Beginner trumpets usually range in cost from $400 to $1,200. Intermediate, or step-up trumpets usually range in cost $1,200 to $2,300 and entry level pro trumpets (still largely played by advanced students) around $2,400 and up.
There are several things that determine the overall cost of a trumpet:
- Material - Most beginner trumpets have a lacquer (shiny gold) finish while many intermediate and professional level trumpets are silver plated
- Condition - New or used, as well as any needed maintenance can determine the cost of a trumpet.
- Brand/Manufacturer - Not all trumpets are built the same. Unfortunately, some trumpet manufacturers use low quality materials, which most of the time results in an instrument that cannot be fixed.
- Case - Quality trumpet cases can range from $60 to $300 and should be considered when looking at the whole cost of the instrument.
- Features - Monel or Stainless-steel pistons, larger bore, one-piece hand-hammered bells, and annealed brass elements are features found on many intermediate trumpets that can determine the cost.
- Mouthpiece - A quality mouthpiece can cost $60 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.