Sonaré Pro Brass has partnered with the industry’s best craftsmen and performers to bring you the ultimate in quality design and performance. Brass designers Cliff Blackburn and J. Fred Powell have both created leadpipes that bring you an instrument with wonderful color, flexibility and projection. Our exclusive Sonaré MicroLok® Valve System (U.S. patent #7,667,117) revolutionizes valve alignment. All Sonare instruments are cryogenically treated. These features result in free-blowing instruments, appropriate for both ‘legit’ and commercial playing with impeccable intonation and response.
Why pay for after-market options when they come standard on a Sonaré Pro Brass trumpet or flugelhorn? There are some manufacturers that may have the color and sound you are looking for, but lack the intonation or response, while others have great intonation and response but lack ‘soul’. We have taken the time and effort to make the most in tune, colorful, free blowing and responsive instruments so that you can focus on what is important….the music!
“For years trumpet players have been buying Bachs and Yamahas off of the shelf and then modifying them with Blackburn leadpipes, cryogenic treatments, valve alignments, and all sorts of other treatments. Now players can skip all of that and buy a Sonaré with the same "modifications" already built into the horn. Brilliant!”
Dr. Adam W. Gaines
Professor of Trumpet
University of Wisconsin—Green Bay
“The horn allows me to play with a very focused sound. A lot of credit for this goes to the Blackburn leadpipe. The tone quality is unified throughout the range of the horn.”
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
At Sonaré, we understand that one of the most notorious problems affecting trumpets is valve alignment. Our solution to that problem is exclusive. Sonaré's MicroLok™ valve system (patent pending), co-invented by Cliff Blackburn and Steven Wasser of Powell Flutes, revolutionizes valve alignment. During the production process, a custom-made tool sets the piston into its perfect radial and vertical alignment position. A set screw is then tightened to lock the adjustable valve guide and secure the Monel piston into place. While this adjustment is permanent, MicroLok allows the alignment to be easily reset at any time by a trained technician, without soldering. Valves can be easily cleaned and oiled without disturbing the alignment.
“Due to the patent-pending adjustable valve guide, all notes respond equally; notes slot in easily and with terrific centre all the way down through the valve combinations. The Sonare trumpet plays like the trumpet you have always wanted, build quality is exceptional. The Sonare trumpet is a joy to play, and a joy to listen to.”
Former Principal Trumpet Scottish Opera, Scottish National Orchestra
Co-founder of The Wallace Collection (brass mutes and mouthpieces)
Cryogenic treatment is an after-market service often sought by professional players - at a cost of more than one hundred dollars! The deep-freeze treatment relieves stress in the metal that normally occurs during the making of a trumpet. The benefits of cryogenics for the player are a broader spectrum of colors and enhanced response, especially in the high register. Sonaré is the only maker of trumpets that offers cryogenic processing standard on their new instruments.
“The rich, warm, focused and balanced tone on the Sonare trumpets allows me to freely express myself as an artist. I have used the 800 series in every musical situation possible and the horn just keeps asking for more, Bravo Sonare!!!”
Seelan Manickam, Trumpet, Bala Brass
“I was amazed by the Sonaré trumpet. Just when I thought a trumpet was a trumpet was a trumpet, along came Powell with a new balance of all the qualities I look for in an instrument - a fresh tool with which to navigate the mysteries of the musical imagination.
John Wallace, Principal Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama
Each Sonaré trumpet is carefully inspected and play tested before it leaves the factory by professional musicians. Sonaré trumpets include a 1 year manufacturers warranty.
"At my first big band gig with the Sonaré, a friend with ears I trust the most said that when I play that shiny horn (Sonaré 801L), you can't listen to anything else!"
Lew Soloff, Solo Trumpet (former Blood, Sweat and Tears)
Sonaré Pro Brass operates as a division of Verne Q. Powell Flutes and produces proprietary, handmade brass instruments in Elkhart, IN. Sonaré develops its instruments in collaboration with some of the world's most renowned brass instrument designers including Cliff Blackburn, Steve Shires, and Fred Powell. Sonaré Brass instruments are designed to meet the performance demands of the professional musician.