This should probably be considered as NOS (new old stock). A few years back, one shipment of horns Ivan Hunter received had adjustable, rather than the specified fixed, third slide rings. They were discounted; I believe more than once. *See note below.I ran across someone with multiple listings for them on eBay, and the seller's lack of a reserve price resulted in my getting a new Jaeger horn for a very low price. I bought it primarily with the thought that one of my granddaughter's section mates might need an upgrade, but with her relocation to another state, that need never arose. When I received the horn, I lubricated it and gave it a very quick two-octave test, pronounced it good, and put it back in its original packing. Other than occasionally refreshing the oil, that's all the use it's seen. Well, granddaughter's in college now, after taking first chair trumpet in her All State Band (good horns do pay off), so I doubt she'll ever nominate someone to get this horn. It's as it came to me: in a Gator case with oil, Ivan's booklets, and what appears to be a generic "USA" 7C mouthpiece. As far as flaws go, all I've noticed is a spot or so of discoloration on the brass barrels atop the pistons. Since I bought this with the idea of helping a deserving student step up to a much better horn, that's what I'd like to do. So if you know of such a student, tell me about them, and tell me what you would be willing to pay to have this horn delivered to them with a gift card from you. I won't necessarily sell to the highest bidder; I got this horn so cheaply that I'll probably cover my costs or even make a bit of money inadvertently. And I won't necessarily accept your full offered amount. What I'm looking for is a very deserving, fairly talented, but financially constrained student, at least late middle school or high school. (I've given away several horns to deserving students, as well as to a couple of schools - I'm looking for someone who wants to do the same thing.) I'll let this stew for one week: when I check in on the morning of October 28, I'll decide who gets it. You'll send me the gift card to be included, and I'll ship directly to the student - if I wanted to sell this to an adult, I'd just head for eBay. Please, PM's only - let's not drag the kids through the public forum.
Don't misunderstand: I don't mean to imply that this is a student trumpet. If you know the brand, you know they're much better than that. I just want to see someone deserving get the benefit of the bargain price I paid. It doesn't have to be a child; if you know a deserving geezer who plays well but really needs to upgrade his horn, let's discuss.
I've received clarification on this horn from Ivan:
FYI this Jaeger trumpet is not one of the instruments discounted due to an assembly error. It is an earlier model, all of which were supplied with adjustable 3rd rings. This version which you have was initially supplied at a loss to a rental company in order to check out how the instruments would survive to being beaten up by youngsters. The factory error models were made later than this and have the revised lead pipe and bell which we currently use.
TM has at least one generous member. We have a winner. Photos have been removed.