Music and Arts Rentals

Rental Guide – Trumpets


This guide will help you understand the rental process and choose the right instrument for your needs. Before renting a trumpet, it's essential to determine your level of experience and the type of music you want to play. For beginners, a basic student trumpet is often the best option. Intermediate and advanced players may require a professional or intermediate-level trumpet to meet their playing needs.

What is a Trumpet?

A trumpet is a brass musical instrument that belongs to the brass family of instruments. It consists of a cylindrical tube that flares out into a bell-shaped end and has three valves that allow the player to change the pitch of the instrument.

The trumpet is played by blowing air through the mouthpiece, which produces a sound. The player can change the pitch of the sound by pressing down on the valves, which lengthens or shortens the length of tubing that the air passes through. This allows the player to play a wide range of notes and melodies.

Trumpets are commonly used in a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, and pop music. They can be played solo or as part of an ensemble, such as a brass band or orchestra.

The trumpet has a long history, with early versions of the instrument dating back to ancient civilizations. Today, the trumpet remains a popular instrument and is played by musicians of all skill levels.

Brass instruments are a family of musical instruments that produce sound through the player's buzzing lips. The trumpet is one of several brass instruments, and each instrument has unique characteristics that set them apart. Here are some comparisons of the trumpet to other brass instruments:

  • Trombone: The trombone is a brass instrument that has a slide instead of valves to change the pitch. Trombones have a deeper, richer sound than trumpets and are commonly used in orchestras, jazz ensembles, and marching bands.
  • French horn: The French horn is a brass instrument that has a coiled tube and a flared bell. French horns have a mellow sound and are often used in orchestras, chamber music, and wind ensembles.
  • Tuba: The tuba is a brass instrument that is the largest and deepest of the brass family. It has a wide, flaring bell and is commonly used in brass bands and orchestras to provide a deep bass sound.
  • Cornet: The cornet is a brass instrument that is similar to the trumpet but has a more conical shape and a mellower sound. Cornets are often used in brass bands and jazz ensembles.
  • Baritone horn: The baritone horn is a brass instrument that is similar to the trombone but has valves like the trumpet. It has a medium-sized bore and a deep, rich sound and is commonly used in brass bands and marching bands.

There are several different types of trumpets, each with its own unique characteristics and sound. Here are some of the most common types of trumpets:

  • Bb trumpet: This is the most common type of trumpet and is used in a wide variety of musical genres. The Bb trumpet has a bright, clear sound and is typically played in concert bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles.
  • C trumpet: The C trumpet is slightly smaller than the Bb trumpet and produces a slightly darker, more mellow sound. It is commonly used in orchestral music and is often preferred by classical trumpet players.
  • Piccolo trumpet: The piccolo trumpet is a smaller version of the trumpet and has a higher pitch. It is commonly used in baroque and classical music and is often featured in solo performances.
  • Pocket trumpet: The pocket trumpet is a compact version of the trumpet that is ideal for traveling or practicing in small spaces. It has a similar sound to the Bb trumpet but is smaller in size.
  • Bass trumpet: The bass trumpet is a larger version of the trumpet that produces a deep, rich sound. It is commonly used in brass ensembles and is often used as a substitute for the trombone.
  • Herald trumpet: The herald trumpet is a ceremonial instrument that is typically used for fanfares and other special events. It has a bright, piercing sound and is often played by trumpeters in military bands or at formal ceremonies.

Renting vs. Buying a Trumpet

Ultimately, the decision to rent or buy a trumpet depends on your personal circumstances and goals. If you are a beginner or unsure about your long-term commitment to playing the trumpet, renting may be a good option. If you are an experienced player who plans to use the instrument for many years, purchasing may be a better choice.

Renting a trumpet

  • Lower upfront costs: Renting a trumpet allows you to pay smaller monthly fees instead of paying a large upfront cost to purchase a new instrument.
  • Flexibility: Renting a trumpet allows you to switch to a different instrument or upgrade to a better one as your skills improve.
  • Maintenance: Some rental agreements include maintenance and repair services, which can save you money and hassle.
  • No ownership: Renting means that you don't own the instrument and must return it when your rental agreement expires.
  • Long-term costs: If you continue renting for an extended period, the cumulative rental fees may eventually exceed the cost of purchasing the instrument outright.

Buying a trumpet

  • Ownership: Buying a trumpet means you own the instrument and can use it as long as you like.
  • Selection: Purchasing a trumpet gives you access to a wider selection of instruments to choose from.
  • Investment: A high-quality trumpet can appreciate in value over time, potentially making it a good investment.
  • Higher upfront cost: Buying a trumpet requires a significant upfront investment that may be difficult for some players to afford.
  • Maintenance: As an owner, you will be responsible for maintenance and repair costs.
  • Resale value: If you decide to sell the instrument, it may not retain its value as well as other types of investments.

Why Renting a Trumpet from Music & Arts is a Great Option

Renting a trumpet from Music & Arts can be a great option for several reasons:

  • Quality instruments: We offer a wide selection of high-quality trumpets from top brands, ensuring that you get a reliable instrument that produces a great sound.
  • Flexible rental options: Our flexible rental plans allow you to choose the duration of your rental agreement and adjust your plan as needed.
  • Affordable prices: Competitive rental rates and discounts on long-term rentals make it a cost-effective option for students and beginners.
  • Maintenance and repair services: Maintenance and repair services are included in our rental agreements, ensuring that your trumpet stays in good condition throughout the rental period.
  • Easy exchange or return: If you decide that the trumpet you rented isn't the right fit for you, you may exchange it for a different instrument or return it without any penalties.
  • Convenient online rental process: Music & Arts offers an easy-to-use online rental process, allowing you to browse their selection of instruments, select a rental plan, and have the instrument shipped directly to your door.

Renting a trumpet from Music & Arts can be a great option for anyone looking for a high-quality instrument at an affordable price, with flexible rental plans and reliable maintenance services.

Choosing and Renting a Trumpet from Music & Arts

By following these steps, you can easily rent an instrument from Music & Arts:

Start by visiting the Music & Arts website or visiting your local Music & Arts store. If in store, the store associate will help you through the process but if online, it is a self-service process. You will then choose whether this rental is for school use or personal use. When you choose school use, you will then have to select the grade the student is in and select the school that they are attending. The next step is choosing the delivery time which is either earliest available, Summer, or Fall. You then will choose the instrument being rented. This will then prompt you with the rental plans available and the option to add the LDW (Liability Damage Waver). A summary of your rental will then show, and once confirmed will add the rental to the checkout cart.

Getting Started with Your Rental Trumpet

Here are some steps to help you get started with your new instrument:

  • Assemble the trumpet: When you receive your trumpet, it will come in pieces. Carefully put the trumpet together, making sure that all the pieces fit snugly and securely. Make sure to also attach the mouthpiece to the trumpet.
  • Clean the trumpet: Before playing your trumpet, it's important to clean it to ensure that it's free of any dirt, dust, or debris. Use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the exterior of the trumpet, and a cleaning snake to clean the inside of the tubing.
  • Get familiar with the trumpet: Take some time to get to know your trumpet. Experiment with the valves and the mouthpiece to get a feel for how they work. Familiarize yourself with the different parts of the trumpet and how they contribute to the instrument's sound.
  • Start practicing: Once you feel comfortable with the trumpet, it's time to start practicing. Start with some basic exercises to warm up your lips and get your fingers moving. You can find plenty of resources online or in books to help you get started.
  • Take care of your trumpet: It's important to take good care of your trumpet to ensure that it stays in good condition. Clean it regularly, store it in a safe place, and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or humidity.
  • Attend lessons: If you're new to playing the trumpet, it can be helpful to take lessons from a professional teacher. They can help you improve your technique and develop good playing habits.

By following these steps, you can get started with your rental trumpet and start making beautiful music in no time. Remember to take good care of your instrument and practice regularly to improve your skills.

Optional Products to Purchase

There are a few additional products that you may want to consider purchasing to help you get the most out of your instrument:

  • Valve oil: Valve oil is a lubricant that helps to keep the valves of your trumpet moving smoothly. You should apply valve oil regularly to keep your trumpet playing smoothly and prevent any sticking or friction.
  • Cleaning kit: A cleaning kit is a set of tools that are designed to help you keep your trumpet clean and well-maintained. It typically includes a cleaning cloth, a cleaning snake, and a valve brush.
  • Music stand: A music stand is a useful accessory that allows you to place your sheet music at the correct height and angle for easy reading while you play.
  • Metronome: A metronome is a tool that helps you keep time while you practice. It can be particularly useful for beginners who are still developing their sense of rhythm.
  • Tuner: A tuner is a tool that helps you ensure that your trumpet is in tune. It can be particularly useful if you're playing with other musicians and want to ensure that you're all playing in harmony.
  • Mouthpiece brush: A mouthpiece brush is a small tool that you can use to clean the inside of your trumpet's mouthpiece. It can help to remove any buildup of dirt or debris and keep your mouthpiece in good condition.

Online Resources for Playing Trumpet

If you're looking to improve your trumpet playing skills, there are many online resources available that can help you learn and grow as a musician. Here are some suggestions:

  • Private lessons: As the #1 provider of music lessons nationwide, students of all ages and abilities take more than 2 million lessons every year from our hand-selected, veteran instructors. Learn more at
  • Online courses: There are a number of online courses and programs available that can help you learn to play the trumpet.
  • Online forums: Joining online forums and discussion groups can be a great way to connect with other trumpet players and learn from their experiences.

By taking advantage of these online resources, you can continue to improve your trumpet playing skills and become a better musician. Remember to practice regularly and have fun!

Returning Your Rental Trumpet

When it's time to return your rental trumpet to Music & Arts, here are the steps you should follow:

  • Check the rental agreement: Before returning your trumpet, review your rental agreement to confirm the rental period and any other important details.
  • Clean the trumpet: Before returning the trumpet, make sure to clean it thoroughly to ensure that it's in good condition. Use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the exterior of the trumpet, and a cleaning snake to clean the inside of the tubing.
  • Pack the trumpet: When packing the trumpet, be sure to disassemble it carefully and place it in its case. Make sure that all parts of the trumpet are securely fastened and that the case is closed properly.
  • Return the trumpet: Take the trumpet to your local Music & Arts store or ship it to the address specified in your rental agreement. If you're returning it to the store, make sure to bring your rental agreement and any accessories or other items that came with the trumpet.
  • Complete the return process: Once you return the trumpet, the Music & Arts team will inspect it to ensure that it's in good condition. They will then process the return and provide you with any necessary paperwork or receipts.

You may return the rental instrument at any time. Should you wish to return your instrument, please find a location by clicking here. If you would like to have your instrument picked up at your child's school (where available), please contact us at 888-731-5396 or chat with us now to receive a Return Authorization and additional instructions. Please do not return your instrument to your child's school without a return authorization.


Renting a trumpet from Music & Arts can be a great option for beginners and students who want to learn to play the instrument without committing to a long-term purchase. Music & Arts offers a wide variety of rental options to suit different budgets and needs, and their rental program includes access to quality instruments, flexible rental terms, and affordable rates. By following the tips and suggestions outlined in this rental guide, you can make the most of your rental experience and start playing the trumpet with confidence. Remember to practice regularly, take good care of your instrument, and have fun making music!