Best brass instruments according to redditors

We found 50 Reddit comments discussing the best brass instruments. We ranked the 39 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Brass Instruments:

u/SENDBALLS · 14 pointsr/trumpet

Yamaha 2xxx series horns are great places to start. At first you really won't notice a difference between that and a more expensive instrument.

Yamaha YTR-2335 Bb Trumpet

Trumpet is hard. It will take a lot of practice to make a good sound on a few notes. So don't get discouraged when you don't sound like Miles as fast as you would like.

Try to stay relaxed, tension breeds bad habits and will serious impede your sound.

If you can find a teacher you should definitely take a few lessons to get started. A little bit of guidance goes a long way.

I hope you love the trumpet and stick with it. Good luck on your journey!

u/ScubaSteeeve · 9 pointsr/Trombone

I've seen kids start in 4th grade on a standard tenor trombone. The instrument is a little heavy for small children, and it's a bit too long for most kids that age to get their arm out comfortably.

That being said, I can heartily recommend the pBone mini. It's tuned slightly differently than a standard tenor trombone; it's an alto. It's made entirely out of plastic, so it's lightweight and pretty hard to damage. The slide takes some getting used to (it has to get worn in first), but overall, I think they're perfect for young kids if you can find a teacher who's willing to work with you. You can then upgrade to the full size version.

This way, if he falls out of love with the horn, you're not out a whole lot of money. But if he sticks with it for the long haul, he's got one he can throw over his shoulder and take on plane rides if he has to travel.

u/kidneystoneslayer · 6 pointsr/euphonium

Yep. It's a convertible model, but it looks pretty simple to switch. Pretty sure this is the horn I saw in use by Springs Valley High School from French Lick, IN, at the past few ISSMA Class D State Finals. Definitely wouldn't recommend Jupiters, but it appears as though the market is rather limited.

u/bennettpena · 4 pointsr/HumanPorn

I sorted by Prime and 4+ stars

Mendini MPT-N Nickel Plated Bb Pocket Trumpet

u/HistoGraham · 4 pointsr/Bandmemes

A trombone pitched a fourth higher, in Eb.

You can buy one for under $100:

Also see

u/dragontamer5788 · 2 pointsr/harmonica

All else considered: a high-end harmonica set... like seven different Crossovers... or five different Seydel Session Steels... will cost you far less than an equivalent professional clarinet, professional violin, professional piano, professional guitar, or professional Trumpet.

Basically, you're gonna have to leave professional-grade and get a "student trumpet" if you want to compare costs to a set of high-end Session Steel harmonicas.

Special 20 is highly recommended around these forums. I haven't tried that one yet, as I've only really tried the Marine Band 1896. Frankly, the Marine Band is almost perfect for me, I just need screw-based construction to make it perfect (I open it up to tweak those reeds relatively often. I know this harmonica won't hold in the long run with the nails). Marine Band Deluxe might work out, but with only two harmonicas, its hard for me to form a solid opinion still.

IMO, ~$40 Lee Oskars and ~$40 Special 20 is the definition of "midrange" for me. High-end Diatonic Harmonicas are ~$60+. One day I'll try each of them, but it'd be a while. I'm not sure if I'm able to jam with a band yet with my skill level anyway.

u/graves420 · 2 pointsr/euphonium

Are you just looking for a euphonium? Or do you need to buy a marching horn?

If you do need a marching horn, I’ll dissent that Jinbao stencil will not be good in a couple of month. It’s all about who the importer is. Jinbao cranks out stencil horn to anyone who wants. Wessex, Mack Brass and Dillon music are the best in terms of quality control.

Only Wessex carries marching brass. Schiller gets their horns from Jinbao but I have only heard bad reviews of their quality control.

That being said, look for a used bach Mercedes marching baritone or a used conn 136e if you don’t want chinese. You can find them for around $500-$600 in decent playing condition. I have a conn 136e and it’s great. It’s a stencil of the King 1124 which is the gold standard marching baritone.

If your lookin for any euphonium don’t buy a marching baritone. They only have use in a marching band. I use mine in a fusion brass band for fun.

As for the Jinbao stencils, they copy the Yamaha 642 compensating euphonium. Mack Brass is the best band for your buck. Its only carried in silver and is $995.

I’d suggest replacing the springs with Yamaha springs. And maybe replace the felts. Neither are necessary but can make the horn just a little better.

Wessex Dolce already has better valve springs and felts. But the starting price is $1370. That’s for the gold brass bell version, which does have a beautiful warm sound. If you want the silver plated version it’s $100 more, and standard yellow brass bell. If you want silver I think the Mack Brass is the better option. Wessex does a few things like their Wyvern engraved valve buttons and the aforementioned springs and felts. But Tom McGrady who owns Mack Brass has a leaner operation so he’s able to keep the price down while still having great quality control.

I have a Wessex Festivo but still replaced the springs, but the felts are perfectly fine.

If you’re willing to spend $800 I’d say spend the extra $200 and get a Mack Brass euphonium. Otherwise look for a used Yamaha 321 on eBay. You can usually find them for a decent price. you’ll need to spend more on a used king 2280 which is the best non compensating euphonium on the market. The conn 19i is the stencil of the king 2280 and if you do see them on the market, they go for less than the kings but play just as well. They are a rarer find though.

u/SirPeriwinkle33 · 2 pointsr/Trombone

like one of these?

What do you look for in alto trombones? By that I mean what are the generally accepted bore and bell sizes?

u/twoloavesofbread · 2 pointsr/musictheory

There's a fretless instrument similar to a theremin called an Otamatone that you'd probably enjoy.

The same company that makes the pBone also makes a [pTrumpet](pBone PTRUMPET1W Jiggs pTrumpet Plastic Trumpet with Gig Bag & 3C & 5C Mouthpieces, White and an instrument called the [pBuzz]( Kid'sMusical Instrument, which is like a slide vuvuzela. The pBone and pTrumpet sound surprisingly good when played with regular (metal) mouhtpieces!

u/TheBobkabob · 2 pointsr/airsoft

For those interested in picking one up...


u/TinyApexPredator · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here goes...

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  2. Something that says summer - No matter what, I always end up with a sunburn.

  3. Food related & unusual - This makes me so happy.

  4. For the boyfriend - because he loved this game when he was younger and hasn't been able to find it since. [For the boyfriend's sister] ( - because she LOVES hedgehogs!

  5. A book you should read - This is about a German Shepherd adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II.

  6. Less than a dollar - Had help from my boyfriend with this one. :)

  7. Dog related - YAS

  8. not useful but awesome - Now I want this!

  9. Movie everyone should watch at least once - Heart warming movie

  10. Useful for zombie attack - For cutting off their heads!

  11. Profound impact on my life & help achieve current goals - I desperately need to get in shape.

  12. Add-on item - WHY is this an add-on item? Ridiculous.

  13. Fandom related - Socks, the best way to support your fandom when you're at work and can't wear graphic t-shirts.

  14. Ridiculously priced

  15. Sharks or unicorns - both, with a bonus cat!

  16. Something that smells wonderful - Ahhh, sweet childhood!

  17. Toy that I wanted when I was a child - I wanted a razor scooter so bad when I was a kid, but never got one.

  18. Helpful for writers - I am definitely not a writer, but this seems like something that may help.

  19. Something related to my current obsession - I am currently OBSESSED with Shameless!

  20. Random & weird - I love bacon as much as the next person, but this is a bit too far...
u/cagewithakay · 1 pointr/trumpet

I'll have to see if I can hunt down a teacher. One model in particular I'm looking at is Jean Paul intermediate

Does that look good?

u/Emoti723 · 1 pointr/trumpet

I have a Yamaha Advantage trumpet that plays smoother than what i’ve seen at around this price point. This is similar to what I use currently and I suggest taking a look.

u/luckyhunterdude · 1 pointr/DIY

just by the picture you linked to it looks to me that it's stamped into the top plate. If it really is stamped, just return it and get this one instead

u/Dobbins · 1 pointr/brass

Reputable brands don't come with white gloves. Cheap pieces of junk tend to include them as a selling point.

Here is a trumpet that is a total piece of junk:

And another:

and another:

These are all pieces of junk, yet they come with white gloves to keep the trumpet shiny!!! Oooohhh! It is a selling point for people who are looking to buy a nice instrument but don't know any better.

Olds is a great student brand, unless there is a problem with the instrument that isn't repairable, I'd try and talk him into keeping the current instrument. I have an Olds student model trombone that I use and I really like it.

Since he already has a decent instrument (assuming it is decent shape), you could try contacting a local independent music shop or instrument repair shop and see if they will be willing to take it on trade credit.

u/Cozenkelt · 1 pointr/indianapolis

Not used and not local, but my sister helps with a local marching band and picked up one of these to help when she's working 1:1 with the kids.

She says it's not the greatest, but for the price it does better than expected. She's recommended it to a few new-to-band kids as a solid introductory-to-intermediate instrument.

u/TheGamerTrainer · 1 pointr/Bandmemes
u/EvenSol · 1 pointr/Didgeridoo

Wow, that price is nuts. After a bit of searching, I found the [Meinl Trombone Didgeridoo] ( which bears a striking resemblance to the X8 Drums Slide Didge and ranges around the same price. Seems to have good reviews too.

u/Mike4282 · 1 pointr/brass

I'm looking at this trumpet if anyone cares
Mendini MPT-N Nickel Plated Bb Pocket Trumpet

u/Maxis47 · 1 pointr/gaming
u/bluePMAknight · 1 pointr/trumpet

I'd stick with a Yahama, Jupiter, or Bach beginner horn then. Those are going to be the highest quality and within your price range. Something like this