Olds Recording Trumpet










This particular horn was in my possession for just over a month before it’s new owner was found.

I knew of the Olds Recordings and how highly regarded they are but it was through mere chance that I happened upon this horn locally and was presented with the opportunity to acquire it.

Now, unlike the Martins – there seems to be a lot better information out these in regards to these horn – so if you are looking to gain some insight into the horn and the specs etc this particular post is not for you.

What I will give is purely an emotional perspective upon such a horn.

Just looking at a vintage horn is this kind of condition you can but wonder the care it took for someone to preserve the integrity of the horn over the last 50+ years.

These horns were built to be played and recorded – and I am certain that this horn has done both, although somewhat sparingly.

The design and thought that went into this horn ins somewhat special also – the devil really is in the details:

– Trombone style waterkeys for easy use

– 3rd Valve trigger centrally located

– Offset 2nd valve (Ergonomically friendly!)

– Pushed forward valve section for balance

– Knibs on 1st and 2nd have mother of pearl inlays.

These horns just ooze a quality rarely seen in some of today’s mass produced horns – even the engravings is deep and crisp.

The sound of the horn matched the visual quality also – the horn is full, rich and with some power to it all at the same time.

When first putting it to the face you really need to be careful not to whack your chops as the valve placement is deceiving, the 2nd valve feels funny for a few minutes and then just kind of makes sense as the hand naturally falls that way. Today’s horns are mass produced – so it’s about efficiency of production and use of parts for multiple models – where this is a horn of yesteryear that was ‘crafted’.

Needless to say, I was well impressed by the Olds Recording Trumpet.

Truly a stunning design and well worth seeking out.





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