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Top 10 Best Trumpet In 2019 Reviews & Buying Guide

Picking out the best trumpet isn’t so easy especially for the beginner. The commonsensical route to go for most people is to get a high end one which will many people will believe will always play well. Sadly, many beginners might not be able to get their hands on the high end ones.

But hey, all’s not lost. There are ways to ensure that you get a moderately affordable trumpet that plays well. Because the truth is that if your trumpet does not sound well, you won’t feel motivated enough to keep learning.

This article will cover all the factors you need to check off when getting a moderately priced trumpet that works. We also have a selection of our finest trumpets currently in the market. Going through this article, we are pretty sure you’ll end up with a trumpet that’s great for you.

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Top 10 Best Trumpet For The Money In 2019 Reviews

NameSkillKeyBoreLeadpipeMouthpieceFinish
Skill
Professional
Key
B flat
Bore
Not specified
Leadpipe
Reverse (Gold brass)
Mouthpiece
16C4-HGP
Finish
Silver plating
Skill
Professional
Key
B flat
Bore
460 inch
Leadpipe
Reverse(Nickel silver)
Mouthpiece
Wood shell
Finish
Silver plating
Skill
Intermediate
Key
B flat
Bore
460 inch
Leadpipe
Not specified
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Not specified
Skill
Professional
Key
B flat
Bore
459 inch
Leadpipe
Reverse (Not specified)
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Silver plating
Skill
Professional
Key
B flat
Bore
459 inch
Leadpipe
Standard Rose Brass Reverse
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Not specified
Skill
Intermediate
Key
B flat
Bore
Not specified
Leadpipe
Rose brass
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Gold lacquer
Skill
Intermediate
Key
B flat
Bore
Not specified
Leadpipe
Not specified
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Not specified
Skill
Intermediate
Key
B flat
Bore
Not specified
Leadpipe
Red brass
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Lacquer
Skill
Professional
Key
B flat
Bore
459 inch
Leadpipe
Not specified
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Not specified
Skill
Student
Key
B flat
Bore
Not specified
Leadpipe
Not specified
Mouthpiece
Not specified
Finish
Lacquer

1 Yamaha YTR-8335RS Xeno Series Bb Trumpet

The Yamaha YTR-8335RS is a highly sought after trumpet when it comes to expert players. There are quite a number of features this trumpet comes with which makes it quite appealing to the professional trumpeter. Of course, it’s pretty pricey but then again, it’s not for everyone.

Again, this is Yamaha after all, so there’s an assurance of quality already. Yamaha has been known to manufacture some of the best instruments in the industry and this one is no different.

Players of the Yamaha YTR-8335RS have praises for this trumpet for a couple of reasons. For one, the trumpet plays super smoothly. Plus, it also boasts a fantastic response which makes it one of the highest rated trumpets in the industry.

The bell comes hand-hammered which ensures that your sound projects nicely. It also ensures that your sound is uniform and well-balanced.

Furthermore, with a pressure-formed round tuning, this trunpet ensures that you get less resistance, smooth air flow, and a superb intonation. This ensures that you get a smooth playing experience, and of course, the reverse lead pipe also contributes to this too.

Altogether, with a heavy mouthpiece as well as other incredible features, this trumpet performs well. We love this instrument and we highly recommend it too.


Yamaha YTR-8335RS Xeno Series Bb Trumpet

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Excellent, smooth intonation.
  • High quality sound.
  • Great dark timbre.
  • Versatile instrument that can work for classical and other performances.
Cons
  • Pretty pricey.
  • A bit heavy.

2 Getzen 900S Eterna Bb Trumpet

The Getzen 900S Eterna Bb Trumpet is another professional instrument. It’s quite pricey too but it will definitely deliver when it comes to performance.

The trumpet does excellently for classical performances especially with its bore size. Plus, we also love the yellow brass bell and horn which work together to give this instrument its great intonation. And for your information, this trumpet comes in the key of B flat.

Another thing we love about this trumpet is its build construction. The mouthpiece is great and it’s also pretty shiny too. Other aspects of this trumpet are also pretty durable which ensures that your investment pays out in the end.

But it’s really great to know that this trumpet still doesn’t come in pretty heavy. It weighs just about 2.5 pounds only. So, it won’t feel too heavy for you to play and practice with for a long time.

Also, to improve playability, this trumpet comes in an ergonomic design which makes it a lot easier to play.

Finally, we love the fact that this trumpet comes with a kit to help move the trumpet around. Plus, the case is also great as it protects your investment. In all, it is a trumpet that will impress any professional player. Plus, it is not as expensive as the Yamaha we just reviewed.


Getzen 900S Eterna Bb Trumpet

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • This is a decent pro level trumpet.
  • High quality build.
  • Nickel silver mouthpiece produces amazing tune.
  • Great horn for classical music.
  • Slides play pretty smooth and fast.
Cons
  • Pretty pricey.
  • Valves tend to stick with rough handling.

3 Allora AATR-125 Series Classic Bb Trumpet

The Allora AATR-125 Series Classic B flat Trumpet is great for the intermediate level player. It’s not so pricey with a sub-$900 price tag. So, it’s within the easy reach of most trumpeters in this category. Moreover, you’re basically getting a professional level trumpet at an intermediate level price.

Now, let’s check out the features here.

Firstly, the bell comes in a medium to large size. Plus, it is tapered which makes it super versatile. This trumpet will work well for both concerts and jazz ensembles and, in fact, anything in between. The .460 inch bore is also pretty nice too helping with the intonation and response of the trumpet.

Now, many customers had many good things to say about this trumpet. So, yes, it has garnered several positive reviews across several etail platforms.

Trumpet tutors for one are quite impressed with the sound of the trumpet as it is clean, clear, and high quality. The trumpet also sounds great for those who intend to use this for marching band as well.

Plus, we also found that many customers found this trumpet quite easy to play. This is great as it encourages learning and motivates practice.

Finally, getting a trumpet like the Allora AATR-125 almost sounds like an impossible dream. It might not be pro level, but it definitely sounds amazing. Plus, it also comes slightly more affordable than other trumpets we’ve seen so far. So, altogether, we are definitely impressed by the Allora AATR-125.


Allora AATR-125 Series Classic Bb Trumpet

Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • Great for the intermediate player.
  • Versatile trumpet that works for concerts, jazz, and marching bands.
  • Easy to play.
Cons
  • Not exactly a professional instrument.

4 Bach LR180S-43 Stradivarius Professional Bb Trumpet

We go again to another highly expensive trumpet for the pros. If you know your way around the industry, you should be familiar with Bach. The brand is a favorite among many professionals and for good reason too. Bach has supplied the industry with some of the best trumpets in the market.

Now, keep in mind that the Bach LR180S-43 is super pricey. So, if you’re a beginner or even an intermediate player, this might be a bit out of your league. But hey, don’t get discouraged. We have other less pricey trumpets if that’s your fear.

Anyway, to this trumpet… Now, the Bach Stradivarius is pretty heavy at about 12 pounds. First of all, this is a testimony to the excellent construction Bach put in here. Everything about this trumpet screams quality, from the materials to the construction itself.

Moore so, in sound and tone, of course we are obsessed with the Bach Stradivarius. The tone is quite open and beautiful. Plus, the sound quality is just out of this world. No one can listen to this trumpet and not be awed.

Furthermore, despite being so heavy, we did find that this trumpet is still quite easy to play. The action is fantastic and coupled with the ergonomic design, this trumpet is a joy to play. In fact, it packs all the motivation you need to keep playing right here.

In all, if you can afford it, we will advise you not to have second thoughts about this instrument. It’s a certain wise investment of your resources that will pay you handsomely in the end.


Bach LR180S-43 Stradivarius Professional Bb Trumpet

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Excellent tone and sound.
  • Incredible action makes it easy to play.
  • Excellent quality construction.
Cons
  • Quite pricey.
  • A bit heavy.

5 Jupiter Professional XO Series BB Trumpet

If you’re looking to make your first upgrade to a professional instrument, then you might want to keep reading this. The Jupiter Professional XO Series Bb Trumpet makes an excellent choice. Of course, being a professional instrument, the price is a bit steep. But then you expected that, right?

Anyway, that said, we find the Jupiter XO Series to be quite an impressive trumpet. Jupiter obviously did a great job crafting this instrument and you can easily ell from the looks. Plus, the brand only selected quality materials here also. So, that tells us a few things…

One, you can depend on the build quality of this trumpet. It might seem crazy at first to spend nearly $3000 on a musical instrument. But your pocket would be super glad you did many years from now when your trumpet is still up and doing,

Next, this trumpet looks and sounds professional. You don’t want to be that guy with the cheap looking trumpet. Plus, cheap looking ultimately means cheap sounding. And this ultimately means that you’ll hate your trumpet soon enough.

Not with the Jupiter Professional XO Series though. Jupiter made sure to deliver on an instrument you’d be proud to love and own.

All the parts of this instrument from the mouthpiece to the leadpipe to the valves are of excellent quality. So, naturally, sound and tone are not problem areas.

Nonetheless, excellent construction also brings its own problems. And that problem presents itself in the weight of the trumpet. This weighs 20 pounds! So, yeah it’s quite heavy which might make playing a bit difficult. Other than that though, there’s no real way to fault this instrument.


Jupiter Professional XO Series BB Trumpet

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Highly responsive and versatile.
  • Great entry-level professional trumpet.
  • Rich tone and sound quality.
Cons
  • A bit heavy.
  • Quite pricey.

6 Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet

We told you we had more affordable trumpets on review for you today. So, here we are to make good our promise. We’re doing that by reviewing the Jean Paul USA TR-330.

This trumpet costs less than $200. So, it’s an excellent trumpet choice for students who might not be able to afford higher priced instruments just yet.

Like we already mentioned, this trumpet is great for the beginner. But it’s even more amazing because you can be sure that this trumpet will last. This means that as time passes and your skills advance, you’re always going to have your Jean Paul USA TR-330.

Now, it would be a mistake to assume that Jean Paul USA built this trumpet to professional standards as it did not. However, we can tell you for free that this trumpet sounds so good, even an intermediate player should be able to find some use with this instrument.

Moreover, with an excellent construction, this trumpet produces a rich tone. We found the tone to be sweet, mellow, lovely and quite bright too.

Furthermore, another thing we really love about this trumpet is the fact that it comes as a kit. There are many accessories in the case that make the trumpet playable out of the box for the student.

Also, a kit is a really nice touch as it makes it easier to move this trumpet around. It also doesn’t hurt to know that this particular case comes with loads of storage spaces so you can store your additional accessories.


Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet

Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Warm, lovely tone.
  • Smooth action.
  • Great for students.
  • Excellent craftsmanship.
  • Depending on which you go for, this trumpet also includes a case and other accessories.
Cons
  • Not everyone like s a two-tone color. Many prefer a solid color tone.

7 Yamaha YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet

Are you tired of your student model and are looking to make an upgrade? Then the Yamaha YTR-2330 might just be the thing you need. It’s a fantastic option for the intermediate level player with a nice price tag to boot! What’s more? Come along!

First off, we found this trumpet to be quite reliable which didn’t come as a surprise. Yamaha has proved this over the years: it’s not a brand you want to mess with. Its instruments are solid in construction which is little wonder loads of musicians depend on them.

But away from durability, another reason we like this trumpet is its tone. The Yamaha YTR-2330 gives a truly consistent tone with its two-piece, yellow brass bell. Of course, a consistent tone is definitely something you want and you’ve got that with the Yamaha YTR-230.

Also, we love the fact that this trumpet is super easy to play. It comes with an adjustable third valve trigger which helps the player perfect their hand positioning. Plus, it also helps the player to build the right technique as well.

Besides all these, this is a lightweight trumpet which, of course, also impacts on playability. As you know, a lighter trumpet is a more playable instrument. Nonetheless, it could also spell doom in the durability department. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that with this trumpet.

Lastly, what can we say? In the end, Yamaha thrills us again!


Yamaha YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros
  • Superb construction.
  • Tone is quite consistent.
  • Easy to play and great for building and perfecting skills.
  • Excellent sound quality.
Cons
  • Might still be a bit pricey for some.

8 Bach TR300H2 American Student Trumpet Outfit

The first time we featured a Bach trumpet, it came at a price most trumpeters would consider out of reach. However, thankfully, the brand also has other varieties. This one, for example, is the Bach TR300H2 American Student Trumpet Outfit.

Now, seeing the name “student”, some people might get the wrong idea. But hey, you’ve got to know the brand you’re dealing with. This is Bach and “student trumpet” does not mean that it is dirt cheap. This baby is still quite pricey, nearly hitting the $1000 mark.

But, of course and as it should be, if we’re discussing performance, there’s no question. The Bach TR300H2 over delivers.

First off, with a red brass leadpipe plus a yellow brass bell, there’s no way the tine here can be anything but beautiful.

Also, the clear lacquer finish is also very nice as it adds to the warmth of the sound this trumpet projects.

In terms of playability, this trumpet is highly playable. Plus, there’s an adjustable third ring slide for improved handling and playability.

Furthermore, you can trust Bach to give us a solid instrument on all counts. This trumpet is well built and durable too. So, even though it seems so expensive upfront, it actually does pay for itself in the end.

Finally, in this package, there’s a case alongside other accessories to help maintain and enjoy your trumpet.


Bach TR300H2 American Student Trumpet Outfit

Our rating:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Pros
  • Beautiful tone.
  • Really playable.
  • Warm, rich sound.
  • Sturdy construction.
  • Comes with case and accessories.
Cons
  • The stainless steel pistons could be stronger.

9 Bach 180S37 Stradivarius Trumpet

Another Bach on review, and why not? This is a brand that knows the business. The Bach 180S37 is one of Bach’s finest pieces. And, of course, it costs an arm and a leg thanks to all the care, detail, and professional standards Bach made sure to meet while making this.

Of course, as you know, the quality of the materials of an instrument as well as construction affect tone greatly. Thankfully, we have both these aspects working in your favor when you get the Bach 180S37 Stradivarius.

Furthermore, it’s a great choice for smallish players with small body features as the trumpet is quite lightweight and compact. Based on this therefore, it makes a great choice for anyone looking to make the upgrade from a student/intermediate instrument.

Now, one advantage of this trumpet is that it doesn’t tarnish easily. Of course that means that your trumpet will remain beautiful for days to come. However, there’s a small issue in that, you have to clean this trumpet pretty frequently. This is a small bummer, but hey, small price to pay, right?

Altogether, this trumpet sounds incredible and what’s even better is that it comes with accessories as well. This is an excellent all-in-one package!


Bach 180S37 Stradivarius Trumpet

Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Sounds incredible.
  • Lightweight instrument.
  • Resistant to tarnishing.
  • Superior build.
Cons
  • You have to clean this regularly.
  • Quite pricey.

10 Etude ETR-100 Student Trumpet

Finally, check out the Etude ETR-100 Student Trumpet. It is inexpensive, it boasts a good quality, and it is within the easy reach of most students. But what exactly caught our eye here?

Well, firstly, this trumpet comes with an adjustment mechanism. This enables the player to ensure that their instrument always has the correct intonation. The first-valve thumb saddle and the adjustable third valve finger ring make this possible.

Even more, these two features also increase the playability of the instrument. The first valve thumb saddle, for instance, allows players with smaller hands position their fingers properly. This way, they achieve a more secure grip than they would have otherwise gotten.

Also, in the sound department, it pleased us to find that this trumpet comes with a sufficient volume. Plus, its tonal response is also adequate as well. In fact, as a beginner, you’d probably not be able to tell the difference between this and a pro instrument for a long time.

In few words, the Etude ETR-100 is a great buy!


Etude ETR-100 Student Trumpet

Our rating:3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Decently priced.
  • Easy to play.
  • Excellent intonation.
  • Great for the beginner.
Cons
  • No case or accessories.

Best Trumpet Buying Guide

Before getting any trumpet, here are a few factors you want to check out first.

To Rent Or To Buy

Most beginners face this challenge when going to the market to look for a trumpet. Now, here’s how we see it.

Music is quite engaging and many children get interested in it at some point or another in their childhood. However, though you’re a good parent for ferociously supporting your child’s dream, you need to be sure that it’s not just a passing fad for your kid(s).

So, you really don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on an instrument only to have your kids drop the instrument a couple of weeks later. Due to this, therefore, many parents have considered going the rental route.

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However, we have found from research and the observations of those who have tried, that this is not always cost-effective. Many parents have found that they ended up spending a lot more than they would have spent if they had just bought a new one from the get-go.

So, apparently, it might be more efficient getting a new, moderately-priced trumpet than renting one. Here’s something you want to consider when getting a new trumpet.

Shape Of The Mouthpiece

The mouthpiece might be really small, but it’s a really important part of the trumpet. In fact, it’s the most important as it is responsible for producing the sound of your trumpet. The other parts just add color and amplification to your sound.

Hence, you really want to be bothered about the shape and size of the mouthpiece. If the cup is shallow, you get a much brighter and a more piercing sound. Plus, when you begin to hit the higher notes, a shallow cup gives a superior response.

In contrast, a deeper cup tends to make the sound warmer and mellower.

For a beginner, we would advise you to go for a smaller mouthpiece. A smaller mouthpiece makes it easier for the learner to practice for as long as possible without tiring on time. But as you advance in your learning, you could switch to a larger mouthpiece which gives a louder sound and better control.

In fact, for convenience and versatility, expert trumpeters usually pack different kinds of mouthpieces in their kit. As a beginner though, this should not be your first port of call. You can easily make do with whatever mouthpiece your trumpet comes with.

Finally, most mouthpieces are either silver or brass. However, there are other materials which mouthpieces can come in.

The Leadpipe Of The Trumpet

The leadpipe is also known as the mouthpipe. It is that section of the trumpet’s tubing which stretches from the first tuning slide up to the mouthpiece.

So, what exactly does the leadpipe do? It controls airflow which in turn which gives you greater control over the pitch of your notes. However, what’s even more important is the bore size of the trumpet. That is, the inner diameter of the leadpipe.

A beginner should aim for a medium sized bore. A large sized bore could also work too. Professionals, on the other hand, prefer larger bores for their fuller and more powerful sound. This is also better for solo performers too.

For materials, a rose brass leadpipe is great because it is highly resistant to corrosion. There’s also yellow brass but then you’d have to clean it frequently and it also corrodes quickly.

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Bell Shape And Size

The way a trumpet sounds is thanks to its bell. Also called the “flare”, the bell is the part of the trumpet from which the sound comes out. And there are three factors to consider which include the metal, shape, and size.

A larger bell gives a softer, mellower tone while smaller bells produce a smaller, brighter sound.

Finish

When it comes to trumpets, finish isn’t just for beauty. It also affects sound. Lighter lacquers tend to sound differently from heavier lacquers. Plus a gold plated horn tends to sound darker than a raw brass horn would. In contrast, a silver horn would sound a tad brighter.

Conclusion

Overall, we chose the Yamaha YTR-8335RS Xeno Series Bb Trumpet as our favorite trumpet. And we did this because we believe this instrument gave us the best blend of features and price. Nonetheless, this is still strictly for professionals. So, let’s check out for other categories.

For intermediate players, again we chose the Yamaha. That is, the Yamaha YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet. Here again, we picked this over the competition because of the price/ feature balance.

Finally, the Bach TR300H2 American Student Trumpet Outfit is an excellent choice but only if you have the money. If you can’t afford that right now though, then the Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet is a great choice too.

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