Question by  Bhat (37)

How do I go about choosing a trumpet for my son?

This is my sons third year in the marching band, for Christmas I was going to get him a new trumpet and have no idea what to look for in them.


Answer by  technogeek (6640)

You would want to find a horn that would be good for a student to use, but that he could continue o use as he becomes a more skilled player.


Answer by  mjray (61)

Do not get a gold-colored trumpet. Get silver. Not black. The more silver on the trumpet, the better the tone, but you don't need to get anything too fancy for marching band since it might easily get banged-up outside. Make sure you get a trumpet pitched in Bb! And the mouthpiece is something he needs to try out himself.


Answer by  moggie (329)

I would get him a Bach or higher end Yamaha. You can get a decent used one online through ebay/craigslist, or by way of a college student who has recently upgraded his trumpet. Also, the most important part is the mouthpiece, so plan on getting this separate, and maybe have him pick this out since it is individual preference.


Answer by  Dave22 (98)

For a third year student likely to continue on with the instrument for many years, you want to but an intermediate or professional level instrument. Yamaha is generally pretty good. DO NOT BUY A JUPITER, they are amazingly horrible. Talk to his band instructor for recommendations on instruments.


Answer by  kiradeleria (465)

Sometimes you don't need to invest in a new trumpet, but simply in a higher grade mouthpiece with a different bore or cup size. If you do want a trumpet as your local instrument salesman for tips on how to upgrade your current trumpet brand.

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