1964 olds ambassador martin imperial elkhart indiana

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  1. New2jazz

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    Hi everyone

    I have a chance to buy one/both of these trumpets. They're going for around the same price. I'm assured they both play well and hold good compression. I'd like to play a bit of jazz and bigband.

    Which trumpet would suit best? Which is the better horn and why?

    Thanking you in advance for your input

    Regards

    Paul
     
  2. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Play them both as long as you can. Without that I'd go with the Olds, of course....:-)
     
  3. New2jazz

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    Thanks for that. Any reason why you'd side with the olds over the Martin

    Thanks again
     
  4. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Because I'm an Vintage Olds NUT! I just think for the $$ they are very well made, easy to play, last forever....
     
  5. christophac7

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    I currently use an Olds Ambassador for Jazz (Split Lead) and Orchestral Work, so I highly recommend it! Fast valves, even slotting, projects, yet controllable.
     
  6. New2jazz

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    Thank you for the advice. I'm a returning player, classically trained in London. Now want to learn to play jazz as a hobby. I rushed in to things and bought a Berkeley winds heavy rose bell trumpet....made a mistake, should have gone for an old instrument. Looking like the olds then, I have always wanted to own a Martin but if the olds is better then better I'm sensible

    Thanks again
     
  7. New2jazz

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    Oh one more thing, is 1964 a good year for an
    Olds? (sounds like red wine!) I know they weren't quite as good later on
     
  8. gmonady

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    Olds did well for sure into the late 60's. It was during the 70's that the quality began to slide. I have a 65 vintage Ambassador, and man do I love how it plays, and after getting it refurbished several months ago, have been taking it out to play with my quintet.
     
  9. A.N.A. Mendez

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    The whole "Bad Olds" thing is like an urban legend. Never had ANY Olds horn right up to 1978 that wasn't just fine thank you..... Putting aside the dastardly deed of using a machine to do a toned down version of the Olds Recording engraving (a crime that cries out for the lash) I personally have not experienced the downturned quality in any instrument from the last days.....
     
  10. Bochawa!!!

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    I teach gr 7 and 8 instrumental music. For years I used a 1959 Ambassador as my school horn as I would never bring one of my own horns into the classroom. They are tanks that just keep on going and going. That they play nicely is good too!
     

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