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« on: Jan 09, 2018, 12:11PM »

Lately I've been getting some unsolicited offers to buy the 20H that I modified and rebuilt for myself to play in my retirement. Some really insane money. So I'm thinking about letting it go, but first I have to buy another small bore. Is the Martin Committee really that good, or should I go after another Conn?
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2018, 12:18PM »

I had a Martin Committee and an Imperial (very close in age).  The Committee had a Big Band sound while the Imperial sounded more like Dixieland.  Since my main use was for a Dixieland trombone I sold off the Committee.  It's a great horn.  But there are lots of others.  I currently have a Holton Stratodyne (67) that I like for big band even better.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2018, 08:02PM »

I had a Martin Committee and an Imperial (very close in age).  The Committee had a Big Band sound while the Imperial sounded more like Dixieland.  Since my main use was for a Dixieland trombone I sold off the Committee.  It's a great horn.  But there are lots of others.  I currently have a Holton Stratodyne (67) that I like for big band even better.


What's the bore sizr on the Statodyne? There's a nice one up on epay right now.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2018, 09:01PM »

Stratodyne is 0.485".  That makes it a nice "high" tenor.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 09, 2018, 10:03PM »

How did they come up with an uninspiring name like "Committee"?
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2018, 10:56PM »

How did they come up with an uninspiring name like "Committee"?
The original Committee model trumpet was actually designed by a committee:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Committee
Eventually, they came out with Committee trombones and saxes (reportedly not designed by committees).
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2018, 11:18PM »

I hear that the Martin Mandatory Departmental Meeting never made it into production.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2018, 06:21AM »

I hear that the Martin Mandatory Departmental Meeting never made it into production.

Now that's a good one!
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10, 2018, 09:25AM »

The original Committee model trumpet was actually designed by a committee:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Committee
Eventually, they came out with Committee trombones and saxes (reportedly not designed by committees).

For what I know the trombone is also designed by a committee. I remember I've seen the list of trombone players with names and photos and cv. If this was really the case or if it was false advertising I don't know. It was a pretty impressive list. And how does the Comittee play? I'm not very impressed. I bought it cheap. It is an okay horn.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 10, 2018, 12:26PM »

Martin Committees are okay horns. I like the ones you find with the slightly larger bell and bore size. I tried one with a really heavy slide once that had a nice core to the sound.

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 10, 2018, 02:51PM »

For what I know the trombone is also designed by a committee. I remember I've seen the list of trombone players with names and photos and cv. If this was really the case or if it was false advertising I don't know. It was a pretty impressive list.
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 2018, 03:17PM »

Well that's a revelation.  I thought it was Vincent Bach and a couple other makers. 

Anyway, it appears the Committee morphed into the Urbie Green model a few years later.  Everyone I've known who has had one loves it. 

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 13, 2018, 07:59PM »

I've had 4 Committees, all made in the late 40s.  Three .485 bore models - they all played stuffy in my opinion.  The one I still have is a .500 bore and it's a fantastic horn.
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