The 8 Best Student Trumpets

Updated May 25, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

8 Best Student Trumpets
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We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If you have a budding Miles Davis or Alison Balsom in the family, he or she will greatly appreciate the gift of one of these student trumpets. They are priced appropriately to ensure that they won't break the bank if your junior musician gets tired of the instrument, and many are sized specifically to work well with smaller hands. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best student trumpet on Amazon.

8. Conductor Model 200 Bb

The Conductor Model 200 Bb is a full-sized instrument that just happens to be a good choice for the musician on a student's budget thanks to its low price tag. It's made of lacquered brass, and has a 1-year warranty against defects.
  • 5-inch flared bell
  • silver-plated mouthpiece
  • inferior valves often stick
Brand Conductor
Model pending
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Glory Brass Bb

If you want to make more than just an audible statement with your playing, you can select from any of the 11 brightly painted colors of the Glory Brass Bb. The instrument is made of solid brass and thoroughly tested before shipment.
  • silver plated 7c mouthpiece
  • valve oil included
  • doesn't produce the best tone
Brand GLORY
Model pending
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

6. Prelude TR711 Bb

The 4-3/4" two-piece yellow brass bell on the Prelude TR711 Bb produces a good, clear tone with enough volume to fit into any school musical ensemble. It's well-sized and easy to play, but it suffers from some durability issues.
  • vincent bach 7c mouthpiece
  • nickel silver valve pistons
  • included case is soft-sided
Brand Prelude
Model TR711
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Mendini Cecilio MTT-L

The Mendini Cecilio MTT-L is a best-seller among student musicians for a few good reasons, one of which is its low price. It's also a decent instrument with smooth-action valves and comfortable buttons inlaid with faux mother of pearl.
  • phosphorus copper lead mouth pipe
  • polishing cloth and gloves included
  • backed by a 1-year warranty
Brand Mendini by Cecilio
Model MTT-L
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

4. Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard

The Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard costs a bit more than many parents or school music programs will want to spend, but it's a well-made instrument that will last for years of use with proper care. It has an elegant gold lacquer finish.
  • case with an accessory pocket
  • excellent sound projection
  • smudges and tarnishes easily
Brand Jean Paul USA
Model TR-330
Weight 6.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. LJ Hutchen 4218

The LJ Hutchen 4218 bridges the gap between a student's training tool and a professional's instrument. This option has a rose brass lead pipe and a free blowing design that allows for excellent control and plenty of volume.
  • stainless steel valves
  • sturdy case with plush lining
  • comes with 7c mouthpiece
Brand LJ Hutchen
Model 4218II
Weight 11 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Etude ETR-100 Series Bb

This Etude ETR-100 Series Bb will serve as well during a solo at a jazz club as it will as part of a school's band. It features a first-valve thumb saddle and an adjustable third-valve finger ring that allows for easy intonation tweaks and user comfort.
  • red brass lead pipe
  • sized perfectly for smaller hands
  • projects with good force
Brand Etude
Model WBT-ET60LQ
Weight 6.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Bach TR300H2 American

The Bach TR300H2 American features precision-made Monel metal piston valves that should continue to play freely even with a minimum of applied oil. Its included case is double-walled to protect the instrument against the rigors of school life.
  • one-point nylon guide
  • adjustable 3rd slide ring
  • comes with a shoulder strap
Brand Bach
Model TR300H2
Weight 6.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on May 25, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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