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Nickel plated accents and mother of pearl finger buttons make this B♭ Trumpet comfortable and stunning to play, while its stainless steel valves will keep it playing for years.
Why buy your band instruments from Monoprice?
Many school band directors reflexively dismiss band instruments made in China, preferring to point parents to the entry-level instruments from the major brands. This ignores the fact that the entry-level instruments from the major brands are also made in China!
The country of origin therefore is NOT an indicator of the quality of an instrument and whether it will sound and play properly. One of the best indicators of an instrument's quality however, is how well the company stands behind their instruments.
Monoprice stands behind EVERY product we sell with a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, return it within 30 days for a full refund.
Additionally we stand behind every instrument we sell with a 1 year warranty. If the performance of the instrument changes over time, if you notice a problem that you didn't notice before, if it breaks from normal use, simply return it and receive a new replacement in exchange.
So do not be dissuaded by naysayers, who admittedly have not tried Monoprice Pro Audio products! You can purchase with total confidence that your investment will not be wasted and that the investment will be considerably less than if the instrument wears a major name brand logo.
- Stainless Steel Valve
- Gold Lacquer Body
- Nickel Plated Trim
- Mother of Pearl Finger Pads
- Thumb and Pinky Rests
- Heavy Gauge Metal – Handles abusive kids
- Canvas case doubles as a backpack with straps
I read everything I could on this one: how thick the metal was, the tone, the cost, the case, etc. Figured I could try it and see if it was any good.
Shipping was fast, as usual. The case was well boxed and plenty of air bags for cushioning.
The case is awesome! I wish it was mine. it is light, a hard-enough shell, with cloth covering, handles on long side and short, sling, and backpack straps! How this would have made my days so much easier. Plenty of felt on the inside, room for tuning slide grease/ valve oil/ small cleaning kit. Side pocket for music, they really did think of about everything on the case.
Kinda odd with three different colors, but for a beginner, no problem. The reviews were correct, the metal is tough. reinforced in all the right areas. I like the spit release valve design better than the one I got, easier to replace pads if needed. Tone: very good. It's not a bright and cheery one, but not a bluesy one either, good middle of the road perfect for a beginner. I like the left hand ring finger loop adjuster, which could support a lyre also. It does require a little more force to sustain a note than say a Bach, but then again, sub $200 versus $4000. Overall a great trumpet for beginner to mid range player also a great backup instrument.
The mouthpiece that comes with it is a non-branded one, 7C (common for beginners). If you have thicker lips (like me) might want to get a 5C or even 3C the band director should advise on this.
Side notes: Came with a set of white gloves and polishing cloth, a nice touch. Make sure to clean the valves and tuning slides before you play, not sure if it shipped lubed, but it differently needed oil and grease before the sliders would function correctly, and the valves to move freely.
Did notice A couple things: The valves can be placed in the correct spot, but 180° out of phase, and it won't work. Glad it happened to me, not my son. Never seen this before on a trumpet, struck me odd, but easy enough to fix. The valve top threads: kind of rough cut they should have been more polished and tested better. The valves will be taken out frequently for cleaning, and these threads really need to be spot on. Ours was very rough, almost cross-threaded several times trying to put the valve back in.. Might try to buff it out a bit to see if that helps.
PROS: Price, case, sound
My son started trumpet this year and I gave him the old Yamaha. It was sitting for nearly 30 years, so it needed some love. Took it to a great shop and they did what they could and got it working, but old 3 still was sticky and it just didn't play all that great.
Saw that Monoprice had a trumpet for a fair price (and with some deal going, it was a steal), so I figured to get the kid a workable instrument, a new one would be in order.
When this trumpet arrived, I was pleased with the quality of the horn and the case. The sound is solid. Nothing too special, but certainly good enough to learn and move up into marching band or the like for the next few years. If he really gets good, we can search for something on the higher end at that point. But for elementary school band, this is a winner.
Another big plus is that the case is very lightweight, which is perfect for a 10yo.
Light weight case
CONS: Valves have a bit of friction, at least for the first 3 weeks we had it
PROS: Instrument looks sturdy and well-constructed, and should be very good for standing up to student use.
*Made of three different metal alloys in the right places.
*Good handle and carrying choices for the case, with 3 different carrying options
*Has a first slide U-hook and a third slide ring for throwing out these connected slide for better tuninga must!
CONS: *Case zippers might be finicky and fragile, based on my past experiences with Chinese-made cases. (see above for tips on how to fix this, if problems arise.)
*The instrument's bore size is not listed here, and that information would be helpful for shoppers.