Post pour Trumpet master Hello everyone, I've written a lot of text, so if youwant to skip th long part talking about me and go directly helping meyou can go at the end of my post where I've summed up my questionsand information (like my budget). I'll start by introducing myself. I'm afrnch 19 years old student (in IT). Because of several reasons(french school program, and awful middle school), I can say that Iknow nothing about music. All I know is the name of some musicinstruments and read notes (slowly) on music sheet. But, I like music and I'm interestedin. Since this summer, I'm thinking (like seriously) about startingto learn playing the trumpet (that's why I'm hear). So, if you are reading this you're nowthinking : « okay, but what is his problem ? » I have several question, and I'm notreally pressed so I hope you could answer to my questions. The first question is really simple :should I start by a student trumpet ? I know that in the USA there is''school band '' and there generally students start with studenttrumpet (I'm french so do not hesitate to correct anything wrong).But, I'm not (and my parents also because I'm still living with them)wealthy. You would probably say : ''But there is plenty ofstudent trumpet which are affordable'' and I'd say : ''You'reright''. So my question is : ''Actually isstudent horn good enought ?'' I precise, because for me this isquite expensive, I would like to keep it for at least 5 or 10 years(and best would be for my life but I think I'm demanding to muchhere...), and I want to know if I buy a student trumpet, will I be''blocked'' in terms of playing by its quality ? (I don't knowabout student horns so please don't be offensed by what I'm saying,I'm just asking question with what I know). After that the question of the brand ofthe trumpet is comming. Before asking on TM, I've made researches (onTM and the internet), so I'm aware that there are as much goodtrumpets as the number of stars in the sky. But for someone whodoesn't know about trumpet this is quite hard to find which are gooddeal and which are trap. Because of shipment reasons I've mainlysearched on ebay. And there were plenty of trumpets. I've noticeseveral which can be good (and in my range price) which are : -Holton T602R -Jupiter JTR-600 Can you give me your opinion on them ?Also, I've heard about the brand ''Valiant'' do you know something about it ? My next question is : ''Shoud Ibuy a trumpet new or used ?'' Buying a new trumpet would be evident :valves are clean and recent, no dent, bell and pipes are unharmed.But, this cost a lot (actually too much for my budget or may be I'mnot good at searching ). So I'd prefer buy a used one, but betweenthose which have ''collision damage'' and those which have theplating (''lacquer''?) damaged and those which have rust marks Idon't know how far I could go by buy a ''damaged'' trumpet. Unfortunatly, I still have questions(please hang on). Are all the mouthpieces compatible with alltrumpet ? For what I know, there are often talk about 3C and 7Cmouthpiece. Should I start with something like that ? My last question (yipee!) :Trumpets are made in different kind of metal : gold, silver andbrass. What are the difference ? So thank you for reading. I'll make aresume of my questions. Also, if there is too much for answering oncedo not hesitate to reply only for one question or redirect me onolder topics (I've tried to use the research feature of this websitebut unfortunatly I can make it work properly...). Resume of my questions : -Should I start with a student horn ? -Are Holton and Jupiter's studenttrumpet good ? Would you advice other brand ? -Should I get a new or a used horn ?If I choose a used one, how can I make the difference between the''okay'' damages and the ''pass this deal'' damage ? -Are the mouthpieces compatible ?Would you recommande a particular type for the beginning ? -What is the difference betweengold,silver and brass trumpet ? Useful extra information : -My budget max is about 220$(without shipment costs) -I'm looking for a horn which couldlast at least 5 or 10 years Thank you for your attention. Bestwishes for this end of year and happy Chrismas. Mordian.