I hope the members of this forum can give me some advice. Neither my wife nor I are musicians, but our twelve-year old son, who has been playing about four years, has been called by one of his teachers “the most naturally talented trumpet player I’ve seen in 25 years.”
We’re at the point of buying him something to replace his beginner’s model (hoping to find something to take him through college, probably), and of course we are at a loss about where to begin, or what all the specifications mean, notwithstanding our research. He tends to be more interested in jazz ensembles than classical, if that matters, and he’s a kid who likes to dance to his own drummer, if you know what I mean.
Any advice would be most appreciated. His current school teacher has not been very helpful in explaining this all to us non-musicians, I’m afraid. So what about bore, reverse lead pipes, valve resistance, traditional vs. lightweight, one- vs. two-piece bells, bell sizes, brass types, finish, etc. should we be thinking of? Should we stretch him with a pro model, or take an intermediate step? What brands would be most appropriate? Is it wise to buy online? What about an older, used model?
Mostly, of course, we’re just interested in finding him the right trumpet while avoiding an expensive mistake. If the answer is “don’t worry so much, we’d like to hear that too!”