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This full set of Fanfare Trumpets would be suitable for any military/forces band looking to equip themselves with official fanfare kit. These instruments were the predecessors to the Smith-Watkins Herald Fanfare Trumpets. Whatever their musical length, the physical length from mouthpiece rim to bell end is exactly the same for each instrument, as is the position of the banners, giving perfect symmetry when played together. The sight and sound of these instruments is quite spectacular, whether on the parade ground or at a Royal celebration.
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- BE705 – Eb – S/N 848223
- BE706 – Bb – S/N 867910
- BE706 – Bb – S/N 867909
- BE706 – Bb – S/N 867908
- BE706 – Bb – S/N 867904
- BE707 – Bb – S/N 867098
- BE707 – Bb – S/N 862775
- BE708 – Bb – S/N 862789
Wear & Tear Observations: No visible repairs, but the instruments are in a used condition – this includes scratches and dents. The silver plate is almost entirely intact but could do with some detailed polishing.
All 8 are supplied in their original hard case, and come with a mouthpiece, a lyre and a small pad of fanfare music. Some of them have valve oil in the case as well. Each instrument has banner rings on the bell (the bell is detachable on all 8 instruments).
About the maker
Fanfare Trumpets - A Brief History:
Originally conceived by Ricordi and made by Orsi for Verdi's opera in 1836, one valved 'Aida' trumpets made by Hawkes & Son were used by the British army for fanfares prior to the 1930's.
The Senior Director of Music at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Lt Col Hector Adkins (1921-1943), found these instruments unbalanced when supporting a banner so he designed a set of 3-valved chromatic fanfare instruments in which much of the valve tubing is put to the back of the instrument. These variously pitched fanfare trumpets, sometimes called 'Coronation Trumpets', and were made by Boosey & Hawkes for the coronation of George V1 in May 1937.
The instruments were sold under both the Boosey & Hawkes and Besson names until 1999 when they were deleted from the catalogue. Besson (London) closed in 2005 and the name 'Besson' was sold to Buffet Crampon (France) in 2006. In 1948, two sets (14 instruments) of fanfare trumpets made from silver for the Royal Marines Music Service were dedicated as a Second World War Memorial.
The bells are inscribed with the names of the ships in which the men died. These instruments, which are now rarely played, can be seen in the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth UK. In 2000, the Royal Marines and Royal Air Force commissioned Smith-Watkins to create a new range of Fanfare Trumpets using 'state of the art' design techniques. These instruments are used throughout the British Forces, the USA, Middle East and Australasia.
- Model: BE705, BE706, BE707, BE708
- Key: Eb/Bb
- Valves: 3 Piston
- Body: Yellow Brass
- Water Key: 1 Lever
- Finish: Silver Plate
- Lyre Box: Yes