Intermediate trumpets offer some of the features of a professional trumpet but at a lower price.  At best, they might meet a student’s needs through high school.  I usually recommend that students try to purchase a professional instrument if they are serious about becoming a great player. They just play better and last longer.  A professional instrument will last many years for someone who plays a lot, and they can last a lifetime for someone who doesn’t play as much.   But for many people, the cost of a professional instrument just can’t be justified.  This is the reason for intermediate trumpets.

Most intermediate trumpets are bought silver plated, and often just having a “silver trumpet” is the motivation a students needs to kick-start their practice.  Silver plating does last much longer than lacquer.  Please do not make the mistake of purchasing a colored instrument.  The colored lacquer doesn’t last any longer than regular lacquer, and it usually drives the band director crazy.

The brands I recommend are basically the same brands as the beginner instruments I recommend.   I like the Getzen 590 Capri series, the Kanstul 700 Series, the Yamaha YTR-4335G, the King Silver Flair, and the Bach TR200.  These are all good instruments.

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Getzen 590-S Capri Intermediate Bb Trumpet with Saddle Getzen 590-S Capri Intermediate Bb Trumpet with Saddle

It has such deluxe features as a first slide trigger, adjustable third slide ring, yellow brass bell, nickel inner slides, and a nickel silver mouthpipe. The 590 trumpet is perfect for the serious student looking to take playing to a higher level.


Kanstul 700 Series Bb Trumpet Silver Kanstul 700 Series Bb Trumpet Silver

The KTR700 K-Model Series is the perfect addition to any ensemble. The KTR700 features a .460-inch bore with a 4.8-inch bell designed for excellent response and tone. The KTR700 also features Amado water keys, 1st valve thumb saddle, fixed 3rd valve finger ring with slide stop and Monel valves with metal valve guides.


Yamaha YTR-4335G Series Bb Trumpet YTR-4335GS Silver Yamaha YTR-4335G Series Bb Trumpet YTR-4335GS Silver

Key of Bb. .459″ medium-large bore; 4-7/8″, gold brass, pluzuma welded bell; gold brass mouthpipe; Monel pistons; hand-lapped pistons and slides; pressure-formed tubing; lacquer finish.


King 2055 Silver Flair Series Bb Trumpet 2055S Silver Thumb Saddle King 2055 Silver Flair Series Bb Trumpet 2055S Silver Thumb Saddle

The 2055 Silver Flair offers a .462-inch bore with a responsive 4.9-inch seamless bell for easy projection and control. The Silver Flair also features a 1st valve slide trigger for easy intonation adjustment.


Bach TR200 Series Bb Trumpet T200S Silver Bach TR200 Series Bb Trumpet T200S Silver

Designed with the same precision as the professional series, this intermediate model plays with a more centered sound, and better response than most comparable trumpets.



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