The BfB Baroque™ is two trumpets in one:
First, it is a vented trumpet that plays in standard Baroque keys at modern (A=440) or Baroque (A=415) pitch.
Second, it is a natural trumpet that can be crooked up or down to the keys necessary for playing Classical period music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in modern pitch (A=440).
The dual-nature of the BfB Baroque™ is possible due to its shorter profile. Because crooks are changed in both the front and back of the instrument, the vents stay in the middle of the trumpet, allowing for a wide range of keys that can be offered with vented yards. Additionally, many players will find it possible to hand-stop* the instrument, allowing it to be played like an "invention trumpet" of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries.
The BfB Baroque™ is a great stepping-stone instrument for entering the world of period performance. Trumpeters learning the natural trumpet will enjoy numerous pedagogical benefits which can bring new skills and meaning to playing the modern trumpet.
*Hand-stopping on the BfB Baroque™ is only possible if your arms are long enough to stop notes on a standard Bb trumpet.
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"This horn plays great, in some ways easier than my own replica, and I like the fact that I can take it apart and fit it in a small case when I'm on tour."
Gabriele Cassone, International Trumpet Soloist
Explore this database of natural trumpet parts organized "by composer" and "by key" to learn what repertoire can be played with each crook set on the BfB Baroque™.
Josh Cohen playing Bach Magnificat and Reiche Fanfare on the BfB Baroque™ and Norwich Natural Trumpet
Dr. Kathryn Adduci comparing the BfB Baroque™ to an Egger
Playing the music of Brahms using the technique of hand-stopping
Gabriele Cassone playing an early BfB Baroque™ prototype at the EMAP Conference (2015)
Raymond Riccomini of the Metropolitan Opera playing the BfB Baroque™ in audition...
Chris Hasselbring playing Beethoven excerpts on BfB Baroque™ in Eb
How to assemble, disassemble, and change keys with the BfB Baroque™