Buescher Lightweight 400
Other Buescher horns 1939--1955
Al Cass 1-28 mouthpiece
Humes and Berg mutes
...could very well be from an Ambassador, as I have had 4 or 5 of them that I later cannibalized for parts......
Even in the 1960 era we did not have a concept of pro horns vs. beginner horns. We were perhaps as ignorant as the gravel in a drive way but we expected the player to provide all of the quality. It tended to be one of the self fulfilling kinds of nonsense as the kids that played the best were the ones who spent more time with their horns and the kid's parents tended to respond by buying more expensive horns for him as music seemed to rule the kid's every waking moment. So the divide between the best in a brass section and the worst player in the brass section grew wider and wider. One of my fellow players actually got a Ph.D in music and frankly was the worst brass player in out 100 piece school band. I don't think he ever learned to sound half way good.
Maybe, but would you rather take a lesson from Maurice Andre [substitute your favorite ex-player here] on his deathbed, or the best kid in your band?
The student should excel his teacher. Some teachers make this easier than others...
I guess my point is that it can be more complicated than that. It might be easier to make comparisons for things like a dance instructor, where an older performer simply can't do it like they used to. (We are mighty fortunate in this, there's no particular upper limit for us.) "Why would I want to learn from him, he can barely get around with that cane he has?" The point there, I hope, is obvious.
The teacher/student relationship is more complex than just churning out exact copies of the teacher. The student has more responsibility than that. Even if the teacher just isn't that good, does that mean you can't learn anything? Is that your excuse, Mr. Wanna-set-the-world-on-fire? Better not let it be!
I guess I have two more random points. 1) Teaching is its own thing, and a really good teacher could still be of great benefit to you, if you were receptive, even if his own playing ability was not so great. His listening ability is more important than his own playing ability. As, in a way, is yours. 2) In US public schools at least, the paperwork is overly highly valued. Maurice Andre in fact could not get a job as a trumpet instructor in any publicly-funded school in the US, as I understand it. He did not have the correct educational background. I.e., paperwork. Stupid, but there it is. (I'm not sure that an honorary degree would qualify, though he would probably not have had any difficulty landing himself some of these.)
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