Great news everybody! The Chinese or Indian Dark side horns did not pull me in this time!
I bought a vintage Couesnon Monopole Piccolo Trumpet! (Triebert Moderne, export name for Couesnon said by multiple trumpeters and Steve Dillard). Its a Triebert Moderne, 42071, Made in France, piccolo trumpet. I have high hopes for this trumpet and hope to learn about piccolo trumpets.
Steve Dillard said he used it in his high school years and used it in a musical production. I got it for around 400 US dollars including shipping, probably because it wasn't named Couesnon. It has a 3rd slide ring, the valves are in very immaculate condition. On the bell is a hideous badly scratched? like engraving of 'School District #91', by search I think it was used in the British Columbian region school. I will contact the seller for more info. It comes with one tuning bit and its original hard-case.
I am pretty proud of this win but can anyone recommend me an ideal mouthpiece to go with this horn? I may ask Blackburn or Charlie Melk to do a custom leadpipe for this, or James Becker of Osmun Music (he said he was happy to do it in an old TH thread). I know amzi here has one.
It doesn't seem to be a loveable or tameable beast but Maurice Andre was surprised by its tone colour and projection. The famous Penny Lane solo was done on this very same model by David Mason.
I am very happy and look forward for its arrival.