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Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer
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- Features a first-valve thumb saddle and an adjustable third-valve finger ring for easy intonation adjustment and player comfort
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Sooo...after reading ALL the reviews kindly left here by others who have purchased an Etude trumpet, I decided to take a chance on getting one myself. All I had to lose was return shipping charges, right?
What a pleasant surprise! I know a little about horns, having owned a Silver Sonic cornet "back in the days", so give my opinion a little weight when I tell you that.....this is a GREAT horn, and would be a good buy at TWICE the price I paid! The quality of construction and materials rates right up there with horns costing several times more, and the sound of this horn is good enough to make me think I'm better at playing it than I really am!
Sure, there were a couple of small problems with my horn, but I solved them easily enough. First, the valves were sticky. I cured that by removing them (one at a time as they aren't marked), completely wiping all the original valve oil off everything and applying a SMALL amount (one or two drops carefully spread around each valve) of Denis Wick valve oil with PTFE (teflon). It's the best valve oil on the planet, thinner and more slippery than what Etude used.
Second, the screw that holds the third slide finger ring was missing. I replaced it with a 4mm X .07 set screw, 5mm in length. It doesn't show, and cost me all of 26 cents. Later (as often), I found the screw where it had fallen out while unpacking the trumpet.
Third....well, there really isn't really much of a third to mention. The polishing cloth that came with the trumpet shed more than my cat.Read more ›
I did notice that negative reviews tended to be from people just against Chinese models in general or knew less than I did about instruments. There are going to be some duds I am sure but this should be immediately recognizable.
So immediately opened and oiled up the valves as recommended. They did stick prior to being oiled, then they were as i would have expected after oiling, very nice. The trumpet is beautiful - to me - but the test would be after the first practice. I quickly asked how it went after I got home from work and was told that it was easier to get a note out of than the Yamaha and he liked it.
.....then he told me one of his friends knocked it over and there are two small dents in the bell.
They will not effect the sound, but at least it did not happen to the $800 Yamaha.
That is good enough for me for now. He plays the piano so I am assuming he knows how the notes are to sound.
To be continued...
So I unfortunately cannot state one way or another whether or not this is good trumpet for its sound. My son does not or will not practice with it outside of the 45 minutes at band practice once a week so he has not become proficient. I do clean it occasionally outside of him cleaning it so I can attest the valves still move very nicely when you oil them.
It is still a nice looking and nice feeling trumpet. Sorry I could not be of more help and hopefully have not misled anyone.
The trumpet relatively quickly after the order was placed - about a week. (I eventually requested an exchange, which I'll explain.)
Case - Overall, decent for this price point. It was made from rugged, black plastic with black lining. There was light-duty, silver metal trim and a black plastic handle. The padding between the bell and the edge of the case was a bit light for my liking, only around 1/4 inch. Not an immediate problem, but questionable protection for the bell if the case gets dropped or kicked.
Trumpet - it was surprisingly nicer than expected, with one exception - the brass plating along a long section of tubing just beyond the mouthpiece was visibly lighter and semi-transparent compared to the rest of the instrument. Cosmetic, but also something you can easily see from a few feet away. Otherwise, the valves operated nicely, the trumpet had a decent heft to it for a $100 instrument, and all the slides worked well. The tone of the trumpet was better than I expected.
I would have been very happy with everything, if not for the brass plating issue. But, we couldn't live with the cladding on the trumpet so we contacted the seller. They were very cooperative and gave us a 30-day return label without hassle. I ordered a new trumpet and had it shipped, since my son needed it quickly and we couldn't wait for the exchange process.
Again, arrived about a week later. IT WAS A DIFFERENT SYTLE CASE AND TRUMPET - and, not in a good way.
Case - This case was completely black, even the trim. The plastic was lighter and the trim appeared to be plastic as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter is entering High School and will use this trumpet in the Marching Band to save possible damage to the trumpet she usually uses in concert. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Traveler
Bought it in December. By March the valves wouldn't work and one of the finger buttons had fallen off. My son's band teacher says it needs to go in the shop. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This trumpet broke within the first two months of owning it. The keys broke and can not be replaced. I will not be purchasing another one of these for my kids for Christmas again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J.R.A
Honestly I like it (I am learning how to play by myself and have made progress) the only real complaint I have about it is the 3 valve adjustable ring, it does not like to stay... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I PURCHASED THIS FOR MY SON'S 16 BIRTHDAY AND HE WAS SO HAPPY HE PLAYED IT FOR 2 HOURS STRAIGHT! THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT PRODUCTPublished 5 months ago by LadyTia
A really good buy for the money! With 30 years playing trumpet myself I was skeptical how this instrument would perform - but my son loves it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brett
DonT buy it!!! I have never had a trumpet with valves so horribly locked up. My daughter was so excited hoping to learn to play like me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by harleygirl3000