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Posted by on 21 October 2009

:: Jupiter Brass/Woodwind ::

When one of the company directors asked for my input in establishing the Rockshop as a respected supplier of brass and woodwind, I said ‘Sure. What brand are we going to be doing?’

The reply was ‘Jupiter’;

I’ve been playing in and conducting brass bands for 28 years and know that any serious brass and woodwind player will tell you that Jupiter is an entry level product. When I discovered the Jupiter catalogue, my perception and enthusiasm changed instantly. I had no idea that Jupiter made high end professional models from mini trombones to pocket trumpets, from bass clarinets to baritone saxophones and everything in between. I was like a kid in a candy shop.

How good is this product?

Well after having played a few of them, I have to say, it’s excellent.

So why is there a misconception in NZ, that Jupiter equals cheap and entry level products? That’s probably due to the fact that over recent years, only the low end entry level product has been brought into NZ. Now we have a HUGE selection across the board from entry level to professional, all of which of much higher standard than I was previously aware of.

The entry level instruments are as good as anything on the market (features, playability and price) but it's the intermediate and professional models - that really caught my eye.

-For Trumpet (incl piccolo), Trombone, Flugal Horns and Saxophone players, the XO Series is as good as any I have ever seen or played, and I can say I have played most of the top products.

-There is also a professional Artist Series for Saxophone players which is also of a high quality.

-For Flute players, they get spoilt with the DiMedici Series of professional flutes - which are stunning.

-And Clarinet players can choose a fine instrument with either Parisienne or German style keywork.

So who is using Jupiter?

The Jupiter website has an endorsement list on and has names on it like Dirty Dozen (all Jupiter endorsees) and Don Radar who was the lead trumpet player for Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and the Manhatten Transfer. He now resides in Australia and uses Jupiter exclusively.

-Dirty Dozen -
-Don Radar -

The list of Who’s Who playing this product is growing by the week and we are now starting to see that in NZ. One of the best trumpet players this country has ever produced is a Christchurch local called Chris Harris (not the cricketer). Chris has just spent the last ten years playing all over the world on cruise ships and uses a very expensive, handmade Schilke trumpet. He came into the Christchurch store earlier this year and tried the Jupiter range – and within half an hour had purchased a mid range trumpet ($1799) and said it was the nicest trumpet he had ever played. He now also owns a Jupiter Flugal Horn and is in the stages of purchasing a pocket trumpet and a piccolo trumpet.

So how reliable is Jupiter?

Jupiter have been making instruments since 1979, and are now one of the world’s largest producers of brass and woodwind, and is part of the world's second largest instrument company. Now, call me cynical, but I don’t think you’d become that big if your product wasn’t good.

Working under a philosophy to support music education and community since 1930, Jupiter’s parent company, KHS Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. has become one of the largest musical instrument producers in the world today. Incorporating some of the fastest growing brands today, KHS can offer a full line of quality instruments to school music programs and individual players.

As a global company, KHS selects the finest materials available and controls all aspects of manufacturing in their state-of-the-art, company-owned factories, ensuring consistently high quality and reliability. Visit the Jupiter Factory Tour to learn more about the making of woodwind and brass instruments.


So if you are in the market, or know someone who is in the market for a high quality, reliable brass or woodwind instrument - then it's time visit your local Rockshop - or you can email me and we can talk more directly about your requirements. In the meantime you can check out the products we have in stock, here on our website.

Rockshop Jupiter Stock

For the full range of product, go to

Jupiter - Home Page