1935-6 King Liberty

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by ChasTX007, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. ChasTX007

    ChasTX007 New Friend

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    Well, you folks thought I should stop collecting older student and intermediate instruments, so I (hopefully) lucked out this morning on goodwill.com and picked up a great looking silver-plated Liberty with what looks like gold-plated slides. It came with 2 mouthpieces and the original case. I'm as proud as a new father.[​IMG]
    Honestly, I'd rather have it than a new Strad. There's a bit of romance to the older instruments as well as a sense of history. So is this a jump up from a 60's Olds Ambassador, or what?
     
  2. trumpetup

    trumpetup Piano User

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    She's a beauty! I just suggested someone buy a Strad over a vintage to blend with other Strads. But I really like vintage horns. They have character. It makes you want to know their life’s story.
    Good Luck,
    Bobby
     
  3. veery715

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    Looking good! I hope you'll post more photos and a review when you get it!
     
  4. Indian

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    So you're they guy that snagged that one, congrats!!!
     
  5. ChasTX007

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    The Goodwill folks just shipped it UPS today, so it'll be late mid-to-late next week probably before I lay hands on it. Here's another pic in the meanwhile.

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    It looks to be in very good physical condition.
     
  6. entrancing1

    entrancing1 Mezzo Piano User

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    I was bidding on that too!
     
  7. Silversorcerer

    Silversorcerer Forte User

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    That is a gorgeous acquisition. Those are some of the most beautiful King instruments ever made. Cheers!!:thumbsup::play::thumbsup:
     
  8. ChasTX007

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    I received the King last night. There are a couple of tiny dings and the second valve slide has a bit of a depression. The first valve clinks like two beer steins when depressed. The main tuning slide and the key-change adjustment slide just behind it are stuck. They are truly immovable. So if the Pep Boys spray won't work---I just read that---it looks like an acid bath is in order. Of course, I may forego the Pep Boys solution and opt for the bath, since it is obvious that she wasn't kept clean and oiled and has been sitting idle in her case for probably decades. A warm bath proved she'd been neglected---black chunks of whatever. The two mouthpieces, one H.N. White 32 Equa-Tru and a King M11 are in pretty good shape, though equally gunky upon arrival.

    I would say the plating is good though worn thin in several places. A thought would be to put a protective coat of something on and not worry about 'polishing' too much.

    The valves are worn, but the tone is warm. I think she's worth spending the money for a valve job. (Yes, I'm referring to her in the feminine. I noticed it half-way through this message.)
     
  9. oldlou

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    The valves are worn, but the tone is warm. I think she's worth spending the money for a valve job. (Yes, I'm referring to her in the feminine. I noticed it half-way through this message.)[/QUOTE]


    Have you given "her" a name yet?


    OLDLOU>>
     
  10. ChasTX007

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    Well, OLDLOU, I'm leaning heavily toward 'Veronica' as a good name for the Liberty. Playing the trumpet is like a combination kiss and raspberry. There was one gal in my history whom I really liked kissing---until she gave me the raspberry, that is. ;)

    I forgot to mention a small clear glass bottle almost full of some liquid that came with the trumpet. I gave it a quick sniff and it smelt of machine oil and was orangish like the color of oil for a two-cycle engine. Was this the 'valve oil' of its day? I haven't seen a bottle of that type since I was a kid.
     

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