Allora Trumpet Review: AATR-101 Student Trumpet

The Allora trumpet (AATR-101 student series) is modestly priced and built with the student player in mind. Featured in our top 5 best student trumpet list, the large bore of the Allora AATR-101 trumpet makes playing a breeze and the red brass bell produces a warm sound and well-centered tone. Student trumpet players will find the Allora trumpet easy to learn on and pleasure to play.

The Allora trumpet was designed with the smaller hands of a student player in mind. The thumb saddle on the first valve and a fixed finger ring on the third valve provide a secure grip even for the smallest hand. Allora also includes a molded case to protect your trumpet investment and a 7C mouthpiece that will make getting started even easier. Available finishes include lacquer (AATR-101) or silver (AATR-101S).


  • Red brass bell provides a beautiful warm sound
  • Red brass lead pipe helps fight corrosion
  • Monel pistons are durable and corrosion resistant
  • Double water valves
  • Hardshell case helps protect the instrument
  • The Allora student trumpet scored a perfect 5.0 (out of 5.0) stars in customer reviews on several major trumpet retailer websites.


  • Key: BbLevel: StudentBore: 0.459 inch ML (medium-large)
  • Leadpipe: standard taper
  • Leadpipe Material: red brass
  • Bell: 4.5 inch
  • Bell material: red brass
  • Valves: Monel piston
  • 1st valve slide adjustment: thumb saddle
  • 3rd valve slide adjustment: adjustable ring
  • Slide stop: adjustable
  • Outer slides: silver-plated nickel
  • Water keys: 2 standard
  • Case: molded plastic
  • Mouthpiece: 7c
  • Finish: lacquer or silver

Good Starter Horn But Not Perfect

A good student trumpet is affordable and plays well enough to allow a student to learn how to play trumpet without getting discouraged. The Allora AATR-101 fits the bill here. Out of the box it has a clean, bright sound and plays pretty even from the lower to higher registers.

As with most student trumpets, the Allora trumpet is however mass-produced and the valves are lapped by machine rather than by hand (something you find in professional-level trumpets). As such, the fit of the valves is not perfect and they may occasionally stick as was noted by at least one reviewer of this trumpet,

“Pretty good beginner trumpet, nice price and appearance as well. Valves get stuck a lot though even with a fair amount of valve oil. Overall it’s a great horn for beginners or anyone who plays but isn’t looking to get too serious.”

Despite the less-than-perfect valves, the Allora AATR-101 would be, in my opinion, a great instrument for any young student and, with proper care and maintenance, will provide years of service.

Beautiful Student Horn

What stands out most about the Allora trumpet is how beautiful it is. It may seem trite, but let’s face it – the looks of a trumpet do matter. Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for years, everybody loves a nice looking horn.

This Allora AATR-101 real shines here (pun intended), with its mix of lacquer colors (rose, brass & nickel) it is very sharp looking and looks far nicer than its price range suggests.

Ok, aside from looks how does it play? In short, straight out of the box this horn is impressive. It has a clean, bright sound and is consistent through the lower to higher registers. There’s little resistance moving around the two primary octaves, which is not common for student horns. It also plays in tune well.

More Than Just a Pretty Trumpet

If you are looking for an affordable student horn that’s more than just nice-looking, the Allora AATR-101 is a good choice. The AATR-101 was built for students to be able to play comfortably while maintaining good intonation and is suitable for a concert band in school as well as for marching.

The Allora AATR-101 will play just as well if not better than other better-known student horns, such as those made by Blessing and Conn. If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to renting, yet still want a good quality trumpet this is a wonderful choice. The Allora AATR-101 absolutely offers more than your money’s worth.

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