New trumpet guide

Q: What pro quality trumpet should I buy? A: This is an essay that started its life as a handout that I gave my students (and, more importantly, the parents of my students) who were looking to upgrade from a beginner’s horn. I fatigued of repeating the same information, or worse, repeating half of the … Continue reading “New trumpet guide”


Schilke Trumpets from 1956 to 1961 Though Schilke Music Products, Inc., has been in business making trumpets and cornets since 1956, the current model line and serial number sequence begin in 1961. Prior to that time, Schilke made trumpets which clearly show the design principles incorporated into the later horns (lightweight materials, reverse leadpipe, minimal … Continue reading “Miscellaneous”

Bell and slide options

Bell, slide and finish options   Schilke Bells The company offers eight different sizes of bells. Originally the bells were given letters (e.g., “A,” “B,” “C,” with “A” being the largest). In about 1982 the bells were redesignated with numbers, starting with “1” as the largest, but many people (including me in this site) continue to … Continue reading “Bell and slide options”

Auction Survey

Used Schilke Auction Price Survey Information compiled through November 13, 2005. What follows is a compendium of the auction results from e-Bay commencing November 1, 2004, at the top of the list, to the most recent, at the bottom. While this is not the last word in determining the value of used Schilke trumpets, it … Continue reading “Auction Survey”

B flat trumpets

Schilke B flat Trumpets  A note about the irrelevance of bore size: The trumpets are here grouped according to bore size for primarily arbitrary reasons. It makes more sense than grouping them numerically. The bore size is significant only relatively between various Schilke horns, and isn’t much use in comparing Schilke horns with the products … Continue reading “B flat trumpets”

Biography and Background

History and Background Renold Otto Schilke, Sr., was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 30, 1910, to a musical family. His father was a singer and his mother an organist, and Renold began studying cornet at age eight. He was a soloist with the Holton factory band, otherwise a band made up of adults, … Continue reading “Biography and Background”


James F. Donaldson (1953-2017) a.k.a. “The Schilke Loyalist”  used to run a Schilke Loyalist website housed on Many trumpeters, myself included, miss Jim and his website. Thus, I have tried to recreate his website from what is stored at to provide a safe permanent haven for Jim’s work. By using a modern (wordpress) interface, all … Continue reading “Home”