Long Trumpet Making

Course overview | During this 5 day course you will be involved with making a complete Long Trumpet out of sheet brass. This course has been running in the US and Germany for a number of years and we are delighted to now be bringing it to the UK annually.

You will be familiarized with the production methods of the 17th and 18th centuries trumpet-makers and make your own long trumpet (without holes) in the style of an original by Hans Hainlein made in 1632 (Collection of Musical Instruments at the City Museum of Munich).

Participants will gain not only trumpet making skills but also historical and contextual understanding.

The course will begin with a health and safety talk and then continue almost exclusively with hands-on workshop time.

The course will end with the instruments you have made, that were once just flat-brass on the work-top, being played! Tea and cake will be provided for the occasion!

Instrument type | Long Trumpet made in the style of an original by Hans Hainlein made in 1632.

The trumpets are made in D at A=415, and participants will also make a half step bit and some shorter fine tuning bits. The tutors will bring along one step crooks for each participant to finish.

The finished trumpet will play in D, D flat, and C at A=415.

They will not have any ventholes. There will be several models of baroque trumpet mouthpieces available to purchase.

Materials | Brass


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Tutor | Robert Barclay with guest appearances from Richard Seraphinoff and Michael Münkwitz.

Famous in the less-famous world of ‘Long trumpet’ making, this lively team have come on board to teach ‘Long trumpet’ making with us. We can only run one course per year with these gentlemen, so book early to avoid disappointment.  

The course I want to say that it was 100% perfect. From Monday to Friday was sufficient, Wednesday in the pub and Thursday grilling was very fitting. I would not change anything from my side”

Long Turmpet Making, 2013

“I enjoyed the course immensely. It was well run and great fun.”

Long Trumpet Making, 2012

“I thought the workshop was excellent and suited our needs perfectly.”

Long Trumpet Making, 2012

“Thank you for organising this most enjoyable week! There’s nothing like hands-on experience.”

Long Trumpet Making, 2012

“I really enjoyed the trumpet making course and am very pleased with the end result. I was practicing on the trumpet earlier this evening and know I will get a great deal of pleasure in learning how to play it in the future.”

Long Trumpet Making, 2012

The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes some lunches, light refreshments and some evening meals. The finished trumpet will be yours to keep.

Cost | £920

Course duration | 5 consecutive days

Times | 09.00am – 6.00pm

Depending on progress made during each day, some times may run later into the evening.

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

What to bring | You will need to wear workshop appropriate clothing; no tassels, closed toe shoes etc. Aprons and overalls are available. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you wish to bring any of your own tools please make sure they are marked or labelled.


The Art of Trumpet Making | Part 1

The Art of Trumpet Making | Part 2

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Bob Barclay wrote a book! Jacob the Trumpeter: The sweeping story of a warrior, trumpeter, courier and spy!

Email us if you would like a copy: [email protected]

Trumpet Making course with Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.

Accommodation |  If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here along with our covid-19 guidelines which are here: Cambridge Makers covid-19 guidelines - Cambridge Makers.

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.

Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.

Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.

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