From Brasspedia

Welcome to the home of brass instrument curiosities!


On this website you'll find everything there is to know about historical brass instruments like the Jazzophone, the Normaphone and many more.

A quick summary: next to articles about the sax shaped Jazzophone and Normaphone, you'll find information about octagonal trumpets like the Arigra and the Exakta, and about the unusual Top action rotary valve trumpets. Special attention is given to the tarv trumpet Johann Sattler designed. There's a page with a collection of other instruments and trumpets that are sax shaped or double belled.

Another page features Ernst Modl brass instruments, maker of the famous Emo trumpets and his war time efforts as Emo Leichtmetallbau, Ernst Modl & Co as well as the story about Louis Armstrong playing an Emo. You can also find information about Julius Keilwerth brass instruments, and an overview of Julius Keilwerth brass serial numbers.

And then, there's some information about the Zobo and Songophone brass instrument imitations, and about the Couesnon Saxie saxophone imitation. And a page about King tuba's.

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