Trumpet FAQ

It is our goal at Blackburn Trumpets to provide trumpet players with the finest equipment possible. Each Blackburn Trumpet is made to order with the customer’s desires in mind. Whether you are an orchestral or jazz player, student or teacher, hobbyist or professional…Blackburn Trumpets can fit your needs!

We at Blackburn Trumpets are professional musicians skilled in hand-crafting trumpets. With Master of Music Degrees, active professional playing and teaching careers all combined with over 60 years of trumpet making experience, we are uniquely qualified to provide players with instruments that meet their every need.

Blackburn Trumpets have evolved from more than three decades of combined research and development by Clifford Blackburn, William T. Cardwell (world renowned scientist of trumpet acoustics) and the staff at Blackburn Trumpets. These trumpets are state of the art and second to none.

Clifford Blackburn and many of his professional colleagues decided upon the materials used for Blackburn Trumpet bells after years of play testing under performance conditions. To our knowledge Blackburn Trumpets is the only company using ambronze to produce one piece, hand-hammered trumpet bells. This specialized high copper alloy produces optimal overtones that are rich and pure.

The craftsmanship of Mr. Blackburn’s trumpets is legendary. The valves and slides are precisely fitted to some of the closest tolerances in the industry. The assembly process is done with the minimum of clamps and fixtures so that the finished instrument is free from stress. Each brace is hand fitted to its place and after being carefully soldered, the excess solder is removed by hand scraping. These trumpets are carefully crafted to meet customer’s specifications.

Worldwide, discriminating trumpet players are using Blackburn Trumpets. The staff in Lexington, Kentucky considers it a privilege to serve them by providing incomparable equipment that allows superior performance.

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What keys of trumpets do you build?

  • We build trumpets in Bb, C, Eb, E, and D; Piccolo Trumpets in G, A, Bb, and C.

Do you build any trumpets other than standard piston valve trumpets?

  • Not at this time.

How do I order a Blackburn Trumpet?

  • Give us a call and please refer to our policies.

Do I have to come to the shop to try out a Blackburn Trumpet?

  • No, but it is best if you can. We can show you much more and work much closer with you in our shop than we can over the phone or by mail. However, we have had good success working with customers who don't come to the shop.
  • In addition, Blackburn Trumpets are exhibited at multiple conferences and trade shows such as KMEA, TMEA, NTC, and ITG.

If I am not in the U.S. how do I get a Blackburn Trumpet?

  • That's not a problem. We will work with you over the phone or email.  We ship internationally fully insured using UPS, price is determined at the time of shipping.

Do you still make leadpipes for other trumpets?

  • Yes. We make leadpipes for Bach Bb and C trumpets, Yamaha Xeno Bb and C trumpets, and for Selmer, Schilke, Getzen, Benge, Yamaha, Kanstul and Scherzer piccolo trumpets.
  • We can also do leadpipes for other trumpets on a custom basis but it is always best to talk to us about your desires concerning custom pipes.

How do I get my leadpipe mounted?

  • Most repair facilities can mount a leadpipe. If your are unsure, check our list of recommended facilities.
  • We can also install your leadpipe in our shop provided you ship your trumpet to us.

Do you still do repair work?

  • Yes, but only with Blackburn Trumpets.

Can payments be made with credit cards?

  • Yes. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
  • We also accept US Postal Money Orders, Western Union Money Orders, and Certified Check on a US Bank.  

Do you accept personal checks?

  • Yes.

Do Blackburn trumpets come with a case?

  • No. Use the case of your choice.

I've heard you make bells from a special alloy. What is it?

  • We make bells from two alloys: Yellow brass and Ambronze. Ambronze has a high percentage of copper, a small amount of tin and the remainder is zinc. It has outstanding musical characteristics: purity of tone, outstanding projection and a warmth of tone that we have not found in any other alloy.

Do I need to buy a Blackburn Mouthpiece to play with a Blackburn Trumpet?

  • No. Blackburn trumpets are designed to work with standard trumpet mouthpieces.
  • The only exception is with Blackburn piccolo trumpets - they utilize a short shank trumpet mouthpiece.  The Blackburn Short Trumpet Shank Mouthpiece is a good place to start. 

How is a Blackburn Trumpet different from any other trumpet?

  • Blackburn Trumpets have been designed using scientific data supplied by William T. Cardwell, one of the most knowledgeable men in the world in the area of trumpet acoustics, to form the air column of our instruments. Because of this, the intonation on a Blackburn Trumpet is superior.
  • The tone of a Blackburn Trumpet is uniquely full and rich but still easily blends with the other brass instruments in the ensemble.
  • Each Blackburn Trumpet is made one at a time with great care. The fit of our valves and slides is among the tightest in the industry. All of these factors contribute to some of the finest trumpets that have ever been produced.

When did Blackburn Trumpets become a part of Pickett Brass?

  • Pickett Brass acquired Blackburn Trumpets on January 1st, 2016.  Cliff Blackburn and Peter Pickett have been working together and collaborating for years, resulting in a close friendship. Together they have been working on the next generation of Blackburn Trumpets, upholding the craftsmanship and integrity Cliff has personified for over 40 years.
  • All trumpet production was moved to Lexington, Kentucky, maintaining all of the processes that have made Blackburn Trumpets one of the most sought-after instruments in the world.

Here at Blackburn Trumpets we highly recommend the use of musical insurance companies such as Nationwide, Music Pro Insurance, Clarion, or a company of your choice.  This is a great way to protect your investment.