Summer is the perfect time to get a new instrument, especially if you are moving to high school band. If you are considering upgrading your trumpet, but you’re not sure if it’s the right time, you can ask yourself these questions:\nWHAT’S WRONG WITH THE TRUMPET I HAVE NOW?\nMaybe your instrument is in perfect shape, and if so, that’s awesome! However, many student-model trumpets begin to show signs of wear after 2-3 years. If your lacquer is looking less shiny, or has completely come off in some places, or if your valves or slides get stuck more often than you think they should, it may be time to retire “Old Faithful.” Student trumpets are built for short-term durability, while professional-level trumpets are made for longevity.\nHAVE I PHYSICALLY GROWN SINCE I GOT MY TRUMPET?\nMuch like your shoes start to feel tight as your feet grow, when your body grows your trumpet may not “fit” the same way it used to when you were a beginner. Maybe you are having to adjust your tuning slides more than you used to. These signs may be telling you that you are outgrowing your student model trumpet. While all trumpets are similar in size, there are subtle differences that will make a professional trumpet easier to play.\nDO I STILL LOVE THE TRUMPET AND AM I GOING TO KEEP PLAYING?\nIf you are all in on band and can’t imagine doing anything else, a new instrument may be a good investment. If you’re not sure about this band thing yet, and may want to try something different in the next year or so, maybe wait to upgrade until you are sure you want to stick with it.\nAM I READY TO TAKE CARE OF A NEW TRUMPET?\nHaving a new instrument is a big responsibility. While a professional model trumpet is built to have the best possible sound, it is also more fragile than your student trumpet. It will need to be polished and cleaned often to keep it in tip-top condition. However, it will last years or decades if it is cared for properly. If you still tend to be rough with things, you may want to be sure you are ready for a new trumpet.\nWhen you are ready, Houghton Horns has many trumpets in the store that you can try out for yourself. \nClick here to browse our current selection of new and pre-owned trumpets.\nClick here to schedule an appointment!\n\nOne last thing: don’t get rid of your beginner trumpet just yet. If it still plays reasonably well it will be great to use for marching band–and you won’t have to worry about damaging your new trumpet on the marching field!