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What’s on My Bench? A 1904 Conn Connquerer Cornet!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1904 Conn Connquerer Cornet!

Hey, Brass fans, here’s something extra awesome for you today! Why post this one, you ask? Well, it’s over 100 years old but not super rare, so that’s not it... Is it extra pretty? It did turn out nicely, but it’s not that, either...  Does it play extra nice? Well, the pistons are a little too worn to be an exceptional player, so that’s not the reason, either! What makes it so special, then? It has its original lease/sale paperwork from 1905!!! Paperwork matches the serial number, we can see the original owner and where he was from! You don’t...

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Things We Find in Cases - Awards and Homework!

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Things We Find in Cases - Awards and Homework!

This find was a lot of fun, although it’s a bit sad that someone didn’t want to keep the medals that they were obviously so proud of! These are all medals from Illinois High School Association for band and vocal competitions, so it looks like the former owner did a lot of playing and singing in school. There was also some English Composition homework, vintage sheet music, and for some odd reason a giant hex wrench! I have no idea how it could be helpful in a trumpet case as the only screw in a Bach trumpet that takes one...

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Things We Find in Cases: Cookies!

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Things We Find in Cases: Cookies!

Today’s gem was from one of our customers, who is also a gem!! He sent back a euphonium case for repair and a box of Thin Mints as a thank you - what could be better than that?? We don’t expect cookies from all of our customers, but we certainly do appreciate them, and the thank you note with them. A big THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers, and to all of our social media followers as well! You all make what we do worth it! Wishing you all sorts of happiness in 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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Things We Find in Cases: Buffet Valve Oil!

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Things We Find in Cases: Buffet Valve Oil!

Today’s finds are pretty awesome, from the case of an old Reynolds cornet that you’ll see soon. I bet you never knew Buffet sold valve oil, did you?? Well, it’s because they actually also made trumpets for a short time! I actually have one that I found recently, and before you ask - no, it is NOT for sale! They are rare enough that I thought you all might like to see it, though! There’s not a lot of info out there on these horns, but this one sure is a nice player! Heavy horn with a big wide grip,...

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