There are many trumpets on the market of questionable quality.  Some of them are impossible to play well.  My first exposure to such an instrument was almost nine years ago.  A very hard-working student came to beginning band the first day with a brand new silver trumpet with a name that I had never heard of.  That should have been the first clue.  After a month or so, I kept trying to get him to get a better tone quality, but as hard as he tried, he just couldn’t make a better sound.  Finally, I asked him if I could play it.  I couldn’t get a decent sound on it either.  I started looking through the horn, and it was assembled so poorly, it couldn’t be played well.   He went on to purchase a decent quality instrument, and his playing just took off.

Unfortunately, horns of that quality are becoming more and more common.  The only thing they are often good for is making table lamps out of them.  Now, I believe every trumpeter should have a trumpet lamp, but not from an instrument you hoped to play.  Low quality horns are often made of inferior materials and poor workmanship.  If the large instrument manufacturers could make a quality beginner instrument for $100.00, they would.

I don’t like to speak poorly of specific instruments, but I will tell you what I recommend.  The lowest level instruments I would recommend would be the Bundy BTR-300, the Blessing BTR-1124, and the Giardinelli 312, but only with the understanding that a higher level horn will be purchased after a year or so.   They are serviceable student instruments, but if you want something that will last a little longer, purchase the Bach TR300, the Besson BE709, the Conn 23B USA Student Trumpet, the Getzen 390 Series, the Conn Director, or the Yamaha 2335C Student Trumpet.  These instruments will last several years and serve you well.

Most beginning band trumpets usually come with a Bach 7c equivalent mouthpiece, but most band directors will recommend a different mouthpiece.  I like the Bach 5c mouthpiece.  Other good ones include the Bach 5b, and the Bach 6c.  Also, a quality valve oil will make the instrument last longer as well.  I recommend a synthetic valve oil such as Hetman valve oil.

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Bundy BTR-300 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer Bundy BTR-300 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

The Bundy BTR-300 Student Bb Trumpet features a .460″ bore with a red brass mouthpipe designed for superior tone production. This trumpet also features sturdy construction with a main tuning slide brace, nickel silver slide receiver tubes to help prevent corrosion, a first-valve thumb saddle, and an adjustable third-valve finger ring for easy intonation adjustment. The BTR-300 trumpet includes a mouthpiece and ABS hardshell case.


Blessing BTR-1124 Bb Trumpet Lacquer Blessing BTR-1124 Bb Trumpet Lacquer

The Blessing BTR-1124 Series Student Bb Trumpet features a .460″ bore designed for easy tone production for the beginning player. It also features Monel valves for smooth action plus a 1st valve thumb saddle for easy intonation adjustment. The Blessing BTR-1124 Series Student Bb Trumpet includes a case and mouthpiece.


Conn 23B USA Series Student Bb Trumpet 23B Lacquer Conn 23B USA Series Student Bb Trumpet 23B Lacquer

The Conn 23B USA Student Bb Trumpet is designed with a rose brass mouthpipe for a quick, focused response and smooth valve action. This trumpet is designed to meet the needs of the beginning player. It has a .462″ bore, 4-7/8″ bell, Monel valves, 1st slide thumb saddle and adjustable 3rd valve finger ring, a Conn 7C mouthpiece. It includes a molded hardshell.About C.G. Conn Brass InstrumentsBrass players the world over know and respect the name C.G. Conn. In recording studios, on the concert hall stage, in private teaching studios, C.G. Conn instruments are there, all across the world. Why? Because of the tremendous response, excellent projection, and superb balance offered by Conn instruments.


Getzen 390 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer Getzen 390 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

The 390 trumpets feature a nickel silver mouthpipe and inside slides to help prevent stuck slides and corrosion. Fast nickel plated valves have a lifetime guarantee.


Conn Director Bb Student Trumpet Regular Lacquer Lacquer Conn Director Bb Student Trumpet Regular Lacquer Lacquer

The 27B features a .459-inch bore combined with a rose brass leadpipe for a centered tone plus a 4.8-inch bell designed for a quick response. The 27B also features nickel-plated valves, a 1st valve thumb saddle and adjustable 3rd valve finger ring.


Yamaha YTR-2335 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer Yamaha YTR-2335 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

The YTR2335 features a laser-fused, plasma welded bell for continuous and even vibrations in all registers. Nickel-plated valves provide quick action and a Gold brass leadpipe aids proper note placement and offers resistance to corrosion.



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