A quick note on what to look for:There are a lot of different starter instruments on the market. As an adult learner, you may wish to start with a more expensive instrument that will carry you through beginner standard to intermediate. If you’re on a budget, there are some excellent affordable packages available that will get you playing. You may wish to invest in a more expensive instrument later on, after you’ve decided which direction you want to take your playing in. Even if you haven’t played before, you can check that all the valves and slides on an instrument move freely (they may need to be oiled or greased respectively before they’ll work properly).
pTrumpet is an all plastic trumpet that feels and plays remarkably like a brass instrument. Why plastic? Well, the pTrumpet won’t dent as a result of a drop or knock like a brass trumpet and it weighs very little at only 500g. In a side by side comparison with its brass counterparts, I found that the pTrumpet held up surprisingly well in terms of tone and response. These were improved further by swapping the included plastic mouthpiece for a brass one such as the Montreux 7C which is a perfect size for an adult beginner and won’t break the bank. One downside to this instrument is that the third valve slide cannot be moved while playing. As a beginner, this is a minor concern, but as you become more experienced you will find that lower notes using the third valve (D and C#) are not in tune. This is the case for all trumpets and it’s necessary to push the slide out to improve the tuning of these notes. The pTrumpet is a good choice for adult beginners as it’s loads of fun to play and even if you choose to move to a more advanced instrument further down the line, you can still use it for playing outside and taking on holiday to practice.
The Montreux model is a starter instrument designed to be affordable and good quality and get you playing straight away. The finger rests are comfortable and the instrument feels solid in the hands. Tuning is reasonably good throughout the range. The sound is great for the price but not quite as warm or resonant as more expensive models. That said, in terms of value for money, the Montreux is really a standout buy. Montreux is a leading brand of premium student instruments designed specifically for students and beginners who don’t want to compromise on quality, yet insist on value-for-money. Throughout the full musical and dynamic range, the sound projection has a consistent tonal quality and is more than capable of playing the most taxing of pieces and graded exams. The outfit is completed with a silver-plated 7C mouthpiece and protected in a soft-lined solid case featuring a useful accessory pocket and backpack style straps.