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:: Guide Index » Brass » Trumpets

Trumpet Buyer's Guide

Trumpet Buyer's Guide

Trumpet Breakdown

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Anatomy of a trumpet

The trumpet is the highest voice in the brass family. Within the trumpet family there's the cornet, flugelhorn and several specialty instruments such as "C" trumpets and piccolo trumpets (mainly used in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles). For students, the most common is the Bb (B-flat) trumpet. This is the horn that is most commonly used for jazz, concert and marching bands.

 

Trumpet Categories

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Bach 180S37 Stradivarius Series Bb Trumpet

Student Trumpets:
These trumpets are machine made and built for economy and durability. They play well, but don't have all the high-end features and craftsmanship found on intermediate and professional models. Most student horns are made with a two-piece bell as opposed to a one-piece. While this affects sound and projection, it also makes for a more affordable instrument. A student horn should fit the bill for most players for the first 2 to 3 years. Teacher-Recommended Student Trumpets


Intermediate Trumpets:
After two to three years, a player should consider moving up to an intermediate level trumpet. There are two different types of intermediate horns:

  • Student horns with added features such as 1st valve slide/thumb hook, deluxe cases, silver plating and adjustable 3rd valve slide stops. These features improve durability and tuning.
  • Intermediate trumpets based on comparable professional horns built with less expensive manufacturing techniques that affect resonance, looks and intonation.
Recommended Intermediate Trumpets

Professional Trumpets:
These are high-end instruments made with the finest materials and craftsmanship. Features such as one-piece bell, stainless steel pistons and heavy or lightweight versions are features usually found on professional horns. A professional trumpet is worth the investment for a long-term player of any age. Recommended Professional Trumpets


Trumpet Accessories

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There are certain accessories you will need to clean and maintain your trumpet. Valve oil, mouthpiece brush and a cleaning snake are a few of the items that you will need right from the start to keep your instrument in good working order.

 

Valves

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The player pushes down on the valves or "valve piston" to sound different notes. They are the main moving parts of a trumpet. The ease and accuracy with which the valves operate plays a major role in the quality of the horn. The valves on a student instrument are usually nickel-plated. They are hard, durable and tolerant of infrequent cleaning. They are made with slightly looser tolerances so they should always move freely as long as they are regularly cleaned and oiled. Many intermediate horns feature valves made from Monel®. Monel is an alloy that is softer than nickel plate. It's very resistant to corrosion and it "wears in" for a very comfortable feel. Professional horns are usually made with either Monel valves or stainless steel.


The goal is to have valves play quickly and smoothly. This is the result of valves having been properly "lapped" (polished and honed for a smooth, close fit). Intermediate horns often have hand-lapped valves, which is manually performed by an expert to assure perfect function.

 

Finish

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All trumpets are made of brass, but most are commonly available with a lacquer or silver-plated finish. There are three main type of finish for brass instruments:

Lacquer:
A lacquer finish is sprayed on and then baked in an oven to cure it. A coat of lacquer slightly darkens the sound. All levels of trumpets are available in lacquer finish.


Silver-plating:
This finish is applied by electroplating. It's more durable than lacquer and slightly brightens the sound.


Gold Plating:
This finish slightly darkens the sound and is found on professional instruments only.

Buy Your Trumpet with Confidence from The Woodwind & Brasswind

In choosing an trumpet, you need to consider your musician's age and skill level, and the kind of use (school band, marching band, orchestra, etc.) to which they will put their instrument. If for school, consulting with the band teacher is a good idea.


Whatever trumpet you select, The Woodwind & Brasswind's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee means you have 45 days to be sure it's right for you. If it's not, just return it for a full refund.* And neither do you need to worry about paying too much. Our 45-Day Lowest Price Guarantee means that if you find the same clarinet advertised for less elsewhere, we'll make up the difference. When you buy a clarinet from The Woodwind & Brasswind, you can buy with complete confidence.

*All returned woodwind and brass instruments are assessed a $10.00 sterilization fee. Instruments priced over $3,000.00 are assessed a $20.00 fee. All mouthpieces are assessed a $4.00 fee.

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