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Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by bigaggietrumpet, Sep 25, 2004.
Yay, just purchased an Olds Studio! Now I have to endure a long wait for it to get here....
How much did you pay for it? What year? Original lacquer?!? Dammit man, TELL ME !
Dang, someone's almost as excited about this as I am...
I gave 355 for it, and that includes shipping. From what I could see, the original lacquer is about 55-65%, and the bell has a wrinkle in it. The serial number indicates that it was made probably 1949, I believe. It should, and that's a big should, be here around Thursday.
Heh, figured you would like that.
Be sure to post a recording!!
I've always wanted to try the Opera, but to me, those seem like the hardest to find!
Um, I'm thinking a resounding NO belongs here.
I was meaning a little snippet of what was played (A "Teaser," if you will). Of course, you could always divert your tour to Lebanon, TN ?
And I was meaning that as long as you people don't here me play I'll still get a little respect around here. I put a recording on here and ya'll will never take me serious again!
I was asking stcman to post a snippet (Of course, you could always post something too!)
Shoot, if asked, I would post a recording. I promise I wouldn't sound as good as Pangaea with his flexus, but I can produce a halfway pleasureable sound !
And I don't think I would think any less of you if you posted a recording that was not orchestra-soloist, mach-daddy quality 8) ...
WOOOHOOOO!!! I just got it today!
Well, the guy sent it through USPS, and the box barely survived, but it was in a pretty decent, albeit unoriginal, case. I pulled it out in the MSC just to make sure that I hadn't been duped and that there was a trumpet in there. Anyway, as far as condition goes, it's pretty good for a 56 year old horn. The lacuer is about 60-70 %, and the various nickel plating is probably around 70-75%. There is a ripple on the bell flare where something seems to have forced a small portion of the bell back slightly. Shouldn't be too hard to fix. There is one 1/2 inch long dent/flatspot on the bottom half of the bell bow, and the usual wear and tear dings on the bell itself, but other than that, this horn is pretty clean. Seems to have brand new felts, and valve alignment is on the money.
After rehearsal today, I finally had the chance to play it. I used my normal Bach 3C, which fit into the receiver pretty easily, and seemed like there was very little if any gap. Took a deep breath and prayed that maybe this horn would be good. It was. First, all the valves are like lightning. Rapid. The horn slots slightly faster and stronger than my Omega. As far as playability goes, I found it to also be maybe barely more open, but it'd be close. As far as tone goes, forget legit stuff, this baby was born to SCREAM. I found that it took very little effort to put a sharp edge into my tone, and it certainly didn't mind it. I did work some of our repertoire with it, and it definitely played well, but I'm not really sure that it will blend with a Bach Strad section (or if the conductor will let me play it). It's probably still to early to make any kind of judgement yet, as I didn't have a chance to warm up before band (calculus ran pretty late today), and then we did a pretty rough sightreading session in band. I'll try to keep everyone posted on my thoughts as I play it more.