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What’s on My Bench? A 1947 Sterling Bell Reynolds Trumpet!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1947 Sterling Bell Reynolds Trumpet!

Hey, brass fans! I recently finished this fantastic horn, and thought you all might like to see some before and after photos. This is the third of this model that I’ve had cross my bench, and they are just as fun to play as they are to look at - so much, in fact, that I ended up buying one of them myself during my first couple of weeks of working at the Igloo. I’ll include some twinsies photos with mine, but mine is not for sale! As you can see from the photos, this horn came to us in...

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What’s on My Bench? A Burbank Benge C Trumpet!

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What’s on My Bench? A Burbank Benge C Trumpet!

Lately I’ve been spending most of my time going through new stock, so what a pleasure it was to work on this baby! All this horn needed to be ready to play was a clean and some minor dent work. Sometimes these older C trumpets are not great players, especially if they have significant wear. This one, while the pistons are worn, still plays extremely well! It’s actually a really fabulous player - great intonation, beautiful sound, and plays very easily throughout the entire range with no weird spots. It has a much lighter sound with a bit more sparkle...

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What’s on My Bench? A 1976 Schilke B3!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1976 Schilke B3!

Welcome back to my home bench, where I had the pleasure of working on this little beauty! This horn came to us with some bell damage, but other than that all it needed was a clean and polish. The bell is nice and straight now, and though it does show signs of repair, it’s in excellent playing condition! Compression is good with Berp #2 oil, and it really is a fantastic player. Though it is a large bore and a free-blowing horn, thanks to Schilke’s step bore it doesn’t feel like a typical large bore horn. With a heavy all...

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What’s on My Bench? A 1911 Conn New Invention Circus Bore Cornet!!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1911 Conn New Invention Circus Bore Cornet!!

Hey brass fans! I wasn’t planning on doing a post on this particular horn, but it turned out to be a bit more exciting than I thought it would! It makes me wish I had taken "before" photos of this one. > Sometimes when you start work on a horn, it just reveals more and more problems as you go. Other times, it just gets better and better! This horn was just one pleasant surprise after another. It started out super dirty and tarnished, so tarnished that I had no idea what was underneath! I saw patches of yellow that...

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What’s on My Bench? A Pair of Beautiful Conn 80A Cornets!

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What’s on My Bench? A Pair of Beautiful Conn 80A Cornets!

Welcome back to my home bench, where I have a couple of vintage beauties waiting for you! These Conn 80A cornets are a lot of fun - great players, and can go from a super dark and velvety sound to bright and trumpet-like depending on your choice of mouthpiece. The two pictured here are from 1947 and 1921. The 1921 model is convertible to A, with slide markings to pull to for tuning. Conn cornets built before 1950 work best with short shank cornet mouthpieces, though a long shank actually doesn’t fit too badly or change intonation much, surprisingly! Both...

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