Backstory - When my daughter started playing the trumpet in 6th grade, we bought her a cheap, used, student-grade trumpet that was a hand-me-down from one of our friends. She is now a Junior in high school, still playing that old, beat-up horn, and just earned the 1st Chair Trumpet in the band, beating out 20+ other kids. She also has plans to continue with Marching Band when she moves on to college. Therefore, I think it’s high time we upgrade her instrument.
That’s where I need some help. I’d like to get her a better trumpet for her Christmas present, but don’t really know what to look for or which brands are better than others. I have found one Amati Kraslice that appears to be in pretty good shape (and at a reasonable price), and a Conn Director model that also appears to be OK, plus there are lots of them listed on various websites at a wide range of prices.
So what do I need to look for/stay away from to help her achieve her potential as a musician? All help and advice is greatly appreciated.