mint condition can be bad ?

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by Chester Hill, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Chester Hill

    Chester Hill Pianissimo User

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    Many years ago I bought a 1960's semi-professional Nickel-plated Holton trumpet that looked like it was in mint condition.
    Good price through eBay.

    Looked like it was fresh from the factory.

    But then I discovered that ALL of the slides were almost impossible to move because the legs of the slides were so badly out of alignment.

    The trumpet had never been played because it was unplayable?

    I learned the hard way that if a trumpet looks like it is in mint condition,
    that can be a very good thing
    or a very bad thing.
    No way of knowing which from eBay photos.

    BTW,
    I gave it away because I could not in good conscience charge anything for it.
    But I later wished I had kept that wonderful case.
    It had a cushioned cone that fit into the bell for better security.

    Chester Hill
     
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  2. Dennis78

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    I bought a Holton c605 in almost mint. Well the first valve will return slowly with the 12-1 combo in either direction, the receiver was slightly out of round and after a couple weeks the leadpipe split.

    I still play it because it sounds great but I can’t trust it for any kind of performance
     
  3. VetPsychWars

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    And then you take it to your tech to get these MINOR problems taken care of and what are you left with?

    Well, they were minor until they weren’t, I guess.

    Lesson learned, I hope?

    Tom
     
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  4. Clarkvinmazz

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    Yes I’m a bit confused by the OP- misaligned slides, while annoying, and not a difficult thing to fix most of the time, and certainly not very expensive.
     
  5. Dennis78

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    A little scotch tape fixed my leadpipe and the valve seems to be acting better the more miles I put on it.
     
  6. Chester Hill

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    I originally paid what the semi-professional trumpet was worth.

    Having all of the slides aligned would have meant a total investment of more than it was worth.
    At least to me.

    It was a Holton Galaxy.
    Nice semi-professional trumpet, but not worth much in auctions.

    If I had loved it, I would have had it fixed.
    But I only liked it.

    But all of this is beside the point I was trying to get across:
    WHY the trumpet looked like it was in mint condition.

    Chester Hill
     
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  7. Dennis78

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    Yes. A great horn would have a ton of miles on it
     
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  8. Dale Proctor

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    Not necessarily. There are many reasons some vintage horns weren't played much - being a crappy horn is just one of them. I have one that looks to have been played very little during its 56 year life, but is one of the best horns I've ever owned.
     
  9. LaTrompeta

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    Just as NOS cars are rare, NOS trumpets are also rare and often command a high dollar.
     

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