Beginner baritones usually range in cost from $1,500 to $3,000. Intermediate, or step-up baritones usually range in cost $2,400 to $3,800 and entry level pro trombones (still largely played by advanced students) around $3,800 and up.
There are several things that determine the overall cost of a baritone:
- Baritone or Euphonium? The main differences you will find between a student, intermediate and professional level baritone/euphonium are bore size, bell size, bell material, the flare of the leadpipe and bell, the manufacturing process, weight of the instrument, and the valves.
- Valves - 3 valve (standard baritone), 4 valve (intermediate/professional euphonium), compensating system.
- Condition - New or used, as well as any needed maintenance can determine the cost of a baritone.
- Brand/Manufacturer - Not all baritones are built the same. Unfortunately, some baritone manufacturers use low quality materials, which most of the time results in an instrument that cannot be fixed.
- Case - Quality baritone cases can range from $150 to $500 and should be considered when looking at the whole cost of the instrument.
- Mouthpiece - A quality mouthpiece can cost $70 to several hundred dollars.
- Service - Some organizations offer service after the sale, including maintenance of the instrument, school delivery and support of the school and community.
In most cases, saying "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is" can be applied to musical instruments. In other words, "you get what you pay for". While there are many deals available to musicians of all levels, there are instruments that are poorly manufactured and not appropriate for making music or bringing to a band class. It is wise to ask from a private instructor, music educator or reputable music store for guidance in selecting the best instrument for your musical needs.