Eclipse was originally set up as a repair facility for all brass instruments and very quickly gained a very good reputation for high quality repair and lacquer work. Our reputation led to repair work being carried out on behalf of many leading manufacturers and soon after, finishing work on custom manufactured trumpets.
In July 2001 we decided to develop a new design of professional level trumpet. Prototype models were developed, assembled and put through their paces by pro players from a variety of backgrounds. Many years experience in manufacture meant the company already knew how to make trumpets – the challenge was now to design one that really kicked!
The Eclipse line of trumpets was launched in March 2003 at the Frankfurt Music Messe.
Leigh started work in 1986 at the age of 15 as an apprentice Brass Instrument Maker with a company that was built up of the very best ex Boosey & Hawkes technicians in the industry. Over the next 8 years he learnt every aspect of manufacture from cornet right up to tuba. At the end of this term Leigh was the head maker of instrument manufacture there.
In 1994 he moved to Norway to become a teacher of brass instrument repair in a specialist music university. 3 years later he was asked to head up the brass manufacture at a German Instrument Company. Returning 1 year later for another 2 year spell with his first employer as head maker again. In 1999 Leigh decided that he wanted to make his own mark on the brass world and started First Class Brass Ltd (Eclipse Trumpets) in September of that year at a small workshop in Dunstable, England.
Carl has worked for Eclipse straight out of school at the age of 16. Having been with us for 19 years now he is truly one of the most talented repair and making techs in the UK. Leigh and Carl run the Eclipse workshop as a team. One’s skills complimenting the other. Carl is Eclipse through and through, and has a real and true passion for the instruments, contributing to design and structure of new products.
The exclusive designs of Artist Heather Zawada, adding really funky designs to Jazz Mutes for Brass, this is my personal JoRal and the first of a series of one off designs. Each mute is given a unique identity and finished in clear lacquer to ensure longevity. If you’re interested please get in touch.
GR Mouthpieces are being played by the world’s top call brass musicians, plus GR is the mouthpiece of choice for the finest performers, educators, and students. From major motion picture soundtracks and the world’s largest concert tours, to symphony halls and community orchestras all over the world, the “GR sound and response” is quickly becoming the most desired for today’s serious players. I think I may be one of them looking through the trumpet case… & Flugelhorn just couldn’t find the box…
KR INDIGO MAX PLUNGER FOR TRUMPET
The “KR Indigo” MAX Plunger Mute is the culmination of a decades-long quest for the best sounding, By far, most in tune, easiest to play, most comfortable to hold, most expressive trumpet plunger that money can buy. “KR” represents the initials of Kenny Rampton, world-renowned trumpet player and long-standing member of the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Kenny co-designed this plunger with Hirschman Mutes, incorporating feedback from some of today’s top trumpet players.
From low to high, the most in-tune plunger ever. It also provides consistent pitch when switching between open and closed (tight) plunger, something essential for ensemble passages. Better intonation means less “lipping” of notes, reducing fatigue and increasing endurance.
Kenny Penny™ venting system
Some players like to drill a hole through their plungers (where the wooden stick was) and some don’t. Others carry two plungers in their bag to have both. The Kenny Penny venting system provides one penny outside the plunger and another inside. Turning the outer penny closes the plunger hole with the inner penny. Kenny Rampton likes it closed for playing over straight mute and open for plunger alone. There’s no right or wrong, and the Kenny Penny lets you discover your ideal sound…that’s our “two cents.”
No slip hand grip Our large, comfortable hand grip makes the plunger easy to pick up and hold. No more slips or drops!
The KR Indigo is made of durable silicon and is much less prone to the drying out/cracking that occurs with many rubber hardware store plungers.
Fits over standard straight mute An in tune plunger deserves to be played over an in tune straight mute. Use your favorite regular sized straight mute and say goodbye forever to stuffy, out of tune pixie mutes.
Tone hole With the Kenny Penny in the open position, you can create interesting effects by covering/uncovering the tone hole with a finger.
Inspired by Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo and Snooky Young’s/Clark Terry’s blue plungers, with a design updated for the 21st century