Martin Handcraft Imperial Trumpet

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  1. trumpet500

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    I got a Martin handcraft Imperial trumpet made in Elkhart, Indiana. The serial # is 124574. It looks like to me it is a 1937. Does anyone agree or disagree with that? And could anyone give me some information on it and some tips to cleaning it? It is not in very good shape.
     
  2. Joe44

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    Welcome to Trumpet Master Trumpet 500 :play: :welcome: :play: I hope you will enjoy your many hours reading about mouthpieces, high notes (a real favorite around these parts), and King Trumpet's latest attempts to get himself banned :-P. Please introduce yourself under the greetings section of the forum.

    As for the serial number, I found another post on TM that mentions a number 113654 being from 1934, so 124574 sounds about right for 1937. Granted I don't know anything about Martins. Anyway, welcome.
     
  3. TrumpetMD

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    Welcome to TM!

    I owned a Martin Handcraft Imperial from the same timeframe, which I sold last year. It's a nice horn.

    Tips to cleaning? What I do is soak my horns in warm water with Dawn dishwashing liquid, then I use a snake and brush to clean it out.

    Mike
     
  4. Zman

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    Are the valve springs inside the valve piston - or underneath the valve piston?
    Pre 1937 are bottom sprung from my experience.

    Rgds, Zman
     
  5. TrumpetMD

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    My 1938 Handcraft Imperial had top sprung springs.

    Mike
     
  6. Zman

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    That would be consistent with the theory then.......I have Serial 1299XX and it has top sprung also.
    Supposed date of manufacture 1938-39
    Always hard to tell unless you have the warranty card.

    - Zman
     
  7. BustedChops

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    All vintage beauties deserve an ultra sonic cleaning once in awhile. Think of it is a pedicure or manicure for the horn. Not necessary but so beautiful.
     

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