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Used Olds Model L Tenor Trombone (Early 1920s - Los Angeles)


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Serial: 40XX (Approx. 1923, Los Angeles, CA)
Dual bore: .509"/.535"
Bell: 7"
Finish: Triple gold plate w/ hand engraving
Case: Original

Available at our Palatine location.
Prepare for the one of the most beautiful vintage trombones that you've ever seen. This is not an exaggeration, and photographs can only showcase a certain amount of this beauty. You really need to come in and see it for yourself.

This trombone is an Olds Model L. Its serial number suggests that it was either one of the first trombones made at their Los Angeles factory, or it was one of the last trombones made in the barn behind the Olds family home. It comes without a main tuning slide because the attractive way to tune your trombone at the time was by adjusting a tuning mechanism built into the hand-slide. Also in the style of the time, it is lacking a slide lock and it is a press-fit bell section. It comes in its original plating, which was a triple gold plate when it was new. After we polished it up, we found it to still be shining very brightly through the bell and slide section. Even the water key and spring were plated to match the rest of the instrument. And lastly, it's got one of the most elaborate and stunning hand-engravings we've seen on any bell section. It's got a flower pattern that travels from the bell flare all the way down to the crook where the bell bends around. And near the rim, it has a classic Olds California bear engraved playing a trombone.

This is a very, very special trombone and we recommend coming to take a look at this one before someone falls in love and takes it home. It won't last long!

  • Ph: 847-359-4444
  • 744 E. Northwest Hwy.
    Palatine, IL 60074
  • Hours:
  • MON - by appointment only
  • TUES, WED & FRI: 10-6
  • THURS: 12-7 | SAT: 10 - 4
  • SUN - closed
  • Ph: 847-724-5310
  • 2200 Waukegan Rd. Suite D
    Glenview, IL 60025
  • Hours:
  • MON - closed
  • TUES, WED & FRI: 10-6 
  • THURS: 12-7 | SAT: 10 - 4
  • SUN - closed