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Persival the brand of my grandfather
May 18th, 2021 at 4:11pm
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Hi There,
I am new on this site and found it while searching for persival trumpets. This because this was the brand of my grandfather HJ Kop after whom I was named. On the site I found several trumpets. In several descriptions I saw that there is some doubt. My grandfather is indeed the person behind Persival. He builded the instruments himself in his own factory. 

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Rik (HJ) Kop
  
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Re: Persival the brand of my grandfather
Reply #1 - May 19th, 2021 at 2:56am
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RikKop,

Can you give us any details on your grandfather's business? 

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Reply #2 - Aug 19th, 2022 at 10:24am
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Hi,
I recently saw your question. My grandfather used to have a factory producing all types of horns, handmade. It was a business going on for some time in the family. In fact our last name "Kop" comes from the name of the profession of creating cupper based objects called "Koperslager" in Dutch. My father and uncles worked at that factory, but it was closed 50 years ago.

The instruments go under the name "Persival" but also under his own name H.J. Kop. When I was young he was well known also internationally. Many popular Jazz trumpet musicians attended him when visiting Amsterdam (were the factory was based). Goal of these visits were to experiment with the nozzle. Due to that I have been sitting on the lap of Chet Baker and many more famous jazz trumpet musicians.

That is all I can tell about it. Maybe I can answer more specific questions in case you have any. Let me know.

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Re: Persival the brand of my grandfather
Reply #3 - Aug 19th, 2022 at 2:43pm
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Hi, Thank you for your response.  I would, of course, like to know more of your grandfather's business.  The New Langwill Index reference book does not mention his business, and we see more Persival instruments than those labeled Kop.  Most of the Persivals are bugles.  So, if you know any more about the range of instrument types he made, how long he was in business, etc.  we would very much appreciate the information.

(I should also soon move this discussion to the Kop folder, so it doesn't get lost)

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