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After several months of playing, trumpeters are usually pleased and surprised to discover how much better step-up trumpets play and sound. 

Step-up trumpets produce a larger and fuller sound, offer a clearer, more pleasant tone, and allow  better control of dynamics (louds and softs).  They help a trumpeter reach his or her full potential, and make playing trumpet more enjoyable.

Step-up Levels

Trumpets are classified into four levels: beginner, intermediate, performer, and top-line.

Beginner trumpets have small bores (inside size of the tubing), making them easier to play but sacrificing some potential tone.  They're typically finished with clear lacquer, allowing the the brass to show through, and include the most basic features.  They are designed for early use. 

Intermediate trumpets are slightly larger in bore, allowing bigger, fuller sound production.  They are usually finished in silver for a slightly darker tone and more attractive appearance.  Valves and slides are typically fitted to closer tolerances, minimizing leakage of air that causes a player to work harder.  Mouthpieces tend to be slightly larger and more open, and features like slide rings and triggers allow intonation adjustments.  Intermediate trumpets are popular with junior high and high school band students. Step-up trumpet

Performer trumpets are made largely by hand, especially in the hand-hammering of bells, special annealing of the brass, and hand lapping and fitting of the valves.  The design and production processes focus on creating a trumpet that reproduces vibrations freely and faithfully.   Bore sizes are typically medium large and the finish is silver, although some performer trumpets are available in lacquered brass finishes as well.   Performer trumpets offer some big advantages in tone over intermediate trumpets and are designed for use by students, both high school and college, who take their music seriously. 

Silver trumpet bell Top-line trumpets incorporate all of the manufacturer's best features and processes to create an ultimate trumpet.  They are used by professionals, studio musicians, and symphony players, as well as some amateurs for whom trumpet is a serious avocation.

With routine care step-up trumpets, particularly performer and top-line trumpets, can be expected to last a lifetime — there is rarely a need to replace a step-up trumpet, even after completing school. (Ask about Amro's Maintenance and Replacement plan.)

Features Found on Most Beginner Trumpets


Smaller bore

Easier for beginners to learn on

Honed Valves

Little air leakage

Nickel silver solder at stress points

Strong, durable

Clear lacquer finish

Cleans easily


Features Found on Some Intermediate Trumpets



Silver plated finish                     

Improved tone and appearance

Larger bore size

Larger, fuller tone

Third valve slide ring

Adjustable for fine tuning

Nickel silver slides

Smoother operation, resistant to corrosion


Features Found on Some Performer Trumpets



Silver plated finish (lacquered brass available)

Improved tone and appearance

Large bore size

Fuller tone

Hand-hammered, one-piece bell

Exception tone, response, and projection

Hand-lapped valves and slides

Tight fit for minimum air loss  and smooth operation

One-piece mouthpipe

Efficient response with proper resistance.  Good intonation

Annealed brass

Improved response and tone


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