The Sound of Brass - Materialität, Akustik und Geschichte der Blechblasinstrumente am Beispiel des historisch informierten Nachbaus deutscher Posaunen

How were early brass instruments constructed, and of what? If we build copies using historic manufacturing techniques, what impact does this have on their playing characteristics and their sound? And can we measure this?


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Musical Instruments
  • Funding organisation Innosuisse
  • Duration 01.11.2015 - 31.10.2018
  • Project management Martin Skamletz
  • Head of project Martin Skamletz
  • Project staff Ian Bousfield
    Martin Tuchschmid
    Adrian von Steiger
    Armin Zemp
    Bart Van Damme
  • Partner Blechblas Instrumentenbau Egger
    Klingendes Museum
    Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn
    Kompetenzzentrum Militärmusik der Schweizer Armee


Many questions on the materiality and the production technology of historical brass instruments remain unanswered today. This project is intended to use reconstructions of the legendary German trombones of the 19th and early 20th centuries to reacquire the techniques of historical craftsmen. The acousticians of Empa are investigating their influence on the playing characteristics and on the sound. The reconstructions of German orchestral trombones built in the course of this applied research will ultimately be presented in concert.