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★★★★★
Tristar Standard Trumpet

“Definately worth the money”

Written on: 23/04/2013 by Classybassman (1 review written)

I bought a Tristar Euphonium off Ebay - brilliant value. Now lets face it, you get what you pay for. As an ex-bandsman wishing to start again in my retirement, I needed something to get my lip in and see if I could play reasonably well again. This Tristar instrument ticked all the boxes and though not the Jaguar of the brass band world, as a Ford Fiesta it is an excellent beginners tool to see if you have that ability and commitment in the first place. If and when you achieve a higher standard… Read Full Review

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“From where i buy my first trumpet?”

Written on: 01/04/2013

I bought my daughter a used Tristar trumpet, which wasn't on the list of the music teacher.  Paid only $50. The eacher said it was great. She used it for a year.I just bought her a brand new Tristar trumpet now. Surprisingly it cost less than $100 and came with a nice case and a mute.Since then, a lot of her friends have bought a Tristar trumpet too and all the parents have been thanking me for bringing this great value for money trumpet to their notice… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“I recommend Tristar Trumpets”

Written on: 29/03/2013 by robin10100 (1 review written)

I bought a Tristar trumpet for less than $100 2 years ago, and it works great. I was worried with a lot of people warning me not to buy the economical trumpets online, but I have been pleasantly surprised. I now recently upgraded to their professional model costing me about $350. And I have been even more pleasantly surprised, because this is none other than a Besson trumpet with stainless steel valves (700 series I think) with the original Besson case! I just realized that they are OEM… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“Great Trumpets”

Written on: 12/03/2013 by ritadlima (1 review written)

Tristar are developing a very solid reputation for brass generally, and they have several great trumpets in the lower price range. I have a Tristar trombone which is exceptional, and less than $350… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“Just Valves For Me”

Written on: 01/03/2013

The Tristar Trumpet Is CHEAP BeCause Of The Materials Are CHEAP Before You Even Play It You'll Have To Clean It. I Did A Two Hour Cleaning Season For It And It Still Is Dirty! But I Did Not Try One Thing. Take It Apart And Lay Every Part In To The BathTub ( Make Sure The Water Is Past The Bell And Warm ) Wait For 30 Minutes Then Put It Back Togheter Then Scrub The Valves Area. It Should Get The Valves Working Better, But Its A Good Begginer Trumpet But Not So Pro Trumpet. … Read Full Review

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Johnsmith1111's Comment

Written on: 17/04/2013

dont worry buddy, just write to Tristar, they have a very good customer service, rest assured they will resolve it to yur satisfaction

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Keytar25's Comment

Written on: 25/06/2013

Not true... I've sent the same email 4 times now over the past 2 weeks trying to get a response on a bum Flugalhorn I purchased. For the price, I didn't expect great...or even good, but I did expect to be able to play a scale in one key at a time. And I did expect the valves to work. Very disappointing. And now, being ignored by customer support...even more so.

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★★★★★
Tristar Standard Trumpet

“JUST MOUTHPIECE, NOT FULL TRUMPET”

Written on: 11/04/2012 by AlanKotun (1 review written)

Hi everyone i am a beginner trumpet player and i am using a Gear4music deluxe trumpet. I recently bought a Trista trumpet mouthpiece seeing my unbranded one which came with the trumpet got damaged and I just want to say I am loving it. First off It is nice and warm since it is Gold plated with 24 karat gold and it really is different from the first one which is always cold in near all climates. It was much easier to play with when i compared the two, and it gave a much fuller sound. It… Read Full Review

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“I bought a Tristar student trumpet last year from...”

Written on: 13/04/2011

I bought a Tristar student trumpet last year from their North American reseller on ebay (canada warehouse I believe). Then, more recently, I bought their professional trumpet for about $350.
The student trumpet has been performing quite well so far. For under $100 it was definitely a good buy. The sound quality is quite acceptable (not comparable to my $2500 Yamaha, but then I paid only $100!). It looks quite good. The finish still holds after nearly a year.
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“Well... I myself am an intermediate bass player who's...”

Written on: 15/05/2010 by JustKnowz (1 review written)

Well... I myself am an intermediate bass player who's always been fascinated with the trumpet (I'm a big Lee Morgan fan, Miles Davis is the man, but Lee made me want to play trumpet!) I'm about 35 years of age and I didnt want to invest too much money. I just wanted to see if there was some kind of chemistry between a trumpet and myself or if it was just a "fever" that would soon pass. Well, as for the Tristar 7C Trumpet-- I paid cheap, and I guess I got cheap... but I was expecting that. I… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“It seems to be made of very very cheap materials, and...”

Written on: 02/09/2009

It seems to be made of very very cheap materials, and the valves are hard to push down, and it scratches like crazy! It looks nice but it is hard to play.
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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“I got a convertible Tristar trumpet and I'll say this,...”

Written on: 01/09/2009

I got a convertible Tristar trumpet and I'll say this, You get what you pay for. Tristar trumpets are made cheap and that is how come they are cheap. If you are looking for a trumpet to start out on it would be okay but it is cheap. If you want something fancy your going to pay for it, and if your like me I don't have that kind of money! But I got my Getzen for about the same price now it looks pretty beet-up but it play very well so just depends on what your looking for. Over all it's not a… Read Full Review

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“I Just Got My Tristar Convertible Trumpet today and it...”

Written on: 31/08/2009

I Just Got My Tristar Convertible Trumpet today and it is very very cheap! You can tell just by picking it up it ways way less than my Getzen. The only time I might recommend it is if the person wasn't sure if they were going to stick with it. I expected it to be made with cheap materials But the whole thing is cheap. Let me Just say that if you are considering buying cheap instruments off of ebay or something, that you consider going for a used higher brand! I thought it wouldn't matter but it… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“ Tristar Standard Trumpet. The valves are hard to...”

Written on: 26/12/2008 by lilmoosic011 (1 review written)

Tristar Standard Trumpet. The valves are hard to move (even with oil) and the Concert "D" pitches are often sharp. The concert "C" notes are ok as long as the third valve slide is pulled out slightly. Very good sound quality. Overall a good trumpet… Read Full Review

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“The Tristar seems to be a poorly manufactured trumpet....”

Written on: 23/11/2008

The Tristar seems to be a poorly manufactured trumpet. I have to agree with the majority fo the reviews that I have read. The Tristar is definitely not in tune which is probably due to the material used in the manufacturing of the trumpet. I would definitely not recommend anyone purchasing a Tristar trumpet… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“I am an experienced Brass teacher and pro Trombone...”

Written on: 17/09/2008 by emandjay (2 reviews written)

I am an experienced Brass teacher and pro Trombone player in London and I had the slightly less than enlightened experience of having to teach students who turned-up with one of these things having been bought blind on ebay by well-meaning parents.
To say these instruments are Trumpets would take a real stretch of the imagination! They blow terribly, and I mean terribly, absolutely nothing is centred, the valves move and that's all you can say for them, the "lacquer" comes off when you look at… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“First of all, I think this trumpet is poorly made; in my...”

Written on: 03/08/2008 by whatastrad15 (2 reviews written)

First of all, I think this trumpet is poorly made; in my opinion it has bad craftsmanship, second, looks of the horn, if is really a trumpet, it's horrible and has a nightmarish appearance in my eyes, I can't tune the horn, I think the sound is bad, and finally, some parts of the so called 'trumpet' has antimony and lead which is highly toxic. If you buy this trumpet you might be disappointed with the tone quality. I recommend that people looking on buying a trumpet to save their money and buy a… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“In my opinion this is by far the most miserable excuse...”

Written on: 16/12/2007

In my opinion this is by far the most miserable excuse of an instrument to darken our doorstep! The plating was so poor that flakes of plating gummed up the valves - terrible! Valve cap threads are nearly impossible to match to put on. I could never recommend this brand. Please save your money and invest in a better instrument. 30+ years of teaching and 47+ years of playing… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“I may have the runt of the litter as even for the...”

Written on: 10/08/2007 by HuffPuffMusic (1 review written)

I may have the runt of the litter as even for the cheap price I am disappointed with the instrument. The first valve notes are difficult to pitch (I am a pro player. You Tube search Paul Mayes) and the overall tuning, which is very important for a beginner, is not within acceptable limits even at beginner standard. I would advise paying slightly more for the next model up (I haven't played it). I have seen good reviews for these instruments but am commenting on my own experience… Read Full Review

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Pro Trumpet's Response to HuffPuffMusic's Review

Written on: 30/01/2008

He knows what he's talking about & I trust this review!

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★★★★★
Tristar Standard Trumpet

“Good horn! Excellent for beginners, and a awsome...”

Written on: 07/04/2007 by normster5659 (1 review written)

Good horn! Excellent for beginners, and a awsome practice horn. Once you've woked out the valve issuse (if there is any) you'll play like Mayanrd.......well, okay nowhere near as good as a Monette… Read Full Review

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Tristar Standard Trumpet

“If you want to try trumpet get one of these Tristar...”

Written on: 29/05/2006 by radiomoscow (1 review written)

If you want to try trumpet get one of these Tristar Standard Trumpet, if you stick at it, spend $500 and up on a pro horn later.
This trumpet is a lot of fun. Saving up now for my next trumpet… Read Full Review

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Pro Trumpet's Response to 244761_radiomoscow's Review

Written on: 14/10/2006

I am a pro trumpet player of 35 years, and I don't sell instruments. My advise is don't go cheap and buy a third world trumpet! A beginner should learn on a well built trumpet. The trumpets coming out of India, Pakistan and Mainland China are made in sweatshops with little quality control and pride. No semi professional player in those above countries would ever think of playing on one of those trumpets!
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<br>There is a good reason why you don't see these throw away instruments in music stores. They are usually not repairable for many reasons, and they have no resale value. They are sold only on the web for a good reason.

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“I bought a Tristar standard quality trumpet on Ebay...”

Written on: 05/02/2006 by Wrightfamily30 (4 reviews written)

I bought a Tristar standard quality trumpet on Ebay for less than £45 sterling in Autumn 2005. It's a good little instrument in every respect, except for a slight lack of workmanship in the finish - one valve slide, once removed, was difficult to get back in because the tubing was slightly misaligned, and there were also odd places where the silver plate was missing (very small areas).

It played in tune throughout the register.

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Pro Trumpet's Response to Wrightfamily30's Review

Written on: 16/10/2006

I&#039;m a professional trumpet player of 35 years and there is a mistaken belief that its ok for a Beginner to learn on a cheap 3rd world trumpet. The reasoning is the child may give it up or its cheaper than renting..etc. This is a very common belief because of lack of knowledge and money.
<br/>These trumpets are very poorly made and usually cannot be repaired, some are made out of pot metal: a mixture of lead & copper! A student needs a well made instrument to learn on they don&#039;t need to learn on piece of junk. I am so glad that I had a moderately priced well made trumpet to learn on or I may not have continued. Trust me there&#039;s a good reason these trumpets are so cheap and you can not buy a good trumpet at that price, its not going to happen. Read reviews and do research and buy a Brand name trumpet if you can afford it or rent. It can be repaired and if your child gives it up it will have resale value.

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Justknowz's Response to Wrightfamily30's Review

Written on: 15/05/2010

Well... I myself am an intermediate bass player who's always been fascinated with the trumpet (I'm a big Lee Morgan fan, Miles Davis is the man, but Lee made me want to play trumpet!) I'm about 35 years of age and I didnt want to invest too much money. I just wanted to see if there was some kind of chemistry between a trumpet and myself or if it was just a "fever" that would soon pass. Well, as for the Tristar 7C Trumpet-- I paid cheap, and I guess I got cheap... but I was expecting that. I bought it on eBay. I have sound coming out of the trumpet, but the valves are somewhat "weird"- not easy to manipulate sound and hit the notes... but I'm learning on my own so I guess thats part of the process. I believe I got my money's worth which is why I gave it 4 stars for value for my money. But I do agree that beginners should not be denied the opportunity to play this wonderful instrument due to lack of funds. Of course, I do agree that with time, a much better trumpet must be acquired. I'm still enthusiastic about playing so I guess it's not a fever! Let's look at the bright side: once you can get sound and play out of this crappy trumpet, you'll knock the socks out of anybody when you upgrade! :)

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Pro Trumpet's Response to Wrightfamily30's Review

Written on: 18/10/2006

I understand your thoughts on buying Tristar Instruments. I live here in California, and evidently there are higher quality band Instruments available for rent. The problem with many of these cheap Instruments is the valve actions are intolerable.
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<br>If that's all the parents can afford and there's no other quality instruments around to rent, I guess it's better than nothing.

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Wrightfamily30's Response to Wrightfamily30's Review

Written on: 17/10/2006

May I respond?
<br/>I'm a euphonium player with 36 years experience of playing that instrument. I wholeheartedly agree that it is important to provide a usable instrument for children to learn on. Ideally, everyone would be handed a B & H Sovereign (or equivalent, high quality, fully compensating instrument) at the outset, but with a new cost of well in excess of £2000 (and second hand values, even for elderly and well worn instruments, rarely dropping below £800 for a Sovereign and £500 for an Imperial) it is extremely unlikely that many LEA's in the UK would be prepared to provide such instruments through their schools music departments, or that many parents would be able (or willing) to lay out such money, when there is always the chance that the association with the instrument may prove to be a short lived affair.
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<br/>As an 11 year old, I myself was handed an old, 3 valve Boosey and Hawkes instrument, with a standard B & H mouthpiece. It had no case so I had to carry it around in a canvas rucksack. Only 5 years down the line did a B & H Imperial with a Denis Wick mouthpiece come my way. I would far rather have started on the Imperial, but we have to be realistic.
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<br/>As I said in my original review, the Tristar euphonium (and trumpet - see other review), while far from perfect, does perform well enough, and I am currently using it at school in two different music ensembles, with perfectly satisfactory results. It is NOT a Sovereign, but it plays well enough, with a fruity tone, and it has suffered no breakages, plate wear, sticky valves or anything else - yet.
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<br/>If it came to the choice between providing a 'junk' instrument such as the Tristar, or denying a child the opportunity to try out an instrument through lack of funds, I know what I (as an enthusiastic champion of brass instruments in particular, and music making in general) would do.
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<br/>I understand that a 'professional' musician, with a far keener ear for exact intonation, a far greater awareness of tonal quality and a much keener eye for perfection in manufacturing might baulk at accepting that other musicians would recommend what they would regard as 'junk', but my role is to get children started in music making, and these instruments are adequate for this task.

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Keytar25's reply to Wrightfamily30's Comment

Written on: 25/06/2013

This is an old thread, so many of the original participants to this discussion won't see this; however, any new viewers, please pay close attention.

If the Tristar instrument was my only option when I started at age 9, 40 years ago, I would not have made it past the 2nd lesson. Get your kid a Conn or Yamaha as a beginner trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, or any other brass instrument. You can rent them weekly, monthly...very affordable if you are unable to buy. Providing them with a Tristar or any substandard brass instrument for this special time will ruin the experience...trust me. It will also limit the instructor's ability to assess the student's quality of tone and technique due to the the instruments inability to hold a pitch and poor valve action.

Tristar needs to raise their standards and the quality of their product... or simply stop selling them. At this point, with all of the bad reviews and bad experiences brought to their attention by their customers, Tristar is certainly aware, but continues to take advantage of parents' desire to introduce music to their kids in way they feel they can afford it.

Unfortunately, a poor quality brass instrument makes learning to play appear to be more challenging than it is...which would frustrate any kid eager to learn and eager to make music. And keep in mind, no amount of practice will improve the quality of the instrument.

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