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What's on My Bench? 76 Trombones! (ok, only 22)

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What's on My Bench? 76 Trombones! (ok, only 22)

Life at the igloo has been super busy lately, with lots of new shipments of Bach and Conn brass from Conn-Selmer! Today I’m going through a shipment of 22 trombones. Most of them are Bach 42BO like the one you see here!  This particular horn is like brand new aside from a small dent in the knuckle tubing I have repaired. Most of them are near perfect with tiny cosmetic flaws, and a few show light use. We’ve also gotten a bunch of Bach trumpets in similar condition - as you can see from this photo they have all been...

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What’s on My Bench? Conn 62H Trombone

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What’s on My Bench? Conn 62H Trombone

Today’s awesome horn is a Conn 62H trombone, and it was a lot of fun to work on! Serial number dates this one at 1970, and it still has a lot of years of play time left in it. This is a very unusual horn in that the main tuning mechanism is in the handslide instead of the bell. It was stuck and had a small dent, so I had some delicate work to do. It came out beautifully with no issues, so the tuning mechanism works smoothly and the handslide does as well. Someone had painted the rotor caps...

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What's on My Bench? 3 MLP LA Benge Trumpet

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What's on My Bench? 3 MLP LA Benge Trumpet

Our horns come from all over, so most of the time I don’t know much about their history. This horn is different, though, as I gig with its previous owner quite regularly! I recently helped him with the purchase of a new Jupiter XO 1600i Ingram model, and he decided he didn’t need to keep this one. Here we have a 3 MLP LA Benge, serial dates it to 1980-81. It doesn’t show a lot of wear for a horn of this age - though it’s been played a lot, it has also been well cared for. All it needed...

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What's on My Bench? Hohner Ozzy Osbourne Harmonica

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What's on My Bench? Hohner Ozzy Osbourne Harmonica

We’ve been super busy here at the igloo receiving a bunch of new gear from Yamaha and Conn-Selmer, but my favorite thing is what I found waiting for me from KHS! Our KHS rep Ben St. John, who helps us with our fabulous selection of Jupiter instruments, told us they had these harmonicas in stock... and I wanted one! He was kind enough to have one sent to me, and I just love it!! Thanks, Ben!! It has a spot of honor above my bench!! Wishing you some wonderful surprises that brighten your day! #AmandasBench 

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Things We Find in Cases: Musical Memories

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Things We Find in Cases: Musical Memories

In this particular instance there is no case for the instrument, but this horn came with something very sweet. This is a Martin flugelhorn from 1919, and it is in quite good shape for its age! It has lovely engraving, including USMC, showing that it was originally a U S Marine Corps horn. As a retired Navy musician, I have a lot of Marine musician friends - they do some fabulous work, and it was fun when we got to work together. Unfortunately, we don’t know how this horn plays because it’s missing its main tuning slide, but we do...

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