Picture of How To Make A Trumpet Lamp
I was helping my brother clean out his garage when I came across this old beat up trumpet. I did some research online and learned it was made in the 1930’s as a student model. I felt bad to see it so forgotten so I had to breath some new life into it.  

Cotton Ball
Rubber Chair Feet
Hot Glue
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Step 1: Thread the trumpet

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You’re going to have to run a power cord through the trumpet and in order to do that you need paracord and a cotton ball.

Gut a section of paracord long enough to run the length of the horn. Tie the cotton ball to the end of a strand of the inner paracord and start to feed it through the trumpet at the end where the mouth piece goes.

Use compressed air to blow the cotton ball through the horn. Once it’s through you’ll have a threaded trumpet.

In the picture you see the valves removed but leave them in when you do this.

Now tie the paracord strand onto the section of paracord you gutted. You should be working at the bell end. Take some all purpose cleaner (any soapy liquid will do) and lubricate the paracord.

Pull the gutted paracord back through the horn until it comes out the other end.

Step 2: Prep the base

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I bought this lamp brand new, with a shade, for $10. Take it apart so you can get to the cord. Make sure you use a multi-meter to identify the negative and positive wires so you put it back together right.

Take a rubber chair foot and drill a hole in it. The pack of four cost me $1. Place the drilled foot onto the shaft of the base. Trim another foot and place it at the top of the shaft so it the trumpet has two points of contact along the shaft.

i am so gonna do this but i am going to put a switch inside the top valve so you switch the lamp on and off using the trumpet itself
It's so great to see this trumpet under the spot light again. tee hee
alexstewart3 years ago
I like the Click very much. trumpets lamp is awesome..
Londonbrig03 years ago
I love the idea, but the music nerd in me cringes at the thought of such a beautiful antique not being restored to playing condition.
Mrballeng (author)  Londonbrig03 years ago
Trust me the case looks better then the horn. Someone had tried to fix it with some sort of bonding putty. Other repairs were done with a whole lot of messy solder. But you're right, I thought the same. I made sure not to alter the trumpet at all. That way I can undo the lamp and it will be just like the day I found it.
Ah that makes me happy. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.
Same here, as a trumpeter and lover of all that is brass, its a shame a youngster wont get to start the journey on this, like I did many years ago......a bassoon on the other hand would make a top standard lamp :-D
mgalyean3 years ago
This is a great idea. I'm already thinking trombone-floorlamp. One correction though; the lamp is powered by AC, or alternating current, so it doesn't matter which wire is which. Long time subscriber, keep up the cool stuff!
Mrballeng (author)  mgalyean3 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I always appreciate any advice.
You are welcome. I always look forward to what you achieve with the most common objects. Truly interesting. Obligatory safety addendum: I should clarify for those reading that this is only true for most 2-wire corded mains-powered stuff. When it comes to 3-wire, here in the US anyway, it may or may not matter. With 3-wire it is best to be safe by always keeping the two non-ground/green wires correctly oriented. Generally, 3-wire stuff has color-coded screws where the green/ground will have green near or on the screw/terminal, white will be silver/chrome/lighter in color, black will be yellow/copper/dingier/darker in color.
n0ukf3 years ago
What keeps the valves from operating when pressed? The cord could potentially be sheared through, shorting it out.
Mrballeng (author)  n0ukf3 years ago
The cord passes through the valves so the valves don't move. I had to wiggle them to help the cord through. You'd have to really try to shear the cord but I guess it's possible. An option is to replace the springs on the bottom side of the valves with stop blocks.
action pig3 years ago
Very cool!
mgalyean3 years ago
If you wrap electrical or other smooth/strong tape around the wires and cord to form a smooth shape around the wire-ends and cord that moves through the horn it will be much easier to pull through. Wrap from the trailing end toward the leading end so that the edges of tape don't catch as easy when pulling (but even if you wrap the wrong way it will still work far smoother than without the tape). Put soap on it also. I learned all this from pulling network wiring through walls.
ninetes3 years ago
It's very classic.
dreamberry3 years ago
Awesome! I'm gonna do this with my old broken clarinet! You've inspired me!