What We Do
We are very keen to encourage as many players as possible to try out and have their own Natural or Baroque Trumpet. Unfortunately, they are normally handmade, very specialist and therefore expensive! We decided to make instruments that would be a perfect way for players to get started. Our “Standard” trumpet has been designed to provide a serious player with everything that they would need to play either a Natural or Baroque trumpet, but at an affordable price………
Our “Standard” Trumpet
The trumpet plays in D and C, at both modern pitch (A = 440hz) and Baroque pitch (A = 415hz). The bell is hand-made from 0.4mm brass sheet, with a garland engraved “Barlow & Martin ◊ Norwich” followed by the year it was made. All tubes are made from seamless brass, and the ferrules have engraved lines on them. The trumpet is in raw brass which is polished, but not lacquered or plated.
To keep costs down we supply three yards, not the usual five. There is one vent yard for D, and one for C, as well as one with no vents. The vents have been positioned very carefully so that they work well when the instrument is pitched both at A = 440hz and A = 415hz (Baroque pitch).
We supply two leadpipes; one has a parallel bore and receives a baroque mouthpiece, and the other is tapered, giving the attack and response of a modern trumpet. This receives a modern mouthpiece and is designed to aid players who may find the initial change to a Natural trumpet too difficult. An extension tuning bit is supplied to convert the trumpet from modern pitch to Baroque pitch.