Prelude TR711 Bb Student Trumpet Review

Used for war, religion, and entertainment, trumpets have been with us forever. Versatile now as they were in the past, trumpets are popular in our modern times. If you want to play an instrument that has a long history and a great quantity of music, a Beginner Trumpet will fulfill you.

Considerations before Buying a Beginner Trumpet

The size of the bore determines how much airflow your lungs need to provide and the strength of projection. In reviewing this critical piece, remember that mainly advanced players use a larger bore, and a beginner uses a smaller bore. After you build up your lung capacity, switching to a larger bore will feel natural. A mouthpiece, which reduces airflow resistance, is a critical consideration when deciding on a trumpet. The pistons, otherwise known as valves, need to be durable and not bend easily. Take special care when you look at the type of metal used in the construction of valves. Valve construction indicates how often you will need to clean them. If you start with a Bb trumpet, you will not be disappointed. These trumpets have a great quantity of music available, and they are the most popular with trumpet players.

The Prelude TR711 Bb Lacquered Student Trumpet

Creating a consistent and smooth tone, that is agreeable to your lungs and ears, is of vital importance. Fortunately, the Prelude TR711 treats your lungs well, produces a vibrant sound, and initiates an enjoyable playing experience. The bore provides an excellent range of projection and a multitude of sonorous tones. The values react to your fingers with smooth motions. The Prelude TR711 comes with a variety of accessories that will help you during your trumpet journey.

  • Lively, vibrant sound
  • Excellent response rate
  • One-year warranty
  • Easy on lungs
  • Not an actual hard shell case
  • Higher price than many alternatives
  • Valves are sluggish until broken in

Features & Benefits


Prelude TR711 Bb Lacquered Student Trumpet

The trumpet comes with a decent case, 7C mouthpiece, and piston oil. The case will protect the trumpet, but it is not an actual hard shell case. It is made of soft canvas and supports the trumpet with hard foam. The case has a minimal amount of storage space.


Conn-Selmer is knowledgeable in trumpet construction. The quality is above average, and the quality to price ratio is decent. The tonal properties will perk up your ears well into the intermediate skill level. Until the values are broken in, they are annoyingly sluggish. However, once broken in, they feel right. The trumpet polishes easily and shines nicely. The third valve adjustable ring and first valve thumb saddle will help you play for a longer period because of the additional balance they bring.


It comes with a quality mouthpiece that will take any number of drops. Conn-Selmer includes a one-year warranty. The steel construction ensures that the values last a long time.


An instrument created for beginners, the value is good. Conn-Selmer uses the same production techniques for this trumpet as they use for their higher quality models. While it is more expensive than other beginner trumpets, it will grow with you well into the intermediate stage.








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Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet

Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet

Superb value, the Jean Paul TR-330 is a solid alternative to the Prelude TR7111. It produces a crisp, clean sound that pleasantly tickles the ears. It is easy on the lungs, and it comes with a sturdy case. The projection is good, and the range of tones the bore produces is excellent. A beginner will enjoy playing this fine trumpet well throughout the beginner level.

Comparison to the Prelude TR711 Bb:

  • Less expensive
  • Better case
  • Similar air flow requirements
  • Similar one-year warranty

LJ Hutchen Bb Trumpet with Plush-Lined Case

LJ Hutchen Bb Trumpet with Plush-Lined Case

An exceptional value, the JL Hutchen Trumpet incorporates stainless steel values. The valves resist long-term use, corrosion, and decay. Included is an enviable plush lined hard case, Yamaha valve oil, and mouthpiece. Whereas most trumpets come with either no warranty or an acceptable one-year one, LG Hutchen provides an exceptional two-year guarantee. Even as the trumpet maintains a lower price, the quality exceeds that of the Prelude TR711. 

Comparison to the Prelude TR711 Bb:

  • Better quality
  • Better case
  • Two-year warranty instead of one-year
  • Heavier

Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

Etude ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet Lacquer

The Etude ETR-100, the least expensive option of the group, is a great beginner instrument. The price is low, and you can easily lose the trumpet and not be hurt financially. Children can play with it as much as they desire without you worrying. Although it will not carry you as far as the intermediate skill level than other trumpets, the reduced cost makes that okay.

Comparison to the Prelude TR711 Bb:

  • Lower quality
  • Vastly lower price
  • Price to quality ratio is outstanding
  • Twice as heavy

Final Thoughts

A trumpet that will grow with you throughout your musical journey, the Prelude TR711 is a good choice. The design and quality are good for the price range, and it has an excellent response rate. However, until the values are broken in, it will feel sluggish. Your lungs will be happy, as the airflow requirements are low. The keys can take a lot of abuse, and it polishes to a beautiful shine. Designed with beginners in mind, Conn-Selmer has created a respectable beginner trumpet. You can browse our full selection of beginner trumpet here.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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