Choosing Your Trumpet

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Choosing Your Trumpet

If you already play an instrument then you will have experienced choosing a musical instrument, but if you have no previous experience, choosing an instrument can seem like a minefield. There are so many makes and models on offer, and such a range of prices that you may need some guidance.

If you already have a teacher, it is well worth asking their advice.

It isn’t much fun to arrive for your first lesson to find that the teacher doesn’t like the instrument that you have hired!

We believe that the instruments we hire provide the best combination of quality and value for money available. In this article we will look at the three best student trumpet brands around.

Yamaha YTR1335 Trumpet

Yamaha YTR1335

Level – Beginner to Intermediate
Age- Adult & Child
Grades – 1-5

Yamaha have some serious heritage and respect within the music industry, and as with most Yamaha products there is more human involvement that you would think. As a brand they are up there with the best, both at student and intermediate level.


The Yamaha YTR1335 is an entry model and arguably the best playing student trumpet on the market. It is well made and delivers in all areas of learning. This is a perfect trumpet for a beginner but will also suit a player who has been learning and wants a good solid trumpet to progress.

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Jupiter JTR300 Trumpet

Jupiter JTR300

Level – Beginner
Age – Adult & Child
Grades – 1 – 3

Solid construction and easy to play, Jupiter is easily the best trumpet within the price range. The company that produces Jupiter are called Kung Hsue She (KHS) which means a company helping schools and culture, which is exactly what they do.
The build quality is good and they are easy to blow from the off. It’s a great instrument to get started on and to progress through the initial stages of learning.


One of the most popular beginner instruments we have seen. Slightly restrictive once the initial stages have been accomplished.

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John Packer JP051 Trumpet

John Packer JP051

Level – Beginner
Age – Adult & Child
Grades 1-3

The John Packer JP051 offers the perfect chance to be one step closer to playing the instrument, whether the plan is to pursue graded exams or just play for the enjoyment, this trumpet will get anyone up and running and is perfect for a beginner. John Packer pride themselves on building solid and reliable instruments aimed at inexperienced players.


A good solid starter instrument suitable for beginners.

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Which Trumpet Should You Hire?

As you look through the range of hire trumpets, we would generally say that by paying more for the hire of your first instrument, you would expect:

  • Better build quality
  • Better tone quality
  • Easier to achieve a better sound

There are still many expensive instruments available which don’t perform as well as you might expect. We have confidence in the brands we hire, and consider them safe choices that offer the best value for money.

How we choose an instrument

We get shown new models and brands all the time. Our stock has been chosen using three main sources of information.
Firstly, our repairers. Regardless of what anybody else thinks of an instrument, if it doesn’t meet the approval of our repairer then we don’t stock it, full stop. We need to be able to look you in the eye for years to come, so if our repairers are going to criticise it when it needs attention, we can’t hire it!

Secondly, our customers. We have listened to many trumpet teachers and players since 1984. We know what they like and why. Their input mainly concerns practical issues relating to playing, such as tone quality, tuning and the feel of the trumpet.

Finally, we use our own commercial expertise. We address issues such as; is it good value for money? How long it will last? Will it be the right instrument for someone learning to play? Our job is to ensure that we have given you all the information necessary to help you choose the instrument that will best suit your needs.

Hire or buy?

Many parents of children learning for the first time, and some adults who have never played before are understandably unsure of buying until they are more confident that they will cope with learning the instrument, and indeed enjoy the experience. Our Hire Scheme can provide the ideal introduction to the instrument for a comparatively small outlay. The main advantages of our scheme are:
It is economical. You pay monthly, and you can cancel at any point after the first 3 months – simply return the instrument to us.

Our hire instruments are thoroughly serviced, and top quality. Many players are put off by the experience of playing on an inferior quality instruments.

It’s convenient. You don’t have to worry about buying and reselling it if it doesn’t work out. You simply return the instrument to us.

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