Valve Trumpet

Elbridge G. Wright American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680

This trumpet can be set up in C, B-flat, A, or G. The model was developed around 1825-30 in Germany, and Wright's instrument is one of the last specimens built. It is equipped with Vienna valves of the Mainz type, operated with a latch action. Contrary to common usage, the first valve lowers the pitch by a half step and the second valve by a full step. Trumpets with a narrow bore, like this one, were also called cornets.

Valve Trumpet, Elbridge G. Wright (Ashby, Massachusetts 1811–1871 Boston, Massachusetts), Brass, nickel-silver, American

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