I make this thread, because I realize they're alot of ignorant younger players just as I was. And even most players my age or younger had the same misnomer on this subject. I was fooled by upper classmen who didn't really no anything. I halfway believed that all trumpet with the same, even though in the back of my mind it wasn't logical to me because of the price difference.
Until my sophmore year in high school, I played in a corp style band, and needed a silver trumpet, which my drum major allowed me to use for the entire year. It was an intermediate trumpet, and going from a student to this, I notice 3 very big differences, better tone quality, faster valves, and easier to create high range screaming sound.
This was one hell of an aha! moment for me.
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Many student trumpets are made with a 2-piece bell (where the instruments bell is soldered onto the body). This dampens vibrations and affects sound and projection. You can also choose an entry-level trumpet with a "seamless" bell, where the two pieces are joined without solder and creates a one-piece bell without any seam for continuous, even vibrations in all registers.
Monel pistons are preferred, as they are much harder and last much longer than the usual nickel-plated pistons found on lower level starter trumpets. Also, well-made valves ensure an airtight fit between valve casings and pistons. You’ll find that the valves on a first trumpet are made with slightly looser tolerances than upper models to reduce jamming while the student learns proper fingering angle. The student trumpets offered here have well made and well engineered monel valves, pistons, and valve guides for years of reliable service, and quiet action.
Also available are rose brass leadpipes (where the mouthpiece inserts) are available which resists corrosion on beginner trumpets
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