Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


Course overview | Make your own Long Trumpet.

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 bring it to the UK again.

You will be familiarized with the production methods of the 17th and 18th centuries trumpet-maker 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!

Course directors | Robert Barclay, Richard Seraphinoff & Michael Münkwitz: experts in the field of instrument making and design.

Materials | Brass.

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.

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

Course length | This course lasts 5 working days. Monday - Friday.

Dates | See calendar to the right or below.

Time | 9.00am - 6.00pm daily.

Cost | £880 (includes finished instrument and 2 group meals - Monday night curry, Thursday night - BBQ).

Location | All our courses are held at The Champion Workshop at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP (England). Details of transport and location can be found in the Visitors Centre section.

Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge, you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. We have listed some options in our accommodation section of the website.

Personal accident insurance | We do have public liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non-EU participants.

Booking | To book use the links below.

Further information | For enquiries email Daniel Bangham @

We will supply you with all the tools and materials you will require.

You should bring your own workshop overalls, with dust and eye protection.

For the 2016 course there will also be a number of other brass related courses and concerts. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and or sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date.

For more information about the workshop and the tutors see:

Watch @ Work | Open days will be held during this course as opportunities for everyone to view the progress. For further details see here.

Related Courses | Brass Repair & Care | Coming Soon: Cornetto Making | Early Instrument Exhibition

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What is a 'Long Trumpet'?

Long Trumpet simply means a trumpet made in the style of the earliest trumpets; with no valves and made with only basic tools.