If you know where to look, you can find used trumpets for sale at very good prices on the internet. While there is a risk involved in buying a used horn online, in many cases the price difference can make up for it. While the most obvious place to look for used trumpets for sale would be eBay, there are some other sites that mainly sell trumpets or other brass where the items are sold at fixed prices rather than auctioned.
One of the best sites to find used trumpets for sale is Dillon Music (www.dillonmusic.com). Dillon's is a music store in Woodbridge, NJ which carries a large selection of new and used brass instruments. All of their inventory is posted on the website and can be ordered online. They also have a separate store for woodwinds which carries many new and used woodwinds both in the store and on their website.
Another popular spot that offers used trumpets for sale is the Quality Brass online store (www.quality-brass.com). Quality Brass has a vast selection of trumpets, including many vintage professional models at great prices. Due to the huge inventory, there is only one photo of many of the instruments. However, e-mail requests for additional and/or specific photos are usually responded to quickly by the staff.
One site with a smaller selection of used trumpets for sale but with excellent quality instruments is HornTrader (www.horntrader.com). HornTrader has many great trumpets, including a part of the Malcolm McNabb trumpet collection and a large collection of New York Bach Stradivarius's, many of which are very rare and collectible. Some of HornTrader's prices are rather high, but that can be expected since they deal mainly in high-end professional horns.
Two of the most popular internet forums for trumpet players also have marketplaces where users can offer their used trumpets for sale. These are the Trumpet Herald (www.trumpetherald.com) and TrumpetMaster (www.trumpetmaster.com). You have to be careful when buying from these sites, as you are dealing with individual sellers rather than a company and there is a greater potential for scams, rip-offs, and damaged items from poor packaging.
These are just a few of the larger and more popular sites that offer used trumpets for sale. With a bit of searching, you could probably find many others in addition to the ones listed here. With the exception of the last two, all of the sites listed here are known to be honest and trustworthy sellers. With other sites, however, you have to be careful. As with any online purchase, especially for expensive used items, it's a good idea to do some research into the seller before making an investment.
If possible, it's best to look for used trumpets for sale locally so that you know exactly what you're getting. Places such as music stores, thrift stores, and antique shops often have used trumpets for sale at okay prices. There are also online classified ad sites like Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) as well as print classifieds in newspapers and other local publications. However, if you are unable to find what you are looking for locally then seeking used trumpets for sale online can be a viable option. Just be careful!