The Difference between an expensive and a cheap trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trmpt_plyr, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. trmpt_plyr

    trmpt_plyr Pianissimo User

    Jun 12, 2009
    What are the differences between pro, expensive models and cheap student models of the trumpet? I myself noticed that the pro models were more musical and all, but are there any other differences?
  2. trumpetup

    trumpetup Piano User

    Jan 12, 2009
    Godley, Texas
    Louder is louder, faster is faster, but better is better. Is is worth it? Yes if you can afford it, and no if you can't. The questian is do you need it. A pro horn has tighter clearances, and better fitted parts. You can order options such as differant bells, and lead pipes to taylor the sound you want. They are made to make the best sound possable. If you have to have that to be successful, and you can afford it then it is worth it.
    Good Luck, Bobby
  3. dhbailey

    dhbailey Piano User

    Jul 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    The quality of the alloys used. The precision which goes into the shaping of the mandrels and the constant monitoring of the condition of the mandrels so that ones which are wearing out are changed (i.e. moved to the student instrument lines) before the precision is gone. The skill of the people assembling the instruments -- especially in the soldering department so that no blobs of solder interrupt the air passageways. The extra care in the finishing department. All of that is part of what makes the expensive trumpets so expensive. Add onto that the time spent in research and development.

    The cheap trumpets don't have nearly as much attention paid to any of those things -- for cheap trumpets it's "get it assembled and shipped as quickly as possible -- we lose on every sale but we make up for it in volume!"

    Much more time is spent making the expensive models -- especially the very expensive hand-made trumpets.
  4. RAK

    RAK Piano User

    Jul 23, 2009
    Kettle Falls, Washington
    The lacquer
    The sound
    The quality
    Most pro trumpets are made custom by hand
    Cheap horns made by machines.
    Type of brass
    Thickness of brass
    The design maybe

    and many more
  5. dhbailey

    dhbailey Piano User

    Jul 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Actually, even cheap horns have a lot of hand work involved -- it's just that the people doing the work aren't paid enough to care and even if they do care, they haven't had the experience and the training to do any better. Many companies will start people out on the student model lines so they can learn the basics and as they improve they're moved onto higher quality instruments.
  6. RAK

    RAK Piano User

    Jul 23, 2009
    Kettle Falls, Washington
    The people only do the small stuff machines cant do. They do the bell and smaller components. Machines do lots of work. I would actually like to travel around the world to see how the different trumpets are made.
  7. operagost

    operagost Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    Spring City, PA, USA
    That's an amusing thought, but of course if they're losing money on the student trumpets selling more won't suddenly cause them to turn a profit (unless Arthur Andersen or the US Congress is doing the books).
  8. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    It's an old adage, but still true, You get what you pay for.
  9. Mamba21500

    Mamba21500 Piano User

    Feb 26, 2009
    Only if you buy what's not too good to be true. If someones selling a Monette on ebay for £100, don't buy it! Because it's not one!

    If you buy sensibly, you get what you pay for.
  10. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

    May 4, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Do you really think that Bach Strads are custom made?

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