Barrington BR-TR210YB Student Bb Trumpet Review
The trumpet has a long and rich history with origins as signaling devices in battle and hunting. As the most popular instrument in classical and jazz ensembles, the trumpet group has the highest register of all brass instruments. As a trumpet player myself, I thoroughly enjoy the sound of a good trumpet. In my search for a beginner trumpet for my child I came across the Barrington BR-TR210YB. In this post I’m going to explain why I decided on this trumpet and what alternatives are out there.
Things to Consider before Buying a Beginner Trumpet
A musical instrument is an investment and there are many factors to consider. You should make sure that the trumpet is in the specific timbre you desire and suited to the type of music you want to play. Also consider the bore of the trumpet, as a larger bore will offer more playing power but will also require more effort. Additionally, the materials used in the construction of the trumpet should be considered as this will affect the sound quality of the instrument and how often you will have to clean the instrument.
The Barrington BR-TR210YB
The Barrington BR-TR210YB is designed specifically for beginning students as well as players who are advancing in their skill sets. The medium-large bore and one piece bell lead to an instrument that is easy to blow while still producing a rich tone like its more expensively priced competitors. The lacquer finish reduces maintenance of the trumpet and allows it to be competitively priced. The trumpet comes with a standard size mouthpiece and carrying case for storage. If you are an advanced or professional player, this is not the trumpet for you.
Features & Benefits
The BR-TR210YB is made with a hand-hammered one piece bell, which is unusual to find in a beginners trumpet, and allows the metal to vibrate more uniformly to produce a bright, rich tone. The 4.75 inch long, 0.459 bore allows for easy blowing that still produces a solid tone fit for most music styles. The trumpet is crafted with first and third finger saddles which allow for increased stability while holding the instrument.
Most beginner’s trumpets are used by children and it can be difficult to teach a child proper care and maintenance. The BR-TR210YB is made with a lacquer finish that requires less maintenance and cleaning. The valves are constructed with Monel Pistons, which is a hard metal comprised primarily of nickel. This construction makes it resistant to corrosion and means that parents can worry less if their child is not disciplined at cleaning.
Includes Most All Required Accessories
Trumpets require very few accessories and no assembly before you can start playing. This trumpet comes with the mouthpiece, which is the only “assembly” required, and a case to store it in to protect the instrument from exposure to environmental elements that can be damaging. The only item not included is a cleaning kit, and I would recommend purchasing one separately so that you can care for your new instrument.
The Barrington BR-TR210YB does not have a low quality feel or appearance. Lacquer finish is often regarded as lower quality, however Barrington has done a very nice job making the trumpet appear of higher quality. Additionally, the trumpet is made with a hand-hammered, one-piece bell, which is significant for a beginner trumpet as this is typically a feature only found on professional grade trumpets. This instrument should last you quite some time and you should only need to upgrade due to skill improvement.
Users of the Barrington BR-TR210YB are highly satisfied with the instruments quality, appearance, value and performance. This trumpet could be a great choice for you since it sounds and appears professional and comes with everything you need to get started.
Value for the Money
Mendini by Cecilio MTT-L Bb Gold
Cecilio trumpets are some of the most familiar trumpet makers on the market. Mendini is produced by Cecilio and are very reputable due to their high quality models for the beginner. Mendini trumpets are each tested two times prior to sale to ensure they meet the highest standards of Cecilio. The trumpet can be purchased in gold plating or gold lacquer, and includes the standard size 7C mouthpiece, 0.46 inch bore, first and third valve finger saddles, and is crafted with faux-white mother of pearl inlaid buttons. The trumpet comes with a case, bottle of valve oil, soft polishing cloth, and a pair of white gloves. Additionally, each trumpet purchased comes with a one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. At just $106.99, this Mendini comes in a much lower price point than the Barrington.
Compared to the Barrington BR-TR210YB:
- Much lower price
- Includes more accessories
- Top rated reviews on Amazon
- Higher quality construction
Jean Paul USA TR-330
Another well-known trumpet manufacturer, Jean Paul USA designs trumpets specifically for beginning and intermediate players. Similar to Cecilio, Jean Paul tests each instrument twice prior to sale, once at the factory and once at the corporate facility. The trumpet is constructed with a standard yellow brass exterior and rose brass interior which produces a warmer tone than the Barrington. The trumpet comes with a specially molded case, valve oil, gloves, cleaning cloth and mouthpiece. This trumpet also receives excellent reviews for its quality sound and cost for all that is included with the trumpet.
Compared to the Barrington BR-TR210YB:
- Nearly the same price
- Includes extra accessories
- Top rated reviews on Amazon
- Manufacturer specializes in beginner level instruments
The Etude ETR-100 is sold by U.S. based retailer Woodwind and Brasswind and similar to the Mendini and Cecilio trumpets the Etude comes highly recommended. The trumpet is constructed with red brass lead which makes it a more sturdy construction. The trumpet has the standard 0.460 bore and a 5 inch bell, making it easy for beginners to learn on. Similar to the Barrington, the Etude ETR-100 is constructed with a first-valve saddle, however it does not have the third valve saddle to lend extra support when holding. The Etude ETR-100 comes with a case and mouthpiece and is in a similar price range as the Barrington.
Compared to the Barrington BR-TR120YB:
- Similar price range
- Also includes the case and mouthpiece
- Highly rated for value and construction
- Does not have the third valve saddle for added stability
The trumpet is a strong instrument and a great choice for anyone looking to learn how to play. The Barrington is a great fit for anyone starting out and looking to save money. As with any product it’s a good idea to compare products and find the one that offers the best value and experience for the money you invest.