The trumpet is a small instrument, but sometimes it is just too heavy.
Or too expensive.
It is a hugely popular instrument, probably the most popular of all the brass instruments. The most versatile too.
It allows you to perform a wide range of music—from jazz to big band to classical music, it plays in more genres than any other type of brass instrument.
But they can be heavy and too cumbersome to travel with. Or perhaps parents do not want to shell out the cash for a full sized version, especially if they’re not certain whether their child will pursue trumpeting for the long haul.
Enter the Band-Approved Brass Bb Pocket Trumpet by Sky.
Like all pocket trumpets it is designed in the Bb key. It has a classic look that matches that of a standard model, but it is significantly smaller. It was made with portability in mind.
The band-approved brass Bb pocket trumpet by Sky is perfect for both new and experienced musicians. It’s a beautiful looking instrument that’s equipped with a one-time drawn body, which eliminates any seams. This model features perfectly shaped, well-engineered tubing with a precise fit that promotes flawless airflow.
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Sky Band-Approved Pocket Trumpet Rundown and Features
Considering this model’s affordable pricing and compact size, you wouldn’t expect much in terms of sound and quality, but it actually exceeds most consumers’ expectations.
This little guy is the perfect substitute for a musician’s day to day full-sized instrument when traveling and it ships with valve oil, a polishing cloth, a soft or hard case (your choice) and gloves—basically everything you need to get started playing, straight out of the box.
This model is very similar to a traditional one, offering the same quality tone for a flawless performance.
If you’re in need of portability, this Sky model is the perfect choice. Since this model offers the same type of performance you would expect from a full-sized model, you can take it anywhere and play the same music.
This is a standard Bb model that’s lightweight and durable, featuring quality tubing that offers a smoother airflow and less turbulence during a performance.
This model has a phosphorus copper coating over the entire body, which is a feature that’s often found on professional trumpets. It also has a one-time drawn body, which means no seams, so the user can enjoy ultimate sound.
Consumers can choose from the soft or hard shell carrying case. The hard case is impressively durable, offering a stylish, elegant design with a velvet lined interior.
Pocket Trumpet by Sky Pros and Cons
As soon as you play it, you will be surprised by the sound this instrument produces, despite its small size. It’s not on the same level as a quality traditional version, but is very good for a pocket trumpet in this price range. This model actually allows a freer airflow, which makes this a great instrument for beginners.
The sound quality offered has received plenty of positive feedback from purchasers, although there were a couple of reports that the sound was a bit limiting. This model comes in a variety of colors, but no matter which you choose, the overall metallic finish makes this instrument a real eye catcher with a modern look.
The hard case offers adequate protection during travel and features a convenient strap for even easier transporting. The soft case also comes with a strap and is said to offer the same type of protection as the hard model, with added portability. In terms of price, it sells for less than competing models that also offer a complete starter kit and similar features.
One consumer reported that the included cleaning cloth and gloves were yellow tinged. They contacted customer service and were able to exchange these accessories.
While marketed as a model designed for both the beginner and the professional musician, most consumers agreed that the sound is a little limiting and not comparable to what you’d get from a quality traditional version. Because of this, marketing it as a beginner model is more accurate for what you can expect in terms of sound and quality.
While well-made, this instrument definitely isn’t up to the task of playing at a high professional level. However, the innovative design and setup really does work well for the beginning or intermediate player.
There were a number of reports from purchasers saying they received the wrong color or that the color of the instrument did not match the advertised image. They were all able to contact customer service and exchange the one they received for the color they wanted. While not a major issue, it does suggest that the shipping team at Sky isn’t always paying enough attention.
Another issue consumers had with this model was the included warranty. While it is covered for a year, the warranty itself is very limited and covers only defects caused during production. A consumer stated that the included oil was of low quality, reporting that it made the valves very sticky for several days after application.
Consumers who complained that they received their instrument dented were able to contact customer service for an exchange, but it seems that this issue is a little too common. We feel that the product packaging could definitely use an upgrade. Get with the program, shipping department.
Sky Band-Approved Brass Bb Pocket Trumpet Review Conclusion and Rating
Consumers who purchased and reviewed the Sky Band-Approved Brass Bb Pocket Trumpet gave it a rating of four out of five stars for color options, style, seam-free design, included extras and the reasonable pricing. As we have mentioned, this Sky model really isn’t completely up to professional standards and should only be used for practice, or by a beginner.
The perfect gift for children and beginners in general, this pocket trumpet feels more like a novelty than an instrument a pro can take seriously.
The limited range and sound quality are enough for us to recommend any professional pass on this model, but overall, it performs as expected and offers a similar range to other compact trumpets in this price range. That’s why it gets a Musicaroo rating of 4.1 out of 5.
If you’re looking for a more versatile model and one that packs some serious power, check out the Allora MXPT 5801, a model that is better able to compete with full-sized ones.