I have learned a great deal as I have accumulated the ten instruments in my little stable. Some of those I presently have will probably go away in the next couple months. But I have identified a core of "keepers", and there are one or two others out there that may come my way eventually.
Getzen 900 Eterna Classic, Leblanc 707 Sonic (Metzler Brass restoration)
Bach Model 180SL229W30 Stradivarius C Trumpet
Holton Collegiate Bb Cornet (heirloom)
Blessing Artist Bb Flugelhorn
The only objective reason I can come up with is that you don't have to clean as often. Mostly though it is just about style.
I used to keep a different horn in different places in the house so I would constantly through the day be able to pick one up and play for 1-15 minutes even when I'm not in my studio.
Wild Thing Bb
Wild Thing Flugel
Anyway, I always wanted to play some of the Olds and Kings that more fortunate kids could play. Now that I can afford it, I do. All my horns are played...some more frequently than others as I do have favorites.
I buy and sell vintage horns like everyone else does here and some are relegated as keepers and some that are duplicated are sold. I have two like this for sale now..a sweet King Super 20 S2 and a nice Liberty2 from 1933 or so. The modern horns listed in my signature are all currently pretty stable keepers though I have bought and sold modern horns as well ....like a Strad, a new Besson 709, and a Kanstul Mariachi.
Testing many horns helps me stay interested for times like when I hit one of the dry spells or plateaus common in comeback players....
Getzen Custom 3051 (.462) RL
French Besson Marvin Stamm 94 BB (.464) (Kanstul)
Kanstul Chicago 1001 MLP (.464)
Lawler C7 Step bore (.453/.460/.462) 1A
oh and to the question -- I use my King Silver Flair 1055 because it projects (and I am notorious for playing softly, and smoothly -- so by using that in the community band the conductor can hear me) --- the King Silver Flair 2055T is heavy, weighs like 5 lbs., so I use that a lot for practicing at home, keeps my arms in shape. ---- The LA Olds, I play occasionally and take it to band practice -- just because, something about it, I like.
got 6 or so others -- have taken the Holton Collegiate to band practice, cause I was lazy, and it is small, did same thing with my Royal Cornet, most of the other 6 or 7 trumpets sit in a closet, I get them out, play them once a year, oil them up --- and just can't part with them!!!
THE TROMBONES? --- just because, I like to use them for the community band parades --- cause the trombones are in the front row ---while the trumpets are in the back rows ---- I got to be me --- I like to hear the cheers of the crowd first!!!! -- the parade crowds LOVE TROMBONES -- they really do!!!!!
I tried to sell my Yamaha flugle for $650 dollars - basically half price, but nobody wanted it!! --- so I have to keep it!!!!
Last edited by kingtrumpet; 04-26-2013 at 06:37 PM.
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
Big Band with Middle School Students... Always use my Olds Ambassador (to level the playing field - no not really; because should a middle school student throw a book bag on it or step on it, the Ambassador will win)
Jazz Gigs: I take my Martin Committee and Kanstul; Recording Sessions: Martin Committee on all trumpet tunes; Kanstul Flugelhorn on all Ballads; Getzen Flugelhorn on Up Tempo; High Energy songs)
Classical Gigs: The '53 Olds Recording because it is the prettiest horn I own, and it is a classic in and of itself.
Cremation Urn: Will be my '67 Olds Recording as this horn IS what made me the trumpet player I am today.
Because, because , because, because, because . . . because of all the (Wonder)ful things they does! Just acquired vintage Connie number 40!
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
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