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Guide to buying a beginner trumpet

Updated on September 24, 2011

Guide to buying a beginner trumpet

The purpose of this lens is to give a quick guide to buying your first trumpet.

I will give you some ideas of some of the good brands to buy without breaking the bank.

The trumpet is a great instrument to play but can be difficult to get started on as the blowing action is quite different from the flute or clarinet and it takes a bit of getting used to.

First and foremost, you will want a trumpet of reasonable quality. Otherwise you will just get frustrated and will probably end up throwing the trumpet at the wall. You will want a trumpet with accurate intonation and tuning, otherwise it will just never sound right.

All the parts should move easily and freely.

The trumpet should also sound nice, and above all else it should feel right in your hands, otherwise what's the point?

The other argument is that you may not want to spend to much as if it is something you don't pursue, your money is down the drain.

Go for a Bb Trumpet

Read below for some ideas....

100 - 200 Euro Budget

There are a few beginner trumpets available in this price range.

If this is your budget I would recommend the Paolo Mark trumpet.

It is a 'Bb' student trumpet.

It has a superb tone and is damn nice to play. It also features an adjustable slide.

It comes with a case and accessories - all for around 100 euro. This really is incredible value and they are great trumpets for the money.

I would recommend these trumpets more than any other trumpets in the 100 - 200 Euro price bracket.

See link below to where you can buy these trumpets:

Trumpet for sale

200 - 500 Euro Budget

You will probably get a slightly better trumpet if you spend a bit more.

The main difference will probably be slightly better materials, a better case but not necessarily a better tone.

I would recomment the Thomann TR-800

It costs 385 Euro at the time of writing.

It is a Bb trumpet and also features an adjustable slide.

It uses monel valves, 2 Amado waterkeys, abalone shell finger buttons, and gold plated valve caps.

This would be a good buy if you have a bit more to spend.

Would you go silver or gold? Personally I like the silver finish.

You can obviously spend a lot more on trumpets and Yamaha or Jupiter are good brands, but I would only recommend spending this type of money if you know for sure that you will stick at it, or possibly you could upgrade after buying a cheaper trumpet first.

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      7 years ago

      @rwarxitsrobb: Hi, If you are looking for a cheap one, you can't go wrong with the Paolo Mark - shipping included you would be looking at around $190

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      7 years ago

      I used to play trumpet, how much would a cheap one be in US Dollar?


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