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Discussion in 'Horns' started by fatpauly, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. fatpauly

    fatpauly Pianissimo User

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    If Leigh McKinney's efforts in restoring my 1887 Boston 3-Star "Ne Plus Ultra" cornet are any indication of the quality of Eclipse trumpets, then I would have to say that Eclipse trumpets are NE PLUS ULTRA!

    I have posted the a pictorial essay of the whole restoration at: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~artola/boston

    Comments or questions welcome. Thanks to all who were involved in the restoration of this beautiful instrument. I can't wait to get to play her once again.

    - Paul Artola
    Ellicott City, Maryland
     
  2. trumpetpimp

    trumpetpimp Piano User

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    That's fantastic, Paul! Congratulations!

    I picked up an Olds Ambassador from a friend for free(he only paid $5 for it at a garage sale) and spent another $140(CDN) on it to remount the leadpipe(it was off), fix some of the bracings and a twist in the leadpipe as well as unseize the tuning slide. It's pretty playable now. I'd love to resotre it like your horn but I think it's a little too far gone. Besides, as good as the Amabassadors were they're still students horns. I probably don't have as much to work with as you did.

    How much did you spend on the horn? Restoration? Plating?
     
  3. fatpauly

    fatpauly Pianissimo User

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    T-pimp!

    I haven't got the bill from Leigh yet, but his original quote without seeing the horn in person was very reasonable, even with overseas shipping. I am a little hesitant to blurt out his price to me, even when I have it, since people might start pestering him to do work on their horn for the same amount, which may not be fair to him. If you send me a PM or email, I'll fill you in what he charged.

    I originally paid about $550 for the horn, which may be a little high considering the damage, but about right for the vintage. I really haven't seen many in much better shape, though several others included the case, extra bits, slides, and mouthpieces.

    As far as the Olds Ambassador, I have a 1950 Ambassador that is in great shape - raw brass, no real damage, and a freakin' screamer. I am toying with the idea of getting a Pilczuk pipe for it and having Leigh put it together and finishing it in his Savannah lacquer. That would be a hoot. Also, I am still waiting to take delivery of an Ambassador cornet with a Yamaha shepherd's crook bell added on. The body is at Anderson's getting finished in brushed silver to contrast with the plate silver of the bell. Schweet!

    - Paul Artoal
    Ellicott City, Maryland
     
  4. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    It probably won't cost you any more than about $1,200 for that kind of job Paul. And worth every penny too. ;)
     
  5. Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee Piano User

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    Hey, Paul!

    Nice picture gallery... that's quite a transformation! I hope that I have the opportunity to give that Boston a blow, one of these days. Leigh's work is nothing short of incredible!

    That is a perfect assessment of the quality of Eclipse trumpets. They are truly in a class by themselves! FIRST CLASS BRASS!!! :D

    Best always,
    Bruce
     

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