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Playing the Trumpet Makes you Smarter!

That’s true!  Actually, studies have proven that playing a musical instrument improves performance in school.  So, if you’re gonna play in the band, you might as well play the trumpet – the leader of the band.

Every musician’s first instrument is special to them. I know when I picked up my first trumpet, an incredibly beat-up Bundy, I didn’t care how worn it looked, because it was mine. A players first instrument sets the tone for their whole playing career, therefore, it is imperative to make the correct decision on what to get for your beginning player.

Don’t worry, though, it’s not that challenging, even if you’re not sure where to start. Why? Because our blog has the answers to help get you started!

Student Level Trumpets

Student level trumpets are built to provide 2 primary benefits; be durable, and easy to play. These two features are of paramount importance. A trumpet that is durable will help prevent, or minimize, “accidents” that can occur during the early learning stages.  A trumpet that is easier to play can have a significant positive impact for younger players when it comes to creating an initial sound, with the least amount of difficulty.

Any reputable brand name trumpet will provide this important feature.  As detailed in our “Band & Orchestra: Rent or Buy?” blog, we have several Rent-to-own options to consider, which is where most customers begin their musical journey.

Performance Level Trumpets

We like to say that a student trumpet has training wheels, and a Performance-level trumpet does not.  So, while you can do more things on a Performance trumpet, you need to know how to ride the bike first.  A Performance trumpet has less resistance and more hand made components - both of which increase resonance and tonal quality.

An experienced player will be able to maximize the value of these features. For this reason, we typically recommend considering a Performance trumpet once the student is ready, and can take advantage of these features.


I think I’m ready! What’s next?

When you think you’re ready to consider a Performance trumpet, it’s time to take a test ride. We recommend that you play some different trumpet brands and models to get a feel for what is best for you.

Every player has their preferences; are you a jazz or classical player? Dark or bright tone? Extra projection or a more balanced tone? These are just some of the considerations on a Performance trumpet.  Although this might seem overwhelming at first, we assure you that we have the experience and commitment to help you determine what’s right for you. After 47 years of serving local trumpet players, we’ve learned that once you know, you know.

The Most Important Thing

The world of trumpets is deep and wide, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you take the next steps on your musical journey. So, take it from me, Ross Halley, if you only get one thing from this blog, it should be…. Playing trumpet is a LOT OF FUN!!!

So you wanna be a drummer - Don't we all?

Most of us have dreamt of being a rock star! Remember your first concert? How cool
was the stage, the lights, and wow – you could “feel” the music! Who wouldn’t want to
experience that, and be able to play like those artists?

Technology and advancements in production have changed the entry level drumset
market so anyone can have a good set at a reasonable price.

What’s included with a beginner drumset?

There are 4 main components that make up a drumset: the shells, the drumheads, the
hardware and the cymbals.

The drumheads make a significant difference and have the most noticeable impact in the
sound quality on a starter kit. Most kits will include entry-level drumheads. They are
suitable and will help you get your career off the ground.

The shells are the actual drums you play. Most starter kits will include a bass drum, or
kick drum, a snare drum and 2-3 tom-toms. These are often referred to as 4-pc. or 5-pc.
kits: bass, snare, 1-2 mounted toms and a floor tom.

The hardware can include the stands, bass drum pedal and drum throne, or stool. Most
beginner sets include a basic set of hardware that includes a bass drum pedal, hi-hat
stand, snare stand and 1-2 cymbal stands. Some models may also include a throne.

The cymbals will always include a set of hi-hats. Most beginner-priced sets will include 1
“crash-ride” cymbal. Some brands include a crash and a ride cymbal for a small price

If your budget can handle it, we recommend a “complete 5pc. kit”, which includes: bass,
snare, 2 mounted toms, floor tom, complete hardware with throne, hi-hats, ride & crash
cymbals. Now you’re ready to rock!

I don’t wanna spend too much, but I don’t want something too cheap – what do I look for?

Now that we have an idea of what’s included, let’s unpack the infamous “quality” differences.

Each of the components discussed above directly impact the cost of a complete kit. The shells on beginner kits are usually made of up to 5-ply Poplar wood. At this stage of your playing career, this type of construction provides a good balance of tone and durability, and should work fine until you are ready to “play out” or record.

Beginner kits in the $399 price range tend to have much lighter and thinner grade hardware. Often times they exclude thrones, a second cymbal stand, or other components. The hardware is important for 2 primary reasons:

a) quality hardware will give you the ease of playing & durability of your kit
b) better hardware allows you to add components, without having balance issues, etc.

Most starter kits offer 2-3 cymbals that reflect an entry-level sound quality. Although these cymbals may not be preferred initially, they provide an opportunity for the player to develop the skills and techniques necessary to play a complete drumkit.

As with any instrument purchase, the beginner-to-intermediate player will balance their preferences and the benefits of better gear with their playing abilities at the time. We all want to play with professional, top quality instruments – even as a beginner. However, we suggest that players commit the time to practicing and learning how to improve their skills - this will ultimately position you to justify future upgrades and advanced features.

That all sounds great, but how much is it?

Most Drum Shops focus their drumset selection on the advanced player. At Mozingo Music, we dedicate a large selection of beginner-to-intermediate drumsets! In addition to professional drum lessons & instruction, we offer a unique program for beginning players: Kustomize Your Kit – a Mozingo Exclusive. You can pick the color, the heads & the cymbals that fit your style & budget!

We have great relationships with famous name brands like Dixon Drums, Ludwig, Tama, Pearl, Gretsch and more. Price ranges vary for beginner drum sets, but you can realistically get a good complete kit that fits within your budget.

If I have a little more in my budget, what should I consider?

• Drumheads will make even a beginner drumset sound noticably better

• Better cymbals sound better, are less “shrill”, and tend not to be too loud

• Better hardware can last years, and save you money over time

• Practice accessories can be a game-changer!

- Low volume cymbals are 80% quieter! - practice pads or “silent” drumheads dramatically reduce the overall volume.

Do you need to be a “Rocket Scientist” to build it?

The answer is: Yes, kinda. There are aspects of assembling a drumset correctly that can be tricky. Most notably, hi-hats stands and tuning the drumheads properly. Although there are devices and online “help” articles available, there is no substitute for having an experienced player build and tune a drumset effectively. This makes a huge difference in the overall sound quality of the drums. Plus, when set-up right, they’re easier to learn how to play – helping you get better faster!

At Mozingo Music, we believe a beginning drummer should experience the ultimate excitement the very first time they play their new kit! We offer free set-up & tuning with every purchase. Plus, we show you how to set-up the kit for maximum comfort & playability, so you can begin your journey to playing like a Rock Star!