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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