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How to Buy a Beginner Trumpet
Trumpets have a bright, clear sound, and fewer mechanical parts than most other instruments and are typically quite durable, making them a solid choice for a beginner musician. Whether you're embarking on a new hobby or looking for an instrument for your child, it is important to know how to buy a beginner trumpet to so you'll find the one to best suit your needs.
Decide on a budget.
- New beginner trumpets (sometimes also called student trumpets) can retail for 0 or more. If you are on a tight budget, consider purchasing a used horn. Many music stores offer used trumpets and can assist you in choosing the right fit for you or your child. Trumpets are often available through private sellers, but when you buy a used horn from a music store, all the repairs to the trumpet's valves, pads and slides will usually have been done before the horn was put up for sale.
Understand what to look for when picking out the beginner trumpet.
- There is a big difference between beginner, intermediate and professional trumpets. While beginner trumpets play well, they are of lesser craftsmanship and have fewer features than intermediate or professional horns. Many student trumpets have a two-piece rather than a one-piece bell, which does affect sound quality. Be sure to specify that you want a beginner trumpet.
Check the slides and valves.
- The valves and slides on a beginner trumpet should have a looser tolerance than intermediate and pro models. Be sure the parts of the beginner trumpet you are considering move freely. Push the valves down quickly and be sure they spring back up quickly and easily.
Get a feel for the trumpet.
- Although it may be convenient and sometimes even less expensive to buy your trumpet online, it is best to go to a shop where you can actually look at and handle the horns. Different brands of trumpets have slightly different weights, so they will each feel different in your hands. Try out several before you make your decision.
Ask about a warranty on the trumpets you are considering.
- Whether the trumpet you decide to buy is new or used, inquire about a warranty. Make sure the terms are spelled out clearly. It should include a time frame for returns or exchanges. It should also outline exactly what repairs will be made to the trumpet and for what period of time before charges would be incurred.
Check for leaks, dents or corrosion.
- If there are pink or red spots on the horn, this is a sign of internal corrosion. New horns should not have any dents or scratches; dents or dings can affect not only the operation of the horn, but also the sound. Feel the felts on the valves and the corks on the water keys to make sure they are present, that they look to be in good condition and do not need to be replaced.
Choose a mouthpiece.
- A C-cup mouthpiece, which has a small rim, is the typical choice for a beginner. As you or your child become more skilled, you may consider moving up to a 5C or 1C mouthpiece.
Check the horn's compression.
- Be sure all the trumpet's valves and slides are in place, then push down and release all the valves. Then pull out the slides one at a time and listen for a pronounced pop. If you don't hear one, the horn has an air leak and thus shouldn't be the one you buy.
QuestionAre pocket trumpets any good in comparison to normal trumpets?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPocket trumpets are similar to a trumpet as in they are played the same way. However, if you are going for the feel of an actual trumpet, get an actual trumpet. A pocket trumpet is much smaller.Thanks!
QuestionWhere can I get a good trumpet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGo to your local music store and talk to the staff. They will point you in the right direction.Thanks!
- There are many no-name or very inexpensive trumpets available in big box stores, but these are usually not the right choice, particularly for someone who is planning to join a band or orchestra. The most reputable manufacturers of beginner trumpets include Yamaha, Bundy, Jupiter, Eastman or Bach.
- If you or your child decides to stick with the trumpet, consider upgrading to a more expensive, better quality horn after the first two or three years use of the beginner horn.
- With the trumpet, there are essential accessories. These include valve oil, a mouthpiece brush, and a cleaning snake. Be sure to purchase these at the time you purchase your trumpet so you can keep your instrument in good working order.
- Do not dismiss the possibility of a nice vintage horn. Some cheap, dependable, and easy to find horns include the Olds Ambassador, Conn Director, Browser "Made in Egypt", York, and many more.
- Never buy an instrument of any kind off of sites such as Amazon or E-bay unless you know the seller personally or you have contacted the seller and know more about the instrument. Even better, see the instrument for yourself if possible. Know that even if the advertisement looks good or sounds reliable, it could still be a scam and a waste of money.
- Never buy an instrument that costs lower than 0.
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