clipse trumpets are a part of First Class Brass Limited. The company was set up in September 1999 by Leigh McKinney and John Yianni. We both have many years experience in instrument repair and manufacture through our previous positions with some of the leading instrument makers.


The decision to go it alone in 1999 led to the start of First Class Brass at its workshop in
  Dunstable, England. Initially the company set up as a
  repair facility for all brass instruments.

  The company quickly gained a very good reputation to high
  quality repair and lacquer work. Our reputation led to repair
  work being carried on behalf of many leading manufacturers
  and soon after finishing work on custom manufactured

  In July 2001 we took a decision to develop a new design of Pro level trumpet. Prototype
  models were developed, assembled and put through their paces by pro players from a
  variety of backgrounds. Many years experience in manufacture meant the company already
  knew how to make trumpets - the challenge was now to design one that really kicked!!!

  Many sleepless night later, the Eclipse was born, and our aim has been achieved! The Eclipse line of trumpets was launched in March 2003 at the Frankfurt Music Messe.