JP251SW Trumpet Bb Smith-Watkins Designed

$1,699.00$1,899.00 NZD inc. GST

Fantastic Smith-Watkins, John Packer collaboration trumpet, recommended by numerous professionals.

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The JP251SW Trumpet Bb represents the perfect balance of high performance at an attractive price and has achieved a wide reputation across the UK and abroad for the value that it offers musicians. Used both in schools and on stage in professional shows (Seal 2009/10 European Tour & Jools Holand’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra), the JP251SW’s versatility enables players at all levels access to a high performing instrument.John Packer Ltd have worked closely with internationally renowned trumpet designers and manufacturers Smith Watkins and have worked personally with Dr Richard Smith to ensure that the JP251SW benefits from the prestige of Smith Watkins’ instruments. An exclusive and specially designed Smith Watkins leadpipe was created for the JP251SW driving excellent articulation and sound projection. The JP251SW Trumpet Bb also features adjustable 1st and 3rd valve slides, monel valves and is constructed from high grade 80:20 brass enabling the instrument to achieve a highly attractive tone.

The JP251SW is supplied with a JP601 mouthpiece and lightweight case. The case includes YKK zips throughout and has comfortable backpack and shoulder straps and a large storage pocket on the outside of the case. The pocket is large enough to store A4 sheet music and small accessories.

Manufactured to a high quality standard as is expected with all JP Instruments, The JP251SW Trumpet Bb is guaranteed for 12 months against faulty manufacturing or materials and is fully tested prior to sale.


  • ML bore (.459) – For versatility
  • High grade (80:20) brass (except ‘R (SW)’ models) – For enhanced durability and resonance
  • One piece bell – Professional feature giving excellent resonance
  • Smith Watkins designed leadpipe – Professional feature giving excellent resistance and articulation
  • Adjustable 1st & 3rd valve slides – For greater comfort
  • Adjustable finger ring on 3rd valve slide – For greater comfort
  • 2 water keys – Easy to remove water quickly and stop blockages
  • High tolerance monel valves – For reliability and smooth playing action
  • Bell ring – To add structural strength and tonal focus
  • ‘Abalone’ pearls – To enhance appearance
  • Available in finishes: lacquer, silverplate
  • Supplied with JP601 Mouthpiece, Lightweight case, Ultra-Pure maintenance kit


Jazzwise Magazine September 2014: Packers – JP251SW Trumpet
“As we have come to expect from the Packer stable, the 251SW is well crafted, solidly built and beautifully finished. The ‘one piece’ rose brass bell comes with a standard flare and bell ring, there are Monel valves and a specially designed leadpipe by Smith-Watkins specifically developed to maximise the performance of this particular horn. Fitting the supplied 5C mouthpiece, the 251SW is free blowing and those Monel valves are super smooth – it’s a breeze from the top right down to the bottom F sharp. And that purpose built leadpipe really does help. . . there’s an amazing degree of freedom, allowing the player to shape their sound, bend notes etc . . . Easily driven, the 251SW offers plenty of power and has a good dynamic range. The sound is bright, with a lot of depth and body and there is a lovely sweet, warm tonality – further accentuated when we fitted our own 3C. Shipped in a semi-rigid case that is a C21st update on the original rectangular model, it has a shaped styrofoam plush lined interior, a 3/4 zip, a full face zippered pouch pocket, a back harness stashed behind a velcroed storage flap and two top mounted ‘D’ rings carrying a shoulder strap. Oh yes – and we particularly liked the two shaped, rubber grab handles to the top and end panels. There’s really nothing that we didn’t like about this horn, and with a normal selling price of just £454, it’s easy to see why this little beauty is deservedly top of its class.

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Lacquer, Silver


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