorite grill topper is the Weber Style Grill Pan, and I was pleased to see the folks at Cooks Illustrated agree. It has plenty of slots for smoke to travel through, and plenty of surface to brown things like salmon cakes.   Meathead

Lodge Logic Pro Cast Iron Griddle Can Put a Gorgeous Sear on Salmon, Steak, or Use It For Pancakes And Eggs

You need a good cast iron griddle. Especially if you like fish, burgers, grilled sandwiches, home fries, or pancakes. Coat the flat side with oil, and you can sear fish so it is golden and crispy on the outside just like that great pan-seared fish you get in restaurants. Throw some dried herbs onto the flame, and you’ll get a whisp of smoke in the meat.

You can even bring it indoors and it will straddle two burners. Use the flat side for pancakes. Flip it over and you get grill marks and conduction cooking from the ridges on steaks, burgers, or asparagus, and the fats and juices drip into the grooves where they vaporize and flavor the meat and cook by radiation.

This is a very handy tool. One word of caution. You may need two. If you use it for fish a lot, the flavor will remain on the surface, even after cleaning, so you won’t be able to use it for pancakes.

I have two of them by Lodge, known for quality cast iron, and I use the ridged sides of both, one on top and one on the bottom, for making paninis. And my spatchcocked (butterflied) Cornish game hens pressed between the flat sides are unbelievably crisp and juicy in only 20 minutes. It is 20″ x 7/16″.   Meathead

Lodge Cast Iron Panini Press Makes World Class Paninis And Grilled Cheese

These flat weights are great for making grilled cheese sandwiches and other paninis, and even bacon. When I make sandwiches I preheat the press on high on the side burner, and then put the sandwich on the grill grates and the hot press on top so I can cook both sides at once. You can use them for keeping bacon from curling up on the grill with these, too. The Lodge model is preseasoned. Although the handle is supposed to provide heat protection, wear a glove.   Meathead

Thermoworks Timestick Is The Best Cook’s Stopwatch And Alarm

I keep a cooking diary. In it I write down vital info about every cook so I can learn what works and what doesn’t. OK. So I’m anal. But being anal got me this gig. The two most important variables to track in any cook are time and temp. So I used to wear a stopwatch around my neck when I cooked. Click when I fire up. Click when it is up to temp. Click when the meat goes on. Click when I add more wood or charcoal. Click when I turn. Click when I sauce. Click when I take it off. But have you seen the new digital stopwatches? They are a real pain with faaaar too many features and bells and whistles. My last one sat in my desk between cooks and beeped every hour and the only way I could make it shut up was with a hammer. True story. Now I use the very sinple user friendly Timestick.

It can count down or up and when a count down alarm sounds, the count up timer starts so you can see how much time has elapsed since your alarm. It’s range is 9hours 9minutes and 9seconds, there is a keypad lock so you don’t accidentally screw things up, there’s a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, it comes in nine colors, it’s splash proof, and it has a magnet on back so I can stick it to my grill, fridge, or oven. Operates between 3and 104°F. Best of all, you won’t need to read the manual. Love it.   Meathead

Knob Where You Need It Makes Grilling Safer And Easier

You’re supposed to turn off the propane tank between cooks to prevent expensive leaks and more expensive explosions. But many grills don’t have easy access to the tanks, and it sure is easy to forget. Knob Where You Need It makes it easy to turn off the gas and easy ti remember. There are no instructions in the box so you need to go to their website. I suggest printing them. Installation is easy for most people (I made a dumb mistake). Please note: You need to drill a 1/2″ hole in your grill. Watch the video below to see the installation process. – Greg Rempe

Lafuma Futura Zero Gravity Chair, Black Steel Frame, Cedre

The famous French recliner by Lafuma. I own two of them, and, man, are they comfortable. Park it next to the cooler, pour a cold one into your stein, set your remote temperature monitor on top of the cooler, and relaxxxxxx. There are cheaper knockoffs, but I haven’t tried them yet.   Meathead

Chimney Cap

Most kamado smokers have an airflow control/chimney at the top that is very good at controlling the oven temp. They have one innate flaw: When it rains, water gets into the cooking chamber! If you have a Big Green Egg, Primo, or Kamado Joe, or any other leaky kamado, here’s the solution. Made from aluminum, it is simple and effective.   Meathead

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

The best way to store food more than a week is in the freezer. Foods lose few nutirents and little quality when frozen. But if they are kept for longer than a few weeks, meats can oxidize, fats can get rancid, and the surface can harden from freezer burn. Especially pork and seafood. Oxygen is the enemy. So I pack food for storage is with a vacuum sealer like the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. You put the food in a plastic bag, insert it into the machine and it sucks out the air and seals the bag. Make sure you mark the date on the bag. It is a great way to store cooked foods too. Put your pulled pork in the bag, add a little sauce and seal. When it is time to serve, place the bag into a pot of simmering water. It reheats rapidly and tastes almost as good as when it came out of the smoker.   Meathead

Grill Grabber

Use a Grill Grabber to lift your hot and dirty grill grates, even if there’s the food still on them. I use mine when I need to add coals, wood, water to water pans, or to rescue food that has dropped through the grates. This may seem like a frivolity, but it is a thoroughly useful tool.   Meathead

OXO Good Grips Tongs

Dishwasher safe stainless steel with OXO’s popular nonslip rubber handles, they are the winner of the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. They are spring loaded and the ends are scalloped for better gripping. There is a loop for hanging and a mechanism that locks them in closed position for storing (which has failed after several years on all three pairs that I have). Regardless, they are still my faves. I just store them with a cardboard toilet paper core over the ends.

The 18″ tongs don’t have the locking mechanism, but they are necessary if you have a deep pit. But be warned, the longer the tongs, the less leverage you have and the harder it is to get a grip. I also recommend their nylon tipped tongs for use on non-stick cookware. 

LamsonSharp Fish Tongs

A jumbo hybrid of tongs and spatulas, this is the proper tool for flipping fish, burgers, and other crumbly foods. Rosewood handle protects you against the heat, and there is a leather loop for hanging. They come with a lifetime warranty. I find them to be indispensable.   Meathead

Stiff Metal Spatula

Spatulae come in slotted and solid, and I recommend the solid with a good insulated sturdy handle. The solid is best for pressing things down on a griddle, like when you are making Diner Burgers on a griddle or in a frying pan. I like the Weber Style 644Professional-Grade Fish Turner.  Meathead

Double Pie Iron

Here’s how to make two perfectly toasted panini style grilled sandwiches at once. Use this old fashioned double pie iron, originally designed for filled pies, for everything from Grilled Cheese to Pulled Pork.

Just butter your sandwich on the outside, open up the hinged mold, insert the sandwiches and put it over the coals, campfire, or gas grill. This Old Mountain cast iron double square pie iron is 1/2″ x 1/4″ and is pre-seasoned and ready to use. The long handle allows you to grill in comfort away from a camp fire.  – Meathead

My wife hasn’t noticed the burn hole yet. It’s pretty substantial. For the life of me I don’t understand why the deck didn’t go up in flames and take the house with it. Must be some sort of flame retardant in the wood. But a hunk of charcoal somehow jumped from my grill and tried to escape before I caught it. But not before it burned a serious hole.  Meathead

Bayou Classic 8.Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Forget the fancy high end pricey Le Cruset French Oven, this is the one you want for cowboy cooking and camping, and it comes in handy around the house. It’s perfect for whole chickens or slow braising in the oven or in the grill.

You can even sit it on top of coals and shovel more coals on top of the flat lid with a raised rim, and you can cook classic chili, baked beans, cornbread, casseroles, and even cobblers. It is 13″ wide x 7″ high, weighs 2pounds and includes a perforated aluminum basket for steaming, frying, or boiling.   Meathead

Kitchen shears

You want good stiff scissors for cutting a chicken apart, for snipping herbs, cutting pizza, butcher string, opening packages, and many other tasks. Get sturdy stainless blades so you can cut through the ribs of chickens. The best models come apart at the hinge so they can go in the dishwasher and you can get them really clean.   Meathead

Garlic press

When a recipe calls for garlic to be crushed, minced, or pressed, I use a garlic press. A good garlic press releases more oils and flavors than mincing with a knife and pressed garlic coats the food more evenly than mincing.

A good garlic press is an important kitchen tool. Get one that is sturdily built, that is easy to grip, that is easy to clean, and has a large hopper to hold big cloves. Avoid non-stick models. I have a well-used Trudeau Garlic Press  Meathead

Digital kitchen scale

I don’t know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. It is so important. Look at salt for example, cup of table salt has almost twice as much salinity as a cup of Morton’s kosher salt because Morton’s kosher salt has more air space between the grains. But a pound of all salts contain exactly the same amount of sodium chloride.

Without a scale, making a brine requires a calculator. Flour and sugar have the same problem. Packed brown sugar or loose brown sugar. Big diff. Ever try to measure a tablespoon of honey? Did you get it all into the bowl or leave a lot of it on the spoon. There are plenty of conversion tables out there that help you convert. My favorite is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display.  It can weight accurately up to 1pounds as well as fractions of an ounce. Push a button and it converts to metric. Put the bowl on the scale and push a button and it zeros out so the bowl’s weight is not included. The top comes off for easy cleaning. It will significantly improve your cooking.   Meathead

Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover 

I first heard about this from a competition cook. To say I was skeptical is an understatement. A spot remover that will remove the grease stains on almost all my shirts is something I considered to be as elusive as unicorns and perpetual motion machines. So I bought a ounce bottle and tried it on one of my t-shirts.

The instructions say that all you need is just a drop. Sure. I used three drops. My shirt came out so clean I could not find where the stain had been originally. So I tried it on a dress shirt, but fearful it would ruin it, I used only one drop. Again, the grease was gone! So I hauled out all my saucy and greasy shirt, 1in all, put Grandma to work, tossed them all into one tub, and before long, I had a new wardrobe. Utterly amazing stuff. And just for the record, I have been doing my own laundry since I went away to college, even through 40 years of marriage. May be a contributing factor to our longevity.

Even my wife is impressed with Grandma. She has used it on some of her finery including her Mom’s table cloth with ancient spaghetti stains, stains that Oxi-Clean, her go to remover, couldn’t handle.

The label says it is good for “oil, grease, paint, makeup, grass, inks, blood, baby formula, tar, spaghetti sauce, coffee, rust, beadine, tumeric, fabric bleed, and pet stains”. The only caveat on the label is to “check garment for colorfastness.”   Meathead

Expensive

Where money is no object, the Z370 Aorus Gaming from Gigabyte quite literally shines. Decked out in RGB lighting galore, it’s the best way to celebrate Intel’s 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors in an ATX tower case. Limited not by power, but instead by the restraints of your other components, it’s also a champ when it comes to overclocking. That’s right, you can expect upwards of 5GHz consistently on this Z370 mobo.

Only RAM slots

You don’t need to break the bank to get your computer off on the right footing. This board from MSI is a great, inexpensive solution. It’s limited in options for future expansions, so it’s ideal for a one-and-done build. Since it’s a gaming motherboard it has support for things like “Mystic Light Sync,” which lets you synchronize all your RGB lighting with a single click.  

Blazing-fast RAM speeds

On-board graphics support  RAM tops out at 32GB 

Small and powerful, this ASRock motherboard is a beast, supporting overclocked memory speeds up to 3,466MHz for CPUs that support it. If that wasn’t enough to get your motor running, it also supports 4K resolutions and full Blu-ray support through its HDMI ports. Yes, ports: it has two, as well as on-board video support.

Best Intel Core X-Series motherboard: ASRock X29Taichi

This one goes up to 11, but more accurately, 4400MHz memory

Rugs On Carpet

Rugs on carpet tend to buckle, creep and wrinkle. While Ultra Premium can be reversed with rubber side up to hold rugs on carpet, the best choice is our No-Muv. No-Muv works especially well under rugs that have furniture on them. The weight of the furniture tends to cause buckling of the rug and No-Muv is designed to resist this weight and keep your rug as flat as possible on carpet.

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Reasons To Use A Pen Over A Printer

A printer is accurate and rigid and helps you make virtual designs of objects you want to create whereas a pen is fluid and free-type which supports freestyle hand-drawings. Printers need a 3D file to give form to something whereas pens enable users to draw any object or structure out of their imagination.

Ways to use a 3D printing pen

There is a lot that you can do with 3D pens. They can be used for artistic and decorative works; and also for minor repair works when combined with 3D printers. The most common applications of 3D printing pens include building mini Eiffel towers, homes, ornaments, pendants, and drawing objects like phones, laptops, and iPhone cases.

Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3

As the name suggests, Scribbler 3D printing pen Vis an advanced version of the popular Scribbler Pen, and it has been in the market for quite some time grabbing the attention of many art lovers worldwide. One of the most striking features of this pen is that it is built with great design and impressive ergonomics which make drawing a lot easy and fun-filled.

Scribbler 3D printing pen Vcomes in multiple colors, but even if you are a beginner, you can save yourself endless hours of research and comparison by using shades of different colors in the same pen. At present, the 3D pen comes in eight attractive colors which include yellow, blue, green, white, red, and purple.

We tried the pen and found out a few things from a user’s perspective. The pen is extremely lightweight and easy to use. We’d say it’s a great choice for kids, teens, and beginners. If you have problems in changing the filament, just skip the process. The pen is designed to easily work without causing any fuss.

Now, find out how you can become an awesome artist by using the Scribbler Pen.

Frankly speaking, Scribbler 3D Pen Vdoesn’t have any major downsides as such. It passed most of our tests with flying colors. But, first-time 3D pen users might struggle a bit because the drawing is different from what you are accustomed to practicing all these years, so you need to learn how to use 3D pen for drawing before you start using them. That apart, the pen is awesome. Fun and learning guaranteed!

Negative

Lix 3D Smart Pen – Extremely lightweight and responsive

Lix shook the 3D world when it launched the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. It’s one of those pens that got appreciation from both fans and critics. Our team was lucky to get one and be able to review this stunning 3D printing pen, which was initially launched through the company’s kickstarter campaign.

So, are you curious to know what our impressions are about this pint-sized 3D pen? Read on and find out the details.

Just like you, we were thinking how this ridiculously small pen would perform, but in the end, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the pen scored in our review tests. We ran multiple tests even using the pen in a quiet environment to see if it was like one of the other noisy pens out there in the market, but it proved to be one that is perfectly suited to be used in quiet places and any environment for that matter. The handle is pretty impressive, and the pen worked well in almost all surfaces that we used.

One of the other noticeable characteristics of the Lix 3D smart pen is the fact that it is works via a USB cable which is different from the other 3D pens that required a power brick for power. That calls for constant plugging, which can be a bit frustrating for some users. If you are like me, then you’ll enjoy using Lix 3D printing pen conveniently without any hassle. The pen remains charged for until it is powered up by the power source. If you wish to charge your Lix 3D smart pen on the go, then a power bank will do the job for you. Super easy, right?

When going through a review, it’s natural that you will want to weigh the pros and cons before purchasing the product. But trust me, despite conducting multiple tests, I couldn’t find any drawback of the Lix 3D printing pen. It looks to be a clear winner and a perfect choice for 3D pen lovers and Lix fans alike. It’s certainly one that is worth buying.

CCbetter Intelligent Pen

Before we get into the details of CCbetter Intelligent Pen, please note that it is also called Joyluxy Intelligent 3D. We’d like to start off saying that this is definitely right up there as one of the most complete 3D pens 201in the market, and we’re excited to review it. When it comes to features and performance, the pen has all the elements that any 3D pen lover would look for in a top notch pen. Let’s review Joyluxy’s

CCbetter Intelligent 3D printing pen in depth.

The pen is packed in a relatively thin box that is only as big as a smartphone box. In the box, there is the regular power brick with the two packed filaments. However, as mentioned earlier, users who prefer new filaments can always purchase them separately.

The makers have included a stand in the kit in which users can put their pens on when not in use. Going by user-friendliness and performance, we would say the pen is easily suitable for beginners and regular users alike. We tried drawing on a range of surfaces, and the pen performed extremely well in all of them. It also includes an OLED which has something like a status indicator to alert the user when the filament gets heated up and is ready for drawing. It’s sure a tough competitor to all the other 3D pens in the market.

Coming to the downside, we didn’t find any noticeable flaw when we started using the pen. However, from a common user’s perspective, we felt that a more detailed user manual would be highly beneficial for beginners and more so for people who are hesitant to go for 3D pens without clear instructions. That apart, we would say that the pen performed very well in several tests.

Taking the pros and cons into account, it still looks like Joyluxy’s CCBetter Intelligent 3D Pen is one of the most impressive pens of its type in the market, and certainly worth putting your money into.

Doodler 3D Printing Pen

I wouldn’t deny that there is a learning curve the user has to go through before using this pen like a pro. Don’t get carried away by the videos you see on YouTube, it’s not that simple. You’ll need a cardboard, paper, or any other surface to draw (and probably a cup of coffee) for a brisk start.

Okay, shifting our focus to the important things, 3Doodler 3D printing pen is amazing for a number of reasons. The first and foremost is that it consists of 50 plastic filaments. Design-wise and feel-wise, the pen is cool. Whether it’s worth the price or not, here is a fair review.

First off, we found that the pen’s name is unique and it is also the world’s first 3D printing pen. When it comes to appearance, it pen looks better than most other 3D pens that we have seen over the days. When drawing, the filaments don’t get clogged – there are 50 of them and replacement is easy.

First off, we found that the pen’s name is unique and it is also the world’s first 3D printing pen. In terms of appearance, it looks better than most other 3D pens that we have seen over the days. While drawing, the filaments don’t get clogged – there are 50 of them and replacement is damn easy.

We tried drawing on multiple surfaces, and the pen worked just fine on all of them. It’s user-friendly. If you are an experienced user, you’ll be at ease when using the pen, and if you are a beginner, then there is a bit of learning curve to go through. However, it’s fun and engaging.

Frankly speaking, there is nothing to complain about with this pen. You might want to do some nitpicking from a critic’s standpoint but again, this pen overcomes the drawbacks that we find in most other 3D Pens.

Coming back to

Glyby Intelligent 3D pens, we would say that kids in your home are going to love this one more than the other 3D pens. It has sufficient features to keep them immersed in a world of joy for a long time. But, if your kids are too young, then make sure to supervise them so that things don’t go wrong.

There is no major drawback about Glyby Intelligent 3D printing pen as such. Since it’s designed for the kids, it does a great job in being a kid’s best 3D friend. Of course, there is a range of other 3D printing pens out there in the market, but most of them are expensive, so Glyby Intelligent 3D printing pen takes the cake when you bring in the budget factor. If you wish to surprise your kids with a perfect birthday present, reward them for scoring high marks in exams, or help them learn some amazing stuff, then this pen should make a great choice.

Additional Features

As we all know, the primary purpose of using a 3D pen is to draw beautiful structures out of creativity. Design, ease of handling, filament conversion, and performance are among the most important things you need to compare among different 3D pens. These are the standard parameters in 3D pens comparison. To go a step further, make sure to look for add-ons like the standby mode and cooling type which can help you differentiate the best from the ordinary. Even bigger LCD screens can come in handy depending on your requirements. Then, there is the new filament jamming alert feature in some pens to let users control things at just the right time. There are also other options like LED and thermal management in smart 3D pens. Let’s take a more elaborate look at some of them.  Type of control

The better the control your 3D pen gives you, the better is its quality. For example, there are pens where there is a temperature control option to melt the plastic filament for better drawing. Even the speed is controllable while drawing. Some pens have a custom feed that help you control the speed and flow of filament while drawing. It is said that adjustable temperature makes drawings more targeted and advanced which was a limitation in the early model 3D pens. Overall, features related to control are only designed to take your 3D drawing experience to a whole new level.  Design

When it comes to design, an ergonomic design is what every user is looking for when buying 3D pens at present. But yeah, models like the Lix haven’t met their expectations in this area yet. Slimmer 3D models are more popular among buyers than bulky 3D pens. The finest pens are super lightweight and pocket-sized and can even be recharged with the USB cable. Design is what determines your handle, and makes you feel good as you draw using your 3D pen. Having a lightweight, easy to grip 3D pen will only help translate your ideas smoothly in the form of 3D objects in the air and on surfaces.  The Filament

What filament type you use also determines the output of your drawing to a large extent. From the way you hold the pen to which grip you should be using, the filament type determines a range of factors. The plastic in the filament is what melts and allows you to draw different objects. Today there are dozens of them out there, so you can always compare and choose the one which best suits your needs. Best of all, filaments are replaceable and so if you are not happy with the one in your 3D pen, you can always buy a better filament separately. Readily replaceable filaments are said to last longer than those that aren’t. Keep in mind that there are four major types of filaments in the market. They are specialty, standard, composite, and flexible.  Brand and manufacturer

Yes, brand name makes a big difference when it comes to buying 3D pens. The world’s first 3D printing pen was introduced by 3Doodler and Scribbler topped it up with a 6-month warranty to encourage new users to try the model out. Lix went the extra mile in terms of innovation. Likewise, every brand has been and is unique in its own way. Before buying a 3D pen, make sure that you compare the top brands and the best range of 3D pen models from each brand. This will help you make a better purchasing decision even if you are a first-time buyer.  Customer Reviews

What the first thing you do before purchasing a product? Check online reviews? Well, hold on a bit. That might not be the only way to find the best 3D printing pen for your need. Each pen has its own reputation in the market and choosing the best all depends on what you want and whether your pen has it all. It’s never a bad idea to browse online reviews, but word of mouth would be much better. If any of your friends or colleagues has bought a 3D pen and is happy to recommend the one to you, then it’s worth buying. Of course, after checking if it fulfills your requirements in terms of design, features, performance, and budget.

Mount Size

There are two main sizes to consider when mounting nibs into holders: the smaller mapping (maru) size and the regular or comic size. Mapping nibs feature a small circular base, around mm in diameter, whereas regular nibs have a curved base that typically fit in nib holders of roughly mm in diameter. Some nib holders can accommodate both sizes, but dedicated nib holders are more commonly used. Japanese and Western mapping nibs are different in size, so keep that in mind when choosing a nib holder for your mapping nib. Crow or hawk quill nibs feature a similar shape to the mapping nib, but may vary in size.

Nib Holder Characteristics

The two main types of nib holders are straight and oblique nib holders.

Straight holders have rubber rings at the tip to hold the nib, while oblique holders feature an extra “appendage” that holds the rubber rings. Oblique holders allow the writer to achieve an otherwise difficult angle that is advantageous in various script styles of calligraphy.

Straight nib holders feature different shapes and diameters across brands. Some are wider in the grip area for a better grip, and a few even include a rubber grip for added comfort. There are longer nib holders that are designed to mimic paintbrushes, while others are curved to fit better in the hand.

Ink and Comic Drawings

Dip pens are regularly used by comic and manga artists to get more line variation and add expression to their drawings. Nibs are easily cleaned and switched out, allowing artists to have a wide variety of tools at their disposal.

Products Used: Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder – Model 25, Zebra Comic Pen Nib – G Model, Kuretake Sumi Calligraphy & Comic Ink

Beginners

Beginning airsofters should pay attention to both price and quality. If you’re just getting started with airsoft it might not be a good idea to start by getting the most expensive guns. Some guns are quite expensive and if you find that airsoft is just not for you then you will probably end up being disappointed with your purchase.

However, you also don’t want to just buy the cheapest thing you can find. Our less expensive guns can be fun toys but we recommend that you get a more solid gun which will shoot harder and give you a good experience without spending a fortune. For beginners we recommend our spring pistols made or our lower priced Electric Rifles. Also, get yourself a speedloader, they are cheap and will save you from the hassle of loading one BB at a time!

Intermediate Players

If you’ve played airsoft a few times, and maybe own a gun or two yourself you’re probably starting to think of getting something a with a little more kick. You will want to look for features such as an FPS rating of 300 or higher and a high capacity magazine. You may also want to get a an extra magazine or two. As far as rifles go you will probably want an AEG and one that has a metal gear box. If you want a pistol we recommend our non blowback green gas pistols. They are relatively inexpensive and shoot hard!

Experienced Players

If you’ve been playing for a while you’ve had enough experience to know what type of gun you’re looking for and what features you need. If you have trouble finding what you need on our site please contact us by clicking here.

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When faced with the task of selecting a new trumpet, you’ll find that there are many factors to consider. And while it’s great to have options, this can make the decision confusing for buyers—even those who have experience with a particular type of trumpet.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right trumpet for your needs. You’ll find explanations of all the different trumpet types and some tips on what to look for in an instrument. You also can get started by browsing the complete collection of trumpets at Musician’s Friend.

Trumpet Basics

Before you select a trumpet to purchase, it is important to understand the key pieces that combine to form a trumpet and produce its unique sound: the bore, the leadpipe, the valves, the bell and the finish.

The bore is the inside diameter of the trumpet’s tubing measured at the second valve slide. Most players use a bore from around.458″ to.460″. Horns with larger bores can be played with more power, but require more effort. They are usually used by advanced or professional musicians. For new, and especially young players, a horn with a small bore is more appropriate because the small bore makes it easier to support a good tone.

Bb Trumpets

Bb trumpets are by far the most common in the trumpet family. With a warm tonal quality that blends nicely with ensembles of all types, the Bb trumpet is widely used across virtually all types of music, from classical to modern pop and jazz.

Bb also is the most common tuning for beginning students, as there is a large body of written music and instructional material available for the Bb instrument.

To make shopping simpler and help you hone in on the trumpet that matches your skill and budget, you can select from student, intermediate, or professional models collections.

Browse the large collection of Bb trumpets at Musician’s Friend.

Student Bb trumpets

Most trumpet manufacturers make a number of models designed specifically for players who are new to the instrument. These beginning-level instruments are constructed to be both affordable and durable, and they often include features that make them easier and more fun for new students to play. For instance, the smaller bore on a beginning trumpet makes it easy to get a full sound from the trumpet without requiring too much effort.

Using a small.45inch bore that makes it easy to get a full sound, the Prelude by Conn-Selmer TR71is a well-constructed instrument that’s great for the beginning player.

You can browse the full selection of Bb student trumpets at Musician’s Friend.

Intermediate Bb trumpets

More advanced students might find beginning-level trumpets to be limiting. As such, trumpet makers design intermediate instruments that incorporate some advanced features to help developing players get a richer sound from their instruments—without the cost required for a full-featured professional model. Musician’s Friend carries a number of these intermediate Bb trumpets within the Bb trumpet selection.

The Yamaha YTR-4335GII features a wide, gold-brass bell that delivers a rich tone and promotes good technique. It’s an excellent choice for developing, intermediate-level players.

Professional Bb Trumpets

Professional-level trumpets are constructed using the finest materials, employing careful craftsmanship, and keeping a seasoned performer’s needs in mind. Trained trumpeters looking for the best in tone and responsiveness will want to look here for masterfully crafted instruments.

Featuring a large.462-inch bore, an interchangeable leadpipe system, and a hand-hammered, one-piece yellow brass bell, the Getzen 300Genesis Custom Series is designed with the seasoned player in mind.

Shop the entire selection of professional quality trumpets at Musician’s Friend.

Bass trumpets

Although the bass trumpet is most commonly played by trombonists, a number of well-known trumpet players have become skilled with the instrument and perform with it regularly. British trumpet player Philip Jones and Dave Matthews band member Rashawn Ross are two examples of such players.

Bass trumpets, which are pitched the same as a trombone, are most commonly tuned to C or Bb. Music for the instrument is written in the treble clef, but sounds one octave (C bass trumpet) or a major ninth (Bb bass trumpet) lower than written.

While the slide trumpet isn’t a common choice for beginning trumpet students, it could be a wise choice for slide trombone players looking to hone their skills on a valved instrument, or for trumpeters interested in expanding their range with a lower-pitched instrument.

Check the bass trumpets selection at Musician’s Friend.

C trumpets

Although it’s not as pervasive as the Bb model, the C trumpet is far from a rarity—in fact, it’s growing in popularity in some circles.

While they occasionally appear in other contexts, C trumpets are becoming quite common in orchestras, where they are used alongside the Bb trumpet. The C model, which is tuned one whole tone higher than the Bb instrument, has a slightly smaller body, which gives it a brighter tone that is popular in orchestral arrangements.

For professional players and advancing students alike, the C trumpet is a strong choice for expanding your skill set.

The Jupiter 1624S XO Professional Series C Trumpet offers lots of customizability for the professional player, featuring interchangeable slides, valve springs, and valve caps. It’s available with either a standard or reverse leadpipe.

E trumpets

Aside from Bb and C—the most common trumpet types—models tuned to higher notes can be found quite readily. These specialized models typically are used in orchestral playing for compositions in which the higher tuning helps improve accuracy and makes fingerings more natural.

The E trumpet is one example of such an instrument. And while it might not get as much use as a Bb, C or even Eb instrument, the E trumpet is a worthy addition to a professional orchestral player’s collection. In many instances, the E tuning is included as part of a combination instrument using changeable bells to offer tunings in several higher keys.

Crafted for the most discriminating trumpeters, the B&S 3117JH Challenger II has hand-hanmmered interchangeable E and Eb bells.

Piccolo trumpets

For trumpeters who play a lot of high-pitched parts—the kind that are common in Bach and a lot of baroque music—the piccolo trumpet is a mainstay.

The piccolo trumpet is tuned to Bb, one octave above the standard Bb trumpet, and almost always comes with an additional leadpipe, which allows the player to tune the instrument down one half-step to A. In addition, most piccolo models include a fourth valve, which extends the instrument’s range down a perfect fourth. Together, these features give the instrument a versatility that make it well worth the investment for intermediate and professional players.

The Getzen 391Custom Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet features nickel-plated brass A and Bb mouthpipes and a 4-inch bell for great projection.

Take a look at the Musician’s Friend collection of piccolo trumpets.

Pocket trumpets

Trumpeters who are often on the go might be happy to know that they have an option for an even more compact instrument than the standard trumpet. Created by winding the tubes extra tight, the pocket trumpet delivers the same range as a standard trumpet in a small frame that’s easy to carry in common luggage.

While this style of trumpet offers great convenience for keeping up a practice routine, it typically is not suitable for a performance, although some jazz musicians have been known to incorporate them in gigs from time to time.

Even though it’s wound into a small package, the Allora MXPT-5801-BK Black Nickel Series Pocket Trumpet is designed to accept your standard trumpet mouthpiece.

Browse the selection of pocket trumpets from Musician’s Friend for specific models.

Slide trumpets

While the slide trumpet isn’t a common choice for beginning trumpet students, it could be a wise choice for slide trombone players looking to hone their skills on a valved instrument or for trumpeters interested in expanding their range with a lower-pitched instrument.

Trumpet players looking to add some variety to their sound and take on a new challenge can find slide trumpets that ditch the valve setup completely. Though not recommended for a beginning trumpeter, the slide trumpet can be a great second instrument for experienced jazz players to expand their sound. The slide trumpet also has some specific applications in baroque and renaissance orchestral pieces.

The Miraphone 6Soprano Trombone / Slide Trumpet eliminates valves in favor of a slide, and it features 4.30” and 4.5” dual bores.

Herald trumpets

In ceremonial playing situations, trumpeters often turn to an instrument model that’s a bit more lavish than the standard. This is where the herald trumpet fits the bill. By tightening the coiling in the instrument’s body, manufacturers are able to elongate the straight tubing so that the bell sits far out in front of the player.

While this isn’t exactly the type of instrument you’d take with you to an orchestral performance or jazz gig, it’s a common sight at parades and processionals.

Beautifully crafted, the Kantsul 9Series Bb Herald Fanfare Trumpet has a.480-inch bore and is outfitted with flag-holder rings.

Browse the Musician’s Friend selection of herald trumpets.

 

 

 

 

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