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Superior Sound With Limited-Production Brass Instruments by Tony Scodwell

Your instrument is an extension of you. Trust your biggest asset to those who specialize in building custom trumpets and flugelhorns – Scodwell USA. At its helm is Tony Scodwell, a renowned trumpet player and musician based in Las Vegas whose career spans more than 50 years and has appeared with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band.

Scodwell USA produces impeccably crafted trumpets and flugelhorns with balance, finesse and a rich, open sound. The philosophy that has guided us for more than 25 years is simple: One instrument at a time, no corners cut, and only the finest materials. We draw from a diverse background in big band, jazz and symphony performances and field test our instruments extensively to ensure a brilliant, balanced expression. After all, great musicians and great craftsmen are not always one and the same. At Scodwell USA, you’ll find both.




My first contact with you and your horns was at the ITG conference in Columbus. I play in Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Big Band and perform as a lead and jazz player in a wide variety of regional groups. Of all the horns I tried at ITG, the Scodwell Standard felt and sounded best to me. I took it home to try, as I had a heavy playing week coming up in a variety of settings and figured I could give it a good workout. In every instance my fellow musicians were impressed – from a high-powered wedding band to an all-Ellington program to a special BWBB performance with an audience including George Clooney, they all commented on how centered the sound was, how well it projected, and how easy it was to “latch onto.” From my perspective, it took significantly less effort to project the sound to the back of the room. From the audience perspective, people I trust tell me the sound has enormous ring and a very solid core (one is a very fine lead trumpet player himself – his only comment was, “buy it”!) (…which I did!…) Kudos to you for creating such a fabulous instrument, and to Lee Walkowich and the folks at Washington Music for their terrific service in arranging the transaction. Next up – the flugel?! Thank you, Tony – warmest regards
Hank MautnerCincinnati's Blue Wisp Big Band
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