Recently bought on eBay. Identified by the seller as Amati Kraslice,Czechoslovakia, which changed hands during World War II. Craftsmen in that area have been know for a tradition of instrument makers since the early 1800's. The leadpipe has been replaced, the original was stamped 'Germany'. The seller says this horn was originally unlaquered and has been sprayed with a coat of laquer. I don't know the age. It is beautiful and well kept, but a recent coat of laquer(date applied is unknown), could make it look much newer than it is.
Last changed on 25/11/08. This album contains 17 items. This album has been viewed 1388 times since 05/10/05.
My first and really most unique horn I currently own. This C.G. Conn mellophone was given to me for my birthday maybe twenty years ago. It comes with four interchageable leadpipes and two side slides, giving you 8 different keys to play in.
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I bought this horn on eBay specifically for the engraving and the silver finish. The buyer assured me the tarnish looked like it would polish up fine ~ and they were right. The first pictures in this album are from the auction that I got to see to decide to buy this horn ~ The following set of pictures show the progress in polishing it with Wright's Silver Cream. The last few show near done ~ 7 or 8 hours of polishing later ~ just a few spots left to finish the detailing.
The "American Victory" engraving most likely indicates this horn was made right after WW I. It bears a great resemblance to other horns I've seen, like Buescher, dated 1914 - 1920. There are no other makers marks except a serial number on the second valve. The mouthpiece has no markings.
Last changed on 17/09/08. This album contains 19 items. This album has been viewed 1062 times since 05/10/05.