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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2010
I played trumpet for years in high school and college, and I had an old Doc Severinsen model that I had a crystal clear beautiful sound with. Several years ago, I purchased an inexpensive trumpet and it sounded like garbage. I've decided to get back into playing again. Based on the reviews, I decided to go "cheap" and try this one. By "cheap" I mean as compared to the $500+ I could spend on what I knew would be a high quality instrument.

The other users are right on target about the valves being turned funny in the chambers, but that's easy to fix. Simply unscrew the tops of each valve chamber (not the stem itself), and turn them until they click. When seated properly, air should be able to be blown freely through the trumpet with all the valves up. If not, simply try turning them again. With a good eye you can line up the holes in the valves with the trumpet.

The trumpet ships with valve oil, and the slides are clearly well greased and ready for action. I took it out of the case, adjusted the valves as noted, blew through it for about 2 minutes to warm it up, and then produced a sound equivalent to my beautiful old Doc Severinsen. The valves work easily, the slides slide gracefully, and the most important piece is the sound quality is amazing.

As if all that wasn't enough, I ordered the item, and it was on my doorstep within 3 business days.

If you have a youngster just starting out, or are getting back into it like I am, or need a good concert quality trumpet without spending a thousand dollars, this is the horn for you!
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2008
I purchased the LJ Hutchen brand trumpet from Hyson Music for my middle-school aged son and am extremely satisfied with the product. This trumpet is a quality instrument with excellent tone and smooth valve action. As someone who has played a vintage Reynolds trumpet for about 30 years, I can tell you that the LJ Hutchen is an excellent instrument for the beginning or intermediate musician. It also came in an attractive and sturdy case. In my experience, you will not find a better quality trumpet anywhere near this price range. My hat is off to LJ Hutchen company. I will also add that the folks at Hyson music shipped it REALLY fast. I ordered via Amazon on Monday night and had the trumpet on my doorstep on Thursday morning (in VA). It has been a great purchase in every respect, and my son is glad to have a shiny new trumpet!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2008
Although I do play music, I am not a trumpet player. But I bought this instrument for a 9-year-old boy who is just beginning to play. He loves this trumpet, and I love hearing him play. He is making amazing progress. The instrument sounds wonderful, is solidly constructed, and easy to maintain. I think that it is a perfect choice and a fantastic value. I love the fact that the man behind the Hutchen concept is so committed to the musical education of young people. I will recommend Hutchen instruments to other parents.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
My daughter was in need of a new trumpet for middle school. In elementary school she used my older King cornet and a Pan-American trumpet. For marching band, etc. we wanted her to have a new piece. I looked around at some of the rent-to-own trumpets (which are largely entry level Conn type). I played them (I played from elementary school to college). Meh. I thought perhaps I would buy one of the cheap import models that you see on Ebay and here. Then I ran across this model. After reading the glowing reviews I thought I would spend the $250 or so (basically a few of the rent-to-own payments) and try out this model. It comes in a plastic no frills case that seems reasonably well made and fairly light. the trumpet itself is attractive and feels average weight. Valve action is good. I did not disassemble, clean, and oil since it seems to be pretty well lubricated as-packed. There is a light machining/polishing mark on the final turn of the horn, but nothing that I would send it back for. It was purchased as an entry-level horn she can march in inclement WV weather, so a few light machine marks mean nothing. The sound is full and warm. I would DEFINITELY place the playability above the rent-to-own jobbies. I played both within a week of each other and this is the better horn. If you are in my position - a parent who wants to get the horn that will get your kid through High School band, this is the one. Go no where else, you don't need to hem and haw anymore. This is a quality horn that I wouldn't have balked to spend more on than I did. Hell, a used intro level Bach won't get you much more than this one. I know I seem like I'm gushing a bit. I read a critical review that suggested some of the reviews were plants. Well, mine is not. I have played many different brands of trumpets. This is not a Bach Strad, but your middle school kid doesn't need that. Now, I'm off to grab my daughter's trumpet to play some Children of Sanchez.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2008
I purchased this trumpet in Sept. for my son after doing some diligent Internet research on affordable trumpets. I didn't want to rent-to-own a Jupiter and pay more than $850 through the school rental program. After talking to every parent, music teacher and music store person I could find about what to look for in a quality trumpet, I took a chance on the LJ Hutchen trumpet and received it three days later thanks to fast shipping. I recently had it evaluated by a master instrument repairman at the local university with more than 25 years of experience and he said it was a quality instrument from top to bottom and was impressed by its construction. I also spoke with the company's repair tech. whose dad started the family-owned L.J. Hutchen company and he was completely conversational and accomodating and encouraged me to call anytime I had a question or needed anything. Very unusual service in these days of outsourcing customer service. The 2-year warranty provides peace of mind on top of the good service. The naysayers said it couldn't be done - getting a quality, new trumpet for less than $250 and L.J. Hutchen proves them wrong. If you crave inexpensive quality like me, this is the one you want!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2008
It is head and shoulders above similarly priced instruments.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2009
The trumpet I received was better than I hoped. It is beautiful, the valves and slides work well, and even the case was well made and solid. I couldn't find any manufacturing 'boo-boos' anywhere. I just called Hyson Music for information on how to care for the trumpet and they were extremely helpful. Their customer service is excellent. I am not surprised at the other good reviews (was skeptical at first). I'm very happy with this horn!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2009
My son's rental trumpet from his school lost proper tone, so a replacement was needed. I was reluctant to spend the amount of money necessary to purchase a direct replacement (same model and brand) on a trumpet that I knew could fail. After finding this trumpet and reading the reviews, I thought it was worth a try. I must admit that I was taking the reviews with a grain of salt as it seemed unusual to see so many positive reviews on any item. Most people that shop Amazon knows that to be true. I now understand why so many are sold on this product. The reviews are accurate. The trumpet came on time and was more than I expected. The attention to detail and adjustments to ensure a perfect fit caught my attention only after seeing that the case is absolutely bomber. The tone is very warm and full. The company is actually a family business and they could not be more helpful and friendly. If you call them, a member of the family will answer. No automated answering! What a nice change. I could not be more happy as the one that bought this trumpet, but the one who plays it is my 12 year old son. His opinion is more important than mine, so the rest of this review will be written by him and unedited.
..... From My 12 year old son .....
My dad is spot on with his review. and I can say the same. It is a light weight and secure trumpet. My band detector was speechless when he saw it and I quote, "this trumpet is smooth." Everyone I show it too cant help but complement it. Try it and you get a lot more than you pay for, it's worth it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
After searching for a Trumpet for my eleven year old, we found the Lj Hutchen trumpet, and it had great reveiws. Thankfully, I pushed aside my skepticism of purchasing an instrument online and bought it. We purchased a student Yamaha trumpet for an older child that cost us nearly $600 and we virtually cannot tell a difference between them. It was a fantastic buy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2009
I purchased this trumpet for my 9-year-old, who has been playing for 4 months (with an old trumpet, which turned out to need more work than it was worth, and then with a borrowed instrument from school). After extensive searching in stores and on the web, I went with the LJ Hutchen trumpet. The service has been terrific: the company answered a question I had immediately and pleasantly, and the trumpet arrived just days after I ordered it through amazon. The case is sturdy and well padded. The trumpet is attractive and sounds much better than the other two beginner instruments my son tried. He says the valves "feel good," and I think the tone is nice. This seems to be an excellent value.
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