Almost one year ago, many kind folks here helped me identify my deceased father's old trumpet and suggested sources for restoration. From what I can gather, the Conn trumpet was made in 1932 or 1933 and has a rimless bell. It was dad's favorite trumpet and used in the RCA Columbia Recording Studios. It has a very low serial number and beautiful art deco etchings on the bell. The trumpet was in truly abysmal condition and I really questioned whether it could be restored. Attached please find the finished product mounted in a custom-made shadowbox. Unfortunately, the light in the piano room where it hangs isn't the best for photos. Charles Hargett at Kanstul was great to work with, and they did a miraculous job making the trumpet look almost brand new. The art deco etchings on the bell looking stunning! The trumpet's slides are also fully functional and I don't doubt that the trumpet could be played again. I can hardly believe it is the same instrument! I think dad would be thrilled :)
The gentleman who made the shadowbox is local but will custom make almost anything your heart desires and ship it out. He constructed my box in the exact dimensions I asked with beautifully mitered corners, custom trim, velvet backing, brass interior corners, etc. The box was stained with a custom blend to match my hardwood floors perfectly. He constructed the box so that the back is mounted on a hinge so that the trumpet can be easily removed. If anyone would like to contact him, his name is Tom Kelly and his e-mail address is [email protected].
Now, it's time for me to personalize the project by adding pictures and old mementos on the black velvet behind the trumpet.
A big "thank you" to everyone here who graciously contributed to the process. Christmas came early for me this year!