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Best Plastic Trumpet 2024? 13 pTrumpets With Stellar Sound!!

Are plastic trumpets good for beginners? How much is a pTrumpet?

SPOILER: the difference between the best plastic trumpet & the best pTrumpet = 0.

They’re the same thing. The type of trumpet that you buy if you’re (A) after a lightweight instrument that’s pretty much indestructible, & (B) isn’t going to cost you the earth to buy. Plastic trumpets come in at a LOT less than their traditional brass counterparts.

So as you can imagine, if you’re either a beginner or just not sure about whether trumpet is for you, a plastic trumpet is a great starting point. Plus, for kids a pTrumpet is an easy way to spark their musical muscles from a young age. Most likely the reason why pTrumpets (especially over the past couple of years) have become quite the popular instrument.

Our guess is that they’re a Lockdown hobby that’s never quite fizzled out. Still, it’s a good thing they haven’t, because plastic trumpets are certainly one of the most ‘pick up & play’ type instruments out there. Question is though, are plastic trumpets any good? Or just a fad you should avoid? Read on to find out.

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Kids holding plastic trumpets

Putting your finger on the best pTrumpet is no easy task.

In fact, it’s pretty daunting, especially when you consider just how many types of plastic trumpets are out there. Besides from the fact no 2 plastic trumpets are the same size, there’s also the fact they’re made of a different plastic compound. something that as you can imagine, can drastically alter their sound. Not to mention make picking the best plastic trumpet quite the task.

Thankfully though, you needn’t worry – we’ve done 90% of the work for you & reviewed over 10 that we consider to be the best plastic trumpets for adults & kids + a few additional plastic-brass instruments that you might also enjoy…

NOTE: If you’re after a plastic trumpet, but don’t want all the noise (perhaps you live in flat). Then be sure to also check out our rundown of the Best Horn Mutes.

1: The Official pTrumpet (Bright Orange)

Curious to see how this incredibly popular pTrumpet sounds? Watch it in action…

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trumpet player blowing on a pbone trumpet

2 HyTech Metal Polymer pTrumpet

3: pBone Jiggs pTrumpet (With Gig Bag)

4: Pampet Professional Transparent Plastic Trumpet

5: Tromba Plastic Bb Trumpet

a brass band

6: Tromba Pro Professional Plastic C Trumpet

7: Pampet Professional Plastic Trumpet Bb

It’s worth noting that when shopping for a plastic trumpet for kids, you’ll likely be after something slightly different.

See, sside from our picks above been a tad large for small arms, they’re also going to need a LOT more puff. Something your 3-5 year old perhaps doesn’t have enough of – we know kids can talk non-stop, but condensing all that puff into short blasts requires at the very least, decent lung capacity. Plus, as parents ourselves, we know just how ear-grinding it can be to have a child ‘attempting’ to play an instrument around the house – kiss goodbye to peace & quiet.

Hence why if we were going to get a plastic trumpet for small kids, we’d opt for a more junior (& cheaper)…

8: Click N’ Play Toy Trumpet

9: Toyandona Kids Trumpet For Toddlers

which plastic trumpet is best

Look, we get it – the trumpet isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

In fact, the flamboyant amongst you may even say it’s a bit ‘vanilla’. In which case, you’re probably after a plastic instrument with a little more pizzazz. One that you perhaps don’t see everyday. And thankfully for you – there’s plenty to choose from. Because aside from plastic trumpets you can also get plastic bugles & even trombones!!

Exactly why if we were after an alternative to a pTrumpet, we’d be looking at…

10: Nuvo plastic jHorn

11: Lightweight pBugle by pInstruments LTD

12: pBone Mini Trombone

13: Tromba TRB-RE Plastic Trombone

person explaining why plastic trumpets are good

Deciding on the best plastic trumpet was not easy, but we’ve managed it (cheers happily).

So in the case you’re a casual player on the hunt for a pTrumpet, or just someone who’s looking to get into playing the trumpet before shelling out £1000s on a pro-level brass instrument, the we’d say the way to go would be the…

The Official pTrumpet (Bright Orange) = Best pTrumpet for 99% of players

A plastic trumpet that really does excel, both in terms of build & sound. Then again, being an official pTrumpet-branded product, that is something you’d expect, especially with this (the Version 2). To play, this trumpet is very free when it comes to blowing & really does make a nice warm & deep sound. Out of all the plastic trumpets we tested, we’d say this was the closest sounding you can get to brass.

The mouthpieces especially, make this trumpet incredibly playable & even match the trumpet’s funky orange colour. Something we’re proper fans of, as when an instrument’s intended for ‘fun’ the last thing you want is for it to be a dull colour, that doesn’t encourage you to pick it up & give it a play.

Speaking of fun though, if that’s all you’re really looking for (i.e. you’re shopping for a child), then you can’t go far wrong with this playful plastic trumpet…

Click N’ Play Toy Trumpet = Best Plastic Trumpet For Kids

In fact, out of all the plastic trumpets for kids, we think you’d be hard-pushed to find something better. As not only is this instrument by Click N Play lightweight & easy to handle, but it’s also built well too. This trumpet should have no problem withstanding the odd bump or scrape. Let alone being thrown across a room or being taken on a road-trip in the back of a car.

Plus, as you’d expect, being a kids trumpet, it also looks the part too. You don’t see silver trumpets very often, but we think they’re a nice change from conventional gold. What’s more, those colour coded valves make this trumpet super easy for kids to understand & play. There’s even some tunes for them to have a go at on the back of the box.

A wise pick for any parent if you ask us.

Enjoy this best plastic trumpet review & eager for more? Don’t miss out on all our latest General Instrument Advice + all our recent Reviews Of Brass Instruments. Recently, we also did a rundown of the best Trumpets For Kids + another on the Best Beginner Trumpet, which may also be worth checking out!

plastic brass instruments lined up on a table

Or, if you’ve got your heart set on a plastic trumpet, read on & we’ll answer even more of your burning questions + reveal what to expect when buying a plastic trumpet…

Yes – plastic trumpets aren’t just good, they’re great, especially if you’re a beginner to brass or after an instrument to spark your child’s creative thinking.

ADVICE: While brass buffs may preach that multi-thousand pound trumpets are the way to go, don’t mistake a pTrumpet for a ‘downgrade’. They’re not! If anything, they’re just better value.

With plastic trumpets being a LOT more durable, for casual use, they’re pretty much on the money. Being plastic (usually ABS) they’re practically indestructible & unlike your conventional trumpet, do not require valve oil or cost £££ to clean. And speaking of money, pTrumpets are a darn site cheaper to buy too.

Typical plastic trumpets retail for as little as £100, even less for kids. Whereas your average full-size brass trumpet will set you back at least a £1000, should you opt for one that’s of professional quality (something we’d advise if you’re going brass).

So yeah – for any casual player, plastic trumpets may actually be a preference!!

As you’d expect by the name, plastic trumpets do sound very much like a trumpet. In fact, to the untrained ear there’s little difference.

Although one of the major differences you’ll notice between the sound of a plastic trumpet is that (when compared to something made of brass), the sound doesn’t have as much depth. Plastic trumpets tend to give off a slightly flatter sound that isn’t perhaps as rich in tonality. 

And it’s also worth noting that while a plastic trumpet does give off a BIG strong sound, it’s not quite as big as that you’ll get from a brass alternative. Exactly why you don’t see orchestras cutting costs & replacing their pro-level brass instruments with plastic alternatives. 

Interested to hear the sound of a pTrumpet for yourself? Here’s a quick video comparison…

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While the materials used to create a plastic trumpet can differ, most instruments are usually made of a an ABS type material, which in some cases is even recycled. So while plastic may not seem the most environmentally friendly of materials, to know that most pTrumpets are the product of recycled plastic is somewhat reassuring. 

Plus, aside from being environmentally friendly, this shift away from brass means that pocket trumpets are not only lighter, but FAR cheaper too! Ask us & we’d say the pros drastically outweigh then cons. 

You hold a plastic trumpet much like you would a normal trumpet. The only real difference that could impact you hold it is the weight, as a pTrumpet is a LOT lighter than its brass counterpart.

In short, place your left thumb on the saddle & use your 2nd & 3rd fingers to clasp the valves, being sure to insert your 4th finger through the loop you’ll find down the side of the trumpet. As for your little finger, you can just rest that where is comfortable. Do so & you should be able to hold your trumpet purely in your left hand. 

Then with your right hand simply rest your thumb in-between the 1st & 2nd valve, leaving the rest of your fingers free to control the valves. 

Fancy seeing how it’s done? Watch this video…

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As with most plastic instrument, with a pTrumpet valve oil is not required.

However, it can be used, should you wish to free up the valve movement ever so slightly. Being plastic, using a bit of valve oil will not damage the trumpet.

Interested to know more about instrument care? Be sure to check out our latest blogs on Instrument Care.

While the main difference is (obviously) the material, there are some other noticeable differences between plastic trumpets & those made of brass…

  • The feel of the valves – With a traditional trumpet, the valves will usually have quite a bit of resistance. Something you’ll typically have less of with a plastic trumpet, mainly because of the lower production costs. Better news for easy playing as it means they’re more free & easy to press.
  • Weight – One of the largest differences between a pTrumpet & its bras counterpart, is weight. As you’d expect, plastic trumpets are a LOT lighter to handle, which makes them a far better option for kids or elderly players.
  • Less maintenance – Not only do brass trumpets require valve oil & regular maintenance, but they also require a special sort of cleaning on a regular basis. Both things that if you don’t know how to do yourself can get quite pricy. Buying a plastic trumpet, these are costs/ hassle that you’ll avoid.
  • Durability – Aside from being more expensive, brass trumpets are also less durable too – not to mention more expensive to fix! So if you’re after a casual instrument that can take a bit of a beating, then a pTrumpet would deffo be a wise decision.

Plastic brass instruments aren’t just good for beginners, they’re pretty much perfect.

We say so because not only are they a great way to get a feel for a certain model of instrument, but they’re also a lot lighter & most importantly, can be picked up for a FAR cheaper price! So you could say they’re more accessible too.

Not to mention the fact that you don’t even have to source a buyer, or prepare to loose hundreds £££ – both things you’d most likely be faced with when selling a preowned professional brass trumpet.

So aside from making a lot more sense to the casual player, plastic trumpets are also a FAR safer bet.

Really, whether plastic trumpets are quieter or not, depends on the model.

See, while in most respects this will be true, it’s not always the case. We’ve come across a few pocket trumpets that’re actually quieter than some of the plastic variants featured in this blog. Plus, loudness is really only half of the equation, as you can’t just judge a trumpet on loudness.

The character & tone of the sound is also something to bear in mind. As let’s face it – a loud trumpet is useless unless it sounds pleasing to the ear. If not, then a trumpet mute will become a regular present in your Christmas stocking for good reason.

Saying that though, we’re yet to come across a pTrumpet that makes us winse or sounds that horrific that such precautions are necessary. So take from that what you will.