The NMM's reproduction Holztrompete (NMM 10048), from the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Brass Instrument Collection, was made by Andreas Schoni and Rainer Egger, Bern and Basel, Switzerland, in 2001 and is a modified copy of a Tristan trumpet made by Martin Lehner (Munich, ca. 1913), currently in the possession of the Dresden opera house. Made of grenadilla and black-stained maple (knee and bell), with German-silver ferrules, its straight body can be broken down into six detachable parts, with a pear-shaped bell. It has one silver-plated Berlin valve.
The NMM's original Tristan trumpet by Gebrüder Alexander, Mainz, ca. 1925 (NMM 9966), can be seen in one of the two Utley displays in the NMM's First Floor Hallway. This example, which retains its original case, was built for the National Opera in Prague. However, after World War II, when Wagner's music lost its popularity, it was given to a staff member who owned it for more than forty years. Subsequently, it was sold to a German collector. The bell is stamped: MAJETEK ZEMSKÝ [state owned] / Majetek Národní divadla / v Praze R - 012 [property National Theater in Prague].
Photos by Rozarii Lynch, taken in McCaw Hall, Seattle, before a performance of Tristan und Isolde. Courtesy of Seattle Opera.