Natural, Baroque, and Historic Trumpet Makers

Jeremy Sexton has compiled an updated directory of the makers of natural, Baroque, and historic trumpets. The summaries in the file below are intended to provide enough information for readers to get a good general sense of the products available from each maker; the descriptions are not meant to be exhaustive. The summaries are derived from the makers’ websites or information supplied by the makers themselves, and where possible they have been checked for accuracy and completeness by the makers. For the purposes of this document, “natural trumpet” refers specifically to an instrument that makes no use of tone holes for the correction of intonation, whereas “Baroque trumpet” refers to an instrument that does utilize such holes.Many of the makers of historic trumpets also produce sackbuts and other historic brass instruments, and many also make modern instruments. However, a fuller listing of makers of these other instruments is beyond the scope of this project, so I have only included information about natural, historic, and Baroque trumpets in this article.

The most recent Historic Brass Society directory of these makers was published in 2001, and much has changed since then. I apologize in advance, therefore, for any omissions, and I hope that readers will contact Jeff Nussbaum (president@historicbrassociety.org) or me (sextonjeremy@hotmail.com) to share any information about historic trumpet-makers that has escaped my attention.

I would like to thank John Foster, Friedemann Immer, Jean-Francois Madeuf, and Edward Tarr for their suggestions and comments.

HBS Trumpet Directory as compiled by Jeremy Sexton (last updated 8/17)

Period Horn Makers

Anneke Scott has created a list of period horn makers for reference purposes. It can be downloaded by clicking here. The catalog includes website links, notes about the various types of horns available, and additional comments regarding the products offered. If there is an omission or correction, please email it to president@historicbrassociety.org.

Cornetto and Serpent Makers

The following is a list of cornetto and serpent makers (and those who make mouthpieces for those instruments) with their websites (or email address if no website was available). No attempt was made to evaluate the instruments, and a listing here implies no endorsement on the part of the HBS as this list is intended only for reference purposes. Information regarding omissions or corrections is welcome via email: president@historicbrass.org.

Damien Bardonnet: www.dbardonnet.com

Stefan Beck: www.musikhandwerk.de

Stephen Berger: www.serpents.ch

Serge Delmas: delmaszink@aol.com

Paolo Fanciullacci: paolofanciullacci@fastwebnet.it

Derek Farnell: To the best of our knowledge he no longer makes instruments.

Sam Goble (mouthpieces, cornetti, and instrument-making workshops)Cambridge Woodwind Makers; www.samgoble.com

Henri Gohin: henri.gohin@free.fr

Andrew Hallock: www.hallockmusic.com http://www.hallock-cornetti.com

David Harding: To the best of our knowledge Harding is no longer making serpents

Fritz Heller: www.blasende-instrumente.net

Andrea Inghisciano: inghisciano@gmail.com; Andrea Inghisciano makes a straight 4 hole + humb hole cornett as depicted on Arnolt Schlick’s  Spiegel der Orgelmacher 1511.

Kaiser Church Serpents: http://kaiserserpents.com/

Matthew Jennejonn: mjennejohn@yahoo.com

Jacques Leguy: To the best of our knowledge he does not make instruments anymore.

John McCan: He is officially retired from active cornetto making, but invites friends and colleagues to keep in touch via email at jrmcornetts@gmail.com.

Christopher Monk Workshop: www.jeremywest.co.uk

Pierre Ribo: www.serpent-ribo.com

Juan Lopez Romera: www.serpenton.es

Jamie Savan: Jamie.savan@gmail.com; CyberZink is a project led by Jamie Savan at Newcastle University, exploring the potential of CAD modelling and 3D printing for organological research. The project now has its own dedicated site: www.cyberzink.org

Christoph Schuler: www.allantica.ch

J.C. Sherman Mouthpieces: www.jcsherman.net

Ricardo Simian 3D Cornets: www.3dmusicinstruments.com

Grzegorz Tomaszewicz: www.gtmusicalinstruments.com

Siem van der Vee: www.zink-cornetto.com

Roland Wilson: musicafiata@t-online.de In addition to a wide range of 440 and high pitch cornetti, Roland Wilson reports that he has recently made four bass cornetts. In addition he is making a Renaissance cornett at a' = 466, 415 or 440 which is based on the instrument in the Freiberg Cathedral.