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Sonare 701 Bb Trumpet

$599.00 $1,199.00

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The Sonare 701 is a professional Bb trumpet made in Elkhart, Indiana, USA.  It is handmade of brass with nickel trim, has a standard .460" ML bore, Monel pistons, a Blackburn leadpipe design, and a yellow brass bell.

 We have one version of the 701 trumpet available:

  • 701 - Lacquer

The 701 has Sonare's #17 2-piece bell, .020" thickness, made of yellow brass. The 701 is the entry level pro horn and is an all-around horn. It comes standard with a two-piece bell and just one brace on the tuning slide. This bell is a medium weight bell and would be great for any type of musical genre.  The 701 differs from the similar 801, 802, and 901 models in that the 701's bell is made from two pieces of brass, which lowers the cost of manufacturing over a 1-piece bell.  The weight of the 701 bell is in between the 801 and 801 bells.

The 701 trumpet features a cryogenic treatment.  Steven Wasser, President of Powell Flutes and Sonare Pro Brass, writes about the process:


Cryogenic treatment is a process by which materials are subjected to extremely low temperatures that approach absolute zero through the use of liquid nitrogen.  We cryogenically treat our Emil K. Blessing and Sonaré trumpets.  Here is my layman’s description of what I think is cryogenics does:
When metal is worked by stretching, hammering, or drilling it develops stresses.  If you think about metal structure as graph paper, imagine that those nice even boxes get stretched out or scrunched up as a result of stress.  Those stresses then interrupt the smooth flow of vibration in a wind instrument which diminishes response and causes “dead spots.”  In my view cryogenic treatment realigns the metal molecules at some level, and reduces stress.   
I cannot prove my interpretation with an electron microscope, but I can relate an experiment we did at MIT.  When we cryogenically treated the flute of a professor of materials science at MIT he was astounded at the result.  “Amazing,” he said, “it’s like a different flute.”   When I asked him how he could reconcile this with the test results his answer was, “It just means that something is happening we’re not yet able to measure.”
We’ve also gotten dramatic results with brass instruments.  A few years ago a friend of mine who is a scientist bought a trumpet from someone in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He sent it to me after concluding the trumpet was not very good and after the orchestra member tried it again and refused to take it back.  After cryogenic treatment my friend tested the cryoed trumpet and immediately his wife wandered into the room and wanted to know what he was playing that sounded so good (she almost never comments on his playing!).  Next my friend went back to the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who offered to buy the trumpet back on the spot.  Refused!
Need more evidence?  Early in 2006 Bill Loeb, a flutist from the Berkshires, contacted me concerning the effects of cryogenic treatment.  He was particularly interested because he was looking for a way to improve the response of his Jupiter bass flute which had certain “dead” notes.  At the end of the conversation I offered to treat – free of charge - any and all instruments Bill might wish to cryogenically treat with just one condition: he had to benchmark his flutes “before and after” cryogenic treatment, and report back to me the results
In November Bill came by and asked us to cryogenically treat three instruments.  He reported back to me in a letter dated December 20, 2006.  Bill stated:
As to results, I should preface my outline by acknowledging that this is a very subjective test.  As a guy with 2 degrees from MIT, I recognize that we are not dealing with statistical or double blind results.  On the other hand, I’m a pretty analytical observer.  So here goes.
  1. Powell #197: Low octave tone much richer, volume noticeably greater, including low C.  Intonation good.  Upper 2 octaves unaffected.
  2. Haynes silver piccolo #22012: Range from E2 down – tone much richer, volume greater, intonation good.
  3. Jupiter bass flute headjoint: Low C now plays well, whereas pre-test was well-nigh impossible.  (I had mentioned this to S. Wasser prior to treatment.)  This model  (lowest priced in the line) has no D2, D#2 shake keys, so no way for trick fingerings to stabilize D2 and E2.  After freezing seems no need for such resort.  Both notes behave.
We are convinced that cryogenic treatment makes a positive acoustical difference and offer it on Sonare Pro Brass trumpets.  You make your own decision, but isn’t it nice to have the choice?



Blackburn Design


2 piece

Bell Material

Yellow Brass

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Cyrogenic Treatment

Case Traditional

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