Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereð unfågne eorl, þonne his ellen dëah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
I have a rotary valve cornet J.H. Zimmermann, Leipzig. It seems to be a model 5862 (from the 1914 catalogue on Horn-U-Copia).
It was acquired by a released POW at the end of WW1. He was on the S.S. Minnetonka which was torpedoed off Malta in January 1918 and was one of 9 survivors and was held in the POW camp at Karlsruhe.
It seems that detained merchant seamen weren't repatriated at the end of the war and were simply released and were left to their own devices.
It is at this point that the cornet was acquired by a swap for some tobacco and taken back to the UK where it sat in a trunk of memorabilia for 90 years. No one in the family had ever been a musician so it remained unplayed in all that time.
The cornet came to me by auction when the grand daughter of the seaman needed the space and sold off the contents of the trunk.
The cornet is complete, even with the remains of the original cork buffers on the rotor mechanism. Something nasty has happened to the top of the 3rd valve rotor although the rotor turns ok.
All slides are firmly stuck. It has the original mouthpiece which is engraved J.H. Zimmermann.
The question is to restore to playing condition or leave it be in my display cabinet?
Keep the stories coming guys, these are so cool to read.
pTrumpet - Red
My 1890 Besson cornet was recently listed by the Galpin Society (UK) in the "Journal of surviving 19th-century F. Besson and Besson & Co London-stamped brass instruments, with archival and catalogue data".
Stamped on bell “50 MEDALS OF HONOUR” / monogram FB / “F. BESSON / ``Prototype'' / 198 EUSTON ROAD / LONDON” / star / “C. Fischer / 6 4th Av. N.Y. / SOLE AGENT U. STATES”.
According to the firm's archives [Besson stock books], the instrument was “n/ Etoile”; sold 31 Dec 1890 to “Fisher” [sic]; it was part of a batch of 12 (46290-301) and was numbered no later than 31 Dec 1890.
[ Private collection ]
Historical documentation is nice to have on a horn that old. However, I have no idea of its history after it was sold by Carl Fischer Music.
Well, I have also this Buescher 244 LP Custom Built Aristocrat. I stumbled upon it by accident. Two days before I got married, I decided to stop in at the sole music store in town. I've been in there once to buy a Marine Band harmonica five years ago and that's it.
Being as this town is a very large retirement community, I went in and inquired if they had any old trumpets or cornets people may have put on consignment.
Luckily, the owner's son remembered a horn they'd taken in at the beginning of the summer and hoping to have cleaned up in the owner's spare time, as the owner also does the instrument repair.
He said he'd get it done in a couple of days, which turned into a week, but I couldn't complain at the price.
The case looks to have taken a beating a few years back and forth to high school, the horn put away for half a century (as evidenced by the amount of crud at its first cleanup), and here I've got it. It had a wrinkle at the front bell brace (tactfully removed by the tech), probably from being sat on, the lacquer was 99% intact, and that's about it.
The case was a veritable time capsule. A Christmas card signed
"To Carolyn, a little something to go with your sweater, Love, George"
which is kind of weird; both keys to the case locks in a small manila envelope; an almost new and unused vintage H&B stonelined straight mute; the 88D Duo Cup, which Tom (VetPsychWars) was kind enough to point out was not a good match for the horn and sent me a lovely Giardinelli that works so much better; and a couple of cornet solos/ duets
Now I look at them, i'm wondering exactly how old the music is. They're Century Music Publications, I can't find copyright dates and one has "...not for sale in British Empire..."
Leybach "Fifth Nocturne" and Labitzky "Dream of the Shepherdess", both in solo and duet for Bb Cornet with piano accompaniment.
A trumpet's just a trumpet. The music's inside *you*.
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