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« on: Feb 22, 2008, 12:59AM »

I inherited my dad's Blessing Trombone and he told me he had taken it to the pacific Theater during World War II. He said he had played with many of the jazz greats of the time at USO shows. I do know he was a band master in the Navy and he did play with the like of Woody Herman, Glen Miller etc. I was told by a music store owner that E.K.Blessing didn't make trombones until after WWII. I have tried to get some info from Blessing but I need to pursue it with a little more energy. I don't have the serial numbers right now as it is put away, but next practice session I'll write them down. It is an Artist model.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2008, 09:47AM »

Hi,
Blessing's web-site shows that the founder, Emil K. Blessing, started making trumpet and cornet valve blocks in 1906. He then went on to make complete instruments. However, it doesn't state when trombone production began but I would have thought that from such early beginnings, trombones would have been produced by the 20s or 30s.
Check the serial number and then contact the factory.

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 23, 2008, 04:30PM »

Thanks, I live WAY out in the country and have a VERY slow and sporadic ISP so sometimes it is hard to go to some sites. I'll try the Blessing site again though.
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2008, 03:32PM »

Serial numbers 41509 to 52000 are from sept 1946 to june 1950.

Apparently serial #s before that are unavailable.....fire probably.   If your Serial number is pre 41000 then I'd say  your dad remembered correctly.

Is the serial on the slide or the bell?  Sometimes slides get replaced...and serials become wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 03, 2008, 02:25AM »

It's on the slide. 44432 So this may be correct. I really enjoy playing it. The high school kids that sometimes sit in on the community band practice ask me about it as there is no marking on the counter weight. As an aside, for as long as I know, it has been carried around in a very old Olds case. I don't think the slide has been replaced. He showed me a small scratch on the slide where he went out for 7th position and lost the slide at the top bleacher of Kesear (sp?) Stadium in San Francisco and assured me that it was the original slide.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 03, 2008, 07:59PM »

Kesear (sp?) Stadium in San Francisco/quote]
Kezar Stadium; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kezar_Stadium
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 06, 2008, 12:35AM »

It was late when I posted that last item. The number is 22243 not 44432  :/  Yeah, Kezar  Don't know So anyway that puts it after WWII. If it could only tell me the stories of where it has been and what bands it played with!!!
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 11, 2008, 11:52PM »

I have a book called "Brass Musical Instruments in the United States" by Richard Dundas. I bought it at the Nashville ITF back in May 2001. The author notes that "In the 1920's and 30's, Blessing produced a full line of brasses but cut back for a period of time to concentrate on meeting heavy demand for their popular cornets, trumpets, and trombones."
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 15, 2008, 01:11AM »

Quick up date. The Blessing company responded to my question. They didn't start keeping records until 1946. The 22243 puts it before 1946. The lady that answered didn't know much else but that it is an earlier number. Now if they would open up their guest book for new entries.
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