What Trumpet Does Tine Thing Helseth Play?

What Trumpet Does Tine Thing Helseth Play?

Because of my website, I often get asked trumpet questions by email and today, when I opened my mailbox, a reader of my blog wrote “what trumpet does Tine Thing Helseth play?”, he also wants to know if I like Tines trumpet playing and if I have ever met her… 

Well, the second questions are easy to answer, as unfortunately I have not met her in person, no. I will however make sure to attend one of her concerts at some point in my life though, as she is a wonderful musician for sure, and yes, I do like her playing!

When it comes to what trumpet and equipment Tine Thing Helseth plays, I had to do some digging but here’s what I found:

Tine Thing Helseth plays a model 37 Bach Bb trumpet, a Yamaha YTR 9445 CHS C-Trumpet, a Shilke Eb/D Trumpet and a Yamaha custum Bb/A piccolo trumpet as well as a Shagerl piccolo trumpet.

Tine Thing Helseth plays:

  • B-flat trumpet

Bach Stradivarius Model 37

  • C-Trumpet

Yamaha YTR-9445CHS – Chicago

  • Eb/D-Trumpet


  • Piccolo Trumpet

Yamaha Custom Bb/A  and Schagerl

What mouthpiece does Tine Thing Helseth Use?

While we are on the subject I might as well try to answer what kind of mouthpiece Tine uses as I know that trumpet players, around the world, can be real equipment nerds and are passionate about stuff like that…

…and hey, I am somewhat like that myself so I’m not pointing any fingers here =)

Tine Thing plays on a Bach 1 1/4 C mouthpiece for the bigger trumpets and then she uses a Bach 7D for the piccolo playing.


  1. Bach 1 1/4 C (for the bigger trumpets)
  2. Bach 7D (for the smaller, piccolo trumpet playing)

Most of us try new things

I got the info from O.J.´s Trumpet page “player horn combinations” as well as a bit of other online “research”.

Now, keep in mind that most of us change equipment and trumpets several times during our lifetime and I’m sure Tine is no exception to this. This means that the info on this page is not written in stone as she might already be playing on something else.

Also, as I’m sure you already know, many trumpet artists have several Bb-trumpets, C-trumpets and so on…

…and they might perhaps choose between them to best fit the style, feeling and the music project they happen to be working on.

Take a look at this video and listen to Tine’s piccolo trumpet playing, in A.Marcello’s Concerto in C-minor (originally written for for oboe, strings and basso continuo, and then i the key of “D-minor”)

About Tine Thing Helseth

Tine was born in Oslo, Norway in August, 1987. She started playing the trumpet at the age of 7. Between 2002-2009 she studied at the Barratt Due Institute if Music and at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Her teachers have included Heidi Johanessen (Norwegian National Opera Orchestra) and since 2002 Arnulf Naur Nilsen.

Tine signed a contract with EMI Classics in 2011

Thanks for the question

Anyway, that’s the best I could do with this question and this is also perhaps my shortest blog post yet, but that’s alright. It’s nice to write a bit shorter, for a change, as my usual posts are often over 3000 words. =)

While we are on the subject of gear and equipment why not check out my trumpet accessories articles that you can find here.

Thanks for reading, keep practicing and remember to have fun while doing it!

-Robert Slotte-




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