Best Professional Trumpets

  • Getzen 900S Eterna
  • Rating: 5.0Average customer rating out of possible 5.0
  • High Quality Sound at Decent Price
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: 0.460"Medium-large
  • Bell: 4.75"
  • Price: $$$$$1,500 to $2,000

  • Kanstul 1000
  • Rating: 4.9Average customer rating out of possible 5.0
  • Tremendous Projection and Lively Texture
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: 0.460", 0.464", 0.470"Available in medium-large, medium-large plus and large bore
  • Bell: 4.75"
  • Price: $$$$$1,500 to $2,000

  • Yamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno
  • Rating: 4.9Average customer rating out of possible 5.0
  • Dark, Rich and Smooth as Silk
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: 0.459"Medium-large bore
  • Bell: 4.875"
  • Price: $$$$$$2,000 to $2,500

  • Bach 180S37 Stradivarius
  • Rating: 5.0Average customer rating out of possible 5.0
  • Brilliant Sound with a Warm Quality
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: 0.459"Medium-large bore
  • Bell: 4.80"
  • Price: $$$$$$2,000 to $2,500

Topping our list of the best professional trumpets are the Getzen 900S Eterna Classic, Kanstul 1000, Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew, Yamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno and of course the Bach 180S37 Stradivarius.

Getzen 900s Eterna Classic trumpetGetzen 900S Eterna Classic
The Getzen 900S Eterna classic is the most economical of the horns that made our best professional trumpets list but don't let the price tag fool you. The Getzen 900S Eterna delivers beautiful quality sound and the nickel-plated valves are slick as butter. A remake of the original Getzen 900 Eterna Severinsen, this vintage model trumpet has outstanding intonation and the same free blowing capabilities of the original.

The Getzen 900S Eterna Classic garners a perfect 5.0 (out of 5.0) rating from reviewers of this horn.

Read our full review of the Getzen 900S Eterna Classic here.

Kanstul 1000 Trumpet with caseKanstul 1000
Kanstul 1000 Series (aka Kanstul Chicago trumpet) is loved for its tremendous projection and a tone that has a lively texture that is both brilliant and warm. Reminiscent of the Chicago Benge trumpets, the Kanstul 1000 is available in three bore sizes that will meet the needs of most professionals from big band to the symphony.

The Kanstul 1000 has an average user rating of 4.9 (out of 5.0).

Read our full review of the Kanstul 1000 Series trumpet here.

Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew TrumpetYamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew
The Yamaha Bobby Shew trumpet is a versatile, lightweight professional trumpet that's a great lead trumpet but equally comfortable when playing a soft ballard. The YTR-8310Z was specifically designed to be very efficient because Bobby felts players shouldn't have to bust their chops just to play an instrument. Here the horn really delivers.

Players give the Bobby Shew a perfect 5.0 (out of 5.0) rating on most major retailer sites.

Read our full review of the Yamaha Bobby Shew trumpet here.

Yamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno Trumpet CaseYamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno
The Yamaha Xeno offers musicians highly responsive action and satin-smooth playing. In typical Yamaha fashion, the attention to detail while manufacturing the Xeno yields a trumpet with sound quality that simply is unmatched. The Xeno is also a very versatile trumpet and shines while playing everything from Classical to Jazz and everything between.

The Yamaha YTR-8335RGS Xeno receives a perfect 5.0 (out of 5.0) rating on most major instrument retail sites.

Read our full review of the Yamaha Xeno trumpet here.

Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpetBach 180S37 Stradivarius
Played in more symphonies around the world than any other trumpet, the Bach 180S37 Stradivarius is widely recognized as THE trumpet of choice of professional orchestral trumpeters. The Bach Stradivarius has a brilliant yet warm sound that just seems to define what a trumpet should sound like. If you ever hope to play on the world stage a Bach Strad will likely be in your future.

The Bach 180S37 is highly rated by users of this trumpet receiving a 4.9 (out of 5.0) rating.

Read our full review of the Bach Stradivarius trumpet here.

10 thoughts on “Best Professional Trumpets

  1. Nice article but I miss CarolBrass.
    Realy good (in my opinion the best) horns student, intermediate as well as professional.

    1. Hi Shannon, I’ve only heard good things about the new Xeno series, including the 8335 S. I’ll round up some reviews and put a post summarizing some of the changes to the latest version. Of course, I’d recommend trying one out if you can to see if it’s right for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hello, great article. I have a Schilke B1 Trumpet. I’ve had it for 4 years. How does it rank amongst pro trumpets? My style of playing is mostly jazz/soul/r&b/gospel. What would be the best horn or horns for me? I’ve looked at cannonball but it seemed heavy. Also looking at a Recording Olds Trumpet built in 1972 I believe.
    Thanks

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