Posted Apr 13, 2011 by Brian Jenkins - No Comments

How to Buy a Beginner Trumpet

How to Buy a Beginner Trumpet

Why rent when you can buy? So many people think that renting is the only option when it comes to band instruments. Luckily, the widely held idea of band instruments costing thousands of dollars is being changed by the internet. Can you believe that you can get a great beginning trumpet for under $200?

Well, believe it. When buying your first trumpet just remember these simple tips. You’ll playing the trumpet in no time.

Price Range

First, you have to decide what your budget is. Are there trumpets for under $200? You bet. Would it be worth it to spend over $1000? Probably not. Although we all have big dreams for ourselves or our children, be honest with yourself. Are you or your child really the next Miles Davis? If so, spending over $1000 dollars on your first trumpet might be a great investment. Otherwise, you should take it slow. Test the waters with a less expensive trumpet.

Used vs. New

Like any other purchase you can save some serious money by purchasing a used instrument. But is it always best? In the case of a trumpet it may be. One of the best student trumpets ever made is the Olds Ambassador Trumpet. They’re so good, that although the company went out of business in 1979 there are still quite a few around today. It may be the best purchase you can make. Try buying a $200 used Olds Amabassador Trumpet. It may cost between $50-$100 to get it fixed up. But just remember it’s not going to have the beautiful shine that a new trumpet would have.

Type of Trumpet

What type of trumpet do you buy? In your searches you might have heard of a piccolo trumpet, pocket trumpet, trumpet in C, trumpet in Bb, cornet, flugal horn, and the list goes on and on. For your first trumpet, stick to the most common trumpet, the Trumpet in Bb (read “B flat”). This is the only type of trumpet used in elementary through middle school bands. Most high schools don’t have any trumpeters playing anything other than the Bb as well.


Make sure the instrument you buy comes with a mouthpiece and case. Unless you buy a used trumpet this should never be an issue. If you do buy a used trumpet, buying a standard trumpet case is not too difficult. It should cost around $50.


Buying a trumpet can be exciting if you know what you’re doing. But don’t forget, music should be fun! That’s why you should spend a little bit of time finding the trumpet that will make learning the most enjoyable experience possible. Check out the Top 3 Beginner Trumpets for Your Money to find some specific recommendations.

Share your suggestions or experiences with buying your first trumpet in the comments below.