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Horns that you owned growing up
Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:43am
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One of the new members got me thinking - and wondering.

How many of you still have the horn that you played in high school, college?

1) I still have it, I still play it, It is my one and only.
2) I still have it, it sits in the closet. It is a friend
3) I got rid of it, good riddance.
4) I got rid of it, wish I had it back.
5) I go through horns like water, all I care about is the one I have now.


What camp are you in?
  
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Reply #1 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:44am
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{oh, I'm in 2)}
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 5:06am
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3 here! Although I have to admit it would be interesting to see the thing after all these years. But anyway, 3 it is.

In it's defence, it was an older Indiana with the Indian head engraving. There is no reason to disparage the instrument. It was badly damaged by some hamfisted owner when he attempted to remove a stuck mouthpiece. The tool of choice being a vise-grip by the look of the damage. The leadpipe was badly twisted and the brace broken away. A quick repair had been made. It wasn't pretty. My father bought it at Don Lesman's in Albuquerque. 1962. I'm almost certain that he paid less than $10 for it.
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Reply #3 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 5:17am
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I'm in more than one camp.

The first horn I ever owned was a Bundy trombone. Didn't make it out of high school (that would be a 3)

I still have my Conn 4H trombone and 60B trumpet from high school. The 4H's tubes are shot; not worth much to anyone, so I just hang onto it (that would be a 2) The 60B is being saved for a couple more years to see just how serious one of my nephews gets about playing trumpet (that doesn't fit any of the available scenarios).

I also still have the bass trombone I played in college. The stockings are pretty worn and I eventually bought another horn of the same model with a better slide, but I still use old faithful for some things (like alumni band). I'd call that one a 1.5.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 8:49am
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My first horn was a made in China Parrot Trumpet. It had a great big sound but the valves drove me crazy so I got rid of it. I bought a Getzen with great valves and I still have it. I very occasionally play it but I think it will stay here.
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 2:09pm
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3 and 4. I started my trumpet playing as a university student in a jazz orchestra at the university. I was a beginner, the others not. When I left the orchestra six years later I left the horn (Yamaha 1130) I had bought too, for other beginners that may be interested in picking up the trumpet. That was a good home, but the orchestra doesn't exist anymore, so I sometimes wish it back. I guess it is buried in some cellar at the university now.

About the last thing I did to it was stripping the laqcuer and it played much worse, really bad. So I painted it green and it played well again...
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:39pm
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6) Yes, even modern instruments(what can I say?)  Grin

  

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Reply #7 - Mar 1st, 2012 at 4:42pm
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Oh my,
1 and 3 to say the least. I started playing trombone on the Huettl school trombone. It is still in use in my old school, recently I had the opportunity to play it again after 35 years... not the best sound... My first own trombone was a Reynolds (nice), after that a Bach 50B3L(good sound, poor build quality and NO ergonomics), the next was a Courtois 151R, which I still own and play since 1983. In 1992 I started playing tuba, since then on a Besson 981 Eb. This model was the first tuba I ever tried lot of years earlier... After some years trombone playing I got a baritone, three valved chinese toy, this has gone as gift to africa, now I have four french saxhorns... Actually I am waiting for delivery of my newest horn, the dream of my childhood: a small french tuba by Courtois (yes, this tiny thing in C, six valve buttons poking out of a clump of brass tubing). They are pretty hard to find! (Kenton: I will send you pictures of all the horns!)
But for that buy my Courtois trombone from the 30s, which I owned for 25 years had to go...
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Reply #8 - Mar 2nd, 2012 at 6:08pm
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None of the above.  I still have my Getzen Severinsen from High School and it is the only trumpet I play in my community band and at church, but I have other horns for other bands.
  

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Reply #9 - Mar 2nd, 2012 at 11:36pm
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What about instead of only........

1) I still have it, I still play it, It is my one and only.

there was another choice :

I still have it. I still play it some times.  It is still a keeper when I think about some of the places I've played it years ago, even though I have added others to the collection since.
  
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Reply #10 - Mar 5th, 2012 at 3:13am
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1981 Yamaha YEP=321.
I still have it and play it.
I have ditched compensating horns to stay with the Yamaha, but I love my old Yorks also.
  

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Reply #11 - Jun 11th, 2012 at 10:12pm
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I still have my valve set of my C,  the other parts have been replaced.
  
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Reply #12 - Jul 4th, 2012 at 8:19pm
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Number 4.  Martin Committee cornet my dad bought new for me in1955 and must have traded it in on a Selmer Kmod trumpet he bought me for college. Wish I had both.
  
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Reply #13 - Jul 5th, 2012 at 12:53pm
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#2) My grandfather caught me "mucking about" with his York Professional cornet and tanned my hide,( age 8 ). He then decided to take me to all of the musical instrument stores in Grand Rapids in search of a horn that was to be exclusively mine. At Hager Music he found a Buckingham cornet of American style that suited him and that I then played until my juniour year in high school. I then inherited my dads King Silvertone trumpet. The Silvertone was stolen from the closet of my room in the B.O.Q. at San Diego Naval Hospital. I still have the Buckingham cornet, which is now in storage, here at home.



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Reply #14 - Jul 5th, 2012 at 3:31pm
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Isn't interesting how poignant and painful the loss of a favorite instrument is???

I'm not sure whether it much matters whether it is stolen, removed from your ability to access it, or damaged beyond repair; all are painful.

Day before yesterday, at the end of a pit practice, I was taking my string bass back to my car to encase and head for home.  An inconsiderate reed player had laid his cases in the path where it was completely dark.  I fell over them and smashed the bass hard into the concrete and fell.  When I got it home I discovered that the endpin receiver had been splt in two places and the lower bout had had the back wood panel separated from the side.  I worked on it a good part of the following day, and hopefully my repairs will prove sufficient.

And, in spite of the facts 1) that the damage was not beyond repair, and 2) I was able to put it back in working condition; I am still angry at the fact that it occurred at all.  I can only imagine how angry I would have been had it been destroyed.
  
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