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The Clippertone model was designed primarily for jazz and session musicians. The narrow bore gave it a clear, penetrating tone that was ideal for jazz ensembles and big bands. Its 'quick change' mechanism (the rotor stop to the right of the three main valves on the photograph) also made it popular with theatre musicians. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, players were often expected to alternate between B-flat and A trumpets. The quick change system meant that the music for both types of trumpet could be played on the same instrument, making it useful in cramped orchestra pits. The disadvantage of the quick-change system was that the loops for the main valves were designed for a B-flat instrument and played sharp when used in conjunction with the rotor stop. However, many players considered the Clippertone to have fewer intonation problems than other quick-change trumpets. The model was a commercial success, and production continued well into the Boosey & Hawkes era.

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Trumpet in B-flat. Clippertone model. Three Périnet valves and rotary stop (without return springs) for quick change to A. Tuning slide on distal branch with water key. Each valve loop has two button grips positioned in line with the tuning slide. Bell inscription (which is surrounded by floral decoration) reads: Excelsior sonorous class A/49670; Original mouthpiece, stamped: Hawkes & Son. With original fitted case and five mutes.


valve trumpet
Musical Instruments

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  valve trumpet
object name:  trumpet
classified as:  trumpet
catalogue title:  423.233.1
classified as:  423.233.1

Additional maker information
maker:  Hawkes & Son
London, England, UK, Western Europe, Europe
Additional place information
made:  London 
Date made
Additional date information

Materials & techniques
metal; cork; German silver
Additional material & technique information
material: cork (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: German silver (overall)
overall: 19.8031 x 5.7087 x 4.7244 in.; 503 x 145 x 120 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 19.8031 x 5.7087 x 4.7244 in.; 503 x 145 x 120 mm

This narrow bore trumpet was used for jazz and session playing.

Related objects
contains mute (M30a-1993) contains mute (M30b-1993) contains mute (M30c-1993) contains mute (M30d-1993) contains mute (M30e-1993)
X20L related object:  mute (object-18485)
mute (object-18485)
mute (object-16116)
mute (object-16117)
mute (object-18486)
Related people
Boosey & Hawkes
Related subjects
association: Theatres
association: Work
association: Leisure
association: Musical Instrument Making
association: Jazz
association: Barnet
classified as: trumpets
object name (Horniman Ethno.): trumpets
object name (AAT): trumpets
object name: valve trumpets
material: metal
material: cork
material: German silver
classified as: 423.233.1 Valve trumpets with short air column (less than 2 m)
classified as: 423.233.1 Valve trumpets with short air column (less than 2 m)

Record created 1999-12-26
Record last updated 2019-07-26

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