Frequently Asked Questions

With eclipse instruments, there are a wide range of options and customisations available. Keeping this in mind, we have placed here some common questions we get asked from customers to help you choose the correct options for you. If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to get in touch and ask!
  • What are the Valves made of?

    The valves are made from stainless steel.
  • Your rear tuned trumpets tune at the back of the bell; does this mean that the bell is removable?

    No. Our rear-tuned instruments are NOT bell tuning. Only the tuning slide at the rear of the bell can be moved for tuning purposes. The bell is soldered and fixed in position as with 99% of all trumpets.
  • What bore sizes are the Eclipse instruments?

    The Bb Trumpets are 0.460″ ML
    The Flugel’s are 0.433″
    The Large Bore Cornets are 0.465″
    The Eb Soprano Cornets are 0.453″
    The Piccolo Trumpets are 0.453″
  • What do the model letters mean?

    The first letter always refers to the bell size:
    M is a medium throated bell with a 127mm flare diameter (~ 5″)
    L is a large throated bell with a 130mm flare diameter (~ 5 1/8″)
    The second letter refers to the bell material:
    Y is a bell made of yellow brass
    R is a bell made of red brass
    G is a bell made of Gold Brass
  • What is the wall thickness of the bells?

    The bells are made with a wall thickness of 0.5mm.
    The only exception is the LYL Bb trumpet bell which has a wall thickness of 0.4mm.
  • What difference in sound does the finish make to your instruments?

    As a general rule with the Eclipse range we have found the following:
    Lacquer tends to slightly darken the sound,
    Silver tends to slightly brighten the sound,
    Gold tends to do little or nothing to the sound relative to an unfinished instrument.It must be taken into consideration that this is a rough guide as players will all have their own unique sound which can be naturally darker or brighter than the next person.
  • Can we buy directly from Eclipse in the UK?

    You can buy directly from Eclipse in the UK if:
    – you live in the UK
    – you want a custom built horn made outside of our normal specs
    – you live in a country without an Eclipse dealer
    Other than this all orders must go through our dealers.
  • Is there any discount for coming directly to Eclipse for purchase?

    No, Eclipse sells from the factory at the same price as our dealer network.
  • Is there any warranty with the Eclipse instruments?

    Yes we have a 12 month warranty on all of our products.
  • Do you take part exchanges (trade-ins)?

    Yes, at Eclipse we do take trade-ins depending on what it is of course. Our dealers may or may not take trade-ins, so please contact them for that information.
  • Do you have plans to make other instruments in the future?

    Yes. Future projects include an Eb and D trumpet.
  • Do the instruments come with a case and mouthpiece?

    No. Eclipse does not supply a case or mouthpiece with our instruments.