Glory Brass bb Trumpet Review – Are Glory Trumpets Good?

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Glory Brass Trumpet Review

Are Glory trumpets good?  Is Glory a good trumpet brand?

Well, in this Glory brass Bb trumpet review, we are going to answer those questions.

Let’s get right to it…

Specs

  • A Bb Trumpet made out of brass
  • A trumpet mouthpiece, size 7c comes with the horn
  • A hard and protective case and a pair of glows are also included
  • Smooth valve function

Glory Brass bb Trumpet Review

Score: 8,4 / 10

I rate this trumpet a bit higher than the Mendini trumpet (the Mendini normal trumpet got a score of 8,3  and the Mendini pocket trumpet got a score of 8,3)…

…this is because the Glory brass Bb trumpet actually has a little better intonation than the Mendini trumpet. And, on top of that, the Glory brass is a bit cheaper. In fact, at the time of writing this review the price was UNDER 100 bucks. You can click here to check current pricing at Amazon.

Valves

I may sound like a broken record here, but when it comes to the cheapest trumpets on the market, you take a bit of a gamble with the valves. On some horns, they work perfect, while on others they might be a bit of a problem. Most of the time, though, the Glory trumpet has fully acceptable valves.

One note on the valves, do not use the valve oil that comes with the trumpet. Use a good band like La Tromba, since it will help valves that are not the best to still function well. You can click here to check La Tromba valve oil pricing at Amazon.

Sound

The sound is good, but it lacks some of the “core” than heavier and professional trumpets have. No wonder, hey, since this trumpet is under 100 dollars. I simply can not compare, and rate, these beginner trumpets against the $3000 professional trumpets. I think everyone understands that.

Anyway, the sound is nice, clean and “crisp”. I think it is well suited for a beginner trumpeter.

Take a look at this video to get an idea of the sound.

Let’s continue and move on the Glory brass bb trumpet quality…



Build Quality

The valve alignment is not the best. I did not expect them to be and it’s good enough for the price. On my Hub Van Lar Oiram trumpet the valves were 100% aligned with the tubing. That trumpet, however, the price for that horn is between 4000 and 5000 dollars today. Need I say more?

Balance

The balance is excellent and the trumpet feels good in the hands. It’s not too heavy for a beginner to start with and the pressure point on the lips is great. Nothing really more to add here. Big thumbs up.

Intonation

Intonation is better than on the Mendini pocket trumpet, even though the Mendini is a bit more expensive. The upper register is a bit sharp except the second line “e”, which is a bit flat, but for a beginner trumpet it is still well within acceptable range.

Responsiveness

I would like to see a bit better response, but it’s not that bad. It’s just not the easiest trumpet to play. However, again, the horn costs less than 100 bucks for crying out loud.

Looks and Esthetics

Well in this department,  the Glory bb trumpet really shines…literally. The trumpet looks GORGEOUS! Say what you want about the way cheaper trumpets plays, but when it comes to the looks of this trumpet, it’s a full 10 out of 10.

Slotting

The slotting is a bit loose so the trumpet is not something a professional trumpeter would use in a symphony orchestra, but for a beginner it does not matter as long as the notes are somewhat in tune.

High register

Not bad. Not good either. It’s pretty easy to get the high notes out of it. It’s good enough!

Agility

For the money, it’s very good. The trumpet will let the player move around registers to his own capability.

General feel

It’s feels a bit more on the tighter side, like it does not take as much air as some of the other trumpets. This does not have to be a good thing though as most beginners have small lungs with a low air capacity.

Casing

The casing is nice and protective and you have even got some room for sheet music in it. Other than that, there is not much more to say than: thumbs up in this department as well!

Pricing

Well, as I said, at the time of writing this article the price of this trumpet was well under hundred bucks. This is as cheap as it gets and something I take in to consideration when I give my overall rating of the horn.

Summary

Should you buy the trumpet?

It depends!

If money is tight and you just don’t want to pay a lot of money, I’d say go for it!

That said, if you are absolutely certain that your son or daughter are going to keep playing for many years then I would recommend you invest in a trumpet that is a bit more expensive, like for example the Jean Paul TR-430.

If you, on the other hand, want a beginner horn, for under hundred bucks, the Glory Brass bb trumpet is as good as it gets. Just be aware that trumpets in this price range does not have the same consistency, when it comes to quality, because of the lack of quality standards, like professional trumpets have.

This means that some of the trumpets can be worse off then others while, if the buyer is lucky, he or she can get an increadible trumpet for the price…

…in other words, it’s a bit of a gamble, but hey, for this money, I think it’s worth it!

Glory Trumpet Final Rating: 8,4 / 10

Okay, there you have it. I have calculated and considered all the areas of this trumpet and when I weigh it against the pricing  my final score for the Glory brass trumpet is 8,4 out of 10.

If you would like to find out more then and check out other peoples opinion on this trumpet you can click here to read other real user reviews on Amazon.

I hope you found the review helpful and as always, keep practicing, and remember to have fun while doing it!

-Robert Slotte-

F.A.Q’s about the Trumpet

Q: Does the trumpet come with a warranty?

A: I don’t know it the trumpet company offers one, but I know Amazon has a 30 day, full money back, guarantee on their products.

Q:Is the trumpet heavy or light?

A:It’s not heavy.I would say it’s a bit more on the lighter side for a standard Bb trumpet

Q: Is the casing good?

A: I have seen better, but it’s not bad either.

Q: Is there a difference in quality between the different colors? I mean, should I just go for the one I think looks best?

A: There is no difference in quality, between the colors, other than that the trumpets are a bit inconsistent themselves, when it comes to quality. This is because the low pricing. For example the Yamaha company produces trumpet that is very…VERY consistent in quality (in other words all the trumpets, of the same model, is almost exactly the same)

Q: Does this company make trumpets tuned in C as well?

A: No, I don’t think so.

Q: Would you play on this trumpet yourself?

A: I could see myself playing one in our summer cabin, out the grid, on my vacation, for example….while drinking a cold beer. However, I would not use it on any of my gigs. This is because I’m used to playing trumpets in the 3000 dollar category.

Q: Does the trumpet come with a mouthpiece?

A: Yes, and with a bottle of valve oil, but I would not use the valve oil that is included. As I mentioned earlier in this article I would use the “La Tromba” valve oil. I use that particular brad on all of my trumpets.

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Final Words

Do you have any experince with this trumpet?  If so, feel free to write about your experience with the Glory bb trumpet, down in the comment section under this article. I’m sure it would mean a lot to my reader.

Thank you for reading!



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