The Best Intermediate Trumpets

The best intermediate trumpets-what are they?

The best intermediate trumpets, or best step-up trumpets, are beginner instruments that have some features taken from professional trumpets.  In some cases, they are just beginner trumpets that are silver plated. While the plating looks nice and lasts much longer than lacquer, it doesn’t do much for the playing qualities of the instruments.

Some of the intermediate trumpets are a mix of parts from beginner trumpets and professional trumpets. Intermediate trumpets are a good idea when there is pressure from other students or band directors to get a better instrument when finances are short.

What are the Best Intermediate Trumpets?

Bach TR200 Series Bb Trumpet, best intermediate trumpets

Bach TR200 Series Bb Trumpet

I think the best intermediate trumpets are made in the US and Japan.  The Bach TR200 Series Bb Trumpet is usually the intermediate trumpet I recommend to most players.  It has some Bach Stradivarius Parts, and generally has the Bach Sound until you get in the upper register.  That seems to me to be where the two piece bell reaches it’s limits.  For a trumpet player that doesn’t intend to be a music major in college, this horn will meet all of the requirements.

Yamaha YTR-4335GII Intermediate Trumpet, best intermediate trumpets

Yamaha YTR-4335GII Intermediate Trumpet


Yamaha makes a very good intermediate trumpet as well…the Yamaha YTR-4335GII Intermediate Trumpet Even though Yamaha’s lacquer finish is one of the best lacquer finishes, you will want to get it in Silver Plate because the finish will last much longer than lacquer.  There are other intermediate trumpets that would fit the bill.

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Should you buy now or later?

Usually, I recommend students wait until they can afford a full professional trumpet, but there are times when intermediate trumpets make sense. Sometimes, just having a brand new silver trumpet is enough to motivate students to start working harder in band.

I’ve seen this be a huge motivator at times…sometimes enough of a motivator to completely change their attitude about band. If the rest of the trumpet section has silver horns, a beginner trumpet can make a student feel as if they don’t belong. This is where the intermediate trumpet fits in. If you are not ready to spend the money for a professional trumpet, but you want a silver trumpet, this could be a good choice.