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The Art of the Trumpet-Maker: The Materials, Tools, and Techniques of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in Nuremberg (Oxford Early Music Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-0198166054
ISBN-10: 0198166052
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"Highly recommended for its important, and unique, contribution to our better understanding of the natural trumpet itself and also for identifying many issues that require and merit further enquirya and investigation."--Music & Letters


"An essential book for makers which will also stimulate and enlighten players. It is very well worth reading from cover to cover, although readers will find themselves dipping into it again and again."--Historic Brass Society Journal


About the Author

Robert Barclay is Senior Conservator, Ethnology, Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Early Music Series (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (May 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198166052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198166054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Robert Barclay surveys the processes and methods that went into the making of 16th, 17th and 18th century trumpets, mostly by German and Austrian makers. There is a great deal of information about the early metallurgy of brass as well as some detail on the actual construction techniques used by the early builders. Reproductions of illustrations from Agricola, Diderot, and Weigel are most welcome.

Don't expect this book to be a "how to build your own trumpet" guide, however--fully half the book surveys early metallurgy and tools and only the last half skims over construction techniques.

However, for a paperback of 186 pages, this book is very much overpriced. At $55, one would expect high-quality graphics, but instead what is delivered is blurry, low-contrast black-and white photographs. In addition, several pages in my copy were all but unreadable due to dropouts in the printing process.

In balance, this is an interesting read, but poor production and high price detract from this book's appeal.
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Since I'm doing repairs, and manufacturing,
of trumpets: Is this a very interesting book.
Knowing the story and why you make in specific ways.
And how they did in the past.
Very true in today.
Since the book is not available in Sweden, so I ordered a copy.
I have now started to translate the book.
For their own use.

[...]

Sten-Eric Silfverling
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By kurt T haas on September 1, 2015
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The book to get if you are interested in the subject.
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