Sentimental daughter's trumpet restoration finally finished!!!!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Don's Daughter, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Don's Daughter

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    Almost one year ago, many kind folks here helped me identify my deceased father's old trumpet and suggested sources for restoration. From what I can gather, the Conn trumpet was made in 1932 or 1933 and has a rimless bell. It was dad's favorite trumpet and used in the RCA Columbia Recording Studios. It has a very low serial number and beautiful art deco etchings on the bell. The trumpet was in truly abysmal condition and I really questioned whether it could be restored. Attached please find the finished product mounted in a custom-made shadowbox. Unfortunately, the light in the piano room where it hangs isn't the best for photos. Charles Hargett at Kanstul was great to work with, and they did a miraculous job making the trumpet look almost brand new. The art deco etchings on the bell looking stunning! The trumpet's slides are also fully functional and I don't doubt that the trumpet could be played again. I can hardly believe it is the same instrument! I think dad would be thrilled :)

    The gentleman who made the shadowbox is local but will custom make almost anything your heart desires and ship it out. He constructed my box in the exact dimensions I asked with beautifully mitered corners, custom trim, velvet backing, brass interior corners, etc. The box was stained with a custom blend to match my hardwood floors perfectly. He constructed the box so that the back is mounted on a hinge so that the trumpet can be easily removed. If anyone would like to contact him, his name is Tom Kelly and his e-mail address is [email protected].

    Now, it's time for me to personalize the project by adding pictures and old mementos on the black velvet behind the trumpet.

    A big "thank you" to everyone here who graciously contributed to the process. Christmas came early for me this year!
     

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  2. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

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    Beautiful. Nice to see a great old horn, and the man who played it, honored like this.
     
  3. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    It kills me to see it in a box bolted to the wall! That horn needs to be played!
     
  4. Don's Daughter

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    I understand your perspective, Jiarby -- However, this trumpet is one of the only tangible things I have that reminds me of great memories of my dad. It is mounted above my piano to give me inspiration. I do believe that one day I will gift it to the right musician at the right time.
     
  5. RRVancil

    RRVancil Piano User

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    Hello DDI,

    Indeed the horn is beautiful and the persentation will astound everyone that gets to seeit. It doesn't't sound like you play, but I think your dad would really like to hear you having some fun making music with it. :-)

    Merry Christmas
    Rick
     
  6. tedh1951

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    We all have trumpets that don't get much use - I certainly have.

    I love the acknowledgement of your Dad's passion and the respect you have paid to him and the instrument of his joy. I completely understand the need to keep this all on display.

    Maybe you could pick up another trumpet and have a blow.
     
  7. Don's Daughter

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    Thanks, RRVancil! Perhaps one day I'll give it a blow!
     
  8. Don's Daughter

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    Thanks tedh1951 -- maybe one day .....
     
  9. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Hey, better this 48B sit in the display case... than get sold as a student horn for $75 at the local music store!

    (For those who didn't see it, I picked a 48B off the wall of the local music store as a student horn for... $75.)

    Tom
     
  10. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Looks great. I would flip it around though, so you see all the slide tubes, instead of the back of the trumpet.
     

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