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Perinet Instruments

Perinet Valves

Perinet valves are straight cylinders (pistons) that can move up and down in the valve casing. These are worldwide the most commonly used valves on small brass instruments like trumpets, flugelhorns and cornets. Usually the average bore size on these modern valve section for trumpets is around 11.7mm. Bigger than on rotary valves, where the average bore size is around 11.2mm. Because of the common configuration with a longer first run (from mouthpiece into 3rd valve) the characteristic bigger perinet bore can still feel smaller than the 11.2 rotary valves. This all depends on the chosen design, leadipes, bracing. etc.

Base Models

Our customisable instruments with perinet valves:

- RBM (Red Brass Monster) Bb Trumpet (dark but direct)  

- UWH (Universal Work Horse) and UWH-J (jazz) Bb or trumpet and classical UWH C Trumpet (allround)

- FYB (Flying Yellow Bird) Bb Trumpet (light)  

I am not specifying more about the setup of these instruments because there is a lot to customise on each invidual model. Sizes, materials, bracing types and positions, hooks/rings, triggers ,etc.

To see and hear a jazz ballad played on te RBM trumpet click here.

If you’d like more info please contact me with your inquiries. 

Red Brass Monster Bb Trumpet

Please have a look at these photos. If you look closely you can see the differences between the different RBM designs. All these differences are carefully planned and discussed before and sometimes during the building process. For overseas customers or customers that live too far to visit I offer a close monitoring service by sending picture, videos and sometimes even a live video feed of the building process. When it comes to the design I make sure that we never go over the line of functionality and playability but I will always try to make your instrument as personal as possible.

If you like to read about how people have experienced the process of ordering and the communication dynamics during the build please have a look at the customer reviews page.

This is the RBM valve section fitted with heavier/modern style finger buttons, top and bottom caps. This is an option on all of the perinet instruments, including the UWH models. These add a little slotting and rigidness to the setup. 
Two differently configured RBM Bb trumpets
Two differently configured RBM Bb trumpets

Universal Work Horse Bb and C Trumpets

This instrument range is a different kettle off fish. It has a slightly lighter build and it is  meant to have in a similar kind of character as a “good old”  Bach Stradivarius. The way they are (unfortunately) not made anymore, but then better, obviously. It is very responsive and will blend effortlessly. Just like any other trumpet I make the resistance to be very even and it can have many custom options.

The standard UWH (medium weight) valve section. Can optionally also be fitted with alternative valve cap sets.
The standard UWH (medium weight) valve section. Can optionally also be fitted with alternative valve cap sets.

A pretty UWH couple

A set of custom UWH trumpets in Bb and C
A set of custom UWH trumpets in Bb and C
These two UWH have a different look than the one below (in laquer) but the technical differences are small. This is how flexible I can be with customizing the instrument to your preferences. The base for the UWH model is the medium weight valve block and the rest is built around it, and customizable. This particular customer wanted a modern design with a classic twist. Playablity and sound aimed at a bach 37 model. This is why there are only rings and no hooks, and the c trumpet has a slightly heavier receiver. The bracing in classic, almost conn style. I like working with my customers to make the best and prettiest possible istrument.

 Any more questions or info can be simply requested by contacting me.

If you have wishes like this, in which you’d like to own the “best in between” then please contact us. Feel free to also send us videos or audio files in which you show your current instruments and what you like and don’t like about them and then we can discuss what we can do for you to build your dream trumpet!
UWH - Custom C trumpet
UWH - Custom C trumpet

Another example of an UWH C-trumpet

This C trumpet was made for a dear colleague. He wanted the evenly resistance that his Yamaha 8335 gave him and the solid feel of his Bach strad 37. Ideally with a lot of room in the sound produce a wide palette of colours for solo work. Something that he missed on both his Bach and Yamaha. The result was this instrument.

A Bach style receiver, Goldbrass (golden ratio based) leadpipe, smoothly rounded tuning slide, Goldbrass inner and outer slides and our (golden Ratio Based) C trumpet bell shape with wide flare and some nickel accents in the outer tuning slide sleeves and in the custom bracing make this instrument the perfect match for this player.

A lacquered UWH example

Most of our instruments leave the workshop in raw brass brushed and waxed finish but we also do offer high quality lacquer. The lacquer gives a classic feel to the instrument. In raw brass this instrument would look a lot less “classic” as you can see on this page.I thought it was nice to show these differences. If you have any questions about the custom options and what exactly can all be customised then please contact me. 

UWH BbTrumpet with clear lacquer finish
UWH BbTrumpet with clear lacquer finish

Universal Work Horse - Jazz (UWH-J)

This UWH-J model (designed for Gidon Nunes Vaz) is designed for free play, colouring, staying together and centered in the high register without getting a stiff feel. The standard bracing for this model is of a minimalist design. The model on the photo has all nickel silver (rolled over) outer slides, all goldbrass inners and slide bows and Large Red Brass bell. This bell is dark sounding when petted and will still sizzle your socks off when pushed especially in the upper high register. 

Just like on all our instruments everything you see can be customized but this UWH-J model is the starting point for a trumpet designed for playing jazz/pop music.

Below you can hear a snippet of Gidon playing his very first notes on his custom trumpet built for for him in March 2022