• Very old & nice rotary Cornet w. add. slide& bill (copy) from 1919

    Interesting, Old Cornet with rotary valves. No makersname to be found. It comes with a mute and a copy of a bill from 1919 which I belive was from the instrument. There are several dents, see photos!
    $299.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 24 at 10:16PM PDT3d 1hFrom Germany
  • Nice old trombone "Walser"

    Interesting, nice old Trombone. The nice bell reads: "Walser" The Slides moves quite easy. The tubing from bell to mouthpice messures approx. I dont know what key it plays in. There are a few very small dents in the bell section, nothing dramatic.
    $149.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Extremely old natural French horn w. a crook & a slide, needs cleaning & service

    Interesting, very old natural horn witha crook and a slide. (see picture) No makersname to be found. There are some bents in the bell and some dents in the tubing. (pic) Instrument needs to be serviced and cleaned.
    $999.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Olds
  • Vintage Bb- trumpet by Huttl

    Interesting, old Bb trumpet. The length of the tubing is approx. The bell reads "Made by Hüttl Regd. Western Germany". Serial number 001217. There are a few small dents and bents in the bell and tubing.
    $149.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Nice used rotary Tuba Sousaphone or heligon? in "F" Amati Kraslice

    Nice used helicon tuba in with rotary valves. The Instrument showes some small dents and bents, nothing dramatic. The bell reads "Amati Kraslice". It plays in F. The length of the tubing is approx.
    $1,499.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Amati
  • Nice old trumpet, made of GLAS!! never seen before!! EXTEMELY RARE!!

    Very rare, old instrument! I never saw a trumpet made of Glass before! No makersname to be found. The size of the trumpet is approx. The tubing from the bell to mouthpice is aprox. The bell has approx.
    $499.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • very old natural Eb (Es) trumpet

    Very old natural trumpet. There is no makersname to be found. There are dents and bents in the tubing and bell. There might be a small crack where the tubing is sharply bent. It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx.
    $149.00
    From Germany
  • Nice German tenorhorn or baritone rotary valves "Meinel & Herold"

    Interesting, and old Tuba, Tenorhorn or Bariton (?). I guess it is a Tenorhorn. The bell reads "Meinel & herold Klingenthal Sa" Size of the horn is approx. The bell meassures approx. The tubing from mouthpice to bell meassures aprox.290cm/ 118nches.
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
  • Old east German trumpet in Bb(?) "VEB Musik Sachs." needs repair

    Interesting, and old trumpet. It showes nice "Art Nouveau" decorations at the bell. The bell reads "VEB MUSIK Sachs. ". No Serial Number. There are some bigger dents and bents in the bell and tubing.
    $199.00
    From Germany
  • Nice,old valved Bb (?) trombone rotary valves!

    Nice and old Trombone with rotary valves. The bell reads "Josef Lidl Brno" I dont know the key, but I m quite sure that it is in Bb, higher pitch. The valves are moveable, easy and fast ,all slides are moveable.
    $314.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Olds
  • Nice used German Bb flugelhorn "K&H" Kuhnl Kühnl & Hoyer

    Nice used Bb Flugelhorn. Bellsize: 14,5cm, aprox. The valves are moving easy and fast. No dents worth to talk about. A little nipple at the 3rd valve slide is missing. The furnish is partly a bit worn.
    $299.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
  • Vintage Cornet "Conn Director K94323V"

    All slides are moveable. The valves are moving easy and fast. Instrument needs to be serviced and polished. FREE Trial !
    $199.00
    From GermanyBrand: C.G. Conn
  • Beautiful bass trombone "Conn 62H" w. original case + Schilke Mouthpiece

    Beautiful used Trombone. The bell reads:"Conn 62H" The valves and the slide moves easy and fast. The instrument showes some signs of use, but the overall condition is very good. It comes with a Schilke Mouthpiece.
    $2,999.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom GermanyBrand: Conn
  • Interesting, old Bugle Hunting- Postal- horn "Lidl"

    The bell reads "Lidl" there are dents and bents at the bell, see photo. The leather is worn and dusty, see pictures! The bell has approx. I dont know what key it plays in. Instrument needs some cleaning and service.
    $74.00
    From Germany
  • Nice vintage natural French horn huntinghorn / parforcehorn (?) with history!

    Interesting, nice used Natural horn ,in very nice condition.I dont know the key of the instrument, maybe in Bb?. No makersname to be found. The bell reads "Zur Erinnerung an Herrn Fabrikant Ernst Christian Springler Gestiftet von Frau Emmy Springler November 1963" (Christian Springler owned a factory in Winnenden / Germany. ).
    $499.00
    From Germany
  • nice old Bugle Hunting- Postal- horn with a leadpipe!

    No makersname. There are small bents at the bell, see pictures! The bell has approx. I dont know what key it plays in.
    $121.50
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • nice very old & odd rotary French horn UNUSUAL configuration!!

    Nice old French horn with rotary valves. No makersname to be found. The rotary valves move easy and fast. I never saw a horn like this before! There are a few bents in the bell and tubing. (nothing too dramatic, see pic) Instrument needs to be serviced.
    $899.00
    From GermanyBrand: Olds
  • Extremely old, small Bugle, Huntinghorn , Postalhorn!

    No makersname. There are dents and bents at the bell and tubing, the brace between bell and tubing is missing, see pictures! The bell has approx. I dont know what key it plays in. (maybe in C?). Standing on the bell, it is approx.
    $121.50
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Beautiful old quart valve trombone by "Ed Kruspe, Erfurt" and original case

    Beautiful used Trombone with a quart valve. The nice bell reads:"Ed Kruspe Erfurt and showes the Kruspe eagle. ". The slide reads "2833" There are a few very small dents at the bell section, not worth to talk about.
    $2,349.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom GermanyBrand: Kruspe
  • Nice old German natural Eb (Es) trumpet by "Hopf"

    Nice old natural trumpet. The bell reads "Hopf". It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx. There are a few small dents and bents in the bell and tubing. see pictures. The slide is frozen and one of the braces is missing The tubing from Bell to mouthpice is aprox.
    $239.00
    From Germany
  • Nice, used Tenorhorn by "Miraphone" rotary valves

    Nice, used Tuba, Tenorhorn or Bariton (?). It was Made in Germany by "Miraphone", sold once by "P. Ziptner, Hannover". I guess it is a tenorhorn in Bb. Size of the horn is approx. The bell meassures approx.
    $499.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 1:10PM PDT1d 16hFrom GermanyBrand: Miraphone
  • vintage rot.4V French double horn "Anborg Como" needs service

    Interesting doublehorn with 4 rotary valves. The bell reads "Amborg Como". All valves are moving but not so easy and fast. 6 slides are moveable. There are several dents and bents. The case is worn.
    $279.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Nice old German natural Eb (Es) trumpet (rare silvern color) "Lange Ravensburg"

    Nice old natural trumpet in silvern color. The bell reads "Erich Lange Ravensburg 305". It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx. 2 of the braces needs a minor soldery repair. (see pic) The tubing from Bell to mouthpice is aprox.
    $239.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • very old rotary 4 valved baritone or upright tenorhorn? "Josef Winter Linz"

    Interesting, very old Tuba, big Tenorhorn or Bariton (?). with garland. The nice sign reads "Josef Winter Sen. vorm. Lorenz Instrumentenfabrikant Linz a.D Spitalwiese 7"(Austria). Size of the horn is approx.
    $399.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Olds
  • Beautiful old German natural Eb (Es) trumpet with Garland

    Nice old natural trumpet with a garland. No makersname to be found. It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx. There are a few small dents, see pictures. The instrument needs a good polish.
    $279.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Nice old quart valve trombone by "Druzstvo Hradec Kralove"

    Nice used Trombone with a quart valve. The bell reads:"Prvni vyrobni a prodejni Druzstvo Hradec Kralove Hudebnich nastroju" he slide reads "964"The bell section showes some dents. There are no dents in the main slide, but it neeeds a good cleaning and oiling, as it does not move too fast.
    $349.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • Nice old rotary Cornet by "Glier"

    Nice, Old Cornet with rotary valves. It was made by August Clemens Glier, Markneukirchen, but the sign on the bell is not readable anymore. Few very small dents, not really worth to talk about. The length of the tubing is approx.
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 1:10PM PDT1d 16hFrom Germany
  • Nice vintage natural French horn huntinghorn / parforcehorn (?)

    Interesting, nice used Natural horn ,in quite good condition.I dont know the key of the instrument, maybe in Bb?. No makersname to be found. The bell has approx. FREE Trial !
    $349.00
    From Germany
  • Nice, very old Cornet

    The 2nd valve showes a starand the serial No.: "68" There are a few bents and dents in the bell and tubing, see photos. The valves are moving easy and fast. Instrument needs to be serviced and polished.
    $199.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
  • beautiful old rotary French horn w. garland "Emanuel Hüller Graslitz "

    Interesting, nice and very old French horn with rotary valves and a garland. (see picture)The bell reads "Emanuel Hüller Graslitz". The rotary valves move easy and fast. All slides are moving. There are some small dents and bents and some signs of old repaires.
    $349.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • beautiful old professional trumpet by Jan Mestan" red golden brass in Bb & C (?)

    Interesting, very nice and old trumpet in Bb and C?. I belive that it is a professional handmade instrument, but I did not find anything about it in the net. It was made of beautiful red golden brass.
    $299.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • old & rare Bb (?) valved trombone 4 rot. valves "Cerveny" needs repair

    Interesting, rare and old Trombone by Cerveny with 4 rotary valves. dont know the key, but I guess it is in Bb,(maybe old pitch?). The valves are moveable, but not easy and fast, three slides are frozen, one slide needs a soldery repair.
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
  • Nice professional natural French horn parforcehorn naturhorn in Bb & Eb (?)

    Interesting, big, nice used Natural horn ,in quite good condition. I guess it can be played in Bb and Eb?. No makersname to be found. It needs a little soldery repair at the conection near the leadpipe.
    $449.10
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • Nice and very old natural trumpet / Fanfare "Antoine Courtois Paris" w. orig. MP

    Very nice, used natural trumpet / fanfare made by Antoine Courtois Paris. There are some dents or bents in the bell and tubing, nothing dramatic.It comes with its original mouthpiece! I dont know what key it plays in.
    $499.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 1:10PM PDT1d 16hFrom Germany
  • nice old rotary French horn "Martinek Plzen"

    Nice old French horn with rotary valves. The bell reads "Martinel Plzen". The rotary valves move easy and fast. The slides are movieable.There are a few minor bents in the tubing. (nothing dramatic, see pic) Instrument needs to be serviced.
    $279.00
    From Germany
    or Best Offer
  • very old trumpet by "Anton Dehmal Nachfolger Wien" (Vienna) w. a Heckel snake!

    Very old Trumpet with rotary valves and a "Heckel snake". The bell reads "Anton Dehmals Nachfolger Wien Breitegasse 1" (Vienna) The instrument has a big dent in the tubing and a slight bent at the bell.
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 1:10PM PDT1d 16hFrom Germany
  • Very old trombone in Bb (?) 4rotary valves additional Slide+ huge bell "Lukavec"

    Interesting, rare and old Trombone with 4 rotary valves and a very wide bell. The bell reads "F. Lukavec Praha" I dont know the key, but I guess it is in Bb, (maybe in the old military pitch. The valves are moveable but need some cleaning and oiling. ).
    $449.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • Vintage Buglehorn huntinghorn natural- horn bugle

    No makersname to be found. There are some smaller dents and the leadpipe is missing! (see pictures!). The length of the tubing is approx. Be sure to add me to yourfavorites list !
    $399.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • Nice old rotary Bb Flugelhorn

    Interesting, nice & old Flugelhorn with rotary valves. No makersname to be found, but Im sure that it is East- German made., so it plays in Bb. Bellsize: 14,5cm, aprox. The valves are moving easy and fast.The slides are moveable and "plopping".
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 1:10PM PDT1d 16hFrom GermanyBrand: Olds
  • Nice, old, little Buglehorn huntinghorn natural- horn bugle

    There are some dents and bents at the tubing, nothing too dramatic. (see pictures!). The length of the tubing is approx. Instrument needs to be cleaned and serviced. Be sure to add me to yourfavorites list !
    $129.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • big old German Bb tuba 4 rotary valves & garland! "hermann Heinel Migma"

    Very big used German tuba in Bb with 4 rotary valves. The instrument needs service and cleaning. There are some dents and bents in the bell and tubing. Only the main slide is moveable., the valves move easy and fast.
    $1,199.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom GermanyBrand: Olds
  • Nice old rotary Bb Flugelhorn , needs some service

    Interesting, nice & old Flugelhorn with rotary valves. No makersname to be found., so it plays in Bb. Bellsize: 14cm, aprox. Two valves are moving easy and fast, the 1st valve does not move easy.
    $229.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom GermanyBrand: Olds
  • very old and rare Bb (?) -rotary trombone "Hermann Trapp Wildstein"

    Interesting, Rare and old Trombone with 3rotary valves and a garland. The nice sign reads "Hermann Trapp Wildstein b. Eger in Böhmen" (Bohemia) and showes several medals. dont know the key or pitch.
    $199.00
    From Germany
  • Nice vintage trumpet / Fanfare "Imperial" Herald / Fanfare Aida Trumpet 51inch

    Very nice, used Aida trumpet / fanfare. The interesting sign reads "Imperial". There are no dents or bents worth to talk about. Very nice condition, minor laquer wear. It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx.
    $349.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • old German natural Eb (Es) trumpet (silvern) "Häbich Esslingen" needs service!

    The bell reads "Rud. Häbich Esslingen" (close to Stuttgart, south of Germany). It plays in Eb. The size of the trumpet is approx. the braces needs soldery repair. (see pic) The tubing from Bell to mouthpice is aprox.
    $149.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • Historic, very old OPHICLEIDE, predecessor of tuba, for repair"A. Lecomte Paris"

    Interesting, very old OPHICLEIDE. It is in bad condition and there are some of the keys missing. Size of the horn is approx. The length of the tubing is approx. I do not play and I have no Idea what key it may play in.
    $1,999.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
  • Nice, VERY SMALL pocket Buglehorn huntinghorn natural- horn bugle

    Nice very small bugle or huntinghorn. (pocket horn) There are no dents or bents. The bell has approx. FREE Trial ! Be sure to add me to yourfavorites list !
    $79.00
    0 bidsEnding Sep 25 at 11:57AM PDT3d 14hFrom Germany
  • old rotary Bb (?) Flugelhorn by "Cerveny"

    Interesting, nice & old Flugelhorn with rotary valves. The instrument was made by Cerveny., so it plays in Bb. Bellsize: 13,5cm, aprox. The valves are moving easy and fast. Only the 2nd valve slide is moveable.
    $249.00
    0 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41AM PDT13h 34mFrom Germany
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Brass Instruments

With enough brass instruments you can build a whole brass band; you just have to find enough people to play them all. From trumpets to tubas these instruments can be found almost anywhere music is played. You play brass instruments by putting your lips to the cup and blowing. This produces a vibrating column of air which the instrument amplifies to produce music. The valves adjust the length of the air passage, changing the tone of the notes.

Stretch That Trombone

The first thing you notice when you see someone playing a trombone is the way the slide comes flying out like it's going to hit someone. Trombones are the only member of the brass family not to use valves. They use the slide instead, which adjusts the pitch by adjusting the length of the air passage.

Try a Trumpet on for Size

Trumpets are some of the most popular brass instruments, with a bright high sound. Like the trombone, a trumpet has a cylindrical bore; the otherwise largely similar cornet has a conical bore like many other brass instruments. Trumpets are popular in both brass and jazz bands, and often serve as lead instruments because it's so easy to pick them out in a crowd.

Go for the Horns

It's a good thing that the French horn has all those curves in the tube; if it was unrolled and laid straight out it would be almost twenty feet long. That would be more than a little unwieldy to carry. Like many other brass instruments it offers the warmth of a conical bore, producing a big sound that's perfect for playing outdoors or in large venues. The length gives the French horn the widest range of any brass. Other horns are similar but shorter.

Time for the Tuba

The biggest and deepest of the horns is the tuba. With its wide bore and thirteen-foot main tube it's the perfect instrument to lay down the bass line in a brass band, or even an orchestra. It has the biggest mouthpiece of any brass, and there's a reason why tuba players so often have puffy cheeks and red faces. It takes a lot of air to create that signature sound.

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