I am having quite the dilemma and I'm hoping you folks can help me with some perspective. Some parts of this post will look like an ad, but trust me, that was not my intention. I will also be asking for selling advice.
I have a small accumulation of trumpets. Aside from a Holton 48 Deluxe (made in Wisconsin, like me!), they are all Buescher trumpets. I play most of them, and have sold off most of the ones I ended up not playing.
I have two Lightweight 400s: a 1950 Model 228 and a 1955 Model 217. Both have been restored by Charlie Melk and they both sound terrific.
The Model 228, like the rest of my trumpets, has a middle-of-the-road blow and resistance. The Model 217, however, like the Model 215 Custom Built before it, blows open. Very open. Swirling Vortex of Doom open.
I've finally found a mouthpiece I can use to tame that openness, an Al Cass reissue 3X1-28. But I'm a community band player, so more resistance is better for me, so I mostly use the Model 228 with an Al Cass reissue 1-28.
So nowadays I don't much play the Model 217.
But I like it. I'm trying to come up with excuses to play it. It's rare as hell and I spent a buttload of money getting it restored.
But I don't much play it.
I'm seriously considering trying to sell this horn. I'd have to sell it for a lot. Some people want really open horns. Think Selmer Claude Gordon. Think Flip Oakes Wild Thing. This horn plays more open than those do. I'd even considered changing the mouthpipe at one point to add some resistance. But the stunning rarity of it always held me back.
I'm not going to lose anything if I sell this horn, right? Some player who loves the big, open horns will get more out of it than me, right? I shouldn't feel bad about embracing my Model 228 and sending this horn on to someone who will like it as much as I do?
Here's the advice part. The price will have to be north of $1000. I have a correct case. I can clean up a correct mouthpiece enough to include. Clearly I need a bunch of pictures. I think I'll probably have to allow a return, since it's so rare and unusual. It's not just another Bach. I'm thinking it would probably help to get a pro player or two to play it and then record them. Would that help you decide if you wanted it?
Let me know what you think, I need help deciding!