1972 Harry James King trumpet pic. link

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  1. Andy Cooper

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    This particular model was news to me. I had a 60's Super 20 Symphony "Harry James" model with a totally different valve block design. This looks closer to a Silver Flair valve block. I had heard that he had King special make his horns with the "balance" valve forward design used in the old Selmers and Olds Recording but had never seen a picture of that design in the Kings.

    http://www.usd.edu/smm/HarryJamestrumpet.html


    Hope you all find this interesting.

    Andy
     
  2. trumpetera

    trumpetera Pianissimo User

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    I do, indeed!
     
  3. ed haley

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    I have a balanced trumpet made by Bobby di Nicola and like it a lot. I have wondered why this design did not become more popular.Any ideas?
     
  4. SteveB

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    Interesting stuff and great pic!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    Louis Armstrong's Selmer Challenger and the Olds Recording are also "balanced forward" horns. Who else made "BF" type of horns??
     
  5. flugelgirl

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    wow
     
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  7. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Here is one
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  8. oldlou

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    The reason is many faceted. To start with, many of us did not develope long arms, thus no great need for a balanced action. The majority of all trumpets manufactured are for the entry level students, again a dearth of long arms. This means that the machinery needed to bend the tubing for a balanced action has to be different from standard. This equates to higher manufacturing costs. Another facet is the cornet trade. How to move the valve cluster far forward on a cornet? I would love to see such an attempt.


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  9. Indian

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    Thanks for posting the pics. HN White also made custom cases for Harry. They had a compartment for a fifth of his favorite alcoholic beverage as well as mutes, etc.. I have seen a picture of one of his cases but can not seem to find it right now.
     
  10. Alan Dismukes

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    The real question is why that case design didn't become the industry standard! Trumpet players would love such a functional case! ROFL
     

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