Hello, all! This being my first post, I suppose I'll do an introduction before proceeding to the topic!
I'm a High School trumpet player who will be majoring in Music Education next year or the year after. I'll also (hopefully!) be getting my Performance Degree immediatly following to open up possibilities for sucess!
If you have any questions you'd like to ask me, feel free to do so! Now on to the topic!
I have a 1960's Fullerton Olds Ambassador that I picked up about 2 weeks ago. I already have a Bb horn (2010 Yamaha Xeno) that I use for most of my in class playing and gigging. Ever since I began to start playing church gigs and performing with Orchestras, I had been just transposing because I know it's good practice and a skill that everyone needs to have. Now that I have spent a few years transposing up and down 1,2, and 3 whole steps, I knew that it was going to be time to buy a C trumpet soon. So instead of making a full commitment and investment so soon, I decided to try my luck at converting one for myself!
I've got a mini-pipe cutter and a very small and thin "hacksaw". Both of these tools should work I believe(the pipe cutter works VERY well, but can only be used for some of the pipes. If you've ever used one, you know why!), but I still need a soldering iron with silver solder to replace the position of the braces. Unfortunately, the Olds Ambassador has a TON of braces! I believe the difficulty in the job will be the braces, not making the cuts.
Speaking of the cuts, I have all of the cuts measured out by someone who has done this before. From what I've learned on TrumpetMaster poking around, I think I'm on the right track. If all goes well, and it doesn't have horrible intonation and tuning issues, I may invest in having it refinished.
So, what do you all think of it? Any tips or things to be aware of? Questions? Want pictures and progress updates?