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How To Choose The Right Trumpet

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If you are just beginning to learn how to play the trumpet, or have a child that is, you have likely already pondered the question, "How do I choose the right trumpet?" The choices are many, and the prices range anywhere from a hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars. So, which one is best for you?

Let me break it down in a simplified way. First of all, you can think of trumpets as beginner horns, intermediate horns, or professional horns. Beginner horns typically sell for under $500. Intermediate horns sell in the range of $500-$1500. Professional quality horn generally begin around $1500 and go up from there.

Although the quality is different, all of them are fine as long as they coincide with your current skill level. It makes little sense for a beginner to buy a professional horn. There are two reasons for this. 1) You don't yet know if this will be something you will continue to pursue for a while. 2) A beginner is still going to sound like a beginner no matter how good the horn is. So, the best thing to do is buy a new beginner horn or possibly a nice used intermediate horn. Professional trumpets are great, but really only necessary if you play professionally or have been playing several years and are unhappy with the performance of your current instrument.

Edited by jack3476

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