Natural trumpets for Renaissance and Baroque

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slide trumpet in D 466 Hz

The slide trumpet is one of the earliest brass instruments of the Renaissance and is used, for example, as Tromba di tirarsi parts in the Alta Cappella. The concept of our Renaissance slide trumpet is a reconstruction based on an altarpiece by Hans Memling, c. 1490, on which 3 trumpet-playing angels are depicted.

  • Basic tuning D 466 Hz (equivalent to Eb 440 Hz)
  • All pipes incl. slide made are of soldered tube, with stockings
  • Instrument in brass
  • Hand hammered bell
  • Specifically for this instrument we offer the mouthpiece RB-1 made according to the original from soldered sheet metal

The slide trumpet in action

In this video of the award-winning ensemble I FEDELI, the wonderful Catherine Motuz can be heard on our slide trumpet. Catherine is a lecturer for sackbut at the famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Musicologically, she is active in the fields of music theory and performance practice of the 15th and 16th century. At the same time, she pursues a varied stage career and performs with many of the most famous baroque orchestras and chamber music groups.

The work played is by Ludwig Senfl (1490-1543) “Tandernac- felices, quicumque deo confidere possunt”, recorded in October 2018 in the ballroom of Dachau Castle.

natural trumpet in D

Model in MDC, in D 415 Hz key with lengthening bit No. 6 and Renaissance mouthpiece REM

After Michael Nagel, Nuremberg 1657
Original in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The bore is modelled after the trumpet by Michael Nagel from the collection of historical musical instruments at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna; Ball and decoration are designed after the Vasa instrument by Michael Nagel, Stockholm.

  • Basic tuning in D (440 Hz) or D (415 Hz)
  • By means of extension pins and crooks, the keys D (415 Hz, only with the higher basic tuning), C (440 Hz) and C (415 Hz) are possible.
  • The bell is hammered by hand to 0.3 mm extra thin to be able to reproduce the historical sound as best as possible

Baroque natural trumpet
after Haas in D

Model in MDC, key in D 440 Hz with D 415 Hz crook

After Johann Wilhelm Haas, Nuremberg 1746
Original instrument initially in the collection of Dr. E. H. Tarr, Rheinfelden

  • Basic tuning in D (440 Hz) or D (415 Hz)
  • By means of extension pins and crooks, the keys D (415 Hz, only with the higher basic tuning), C (440 Hz) and C (415 Hz) are possible.

Tunings and tuning bits

All our natural trumpets use a historical system of tuning and lengthening bits for adjusting the basic tuning and fine tuning.

This system consists of a total of 7 tuning and extension bits, which can be combined in any way. In addition, we offer semi tone, whole tone and 1-1/2 tone bits/crooks. This results in countless combination possibilities, which allow an astonishingly accurate fine tuning. Every musician will find his own system, which is perfectly suited for him.

If not all variants are desired, a part of the bits can also be omitted. Only the tuning bit No.3 is always needed in any case. The tuning bits No 1,2 and 3 as a combination have proven to be a minimum equipment.

Baroque natural trumpet
after Ehe in D

Model in MDC, basic tuning in D 415 Hz with tuning pin No. 3 and Bull mouthpiece (BL-1)

After Johann Leonhard Ehe II, Nuremberg 1746
Original in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

  • Basic tuning in D (440 Hz) or D (415 Hz)
  • By means of extension pins and crooks, the keys D (415 Hz, only with the higher basic tuning), C (440 Hz) and C (415 Hz) are possible.

Historical materials

Baroque trumpet after Haas made from solid silver. Completely made of soldered sterling silver sheets. The surface is burnished. The wreath is hand-engraved, with angel heads. The knob and the ferrules are also richly decorated. Wreath, ferrules and knob are gold-plated. This special version is possible for almost all trumpets and is produced exclusively on request.

Silver or Nuremberg brass?

The choice of materials plays a decisive role for the sound and authenticity of a historical instrument. Virtually all preserved instruments that can be seen in the museums are either made of silver or brass and are often magnificently and richly decorated.

Since the use of various alloys has always played a decisive role here at Egger, we offer both for our historically authentic replicas: instruments made of brass, but also instruments made of sterling silver. In terms of sound, silver is slightly darker and more carrying than brass, and the response requires the player to get slightly accustomed. However, the acoustic properties do not change.

But we also have a lot to offer in brass: it is about much more than the pure ratio of the two main components copper and zinc. Other additions such as lead, silicon, iron, nickel, manganese or aluminium have a decisive influence on the acoustic properties.

In various research projects, we have analysed the exact composition of the brass, which were used during the heyday of the Nuremberg Instrument Making in the 16th and 17th century. And we have succeeded in having this material made especially for us. Together with the application of traditional working techniques and the authentic engraving and ornamenting technique, we offer under the name “MDC” the possibility to get close to the original instruments like no other manufacturer.

Natural trumpet in E

After Johann Wilhelm Haas, Nuremberg
Original in the Grassi Museum Leizig, Instrument No. 1788

This trumpet is based on the original by Johann Wilhelm Haas from the Grassi Museum, Leipzig; Instrument No. 1788.

  • Key in E 415 Hz (equivalent to Eb 440 Hz, or D 466 Hz)
  • The tunings D (440 Hz) and D (415 Hz) are possible by means of extension pins and ringing
  • The fine tuning is done via tuning bits, which are available in 10 cent steps
  • The bell is hammered by hand to 0.3 mm extra thin to be able to reproduce the historical sound as best as possible

Tromba da caccia

Tromba da caccia in C415 Hz

Corno da tirarsi (Tromba da caccia with slide component)

Gottfried Reiche around 1726
Portrait of Elias Gottlob Haußmann

The Tromba da caccia is also known as the Reiche instrument. The bell of this instrument was copied in the flare area after the Corno da Caccia by Johann Wilhelm Haas, Nuremberg in 1688, from the Trumpet Museum in Bad Säckingen. The remaining bore measurements are computer-simulated according to the well-known portrait of Johann Gottfried Reiche, which Elias Gottlob Haußmann painted around 1726.

In the construction of this instrument, largely traditional handcrafting techniques are used. All pipes incl. bell are soldered from hammered brass sheet and have a solder seam. The application of such handcrafting methods brings an approximation to the original instruments in terms of musical-acoustic behavior, in particular the timbre. The garland is engraved, the braces are decorated according to the Haas instrument, the instrument is polished by hand according to historical methods.

  • The body is in the key of F (415 Hz).
  • Further keys E (415 Hz) as well as D, C, B (440 Hz or 415 Hz) are possible
  • The individual keys are available as extension crooks

Tromba da caccia in C 415 Hz and as Tromba da tirarsi


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