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”

Choosing a Trumpet

Q: When I am testing a trumpet, what exactly am I testing for? A: I think that sound (what is the quality and timbre of the sound? is it the same throughout the range?) response (how quickly does the horn do what I want it to do?) and intonation (does the horn play in tune?) … Continue reading “Choosing a Trumpet”

Testing a trumpet

Q: How should I test a new trumpet? A: What follows approaches the ideal for testing sound, response, intonation and resistance. There are few things in life that can be experienced at the ideal level, but try to get as many of these things together as you can. Plan ahead: 1) Test the horn with … Continue reading “Testing a trumpet”

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”

From the author

This site is in no way authorized by or associated with Schilke Musical Products, Inc. The information, opinions, and comments contained herein are the sole responsibility of the author and not of Schilke Musical Products, Inc., except for the obvious quotations from company brochures and the writings of Renold Schilke. Up until July 1999, Schilke … Continue reading “From the author”


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”