Buying an Instrument by Jeff Purtle

Optimizing Your Trumpet Journey:
A Guide for Trumpet Players

Are you passionate about enhancing your skills through trumpet lessons or masterclasses? If you're in the market for a high-quality Claude Gordon Selmer or Claude Gordon Benge trumpet, I'm here to assist. My service in connecting buyers and sellers of these prestigious trumpets is complimentary, aligning with the needs of dedicated trumpet students and professionals.

The journey of a trumpet player, whether a beginner in trumpet lessons or an advanced student in masterclasses, often involves the crucial decision of purchasing the right instrument. This decision is not just about acquiring a tool for practice; it's an investment in your musical development and potential financial value. Quality trumpets, cared for properly, can appreciate over time, enhancing both your performance and investment. For instance, a professional trumpet purchased ten years ago could now be worth triple the purchase price, while a student model might depreciate.

When selecting a trumpet, especially for those engaged in trumpet lessons or masterclasses, it's essential to look beyond sales pitches. Trumpets are often categorized into Student, Intermediate, and Professional levels, but these labels can be more about marketing than actual quality. The key factors to consider are design, construction, and materials, in that order. Remember, the finest materials cannot compensate for poor design or craftsmanship.

Each trumpet is unique, and variations in performance between identical models often boil down to the precision and consistency of their assembly. The manufacturing process, whether handmade or assembly line, significantly impacts the instrument's quality. For example, consider the difference in production scale between the Bach and Schilke factories and how it affects the quality of their trumpets. Bach might produce 16,000 trumpets a year and Schilke 1500.

For those taking trumpet lessons or attending masterclasses, having a strategy to evaluate a new instrument is vital. Ensure you're in top form, having consistently practiced, to accurately assess the instrument's feel and response. Test the trumpet's intonation, response across various notes and dynamics, and inspect its construction for quality. The instrument's playability is the most crucial aspect.

However, making a hasty decision is not advisable. A trumpet may feel different as you adapt to it over time. Unfortunately, extended trial periods are rare.

Always prioritize advice from experienced trumpet teachers over salespeople or advertising gimmicks. Be skeptical of new designs and remember the time-tested wisdom in trumpet playing. Once you've chosen your instrument, focus on your practice and never blame your equipment for any playing challenges. Remember, the legends of trumpet playing achieved greatness on instruments far less advanced than what's available today.