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Olds Studio Trumpet, L.A. c. 1950's

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2ndending Vintage Instruments
Las Cruces, NM, United States
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 Up for the taking today, an Olds Studio Trumpet. Serial # 101,XXX puts this someplace in the early 50's, we think ? (Not sure, online Olds serial number lists are really a bit underwhelming).

Engraved: "Studio Model - FE Olds and Son - Los Angeles, CA "

Olds Studio...This was a top-shelfer...a legendary model (although you probably already know that if you landed here).

Original lacquer is perhaps 25%. The plating on bell and slides, etc. is around 75%. Some typical scratches & spotting to the finish, as is usual on a 60+ year old horn.

Horn has been completely refurbished and serviced: chem bathed, hand polished, significant dents and dings removed (although she had no dramatic sorta damage to begin with, just a lot of typical vintage trumpet wear and tear).

We did some resolders of the braces, cleanly and professionally done. The brace escutcheon/foot which connects to the valve casing was missing on one side, so we installed a generic one (zoom in on photo #6 and/or 7). Cleanly done, it just doesn't match the other feet/escutcheons.
We also did a resolder to the 2nd valve tuning slide sleeve, again cleanly done.

Tuning slides all move. The 3rd valve pinky slide moves freely. The pinky ring included is from an Olds Ambassador of around the same era.

Valve plating is as shown. Pretty good at 75/80% or better. The valves all move up and down freely. Compression is good.
All spit valves are functioning well.

Lead-pipe, bellpiece, crook, and slide tubes all in good shape. Bell is in good geometry.

The engraving in spots is a bit faint. It wasn't buffed, it is likely just due to the long-absence of lacq at the engraving area.

The horn speaks up and down nicely, with that signature vintage Olds tone - dark, warm, and wide.

Comes with an unoriginal case in good structural condition. This Trumpet is being offered at well below market value due primarily to the finish wear. Not the prettiest Studio one will ever come across, but everywhere she counts she is buttoned up and ready to go.

Comes with an unoriginal case in good condition.

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