New Instruments 

The Brass Ark Model "Vintage Orchestral" Trombone

The Brass Ark model 1213 "Vintage Orchestral" Trombone was designed by trombonists Thomas Zsivkovits and Noah Gladstone to finally fabricate a modern trombone that captures the essence of the "classic American orchestral trombone sound" but improves the playability and stability that contemporary bores and valve technology offer. Departing from Noah's personal collection of important vintage trombones, we carefully selected and meticulously recreated the components that work in harmony with each other to yield an original sounding instrument. This is not a worn out copy of a Conn 88H or a Bach 42 or the like, but something new and exciting to play. A trombone that creates nostalgia and is an instrument to be passed on for generations. The model 1213 is built in Germany exclusively by Stephan Schmidt for The Brass Ark and is only available through this website. Please see the dedicated page for more information about this instrument.

Specs:
  • - Two piece bell construction using a "cross braze" similar to pre WWII Conn bell construction.
  • - Bell stem is constructed from very thin gold brass, the flare is made from yellow brass with a thin rim wire which is soldered
  • - German machined Meinlschmidt "Radial Flow" valve, after the original design by Larry Minick, open wrap tubing
  • - Chrome plated, nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - "Bach" width hand slide with .554" dual radius seamed nickel crook, gold brass outer tubes with nickel over sleeves
  • - Brassark/Brass Medic MV42 seamed copper leadpipe, press fit
  • - Lacquered, raw brass on request
Price: $4199

The Brass Ark/Sawday Updated Bach 42 Trombone

We start with a good playing original Bach 42 and disassemble the entire trombone. We then rebuild the slide with new inner and outer tubes, make a custom threaded receiver and install one of the Brassark seamed dual radius bass slide crooks. The bell section is outfitted with an open port oversized rotary valve and we build an open wrap. We do some voodoo spells on the bell flare (sorry trade secret!) and reassemble with no stress. A custom trigger lever is created and we turn a brass thumb paddle, which has a really nice weight to it. The throw of the lever is not short and not long, but medium to give you maximum control over when your valve actuates.

The finish is not always perfect with these instruments as we are starting with vintage pieces, but we're very happy with the way they play and hope that this offers another unique instrument for trombonists to consider when looking for the sound that makes them happy. Please see the dedicated page for more information about this instrument.



Current offerings:

 The Brass Ark/Sawday Updated Bach 42 Tenor Trombone 

  • - Oversized, ported, rotary valve with open wrap
  • - Brassark seamed construction slide crook
  • - New inner and outer slide tubes
  • - Threaded leadpipe receiver with "shires" threads
  • - Two leadpipes: Original Bach 42 and Brassark #1
  • - Relacquered finish
  • - Vintage Bach 42 bell and tuning slide (the vintage varies from instrument to instrument)

 Price $3300 

Markus Leuchter Eb Alto Trombone

Handmade alto trombone in Eb fabricated by Markus Leuchter at his small shop in Germany. This alto trombone is the next generation of the famous model originally designed by the famous trombone maker Herbert Glassl. The Glassl alto trombone is well known around the world for being a fabulous instrument for orchestral and soloistic playing. This new instrument from Leuchter uses the original design but improves the instrument in slide construction, leadpipe design and bell fabrication. The results, one of the finest alto trombones in the world.

Specs:
  • - One piece yellow or red brass bell, made from very thin .014”-.02” thick brass
  • - optional sterling silver bell (price on request)
  • - dual bore slide .467”/.487”, standard small shank receiver
  • - chrome plated, nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - without bell and slide locks, optional to add
  • - lacquered
  • - with case
Price: $2800* subject to change

Markus Leuchter Bass Trombone

Handmade professional bass trombone, fabricated by Markus Leuchter. This beautiful instrument has many features not found on a variety of factory produced instruments. Each bend is handmade to fit perfectly without stress on any joints. The instrument is fabricated out of high quality very thin German red brass (including the valve wraps) and German nickel silver. This instrument is designed to be a good balance point between traditional German trombones and the American style Trombone, incorporating aspects of both. Each instrument is built to order, so it can be set up any way desired.

Specs:
  • - one piece red brass bell made of very thin .02” brass, optional nickel garland
  • - bell diameter 9.5”, optional bell up to 10.66”
  • - valve wrap in Bb/F/D/Gb or Bb/F/Eb/G on request (.610” valve bore)
  • - single bore .562” brass slide, dual bore on request
  • - chrome plated nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - removable bell flare
  • - minibal linkages
  • - lacquered finish, raw brass on request
  • - with case
Price: $6130* subject to change

Markus Leuchter Eb Alto Sackbut

High quality Eb alto sackbut made by Markus Leuchter in Germany. Designed with input from sackbuttist, Harry Ries, as well as incorporating elements from other makers and original instruments, Markus has been able to create a fabulous playing alto sackbut. The sound and playing characteristics of this instrument are both of high quality and the craftsmanship is top notch. As with all of Markus’s historic brass instruments, you get a lot of horn for you money. Playing as well as some of the most famous and respected current historic makers but for a bargain price for a handmade instrument. The standard model features a hand-engraved bell garland, ornamented bell stay and a 3rd position bell. A tuning slide has been incorporated into the design because it is useful and easy to integrate. Recommended in raw brass finish.

On a side note, I personally own a Leuchter alto sackbut and I’m very satisfied with it. A classical trombone bell section based on an original Johann Schmeid alto trombone from the late 1700s will be offered shortly and will be compatible with the sackbut slide.

Specs:
  • - high quality thin yellow brass construction
  • - bell garland made of yellow brass hand engraved, slide stay ornamented
  • - sterling silver bell garland on request
  • - chrome plated nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - dual bore .416”/.423” slide
  • - bell in 3rd position or historic 4th position
  • - tuning slide adaptors for A=430 and A=415
  • - water key optional
  • - lacquered finish optional, but not recommended
  • - hard case
Price: $2550* subject to change

Markus Leuchter Bb Tenor Sackbut

Handmade Bb tenor sackbut made by Markus Leuchter. This tenor sackbut is designed using historic instruments and incorportating some of the upgrades of modern trombones without sacrificing the integrity of the sackbut. Modern chrome slide tubes give a smooth slide action, tuning slide allows for the player to adjust to their surroundings and a water key allows for you to empty condensation quickly. These design elements enhance the playability of the instrument and allows for the musician to fully realize the potential and beauty of the sackbut. Each piece of the instrument is handmade by Markus, the level of craftsmanship and detail is high. Recommended in raw brass finish.

A classical trombone bell section based on an original Johann Schmeid trombone from the late 1700s will be offered shortly and will be compatible with the sackbut slide.

Specs:
  • - high quality thin yellow brass construction
  • - bell garland made of yellow brass hand engraved, slide stay ornamented
  • - sterling silver bell garland on request
  • - chrome plated nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - dual bore.443”/.456” slide
  • - bell in 3rd position or historic 4th position
  • - tuning slide adaptors for A=430 and A=415
  • - optional water key
  • - optional lacquered finish
  • - hard case
Price: $2750* subject to change

Markus Leuchter F Bass Sackbut

Finally, A high quality bass sackbut in F that won’t break the bank. This is a fabulous instrument with everything a trombonist needs to play the low parts and look good doing it (this large sackbut will certainly turn heads). This instrument is an original design by Markus using other F bass trombones and incorporating some of his own ideas. For a bass sackbut, this is a user friendly instrument being easy to play and integrating some nice features to allow the modern trombonist to feel comfortable on a period horn. A kruspe style water key is standard and actuates when placed on the floor.

Specs:
  • - high quality thin yellow brass construction
  • - bell garland made of yellow brass hand engraved, slide stay ornamented
  • - sterling silver bell garland on request
  • - chrome plated nickel silver inner slide tubes
  • - dual bore .491”/.500” slide
  • - bell in 3rd position
  • - hand turned Grenadilla wood handle extension
  • - 2nd tuning slide to A=465
  • - special Kruspe water key
  • - optional lacquered finish
  • - hard case
Price: $3849* subject to change

Church Serpent in C, Pierre Ribo

Pierre Ribo makes some of the finest serpent instruments in the world! This unusual instrument was invented in France inthe late 1500s and was played consistently up until the 1800s. PIerre's shop is in Brussels, Belgium and he has dedicated himself to not only preserving this historic brass instrument, but improving it as well. I must say, the quality and craftsmanship on Pierre's instruments are some of the finest I have ever seen. His serpents are true playable artwork. When you play it, the sounds will immediately excite you, as the resonance and arcane beauty of the sound will certainly strike at the core of what makes brass playing so obsessive. Pierre offers his serpents in C and can make them from maple or walnut. They are covered in calf leather and can be left natural, dark brown or traditional black. Crooks are available in A-440,430 and 415. Optional keys are available as well (B Natural, F sharp, E flat, C sharp)

Specs and Prices:
  • - Keyless Serpent in C, A=440 (Walnut or Maple) after an original by Coeffet, $5338
  • - 4 Key Serpent in C, A=440 (Walnut or Maple) after an original anonymous maker located at the Brussels Museum "Mahillon Collection", $6304
  • - Additional Brass Crook (in A=430, A=415), $382
  • - Additional Mouthpiece in Boxwood or Horn, $150
  • - Semi-Rigid case, $450
  • - *choice of leather: natural, dark brown, black*