Benge trumpet but dont know what it is?

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  1. mikeysmezz

    mikeysmezz New Friend

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    I have this Benge trumpet that was given to me by my father when i was in high school. I havent touched it in about 10 years. i am ready to sell it but i dont know what to ask for it cause i dont know what it is. if anybody could help me i would greatly appreciate it.

    Resno - Tempered
    Bell
    Custom Built
    By
    E-BENGE

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

    There are 2 letters on the second valve: CG

    s/n: 29856

    i think its a 78 or 79 model and i think CG means Claude Gordon.

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  2. Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver Forte User

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    CG = Claude Gordon.

    You're right.

    Regards,

    Richard
     
  3. fcirkse

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  4. meauxhorn

    meauxhorn New Friend

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    You have a Claude Gordon Benge model. Great horn, very light with a unique bore configuration. You can read about it on Jim Donaldson's Benge info. page. I own one and have grow to enjoy using it. Had it re silvered about 10 years ago and it came back like new except it had a small pin hole in the bell tail. I've since patched this and continue to use it regularly. It takes alot of air support to play but has a great tone. I'd hold on to it if I were you. meauxhorn
     
  5. Gregert

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    The Benge Claude Gordon is a awesome horn. I've been playing one since 1983 and I love it. I had it cutomized slightly by Ted Weir in Pittsburgh, PA. They are a large bore (.464) horn so yes...they take lots of air and control. The intonation is excellent in all registers and it has a big "fat" sound which I enjoy. I'll never get rid of my CG...no matter what!

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  6. Claude Gnocchi

    Claude Gnocchi Mezzo Forte User

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    I'm with you on that one...I just bought a MINT CG Benge Los Angeles model (1979?) and it is truly a great trumpet...I also have about 20 other horns from Bundys to custom-made Harrelsons but I think I have now found my best-playing and most versatile trumpet!:play:
     
  7. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

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    Actually, I think the CGs are .468. The MLP (3x+) are .464....

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  8. DCB

    DCB Pianissimo User

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    You are correct.

    Peace
     
  9. Butch33

    Butch33 New Friend

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    do you still have the horn and are you still wanting to sell?
     

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