You protect everything you can’t risk damaging: your phone, your car, your health.
Your trumpet is certainly no exception to this rule!
Whether you purchase or opt for renting a trumpet, that’s a really important decision and a major investment, especially for a beginner or student trumpeter. The instrument needs to be shielded from the elements at all times, and from being dropped or scratched.
While a few blemishes to its surface here and there may not seem to be a big deal, such damages can impact your instrument’s sound quality and ease of playing, and will decrease its value should you choose to sell it a few years down the road.
Rust, which can be the result of sitting out in humid or rainy weather (indoors or out), is especially important to avoid both for your own safety while playing and in order to maintain fluidity in all your trumpet’s moving parts. A quality trumpet case insulates your instrument from these hazardous fates; while they can get expensive, the investment pales in comparison to the costs of fixing serious damages.
Searching for a Quality Trumpet Gig Bag
Luckily, you have options for financing, style, brand, and functionality. Most importantly, you have a wealth of information available online: customer reviews, recommendations from trusted sources like your local instrument shop, forum pages for trumpet players, the many musical professionals of YouTube.
Be sure to look out for signs of bias; some writing may be sponsored, giving recommendations based on their partnership with a given brand rather than their own expertise on its quality. Take such recommendations at face value, noting how the price and ratings (independent of the site you’re looking at) compare to similar products.
A store clerk working off commission may try to sell you one of the more expensive cases purely because they stand to profit; a blog may have partnered with a luxury (though not necessarily quality) brand because of a great sponsorship deal. Protect yourself from being upsold by using multiple sources and a good deal of unbiased data from real customers and experienced trumpet players who have nothing to gain from their recommendations.
With a little guidance, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect trumpet case for you. Here are a few important things to consider over the duration of your search:
Where to Search for Your Instrument’s Case
The real question is where not to search; there are countless vendors out there, for both new and second-hand instruments. It should be your priority to look through a variety of sites, checking out ads on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, browsing your local music store (online or in-person), scrolling through the websites of as many brands as you’ve heard of.
If you get stuck, seek advice from fellow musicians, friends on social media, trumpet-specific forums. Especially if you are new to instruments and their maintenance, you’ll benefit from the knowledge of more experienced people.
While this may be somewhat time-consuming, it’s important to walk through a good mix of resources and perspectives while you’re researching. This way, you’ll be able to compare prices, quality, features, and financing plans of various brands sold by various vendors.
What to Look for in Trumpet Cases
If you’re new to the world of instrument cases, look into how they’re designed, and where your trumpet’s vulnerabilities lie. For example, dents are common around the bell and main slide; it would be helpful to have extra padding in these sensitive areas to prevent damage.
Look for cases with form-fitting foam inside that will keep your instrument in place. Know where cases commonly get damaged, especially if you’re looking into second-hand cases, and understand your limitations when it comes to repairing them.
Broken snap buckles may be harder to replace than a zipper, but a zipper is more likely to become damaged through tough, continuous wear and tear. Torn fabric is easy to patch up, but cracked plastic may be a harder fix; stuck wheels might require a simple lubricant or total replacement.
What Type of Case Will Suit You? From Backpacks to Gig Bags or Single-Handed
Deciding what your standards are is an important part of your research process.
After an initial skimming of what’s on the market, you should have a fairly clear understanding of what you need to fit your budget, style choices, and feature preferences. This will help to narrow your scope before choosing which type of case will be best for you.
Think to yourself where and when you’ll be lugging your trumpet around:
- would a backpack trumpet case be useful for biking with your instrument
- or would a single handle do for car or bus transportation?
- are you in a hundred-person ensemble where a black case will get lost in a sea of other black cases?
- do you plan to play the trumpet for years and years to come, or will your musical career end after high school?
These questions will help you pare down your research time and find your ideal case. Use keywords in your subsequent searches to narrow down your results.
If you know you’ll be using your case for an indefinite period, look for high-quality, durable materials: thick, hard plastic shells; tough, tightly woven fabric; shock-absorbing, insulating foam padding.
A decorative gig bag might be your best bet in keeping track of your instrument amongst the rest of the ensemble’s cases.
Two-strap backpack cases are great for easy, hands-free transport, and will also reduce the risk of dropping your instrument.
Set your standards a little above what you believe you could make do with; no matter the amount of time you plan to have your case, it’s better to have one good one than need to replace a cheap alternative you have to replace in six months’ time.
Choosing a Quality Trumpet Cases Brand
While a brand name isn’t everything, most well-known companies – particularly those that also manufacture instruments – will likely make a good case. They have models for gig bags, backpack cases, wheelie carriers, special mute bags.
Each has a pretty wide selection of products, featuring different materials, designs, and financing plans. Some are personalizable through the embroidery of your initials; some come in multiple colors and patterns.
Here are the well-known brands that should be a good option when deciding on a trumpet case:
Tips When Selecting Which Case to Buy
When perusing a site’s selections, sort in a few different ways (by price, relevance, popularity) to increase the variability of your search results. Be wary of brands that have few or poor reviews, particularly if the only pictures available are from the product listing. Look for detailed descriptions of the case’s features, materials, and warranty (if applicable).
Choose a few brands you like and have found a good amount of positive feedback on, and start looking around different platforms for prices that fit your budget. This might be on the brand’s main website, a second-hand site, or another online retailer like Amazon or eBay. Look out for shipping costs, and do your best to screen out counterfeit products or damaged used cases.
If you’re going second-hand, start up a conversation with the seller; make sure you’ve seen clear pictures of both the inside and outside as well as any torn or stained areas. If there are damages you think you could fix, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper price while ending up with a good case.
Takeaway on Getting a Case for Your Trumpet
The process of finding a suitable trumpet case may seem daunting at first, especially for trumpet beginner players, but just know that your options are endless. Understanding your needs and keeping the search organized is critical in picking out the best case for you. You can keep your contenders laid out in a spreadsheet, sorted by brand and price and other variables important to you. This will make your final selection a simple, informed decision.
Getting a case might be the most important investment you make of all the essential trumpet accessories. A good trumpet case is not only important in preserving your instrument’s musical quality; it will prevent cosmetic damages and maintain its resale value if you ever choose to sell it. The case itself will also be valuable for future sales if it is particularly durable. Wherever your search leads you, you’re very likely to find something that covers all your bases.
Best of luck in this process!
How Much Does a Trumpet Case Cost?
Trumpet cases might cost you from near $50 to $300 depending on if they are new or used and also dependent on the type of case and the brand.
What Are Trumpet Cases Made Of?
They can be made from wood, plastic, or leather. This will influence how heavy they are and the level of protection they give to an instrument.