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« on: Mar 05, 2014, 05:57AM »

On my FE Olds TIS Standard the serial number on the slide is 7050 while the number on the bell section is 6870.Does anyone know if these numbers originally matched,or is the difference the way the horn was put together back in the day.Thanks Corsam
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2014, 06:04AM »

On mine they match.  You probably have a hybrid.  Does it play OK?
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 05, 2014, 06:12AM »

It is common for serial numbers not to match on earlier Olds trombones.  A reason I have heard is a player could select the bell and slide of their choice at the factory.  Some bells don't even have serial numbers on them, possibly also related to this.  Once they get to 5 digits long I have not seen a mismatch.   If the numbers differ by more than a couple hundred I start to think its a parts horn.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 05, 2014, 08:43AM »

Mismatched numbers seem to be the norm on the more common sizes/models (Medium and Large Medium bore Standards and Self-Balancings). Even my Radio and Radio City horns are mismatched.

Where I usually see matching numbers is on horns that might have been part of small runs or had special handling at the factory - special finishes or uncommon bore sizes, for example.

I don't think Olds made any particular effort to match bell and slide serial numbers when they shipped horns from the factory. They'd just pull the model and size ordered and send 'em on their way.
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