DISCLAIMER: Finding the best beginner trumpet is no easy task…
Especially when you’re new to music & anything brass screams “PROFESSIONAL”. Trust us – trumpet selection is not that simple (we wish it was). In fact, your choice of student trumpet is arguably the biggest (& most important) decision of your entire musical career, as it’s this decision which will likely govern:
- A: How easy it is for you to learn the trumpet
- B: Whether you pursue your career as a Trumpeter to a professional level
So really, to buy your first trumpet totally out of the blue, is a bit like committing to marry a blind date. You’re (in effect) cheating yourself, as there’s a strong chance you won’t be the perfect match #JustSaying.
Hence why we’ve put our heads together, & reviewed 12 of the best student trumpets for sale today. That way you can invest your hard earned £££ in at least some sort of confidence, & not leave this highly important decision down to a case of ‘eenie meanie minie mo’ (cringes at the thought)!! Speaking of which then, what is the best student trumpet? Is there even such a thing? Read on to find out.
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The best beginner trumpets @ a glance…
13 of the best beginner trumpets
Beginner trumpets aren’t just ‘one-size-fits-all’.
In fact, there’s a LOT to choosing the right trumpet + a ton of factors to consider, many of which (as a beginner), you perhaps wouldn’t even think of. Stuff like the size of the bell, quality of the welds or the feel/ feedback of the valves. So really then, you could call choosing a trumpet an art.
One that we aim to teach you in a matter of minutes. Read on to jump into our rundown of the best beginner trumpets on sale…
1: Jean Paul trumpet for beginners (TR-430S)
2: Jupiter 1100S Student Bb Trumpet
3: Eastar ETR-380 student trumpet
4: Bach TR300H2 beginner trumpet
5: Herche Superior Bb Trumpet M1
6: Yamaha YTR-2330 beginner trumpet
7: Hawk WD-T313 Bb Trumpet
8: Mendini By Cecilio Bb Trumpet
9: Glory Brass Bb trumpet for beginners
10: Levante LV-TR6305 Bb student trumpet
11: Vangoa Bb Trumpet (with gloves + cleaning kit)
After something more compact? Try this beginner trumpet…
12: Sai Musical copper Bb pocket trumpet
Heads up: If pocket trumpets are more your thing, then this is just 1 of many. Be sure to check out our full rundown of the Best Pocket Trumpets too.
Want minimal maintenance – try this student trumpet…
13: pBone Jiggs pTrumpet Plastic Trumpet
Heads up: If plastic trumpets are more up your alley, then you’re in luck. We’ve got a rundown on the Best Plastic Trumpets that has your name on it. Be sure to check it out!
Which is the best beginner trumpet? Our editor’s choice…
Tricky one this.
See, as you’ve probably already gathered, student trumpets come in all shapes & sizes + are aimed at a whole host of different players. So to claim that 1 trumpet is better than the rest, is (in many respects) a silly thing to do. Hence why our verdict is a bit more… broad.
So if you’re a beginner trumpeter who’s looking to get serious about your music & go on to intermediate/ professional level, then we’d say the best student trumpet for you would be the…
Jupiter 1100S – Best trumpet for serious beginners
Reason being that unlike a lot of cheaper trumpets on this list, the Jupiter is built not only for beginners, but intermediate players too. Much the same as the Yamaha YTR-2330. So while in first instance, it may be a quite the purchase, over the course of ownership it’ll actually work out cheaper.
Buy a cheap beginner trumpet & you’ll no doubt have to upgrade to something like the Jupiter, later down the line (usually around 1/2 years later). Although that could come quicker depending on how fast you pick it up. What’s more, the overall build of the Jupiter is on another level when compared to those trumpets that retail around the £1-200 mark.
It feels more solid to hold, the valves are smoother, and even the actual sound is more sculpted & distinctive. Point being that when it comes to value (not price) the Jupiter 1100S steals the show.
Although saying that, not everyone searching for the best beginner trumpet is looking to become a master Trumpeter & make music their full-time income. In which case, a more casual instrument may work better. Something like the…
Eastar ETR-380 – Best trumpet for casual beginners
We say so because, aside from the fact it’s a darn site cheaper than any Jupiter or Yamaha trumpets, for a basic instrument it’s actually really good value! The metalwork doesn’t feel ‘low grade’ & neither do the valves either, which have a nice smooth press to them, which puts most other budget trumpets to shame.
Also, despite what you might expect from a trumpet in this price range, the sound is actually pretty solid. This (thankfully) doesn’t fall into the trap of sounding tinny or overly flat. The sound has a decent body to it, which you don’t tend to get in instruments at this price range. Plus, the fact you get an entire trumpet kit, opposed to just an instrument, is yet another added bonus! Especially if you’re not too keen on excessive cleaning, polishing or maintenance.
And yes, while this is not obviously a ‘forever trumpet’ – you won’t find people playing the Eastar at the Royal Albert Hall or as part of the Queen’s marching band – for a good handful of beginners, it more than does the job.
So while there may be no such thing as the ‘best’ beginner trumpet, if you ask us, these 2 come close. All that’s left for you to do, is pick your favourite.
The decision’s yours.
Enjoy this review of the best beginner trumpets & eager for more? Don’t miss out on all our latest Instrument Advice + all our recent Brass Instrument Reviews. Also, if you’re shopping for a child, we also wrote an article on the Best Kids Trumpets, which may also be a good read.
Saying that though, if you’ve got your heart set on a beginner trumpet (perhaps one above), read on & we’ll answer even more of your burning questions + reveal what to expect when buying a plastic trumpet…