The Handcraft Series Bb Trumpets offer a dark and smokey tone that harkens back to Renold O. Schilke’s earliest designs. Handcraft Series Trumpets offer the contemporary musician the best of both worlds: a fantastic vintage tone, rich and smooth, with a truly elite, modern build quality. The even feel, quick response and superb intonation make the Handcraft Series the ultimate convergence of tradition and innovation.

Handcraft Series Bb Trumpets are covered by the Schilke Limited Lifetime Warranty.



Bore Size: .468″ XL

Bell Taper: #0

Bell Material: Yellow Brass



Bore Size: .468″ XL

Bell Taper: #0

Bell Material: Copper


Handcraft Series Bb Trumpet Options

  • 1st slide ring
  • Pinky ring
  • 3rd slide waterkey
  • Amado waterkey(s)
  • Sterling Silver bell
  • “Beryllium” bell
  • Tuning bell

Bell Material

The HC1 comes standard with a yellow brass bell, whereas the HC2 has a pure copper bell. Yellow brass bells are more consistent in tonal color regardless of dynamics. Whereas copper bells offer a more progressive tonality that is responsive to dynamic, with a darker sound when playing pp and brighter when playing ff.

Optional “beryllium” bells are very thin bells, similar to our standard copper bells in playing characteristics, but with a brighter and more resonant dynamic range. These bells are terrific when looking for more “sizzle” in your sound.

Optional sterling silver bells offer a focused, dense sound. Darker in timbre in softer dynamics and brighter in louder dynamics, the sterling silver bells are similar to “beryllium,” but with a more simplified overtone series. These bells “zing” when playing ff.

Tuning Bells

Detachable tuning bells are available by special order on any Handcraft Series Bb Trumpet. The advantage of the tuning bell feature is that the tuning slide can be left all the way in or moved only a little, thereby keeping the bore relatively free of gaps that may cause a disturbance in the nodal pattern of the sound wave. Another advantage is that different bells of varying tapers, materials and finishes may be used to change characteristics of the instrument.