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greg waits
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:39AM »

I almost posted this on 'found on the net'.

Have you ever spotted an incredible deal on a nice horn, only to get beaten to the punch? Well that just happened to me.

I spotted this one on craigslist while browsing under different Texas cities.

http://wichitafalls.craigslist.org/msg/3006162571.html

Yes, that is a mid-60s 6H, and he wanted $50. 

SOLD damn! :cry:
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2012, 11:15AM »

Not exactly one that got away, but one I threw away  :cry: I found a Dave Smith Prophet '08 Special Edition synthesizer (one of 300 ever made, signed by Dave himself) at a pawn shop for $500, a true steal. I however needed money so I sold it (for $1700...). The cash was nice then but I think I would have enjoyed having the board more now  Good!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 04:22AM »

...Prophet '08 Special Edition synthesizer...
...The cash was nice then but I think I would have enjoyed having the board more now...
More fun than many of the old metal objects we usually use.  Amazed
So from this we learn, never sell anything you may have some use for it in the future.  Idea!

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 09:25AM »

I've been beaten sev. times, don' recall what they were. One I won: on Seattle Craig's List, a 2nd owner 1938 Olds Super appeared for $150, I was the first responder (among many).  Coffin case, lyre, no slide locks.  (Matched my birth year.) Owner'd had it since the early 50s, played in HS & college (marched without the locks), then it reclined in a basement unplayed. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012, 09:51AM »

More fun than many of the old metal objects we usually use.  Amazed
So from this we learn, never sell anything you may have some use for it in the future.  Idea!



I tend to follow that motto, and subsequently run out of room  :D
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2012, 11:02AM »

I have a garage sale find from 2 weeks ago.  Gal was selling her high school trombones, and I picked up her mid 70's 42B for $50.  Plays great.  I may have used up my winning the lottery karma on that one.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2012, 09:15PM »

I have a garage sale find from 2 weeks ago.  Gal was selling her high school trombones, and I picked up her mid 70's 42B for $50.  Plays great.  I may have used up my winning the lottery karma on that one.

Great story!
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2012, 10:11PM »

There was a horn estate sale and there were two that stuck out.

 A Salvation Army model G bass trombone in GREAT condition for $200.
 A Conn double bell euphonium for $700. Yeah the only picture I could find of this online was in a catalog from the 1900s.

If only I wasn't a poor interning college kid. :(
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 03, 2012, 08:30PM »

I saw an ad on craigslist that was listed in my small CA town, and within fifteen minutes of the posting, i called the guy, drove to his house, and bought a King 2B Liberty for $50.  :)
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 06, 2012, 11:34AM »


Some background: Bach Strads of any description are very rare around here and seldom seen for sale.

Here's the online auction description:
Bach, Tenor/Bass Trombone B Flat, F & E
Comes complete with hard case and stand. Beautiful movement in slide and tuning valves. All in excellent condition.


What was in the photos was a 50B2, silver plated with a French-style case so I guess 1970s.  From the photos the "excellent" description was likely accurate. The location was a bit out of the way (a 1 hour flight plus a 3 hour drive for me) if you didn't want to risk shipping.

Unfortunately a bass was not on our houshold's "most needed things" list at the time so I didn't bid. Opening bid was $500 and only reached only somewhere in the $600s. Reserve was $850. The auction site has a facility for the seller to make a fixed price offer to bidders if the reserve isn't met, and it was sold this way. I presume the price was about what the reserve was.

The dollar values I've quoted are $NZ. NZ$1 = US$0.75

At least it went to a good home.  :/
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 07, 2012, 07:03AM »

Like some other responders here, I have lucked out on a couple of instruments.

I found a Holton bass trumpet in the back room of a music store in the Chicago area, back in the mid 80's. Some small dents, but quite playable. I paid about $50.

At the Kane County (IL) monthly flea market, back in the 80s or early 90s, I found a Buffet clarinet for $50. Turns out it's an early R13 from the mid-50s. It included a Kasper mouthpiece, which could be worth more than my cost for the whole thing.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 07, 2012, 08:37AM »

i've been very lucky when it comes to finding nice horns. best ones to date:

a near mint King 3BF for $75

a great Olds Super for $35

i believe both were found on CL.

all of my current horns (see my sig) were bought for $300-500. various websites.
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 25, 2012, 09:05PM »

I have a story that fits this thread perfectly, sadly...

My first professional model horn was a Holton TR169 from 1969 that I got in 7th grade from a guy at my church for $75. He wanted to give it to me for free but my parents wanted to pay something for it.

For quite a while I had no idea what I had, until just about a year ago. 4 years or so ago, I was playing tenor trombone parts on this bass trombone and I was told by my private teacher that I should get a tenor because in high school I wasn't at the point where it would be in my best interest to play bass trombone. So I sold the Holton for $1000 and picked up a quite nice Gen II 88h.

If I had any idea what I had there's no way in hell I would have sold it. I don't even know who bought it either, I sold it on consignment through a music store. So, now I'm keeping my eyes peeled and saving my pennies to buy the first one I see. I couldn't care how expensive it is, that horn played like a dream for me so I'll pay anything to have one back...  :cry:
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 26, 2012, 01:52PM »

When I began this thread, I was thinking of opportunities to get a great deal that just slipped away, but the previous post put a new spin on the topic.

My very first horn as a 12 year old was a mid to late 60s Conn 6H. And if my memory serves me well, it was in spotless condition when my mom made the deal.

I had it all the way up to my freshman year in high school. At that point, I started to excel, and when I made Symphonic band, I realized I was the only kid with a non-trigger horn. My private teacher encouraged me to get a Bach 42B. We looked around and found just one in the Dallas area music stores.

So my dad (God rest his soul) made a deal. Not knowing what I would realize later, I didn't speak up when a trade in of my 6H was included in the deal.

Then when I got into college I was asked where is my jazz horn. Oh hell.

Then about 30 some odd years later I came full circle and am now back on the 6H. (after a detour on Bach 12s)

Which makes me recall when in 1984 I found a minty Conn 10H in a pawn shop for $75. Not playing Conns at the time, I flipped it for a little profit. Damn, I wish I had that one back too!
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 07, 2012, 03:49PM »

My very first trombone.  It lasted until my senior year of high school, when I got a Van Haney model Holton TR158 for Christmas and college.

My first trombone was an Olds beginning band trombone from the mid 1970s.  Not a great trombone.

But it was my first one.

I loaned it to a friend in college because he needed one for low brass methods class.

But I went to England not long after that and by the time I had gotten back, my friend had graduated and moved.

I haven't seen that little trombone since.

It wasn't a great trombone.  But it was my first one.  I troll ebay looking for one just like it and when I find one, they always want more than I want to pay for such a trombone.

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« Reply #15 on: Jul 19, 2012, 07:37PM »

There is a 1967 Holton Collegiate in a pawnshop here for 120 bucks.  Its in pretty good shape but I just don't know if I should go get it.  What say you?
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 22, 2012, 07:45PM »

Just my 2 cents!!  I do not have my very first trombone - a Holton Collegiate that my dad bought for $5 - I still have my most important second(first real bone) that my parents got me for the next christmas.  A nickle bell curved brace King Tempo that I still have and I played as my only horn from 8th grade until 2 years out of college.  I am very happy that I still have the horn and still use it every once in a while!! :)
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 22, 2012, 08:10PM »

Yeah, I still miss my King 2B that I sold a few years back for $500. 
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 22, 2012, 10:12PM »

As a lover of Earl Williams Custom Trombones, I am sad to say that I've had opportunities to buy models 7, 9, and 10.  That problem was always a lack of funds.  A pity, really.   :(

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« Reply #19 on: Aug 21, 2012, 08:38AM »

Or let get away.  I had one small dent in my slide on my 1975 Bach 42B, but the repairman ran a reamer through both outer tubes instead of finessing the job.  Slide still functioned but I was heartbroken.  Sold it in 1989 for $325. 
Case 2:  Had a 1976 King 3B (no frills model) with coffin case that was bought through Giardinelli's as a "factory second" or "blem".  Don't know if one can even get seconds anywhere any more.  Horn always felt a bit stiff to me, slide was never quite 100% and I sold it in 1999 for $475.  Stupid, stupid, stupid....
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 10, 2012, 09:24PM »

I had a 2B Silversonic I picked up for a song my sophomore year in college.  My first year in grad school, I'd stopped playing jazz (and had my 36B if I started up again) and I was in a cash-crunch after moving from California to the midwest.  I sold the 2B for twice what I paid for it.  If I had a time machine, I'd use it to send two messages to myself.

The first one?  "That's a really nice 2B.  Don't even think about selling it, even if it means eating mac-and-cheese and ramen noodles for a month.  If you sell it, you'll regret it later.  And whatever you do, if you do have to sell it, don't sell it to a metal dealer!"

The other one?  When I was a kid in Hilo, we had a big avocado tree in our front yard.  I didn't care much for avocados then.  Me now would tell me then, "Look, knucklehead -- in your future you're going to love avocados and you're going to pay a buck or more each for them.  Eat all of those things you can get!"
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 12, 2012, 03:02PM »

LOL Dennis! 
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 21, 2012, 07:19PM »

I just missed out on a Martin Committee that was $230.  I don't know how good of a deal that is, but to me it is a great deal.  Usually Committees in the condition this one was in seem to go for like $400-$500.  I was pretty bummed about that. 

On a good note I bought a Martin Dansant for $90 bucks!  It is very tarnished but the slide moves well and after cleaning it up a bit I found the gold wash bell is still intact!  So that buy really cheered me up!
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 28, 2012, 12:59PM »

So I'm walking my dog, and my neighbor of 20 years across the street says: "You play trombone. I have one here; my son stopped playing. I want to sell it."

1953 6H - Serial 425xxx.

The slide was put away wet about 20 years ago, so I see a bone bath in my future.

It didn't get away yet, but my wife won't let me keep it.
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« Reply #24 on: Sep 29, 2012, 08:51AM »

Many wives.
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Few primo 6H's.

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 29, 2012, 09:58AM »

Chauncey Welsh's Bach 8.  Was in Ferguson's one day... played it, loved it, was gone the next day.  BLAST!
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 30, 2012, 07:07PM »

Just today, there was a prime condition old marching valve bone on eBay for $250. However, I needed to wait until my parents got home to consider it. The thing was bought 30 minutes before they got home. >:(
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 30, 2012, 07:28PM »

An Olds single Bass on eBay today... I didn't need it, but I like the lightness of a single valve... Went cheap too. $650 or so? The bid ended a little before I decided I should take a shot.
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« Reply #28 on: Oct 01, 2012, 07:48AM »

Torobone, that is the stuff of dreams.  I grew up in VT, and an old farm family next town over had a 1930s NY Bach 16 shoved away in the back of the barn or something, unplayed for years.  Lacquer was mostly gone, but all else including case was near orig condition.  I tried to lowball the hillbillies, playing up the age of the horn, then walk away cheap with the prize.  But alas, they had heard good things about the horn from others, were wise to my scheme, and the horn was not for sale  :cry:
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« Reply #29 on: Oct 01, 2012, 02:19PM »

Torobone, that is the stuff of dreams.  I grew up in VT, and an old farm family next town over had a 1930s NY Bach 16 shoved away in the back of the barn or something, unplayed for years.  Lacquer was mostly gone, but all else including case was near orig condition.  I tried to lowball the hillbillies, playing up the age of the horn, then walk away cheap with the prize.  But alas, they had heard good things about the horn from others, were wise to my scheme, and the horn was not for sale  :cry:

I hate it when this stuff happens.  I saw what looked like a perfect older hand-engraved 8h sitting on a shelf at an Applebee's as a prop.  I asked if I could buy it and they adamantly stated that none of their props are for sale.  Grumble. 
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« Reply #30 on: Oct 01, 2012, 08:12PM »

Update: The slide bath worked. The owner said the horn was restored, and it looks great. The bath loosened things up, and a few paper towels later, a snake, then a couple of cleaning rods later, and the horn is a reasonably good 6H. It has the heavier yellow brass slide. The only imperfections are 2 ballpoint pen-sized dents on the side of the bell. I'm not sure the case is the correct vintage, but it's in great shape as well.

I've owned a 1965 Connstellation 48H since 1975. I'm going to do a side-by-side comparison, and mix and match the slides. I even want to weigh the parts. If it turns out well, I'll put it on youtube. If not, well, I'll write about it instead.  Sing it!

For the playing I do, I'll likely stick with my 891Z afterwards. It will still be fun to play both Conns.



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« Reply #31 on: Oct 01, 2012, 08:46PM »

hi all,

Good Karma has shown upon me again. I now own a utility grade Mirafone 4 valved BBb tuba. I have had a rough week dealing with some personal personnel issues. A friend recommended me for purchasing this horn and whalah!  300 later and I own a tuba finally. Probably a 186. Needs lots of work but it sounds great!  Another moment of Joy at something that didnt get a way!

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« Reply #32 on: Oct 02, 2012, 03:50AM »

Hi Benn Hi

What did You get in trade for the Conn ? Should be something really interesting !

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« Reply #33 on: Oct 02, 2012, 05:28AM »

John, a vintage 8H relegated to the wall at Applebee's??  For shame!  Even worse that they wouldn't sell.  Do you know any good cat burglars?  ;-)   At least my VT farm boys knew what they had.
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 03, 2012, 01:20PM »

John, a vintage 8H relegated to the wall at Applebee's??  For shame!  Even worse that they wouldn't sell.  Do you know any good cat burglars?  ;-)   At least my VT farm boys knew what they had.

For shame indeed! The really lame part is that they probably got all of those wall props at garage sales or whatnot. So there's some other ignorant person out there who sold them the thing.
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« Reply #35 on: Oct 03, 2012, 03:12PM »

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« Reply #36 on: Oct 08, 2012, 02:15PM »

For shame indeed! The really lame part is that they probably got all of those wall props at garage sales or whatnot. So there's some other ignorant person out there who sold them the thing.

See if they'll trade it for a Bundy.
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« Reply #37 on: Oct 11, 2012, 09:51AM »

Or a King Cleveland  ;-)
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« Reply #38 on: Oct 17, 2012, 12:40AM »

not really a story linking to the name of the thread, but it fits in the storys told here
My best friend bought a Baritone horn (unknown brand), it looked terrible, but the valves were ok. The sound was good in high register, low really didn't do much to the heart.
I took the horn, just to try it out for a week. I put some silver-polish and brass-polish to it, and cleaned the outside.
Then we put it up for sale on the same website he bought it.
Bought for 125,-
Sold it for 250,-
I've worked like 2 hours on cleaning it inside and outside.
Fun days =-]
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 17, 2012, 08:52AM »

For shame indeed! The really lame part is that they probably got all of those wall props at garage sales or whatnot. So there's some other ignorant person out there who sold them the thing.
As mentioned, offer a bundy or clevland, or BOTH, and throw a $100 bill to boot.
For 2 horns & $100 - they may jerk ya arm off!

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« Reply #40 on: Nov 17, 2012, 09:24AM »

I was unemployed a number of years back and had to let a couple go and wish I`d hung just a couple of weeks. Oh well.
I sold a fantastic 1928 Silver Conn 78H and an Elkkie 8H. Both beautiful horns But.....
When I switched to Bachs, I let go a custom 78H with a light weight silver plated slide and a Red Brass bell. Wish I still had that one.
I also had one that self-destructed all on it`s own. I had a 1950 32H that I bought and had overhauled. Received a letter from Anderson stating that they thought that this might have been the 3rd over-haul and they hoped that it would last.
Flash-forward 3 years, I`m in a rehearsal with my Jazz Ensemble getting ready for a concert and I bumped a music stand with the horn. All the solder joints let loose and it completely fell apart. I was left hold the hand grip. All my students looked at each other and without saying a word, they all got up and left the stage. A few minutes later I asked why they left and one kid tells me "We know how you are about your horns and figured that you needed a moment alone". 
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« Reply #41 on: Nov 20, 2012, 09:05AM »

3rd overhaul was the charm, sounds like.  I had a solder joint let go on an almost new Bach 42B, during a tense rehearsal.  The bell section flopped down on my shoulder and stayed there.  Yuck. :cry:
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« Reply #42 on: Dec 23, 2012, 07:42PM »

Been looking for a Thayer / Axial Flow valve large bore horn for some time now.

A Bach 42T showed up on Craigslist for $1600.  I offered to trade my 42BO and some cash, but he didn't accept, because he doesn't need a horn anymore.

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« Reply #43 on: Dec 25, 2012, 03:06AM »

When I was in high school I studied with a teacher who took lessons from Frank Crisufulli at Northwestern.  Mr. C had a Holton 150 he was trying out from the factory and I ended up buying it from him for like $150 (it was 1969 you know).  Played it all through college and beyond. In college w/ a 1 1/2G it served well as a bass in the school's jazz band.  Ended up selling it 15 years later to a high school student so I could buy a new bicycle (I no longer played the horn at all at that time) - Ugh.

Boy do I wish I had that horn back now that I have re-engaged with the trombone!  It is not just that it was a good horn to play, but also because that horn was so much a part of who I was during those years in school - it was my friend  :)

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« Reply #44 on: Jan 02, 2013, 01:28PM »

I know the feeling Jim.  Shoulda kept my 42B and got a new lightweight slide and trigger linkage done  :/
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« Reply #45 on: Jan 08, 2013, 05:03PM »

SilverSonic King Duo Gravis: $650 BIN on Ebay several years ago.

Just did not have the money at the time...

Still pains me when I think of it!
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« Reply #46 on: Jan 11, 2013, 05:58AM »

Alex, that is a shame, if the horn was in playing condition.  A friend has a gorgeous 7B in superb original condition that I just about drool over.
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« Reply #47 on: Jan 11, 2013, 07:19PM »

Alex, that is a shame, if the horn was in playing condition.  A friend has a gorgeous 7B in superb original condition that I just about drool over.

Pictures were pretty fuzzy, but looked to be in good shape.   It was clear that the seller was not a trombone person, and just priced it at some price that they found hard to believe anyone would pay for an "old trombone".  I don't even play bass trombone, however, so it would have been a lark.  Still, it would be really fun to be able to pull that baby out from time to time!

You win some, you lose some.  On the win side, I got my Mt Vernon 36B (red brass bell!) at a similar price; pictures were so bad, that it was not even clear that it was a Mt Vernon, but there was a suspicion, so I took a chance (was in better financial straights at that time).

Best .525 I've ever come across, and it even gets pulled out "in anger" occasionally, which the 6B never would have...
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« Reply #48 on: Jan 12, 2013, 02:50PM »

Found a Getzen Custom AFR on craigslist. The guy wanted $800. Said it was it great shape.
Now the horn was a little ways away, and the area that it was in I knew a couple of guys that played that exact one.
So, I asked them if they were selling theirs. Anyways, they were not selling theirs.
I was going to meet the seller the next day.
Later the same day I find out one of the guys that I had asked if they were selling, went and bought it since he was in that area.
Uhhh. lesson learned
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« Reply #49 on: Jan 16, 2013, 03:05PM »

Saw an olds recording in good condition on craigslist for $80. I sent him an email asking for his address and phone number. 2 days later he responds. He said he had an interested buyer coming that night, i couldn't get there because I had work. Sold it that night. DAMN!
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« Reply #50 on: Jan 20, 2013, 08:31PM »

Picked up an old Bach trumpet at a garage sale for $25 in the 70s.  I was playing in a big band at a music store in Indy and mentioned it was lying around.  A guy offered me $50 as a backup horn for his kid to march with.   This was pre-Internet when reseach wasn't as easy as it is now.  A tech at the store said he would double it, giving me $100, and I took it figuring it was a fair offer.   I found out thru the grapevine that they did some minor repairs then called their pro players - it was a Brooklyn Bach, 1940s.  It sold for over a grand the next day.  Did the SOBs at the store tell me what it was worth?  Did they cut me in on their profits?  Hell no, even though we played in the same band.
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« Reply #51 on: Jan 20, 2013, 09:05PM »

Picked up an old Bach trumpet at a garage sale for $25 in the 70s.  I was playing in a big band at a music store in Indy and mentioned it was lying around.  A guy offered me $50 as a backup horn for his kid to march with.   This was pre-Internet when reseach wasn't as easy as it is now.  A tech at the store said he would double it, giving me $100, and I took it figuring it was a fair offer.   I found out thru the grapevine that they did some minor repairs then called their pro players - it was a Brooklyn Bach, 1940s.  It sold for over a grand the next day.  Did the SOBs at the store tell me what it was worth?  Did they cut me in on their profits?  Hell no, even though we played in the same band.

I once floated a somewhat cosmetically challenged 6H as a possible trade-in, and got offered $75 "for that old thing" because I was "a good customer" (which in fact I was).   Of course, the shop knew full well what the horn was worth.  Nothing like your New York Strad, but still a pretty brazen attempt to try and take advantage of someone who they thought was not knowledgable. 

When I declined the offer, there was hemming and hawing about how they could "eat the trade-in" (their exact words), if I was to pick-out something super fancy, but after trying the candidate, I told them that oddly the "old thing" seemed to play just as well, if not better (which it did), and I figured I might as well hold on to it... :)

Mind you, I thought that it was their right to try and maximize their profits, after all, when someone posts that they got some great horn at a garage sale for $50, everyone gives them a forum high-five, rather than scolds them for not insisting on giving the unsuspecting seller what the horn was really worth... :)

Still, I was a little surprised that the shop was not more forthcoming.
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« Reply #52 on: Jan 21, 2013, 03:38PM »

Alas, as always, Venditor Caveat!  (Seller beware) Clever
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« Reply #53 on: Feb 19, 2013, 08:27PM »

all of these stories make me rethink selling my horn. Its my first trombone and ive never really been crazy about it and the horn im trading for is(in my opinion) the perfect horn for me..but it just doesnt seem right,
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« Reply #54 on: Feb 20, 2013, 08:40PM »

This wasn't just me walking into a store at random.  I played in the band at the store every week for rehearsals, played gigs with them, had my horns serviced by them, bought accessories from them.  I thought they were my friends.  I was wrong!  >:(

I once floated a somewhat cosmetically challenged 6H as a possible trade-in, and got offered $75 "for that old thing" because I was "a good customer" (which in fact I was).   Of course, the shop knew full well what the horn was worth.  Nothing like your New York Strad, but still a pretty brazen attempt to try and take advantage of someone who they thought was not knowledgable. 

When I declined the offer, there was hemming and hawing about how they could "eat the trade-in" (their exact words), if I was to pick-out something super fancy, but after trying the candidate, I told them that oddly the "old thing" seemed to play just as well, if not better (which it did), and I figured I might as well hold on to it... :)

Mind you, I thought that it was their right to try and maximize their profits, after all, when someone posts that they got some great horn at a garage sale for $50, everyone gives them a forum high-five, rather than scolds them for not insisting on giving the unsuspecting seller what the horn was really worth... :)

Still, I was a little surprised that the shop was not more forthcoming.

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« Reply #55 on: Feb 28, 2013, 10:31AM »

Chrisc94 and gregs70 - quite a few years back a salesman at Boyd's Music, Phila (still in business?) Don't know, also a trombonist, told me he ended up regretting selling any pro model horn that he had owned.  After playing for 45 yrs and owning about 8 hrns over the years, I know he was ultimately correct.  The only horns I was glad to wave goodbye to were my peashooter Olds Amblastador and my crappo Getzen Elkhorn. Way cool
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« Reply #56 on: Apr 06, 2013, 09:29PM »

My First Trombone,

   I had converted to Trombone from Euphonium as a Junior in High School during the mid-70s,and bought a Bach 36b. I last played it in 1988 and it sat around for 10 years and I felt guilty and sold it for $600. Now I am looking at prices these days thinking I wish I had kept it now that I am thinking about a mid bore horn again.

   aaarrrggghh.
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« Reply #57 on: Apr 13, 2013, 01:49AM »

I almost posted this on 'found on the net'.

Have you ever spotted an incredible deal on a nice horn, only to get beaten to the punch? Well that just happened to me.

I spotted this one on craigslist while browsing under different Texas cities.

http://wichitafalls.craigslist.org/msg/3006162571.html
Oh yes! Plenty of times! I got out bidder the other day on a Bach 42bo strad that sold for $660.00!

Yes, that is a mid-60s 6H, and he wanted $50. 

SOLD damn! :cry:
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« Reply #58 on: Apr 13, 2013, 02:24PM »

Almost had a Tulsa Williams 6 for $900... Tipped off a repair guy friend of mine and he made a sizable profit on eBay. The next Williams 6 that comes by me stays with me!
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« Reply #59 on: Apr 22, 2013, 07:32AM »

Alex and "ilove", those are heartbreakers for sure (but you know that).   I'm not an Earl Williams fan, but *damn*.  Here's some irony to help you feel better.  In 1998 I declared I was "no longer in the peashooter business!" and sold my nice 1975 King 3B for $475.  After that I found myself playing more and more big band lead, enjoying it, and so bought a newer 3B for $500, in 2011... :/
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« Reply #60 on: Apr 22, 2013, 12:43PM »

When I started playing again after a long layoff I bought a pretty minty Gen2 88H.  I had occasion to take it into the local repair shop from time to time, which was run by a guy who know a bit more about reeds than brass. One day he showed me two beat-up trombone cases.  In one was an old Roth-Reynolds double-valve bass, and in the other was an Elkhart 88H that dated from 1967 or so. The slide was a bit sprung, and the valve unstrung, but there was no plating loss on the slide, and it had that unmatched Elkhart Conn resonance.  "Some picker brought them in," he told me.  "I told him I could give him $30 for the two of them - $5 for the bass and $25 for the Conn." 

Now, had I offered him $200 for the 88H right then and there, he would have taken it.  But no. For one thing, I had just bought my own 88H and couldn't justify buying another, a stance I've, uh, modified over the years.  Instead I waxed eloquent about how prized the Elkie 88H's were and how much it might fetch on someplace like eBay.  As a result, whenever I offered to buy it, at a gradually increased priced over the years, he always responded, "No, I'm going to fix it up and sell it."  Finally, after three years of not touching it, he sold it to some dealer in the adjoining state for $900 or so.
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« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2013, 12:57PM »

I was unemployed a number of years back and had to let a couple go and wish I`d hung just a couple of weeks. Oh well.
I sold a fantastic 1928 Silver Conn 78H and an Elkkie 8H. Both beautiful horns But.....
When I switched to Bachs, I let go a custom 78H with a light weight silver plated slide and a Red Brass bell. Wish I still had that one.
I also had one that self-destructed all on it`s own. I had a 1950 32H that I bought and had overhauled. Received a letter from Anderson stating that they thought that this might have been the 3rd over-haul and they hoped that it would last.
Flash-forward 3 years, I`m in a rehearsal with my Jazz Ensemble getting ready for a concert and I bumped a music stand with the horn. All the solder joints let loose and it completely fell apart. I was left hold the hand grip. All my students looked at each other and without saying a word, they all got up and left the stage. A few minutes later I asked why they left and one kid tells me "We know how you are about your horns and figured that you needed a moment alone". 

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« Reply #62 on: May 20, 2013, 12:58PM »

Many wives.
You can re-marry.
Few primo 6H's.

Judge yourself accordingly, Martin.

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« Reply #63 on: May 20, 2013, 01:03PM »

John, a vintage 8H relegated to the wall at Applebee's??  For shame!  Even worse that they wouldn't sell.  Do you know any good cat burglars?  ;-)   At least my VT farm boys knew what they had.

Walk in with a different trombone and make a back room trade plus cash offer to the manager. I bet you could manage to pull that off. Who'd know the difference and who would even care?

What sickens me is when I am in one of those restaurants like that with vintage things on the shelves and on the wall, and you notice what was a good pro horn that has been nailed to the wall through the bell section.

Nothing is worse than the sight of a crucified trombone!
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« Reply #64 on: May 20, 2013, 01:05PM »

Like some other responders here, I have lucked out on a couple of instruments.

I found a Holton bass trumpet in the back room of a music store in the Chicago area, back in the mid 80's. Some small dents, but quite playable. I paid about $50.

At the Kane County (IL) monthly flea market, back in the 80s or early 90s, I found a Buffet clarinet for $50. Turns out it's an early R13 from the mid-50s. It included a Kasper mouthpiece, which could be worth more than my cost for the whole thing.

That is a great story but it isn't about one that got away!  Clever
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« Reply #65 on: Jun 18, 2013, 12:26PM »

Nothing is worse than the sight of a crucified trombone!

Were you there when they crucified the horn? 
Where you there when they crucified the horn?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they crucified the horn?

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« Reply #66 on: Jun 26, 2013, 01:41PM »

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/msg/3894729225.html

Amazed

This one is gone.  And it was... free.
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« Reply #67 on: Jun 26, 2013, 04:28PM »

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/msg/3894729225.html

Amazed

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What was it? The listing was deleted.
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« Reply #68 on: Jun 26, 2013, 04:51PM »

A Selmer Paris trombone.  Perhaps an older model - had an S-shaped bell brace.  The bell had a minor crumple and who knows about the slide. 
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« Reply #69 on: Jun 27, 2013, 07:17AM »

Not a trombone story but. I was playing in this club where the horns were on the wall but hanging not nailed. They had a Double french horn and minor dents. The next day I brought in a true wall hanger we had hanging on the band room wall. A single smashed up and painted white (don`t ask , it was there when I came)horn. I took it to the club and they were more than happy to just make a swap. So ya never know
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« Reply #70 on: Jul 12, 2013, 09:50AM »

Here in France, there is a website called Le Boncoin. It's a site where people sell everything. Sometimes there are musical instruments. It's always a fixed price. One day, there was a listing for 2 trombones from the same seller. It was a consignment shop. They would sell the trombones for 25 euros each, the equivalent of about $32. They didn't say the brands, but I could see from the pictures that one was a King 3B and the other was a Conn 6H. They had been on the website for about 2 hours and I phoned a friend in the town where they were and asked him to buy them for me. By the time he phoned the seller, he had already sold them. That was 2 years ago and I still have nightmares about that.
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« Reply #71 on: Jul 24, 2013, 07:00AM »

 :(  Chipolah, that's a topper.  This might not have happened like this in England, where they just LOVE Conns.  Never saw any Europeans play on a King when I was there... Don't know
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« Reply #72 on: Sep 17, 2013, 10:29PM »

at the time i owned a bach 12 strad and a king 2b. i was strapped for cash so i sold my king. when i deployed, my bach was stolen out of my mom's house and probably ended up at a pawn shop nearby.
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« Reply #73 on: Sep 17, 2013, 10:55PM »

Last week a great 16 (no M nor LT).  Roof just got replaced otherwise I would own it instead of my forum friend in Miami.

Custom leadpipe, early 80s vintage Corp bell with a orangy coffin case with real leather trim.

Nice horn

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« Reply #74 on: Sep 18, 2013, 09:59PM »

ok, not a trombone, and it did NOT get away.
I peruse the local Craig's List daily, looking for interesting horns, came across an alto sax, hadn't been played in years, seller recommended using it to make an interesting lamp.  Not that I could play it anyway, but determined to save a vintage instrument I immediately contacted the seller and arranged to view it.  I don't know much about anything woodwind, but I recognized "Martin Handcrafted, Elkhart, Indiana" and "Low Pitch" right away.  Since it was missing the mouthpiece and handle on the original case, I negotiated the price down $5, from the asking price of $25.
I haven't check the serial no.s yet, but I'm pretty sure I got a deal. Good!
Still can't find the slide or the spit valve on the darn thing tho!
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« Reply #75 on: Sep 19, 2013, 04:46AM »

You might want to try to make a soprano ophiclide from it.  Just a mouthpiece and some tape so it fits.  You may have a pleasant surprise... ;-)
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« Reply #76 on: Sep 19, 2013, 08:15AM »

You might want to try to make a soprano ophiclide from it.  Just a mouthpiece and some tape so it fits.  You may have a pleasant surprise... ;-)

that did occur to me!  I guess I'm not the only one who looks at something and wonders "I wonder what that would sound like if I stuck a mouthpiece in it?" LOL
Actually I plan to get the correct mouthpiece for it and some reeds and give it a try, might be fun. Way cool
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« Reply #77 on: Sep 19, 2013, 08:34AM »

I had suggested that because the former director of one of the bands in which I play got a Civil War era Quinticlave (it's a smaller version of the bass Ophiclide) and put his baritone sax mouthpiece on it and was able to honk a few notes.  You are doing the same thing in reverse.

Have fun with it.  I think you got a real steal (even if you have to spend another $100 to have the action regulated). Good! Good!
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« Reply #78 on: Sep 19, 2013, 09:02AM »

You might want to try to make a soprano ophiclide from it.  Just a mouthpiece and some tape so it fits.  You may have a pleasant surprise... ;-)
I did that once several years ago and I think it was plaisible as an instrument
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« Reply #79 on: Sep 20, 2013, 10:20AM »

maybe I'll combine it with a few of my other instruments!  Make something like this, so I could make a few extra bucks on the weekends. Good!

I found a couple of examples of this sax on fleabay, they were selling for $250-$500 in similar condition.  I might want to find something less valuable to make another instrument.  I gotta get a sax mp and some reeds so I can try this baby out.
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« Reply #80 on: Oct 28, 2013, 07:44AM »

I responded to a craigslist ad for a Bach 42B for 400.00.... I  was one day late.
I was sad...
But... turns out the guy was getting rid of a roomful of horns and I bought a Buescher flugel, a pocket trumpet, and an Olds marching trombone for 300.00 total for all three...
When I met to pick them up, he threw in a Conn/Yamaha cornet that he found while rummaging for the horns we agreed on.
Still, I would rather have had the 42B for 400.00
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« Reply #81 on: Dec 14, 2013, 12:29PM »

saw an ad in the paper "vintage silver trombone: $200", and decided to take a look.  Turned out to be a Silver plated King 3B-F.  At least thats what I think it is, someone has buffed most of the lettering off, I can faintly see "King" and it has a curved bell brace.  I talked him down to $165.  Needs the stops and a screw on the valve, but the slide is in decent shape, seems to play nicely.  My plan is to replace my 50H I use for concert band, with this.
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« Reply #82 on: Dec 15, 2013, 09:24PM »

Ok, here's my sad story.. I purchased a King 6B Silver Sonic from my private teacher my sophomore year of H.S.  I loved that horn and it really loved me back, so to speak, as it was really easy to play and Barked like the most vicious junkyard dog.  The bass bone players in the various local bands would have contests at football games trying to out-do each other across the field.  All great fun though not always the most nuanced way to play.  One day during field practice we were doing some 8-to-5 work when a kid thought it would be fun to nick my baby with his football.  He crumpled that gorgeous sterling silver bell all right.  The band chased him down and scared the bejeebers out of him.  Well, his parents bought me a new one and we had the damaged bell straightened really nicely.  So I had a brand new horn and a field horn, both 6B 'Sonics.  After I graduated, I thought I wanted to be a photographer, so in order to fund my new hobby I sold both horns.  So for me, these two beautiful horns are my ones that I "SENT AWAY".  Now a pristine one can run for 4k or so.  Won't be getting one any time soon.  Cheers
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« Reply #83 on: Dec 16, 2013, 11:50AM »

In 1997 I was in Dick Akrights' shop in Oakland waiting on a repair and he said, "try this".

It was a '50s vintage 88H that Mark Lawrence was selling for $1200.  It SANG!!!!!!!!!  Best large bore horn I have ever played.....Every note was perfect....I didn't have the cash at the time. 
Should have sold my car and bought it....

I did buy the 1950 LA Williams he had for sale though.....but that is another story... :D
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« Reply #84 on: Dec 21, 2013, 04:46PM »

Hate to jump on the band wagon of "ones that DIDN'T get away", but.....

I was an antique shop, and they had a 1947 Conn 44H in the Window. Tarnished, battered case, but awesome slide.... $25 later, it was mine.

Also picked up a 4 year old 88HT-O from Craigslist for $650.
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« Reply #85 on: Dec 24, 2013, 02:23PM »

$25 for that Conn, and all it needed was a good cleaning and a case?! :cry:  I wish more store owners were as naive!  Private sellers too!  Evil
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« Reply #86 on: Dec 28, 2013, 04:42PM »

Last year I started looking for the same bass bone I had in high school - Conn Artist Symphony 83H.  Unfortunately two weeks before I started looking, one was sold from Toronto for $1400.  Those horns are nice to play, lightweight but sing loud and clear.... for the ones that survived.  Our music department ordered the horn 3 times!  The first two came flat as a pancake.  It took almost 9 months to get a playable horn.
I loved that horn but haven't seen one since.
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« Reply #87 on: Jan 03, 2014, 09:19AM »

Once in a while I stop in at a couple of local non-profit re-stores, just to look for interesting things, rarely do they have anything musical.  One day I spied a pocket trumpet in the case and asked about it.  A vintage Besson, missing the waterkey and a little ratty, but probably fixable.  Day before payday, I went back a couple of days later and it was gone.  I asked about it, and was told that someone had told them it was a Indian counterfeit and not playable or worth fixing, so they trashed it! :-0  Couldn't believe it, no way was it a copy, just an old horn needing some love.  Even if it wasn't fixable, it would have made cool wall art!
Not sure I believe they would throw it away either, I suspect they just sold it. :(
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« Reply #88 on: Jan 03, 2014, 09:54AM »

Well, I have had a couple of horns I owned and sold to students, by mistake, as I look back, many years later.

1. My 1964 King 3B (brass bell). This was the small counterweight King, and I purchased it, new, when I started my first teaching gig in the fall of 1964. This horn took me through my MM recital at UNT and all of the playing I did at UNT my year on campus. I didn't even play an attachment horn at that time. Sold it to a student when I purchased a new, Williams 6 in 1970.

2. In the late 1960's I purchased a used Conn 88H from a trombone-friend of mine. It had a bad slide (typical Elkhart slide stocking wear). In the early 70's there were not good slide-guys, like John Sandhagen, around and the slide always bugged me. Sold it to a student, who, sadly a few years later, perished in a sky-diving accident in MI.


3. My first bass trombone, around 1970, was an Abilene Reynolds Contempora dependent with a D-slide. Sold that one to a student, when I got my first Holton TR-180. Couldn't ever manage that "Magic-Bar" trigger and sent horn to Minick for a split-conversion and a Minick D-slide (open wrap). Later, slide went back to Holton for insertion of a George Roberts pipe, when George was, for a very short time, a Holton clinician. Big mistake, I needed some money after my son was born and sold to a local college student, and replaced the horn with a Yamaha YBL-611-II. Another huuuuuge mistake! >:( >:(

Horns I should have bought:

1. Late 60's new Bach 12. Before starting on bass trombone, I was playing most of my tenor playing on my Williams 6. I was in a Dayton rehearsal band, and the leader was looking for a new trombone and was trying out a Bach 12 from Dayton Band Instruments (DABICO). He passed it around and let all of us try it; and, I thought it played even better than my Williams 6. It hadn't been to long that I had bought my Williams and I knew my wife would kill me, if I bought that Bach 12! BTW, the leader tried my Williams and ordered one from Earl, shortly after.

2. Holton sales rep. loaned a trial Holton TR-181 to players in our area of Ohio, to see if we liked or didn't like it. I thought this particular horn was really a great player, even comparing it to my modified TR-180. I drug my feet and a local college player at Wright State Univ. grabbed it up. That was really a "sweet" playing horn!

3. Ray Torresdal's Greenhoe-Conn 62H. One of the best bass trombones I have ever played.

4. Matthew Walker's single valve Greenhoe TIS Proprietary Bass Trombone. Played it out in the parking lot, behind the music building at Wittenberg, coming back from an ETW, a few years ago. That was, one, sweeeeeet, bass bone, Matt!

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« Reply #89 on: Jan 03, 2014, 09:56AM »

Wow....how about that? Two Springfielder's posting right after each other! One OR and one OH!

Cool! Way cool
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« Reply #90 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:12AM »

Wow....how about that? Two Springfielder's posting right after each other! One OR and one OH!

Cool! Way cool

That is cool!
But my Springfield is the REAL home of the Simpsons, in spite of not winning the contest.  Matt Groening is from these parts, 'tho he denies it on occasion.
Didn't Homer play the trombone?
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« Reply #91 on: Jan 03, 2014, 11:27AM »

That is cool!
But my Springfield is the REAL home of the Simpsons, in spite of not winning the contest.  Matt Groening is from these parts, 'tho he denies it on occasion.
Didn't Homer play the trombone?

I think we were in that contest, also, and didn't make it, either! :cry:
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« Reply #92 on: Jan 17, 2014, 03:06PM »

A post elsewhere jogged my memory -

I had a Yamaha 651 - .509 bore, Copper bell and the rest of the horn in nickle plate. It was bought for about $350 as a marching band horn to keep my Bach 42BG off the field. 

Best small bore horn I've ever tried. It went away to pay for a Bach 36G I still own and play...mixed feelings...
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« Reply #93 on: Jan 18, 2014, 07:06PM »

I had a friend who had a Bach Mt Vernon LT16M. Beautiful horn. I'm not really a Bach guy or a small bore guy, but this horn was seriously lustworthy.  Evil He was going through a divorce and had severe money problems, so he had to sell it to another guy in the band. Then that guy got tired of it and sold it to me. Eventually the original owner got his stuff back together and bought the horn back. I didn't really miss it because I just couldn't fall in love with it for whatever reason. So in the end everybody was happy, we all had a ride on the town bicycle, and my friend got his horn back.
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« Reply #94 on: Jan 20, 2014, 07:54AM »

Dezignstuff, that's a great story. I understand - small Bachs aren't for everyone, though Dick Nash and of course "King" Watrous sound awesome on theirs. I found I need a more "lively" horn to compete with the trumpets etc in big bands  - Bachs are just too "gentlemanly". 
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« Reply #95 on: Jan 20, 2014, 10:37AM »

What's so "gentlemanly" about playing the trombone?(yuk,yuk!)
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« Reply #96 on: Jan 22, 2014, 06:09PM »

Good one, BassCase! Good!
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« Reply #97 on: Jan 31, 2014, 09:55PM »

A true gentleman is someone who knows how to play the trombone but doesn't  :D
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« Reply #98 on: Jan 31, 2014, 10:15PM »

Yeah, that would be me.
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« Reply #99 on: Feb 01, 2014, 12:13AM »

I had a friend who had a Bach Mt Vernon LT16M. Beautiful horn. I'm not really a Bach guy or a small bore guy, but this horn was seriously lustworthy.  Evil He was going through a divorce and had severe money problems, so he had to sell it to another guy in the band. Then that guy got tired of it and sold it to me. Eventually the original owner got his stuff back together and bought the horn back. I didn't really miss it because I just couldn't fall in love with it for whatever reason. So in the end everybody was happy, we all had a ride on the town bicycle, and my friend got his horn back.

There is no such thing as a Mt Vernon Bach 16M. If the bell indicates MTV and the serial # on the slide confirms that era, it will be a dual bore, not a straight .508 bore.
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« Reply #100 on: Feb 18, 2014, 08:27AM »

The Conn 88H I pawned a couple of years after I left school. I was so naive about horns at the time.

A Bach 36 that I sold on ebay for way not enough money.  Didn't know what I had at the time.

A Benge 190C that I really wish I had back.  I'll find another 190F one of these days, when I have the money as well.

A silver King 5B that I should never have sold.

A Yammie 354 that was a beautiful playing horn.  Wish I had that one back as well.  I'll find another one someday that plays as well as that one did.  Have one now that isn't as good.
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« Reply #101 on: Feb 20, 2014, 02:37PM »

You unloaded a silver King 5B!?  Tut tut. Bad dog.  No Biscuits.   To help you feel better, I sold off my silver Holton 65 - no contact points wear, no dents, no inner slide skid marks.  Didn't realize how rare they are, in good condition....nertz.   Embarrassed!
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« Reply #102 on: Feb 22, 2014, 08:20PM »

Yeah, I loved the way it sounded, but as with all Kings that have extra plumbing, it was a problem for me to hold.  The horn I really want back someday, though, is the Benge 190F.  THAT is the horn I should never have parted with.
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« Reply #103 on: Jun 09, 2015, 06:34AM »

My biggest regret is selling my Kanstul combination mouthpiece set: 3 rims, 2 shanks, 7 cups in a fitted case with the cool Kanstul "K" on it. Got it crazy cheap, sold it for even less. I could kick myself.
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« Reply #104 on: Aug 13, 2015, 07:20PM »

Just today, I was checking eBay, and the first result under newly listed was a nice looking Bach 16 for bidding at 350 or buy it now at 500. I immediately clicked on it and was planning to buy it (great deal, right?) but someone had already beat me to the buzzer in the first 5 or 10 minutes that it was up. The real kicker, though, was that when I looked at the pictures afterwards just curious about its condition and perplexed by the price, I saw it was a Mt Vernon in great looking condition.  >:( That is why you do your research before selling something you don't know anything about.
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« Reply #105 on: Aug 23, 2015, 07:11AM »

BobbyBoneless, so you love the 190F?  I guess lots of people do, and just as many are indifferent about them.  Never tried one myself.      This is like me and my Conn 100H.  Seems like a lot of players yawn about them, then go look for a minty 6H instead, or get a King 2B+.  My Conn does exactly what I want it to do. Good!
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« Reply #106 on: Dec 16, 2015, 04:56PM »

Every horn I ever look at on Ebay!!! I am lusting after an Olds Super but have no money, so many gone so cheap lately  :cry:
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« Reply #107 on: Dec 18, 2015, 01:53PM »

Probably this Getzen 725 I've been borrowing/evaluating on a couple orchestral gigs for the season.  I just can't seem to find the funds for it right now.  Hopefully it'll still be available when I do.

But the real ultra loss was my 1976 Kawasaki KH500.  It was in near perfect condition when I sold it in 1983, and knowing me, it would still be today, and worth 20x more.

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« Reply #108 on: Feb 15, 2016, 12:15PM »

Having to sell my 1968 Conn Elkhart 62H.

It had the lighter weight slide version. I believe some 62H's had an additional cross brace in the slide where the tuning mechanism was located. Mine did not. I was the second owner and it was pristine! Bought it in '78. Had to sell in 2014 and it was all original and still pristine.  :cry:
Someone out west has a hell of a horn!

Hope I am never in that position again. Hope none of our faithful readers end up there, either!
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« Reply #109 on: Mar 19, 2016, 05:29PM »

Oh boy ....... Have I got a story about many "ones" that got away.
Back in the day ... There was a closet in the back of the basement in the Northwestern University music building that served as storage for old marching band horns that were there simply because they didn't match the newest ones that were being used on the field  at the time. There were dirty beaters of course, but there were three or four New York Bach 42s and at least one NY 50. Not to mention some really interesting Minick modded horns and these Bundy bass trombone prototypes that Kleinhammer supposedly was testing. I looked through these instruments once when an assistant band director I was buddies with said he was going to the "brass cave" for some extra trumpet cases. It was a sight. A mint treasure chest... Sounds like a fairy tale. Things just worked differently in those days.  but ........ because of some bureaucratic horse sh%# the campus cops were the only ones with access to the keys. Don't ask why. That's how it was.
After some ultra persistent nagging I got my buddy to get a hold of those keys a few days later and most of the lot was gone. Yeah, gone. Last I remember they believe a janitor cut the lock and took the horns and that was that. Never seen again. All I know is I saw that "brass cave" and I've never seen anything like it.

Wonder where those "ones" are now.
With the greats in the heaven above perhaps.
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« Reply #110 on: Mar 19, 2016, 05:58PM »

Another one lost on eBay. There was recently an Olds P-16, I lost it in the bidding.  I wanted it simply for the counterweight, the one with the silvered (rather than blue) sticker.  (It's shown up again at a much, much higher price.)
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« Reply #111 on: Apr 13, 2016, 11:17AM »

Here's my story.......Was surfing Craigslist in the Chicagoland area and saw an ad stating "Conn Trombone $250 OBO". There were two pics posted. After some careful zooming in on the engraving on the bell I immediately contacted the seller and offered her the asking price and stated I would be at her house at 1pm Saturday. She took the posting down. Now, here's the gamble. I live in Saint Paul, MN so it was a 5 1/2 hour drive to get to the sellers home. A lot of time to contemplate if I was buying the real thing, or absolute junk.

I arrived at the home and was greeted by the seller. She said that the horn had been sitting in a closet for the last 30 years collecting dust. I looked at the trombone on the table and had to hold back my excitement.........it's an Elkhart-built Conn 88H. Besides for the dust and a few minor dents on the tuning slide, it was in perfect shape! Original lacquer and all! The playability....I haven't touched my Getzen Custom Series in some time. So....this one didn't get away!!!
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« Reply #112 on: Jul 23, 2016, 11:19AM »

A completely refurbished and restored silver plated (w/ gold wash, w/counterweight) Olds Recording trombone I put up on eBay about 2 years ago.
Only ONE person bid on it, and it went for $400. It had a perfect slide and everything. I even included a nice/lavish gator hard case.
What the hell was I thinking. And secondly, why did no one bid on it? Would folks rather dish out $2,000 for a brand new King, Bach (or whatever)? I don't get it....
Anyways, I want my horn back!
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« Reply #113 on: Jul 23, 2016, 12:23PM »

Yeesh, I can empathize....thought selling off my nearly-cherry Holton 65 for $350 was bad.  :(
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« Reply #114 on: Dec 08, 2016, 04:40PM »

I'll revive a dormant thread and share my experience today.

This morning, a gem popped up on Ebay- a King Flugabone that was in very good shape other than a crunched bell. It was very cheap, and I was looking to buy it for Christmas for myself (in my family, we pick out our gifts). I had to leave for school soon, and I didn't think I had time to buy it before I left. I figured I'd buy it after school.

Shortly after noon, I get the gut feeling that it was purchased already. In study hall, my girlfriend let me check ebay with her phone and my suspicions were confirmed. I'm really kicking myself because I had time to buy it in the morning but didn't figure that out until it was too late and I had to leave.

But I have my eyes on a different instrument now, whose auction ends tomorrow just after school, so we'll see how that goes.
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