RARE Boston Odell Vega Silver and Gold Trumpet
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Sold Date: 03/30/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Thank you for taking a look at this item that I am offering for sale!I have been playing Trumpet professionally for four decades… thus I certainly have longevity, as well as, deep experience with Trumpets. Yet after all these playing years and literally owning hundreds of horns, I can honestly say that no one is really an expert! Still… history, experience, and mileage count strongly for qualifications in any given subject. The reason I am sharing this information is to give you, a potential buyer, a higher level of confidence in any item that I am offering for sale. I have personally read countless eBay offerings from individuals who literally state they have no knowledge of the item they are selling? While I applaud their honesty, as a buyer I would really have no faith or trust in buying precision equipment from them. Their musical instruments are “pass through purchases”. They buy these “as-is items” at Estate, Auction, Rummage, and Flea Market sales…as well as scores of other less credible sources. Any item I am offering for sale, as well as the descriptions that surround them , are supported by my experience . If I discover an error as regards any description, I will certainly make the change immediately and not hide behind naivety. Having said all of this, here is the item which I am offering for sale in this listing. Do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information you may want, as all sales are final. I want you to be an informed buyer, confident in the knowledge that the item you are purchasing is both viewed and described to your satisfaction. The item listed here is a late 1940's Boston Odell Vega Trumpet. The Serial number on this Trumpet is #103284, it has a small bore of .445 with a bell width of 4 5/8". The valves are bottom sprung, and you will note that it has a cross over leadpipe much like the famous "peashooters" of the 1920's and 1930's. All Trumpet players know of the Vega horns so I won't bother explaining this legendary line, and yet suffice it to say that the Vega's were superior in all aspects of manufacture. This particular Trumpet is no exception! I have owned this horn for several years and it plays wonderfully, and especially well in all registers, both high and low. This Trumpet has no playing issues in any manner.A year ago I had this Trumpet completely overhauled and refinished by a top industry craftsman. As you can see the main finish is a brilliant Silverplate...then complimented by numerous accents in Gold! These include all tuning slides, water key, finger buttons, top and bottom valve caps as well as the inside of the bell itself. I am also including a new ProTec Leather valve hand guard, and a new Bach anti-tarnish storage bag... as this Axe is way to pretty to have any signs of tarnish!The only blemish on the entire horn is a 2 inch section on the bell rim. Within the last six months (while playing a gig somewhere) I put three small crimps on the edge of the rim. How this happened I have no idea. The very last two pictures in the listing show this minor damage, which is the only thing that separates this Vega from being perfect. Unfortunately, the rims that Vega created in that period were hollow. So, short of injecting lead into those areas to pump them back up and then completely refinishing the horn again...you learn to live with it. The damage is absolutely minor, not readily noticeable, and for certain doesn't affect the playing in any regard. I am simply being transparent about all aspects of this great horn.If you are looking for a true Vega Trumpet...one that plays exceedingly well, looks sexy, and is affordable...here it is!
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