Hervieux and Botuha creations

Every Instrument - its Own Personality

After many years of research and innovation in the manufacture of bombardes the Hervieux and Botuha Workshop has succeeed in marrying tradition with modernity

Take a look at the range of bombardes turned entirely within the workshop be they made to the client’s own specifications or in series. These instruments are a delight to handle and correspond to the needs of beginners and the most demanding of professionals alike. They are a joy to play and compose upon.

The Bombarde

Presentation

The workshop of Tudual Hervieux and Jorj Botuha is one of the few remaining workshops in Brittany still making bombardes. This instrument, closely associated with Brittany, with its powerful timbre and volume, has nevertheless evolved over the years to become a highly technical and sophisticated instrument. A wholly contemporary evolution which has nevertheless succeeded in maintaining contact with the tradition.

The bombardes, incorporating craft skills are wholly designed and manufactured to the customer’s specifications. The manufacturing process is carried out from A to Z within our workshop and are widely sought after by many musicians in Brittany and throughout the world. Ranging from the « sonneurs de couple » (traditional duos) to the bagad (breton version of the pipe-band), through to exponents of contemporary music, the bombardes of Tudual Hervieux and Jorj Botuha have taken up their rightful place in the present, but also in the future. They are eminently suited both to the beginner and the most demanding of professionals.

What distinguishes them one from another ? Everything depends on the bore and it is exactly this characteristic which has been the basis of many years of research, by our three instrument makers and Jorj in particular. The bombardes produced in our workshop possess the following outstanding qualities : colour, width, brilliance and sound projection and sensitivity under the player’s fingers which are not to be found in any other bombarde.

The fame attached to the bombardes of Tudual Hervieux and Jorj Botuha also derives from the care and precision involved in key-making. Thanks to a highly sophisticated system of keying , the musician discovers an instrument which is a delight to handle. Tudual Hervieux, his father Gilbert, and Jorj Botuha are the creators of this pinnacle of success. One of their latest creations is a chromatic bombarde.

The other secret of the Workshop is to be found in the wood used. Before the arrival of exotic hardwoods in Europe, the bombarde was turned mainly in boxwood. Today, as befits contemporary craft turners, Tudual Hervieux and Jorj Botuha also use exotic hardwoods such as blackwood, mopan and also rosewood. But this atelier, is a veritable time machine with its craft-based manufacturing secrets stemming from the past. Each bombarde is turned using timber which is decades old and seasoned for years to produce an instrument of a unique high quality rich in sonority.

Also, in complete respect for tradition, the bombardes of Hervieux and Botuha are reinforced by rings made from horn or imitation ivory and can also be carved or inlaid using pewter. The rest is to do with trade secrets and a savoir-faire accumulated over many years of research, innovation and dedication.

Realise your dreams and don’t hesitate to contact the workshop to discuss your needs among the number of models in our bombarde range.

Prices of

Bombardes

 

Diatonic

Chromatic

D;

1 key

350 €

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C

1 Key

350 €

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3 Keys

600 €

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B

1 Key

350 €

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Bb

1 Key

380 €

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2 Keys

500 €

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3 Keys

700 €

2 900 €

A

6 holes

400 €

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1 Key

410 €

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2 Keys

600 €

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3 Keys

810 €

3 110 €

Ab

1 Key

470 €

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G

1 Key

470 €

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2 Keys

620 €

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3 Keys

930 €

3 330 €

F

1 Key

640 €

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2 Keys

790 €

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3 Keys

980 €

3 400 €

Alto Eb

3 clefs

1 020 €

3 500 €

Alto D

3 Keys

1 020 €

3 500 €

Tenor Bb

3 Keys

1 650 €

4 150 €

Made to customer’s specifications

A supplement will be charged for all work carried out to the customer’s specifications

Every additional key will be charged at 150 euros.

Workshop

Servicing

Bombard Repairs

Our workshop is fully eqipped to carry out every possible bombarde repair within our workshop inBrittany- metal lathes, reaming machines, redresseur pour galvanoplastie…. This work is carried out only on estimate.

Maintenance

Is your bombarde in need of an overhaul ? The workshop cab carry out all the maintenance procedures to completely renew your instrument:synchonisation of keys, lubrication of axis, polishing or varnishing of the bombarde, adjustment of pads, replacing tenons…

Tuning

Every instrument requires to be retuned with the passage of time. The workshop offers a re-tuning facility, verification of the bore and a complete revision of each note etc.

Waiting Time

At the time of publication our waiting time is between 2 to 7 months according to the complexity of the instrument. It should be noted that delays can increase according to the time of year.

Dispatching

All our instruments are reeded prior to dispatch. Goods are dispatched on settlement of bill using Colissimo or package.

Payment

A deposit of 30 % is required at the time of placing the order. The order must be paid for un full before dispatching. Payment can be made by cheque, direct bank transfer or credit card.