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Wooden trumpet blows all the right tunes

A wood turner has created a wooden version of a brass trumpet.
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The term "a wooden performance" is set to get an altogether new meaning if the latest musical creation is anything to go by.

A wood turner from South Gloucestershire has crafted a wooden trumpet that actually sounds really rather good - it could signal a new era in the instrument's history.

George King took a typical trumpet, which is conventionally made out of brass, and dismantled it see what its working components were.

"I'd seen a trumpet and thought that's a challenge - I can do that," he told the BBC.

He then created wooden equivalents of all the bits and pieces, which took him around 80 hours to complete.

Mr King said: "I thought I would just make something that looked like a trumpet. But as it evolved I thought - yes I can make this and make it play."

It seems to have done the trick as one professional trumpet player gave it a glowing review.

Trevor Jones, from Bristol, who has been rocking the music instrument for over 25 years, told the BBC that the wooden version was not bad at all.

He said: "It's quite hard to play - to get a sort of centred sound on it - but I think that's because there's not the same resonance in wood as there would be in a brass trumpet. But it's incredible, absolutely incredible the workmanship."

Chris Botti recently told the North County Times that a Miles Davis recording of the beautiful song My Funny Valentine changed his life as a trumpet player.

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