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This trumpet comes from a generation that has proven to be more popular than possibly any other line of trumpets. While it's obvious that this horn has seen plenty of work in its day, it's still an excellent player and will bring endless amounts of joy and satisfaction to its next owner. We've worked on this horn quite a bit over the last few years, and its owner decided to trust us with the task of finding it a new home. There are many signs that this instrument has spent a lot of time being played, which can only speak to the merits of this instrument.
The most obvious sign of use/repair would be the silver-plated #43 reversed leadpipe. It was installed many years ago after the original leadpipe was compromised, and then the horn very quickly went back into serious use. About 5 years ago, several patches needed to be installed on the leadpipe to mitigate the pitting that was forming on the underside of the pipe. A fair amount of the silver plating has worn off of the #43 leadpipe as a result of soldering the patches on, and from general use. This leadpipe is still showing wear, and may require another replacement at some point in the future.
Additionally, a patch needed to be installed on the knuckle connecting the 2nd and 3rd piston casings, and another patch on the bottom outer tube connecting the tuning slide to the 3rd piston casing. The silver plating on the tuning slide crooks are all in good shape, with some pitting beginning to form in the main tuning slide crook. The gold plate on the bell is very much intact except for where the front Z brace once was - a large spot of raw brass is showing through there, and the gold plate on the outer tuning slides is showing some wear from general use. The thumb saddle also appears to have been resoldered at some point, and possibly customized to fit the pervious owner's left hand setup. Another customization that the previous owner had done previously was installing an amado water key to the 3rd valve slide crook.
To prep this horn for sale, our professional brass technician disassembled it to clean, scrub, and polish every inch of it. The patch on the 3rd valve shoulder needed some cleanup, so they handled that while cleaning the horn as well.
Despite all of the signs of work and use on this trumpet, it is incredibly easy to play. The gold plated bell adds some warmth to the bright response players usually get from Bach trumpets, and the silver plated crooks help maintain enough brightness to carry over an ensemble when needed. We strongly recommend coming out to the store to try this horn before buying. It's a very unique piece, and there's a lot of life left in it. Stop by today to check out this rare piece of trumpet history!
Stand not included.