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Independant Student Trumpet Review

While working with us on work experience, grade 8 player Ben wrote us a review on the three best selling student trumpets. Here's what he said;

 

Yamaha 2330 – £325

Case – A Small and sturdy gig bag. The best quality of case out of the three student trumpets as the price might suggest. The level of this case means that, despite it being a gig bag, I would not be concerned leaving it in a music store room or travelling with it.

Quality – The slides and valves feel smooth and move very easily which is a sure sign of quality.  The only thing to note is that there is an adjustable third valve slide. This can be useful for players with small hands, yet it does make the hold feel a little more flimsy and there is the possibility of loosing the finger hook. But, the whole trumpet feels exceptionally well manufactured as there is a high level of detail and certainly does not conform to the stereotypical student trumpet.

Playing – A bright tone once again synonymous with quality. Overall clearer across the whole range but especially in middle to high register. There is body to the note in the lower register, a good sign as this is where most players will spend their time at this level. The high calibre of sound can be maintained across all dynamic range and the note is easy to sustain allowing even inexperienced players to be able to show off contrast and colour.

Overall – A quality instrument boasting a striking sound and solid build quality. If budget is your priority then this may not be for you, however the extra money will pay dividends in the long term as the 2330 will last longer and can be used to a higher standard.

 

Legende Protégé - £169.99

Case – A hard case with large music pocket at the front which will come in use for transport and student use. R
epresentative of the price, the case is not as well made as the Yamaha, however the larger and more cushioned body made entirely of foam means its ability to take a knock is still reputable.

Quality – Slides and valves feel well made. Once again, as the price dictates, it feels slightly less exceptionally well engineered than the Yamaha however the difference definitely does not match the price reduction. The Legende definitely feels closer in quality to the Yamaha than the Elkhart.

Playing – The trumpet has a gorgeous warm tone in the middle range complimenting lyrical passages well. As you play higher the clarity drops and the sound becomes slightly duller yet this will not be and issue at the pitches students, who this trumpet is aimed at, are playing. Similar to the Yamaha, the Legende is extremely forgiving at quiet dynamics and so lending itself to beginners as it supports them greatly.

Overall – The Legende packs a surprising level of quality and poise for the relatively low price and is extremely good value. I would strongly encourage most beginners to pay a little extra for this instrument for the enormous benefit it would provide.

 

Bach Elkhart TR100 - £150

Case – Similar to the Legende in size and shape this case offers excellent protection for an even smaller price tag. It feels more professionally put together than its competition and is more aesthetically pleasing. The combination of wood and foam means it can take a beating without damaging the instrument to the biggest extent out of the three.

Quality – As the cheapest instrument the quality of engineering is probably the least prestigious, however this is not to say it is bad. The slides and vales feel like the Legende, however, details such as the absence of valve felts and slightly weak screws and fittings let the overall instrument down. I think this is a perfect instrument for beginner trumpet players to allow them to fall in love with the instrument and music.

Playing – A gold brass lead pipe gives a darker tone and a beautiful appearance. Apart from this, the Bach is similar to the Legende as it excels in the lower to middle register and deadens towards the top. Once again, this is not necessarily a mark against the Bach as younger student swill not play to this level, but it’ll mean the trumpet might need replacing sooner than the Yamaha for example.

Overall – A very pleasing trumpet at the lower end of the student range. Perfect for beginners, you get the quality instrument at an affordable price with the prestigious ‘Bach’ name.


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