Cecilio T-480 Intermediate Trumpet Review

Cecilio TT-480

Read our T 480 trumpet by Cecilio review

Cecilio Musical Instruments produce fairly cheap band and orchestra instruments. They are designed with the beginner or student player in mind and can be a good option if you don’t want to spend much money. If money is not the limiting factor, check out our list of trumpets for intermediate or pro players instead.

Here we are looking at the Cecilio T 480 Bb Trumpet with Monel Valves*. It offers musicians a well-built medium sized bore, a double-braced design that uses rose or a br lead-pipe, and a warm cordial sound when played.

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This trumpet is equipped with Monel alloyed pistons for much smoother and more responsive action and an adjustable 3rd slide lock for more precise intonation. The Cecilio T 480 also has precisely fitted two-piece valve casing that provide this trumpet with the most virtuous and purest action possible.

The Cecilio T 480 comes packaged with a durable nylon-covered shell case (with backpack straps) the standard 12C mouthpiece, a soft cleaning cloth and a pair of white gloves – so you’ll have no excuse not to keep your instrument pristine! If you’re intending to buy this for a beginner, you might want to also look into getting a tuner.

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Cecilio TT-480 Trumpet Features & Specifications

Cecilio TT-480


  1. A strong and well built medium sized bore.
  2. A double-braced design that uses rose or a br lead-pipe, which help in producing a gorgeous sound.
  3. Monel valves & pistons.
  4. Comes with hard shell case with backpack straps.


  • Key: Bb (B-flat)
  • Bore: Medium-large (.459″)
  • Double braced
  • Rose-brass lead pipe
  • Two-piece nickel valve casing
  • Rose-brass 5″ bell and body
  • Nickel tuning slides
  • 3rd slide lock
  • Monel smooth and fast action valves & pistons
  • 12C sliver plated mouth piece

What Customers Are Saying


  • Sturdy, great sound, affordable.
  • Beautiful horn, and plays terrific.
  • As a next step from beginner to intermediate player, this trumpet fits the bill. Plays and sounds great.


  • The first valve can get stuck, if the trumpet is not treated in a while.

Decision Time

In summary, the Cecilio T-480 Bb trumpet is a well-built instrument that works well for beginners as well as players that have reached an intermediate level. Plays well, sounds great and comes with some nice accessories thrown in for the price – first and foremost the hard shell case.

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