Tristar Standard Trumpet Review

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emandjay's review of Tristar Standard Trumpet


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

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

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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 it, the case is more suited to holding loose lego bricks than an instrument, the mouthpiece looks vaguely like a mouthpiece but just doesn't really work at all (just trying it in a half decent Trumpet will instantly reveal that!), I could go on but I think you get the picture.
There are cheap imported Asian instruments hitting the markets nowadays that are infinitely better than Tristars and are superior in every way (bar the lacquering, but for this budget you cannot expect anymore), and they cost only marginally more, i.e. you'll still get decent change from £100!
Other more experienced reviewers have also mentioned that they can contain materials that are considered toxic! Do you want your children to play one of these?
Credit to Tristar for trying to produce a budget instrument to make playing a Trumpet more affordable for many more young people but there are some budget instruments being produced not far from India (ie. China) that are roughly the same price and have brought real competition to the US/Japanese dominated market because they're excellent value for money. Buying a Tristar Trumpet is an absolute false economy in every way in my opinion!

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