How to Select a Good Trumpet

An article I found at and just wanted to share it with you all. Let me know what you think about this. What are you playing on?

Start off with any old thing. This may sound absurd to many people; after all, isn’t a good trumpet essential to having a good sound? Yes, it is. However, if you don’t know if you’re going to stick with trumpet for long or not, start off with a very basic instrument, preferably made of brass with a laquer finish. Silver plating is much too expensive for a beginning instrument.

Decide if you’re ready for a new trumpet. If you have been playing for more than a year or two on the same horn, yes, you may be ready for a new trumpet, especially if your instrument is a basic or student trumpet. If it’s only been a little while, and there is very little need for you to purchase a new trumpet, hold off for a little while.

Determine what level of trumpet to buy. An intermediate trumpet will usually have more resistance in the upper register, to prevent the player from over-blowing, and ruining his/her chops. A professional instrument, depending on the model, will have little to no resistance, but will cost you a good bit more.

Check your budget. Trumpets are expensive- the most expensive ones can easily run into five digits. Most step-up trumpets, though, are around one or two thousand dollars. That it still a lot of money, though- are you sure that you can afford a new trumpet? If you can’t afford the two thousand, but desperately need another trumpet, try looking for a used horn for sale. Many trumpet players, upon buying a new horn, no longer want or need their old one, and will sell it for a large discount with very minor wear.

Do research. Learn about what particular types of trumpet are considered better by the trumpet-playing community. Many Kings, for example, are considered next to useless, although they may catch your eye for having large designs of roses etched into the bell. The Bach Stradivarius, meanwhile, looks rather bland, but is considered a very good quality for its cost. (A bit over two thousand in most cases.)

Test trumpets. Go to the local music store, and not-so-local ones, and test all the trumpets they have. You don’t want to make a bad decision, so give yourself as many options as possible. Test as many trumpets as possible. You should be able to test trumpets before you buy them at your local credible music shop. If you’re not allowed to, don’t give them your business. You might want to get a reliable worker at the store to help you out. Decide which horn has the least pressure and resistance when you play in the upper register.


  • If you bought a brass trumpet, you should give it a bath once a month.
  • Talk to a qualified professional about polishing your silver trumpet.
  • Always keep your valves oiled and slides greased; it’s extremely difficult to get rid of months of neglect on an instruments valves.
  • Try to “flush” your trumpet out at least once a month. TO do this, take out all of the slides and valves. Next, run warm water and soap through your trumpet. Make sure all of the soap is out of the trumpet. Dry the outside of the trumpet with a soft rag, and allow the inside to air dry. This process gets the trumpet clean, and gives it a nicer sound.

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