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A generic term for a fairly wide variety of reed stops. Usually found at 8' pitch, occasionally 16' in the pedal. See also Tromba.

On some (orchestral) instruments, the name may be given to what should more properly be called Orchestral Trumpet.

Tonal Attributes

Comes in a wide variety of dynamics and brightness. One builder's gentle Trumpet may be another builder's assertive Oboe.


Full-length resonators. The bass octave of a 16' stop may have half-length resonators. The illustrations are Audsley's.


In its common forms, the Trumpet is usually a versatile stop, usable either as a solo stop or in chorus with principals, mixtures, and/or other chorus reeds. If an organ has only one manual reed stop, it is often a Trumpet, and usually on the Swell. Likewise, if a larger organ contains two different reed stops of the same type, it is likely to be a Trumpet.


Brass Trumpet
Contra Trumpet
Double Trumpet
Echo Trumpet
Fan Trumpet
Fanfare Trumpet
Festival Trumpet
Field Trumpet
Gottfried Trumpet
Harmonic Trumpet
Horizontal Trumpet
Liturgical Trumpet
Military Trumpet
Muted Trumpet
Pontifical Trumpet
Quint Trumpet
Silver Trumpet
Solo Trumpet
Song Trumpet
State Trumpet
Trompeta de Batalla
Trompeta de Caballa
Trompetenbass Chormass
Trumpet Clarion
Trumpet Quint
Trumpet Royal
Trumpet Sonora
Tuba Trumpet


Any organ with more than two dozen ranks is nearly certain to have one. No examples are known of Tarantantara.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Trompette 8', Grand Orgue [original] Eglise protestante, Romanswiller, France Stiehr-Mockers, 1842 arpeggio St. Anne
Trumpet 8', Swell Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Trompete 8', Swell First Baptist Church, Riverside, California, USA Schantz, 1966 arpeggio St. Anne
Trompete 8', Pedal First Baptist Church, Riverside, California, USA Schantz, 1966 arpeggio
Trumpet 8', Great St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Nicholson, 1969 arpeggio St. Anne
Trumpet 8', Swell St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Nicholson, 1969 arpeggio St. Anne
Trompete 8', Hauptwerk Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois, USA Casavant, 1975 arpeggio St. Anne


Adlung[1]: §176 Posaune, §202 Tromba. Audsley[1]: Trumpet. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Trumpet; II.XXXVIII Trumpet. Bedos[1]: § 188-193, 198, 267-278, 967. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Trompette, Trumpet. Douglass[1]: 85, 89-91, 96-97, 100-101, 107-108, 111-113. Grove[1]: Clarin, Trommet. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 641, 820. Irwin[1]: Trompette, Trumpet. Locher[1]: Trumpet. Maclean[1]: Trompette, Trumpet. Skinner[1]: 54, 60; XII French Trumpet, Trompette, Trumpet. Strony[1]: Trumpet. Sumner[1]: Trompette, Trumpet. Wedgwood[1]: Tarantantara; Trumpet. Williams[1]: Glossary: Trommet.
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