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Nartiss Sackbut

from Alsek Spit, Alsek River, Southeastern Alaska, August 2012

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Nartiss Alto and Tenor Sackbuts

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NEW Alto; modern lacquer, A440/A415 tuning slides, hard case, lubricant   $975
NEW Alto, antique lacquer, A440/A415 tuning slides, hard case, lubricant   $975
NATB731-1 Tenor in Bb; modern lacquer, A440/A415 tuning slides, hard case, lubricant 1, 2 $995
NATB731-2 Tenor in Bb, antique lacquer, A440/A415 tuning slides, hard case, lubricant   $995

Lacquered or antique lacquered finish



Handmade instrument           

Bell 111 mm       

Bore 13,2 mm       

Yellow Brass bell       

Hard chrome-plated nickel-silver inner slides       

Double Layer bell with no wire inside edge of the bell       

Lacquered - model NATB731-1 or antique lacquered - model NATB731-2       

2 tuning slides - 442 Hz (can be tuned to 440 Hz) and 415 Hz       

Gold-plated mouthpiece with specially designed lip plate for more comfortable playing       


            7 positions on tuning 442Hz

            6 positions on tuning 415Hz 

Custom-fitted hard case

Includes both tuning slides


The Maker

            Vairis Nartiss is a professional trombone player from Latvia. His solo career includes playing in the Latvian National Opera Symphony Orchestra, as well as being the owner of one of the largest Latvian music stores, NartissLV.  He also runs a program for talented children to support their musical development in their professional life.     

           In parallel with his performance career, Vairis has developed an extensive knowledge of brass instruments.  He strives to widen the capability of the trombone, introducing new devices such as multi-effect processors, loop machines, etc., in his music store workshops.

 Sackbut Development

            In 2009, Vairis was interested in trying the sackbut.  But he soon realized that it was extremely hard to find relatively inexpensive, high quality instruments, and used instruments were not readily available. Vairis finally obtained an instrument and learned how to play, as well as examining how it was built.  He then assembled a team of 3 craftsmen to develop a new instrument, with the goal of developing a high quality, inexpensive instrument.  Now, in 2012, their new sackbut is ready.

            Their hope is that the high quality and competitive price will attract more amateur as well as professional performers to the sackbut and other early brass music.


            They introduced several design innovations.

            1. No wire in the bell. It was a big challenge to make a professional double layer bell without the inside wire.   Why did they want to do that? This design helps produce a more colorful sound, with less dampening of the sound.    

             2. Mouthpiece. The mouthpiece has a rounded, more comfortable lip plate, a change from the Baroque flat lip plate, and is gold plated. They also experimented with the thickness of the walls of our mouthpiece, settling on a slightly larger backbore to achieve a more powerful sound with our bell without wire.


         In the future they will develop a full set of sackbuts - Tenor Sackbut, Alto Sackbut and Bass Sackbut.



Responses to our instrument

 "I love my new Nartiss Tenor Sackbut! This beautiful horn sounds great and has a wonderful Renaissance sound!"

Bob Ferrel, International Jazz Trombonist-Sackbut & Buccin Dragon Trombones & Private Music Instructor       


"I have been privileged to be one of the lucky first to try out the new sackbut of the young NARTISS company, and I am left with a great first impression. From the experience of 2 concert programs played with the instrument I am safe to say that it allows the player to produce a pleasant tone in all registers. Since the NARTISS sackbut is manufactured from strong metal I am specially pleased with the sound of the low register. I was able to avoid a few instrument changes, thanks to the rich tone produced by the NARTISS tenor, whilst playing the bass part. In the same time it assures great playability in the upper register. NARTISS tenor sackbut has given me a splendid impression, and it is with great interest I am looking forward to the bass and alto models."


Valter Jürgenson, Early music ensemble Hortus Musicus, Tallinn, Estonia


The horn works great, looks gorgeous. Although there's less volume (as expected), its sound is richer and denser than any of my trombones. BS, 09/13



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Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

Many people have told me how much they enjoy my bringing my ‘store’ of instruments to workshops so that they can try many different ones over the course of a few days.  This makes their decision-making process much easier. 

Obviously, when ordering by mail, I can’t send you my whole ‘store’ of instruments to try, but I do try to come as close as is reasonably possible.  All instruments can be ordered on approval.  I am happy to send out two or more instruments for you to compare.  For instance, I could send out two or three rosewood altos, or rosewood, pearwood, grenadilla and  boxwood altos for you to sample.  Then you can play them (please, no more than 15 minutes per day, just as if you were starting the breaking-in process), let your friends try or listen to them, and let a teacher try them.  This gives you some feedback on your choice, and gives you more confidence in your decision. 

I want you to be satisfied with your instrument, and feel under no obligation to buy it if you don’t like it.  A normal tim

Subcontrabass recorder in Bb, by Adriana Breukinke for deciding is approximately one week.  I, of course, expect any returned instruments to be in like-new condition (see below).  Whether you decide to buy an instrument or not, all I ask is that you pay for shipping costs both ways.

Once you have decided on a purchase, I will bill you. 

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.


I had an instrument returned that smelled of cigarette smoke.  The customer did not smoke, but a visitor did.  I haven't yet succeeded in removing the smell.  I can't sell a smoky instrument, so I do not want to send instruments on approval to households where people are allowed to smoke.  If a smoky-smelling (or mildew-smelling) instrument is returned to me, I will not accept it, and you will have bought it, since it is no longer in like-new condition.  In my experience, hardly any recorder players smoke, so this should be a rare occurrence.  So please, no smoke, mildew or lipstick, and brush your teeth before playing--all things you should do if the instrument were yours.  I hope you understand this policy.


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