Flatt trumpet


Flatt trumpet after Talbot / Bull / Tomes

My flatt trumpets derive from the late Frank Tomes’ solution to the problem presented by Talbot’s manuscript.  The bells are based on a natural trumpet by Bull, ca. 1700.

Pitch in C at A=466hz, with crooks for lower pitches.

Supplied with crooks for A=440 and 415.

Bells in 0.3mm or 0.4mm yellow brass.

The basic conception uses machine-drawn tubes to reduce cost; handmade tubes at added cost upon request.
These instruments have seen use recently in productions including:

ARS MORIENDI: A 2010-2012 coproduction of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Basel theater ensemble CapriConnection.

The spring 2012 Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / Barockorchester La Cetra / Theater Basel coproduction of Purcell’s Fairy Queen,

Johanneskantorei Tübingen: Funeral Music for Queen Mary.  November 2012


The standard model, with essentially the proportions of a natural trumpet, with 4 slide positions, suited to the upper 3 voices of Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary).

Flatt trumpet, bell view

Flatt trumpet, bell view

Flatt trumpet, view from mouthpiece

Flatt trumpet, view from mouthpiece









…and the bass variant with 6 slide positions, specially developed by Tomes for bass parts in flatt trumpet ensemble.



Bass flatt trumpet

Bass flatt trumpet


Note the bell extending beyond the first bow, and the slide extending further back, well beyond the mouthpiece receiver.  With this construction, 6 slide positions are available.