A nest of strads

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  1. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    Greetings, Earthlings.

    I am here to show my bevy of Strads...interesting to compare a~ 1947 or so New York Model 37 medium bore to a later mid-seventies Elkhart Model 37 medium-large bore in silverplate.
    There are some few design revisions...
    Added saddle on NY first valve slide compared to fixed saddle on Elkhart.
    Some braces moved a bit...
    A tiny bit of difference in the slide knobs...
    The space between leadpipe and bottom of bow is greater on the Elkhart...maybe due to the larger bore, but I don't think so. The valve bodies themselves project up just a touch higher above the leadpipe on the New York...

    Now...more importantly...impressions of the sound....
    Using my Parduba 5...
    The medium bore New York has a touch more resistance to the blow, but the sound has a honey roundness, sweetness to it.
    The ML Elkhart has a bit more edge and volume.
    Both deliver a lush, full, verdant sound, and good control.

    The New York has essentially brand new valves...done some years ago at Osmun, but practically unplayed since...and a recent lacquer stripping, new #7 leadpipe, and set up by Josh Landress. Valves have been aligned.

    The valves in the Elkhart look fantastic, but all I know of the history is this was a one owner horn from a fellow deep in the North Carolina mountains who used this instrument at military and police funerals to sound taps.

    Wow....I'm so enjoying playing these two gorgeous horns.

    Here's the pics...


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  2. Culbe

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    Really cool, thanks for the evaluation.
     
  3. gunshowtickets

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    My jaw's on the floor.
     
  4. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    That's really bad for the embouchure...but I understand.
     
  5. Culbe

    Culbe Forte User

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    Now I would be curious for you to compare those to a new strad!
     
  6. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    For about 20 years, I owned two ML 43 Bach Strads - a 1955 Mt. Vernon, and a 1976 Elkhart. They played very similarly, with the Mt. Vernon maybe being just a touch more mellow. It was a tossup, so when I needed to sell one to buy a good cornet for brass band, I sold the Mt. Vernon. I kept the Elkhart mainly because I knew I'd get more for the Mt. Vernon. With the proceeds, I bought my Bach 184G cornet and put the rest in my daughter's college fund. I still play the Elkhart as my main trumpet.
     
  7. BernArt

    BernArt Pianissimo User

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    Oh those are beautiful instruments!
    Delight for ears and eyes...
    Gordonfurr1: how lucky you are!
     
  8. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    That seems to match my experience with these two. I could tell one from the other blindfolded...the New York being more mellow, buttery...refined...and since medium bore just a tiny bit more restrictive, but still very pleasant and easier to fill with air. Nice.
     
  9. gordonfurr1

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  10. kinetic711

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    First of all, congratulations; I've been waiting to see a picture. Secondly, after the honeymoon, what are your plans?
     

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