Beginner trumpets frequently range in cost from $400 to $1,100. Intermediate, or step-up, trumpets often cost $1,500 to $2,500 and performer trumpets around $2,500 and up. There are many things that impact the overall cost of trumpet:
- Finish - Most beginner trumpets are a lacquer finish while many intermediate and performer-level trumpets are plated with silver.
- Condition - New or used, as well as any neccessary repairs, can greatly impact the cost of a trumpet.
- Manufacturer - Not all trumpets are built the same. Unfortunately, some trumpet manufacturers use poor quality metals, which often leads to an instrument susceptible to damage and that can not be repaired.
- Case - Many quality trumpet cases can be $100 or more and should be considered when looking at the cost of a trumpet.
- Mouthpiece - Just like the case, a quality mouthpiece can cost hundreds of dollars.
- Features - Monel pistons, larger bores, hand-hammered bells, and annealed brass are features found on many step-up trumpets that can impact the cost.
- Service - Some retailers offer services after the sale, including repair service and support of community bands and local activities.
As is often the case, the term "you get what you pay for" can be applied to musical instruments. While there are many good deals available to musicians of all levels, there are also some instruments that are poorly manufactured and not appropriate for making music. It's often wise to enlist the assistance of a private teacher, music educator, or reputable music store to offer guidance in selecting the appropriate instrument for your musical needs.
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