[Dixielandjazz] Trumpet question

brassblower starwaterlogo at mpinet.net
Tue Dec 6 17:20:26 PST 2005

I'm kind of late seeing this question since I haven't logged in for a while, but Olds Ambassadors have an excellent reputation, especially the older versions.  They were technically a "student" horn in the 50's, but incorporated many of the pieces from their more expensive models. They can be had cheaply on eBay, making them worth putting some money into in refurbishing. I've never played one myself, but hear this consistently.  Of course, I have no idea how expensive instrument repair is in Israel, but surely there must be places to have it done with as strong a musical legacy as Israel has.  I'm told that they really benefit from the addition of a Bach Strad leadpipe.

I recall playing a Yamaha student horn in the 80's that I really liked. 


A question for my trumpet tooting colleagues:

I have a friend who is learning trumpet and is looking for a new American
made trumpet that will last him well into his performing life. He would like
to spend up to $300-$400. Can anyone recommend a source for such a horn,
and/or a make and model? Finding trumpets in Israel is like pulling teeth. A
new Jupiter costs $400.

I am a relatively new player, and I tend to deal in used low-end horns. I
would appreciate some pointers on what to look for in a "high quality" horn,
new or used, aside from the name. We found a used King 600 in Jerusalem for
$400, but it was pretty used, and I found a bunch of that make and model
number for less on eBay. The problem is getting them here!

Anyway, your help would be appreciated.

Dr. Jazz Dixieland Band
Tekiya Trumpet Ensemble
Jerusalem, Israel
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