*Made to order - 11 months*
The Handcraft Series Bb Trumpets offer a dark and smokey tone that harkens back to Renold O. Schilke’s earliest designs. Handcraft Series Trumpets offer the contemporary musician the best of both worlds: a fantastic vintage tone, rich and smooth, with a truly elite, modern build quality. The even feel, quick response and superb intonation make the Handcraft Series the ultimate convergence of tradition and innovation.
The HC2 features a copper bell, offering a wide range of tonal color, darkest in the quiet moments, yet bright and lively when you lean into it.
One-piece Copper Bell
#0 Bell Taper
.468″ XL Step Bore
Round Main Tuning Slide
1st slide saddle & 3rd slide ring
*Additional Customization Options*
(Call to place a custom order)
1st slide ring
The HC1 comes standard with a yellow brass bell, whereas the HC2 has a pure copper bell. Yellow brass bells are more consistent in tonal color regardless of dynamics. Whereas copper bells offer a more progressive tonality that is responsive to dynamic, with a darker sound when playing pp and brighter when playing ff.
Optional “beryllium” bells are very thin bells, similar to our standard copper bells in playing characteristics, but with a brighter and more resonant dynamic range. These bells are terrific when looking for more “sizzle” in your sound.
Optional sterling silver bells offer a focused, dense sound. Darker in timbre in softer dynamics and brighter in louder dynamics, the sterling silver bells are similar to “beryllium,” but with a more simplified overtone series. These bells “zing” when playing ff.
Detachable tuning bells are available by special order on any Handcraft Series Bb Trumpet. The advantage of the tuning bell feature is that the tuning slide can be left all the way in or moved only a little, thereby keeping the bore relatively free of gaps that may cause a disturbance in the nodal pattern of the sound wave. Another advantage is that different bells of varying tapers, materials and finishes may be used to change characteristics of the instrument.
Handcraft Series Bb Trumpets are covered by the Schilke Limited Lifetime Warranty.