Trumpet vs Cornet, and why it’s important

Introduction – My Story Being a professional high-brass specialist and growing up in England with our brass band tradition I have been juggling performing on the cornet and the trumpet for my whole playing life. The first brass instrument I played was a cornet and I was extremely excited to take this beaten-up, smelly heap of […]

My Visit To Stomvi

In the first week of September I took a trip to the Stomvi factory in Valencia, Spain. I was long overdue a new trumpet (the subject of another upcoming blog post). This is the story of that day. I had exchanged a few emails with Vicente Honorato in advance so when I arrived at the […]

What is a Carmen Cornet?

Introduction I’m always on the lookout for weird and wonderful brass instruments. Because of the way that a brass instrument works there are a huge number of ways they could be re-designed. Some ideas that have been tried include: Compensating valve systems (used on French Horns, Euphoniums and Tubas – extra pieces of tubing are […]

Trumpet in G Project

Image above: A dismantled Soprano Bugle. A couple of months ago I decided to dismantle and re-assemble an old Soprano Bugle that had bought on eBay in 2007. At first things were going well. I removed some dents, rebuilt the tuning slide, patched over a hole using a small copper ring and added an Amado […]

Further upgrades to my trumpet

This week I decided to upgrade my Rudy Mück trumpet a little more. If you haven’t read about this instrument in the past then take a look here for more info. A reversed slide is one that is configured so that the smaller internal tubes are reached first along the path that air takes through […]

What To Know About The Vincent Bach Mouthpiece

Please note: It will be helpful to obtain a copy of the Vincent Bach Mouthpiece Manual for reference before reading this article. It is freely available online from here, or a quick google search for “Bach Mouthpiece Manual pdf”. The version most referenced by this article is labelled AV6001 “What Every Brass Instrumentalist Should Know About […]