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Trumpets add a bold, distinct sound to any piece of music. The trumpet may look fairly simple, but it's more complex than you think. Purchasing a trumpet, whether you're a beginner or an advanced player, requires numerous considerations, including the trumpet type and its materials. Before you shop for brass instruments, consider your budget, as trumpets vary in price according to brand and style.


You may see some distinction between trumpets when you're browsing, and it's often that sellers categorise these instruments by letters. For instance, Bb trumpets work well for beginners, and players use them for any type of music. More experienced players may turn to the deep sounds of bass trumpets, and orchestras often feature a C trumpet. For high notes, choose a piccolo trumpet. Compact and portable, pocket trumpets are convenient for practising. The most common type of trumpet is the Bb type, which beginners should always start with when taking up the trumpet.


Most trumpets come from brass, but may have parts created with different materials, or include a variety of finishes, such as gold finish trumpets. Companies use nickel or stainless steel for sturdy valves, while some instruments feature copper bells. Some trumpets use a blend of materials. The finish provides a custom look and depends on your personal preference, whether you opt for a shiny silver finish or a bold black lacquer option. Materials can affect sound quality and longevity. For instance, players may want to opt for a red brass mouthpipe for a rust-free instrument. Professionals prefer nickel valves due to their hardness and durability.


Trumpets come in different brands, crafted by a variety of premium companies. For brand loyalists, picking a trumpet is simple. If you're not familiar with music brands, select the instrument that falls into your price range and offers the best features for your money. Some brands you may come across while shopping include Yamaha, Jupiter, Bach and Getzen. Yamaha produces a number of sturdy student trumpets for an affordable price point, while professional musicians and orchestra members may opt for the high quality of Bach trumpets.


Once you pick a proper trumpet, it's time to ensure you have everything you need to play your instrument correctly and maintain it. You'll need a lined, padded carrying case to transport your trumpet safely, as well as an extra mouthpiece or replacement mouthpiece, valve oil or grease to keep your valves lubricated, and a mouthpiece brush to clean your mouthpiece after each use. If you need to practice quietly, purchase a trumpet mute to soften the sound of your instrument.