Wow ... Olds Ambassador!

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  1. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    I am always on the look out for good quality used trumpets that I can sell reasonably to students and keep them away from the junk horns that abound.

    I saw an Olds Ambassador on eBay that looked to be in great shape. It arrived today. My oh my. Very little lacquer wear and the case looks near new.

    But when I played it with a stock 7C I was most impressed! I have played many beginner horns. Since high C (up an octave from here :treble: :c6: ) is my limit (although I can pop a D, E or F at times) I am usually a pretty good judge of beginner horns.

    This horn is amazing. Nice tone, even when I am playing it :shock:
    and the intonation was right on! My is this a nice beginner's horn.

    I wonder if I got one that Zig Kanstul had a hand in building? :cool:

    Jim
     
  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    Jim, great avatar. Just don't come down with the same affliction that he had! (took me a while to remember where I saw that image).
     
  3. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    Doc,
    There are several sites that have Olds serial numbers/year charts. Olds Central is probably your best bet as to ascertaining whether or not Zig was still at Olds. This is just more proof that the venerable Olds horns are still extremely good.

    And out of curiosity, who is that in your avatar?
     
  4. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    Have you seen "Brassed Off?"
    Hint Hint

    Jim
     
  5. dave_59

    dave_59 New Friend

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    good ole' grimethorpe
     
  6. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    nope, never seen it, and I seriously doubt I could find it around here.
     
  7. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    This horn gets better and better. It was made in 1955! And yes, that was when Zig Kanstul was working at Olds. He worked there in one capacity or another from the early 50's until 1970 when he took over the manufacturing operations at Benge.

    It is really hard to believe this is a 50 year old horn. It is in great shape, the valves are nearly new. The case is very nice.

    Jim
     
  8. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    Used DVDs at Amazon for about $12. :cool:

    Jim

    Worth watching and the music is terrific. Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band is the brass band in the movie. A great British movie.
     
  9. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    It comes on A&E every now and then. I managed to catch the last hour of it one morning.

    "Its a bloody euphonium!" :D

    Van
     
  10. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    I ordered that one locally....cost me about $15 US as I recall. It's an interesting movie... perhaps a bit strange to North American sensibilities (what's funny about a guy dressed in a clown costume trying to commit suicide?) but apparently fits right in with the British sense of humour.

    Some really superb playing however and what I would consider a valid depiction of a "company town" being torn apart by "downsizing". A bit thin on the romance... but still worth purchasing for the music alone.

    And if you happen to transcribe the flugel solo in "Concerto d' Arunjez".... definitely worth it.
     

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