Sonaré trumpets are built in Markneukirchen, Germany by JA Musik, with a leadpipe and mouthpiece designed and manufactured especially for this instrument, by noted designer Cliff Blackburn. Blackburn, regarded by many players as the pre-eminent maker of handcrafted trumpets in the USA, is especially well known for his leadpipes, which are normally sold as an after-market item. Meticulous attention is focused on the size and shape of the tapers. The result is a free-blowing trumpet appropriate for both classical and jazz, with impeccable intonation and response.
Sonaré understands that one of the most notorious problems affecting trumpets is valve alignment. Sonaré solution to that problem is exclusive. Sonaré's MicroLok™ valve system (patent pending), co-invented by Cliff Blackburn and Steven Wasser of Powell Flutes, revolutionizes valve alignment. During the production process, a custom-made tool sets the piston into its perfect radial and vertical alignment position. A set screw is then tightened to lock the adjustable valve guide and secure the Monel piston into place. While this adjustment is permanent, MicroLok allows the alignment to be easily reset at any time by a trained technician, without soldering. Valves can be easily cleaned and oiled without disturbing the alignment.
Standard on all Sonaré trumpets, cryogenic treatment is an after-market service often sought by professional players, at a cost of more than one hundred dollars! The deep-freeze treatment relieves stress in the metal that normally occurs during the making of a trumpet. The benefits of cryogenics for the player are a broader spectrum of colors and enhanced response, especially in the high register. Sonaré is the only maker of trumpets that offers cryogenic processing standard on their new instruments.