Trumpets are used in genres such as jazz, funk, hip-hop, orchestra and many more - making them one of the most versatile instruments of the brass family. They stand out from other instruments because of their bright and lively sound.
Of the variety of trumpet types and styles, the one that beginners typically start playing is the popular B-flat trumpet.
While this is one of the most common trumpet versions, players often switch their instruments depending on the piece or style they are playing.
No matter what your style is, this guide will help you get ready for buying your new trumpet.
Types of Trumpets:
For beginners, Bb trumpets are a fine choice. They give off a mellow tone and are great for jazz and general use.
The Piccolo trumpet produces a higher sound than the Bb version. It is also the smallest trumpet and is recommended for players with smaller hands.
The C trumpet gives a very bright sound and is common in classical and orchestral playing. It is recommended for orchestra settings.
The D trumpet was a popular choice in the 19th century and is still very popular for the baroque style of playing.
The Eb trumpet is rarely used. However, for those familiar with playing this type of instrument, and wanting a unique sound, this trumpet can be quite effective.
You will want an E trumpet to accompany your piece, if you are playing music in the key of E.
The F trumpet is generally the one to use If you are looking for a higher pitched sound.
If you are playing music in the key of G, then you will want a G trumpet to accompany your piece.
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Do your research and be sure to get the correct instrument for the music and your playing style. Trumpet sizes vary - the smallest are piccolo and pocket trumpets.
Be prepared to purchase trumpet mouthpieces and care supplies such as oil, rags and other cleaning accessories.
Learning how to clean the valves and take proper care of your trumpet will help it to last a lifetime.
Trusted brand names for trumpets include Yamaha, Bach, and Allora
What to know about buying a pre-ownedTrumpet
Trumpets can be quite expensive, especially the high-end models that are used for recording and horn based music. Buying a used trumpet is a common way to go and generally not a problem. However, when buying any kind of used horn, you need to be careful. While the outside may look great, it is possible that there are internal issues such as faulty valves.
Therefore, if you are purchasing it from a reputable music store, check to see if they have a good warranty program.
If you are purchasing from a private seller, it is worth having it checked over by a professional prior to handing over your money.
Other than that, a used trumpet is generally more affordable. Just keep in mind, a cheap trumpet is not always the best deal.
What to know about buying a new Trumpet
Buying a new trumpet is a great choice. While they may be more expensive than a used instrument, you will be more confident of the structural integrity of the instrument.
Buying used can be an issue if there is valve damage. You may not discover it until you play the instrument. If you buy new, you will know what to expect from your instrument and it should come with a warranty in case of any damage down the track.
Prices can vary depending on the type of trumpet you are looking for. In general, they are high-priced instruments. However, you need to be prepared for even more expense for mouthpieces, cases and valve oil.