Vintage Bundy trumpets

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by Ursa, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Ursa

    Ursa Piano User

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    If one were to purchase a Bundy (or the identical Buescher) trumpet, is there a "golden era" of these to look for, as with the Los Angeles and early Fullerton Olds Ambassador? Or are they pretty much all the same throughout the production run?

    The supply of Olds Ambassador trumpets has pretty much dried up in my locale, but Bundys/Bueschers still turn up around here at second-hand shops and Craigslist. If some Bundys are better than others, I'd like to know which ones are worth looking for.

    Cheers, Ursa
     
  2. VetPsychWars

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    That 'identical' Buescher isn't worth buying. The ones with the flared valve casings are a lot better. Just know that they play in tune with the slide farther out.

    Tom
     
  3. Steve Hollahan

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    Most early Bundy trumpets were designed by Vincent Bach for the younger player. Smaller leadpipe and bell help younger players develop was the idea. Later Bundy and Bach 1530 were better as they incorporated changes making them more like Bachs. Check on those.
     
  4. BurningHills

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    I have no first hand experience with Bundy's, but I always thought the early ones made by Selmer with no mention of Bach were better made.
     
  5. Chuck Cox

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    I wouldn't spend money on any Bundy trumpet or Cornet. Find some other trumpet. Any other US brand. How much are you going to spend ? Maybe the guys in here can help you find a better horn.
     
  6. plp

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    My experience as well. I picked up a Bundy cornet and trumpet for posterity, as that was what I started playing, and got rid of both of them. Great sturdy student instruments but nothing special.

    I acquired one about a year ago, because of the obviously older design and floral engraved bell out of curiosity. It was vintage Selmer all the way, water keys, valve caps, etc., but have no idea about year, as the serial number would put it on the Bach-Selmer list at about 1964. The design is approximately 30 years older, with a funky bell design that has an almost flugel type flair past the valve casings and the 'honey dripper' bottom valve caps.

    It bears no resemblance in my opinion to anything marketed or designed as a student instrument, both tone and blow remind me of a Selmer Grand Prix.
     
  7. patkins

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    I never heard of any collector or player interest in a Bundy Trumpet. Some of their earlier Selmer Saxaphone are good though. It would be better to lok for early Bach Mercury or Mercedes trumpets. Other option is early Selmer or Leblanc trumpets. The early Olds Ambassadors really can't be beat!
     
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  8. VetPsychWars

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    Actually, I am somewhat interested in the Bundy of the 30s. I saw a narrow-wrap Bundy on eBay once but I didn't have the money for it at the time.

    And yes, I can beat an Ambassador any day of the week with an Aristocrat. :-)

    Tom
     
  9. patkins

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    Yeh Tom. I think your right about the Buescher's. They are a nice trumpet. Even Chet played an Aristocrat at one time as I recall.
     
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