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Good players command sophisticated instruments. They know the sounds they like to hear and want an instrument adaptable enough that they can forget the mechanics and just concentrate on making great music; Smith-Watkins instruments enable them to do just that.

Musical needs vary from playing jazz and chamber music, to recording in a studio. No two players are the same or have the same requirements. That is why Smith-Watkins designs each instrument to suit the individual and their particular requirements perfectly.

Finding exactly the right instrument is where the personalised service offered by Smith-Watkins, a company founded on ground-breaking academic research and expert craftsmanship, really sets it apart.

Read what others have said about us or add your own comments using the form below

"Half our cornet section loves our Smith-Watkins horns. The other half of the section is jealous! Bennett Konstans, David Letvin, Gary Wooley, Beth Cooper & Matt Goeke"

Chicago Brass Band

"Most outstanding section - Smith-Watkins Cornets 2013 Grade A Champions 'Band of the Year'"

Wellington Band New Zealand

"I play a Smith-Watkins because it matches my ideas for sound. It blows really easily throughout the range and I love it! Best soloist and principal cornet awards"

Kirsty Abbots

"Having used my SW trumpet for the last 27 years, week in week out, I have no need to consider any other make of trumpet. It has stood the test of time amazingly well"

John Gracie, Principal trumpet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

"I have been playing a Smith-Watkins trumpet for over twenty years. I need an instrument which helps me change style easily from lead in a big band to orchestral symphonic to brass ensemble to horn sections and to studio work. Centred core sound, excellent intonation and secure slots"

Mike Lovatt, Professor of Trumpet, Royal Academy of Music

"John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms"

Featuring a full Smith-Watkins trumpet section. Andy Gathercole, Mike Lovatt, Pat White, Jim Lynch (and Russell Bennett)

"Having the Ability to swap lead pipes quickly to change the sound of the trumpet is fantastic. For any type of musical style, the trumpet really works"

The Hallé Orchestra. One of the first Smith-Watkins trumpet sections (In 1987). Current players: Tom Osborne, Gareth Small and Ken Brown

"Everything I need: good intonation and response with clearly defined slots"

Sgt Jon Hammond, Band of the King's Division, Preston

"The Smith-Watkins fanfare trumpets are the best I have ever used. They are stable in all registers and tune so much better than any other makes I have played. We have had no tuning issues for the first time in twenty years, even with the tenors and basses!"

Director of Music Royal Signals

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