Trumpets are one of the most popular beginner instruments for budding Brass players. A frequent question from beginners (or their parents) is which make and model is best for them? There are plenty of options and the choice can be over whelming. As such, here are the Top 3 Trumpets we recommend at Normans.

Trumpet Specifications

While comparing these top 3, we have 4 key criteria:
  • Build Quality - How robust is the instrument?
  • Valve Action - How smooth are the valves?
  • Tone Quality - How good is the sound?
  • Value for Money - Well, that's really up to you

The pTrumpet

After bursting onto the Brass scene in 2014 we don't feel it's too soon to say this is an instrument that will stand the test of time. These trumpets are super light (only 500gs!), making them perfect for younger beginner players. This lightweight model might mislead some into thinking this is a poorly built instrument but it is not so. In regards to how robust this instrument is... well, just watch the video below:

In regards to valve action, the pTrumpet is slightly less glowing. Due to it's all plastic design, the use of valve oil (usually used to lubricate your valves,) is a big no-no. As such, some report that the valves are not as free moving as they like. This is not to say the valves are bad, just not the very best available. HOWEVER, these plastic instruments are smart. The more you play your pTrumpet the more the valves will wear down, right up to the point that they flow perfectly. Persistence is key! Tone wise, you are getting a great sound for any hard working beginner. While plastic and brass resonate different and brass is (usually) better, the ability of the player will have a bigger affect on the sound, rather than the instrument: Especially at a student level. All in all, the pTrumpet offers exceptional value for money at a little over £100. On top of this is a very low maintenance instrument, saving you money on accessories like valve oil etc.

Sonata Bb Trumpet

Sonata are known for their very solid builds, with a reputation for being 'robust'. Although, after the demonstration above, if you drop it on it's bell, it will sustain damage. However, the tensile strength is undeniably higher. As a brass trumpet, we once again have the option of valve oil with the Sonata. As such, you will have smoother action and better response from the get-go. With this does come the trade off of increased maintenance. sonata-trumpetFollowing on from the pTrumpet in regards to the tone, we are looking at the potential for a better tone from the Sonata due to it's metal build and improved resonance. However, it comes down to the player. When you take into account the build quality and potential this instrument has in regard to its tone, it is a sound choice for any beginner. As an added bonus it is also supplied with a substantiate case that well balances weight and protection. This results in a case that is both strong and easy to carry thanks to the addition of backpack style straps.

The hyTech Trumpet

ptrumpet-hytech-plastic-trumpetIt might just be Warwick Music have come up with an instrument that gives you the best of both worlds. With the hyTech Trumpet, you have a plastic body. This gives you a feather light instrument that could probably fall down a flight of stairs unscathed. Internally, the instrument boasts Precision Milled 304 Stainless Steel Pistons - as well as metal valve caps and stems - which gives the valves more weight. This is very noticeable as you play fast passages and the instrument is more than able to respond. In all, take everything good about the Sonata and pTrumpets, mush them together and you have the hyTech Trumpet. There really is nothing to not like.

So which one should you choose?

All of the Trumpets above are ideal for beginners, so any of these models would be a good beginner instrument. That being said, the hyTech certainly came out on top for us. In all, you really need to think about your own commitment and what budget you are most happy with. With this information you are in a better position to look for the best instrument, for you, within budget.


For the older students out there - those who have had a life long ambition to play - there maybe a few more models that are suitable. If you are confident you will continue to play, no matter what, and want an instrument that will take you further on your musical journey, then you may be best to look to a more intermediate instrument. If this sounds like you, may we recommend looking into the Yamaha YTR3335? We think it would be a good fit.