Looking for one used trumpet
Back in September our eldest daughter surprised us when she announced that she was interested in learning how to play the trumpet. I have no idea where this came from, and I found it especially interesting considering the fact that she comes from a family that is not exactly musically inclined. Allow me to illustrate. A few Christmases ago, Santa brought our youngest a table harp like the one illustrated here. It came with a tuning key, and of course it needed to be tuned up after being jostled about in Santa’s sleigh. My husband and I could not tune it. The two of us sat in front of his computer (which has a handy music program on it for musical idiots like ourselves) but we could NOT match the sound that was coming out of the computer to the one that was supposed to be coming out of the harp.
Thankfully we have a neighbor who has a better ear and she tuned it for us, otherwise it may have resulted in marriage counselling.
So yes, the eldest wanted to play the trumpet. The school lay the options out for us: either we pay for instrument rental (bronze, silver or gold-level!) or she uses the school instrument. We elected for the latter, since it was the cheapest and we aren’t able to see into the future and determine whether she’s going to be the next Louis Armstrong. Mistakenly, I had assumed that she’d be able to bring the instrument home to practice, so now we’re glued to the woodwinds/brass category of UsedOttawa, looking for a good (and cheap!) instrument. Time is ticking.
Surely there has to be someone who chose the trumpet in seventh grade music class and gave it up?
But here’s my question. How do I know if what we’re buying is a good trumpet or not? If I was buying a secondhand microwave or a toaster I could test it out myself. But what do we do in this case? Ask for a musical demo?