Hi, I played trumpet from age 7 to 11 and loved it. I was a first trumpeter and soloist in the school orchestra and could read music, and play by ear. I gave up trumpet to play guitar. God knows why I didn't do both. I have always regretted giving it up! I am now (in my middle ages) an accomplished guitarist and composer. In my time I have worked as a studio sound engineer and producer - including arranging horn parts... and later ran my own studio. I love music! Really love music and love picking up different instruments and working them out.
I last played an old beat up trumpet that someone left in the studio for a while, back in the 90's. I found it difficult to get back into, but it didn't help that the valves stuck and the instrument was basically a load of s**t! Only one mouthpiece too which probably didn't suit me. I used it on a song of mine that I was recording, with mute and without, several tracks layered up. Not one take of course, lots of drop-ins to get it right, and I remember it hurt. It hurt a lot. Guess I was out of practice! It wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been.
Any way, I have always wanted to get back into trumpet again, actually for many years now. At the moment my desire is as strong as ever. Unfortunately my bank balance isn't as strong as my motivation to reacquaint myself with the trumpet. So I am basically looking for a good instrument at a price I can realistically afford. I know from experience that a good instrument is the key to playing better and learning faster.I think the trumpet I had in back in the 70's was an old, slightly beaten up Bach, with slightly slow, often sticky valves etc.
I can't even afford a beaten up Back now days, so I have been looking on Thomann as they have a great variety and a good reputation. I have purchased lots of stuff from them in the past, and know they are good. Well they have their own brand of brass instruments that are available for all budgets. I reckon if they put their name to it, it's probably not going to be too cr*p, providing it fits within a sensible price range. I really don't like the idea of one of these PTrumpet, plastic jobs. They are, well, plastic, and toys etc....
Sound is important to me. I have often found cheap instruments that sound better than more expensive instruments, but suffer more from mechanical failure etc. It's all swings and roundabouts. I would really like to find something that fits into a low budget, but is player-able and has a good sound. Perhaps something that isn't too studenty. I would love to hear any advice and recommendations!
Thomann have some sound samples for their products. This one is low cost and sounds pretty good (TR 200). I was originally thinking about their TR 620, but it sounds a bit dead. The TR 500 sounds sweeter. However, as far as the recorded sample goes, the TR 200 sounds sweetest, but being the cheapest, I imagine it won't be long before it starts getting valve problems! I had a look on Ebay, but I'm a bit lost with what is good and what isn't, and second hand is always a risk.
Any advice would be really gratefully received. I know these kind of questions probably crop up a lot, but there's my story in a nut shell! The sort of price range of the Thomann's I have linked to is the kind of price I am looking at. I know a bigger budget would be better, but that's all I can reach to at the moment