What keys of trumpets do you build?
Trumpets in Bb, C, Eb, E and D; Piccolos in G, A, Bb, and C.
Do you build any trumpets other than
standard piston valve trumpets?
Yes, we make Rotarys in C and Bb as well as Bb and Eb Cornets.
How do I order a Blackburn Trumpet?
Please refer to our Statement of Policy below.
How much do Blackburn Trumpets cost?
Please refer to our prices listed on our Products page. Our prices
haven't increased since 2004. We are proud to offer the same quality
and craftsmanship we are known for, while keeping the cost down.
Do I have to come to the shop to try
out a Blackburn Trumpet?
No, but it is best if you can. We can show you much more and work
much closer with you in our shop than we can over the phone or
by mail. However, we have had good success working with customers
who don't come to the shop.
If I am not in the U.S. how do I get
a Blackburn Trumpet?
That's not a problem. We will deal with you directly if we don't
have a dealer in your area. Please contact us for overseas dealers.
I understand your shop is in a rural
area. Is there an airport close by?
Yes. Most of our customers fly into either Knoxville, TN or Chattanooga, TN.
We are about one hour's drive from either airport.
Do you still make leadpipes for other
Yes. We make leadpipes for Bach Bb and C trumpets, Yamaha Xeno
Bb and C trumpets, and for Selmer, Schilke, Getzen, Benge, Yamaha,
Kanstul and Scherzer piccolo trumpets. We can also do leadpipes
for other trumpets on a custom basis but it is always best to
talk to us about your desires concerning custom pipes.
How do I get my leadpipe mounted?
Most repair facilities can mount a leadpipe. If your are unsure,
check our list of recommended facilities.
Do you still do repair work?
Yes, we can do repair work on your pro-line trumpet. We are a custom shop and can do the necessary repairs that your local repair shop may not be able to handle. If you have specific repair work that needs to be done, please call the shop and we can discuss what your needs are.
Can payments be made with credit cards?
Yes. We accept MasterCard and Visa.
Do you accept personal checks?
I've heard you make bells from a special
alloy. What is it?
We make bells from two alloys: Yellow brass (like other trumpets)
and Ambronze. Ambronze has a high percentage of copper, a small
amount of tin and the remainder is zinc. It has outstanding musical
characteristics: purity of tone, outstanding projection and a
warmth of tone that we have not found in any other alloy.
Do Blackburn trumpets come with a case?
No. Use the case of your choice.
Do I need to buy a Blackburn Mouthpiece
to play with a Blackburn Trumpet?
No. Blackburn trumpets are designed to work with standard trumpet
mouthpieces. The only exception is with Blackburn piccolo trumpets
- they take a short shank trumpet mouthpiece.
There are many mouthpiece makers in the U.S. that
are making mouthpieces that work with our piccolo trumpets.
How is a Blackburn Trumpet different
from any other trumpet?
Blackburn Trumpets have been designed using scientific data supplied
by William T. Cardwell, one of the most knowledgeable men in the
world in the area of trumpet acoustics, to form the air column
of our instruments. Because of this, the intonation on a Blackburn
Trumpet is superior.
The tone of a Blackburn Trumpet is uniquely full
and rich but still easily blends with the other brass instruments
in the ensemble.
Each Blackburn Trumpet is made one at a time with
great care. The fit of our valves and slides is among the tightest
in the industry. All of these factors contribute to some of the
finest trumpets that have ever been produced.
Statement of Policy
for Blackburn Trumpets
It is our desire to provide
our customer with the finest trumpets and service available and
we have found it to be of benefit to our customers to supply this
To be put on our order list, the customer must send
a deposit of at least fifty percent of the total amount of the
order. Before delivery of the instrument for the trial period,
we must have payment of the balance, plus estimated shipping charges
and state sales tax when applicable.
Prices are subject to change without notice. Customers
will be charged the current price on the day that the deposit
check is received.
ESTIMATES OF DELIVERY
Because of the nature of the business of hand-making
trumpets, our estimates of delivery dates are not always accurate.
While we do our best to meet our estimates, our emphasis is on
quality and satisfying our customers with each instrument. We
will not sacrifice the quality of our instruments or our service
simply to meet someone's deadline. We urge our customers not to
schedule performances where Blackburn trumpets are to be used
until the instrument is in hand.
The trial period is two weeks, starting from the
time the customer receives the instrument. If changes in the instrument
are desired, we must know about the desired changes within the
two week trial period. Such changes will be made without charge.
These changes may be made after the two week trial period, but
if we have not been notified within the trial period of the desire
to make changes, the customer will be charged the current shop
rate for the changes.
If the customer decides to return the instrument
for a refund, it must be done within the two week trial period.
No refunds will be made after the two week trial period.
Special order parts from other manufacturers (e.g.
bells, leadpipes, etc.) are non-refundable. If an instrument with
special order parts is returned for a refund, the parts will be
removed from the returned instrument and shipped to the customer.
The customer will be charged for the parts, labor, and shipping
involved in this procedure. The charges will be deducted from
the refunded amount. Refunds will never include interest.
We will silver plate all Blackburn trumpets at no
extra charge if the instrument is returned to us within the two
week trial period. If the customer chooses not to have his instrument
plated, there will be a reduction in price as indicated on the
current price list. If an instrument is returned for plating after
the two week trial period, there may be additional charges for
the time involved in cleaning and preparing the instrument for
Gold Plating is available at extra cost.