Olds Custom Crafted trumpets

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by bigaggietrumpet, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 23, 2004
    Nazareth, PA
    Looking on ebay, ran across an "Olds Custom Crafted Bb Trumpet". Didn't look to be in bad shape, but the pics were crappy and could be deceptive. Has anyone ever heard of this particular model of horn?
  2. Happy Canuck

    Happy Canuck Piano User

    Oct 31, 2003
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Olds Custom

    Yes, the Custom was offered for the last 15 years that Olds was in business. Initially it really was 'Custom'. A dealer would have a Custom kit of 3 different bells and 5 different leadpipes. You would try out the various combinations and then order your Custom version. Initially they would engrave 'your' custom combination on the bell but from what I've seen and what Alan Rouse agrees, I've only seen 37117 (37 bell? 117 leadpipe??).

    All the info is here: http://rouses.net/trumpet/olds66/customkit.htm and the horns are here: http://rouses.net/trumpet/olds66/customtpt.htm and here: http://rouses.net/trumpet/olds77/custombb.htm.

    My experience is very poor silver plating and potential for valve problems in later years.

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