King K 20 Silver tone trumpet

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  1. Gendreauj

    Gendreauj Mezzo Piano User

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  2. J. Jericho

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    Welllll... if a picture is worth a thousand words, I'd say at least 80% of them have been redacted on the bell dent pix. V. strange....
     
  3. LaTrompeta

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    Never played it, but apparently "Conan Lives!" is a thing. :dontknow:
     
  4. Martin Williams

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    That is most definitely the 2 valve King Soprano Bugle in G. NOT a trumpet!

    I have one, if you've marched a bugle in drum corps, they're pretty nice!
     
  5. Mellophone Man

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    Did you take note of all the dents on the left side of the horn? Caused by smacking it about one zillion times into a uniform top with metal buttons when coming to parade rest.....
     
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  6. J. Jericho

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    ... but doesn't exaggeratedly arching your back and blasting as loud as humanly possible iron those dents out? :dontknow:
     
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  7. Martin Williams

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    You've seen me play? ;)
     
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  8. Martin Williams

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    Actually mine is in fantastic shape, no dents at all. It's also in Chrome plate instead of silver. Until I found it I thought all K20 horns were only available in silver.
     
  9. Mellophone Man

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    Back in the day (1970's and earlier) virtually all G bugles were chrome plated - the few exceptions were drum corps that used horns in brass lacquer finish. The transition from valve-rotor horns to two piston horns like the one that is the subject of this thread began in 1977. Three valve horns were legalized by the rules congress of Drum Corps International in 1990, so the time window when this horn was most popular was fairly narrow. Here is a link to a detailed history of the instrumentation used in modern drum corps beginning in the late 1960's. http://www.middlehornleader.com/Evolution of the Bugle -- Section 4.htm
     
  10. Martin Williams

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    I am very familiar with the history, and I've had many chrome bugles over the years! My comment was regarding the King K series in general; for that series this is the only soprano I've seen in chrome, the vast majority have been in silver.
     

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