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Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

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A quality trumpet for a beginner's price.

For the young or novice player, the Etude ETR 100 Student Bb Trumpet is designed with comfort and ease in mind. With features like a generous bore, a first-valve thumb saddle, and an adjustable third valve finger ring, the trumpet is easy to hold. This instrument is ideal for a beginner to be able to focus on learning how to properly form notes and practice intonation. This trumpetâ„¢s red brass lead pipe is designed for tone production and projection so that your instrumentâ„¢s music will reach to the back of the performance hall or blend perfectly with your marching band. The Etude ETR 100 Student Bb Trumpet also comes with a mouthpiece and instrument case making it the perfect starter kit for the beginning trumpet player.

FEATURES
Key: Bb
Bore: .460 in.
Lead Pipe: Standard Taper
Lead Pipe Material: Red Brass
Bell: 5 in. 2-piece
Bell Material: Yellow Brass
Valves: Stainless Steel
1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Thumb Saddle
3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Adjustable Ring with Slide Stop
Features: One Key Valve Guides
Case: Molded ABS Plastic
Mouthpiece: 7C
Finish: Lacquer

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EtudeETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet
 
4.5

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (56)
  • Easy tone production (48)
  • Consistent (45)
  • Responsive (42)
  • Vibrant sound (42)

Cons

  • Poor quality (7)
  • Not consistent (5)
  • None so far (3)

Best Uses

  • School bands (63)
  • Accompaniment (15)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Symphonies (5)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (47), Experienced (25), Professional musician (7), Child (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's a trumpet, and I'm happy with it!

Though I am a professional musician, I must be clear that my experience playing trumpet, and specifically this trumpet,is only a few months. I am primarily a guitarist, but I consider myself...Read complete review

Though I am a professional musician, I must be clear that my experience playing trumpet, and specifically this trumpet,is only a few months. I am primarily a guitarist, but I consider myself a multi-instrumentalist. I did have some general knowledge of the trumpet before I began playing thanks to my educational background and my many brass-playing friends.

That said, if you are looking for a high-end instrument, this isn't it, HOWEVER that does not mean that this trumpet is bad. As a matter of fact, I have been playing this trumpet for three months now and I am impressed.

When you first take this trumpet out of the box, you will need to clean and re-oil the valves. The valves were sticky when I first un-boxed my trumpet. I expected as much because the instrument A) was cold from riding in the back of the delivery truck, and B) who knows how long it sat between the time it was manufactured and the time it ended up on my doorstep. Cleaning and oiling the valves is easy and you should do this regularly even on expensive trumpets. I think about it this way: valve oil is cheap; damage due to dry valves is expensive!

The mouthpiece it comes with may be a bit on the small side for me as far as cup diameter, but overall it is reasonably comfortable and reasonably easy to play through.

The bottom line: I like this trumpet, and I enjoy playing it. It is nothing fancy, but in my honest opinion, it can hold its own against any other trumpet out there. Overall, the build quality is solid, the intonation is solid, and the sound is clear. I am very happy with this instrument!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent at first, then goes downhill quickly

I bought this for my son to play in the orchestral band. After picking it up for less than half what it currently sells for, I thought it was a great deal based on...Read complete review

I bought this for my son to play in the orchestral band. After picking it up for less than half what it currently sells for, I thought it was a great deal based on the reviews.

Then a few weeks after he was playing it, he complained that the valves were sticking all the time, and his band instructor suggested we consider another trumpet. Since I had the 2 year extended warranty, I called Musician's Friend and they were very helpful in replacing it with a new one at no charge to me.

Unfortunately, the exact same thing happened with the second one. My son and his band instructor worked on the valves, cleaning, oiling with very good oil, etc. Nothing permanently helped. Two horns that do the exact same thing told me that any further replacements would be futile.

It was a good trumpet to learn whether or not my son would stick with playing the trumpet. Now that we know he will for the next 4 years, it's time to retire this and get him a durable one.

If you're looking for a "see if I like it" trumpet, this is a good starter. If you already know you'll be sticking with the trumpet, I'd strongly suggest looking at better quality, non-Chinese models.

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(29 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasant surprise

By RKTrumpet

from Boston

Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

Wow. I picked this horn up as a travel horn when I don't want to risk taking my regular horn on vacation with me. With my regular mouthpiece it sounds just great. What a surprise. Nice pretty horn, well slotted, a little stuffy and stiff (no more than many much pricier horns), but keeps a good dark focused in-tune tone through all the dynamic levels in all ranges. (No fun with the mouthpiece that ships, get something you can put some air through.)

(16 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice horn for the price

By mom2davidnabi

from Ohio

Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

I wanted to replace my King Tempo trumpet because I lost one in a fire. I used to play a lot but now I only play occasionally so I didn't want to spend a lot. This is a great horn for the price. The valves work smoothly and it has a very good tone. It helped a lot when I replaced the mouthpiece with a 3C since that was what I was used to. I plan to buy another one next fall if my daughter decides to play trumpet in the band.

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great price

By Tugger

from Florida

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Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

but you get what you pay for. Sounds very good & initially thought it was a great buy. However, after several months of play, the valves are sticking like glue. This has been independent of valve oil brand or amount.

(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Learning Trumpet

By Terry Mason

from Missouri

Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

A good trumpet for a beginner if you don't want to pay an outrageous amount to rent whatever your nearby supplier charges.
My twelve year old daughter loves that it's a lot lighter than the Yamaha we were renting for her first try in sixth grade band. She also mentions that it seems easier to use, and the valves move more smoothly.
It is a lighter alloy than some of the more expensive trumpets. The plastic case is light and feels sturdy. I cannot really comment on the overall quality of it as I know nothing about brass instruments.
Although the price has went up in recent months, it is still affordable at just over 100 dollars. I purchased this to get out of a VERY EXPENSIVE rental contract for a first year band student.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a trumpet, and I'm happy with it!

By TheMusicMan

from Pennsylvania

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy Tone Production
  • Fun To Play
  • Responsive
  • Vibrant Sound

Cons

  • None So Far

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Jazz Clubs
  • Learning
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues
  • Symphonies
  • Teaching
  • Teachinglearning

Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

Though I am a professional musician, I must be clear that my experience playing trumpet, and specifically this trumpet,is only a few months. I am primarily a guitarist, but I consider myself a multi-instrumentalist. I did have some general knowledge of the trumpet before I began playing thanks to my educational background and my many brass-playing friends.

That said, if you are looking for a high-end instrument, this isn't it, HOWEVER that does not mean that this trumpet is bad. As a matter of fact, I have been playing this trumpet for three months now and I am impressed.

When you first take this trumpet out of the box, you will need to clean and re-oil the valves. The valves were sticky when I first un-boxed my trumpet. I expected as much because the instrument A) was cold from riding in the back of the delivery truck, and B) who knows how long it sat between the time it was manufactured and the time it ended up on my doorstep. Cleaning and oiling the valves is easy and you should do this regularly even on expensive trumpets. I think about it this way: valve oil is cheap; damage due to dry valves is expensive!

The mouthpiece it comes with may be a bit on the small side for me as far as cup diameter, but overall it is reasonably comfortable and reasonably easy to play through.

The bottom line: I like this trumpet, and I enjoy playing it. It is nothing fancy, but in my honest opinion, it can hold its own against any other trumpet out there. Overall, the build quality is solid, the intonation is solid, and the sound is clear. I am very happy with this instrument!

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good for school band

By skadj48

from Undisclosed

Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

i played it in the school and im getting one i think it is great for what it is .

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Decent at first, then goes downhill quickly

By EdFromOhio

from Niles, Ohio

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good Finish

Cons

  • Valves Stick Constantly

Best Uses

    Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

    I bought this for my son to play in the orchestral band. After picking it up for less than half what it currently sells for, I thought it was a great deal based on the reviews.

    Then a few weeks after he was playing it, he complained that the valves were sticking all the time, and his band instructor suggested we consider another trumpet. Since I had the 2 year extended warranty, I called Musician's Friend and they were very helpful in replacing it with a new one at no charge to me.

    Unfortunately, the exact same thing happened with the second one. My son and his band instructor worked on the valves, cleaning, oiling with very good oil, etc. Nothing permanently helped. Two horns that do the exact same thing told me that any further replacements would be futile.

    It was a good trumpet to learn whether or not my son would stick with playing the trumpet. Now that we know he will for the next 4 years, it's time to retire this and get him a durable one.

    If you're looking for a "see if I like it" trumpet, this is a good starter. If you already know you'll be sticking with the trumpet, I'd strongly suggest looking at better quality, non-Chinese models.

    (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    How do they do it?

    By Ziggy-EzZ9F

    from Aspen, CO

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    Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

    I'm new to the trumpet, so I can't really review its playability compared to other models, but it seems very well made and appears like it will hold up over time if properly cared for. My big question is how do they do it? After close examination, how do they manufacture this instrument for a mere $99, including shipping from China and a fair markup for MF? And the free case, while not professional quality, isn't bad either. Keep in mind you must fully compress the tuning slide to close the case.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Deal

    By CodyMac88

    from Tennessee

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy Tone Production
    • Fun To Play
    • Responsive
    • Vibrant Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

        I was in band in Jr. High over ten years ago, we went through four band directors so I quit. They stole my trumpet and gave it away. I have not owned one since until now. I thought this cheap trumpet would be a good starting point and so far it is. Everything works well, I may get a different mouthpiece down the road but not because there is anything wrong with it, it is the most used size I believe just a bit small for me personally. I have fuller lips than average, not a fault on the vendor. My only suggestion, since this is geared towards beginners/students is that you include a little bottle of valve oil. I knew I would need it but I can imagine a brand new student eager to begin playing with no experience being very bummed out when he/she realizes they have to postpone really practicing because their valves are sticking. Just a suggestion. All in all, worth the money spent. A good starting point. The musician makes the instrument.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for new students

        By Heffabug

        from Scotland CT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Vibrant Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • School Bands

          Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

          I bought this for my 9-year-old son who just started taking lessons about 4 months ago. Rental rates at the local music store were ridiculous, and I was pretty sure my son would continue for at least another 6 months so this was a better route. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the construction and sound, and my son says it's just as easy and fun to play as the higher priced rental he had been using. The case is sturdy too.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Made for one very happy band student

          By EdFromOhio

          from Niles, Ohio

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School Bands

            Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

            Having no experience with wind instruments, I went off the reviews here and picked this trumpet. My son's school wanted over $100 for a trumpet rental for 90 days, so why not just buy one for about the same price? Even got the extended warranty, "just in case."

            I had troubles using a coupon code for this, but a quick chat with Steve in sales took care of it. It's really surprising everything you get with this for the price - a nice case, wiping rag and white cloth gloves. Everything he needed to get started.

            After a really excited giggle when he opened the box, he slapped it together in a few seconds and was blasting all around the house.

            Everything about this purchase was excellent - the price, the product, the included accessories, the help from Steve, fast shipping, very good packaging, and a good warranty. What more could you ask for?

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            very good for new students

            By verdeloy

            from Brownsville, Texas.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

            very good for new students low price and good quality

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great beginning trumpet for students!

            By IPipe4U

            from Staunton, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

            I bought these trumpets to use for my beginning band students. The price is affordable, the kids get a new instrument, they're easy to blow on and they can be successful! A great deal!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ETR Student Trumpet

            By KellyKool

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy Tone Production
            • Fun To Play
            • Responsive
            • Vibrant Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • School Bands

              Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

              I would highly recommend this anyone who is playing in a school band and a beginner.. My twins love it.. Very easy to play and learning quick..

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great starter Trumpet. Price cant be beat. Not a toy!

              By MTH

              from NYC

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy Tone Production
              • Fun To Play
              • Inexpensive
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • annoying the neighbors (but any horn wil do that
                • Learning
                • School Bands

                Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                I checked that I am a pro musician. We'll, yes, but I am but no I didn't buy this for me... I am not even a horn player. I bought this for my 9 year old son who is starting to take band class. He picked trumpet. Which was a wise choice for him, as he can really get those tones out, almost like a natural. I checked out rental deals from local music stores, and the cheapest was eighty smackers per semester. And those were used, beat up horns, all student models of course. So for a Ben Franklin and an Andy Jackson, I ordered this baby, and he can keep it! I read reviews on this prior to buying it and they were almost all good, so I went for it. Using the MF credit card, at an Andy Jackson and one Lincoln per mo with no interest for 1 year... and this will be paid of in half a year at that rate. Such ah deal! It does sound really good, I must add... Of course, its no Selmer or Bundi or Yamaha.. but hey.. I recommend it for the rank beginner any day! Came with a hardshell case with cushioned insides, too!

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Trepidation Lost Over Net Purchase

                By gramof14

                from Slate Creek, Idaho

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful Condition
                • Easy Tone Production
                • Excellent Price
                • Fun To Play
                • Great Quality
                • I Purchased This Trumpet
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                    This was a purchase for a granddaughter to begin learning to play. She lives in another state and the trumpet was sent directly to her. She was enormously surprised that it was early and in such great condition. She knew I was haunting many pawn shops to find a trumpet for her to start with. But they were trashed by their previous owners and priced not much lower than this 'off the shelf' intermediate trumpet. I hesitate to purchase instruments off the net, but this was an amazing experience and the best part was that if either of us was not satisfied it could be returned in 45 days. We're not returning this one!

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A good value

                    By Joel

                    from New York

                    About Me Novice

                    Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                    I bought this trumpet for my 14 year old son, who plays French horn in high school, but wants to play trumpet as well because he thinks it is more fun. Neither of us know anything about what makes a brass instrument good or bad, but we are both very impressed with this trumpet. The valves work perfectly, it sounds great, and the pitch seems fine to us. It looks great. And the price, with free shipping, can't be beat. It is certainly not a toy; it is a real musical instrument.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good quality, better than renting!

                    By Snare Drummer

                    from Cleveland, Ohio

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Better Than Renting
                    • Consistent
                    • Easy Tone Production
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                    • Lacquer Finish Wears

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • School Bands
                    • Symphonies

                    Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                    I actually own 2 of these trumpets. I bought the first one in 6th grade. No issues with the horn, but the molded case was flawed. WWBW replaced the case and covered all shipping expenses. I use Fat Cat Valve Oil and Slide Grease - no problem with valves sticking. I bought a second one in 9th grade, using the first Etude for Marching Band. Marching band is pretty hard on instruments. The out door environment caused the lacquer finish to wear away. The second Etude uses Ultra-Pure Oil and Grease. Basically for Jazz Band, Symphony and Concert Band. I've been a 1st chair all my years in band with these trumpets and have also been in several Honor Bands and Symphony Orchestras. Of course it will not perform as well as a $2000 professional trumpet, but it is a much better value than renting from a local music store. The platinum coverage offered by WWBW was worth it when it was damaged during marching season - WWBW replaced it at no cost!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great

                    By yay23

                    from yay23

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Yay

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Yay

                      Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                      yay

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      gift for a 10 year old

                      By Stan

                      from Riverside, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Grammer School Band

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • School Bands

                        Comments about Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet:

                        The trumpet was a gift for a 10 year old so he could join the school band. He liked it on the day he got it and now two months later he still likes it.

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