Cool Stuff Being Made: How Trumpets Are Made

By October 14, 2006Cool Stuff Being Made

trumpet_made.jpgWe’ve had saxophones, we’ve had flutes and this week, it’s time to see how trumpets are made. When you hear the greats like Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Al Hirt, not everyone thinks first about manufacturing, but they should. After all, these folks are all playing on a manufactured product, the trumpet.

This video shows a Bach trumpet (first designed by Vincent Bach in 1918) in all stages of manufacture. From the premium grade brass or pure silver through the valves — honed to a tolerance of .0005″ — this is manufacturing craftsmanship at its finest. We’ve also provided a link to the history of trumpets, for your musical junkies out there.

Thanks to the Selmer people for providing this great 16-minute video. Click here to watch the music of manufacturing that goes into making a trumpet, and feel the musical manufacturing vibe.