TRUMPET in C by Ricco Kühn (2014). Model T053/C CB_K(L) with rotary valves, three Vienna keys, CX and C355 leadpipes, conjoined first and third trigger. Copper brass with nickel silver garland, goldplated. #148159.

This is my Holy Grail trumpet, the finest I have known. It came to me in 2014 after a lifelong quest playing Besson, Bach, Getzen, Schilke, and Monette trumpets. The C trumpet has been my principal instrument since 1972.

TRUMPET in C and in B-flat by Vincent Bach (1995). Stradivarius model CL with 229 bell, 25H leadpipe, four B-flat tuning slides. Silverplated brass. #422520

TRUMPET in high B-flat and in high A by Schilke Chicago USA (1978). Model P5-4. Silverplated brass. Customised BG conversion in 2014 to add slide ring and saddle, and Amado waterkeys. A piccolo trumpet doesn’t get any better than this one, which I acquired directly from Dr Schilke.

NATURAL (BAROQUE) TRUMPET by Frank Tomes (2006). Faithfully after Johann Leonhard Ehe III, Nuremberg, 1746. With yards and crooks to play in D or in C at 440, 430, or 415. Raw brass with silver trim and engraved garland. #129. Frank Tomes was the last of the great British makers.

POCKET or PARLOUR CORNET or PREACHER’S CORNET in C, in B-flat and in A by Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy & Cie, Paris (1905-6).  Restored by McQueens, Manchester (2019) and Smith Brass Services, Bolton (2020). With crooks and shanks. Silverplated brass. Featured in the International Trumpet Guild Journal January 2021 (see Publications tab), this was the boyhood instrument of Robert Jenner, erstwhile Principal of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

TRUMPET in E-flat and in D by Schilke Chicago USA (1976). Model E3 (medium bore, medium bell). Silverplated brass. #7757. This was gifted to me in 1978 by Dr Schilke when I lived in the USA. He said that it had belonged to Philip Smith and is an exceptionally good orchestral and concerto instrument.

FLUGELHORN in B-flat by Yamaha Japan (2001). Model YFH6310Z (Shew). Warburton 1 FLX mouthpiece. Silverplated brass. #402532.

CORNET in B-flat by Getzen (1983). Model Eterna LB. #EC4060 (see For Sale tab)

CORNO DA CACCIA in B-flat and in A by Friedbert Syhre (2002). With four rotary valves and leadpipes in B-flat and in A for French horn or trumpet mouthpieces. I have used this often in the works of Bach – especially the 1st and 2nd Brandenburg Concertos and for the Quoniam in the B Minor Mass.

CORNETT in G and CORNETTINO in C by Christopher Monk (1976). Ebonite with leather. Acorn mouthpieces.

Instruments that I have owned but are now in the care of others:

Bach Stradivarius Bb NY trumpet

Bach Stradivarius C trumpet

Besson Eb trumpet

Boosey and Hawkes Imperial Bb cornet

Boosey and Hawkes Regent Flugelhorn

Besson International Bb trumpet

Carol Brass C trumpet

Getzen Eterna C trumpet

Getzen Eterna Eb trumpet

Hawkes (Toronto) Bb cornet

John Packer Bb cornet

Huttl Bb cornet

Scherzer G piccolo trumpet

Schilke piccolo herald trumpet in C, Bb and A

Schilke C tuning bell trumpet with Bb slides

Schilke Eb soprano cornet

Selmer Bb/A piccolo trumpet (2)

Monette C993 C trumpet

Pro-Brass natural trumpet

MUTES: From the top, left to right: Jo Ral Copper Harmon / Wah-Wah Denis Wick Training Mute Jo-Ral Aluminium Cup Mute with felt inserts  Tom Crown straight mute (copper bottom) LeBlanc Alessi-Vacchiano straight mute (aluminium) Humes and Berg stone lined piccolo mute Peter Gane piccolo mute Humes and Berg stone lined Sh!Sh! Mannie Klein practice mute