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Inventions Trumpet, M. Saurle, 1806


This inventions trumpet by Michael Saurle is currently in development.

Michael Saurle (1772-1845), being a particularly inventive instrument maker in the 18th and 19th century, made these uniquely designed inventions trumpets in 1806. These types of trumpets were used from the late 18th century to well into the 19th century, and are well suited for the orchestral repertoire of the time.

Similar to horns of the period, they feature internal crooks and can be crooked to F, E, Eb, D, C, and Bb in A=440. Each trumpet is stamped with a 1 or a 2, presumably assigning the trumpet to each trumpet part, but are otherwise identical to each other.

Its long slide length serves as an effective tuning slide, and might even be tuned in action. Results to follow...


I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege to measure these instruments myself at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, U.S.A. (visit: During the visit, I was able to measure two, possibly contemporary mouthpieces that are associated with the trumpets. The mouthpieces are specially suited for each player:

The first features a shallower, cup shaped bowl with a narrow throat and thin rim for playing in the high register.

The second features a deeper, V-shaped bowl with a large throat and thick rim for playing in the low register.

It is unknown, however, whether these mouthpieces are original to the trumpets.

Specifications: Coming soon

Upon completion, I will document their sound and playing characteristics. In the meanwhile, you can check progress on my Instagram page:

Stay tuned!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:


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