Benge info

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by wk3, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. wk3

    wk3 New Friend

    Aug 19, 2005
    Hello all...great site!

    I have inherited my father's Benge trumpet which he bought in the mid 60's. It has "ML" stamped on the second valve and the serial number is 3149. It has a few small dings and some tarnish, but all the parts are free moving. I would appreciate any info you all might provide on this horn.

    I also have another trumpet (that he played in the Navy Band in WWII) and a cornet. But they are still at his house so I can't post their particulars just now.

  2. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Piano User

    Nov 30, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. wk3

    wk3 New Friend

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks for the link!

    It has Chicago stamped on the bell.
  4. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 23, 2004
    Nazareth, PA
    Um...I can't say that I'd recommend letting this one outta my sight if I were you, if it really is a Chicago. Tom would know better, but I believe at one point Benge printed the location of a previous point of manufacturing, due to players saying the newer horns weren't as good. Can't remember when or where they did that though.

    Edit: See? Told ya Tom would know better. Just disregard that last statement...
  5. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Georgia, USA

    Welcome to the forum!

    You have a very desireable, 1951 Benge that was indeed made in Chicago before Benge moved to California. It is also in the most popular bore size.

    Folks would almost kill for a "Chicago" these days in the condition your describe.

    We'd love to see photos of your horns!

    Hope you put this site in your "favorites" section and visit here often!


  6. wk3

    wk3 New Friend

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks so much for your responses so far!

    My next question is not what you might think..... (how much can I get for it!) is not my motivation here! Please don't laugh at my naivete, but my fondest hope is to somehow put this horn in the hands of someone who will PLAY it.....not some goddamned wheeler and dealer!

    My only idea so far is an index card "for sale" on the bb board at NSO. Daddy played this horn at the Kennedy Center in the 70's and had a dear friend who still plays there (double bass). He said he would ask around for me.

    I guess this is a pipe dream.....there's no feasable way to REQUIRE that any buyer/donee play this horn long-term but, I sure hope it works out that way. It would honor my dad's memory....

    Incidently.....I do not play trumpet (much to daddy's dismay). He tried to teach both my brother and I.....with no success. To his further dismay, my musical calling came when "Bonnie & Clyde was released in '67.....I just HAD to learn to pick banjo like Earl Scruggs! Well, I'm still not there, but I've gotten pretty durn close. I have a pre-war Baldwin-Ode 5-string banjo that almost always draws offers at the dozens of bluegrass festivals I play every year. Highest so far has been $14K. I hope to find my B'Ode a home on stage well before I as not to put my heirs in the same predicament I'm in with this Benge!

    Thanks again.....

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