TAYLOR CUSTOM Bb TRUMPET "LOUISIANA"—Amazing Tone+Gorgeous. One-Of-A-Kind. From a Hollywood film!!!

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For sale here is simply no ordinary trumpet. It's a bona fide work of art.

Up for grabs here is a BREATHTAKING one-of-a-kind BRAND NEW Taylor Bb trumpet (based on their deluxe and heavy Chicago) with THREADED MOUTHPIECES that was custom built for a Hollywood feature film that got shelved because of a high profile scandal and film studio restructuring. This is a part of HISTORY, friends! And the horn was even named "Louisiana" (stenciled next to "Taylor"). This is a special horn that was held by lead A-list actors but played scarcely and always handled/played in the presence of the professional trumpet player who was preparing the actors for their roles at the time.

It's a looooong sordid tale that even involved rituals in New Orleans to bless these instruments and fill them with the Mojo of the greatest horn players of all time... but all you need to know is that we have been tasked with finding new homes for three horns amazing and truly unique horns. Firstly, as you probably all know, Andy Taylor is a FIRST CLASS builder and the three best horn builders in the world today (and for quite some time) have been Taylor, Monette and Harrelson. All different and all incredibly talented, producing the best of the new custom horns out there. But if we had to be honest and dish about which horns make us swoon the most, then it would have to be Taylor.

This bad boy is not your ordinary trumpet. Even Andy's top of the line Bb trumpets couldn't compete with this horn from the second it was all put together. Andy Taylor decided to fabricate THREADED mouthpieces for this trumpet—truly rare for him. And because of this, there is such a solid and quick lock with this horn that produces an even WARMER tone than his standard custom heavy Chicagos. This thing can easily take on a flugel or flumpet with the right approach and attack. It kills with jazz and can totally belt any classical piece with the proper air to support its massive tonal range.

Andy Taylor didn't spare any expense on this horn that was the first of two he custom created for this Hollywood production. It was also one of the first times he heat color-modified horn this intense. The result is that it's simply breathtaking to see and play. You never know how heat-treated horns will come out and with THIS ONE, Andy really knocked it out of the park!

It's really hard to describe how cool this horn looks. There is NO ONE out there with anything remotely close to the look and feel of this horn. Simply a masterpiece and we have to pull it out occasionally just to dig into the crazy beautiful patterns in the metal—that almost looks LIQUID and oozing under the lacquer if you stare at it for more than a few seconds. It's hard to describe. On top of all this, it simply glistens with its top shelf high gloss lacquer treatment.

This beauty will come with a high end hard or soft case as well as two custom mouthpieces specially made for this horn. You have the option to upgrade to a more deluxe hardshell fiberglass case that more conforms to ATA flight standards and is ultra-light. The upgrade can be done after the fact.
The horn also comes with custom blue sunken blue paua finger buttons and custom matching valve bottom caps. It also comes with matching sunken green paua buttons and bottom caps as well as the original gold buttons and caps. These extra sets alone would cost you a pretty penny.
"Louisiana" has been well-maintained by professionals through the transition and no lapses in cleaning, greasing or oiling ever occurred. This horn is in brand new condition and will never be made again or copied. It's being sold at an appraised fair market price to help the main production company recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, which it won't even get a fraction of. But AT LEAST... a couple lucky musicians will get to play and enjoy these one-off rare high-end instruments.

Bell: 5 3/8" /. 137mm Bell: heavy gauge annealed red brass Bore: .469" Valves: stainless steel Valve case knuckles: nickel Leadpipe: machined one piece Tuning slides: heavy thick tubing Cap set: heavyweight Bracing: heavy standard
Please also check out the amazing 1940 Martin Committee Handcraft we have for sale. We also have a historic Vintage Selmer Balanced, ONE brand new Monette trumpet case, a gorgeous new Glenn Cronkhite flugelhorn case, a gorgeous (and new) original Reunion Blues black (faux) alligator gig bag and a bunch of amazing mouthpieces up for grabs.

Thanks for looking!

The Los Angeles-based Noble Brass Company provides concierge services to special clients in the entertainment industry and donates a big chunk of any commission or service fee to domestic arts education programs, with a smaller portion going to worldwide educational support for displaced children of war, poverty, oppression, handicaps, etc. Education needs all the help it can get! Thanks for your support and interest.

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