where to start

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpet520, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. trumpet520

    trumpet520 Pianissimo User

    Oct 25, 2006
    i dont know what areas to look at in a new trumpet. whats the diffrence between an intermediate and professional model? I just dont know where to start and what prices are reasonable for each trumpet. Im in 10th grade and i plan on playing in college. I would like a good trumpet that would last me a while. I just dont know what the good deals are. any information would be helpful

    thanks in advance
  2. (Trumpet)(2009)

    (Trumpet)(2009) New Friend

    Jan 1, 2007
    This depends on how much you are willing to invest and what qualities you want in a horn. I got my Bach Stradivarius on ebay, at a very decent price too. I didn't really know what or how I should purchase, so we gave my private teacher 1000 dollars and said, "get the best horn you can for that price." He ended up getting an early 80's Straduvarius in very good condition. I was, and am, happy with it. :-)

    If you do happen to do this, it would be best to do this with a teacher that knows you and your abilities well so that he can purchase the right horn for you. Obviously, the teacher must also be qualified and trusted.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2007
  3. Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver Forte User

    Jul 18, 2006
    Casper, WY
    Hi Sam.

    This link ---> http://www.dallasmusic.org/gearhead/

    will take you to Jim Donaldson's "Trumpet Gearhead" site, and one of the early topics is "Which Trumpet Should I Buy."

    Mr. Donaldson does such a great job, I thought you might find it helpful. I did. I followed his advice when I began playing trumpet again and wound up with a beatiful horn for not a lot of money.


    Richard Oliver
  4. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    I second Richard's advice.

    Jim Donaldson gives a good unbiased review of which horns to buy and stay away from.

    Have fun.

  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    trumpet 2009 has great advice. If you don't know very much, get professional help! You can educate yourself to a certain extent, but taking a qualified person with you will drastically reduce the chance of making a mistake!
    If you can afford it, avoid intermediate instruments, they are more of a marketing idea than a real improvement over "student" instruments.

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