Updated December 4, 2016
Here's a well made, quality German alto trombone that isn't going to break the bank and be fairly easy to learn. It is a model Challenger 3049 in Eb and in good overall condition with some minor dings and cosmetic scratches in the lacquer. $850 without case SOLD
Custom configured Conn 112H Bass Trombone with independent Orla Ed Thayer valves installed. It is unlacquered and in overall very good condition. Some signs of use on the contact points and a few small blems here and there. Extremely versatile and mouthpiece specific, smaller mouthpiece sounds commercial and bigger piece gives a great orchestral sound. Open blow and fast response. Slide action is good but does have some chrome wear. The slide has been widened to accommodate the Thayer valves and larger necks. Comes with a newish case $2450
Very nice used Shires large bore tenor trombone in very good condition. Some minor wear on the slide contact points and the neckpipe. Very clean overall and a solid playing trombone. Has a 1G bell flare which is a gold brass bell with soldered rim on the original shires bell mandrel. An axial (thayer) valve with open wrap and gold brass tuning slide. The slide is a TB47 which is a bach style slide. Three leadpipes included, no case. $2900
Ultra lightly used Greenhoe 88HT-G. This features the thin gauge red brass 88H bell, Greenhoe valve with open wrap and standard .547" slide. This trombone is in excellent condition and shows little signs of use. A few minor cosmetic lacquer blems but otherwise it is very clean. Plays extremely well and the valve is even with blow and timbre on both sides of the trombone. These are no longer in production, so get this one while you can. $3800 with case.
Here's a brand new Markus Leuchter bass sackbut in F, with case and crook to A=465. This is handmade by my good friend Markus in Herzogenrath Germany. It is beautiful to look at and hear, as well as play. A used friendly bass sackbut this is one of the best "bangs for your buck" you can get info for a high quality professional level instrument. This one has 3rd position bell to slide relationship. $3849
Very nice Shires large bore orchestral tenor trombone with some nice modifications. This is set up to play similar to a vintage 50's Conn 88H trombone, so if you are a fan of those instruments but looking for something a bit more modern and open blowing this trombone could be right up your alley. The bell is a 2RVET7 flare, which means conn taper red brass bell with thin rim wire and unsoldered bead. The valve section is a standard Shires rotary with open wrap. The slide is a TW47, wide style. You'll notice that the previous owner had a tuning slide bow guard installed on both the main and F attachment tuning slides (ala 1950s 88H style). This is an extremely good playing trombone with a beautiful vibrant and focused sound with a lot of warmth and depth. $3000 without case.
A beautiful handmade tuba from Kanstul, fabricated in the style of the great York tubas. This is a versatile 5 valve CC tuba, ideal for players looking for a compact solo sound, studio work, chamber music or band playing. Overall in good condition, some minor bell repairs and a few dents/scratches but overall fairly clean. Comes with a Cronkhite gig bag with backpack straps. $7900
Here's a lightly used Miraphone BBb tuba, model 186, about 5 years old. It has been well maintained and is very clean, showing a few small dents and some minor cosmetic wear. The 186 is maybe the most popular BBb tuba in the world, used by students and professionals for its versatility and ease of playing. The craftsmanship is top notch. This one includes a very nice Glenn Cronkhite gig bag with backpack straps. $5000
Beautiful lightly used Shires trombone with some special components on this one. It has a one piece TII 5G bell, which is a single sheet of gold brass made on the newer bell mandrel based on a Bach style bell. It has a soldered rim and it is a fantastic playing and sounding bell. Comes with a trubore valve, a free blowing and even valve designed by Steve Shires. It has a nearly new TB47GL slide, which has gold brass outer tubes and is a bach style slide with Bach length. This helps Bach style players feel a bit more comfortable with the length slide they are used to. Mated with this bell section is a gold brass tuning slide. Really a phenomenal playing orchestral trombone all around in excellent condition. $3300 SOLD.
Here's another ultra clean Shires tenor trombone made in Massachusetts. Regarded as one of the best trombone makers in the world. This Shires has a 2R bell (red brass flare with unsoldered rim, original Shires mandrel) and a trubore valve. The trubore valve offers a straight airflow on the open side of the horn and a gentle swoop of the tubes for the F attachment side, one of the best and most even blowing valves on the market. This one also has a TB47 slide which is a wide bach style slide. This one is in excellent condition showing little use, it is about 3 years old. $3100 without case. SALE PENDING
This is a special trombone. The bell flare is from an early Elkhart corporation Bach 42 yellow brass, estimated vintage would be late 1960s/early 1970s. Mated with this bell flare is a Shires axial "thayer" valve, Shires TB47 bach style slide and a Shires "S" seamed yellow brass tuning slide. If you're after a classic vintage Bach but want something that plays a bit more modern and predictable, this might be the horn for you. There is some cosmetic wear on the valve and slide but overall very clean. The bell is unlacquered raw brass (and has a glorious patina). The bell has shires mounts and is modular. $2800 without case.
Here is a new, demo model Shires Michael Davis Plus trombone. Made by Steve Shires in Massachusetts. This horn is top tier craftsmanship and delivers amazing performance and versatility. The bell is a yellow brass 8" flare and the slide is a nickel .508" with yellow slide crook. Basically the best 3B style trombone ever made. The slide action feels fantastic in the hand, there is a thin but not flimsy brace on the slide that feels just right. This horn was a demo model and is new but has been tested in the shop. $2800 without case and one leadpipe. New street price is $3600 so save yourself some money on a new Shires MD plus!
A desirable 1950s vintage Conn 6H Jazz Trombone, .500" bore slide with 8" yellow bell, deco engraving. In very good condition with some worn spots on the hand grip. The bottom outer slide tube has had the nickel oversleeve removed to save some weight. $1100 with case SOLD
Antique Cornet made by John Heald of Massachusetts. One of the finest makers of cornets of his day, Heald had many patents for instrument design. This is a very well made period instrument. I've recently had Robb Stewart go over the instrument, installing a small nickel patch on a split tube, as well as remove dents. He reports the valves are tight with excellent compression for an instrument of this vintage. With case. $1500
The King 6B or "Duo Gravis" is prized for its bright color and edgy bite that works extremely well in commercial settings. This one is in very good condition overall with some minor cosmetic wear on the contact points. Dependent rotary valves in Bb/F/D. Includes hardcore. $1600
Super cool and rare Conn 78H from the 1920s. This one is a terrific player and is made from all sheet red brass. Inner tubes are chrome plated. It has a .522" slide and a 7.5" bell diameter. As such, this is like a bigger bore jazz trombone. Amazingly responsive and would be extremely versatile in a variety of professional settings. Simply a terrific trombone from my favorite era of Conn trombones. Unlacquered. $1500 with protec case.
Adams trumpet in Bb, model A4 lightweight Gold brass, has a .470" large bore with a 5 1/2" bell diameter. Inlaid valve buttons and a very hip scratch lacquer finish. In excellent condition $2800
A brand new Markus Leuchter bass trombone, specially made with a 9" gold brass bell with a nickel garland. Also optional is a 9" gold brass bell without the garland. Valves are inline in Bb/F/D/Gb. Has a dual bore .547"/.562" gold brass slide, wide width. This bass trombone is incredible. Its not only one of the easiest instruments to play but the sound is absolutely stunning and vibrant. Completely hand made by Markus in Herzogenrath Germany. $6100 with case. Extra bell is $600.
A brand new Markus Leuchter contrabass trombone in F. Totally stunning and epic giant trombone. I personally use one of Markus's contras and I can't say enough good things about this instrument. It is by far one of the best sounding and easiest to play contras available in the world. Made from all gold brass, chrome inner slide and totally handmade by my good friend Markus in Herzogenrath. This one has inline extra large bore rotary valves in F/C/Db/A. This one is number 07 and is one of the best contras Markus has made so far. Includes a very nice gig bag. $9300
This is a beautiful custom built tenor sackbut by Markus Leuchter in Germany, brand new. It features a 4th position bell, hand engraved garland and decorations, chrome plated nickel inner slide tubes, handmade water key and tuning bits to A430 and A415. It is a top performing instrument, and one of the best and most affordable high level sackbuts in today's market. Comparable to Ewald Meinl and Egger instruments, you get a lot of instrument for about 2/3's of the price of the top tier makers. It is unlacquere and includes case. $3100
A closet time capsule Holton TR180 bass trombone, in excellent condition with only a few minor cosmetic blems. All original parts including the original thumb paddle "Glantz Bar". 10" red brass bell, .562" nickel slide with yellow crook. Original case. $2200, can split the triggers for an additional $300
Ken Larson is making some of the finest custom boutique trumpets in the world. This one is his GFT model Bb with Bauerfeind valves. It has an adjustable brace and custom Larson lead pipe. It is in good condition with some minor wear on the contact points. $2500 without case
Here's a vintage early Eastlake production King 3B Silversonic, sterling bell with gold wash inside. Overall in decent condition. A few small dings and worn cosmetic spots but overall very clean. Recently sonic cleaned and tuned up. $1600
A gorgeous King 3B silversonic with F attachment. Solid sterling silver bell with gold wash in excellent condition. Custom brushed finish on the F attachment. A flashy trombone that gets a lot of attention. Early Eastlake vintage, these can be tight blowing but I find this one to be excellent. Ideal for a commercial player or for shows or pit work. $1975 without case.
Very cool early YBL-622 Yeo model, in very good used condition. Some wear on the contact points and cosmetically. Very big and focused sound, easy to play and a unique designed wrap. I've always had a soft spot for these bass trombones and I think they are one of the most versatile models in production. Not to be confused with the Xeno YBL-822, this is the original version. It has spent its life in one of the prominent professional orchestras here in the USA, $2675 with case SOLD
A stunning jazzer trombone. In near new condition. Solid sterling silver bell flare. Lightweight .509" nickel silver slide. You need this because I need this, we all need this… $2500 with slim French style Bach case. Sale Pending
Here's one to scare the viola section. A lightly used Bach 50A3-L bass trombone with inline Hagmann valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. 10.5" yellow brass bell flare and a .562" straight bore standard weight slide. This beastie puts out some some and some core. The larger bell is not the most popular but I don't mind it on this chassis. In great shape, some lacquer wear on the neck pipe and valve caps. Includes Bach case. $3800. SOLD
A very nice, lightly used Shires tenor trombone with trubore valve. This setup is a 7YM (one of shires most popular), gold brass tuning slide, trubore valve, and T2547NLW (dual bore .525/.547 nickel lightweight). In excellent condition and a really nice playing trombone. Slide takes a large shank mouthpiece. $2950 without case
I have a soft spot in my heart for these early Conn 88Hs… they truly are some of the best trombones ever built. This one is phenomenal. If I didn't own a bunch already, I'd keep her for myself. This one is a mid 1950s, 500K serial number. It has all of my favorite things about early Conns: hand bent tubing, bronze outer slide tubes, half moon deco bell engraving, nickel silver tuning slide guard, no slide lock, heavy hand slide grips and early serial number. This one is in tremendous condition. Recently tastefully relacquered here at The Brass Ark, we gently prepped for spraying without removing too much material and used high quality based epoxy lacquer. Looks fantastic. Judge for yourself! $2650 without case.
Here's a rare bird and a glorious tenor trombone. I love the aesthetic on these trombones, so clean and classy. I feel like these Greenhoe TIS tenor trombones are basically modern versions of the famous Conn 14H tenor from the 1920s. Super lightweight red brass bell, wide slide, opera wheel tuning… what more could you want. It ticks all of the boxes for the vintage nuts and also holds up to the demands of the modern player. Craftsmanship and quality is top tier. This one has been used but in great shape, a few small dings here and there and some minor wear on the contact points. Everyone knows that these original Greenhoes are hard to find, and even harder to find a TIS version (I can only speculate that a handful were made) $5200 without case. SOLD
Our first conversion on a beautiful 1960s K series Elkhart Conn 8H. Featuring a new oversized rotary valve, open wrap, threaded leadpipe receiver and custom braces. We thought it would be a nifty experiment to see how a Conn would do with our rotary valve on it and it turns out that it is a great success. The sound is classic 88H with a full blowing, open, balanced and responsive F side. The slide retains the original slide crook and width, modified with shires threaded receiver for leadpipes. Included is a Brassark #1 leadpipe. $3300 without case.
A nice vintage Reynolds single valve bass trombone. A unique sounding trombone with a big sound and equally impressive bite. This is a killer commercial bass, lots of bright brass low end that carries to the back wall. $1000
A super nice vintage Bach 42G with gold brass bell. Very responsive and powerful with a warm sound and hefty core. Slide is super with excellent action. A prime candidate for a valve conversion or be a purist and play this one as is. These early 42s are becoming hard to find in clean condition, the gold bell makes it even more of a unique item. $1900 with case.
A professional BBb 4 valve piston tuba from Jupiter. This one is in excellent condition with just some minor lacquer wear on the back bell stem from skin contact. Otherwise super clean with no dents. Includes original case. REDUCED $4000
Here's a nearly new Conn 88HT with Greenhoe valve, in very good condition, light signs of use and wear on the contact points. Includes slide with removable leadpipes. These are terrific trombones that are highly regarded and no longer in production. SOLD
A gorgeous gold brass alto trombone, from one of the best trombone makers in the past 50 years. Pfretzchner built high end trombones out of his small shop and has a reputation as one of the most exotic and desirable makers around. This trombone is a special one. It is a big bore alto with a smaller bell and Bb rotary valve. It is responsive and easy to play, slotting is excellent and intonation is also superb. It looks impressive. This is a serious piece of gear and not an alto for everyone… but if you're after the ultimate orchestral alto trombone, you'd be wise to consider this one. $2500 with case.
The holy grail of orchestral trombones. If you frequent my website, this instrument needs no introduction or explanation. You know what it is. This one is in very nice condition. It shows some spotting in the lacquer and some wear on contact points, but I didn't want to buff those cosmetic things to preserve the originality of this one. Robb Stewart just cleaned it and tuned up the slide. This is a nice one folks. $4600 with case. SOLD
Beautiful pair of Ed Kruspe German Romantic tenor trombones, made at the Leipzig C Kruspe factory. I estimate these to be from the early 1920s, wide engraved nickel bell garland. Takes a large shank mouthpiece. Slides have a combination of new tubes and original tubes. Action is quite good for an old vintage like this. Would be lovely to complete a section with the Ed. Kruspe bass trombone, also available. REDUCED $3800 for both tenors. No case included.
Brand new Ed. Kruspe C rotary trumpet with 2 vienna keys. Gold brass construction with nickel trim. This instrument was manufactured by the new Kruspe factory in 2016. It is a really great rotary C for players on a budget. Lots of bang for your buck. $2300 with case.
A nearly time capsule Elkhart Conn 8D. This instrument is an L series serial and was owned by the late LA studio legend Brian O'Connor and was one of his backup 8Ds. It shows hardly any signs of use and has many many years of use left in it. Valves are super tight, no dents. A gorgeous instrument. With case. SOLD
A very nice, lightly used Shires tenor trombone with straight neckpipe. It has a 1Y bell flare and a TB47 slide with some minor lacquer wear. The bell has a few cosmetic blems. This particular setup is one of the most resonant Shires I've played. Huge focused sound! $2100 without case
This is a custom Elkhart 88H with original Ed Thayer valve installed. Quite a good playing instrument! Not for those with thick necks, as the narrow slide will force the valve to bump you… however, we can widen the slide and provide a custom Brassark seamed crook should you choose for an additional $385. Also included is the original rotary valve section. $2275.00
This is a great modern bass trombone with a classic orchestral sound. It checks all of the boxes for you vintage nuts out there while still offering the benefits of modern valves. The bell is a Bach 50 "Corporation" early Elkhart bell in yellow brass, in high demand these days. The valves are inline Shires trubore and the slide is a Shires B62 with a 2.5 leadpipe. As expected, this bass trombone plays fantastic. It is open and responsive with a broad orchestral sound. It is nimble when you want it to be and hulking when you need to do some heavy lifting. Recently overhauled and relacquered here at The Brass Ark, it is looking shiny and spiffy. Sold without case. $4400
A rare and beautiful double compensating Wagner tuba made by Paxman of London. This instrument has spent its life in the Hollywood studios, being played by legendary hornist Brian O'Connor on countless movies. It is in terrific condition and has the original Paxman case (along with many airline stickers, Brian was an avid pilot). $8600 with case.
Conn C series instruments are some of the most well regarded in terms of years of production. These are special instruments and this one is no exception. It was used by the legendary studio hornist, Brian O'Connor, and has many years of life left in it. Valves have recently been plated and have excellent compression. The bell has been cut. Some minor wear and a few small blems from use but otherwise extremely nice and what a sound! You'd be hard pressed to find a nicer Elkhart 8D anywhere. SOLD
From the late 1970s, this is a beautiful Paxman descant French horn. Regarded as one of the best descants in the world, these early 40Ms ooze craftsmanship and quality. A specialty item, this instrument has spent its life in the Hollywood recording studios being used on countless motion pictures. $6500 without case.
Another glorious Bach bass trombone with modernized Shires inline Thayer valves. This is an open blowing and full sounding beast. The Bach 50 bell gives a timeless familiar sound and the valves give an open and predictable modern feel. Single bore Bach 50 slide. $4100 without case.
A custom Greenhoe Bach 42 bell section, straight neck pipe with Greenhoe mounts. The bell was purchased new from Gary. The slide is a custom dual bore. 525"/.547" Bach slide. Action is good and the sound is penetrating and deep with lots of clarity and color. $1800 with case.
Another Hollywood jazzer with some history. This instrument original was owned by the late great Roy Main. It has a lightweight nickel slide and gold brass bell flare. It is gorgeous. As with many of Roy's trombones, this one was cut to facilitate vibrato in first position and the slide was lightened with a custom hand grip. The current owner recently had Robb Stewart return the instrument to its original tuning setup and length. Its a true stunner and the gold bell is a gift that keeps on giving. The sound is truly unique. Overall in very good used condition for an instrument this age. The slide action is great, recently tuned up by Bruce Belo. $2500 without case. SOLD
Probably the best valve trombone ever made, the 90G was originally developed for the Ohio State Marching Band in the late 1960s. They are wonderful instruments and offer a trombone sound instead of a traditional euphonium sound. I personally own a 90G and I love using it in brass quintet or similar chamber settings when I want the clarity of valves but the sound of a trombone. These were basically valved 8Hs, with a valve section mated to a straight bell and then nickel plated. This one is in excellent lightly used condition. It takes a standard small shank mouthpiece. $1550 with case. SOLD
Rene Hagmann makes wonderful hollow open port rotary valves in Switzerland and this is a Bach 42 with one of these tremendous boutique valves. I find the Hagmann yields excellent feel and vibrance as well as giving one of the most balanced and responsive blows of any of the modern valve makers. His design has become extremely popular in recent years as trombonists become more familiar with this once uncommon special valve. This Bach 42 is in excellent, nearly new condition. $2850 with original case.
Arguably one of the nicest King 3Bs I have seen in a very very long time. This one is a tremendous instrument. Made in the mid 1960s at the Cleveland King factory, this is the real deal folks. The instrument is very clean and shows little use for its age. The case is also a thing of beauty. $2350
The industry standard for professional sackbut players. Along with Egger, Ewald Meinl makes some of the very best historical reproductions in the world. This is their famous "Drewelwecz" model, the small bore, that most pro sackbuttist who play this brand use. It has a 3rd position bell, is lacquered and has 440 and 415 slides. Made in 2002 and in very good condition. Price is $3300 with case. No mouthpiece included, but I can acquire a Van Der Heide mouthpiece for an extra cost. SOLD
A very nice Holton TR181 bass trombone, excellent lightly used condition. These are high quality inexpensive bass trombones that offer a versatile setup for not a ton of cash that some of the boutique instruments demand. Sold with case.
Here is a really nice and clean Bach LT16M, same model that Bill Watrous plays. It is similar to the King 3B in that it has a larger .509" bore slide. Very versatile and easily adaptable, the LT16M is one of the most popular jazz trombones around. This is one of the earlier ones, a "Corporation" bell. Sold with original case. $1600
Ultra rare, this is an early Bach model 16ii, made in the Vincent Bach Bronx New York factory. These early Bach dual bores are rare, as the model 6 was the most popular jazz trombone in the Bach catalog at the time. This one is special. It is all original, and has a rare lightweight yellow brass slide. All serial numbers are matching, including stamps on the inner and outer slides and the bell section. Overall in very good condition with some minor blems and oxidation in the lacquer. A few small dents in the flare. Slide action is fantastic with perfect chrome and no dents in the slide crook! Truly a rare beauty with some original character. $1700 without case.
Here's a very nice playing and looking Bach 42BOG with a lightweight nickel slide. The nickel slide gives a nice pairing with the gold brass bell, yielding a fast crisp response with good bloom and projection in the sound. This horn is newer and hasn't seen too much use. There is minor wear on the contact points but otherwise in very good condition. A Greenhoe rest bar is included. $1850 with case
This is a brand new demo instrument that was shown at the 2016 NAMM show in Anaheim. It plays fantastic, has an ultra responsive bell with a vintage style French bead rim (teardrop shape) that is similar to the famous Mt Vernon style bells. Save some money on this practically new trombone. $2400 with case. SALE PENDING
The Schilke B5 has been one of the go to commercial Bb trumpets since it was introduced. Used by the legendary Rick Baptist and countless others, this model is versatile and lights up a microphone. This one is in good condition. The gold is worn in a few spots and has started to oxidize a bit. No dents, valves are tight and fast. REDUCED at $1300 without case.
Bach 36BO, .525" medium bore, open wrap standard rotary valve. In good used condition, some wear and minor dings in the slide crook. A great trombone for principal playing, versatile and colorful. Also great for multi use in bands, orchestra, commercial etc. $1500 with case.
This is a larger bore .547" Yamaha straight trombone which has been discontinued from Yamaha. Reminds me of a very nice yellow brass Conn 8H. This one has been modified with lightweight braces on the slide and bell section, making it a nice option for players who have trouble holding up heavier trombones. Some wear and spots on the slide crook but a nice playing trombone that isn't expensive… a lot of bang for your buck. $700 with case
This is Bach's version of the King 3B. It has a .509" nickel lightweight slide, open neck pipe and leadpipe and the standard 16 (7.5") bell flare. As played and made famous by Bill Watrous, it is a versatile commercial trombone that is easy to play and speaks incredibly fast and efficient. This particular trombone has been played and shows wear. The original leadpipe has been replaced with a press fit aftermarket pipe. A nice jazzer and well respected model for a good price. $1350 with case.
Here is a rare bird. This trombone was made by the legendary Earl Williams, who manufactured custom top tier commercial trombones for about 40 years, beginning in the 1930s. This one seems to have been made at the Los Angeles shop (on Melrose St.) probably dating it to the early 1950s. It has the trademark curved handgrip, octagonal slide brace and slanting bell braces that look so cool and quickly identify the maker. We recently restored this trombone here at The Brass Ark. It was carefully buffed and relacquered with baked epoxy lacquer. The slide is missing the original slide lock and is sans lock at the moment. The bell is a 7 14" and the slide is a .485" which leads me to believe this is one of the first "Model 4's". This is a classy trombone, think of it as the "split window corvette" of the jazzer world. Price is REDUCED $2200 with a vintage New York Bach hard case. Probably will not see another one of these for sale.
This is a terrific trombone. It is easy to play, has a killer sound, intonation is spot on, the slide is among the best I've ever tried and it looks great. Has an S1Y8 bell, the .508" Michael Davis slide which has a nice lightweight cross brace but still feels substantial in the hand. Has some lacquer wear and a few cosmetic blems but otherwise very clean. Comes with a 1.5 leadpipe. No case. $1975
We just restored this phenomenal playing Bach 37 medium large Bb trumpet here at The Brass Ark. Lightly buffed and relacquered with baked epoxy, she's looking mighty fine and sounds as good as she looks. $1775 with case
This is a unique vintage Reynolds single valve bass trombone. It has a 10" bronze bell, unusual closed wrap with pull to E. The contempora was the top tier professional model made by Reynolds. This model was known as the "Philharmonic" model. It has a .564" slide bore. In great shape with original case. SOLD
Here's a nice single valve Bach 50B, ready to be played as is or modified with your favorite valve section (I highly recommend the new progressive bore hangman valves!). In great shape and a nice sounding instrument. Bell is of a more recent vintage, but a nice focused sound. 9.5" one piece yellow brass flare. Price is $1700 with case
Wow… this one is a special horn. The vintage Holton basses are instruments of legend. These rare trombones were developed as the single valve model to Ed Kleinhammer (of the Chicago Symphony) model, the 169. A removable 2nd valve was option on both the TR169 and TR185. This one is just a single valve, no additional valve section (but you could have one built or sourced). It is in fantastic condition. The original case is wonderful (no stink), the horn has original lacquer, is free of dents (one minor one in the slide crook). You simply don't see this kind of horn in this condition very often. $2350 with original case . SOLD
This one is a bit unusual. I've not seen a non nickel plated Connstellation before, but here it is! I'm calling it a Custom 6H. It's edgy like a 6H, it has a 8" bell like a 6H, it has a .500" bore like a 6H… if it looks like a 6H and sounds like a 6H, must be a 6H! The slide is custom built by Laetzsch in Germany and is fantastic! The weight is just right and the blow is even and pure. 3 threaded leadpipes are included in various materials. This is a really tremendous playing jazzer and I'm having a hard time not keeping for myself (honest truth!) $1350 with case.
Here's a nice 1970s Corporation model 43ML trumpet, recently re-silverplated. It is in gorgeous shape. The bell engraving is slightly less visible because of the restoration but overall the trumpet is a looker! SOLD
For those frugal bass trombonists out there looking for an easy playing and great sounding double plug bass trombone but are cost conscious… look no further. This is the Benge 290, a really fabulous playing bass trombone that gets an undeserved poor reputation. Why the bad rep you ask? Benge originally was a very high quality brass maker or trumpets back in the day… but has always been the black sheep to the Conn, King and Holton brands since it was acquired many years back and has been through many permutations of ownership with varying degrees of quality control over the years. This bass trombone was made during the UMI years of ownership and while it's not a top tier bass it certainly isn't the "Yugo" many folks make them out to be. In fact, I actually think this bass is a much better playing and fabricated instrument than some that sell for twice as much and miles ahead of some of the inexpensive knock off bass bones. So rejoice knowing that you're getting a bargain USA made quality independent valve bass trombone… as the ancient Roman's used to say "illegitibus non carborundum" to anyone that shoots you a dirty look in the section for playing this beauty. $2050 with case. SOLD
All original condition late Bach New York model 6i trombone. The model 6i variation is the original variation that Vincent Bach developed, coming up with i-vii variations for the model 6. This one is gorgeous and in incredible condition. Has the rare gold brass outer slide tubes. Includes original case. $2100 SOLD
C series Elkhart 88Hs are some of my absolute favorite large bore trombones… kinda like the split window corvettes of the trombone world. I consider 1961 to be the pinnacle of the best 88H production. This trombone is very interesting, as it has the older 50's deco engraving but is an early C series. The bell is incredibly thin and vibrant. A great one. $2500 with case. SOLD
A phenomenal contrabass trombone with some pedigree. This contra has spent its life in the Hollywood studios. It has been played on some of the most famous film scores over the past 20 years and was previously owned by one of the legends. Robb Stewart modified the triggers and they work well. The instrument is tuned in F/C/Eb/BBb or F/C/Db/AA. It is gold brass with nickel slide. Overall good condition, some minor dings and cosmetic scratches. The sound is incredible. $6800 with case. You won't find a better contra for this price anywhere.
Similar to the old Holton large tenors. This one has a .554" bore and 9" bell, traditional F attachment. Silverplated bell, lightweight slide. Very cool combination. Some wear on the slide. $1200 with case
Here is another gorgeous early 1960s C series Elkhart 88H. This one has the 60s engraving, all original and in great shape. Plays very open! This is a great Conn for a Bach player looking for a dark and powerful open blowing 88H. $2400
Bach 42 Trombone with gold brass bell, original Ed Thayer valve. Raw brass. Very good orchestral trombone and open blowing valve $1875 with BAM case. We can relacquer for $300 additional.
This is an EPIC bass trombone. This one has been floating around Los Angeles for the past 15 years and is well known here for being a truly impressive instrument. I will admit, it is one of the best playing orchestral Bach 50 bass trombones I've tried (I thought about keeping for myself!). Thayers installed by Chuck McAlexander at The Brass Lab. It is an early 1970s instrument. Bell has been silver plated. You'll notice there is a patch on the rim. I don't recall why, but doesn't affect the horn playability. Valves can be set up Bb/F/Gb/D or Bb/F/G/Eb. With a gig bag. SOLD
A nice combination. This is a vintage 1960s King 3B silver sonic with removable bell. Also comes with a vintage brass bell. It was owned by a prominent studio player here in LA. Been around the world with rock groups and has been well played. It sounds amazing. Slide has been repaired, you'll see in the photos, some minor wear on the stockings but action is good. A really nice horn that will make you lots of money from all the cool gigs you'll get with it. $2700 for the set. No case. SOLD
An oldie and a goodie. This one used to be owned by the great Dick Nash. Similar to a 72H style single valved bass trombone but with the big throated bell flare. Yellow brass and nickel silver. A nifty vintage bass trombone that plays and sounds like the man, Mr. Bass Trombone. Impress your friends pulling this guy out of the case. $1600 SOLD
Another sweet classic bass trombone that was previously owned by Dick Nash. This was a model horn that a lot of the old studio cats in LA used to play. You can swap the tuning slides on the valves to get different tuning systems. Currently set up to normal Bb/F/Gb/D by reversing the slides. In very good shape. All original. $1900 with case.
Somewhat of an oddity brass instrument, but a cool one nonetheless. This is a King "Flugabone" which is a cross between a marching trombone and a flugelhorn. In good shape, some lacquer wear. $950 with case.
These alto trombones are based on the vintage Laetsch and Schilke alto trombones. They are excellent instruments that are easy to play and sound good. $1500 with case in great shape.
Up for sale is a lightly used custom Arkbone. Designed and developed by myself and Thomas Zsivkovits and fabricated in Germany by Stefan Schmidt. This is Arkbone #4 and was the first one to be the solidified production model. It is a really fabulous playing trombone, you can read all about them and the concept we had while designing it. This one is in great like new condition, minor acid bleed on a spot on the rim is the only blemish. SOLD $3700 without case.
The crown jewel of any trombone collection, this is the original Conn Contrabass Trombone, circa 1901… yes, 115 years old! Owned through the years by Abe Torchinsky, Bill Bell, Roger Bobo, Bill Reichenbach and Murray Crewe, it is now offered here for sale. It was used on many film scores while its time in Los Angeles and is probably the most famous contrabass trombone in the world. Slide is a dual bore .535"/.578", silver-plated finish with a custom Miraphone mouthpiece. Takes a standard bass trombone shank mouthpiece. Slide tubes are original raw brass, slide action is above average for 4 raw brass tubes. Silver is nearly perfect. I'm very excited to have this instrument here at The Brass Ark. Serious inquires only. SOLD
Nothing is classier than playing a straight .547" trombone on the principal chair in the orchestra. I always give a bit more kudos to those trombonists brave enough to play a trombone without a valve. It is harder, yes, but it is also more pure and free blowing. I'm certainly not saying F attachments aren't a valuable tool… but we don't need them all the time. There is something amazingly satisfying about playing a glorified straight extendable tube and knowing that you're the master of it. This Xeno is a super nice and easy to play professional orchestral tenor trombone. The sound is very clean, crisp and punctuated with a rich vibrancy. Intonation is spot on and predictable. Overall in very good condition with some lacquer wear here and there adding to the character of it. REDUCED $1200 without case.
Here's a really nifty custom Benge, modified in NYC to be convertible. It is a medium bore .525" slide with open wrap F attachment and removable straight neck pipe. Gold brass bell, nickel slide. Overall in great shape. $1800 sold without case
This professional Conn 8D is almost an Elkhart, with a serial in the R series, that makes it circa 1974 during the transition to Abeline production. Overall in excellent shape, unlacquered, with cut bell and a custom nickel silver Jim Patterson Hornworks leadpipe. $2550 with case.
A beautiful playing vintage Bach model 6, made in the Bronx New York. This trombone is one of the best playing examples of a model 6 I've had come through the shop. It spent many years in the Hollywood studio scene before being purchased by a prominent collector. I offer it for sale now. It has a custom nickel slide with original crook. The original handgrip is included which shows the serial number (worn). $1850 with original Bach NY case. SOLD
Recently overhauled and restored here at the shop, this is a gorgeous vintage Bach 50B2 with gold brass bell flare. It has an amazingly colorful and clear sound with warmth and depth. Stacked dependent valves in the old configuration with a custom D slide. The bell had a small blem in the solder bead, which we fixed before relacquer. Sold with case. $2650 SOLD
A beautiful vintage 1970s Bach Eb alto trombone. Recently tuned up and looking mighty fine. Includes the original case. This one is a great playing example of a Bach alto. $1500 sold
Here is a Bach 42BO with gold brass bell, circa mid 1990s. Tuned up and refreshed here at the shop. An ideal instrument for a young professional looking for a classic workhorse that won't break the bank. This one is a good playing example. $1700 with case
New, demo model bell flare from SE Shires. The 7GM is a medium gauge gold brass bell, and is one of Shires most popular models. $850
This is a professional top of the line Kanstul 1531 cornet, yellow brass lacquered. It features a shepherds crook, large bore and 2 triggers. This one is in near new condition and comes with a protec rolling gig bag. $2100
I personally think this is one of the best bass trombones Yamaha has produced. It is extremely well made, easy to play and great sounding. Inline rotary valves, gold brass bell, standard weight slide. What more could you want. This one spent many years on Broadway but is in really great lightly used condition. $2200 with case and Eb slide
Excellent 4 valve recording model Euphonium, made by Conn in Elkhart. This is the Connstellation model, which was their top tier of the time. I gotta say, this is a really fun euphonium to play. It is like driving a sports car, super nimble valves, great sound and a nifty custom Minick tuning trigger on the main slide. I'm sure this one won't last long. $1450 with original case. SOLD
Bach 42BO, standard model with yellow brass bell. I recently installed this vintage bell on the chassis of this trombone and we relacquered it here at the shop. It really is a nice playing instrument, and ideal for a strong young or old player of any skill level. $1650 without case.
Here's a nearly new Friedman Model Bach 42T. These are wonderful instruments that are no longer in production from the Bach factory. Based on Jay's setup, they feature a thin gold brass bell, thayer valve and .562" nickel lightweight slide. This style of trombone isn't for everyone, and you need to approach it from the way Jay does: "total relaxation with lots of front and energy to get the notes to jump out of the instrument, and play it like its a small trombone" and you will be rewarded with incredible soft dynamic control, explosive core on demand and a focused sound that is like no other. This trombone can be incredibly easy to play or quite difficult. Instrument is in excellent condition, slide it top notch and cosmetically very clean. REDUCED $3250 with case
A gorgeous looking and playing Edwards Bass Trombone. It has a 1215CF Bell, Rose single radius tuning slide, Dependent thayer valves with edge bracing and a .562" straight bore slide. The valves have recently been replaced under factory warranty. Includes a B3 sterling silver leadpipe. No case. $4000 SOLD
A very nice playing Shires Trombone indeed! This setup has a 1Y bell with the old hand engraving, a thayer valve and a TW47 slide. Overall in excellent shape, the bell is particularly a nice playing example. Top tier professional orchestral trombone. $2900 without case. SOLD
Another ultra rarity! This is a New York Bach model 34 with a rose brass bell. The model 34 is the cooler underground cousin to the ubiquitous model 36… it has a .522" slide with an 8" bell flare. I've never seen another 34 with a rose brass bell and this one sound incredible. The slide is from the Mt Vernon era and still a 34 slide, but not original to the bell. This instrument came from a well known collector and would be the prize of any trombonist looking for a super slick, classy medium bore. $3000 with case SOLD
A workhorse among professional level trombones, the Holton TR150 has enjoyed mixed popularity over the years. Regardless, they are excellent trombones for young professionals or intermediate players looking for a quality large bore trombone at a decent price. The TR150 has a .547" slide with a 9" yellow brass bell, traditional wrap F attachment. REDUCED $900 with case.
Made famous in the Hollywood Studios, this Conn 8D is one of the most ubiquitous French Horns in the world. Based on the classic Kruspe Horner model, the 8D is a large bore solid nickel silver big belled horn. It records amazingly well and offers some of the most unique and smooth slurs around. A valuable tool for the hornist, there are many occasions when an instrument in this style is a valuable commodity. This particular instrument was made in the 1960s and has spent its whole life in the Hollywood studios. It is well broken in, like a nice baseball glove, but has recently been refit with a valve job so the valves are all tight with great compression. Overall in excellent condition, especially for one from this vintage. A rare opportunity to buy a clean Elkhart 8D with some history. $3800 with case. SOLD
I'm not sure how many of these were made, but pretty certain it was only one or two. The mode 1670 was designed with George Roberts to be similar to a vintage Conn 70H. It features a similar bell taper and tuning in the slide design. This particular model uses a Holton 169 idea of a removable 2nd D valve that plugs into the F attachment tubing. This allows for the 2nd valve to be optional, giving the performer a "2 in 1" model bass trombone. This one is in very good condition with a few small imperfections in the bell flare, but overall it's super clean. SALE PENDING $2400 with case
It is not a joke! The sackbut was the original name for the Renaissance trombone and this is indeed a consort. In this collection, we have an Eb alto, Bb tenor and Eb bass. These sackbuts are made by Finke in Germany in the 1970s during the resurgence of makers trying to reproduce historic instruments to be used in period performance ensembles. The Finke instruments are not the best, but they are better than "hackbuts" or cut down modern trombones. With the proper historically accurate mouthpiece these instruments actually perform quite well. Certainly not on par with the top tier historic makers, but also a fraction of the cost. I would highly recommend Geert van der Heide mouthpieces should be ordered along with these instruments. I will sell them individually or as a set. Prices are as follows REDUCED:
Here's a new, demo model, Markus Leuchter alto trombone in Eb. It is the yellow brass version, standard weight slide. This is a phenomenal alto trombone. Similar design to the famous Glassl alto trombones but improved with better intonation, full slide positions and much better quality. I personally play a Leuchter alto trombone and I think they are one of the absolute best altos currently being made. $2700 with case. SOLD
The Atkinson AG2000 is made in Burbank California and is Mark Atkinson's take on the famous Carl Geyer design used by pretty much every professional hornist around these days. These medium belled yellow brass horns are all the rage in symphonies and studios alike and the AG2000 is one of the in demand models. Atkinson makes all of his parts in house, rotor valves, slides, pipes, bells etc and finishes each on with his small staff. This particular horn is about 3 years old and was used professionally by one of the top hornists here in LA. Overall in very nice condition, showing some contact wear (it is raw brass). Sold without case. $8500, a nice discount from the current price and no wait to get one!
These horns are becoming very popular in the USA. While always having a following here in the states, a recent push to medium bore yellow brass horns have made the Alex 103 in great demand. They are unique, having a six port change valve and their own style wrap. Alexander brass instruments have been around since the early 1800s and make some of the finest brass instruments in the world. Here's a vintage Alexander model 103 in yellow brass with cut bell flare. Overall in very nice condition with some minor dings from use. Valves seal well and the sound is classic "Alex". Mechanical valve linkage is quiet and quick. Comes with a case. REDUCED $4100
The Alexander Model 1103 is the "Geyer" style version of the famous model 103. It features inline valves with the thumb at the bottom of the valve cluster. This instrument is an older model and has been well used. The valves aren't 100% tight and probably will need to be replated in the near future. The leadpipe has also had some repair work done and should be replaced to get the most potential out of this instrument. The bell flare and 1st branch are most excellent and this horn with some love could be a fantastic playing top tier French Horn. Priced accordingly. $2500 with case. SOLD
The Atkinson NN508 is a high end professional French Horn made in Burbank. Using the timeless Conn 8D and Kruspe Horner models for the inspiration for the design, the NN508 really shines for players looking for that rich, velvety large bore French Horn sound. Solid nickel silver, unlacquered. Ideal for recording work or large concert halls, this is a really fabulous playing instrument. In excellent lightly used condition, REDUCED $4400 with case
Here's something really special! This is a very rare early German romantic bass trombone made by the legendary maker, Ed Kruspe in Erfurt. It is unusual to find a bass and these are very sought after instruments. This particular instrument was most recently on loan the the Chicago Symphony, where it was used in their set of romantic trombones. It features a 9 3/4" gold brass bell, .532"/.554" dual bore slide and has had the trigger linkage updated to a modern style ball and socket with thumb paddle (instead of the leather thong). Comes with a custom Alexander hard case. $6000
For sale, a beautiful orchestral tenor trombone from Steve Shires in Boston Massachusetts. One of the top tier makers in the world, this shires trombone features the popular "trubore" valve (allowing the open side of the instrument to be straight through the valve, the F side being very free blowing as well) and has a 7GLW (gold brass) bell flare and TW47 slide. It is an excellent playing instrument and includes a used hard case. Some minor wear at the contact points and a few small blems but overall very nice condition. $3350 SOLD
A gorgeous six valve Vienna F tuba, made by Alexander in Germany. This is quite a site to see and hear. The valve configuration is as follows: (left hand 1 and 2 normal, 3 long whole step: right hand 1 minor 3rd, 2 half step, 3 perfect 4th). Has a few bumps and small dings but overall in nice shape. A true oddity to whip out at parties and steal the show… depending on the party. $3300 with case. SOLD
Something about the prewar trombones that are really special. This one has a unique engraving on the bell flare, much different than the later versions most are familiar with on the 2Bs. It's a great playing 2B, not perfect condition but has a lot of personality on this one! Comes with a slim French style king case… possibly original. Price is $1500
One of my favorite things in the world is finding a really special or unique vintage trombone. This one certainly ticks all of the boxes. Here she is… an original first year of production 1952 King 2B Silversonic… only of the best jazzer trombones ever made and one of the first on that legendary line. It gets better… this one is a single owner trombone, purchased in 1952 by the current owner. It's been used around the world, on many stages and many concerts. It isn't perfect cosmetically but it is perfectly seasoned and I wouldn't change a thing. Comes with original case. $4000
So it has been a fruitful month for special trombones. Here's something you don't see everyday! This is an original Bach model 15T (model 16 prototype) from 1930. It has lots of unique features, special corkbarrels, flat French bead rim, nickel neck pipe and hexagonal slide bumper. She's in great shape and a heck of a player. Big burly sound, lots of core and a unique blow. Serial number is 170. Cleaned and tuned up… guaranteed to be the only one on the block. $3100 REDUCED
This is a really fantastic playing vintage Bach bass trombone. It's not fancy, it doesn't have boutique valves, its cosmetically not perfect… but this bass trombone is a monster player and the sound is refined and gorgeous. Response is balanced, colors are easily manipulated and it isn't too heavy to hold. Currently setup with a single thumb paddle that actually works quite well. We can split the triggers for you for $250 additional. Price is $2200 as is without case.
Here's a no frills, vintage Bach 36B. Excellent player, excellent condition, original lacquer and original owner. It has the nice Marston made rotary valve, which tends to be more free blowing than current smaller rotary valves on the market. The bell is really beautiful "Corportation". Looking for a unmodified vintage 36B… look no further. $1750 with case. SOLD
Vintage Bach bass trumpet in Bb, model 440. Two piece valve casing with nickel trim, original lacquer, original owner. Excellent condition and a really nice playing Bach bass trumpet. It hasn't had any modifications. Brad can add a main tuning slide trigger system for an additional cost. $2850 with original slim case. SOLD
Here's a rare beastie… the Shires "Bonezilla" which features special oversized inline rotary valves. It has a BII 1YHW bell, two tuning slides and a B62NYC (nickel yellow crook .562") slide. It's in great shape and comes with a Marcus Bonna case. $4300
Here's a nice basic entry level professional .547" tenor trombone with F attachment. In very good condition, recently tuned up and cleaned. Easy to play and ideal for a budding trombonist or serious amateur looking for a larger bore trombone that won't break the bank. $1200 with case.
A nice vintage 1960s Conn 8h large bore trombone. This is an M series and has a classic Conn sound. We are replacing both inner tubes and removing the ring on the handslide. This will be a really nice Elkhart 8H. $1500 with case.
Arguably one of the finest trombones in the world, this is a custom Greenhoe inline "TIS" bass trombone. These basses are some of the easiest and best sounding instruments I've come across. Craftsmanship is top tier, everything is totally custom made specifically for this trombone. This one is in near new condition. No wear and gorgeous. $7900 without case. SOLD
Yes, another rarity has presented itself! This is the Mt Vernon 50B, the bass trombone of your dreams. Overall, this example is in good condition and an ideal candidate for modernization. The bell is in good shape, looks like its never taken major trauma and only has some cosmetic scratching on the flare. Slide is good, some minor wear on the chrome but not through it. The valve knuckle does have a small crack and needs to be patched to play this instrument in original single valve configuration. I plan on doing this repair here, but I am willing to discount the price to sell it as is, if your plan is to chop it and put modern valves on it anyway. The original rotor itself is in good shape. $4400 repaired, cleaned and ready to play. Email for as is price. SOLD
Here is a custom Gen II Conn 62H bass trombone with inline Greenhoe valve conversion. This conversion was done at the Greenhoe shop and is not a Conn-Selmer produced variation. It had a minor bell dent that was repaired and shows scarring. Overall in very nice condition and a superb playing bass trombone. $4650 with BAM case SOLD
Very nice, lightly used Conn 88H Lindberg valve with sterling silver bell, silver plated and gold plated trim. Very good playing instrument, the valve is balanced and the action is very fast and short. These sterling bells give rich overtones with solid projection and a powerful presence. Recently sonic cleaned and ready to go! $2300 with case. SOLD
This is an early Bach 50B3O, inline open wrap rotary valve bass trombone. It has a new Matthias Hoelle custom seamed copper tuning slide as well as a custom hand brace. Very strong playing bass, big sound with lots of core. Easy to play and a satisfying sound. In very good condition and will be cleaned and tuned up prior to sale. Price is $2850 with case. SOLD
Beautiful vintage Alexander CC tuba, 4 rotary valves, in excellent shape. Circa late 1960s, totally handmade. Gorgeous sound and a very open and balanced response. Main tuning slide adjustment custom fabricated to allow you to tune as you go. Recently sonic cleaned and tuned up. With a newish Cronkhite gig bag. $4200
Quite rare, this Mt Vernon 36 has a gold brass bell. It is an excellent player and in very good vintage condition. The bell has a French bead rim. Some lacquer wear, which looks to be original. I can relacquer it on request for a small additional fee. Includes original case. $2675. SOLD
Very rare original early production Burbank Benge pocket trumpet in silver plated finish. Very good playing instrument (better than some full size trumpets!) Includes the original vinyl case. $1800 SOLD
OMG, a gorgeous King 2B Liberty c.1953 that has been very gently and thoughtfully restored. One of my favorite vintages with the two tone grip trim. It has new inner and outer slide tubes and the slide is oh so nice!!! This is one of the nicest jazzers to come into the shop in a while. $1200 without case.
There are few trombones that get me very excited, but anything late 1930s Conn… I'm a dead sucker for them. From the engraving to the bell seam, to the oversized font handstamps; Conn was just making the best stuff and firing on all cylinders during this period. The 32H AKA the Burkle Model, was designed by the guy in charge: Jake Burkle to be his masterpiece. There really isn't another trombone out there like the 32H… its a true chameleon. At home in the big band, versatile enough for light orchestra, wails in brass quintet. There is nothing the 32H can't handle This one has been well used, but has all the features that make it a desirable vintage. Somewhere along the line, someone put that awful orange lacquer on it so you can't see all the beautiful nickel trim, I'd recommend stripping that of ASAP. Overall in good shape, one nasty dent in the end of the slide crook which can be repaired, but would need to take the crook off to get at it. Sold at a steal! $700 without case
Ok! Take a seat, this one is a doozie! An original Earl Williams model 8 trombone, made by the man himself. What can I say, its a fabulous trombone… one of the very best medium .525" bores probably ever made. This one was owned and used by Dave Wells, the trombonist from the Baja Marimba Band. Its been played and not in a closet and boy if these horns could talk, I'm sure this one has some stories to share. Overall in very good condition, some very small mute pings which we'll try to get out before shipping. Slide action is fantastic, Earl tubes are the best. Curiously enough, this one also includes… wait for it… a valve section!!! I don't think the valves were made by Earl, but they were custom made to mate with this bell. All of that and a nifty case that holds the valves, slide and bell section. Also, check out Dave's other horns up for sale too, notably his Willy model 9. $4200
Earl Williams trombones are just beautiful playable artwork. There's something magical about them. Many folks have tried to recreate that magic, but there's nothing like the real thing… and here it is! This is an original Earl Burbank model 9, owned and used by Dave Well's of the Baja Marimba Band fame. You can see on countless videos of the band on youtube… this trombone! It even still has the nub dave installed on the crook so he could drag it along the stage as part of his schtick. Its a wonderful player, .525" slide with classy pigtail F attachment. In great shape with some worn lacquer (looks original) and some mute dings in the bell flare. Slide action is amazing. Its a special one and I'm sure will be the crown jewel of any serious trombone lovers stable. $4500 with case. Sale Pending
There was a time in our history when double bell instruments were all the rage and the cutting edge of brasswind technology. Two bells are of course better than one… you can play passages with yourself in echo or mute one bell and open another… plus it looks like you're playing an instrument from a Dr. Seuss book. This beastie is an eye catcher. It was used by Dave Well's of the Baja Marimba Band and was featured prominently in the show as Dave's cigar holder. I don't know what else to say… if you're interested in purchasing this one you already know what it is and what it is capable of. It is in good physical shape. We'll clean it up before sale. $1700 with case
Now that I have your attention, let me describe this really nifty and excellent custom Conn trombone. The bell flare is unstamped and came from the legendary batch of Conn bells out of Larry Minick's shop in LA. These bells all had special voodoo blessings and magical spells cast over them to play superior to other Conn bells… ok maybe I made up the voodoo part, but these bells are a bit of a legend in the LA community. Larry got a bunch of parts from Conn made to his specs in some quid pro quo deal and he used them to build his own Minick trombones for many of the best players of the day. This is one of those bells. The original chassis of this trombone is from an R series 88H, which is during the transition period from Elkhart to Texas. It has a custom open wrap ala Minick done by a well known tech from Dallas. The slide is custom built by Harry Siverly from scratch, leadpipe is removable. A really nice playing horn and a nice looking trombone with some special sauce. $1900 without case SOLD
Very nice playing Rath bass trombone with inline Hagmann valves, dual bore slide and nickel bell. The Hagmann valves are excellent, have an open blow and great response. The 845N bell gives wonderful clarity and core to the sound, articulations are super clean and the sound is dark and powerful. Very good all around bass that would work for most styles of playing. Can be commercial with that style mouthpiece or orchestral with a bigger setup. Recently sonic cleaned and tuned up. There are some cosmetic scratches and some small dings in the slide crook and tuning slides. $3900 without case
Beautiful gold plated Bach 229 C trumpet, Large Bore, with a Bob Malone conversion. MC2 leadpipe, bell ferrule extension. Sold without case $3200
A nice vintage Bach "Corporation" model 37 ML Bb trumpet, in very good condition. Silver has been redone at some point. Good valve compression. Serial 51,xxx. Sold without case. $1500 sold
A used Bach model 72 ML Bb trumpet, in very good condition with some worn silver on the valve casing. Leather hand grip included. Great playing 72! Sold without case. $1200 SOLD
A lightly used Bach 229 Chicago C trumpet, features a vintage style 229 bell taper with French bead rim (based on the Bach trumpet Bud Herseth used in the Chicago Symphony), with a narrow tuning slide and classic wide braces and hex leadpipe receiver. Gorgeous sounding trumpet that speaks and project immediately. A classic principal trumpet sound. $2200 with case.
A lightly used Eastman model 540S D/Eb trumpet, professional model. With an extra set of slides. Well made and good playing high trumpet for a player looking for a quality instrument on a budget. $750 with case. REDUCED
Used Benge Flugelhorn model 3FL in good condition. Similar to Kanstul flugels. Some contact wear and lacquer is worn, but a nice playing instrument regardless of how it looks. $700
Lightly used Bach model 36G with convertible F attachment (open wrap) and straight neckpipe. Easy blowing 36 and a nice clear sound with good response and projection. This gold bell is particularly nice, good medium weight thickness that gives solid feedback on your chops. Very versatile instrument. REDUCED $2100 with case.
Rare eB alto trombone made by J. Pfretzschner in Germany. Model 3, which is the large bore (.500"/.547") which works beautifully. I don't know why it works so well, but despite the size of this alto, it doesn't sound like a tenor trombone. Its a fabulous sounding and looking instrument, very high quality craftsmanship. $2800 without case.
Beautiful playing Bach model 36, vintage "corporation" bell. In very good condition with an exresponse. The bell is vibrant with some authority to the articulations. Nice principal instrument or for a player looking for an open blowing medium bore horn that isn't too dark or too bright. Comes with French style case. $1975 sale pending
Nice vintage 1950s Conn 12H Coprion. This is similar to a 4H, .485" bore with a solid copper bell. Has the beautiful deco engraving on the flare. Gets a big sound for the bore and projects like crazy. Lots of fun to play, kind of like a trombone sports car. In good used condition. Sold without case $850
Up for sale, a used V Raptor Bb trumpet. Made by Stomvi in a joint collaboration with Bob Reeves Brass. Has a polybore and a 4.88" bell. This one is gold plated, has some contact wear. Highly sought after commercial trumpet. REDUCED $1000 without case.
Beautiful gold plated Bach 229G gold brass bell, C trumpet, Large Bore, with a Bob Malone MC1 leadpipe, bell ferrule extension. Conversion done by Don Sawday. Terrific playing trumpet. Sold without case $2200
I really like the way this alto trombone plays. It has that classic Germanic timbre with nice clarity and sparkle. When I play it, I can imagine the sound from the audience, a nice shimmer on top of the orchestra. It is a larger bore alto. I had Brad make a custom leadpipe for it that helped define the slots and gives a nice even blow throughout. Nickel garland on the bell is a nice touch. Unlacquered raw brass. $2000 no case SOLD
This trombone speaks for itself! A Greenhoe custom tenor, thin red brass bell, open wrap valve, wide slide with nickel crook. In great shape, a few small lacquer blems from use but otherwise super clean. SOLD
One of the best custom trombones you can get, this is a Shires made in Boston Massachusetts. This instrument features the Shires Trubore valve, a unique design that allows for a straight neck pipe to be created through the open side of the valve, with a gentle bend when engaged. One of the nicest playing valves on the market. The bell is a 2RVE (vintage elkhart style red brass) and a TW47 (wide yellow brass with nickel crook slide). In excellent condition with some minor lacquer wear on the slide. $3100 without case, one leadpipe
This is a stunning custom trombone that is one of the most well executed and unique versions of a removable 2nd valve instrument that I have ever seen. The 2nd valve functions perfectly and is totally removable to make this a single valve instrument. It has tuning in the slide, fully conical back bow, red brass bell and plays like a dream. As far as I know, Greenhoe only made two of these special bass trombones. This one is in like new condition. Price is $8400 without case. SOLD
This is an exceptional instrument. It is stunning to see… the attention details and craftsmanship is simply the best. Very rare to find a gold brass Mt Vernon 50 with nickel slide, and even more rare to already have it modernized with some of the best rotary valves in the world. This one is a sound monster, you can easily make the tone you want and don't even have to think about it. The valves blow open and are integrated into the classic with finesse. The slide is all original, with original tubes and leadpipe. You will notice some wear on the end of the stockings in the photos, despite this the action is quite good. Sure to make all of your trombone friends jealous, and maybe even get noticed by someone in the string section… not because you're playing too loud, but because you look so darn spiffy with this classic in your hands. $8000 with protec case, $8300 with original hard case and original single rotary valve parts. Sale Pending
A lightly used Kanstul contrabass trombone in F. Very easy to play contra with big sound, excellent intonation and superb ergonomics. Used by many of the studio cats out here in LA on your favorite film scores, but also by many orchestra bass trombonists around the world. It has similar valve interval relationship to a standard bass trombone setup: F/C/Db/AA. The only blem I can find on this trombone is some very mild lacquer spots at the rim wire and a very small mute ping in the bell. Otherwise it looks new. Comes with a Cronkhite black cordura gig bag. $6900 SOLD
A lightly used Kanstul bass trumpet in Bb, 3 piston valves with main tuning trigger and removable leadpipe. Based on the Bach model 440 bass trumpet, this is Kanstuls version. The most notable difference is a removable leadpipe system. This one comes with one leadpipe, a 2B which is based on the King 2B taper. Gives a very balanced and open blow with a brilliant tone color. Valve action is good and the main trigger system is a nice option to have. In like new condition, $2900 with hard case.
Here is a beautiful rotary C trumpet made by Josef Monke in Germany. It has a rare German nickel silver construction and is quite a beautiful instrument to see. Used in the LA area for many years by one of the top professional trumpet players in the area, this is an opportunity for a rare and desirable rotary trumpet. Has beautiful handmade details, hand engraved bell, hand formed valve spatulas and beautiful bends. Comes with a deluxe hard case. Will be sonic cleaned before sale. $2900 REDUCED
A nice professional workhorse, this is a Bach 42BOG which is a open wrap rotary valve with gold brass bell. Recently cleaned and tuned up, it's ready to be played and loved. SOLD $1650 with Bach case
A beautiful looking alto trombone from Courtois Paris. This is the model Prestige-AG131-R, which has a 7" red brass bell, dual bore slide with removable pipe. The trill valve offers soloists a nice option for decoration on some of the literature, especially those awkward trills that don't sit well as lip trills. Great sound and easy to play. Comes with a nice case. SOLD
Here's a custom vintage Holton TR180 "Ostrander" bass trombone that has been modified by John Sandhagen. The previous owner wanted a more Germanic type wrap and had the tubing rearranged and remounted. Nice classic Holton sound, bright but warm. Easy to play and certainly unique look. SOLD $2100 with case.
One of a kind modified Shires jazz trombone with work by Mike Corrigan and his team at BAC Horn Doctor in Missouri. Features custom hand grip, copper tuning slide, copper neck pipe and copper asymmetrical slide bow with saturn water key. The slide has been lightened with a minimal cross brace for fast action. Quite unique and an eye catcher for sure. SOLD $2200 with case.
Here is a nice used professional Bach Bb trumpet, model 37 medium large. The industry standard. Good used condition. With case. $1400
A rare trumpet from the famous Benge Burbank shop. This is an original C trumpet in fabulous condition with what appears to be the original lacquer. French Besson style, this thing sounds great with a beautiful brilliant tone and clarity that is hard to match in today's modern trumpets. A timeless classic sound. With case. SOLD $1000
Well… what can I say. This is a BAT (Big Ass Tuba) and it is a glorious one to behold. Developed with Alan Baer of the NY Philharmonic, Meinl Weston has been able to create a 6/4 CC tuba that is user friendly, projects like a beast, has rock solid intonation, accurately reproduces your sound and most importantly LOOKS FREAKIN' AWESOME. If you're looking at this instrument, you already know what it is and what makes it special and don't need me to tell you how grand it is. This one is in lightly used condition, a bit of tarnish on the silver but otherwise ultra clean. Missing one pearl valve inlay. Comes with a Cronkhite gig bag. REDUCED $18,500
Here's a newer Conn 62H, Gen II, made at the Eastlake factory. This is the modern version of the classic bass trombone, developed in conjunction with many of the LA studio players. It's a easy to play instrument with open blowing valves and a good wide tapered bell flare. Has a nice focused compact tone with rich color and overtones. Dependent valves. In very good condition with some cosmetic pitting and lacquer wear. With case. $1900 SOLD
I get special instruments at the shop from time to time, this is certainly one of them. Here's a beautiful Conn 88H made in Elkhart. This instrument was Jim Miller's trombone from the LA Philharmonic and he used it for many years in the orchestra as well as recorded his album on it. It was worn from use, so we carefully restored it, replacing the worn contact parts that needed be replaced to bring this instrument back to a beautiful piece. It plays wonderfully and is a fine example of a classic Elkhart 88H. SOLD $2500
Here is a nice Minick modified Conn 71H with some LA history. It originally belonged to Roy Main, one of the great studio players out here in LA who had Minick do the conversion. It has some worn lacquer and a few small dings. Slide action is very good. A neat old bass trombone with some Hollywood magic. $2200 without case. SOLD
Lightly used professional Bach bass trombone with inline rotary valve and open wrap tubing. Yellow brass bell and standard weight slide. All in great shape with the only real blem being a small amount of acid bleed at the bell rim. $2800 SOLD
Absolutely fabulous Bach model 12 .500" bore trombone from the mid 1960s, early elkhart production. The bell on this trombone is fantastic. It has a dense rich core and projects like crazy. Super easy to play, flexible on the chops. This one is the jazz horn you've been looking for. Comes with a press fit pipe that appears to be aftermarket (possibly minick?). I had it lovingly restored and relacquered to enhance the appearance and not devalue or destroy its unique qualities. SOLD
Quality Swiss made bass trombone by Willson, modeled after a Bach 50B30 but with their oversized "Rotax" rotary valves. The bell is a 10" gold brass flare, open wrap inline valves, titanium nitride coated inner slide tubes. This is a cool bass trombone and a very nice player for someone looking for a lot of performance and options but without dropping a lot of money. $2650 without case. SOLD
Lightly used professional Bach large bore tenor trombone with solid sterling silver bell flare. These are some of the most responsive and best sounding bell flares Bach produced. Electroformed on a mandrel, the material is ultra thin and vibrant. Beautiful looking and sounding. In overall good condition with some lacquer wear and cosmetic pings from use. $1700 SOLD
Based on the Elkhart Conn 62H bass trombone, Kanstul created the 1662 which is a tuning in the slide throwback bass trombone that sounds a lot like the originals. Upgraded with oversized valves and modern features, this instrument is a good compromise for the player looking for a vintage classic sound but wants the ease of technology. You can still be a hipster with this bass and get the nods from the trombonists in the know. This horn is in excellent condition with some darkening of the original lacquer. Narrow bronze slide with bronze bell. Dependent CR valves. $2800 with protec case. SOLD
One of the most rare jazz trombones, this is an early Bob Williams made Earl Williams trombone, circa early 1970s. Bob Williams was Earl's son and took over the production of the instruments after Earl passed away. Some player prefer the Bob horns because of the nickel slide crook and the slightly different shape bows. I tend to agree that IMO the Bob horns play a bit more nuanced. I find them to be a good balance with the finesse of a King, the sound of a Bach and the flexibility of a Conn. This one is in fabulous shape, being sold by the original owner who was a trombone collector and had quite the extensive collection.SOLD $3900 without case.
A very solid and excellent playing Bach Mt Vernon 36B. It is an early 1960s model, 6xxx serial. Overall in very good condition, some minor wear on the inners. No dents, all raw brass. We can polish it up an lacquer it for you, or leave it as it is. I just gave it a sonic clean and it has a wonderful core and clarity to the sound. Sold without case. REDUCED $2000
This is the top of the line professional bass trombone from Yamaha, inline rotary valves with open wrap. Yamaha makes a really nice blowing oversized rotary valve, which are used on this model. The low register really pops out, the one piece bell flare offers good projection and has a flexible weight making it a versatile instrument. In great shape with a few minor spots of lacquer wear at the contact points. Slide action is great. Includes a nice compact Yamaha case. SOLD
This is a lightly used Eb bass sackbut made by Geert van der Heide in his small shop in the Netherlands circa 2013. It has a hand hammered and honed bell (the hammer marks are cleary visible in the dark patina on the inside of the bell (dark from the fabrication process and gorgeous). The slide is raw brass, has a kruspe style water key. This model is based on the original Issac Ehe instrument from 1612. It is tunable to D with an extra tuning slide extension. Includes a case and mouthpiece. SOLD
Almost new Greenhoe Custom tenor, one of the last production models. Built for a prominent trombonist as his backup instrument, it hasn't been used much at all… I'd say almost factory fresh. Thin red brass bell, red brass seamed back bow, gold brass outer tubes. This horn plays incredible! One of the easiest and warmest sounding trombones I've encountered. Includes lexan cap and standard valve cap as well as a few leadpipes. Sold without case. These aren't in production any more and I can't imagine many of these TIS models were made. $5500
Here's a nice workhorse Conn 8H, early Texas production. It is a good playing instrument, has been used and does show some cosmetic wear. Great for a player looking for a solid straight .547" trombone. With case. SOLD
Absolutely gorgeous handmade instrument from the talented Thein Brothers in Bremen Germany. This instrument plays as well as it looks. The sound is brilliant and colorful with a wide range of timbre. The wide nickel kranz gives this alto stability and nice feedback on your chops. Its quite an experience to play an instrument like this one, you never get bored. It is so high quality you're constantly learning more about your own sound as it pushes you to discover a wide range of character. Jay has a lovely article on his website about designing this instrument with Thein, have a look for it in my "links" section on this website. This instrument is $3600 without case. I have a beautiful leather Basili alto trombone case that would match it nicely and can be included for a bit extra. SOLD
Here's a rare beauty from the early 1950s, an early model Conn 8H with optional F attachment, pre official 88H. Before 1954, Conn offered 88Hs in this configuration. Some notable features on these early large tenors are the heavier stock slide braces, hand bent valve wrap, tuning slide bow guard and incredibly responsive bell flares. Interestingly, this particular Conn has brass stock on the slide grip, a unique feature that was probably special ordered. It looks to be original. This is a great player. I know my Conn trombones, and this one is special. $2500 with hard case. SOLD
This is our 3rd and final prototype before embarking on our production model updated 42s. Since it is a prototype, it doesn't have all the same features as our production horn, but many are the same. It has our oversized rotary valve with open wrap, voodoo bell treatment, new outer slide tubes, threaded leadpipe receiver and has been relacquered. A superb playing instrument, and a significant discount on our production models. If you're after that classic Bach 42 sound, but looking for something with a modern valve and features, this is a great opportunity. Includes the original leadpipe with threaded collar.
In my opinion, the finest bass trombone I have ever played. This instrument is incredible in almost every way. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unparalleled and the design is totally unique and inspiring. I am so impressed that a bass trombone that is as lightweight as this one is able to get such a wide variety of colors and timbres without having the sound distort or be degraded. The inline Hagmann valves are a dream to play, open and responsive while being vibrant and reliable. Slide action is terrific. I love the sterling silver snakes on the tuning slide, ultra classy. This is a trombone that you look at constantly and you can't help it but notice all the little details that make it special. It is in near new condition, with the only blem being a small mark on the bell throat. It's a smaller dual bore slide and 10" bell. I've tested this instrument in a variety of ensembles and have had no problem blending with all makes and models of trombones in many different styles of playing. The Thein brothers got it right on this one. SOLD $8800 with Marcus Bonna case.
Here's a rare chance to get a unique Shires trombone. This prototype was built by Steve Shires for himself and has some interesting specs. The bell is a 2RVET7, slide is a TW47YG (yellow top tube, gold bottom tube) and the valve is a Spanish made BOSC valve. Similar to the other open port valves like the Trubore and Lindberg, this one is set up a bit more traditionally. It has a semi-open wrap which I really dig from an aesthetic point of view. Killer playing trombone. Comes with one leadpipe, no case. SOLD
Here's a unique tenor trombone made in Yamaha's custom pro shop in Japan. It comes with a lot of goodies so have a seat and enjoy: The bell is 8 1/4" red brass Xeno bell, custom F attachment wrap with removable compact D 2nd valve as well as a straight neck pipe, 2 slides (one is standard weight and the other is a nickel silver .547" with Bach style crook. Comes with a few leadpipes and a really cool custom gig bag. Totally one of a kind trombone that pretty much covers a wide range of options to tailor the instrument to your liking. $2900 SOLD
Here's a great playing Shires tenor trombone without a valve section. It has a 7G bell (very popular gold brass bell with soldered rim) and a T47GLW slide (narrow gold, no over sleeves). In great shape, probably only played a handful of hours. Comes with some extra leadpipes. SOLD $1900 without case.
The granddaddy to the modern double valve bass trombone, this is a Reynold Contempora Ostrander model. Designed with the legendary bass trombonist, the Contempora was one of the first bass trombones to be stock with 2 valves, an F and E valve. The original thumb trigger system is clumsy, so I had Don Sawday fabricate a beautiful split trigger system with minibal linkage and also give this rare instrument a relacquer, which came out great. There is a few cosmetic blems on the bell that we lacquered over for fear of over buffing. All in all, a really great playing old school bass trombone. $1350 SOLD
This one is a project we did here at The Brass Ark. Mated a nice playing vintage 1960s Conn 60H tuning in the slide bass trombone with a pair of inline Greenhoe valves. The result… yes, an ridiculous playing inline "Elkhart Conn 62H" Overall, this thing is badass. The Greenhoe valves are fabulous blowing and gives a great pop to the Conn, enhancing the qualities that make 62Hs so special. The bell flare is paper thin, and had some poor repair work done to it, as a result we decided to play it safe and add a patch (got the metal from a 1930 Alexander french horn bell) as a precaution to guard from the bell splitting or tearing, not the most elegant solution but the bell plays so well, I wanted to ensure that it would last for many years of use and not take a chance that it could be ruined from daily use. The slide has original inners and outer tubes that are in ok shape, but not perfect. The original leadpipe is intact. I also decided to widen the slide with a Bach 50 slide crook. I did this because I have played Greenhoe 62Hs in the past and while I find them to play great, they always felt awkward to me with the narrow slide. This wider slide is a big improvement and makes the horn feel a lot more like Gary's famous TIS custom bass trombones. Sold without case, a beautiful instrument SOLD
Schilke piccolo trumpet in excellent condition, 24K gold-plated from the factory. This piccolo was original built for Rick Baptist and was used in the Hollywood Studios. Lots of good high notes have been played through this horn, as you can imagine. Some minor contact wear in a few spots but overall very clean. $3000 without case. SOLD
Here's a near new Shires single valve thayer/axial valve section. It mates up to any Shires bass trombone. Great for lighter repertoire when you don't need the additional weight from the 2nd valve. SOLD $1200
One of the most mysterious makers in the world, Inderbinen creates unique trombones that not only look special but play that way too. This one is his medium bore, Quart model which has a .525" slide and a Hagmann F attachment. Beautiful raw brass brushed finish with dark patina inside the bell. SOLD
Here's the real deal, the Mt Vernon 50B bass trombone. This one is in great shape, and has new slide tubes with incredible action. The bell is wonderfully resonant. $4500 SOLD
Up for sale, a nice German made Monke tenor sackbut. I've had a few Monke instruments come through the shop before and they are always well made and nice playing instruments. This one is a good tenor sackbut that is ideal for someone looking to get into the early music scene but not dropping lots of money on the high end replicas. This horn gets a very good sound and is much better than the nearly unplayable Chinese made sackbuts you'll see online for hardly much less. Included is a custom Geert van der Heide mouthpiece, that helps a lot with creating a period accurate tone. $1200 with case SOLD
Here is a nice handmade sackbut by Ronald Collier from the early 1980s, based on the wide bore model from Meinl & Lauber. It has a gorgeous patina that instantly captures people's attention. A very good replica that doesn't cost as much as the fancier brands. This instrument was made when many makers were trying to create the most authentic sounds, and as a result, you get an instrument that blends in early ensemble better. Comes with a case and mouthpiece. $1450
The 1688CR is based on Conn 88H tapers but features a fully conical back bow and tuning in the slide. I really like these instruments a lot, and think Kanstul did a good job creating a modern version of the Conn TIS tenor trombones from the 1920s. While this isn't quite the same as the rare and elusive Conn 14H, the 1688 reminds me of some of those qualities: warmth, vibrance, color, rich etc. Being slide tuning, the bell is lightly braced and creates an aesthetically pleasing trombone. It's well made and offers traits you can't find in other brands. I tend to think trombonists that gravitate towards a big warm bass trombone sound would feel very comfortable on this one. SOLD
Here is a gorgeous custom Shires large tenor trombone with some really cool specs. It has a 2RVE bell flare (red brass, vintage Conn style) in standard weight, a special "Ralph Sauer" Shires rotary valve (this is the same rotor on the Sauer signature trombone) with open wrap tubing, TW47 slide (.547" tenor crook) and a yellow brass tuning slide. It is a phenomenal playing instrument with amazing response and character. The notes speak with efficient clarity, are easily colored and flexible with a nice presence and bloom to the tone. Slide action is some of the best and the overall condition of the trombone is excellent and lightly used. Sold without case and one leadpipe. SOLD
This is quite an interesting vintage Bach 36. The bell alloy I think is the legendary yellow brass with a hint of gold that many of the modern makers are trying to reproduce as "vintage bach brass"… I think Rath offers something similar to this. Regardless, it is an absolutely gorgeous color metal and hard for the camera to pick up the subtle golden tone of the metal. Look hard at the yellow brass tuning slide for comparison and I think you'll see it. This one has been used but it's quite a special playing instrument. Full of deep tones and a rich color. I think, for a vintage trombone nut, this one would be a cathartic experience. It's not perfect, you'll see some dents in the crook and some worn lacquer, but to me this adds to the appeal. $2150 with original case. SOLD
This is a stunning Bach Mt Vernon model 36B, traditional wrap F attachment. All original and in stunning condition. Bell has crisp engraving and french bead rim. This thing is totally stock with original trigger lever and linkage. It has an original lightweight nickel slide.The case is also in fantastic condition (it's the coffin style). It also plays as well as it looks. I think you would be hard pressed to find another vintage Bach 36B in this kind of condition. $3000 SOLD
Absolutely gorgeous vintage Bach New York model 6ii, with a model 8 slide. The model 6ii was one of the most open variations of the model 6. The model 8 has a .491" slide and is a good match to broaden up the sound of this instrument. I'm not sure if this was an original mating between parts or if sometime in the history of this trombone, the parts were swapped. The slide has rare original gold brass outer tubes with yellow crook. Overall in stunning condition with an original Bach New York case in great shape. REDUCED $1900
Here's a really nice vintage Bach 42G, gold brass bell, traditional wrap F attachment. This horn plays phenomenal. It has a classic orchestral sound, lots of core and projection. The bell is a good thickness, not too heavy and very responsive. Recently cleaned and cosmetically touched up, it isn't perfect looking but its got a killer sound. $1650 with protec case SOLD
Rare to find a model 6 from the Mt Vernon era, this was probably one of the last ones made. It is a 6vii, the variation that Glenn Miller made famous. It was the most popular variation of the seven sizes. This instrument has a 7" bell, .485" slide. Has a matching serial number stamped on the bell connector, so it is all original. Great shape and a terrific sounding small bore with a big sound. Comes with the original case. REDUCED $1650
One of the most exciting bass trombones I've had come through the Ark in a while, this is a custom built Bach with dependent thayer valves (assembled by the talented Eric Edwards). I'm calling it a 50T2 even though that model doesn't really exist in the Bach nomenclature… it should! Stacked thayers are a thing of engineering beauty in the world of bass trombone. What could be better than having the openness of thayer valves but the advantage of a fully tapered neck pipe… yeah, there isn't much better! To add to the things I like about this bass trombone, the one piece 9.5" gold brass bell is responsive and looks super badass on this chassis. Eric did a top notch job on assembling this one, I'd say it looks factory. Comes with a few press fit pipes. Sold without case. $4500 SOLD
An exotic large bore tenor trombone made by Schilke in Chicago. Reminds me a lot of a thin gold brass bell Bach with a very well made Thayer valve, built in house by Schilke. Some nice detail work on the stamping and braces. Very well put together and high quality materials. The trombone has an excellent sound, reminds me of an updated version of a really good playing Bach 42. Comes with a very nice schilke gig bag. $2600 SOLD
One of the best F tubas in the world, as played by Gene Pokorny and countless other professionals. It has 6 valves (5+1), yellow brass body with nickel trim and garland. It is a 5/4 size tuba, bore is .770"-.835". This one is in excellent condition with the only blem being a dent that was rolled out of the bell throat. There is some slight scarring in the lacquer that is noticeable. Otherwise the instrument is like new. $8500 with gig bag. SOLD
This is a Bach Mercedes from the 1970s, not to be considered with the Mt Vernon made Mercedes. The specs on this trombone are very similar to a King 3B, .508" bore slide with 8" bell. Finished in silver plate, it is quite a stunning instrument. Ideal for a player looking for something a bit different than a King 3B or Bach 16M. $800 with case. SOLD
Here's a phenomenal pedigree Bach Mt Vernon model 36 from a prominent orchestral trombonist. It is in very good used condition and while has some minor cosmetic blems, overall a clean example. Thin bell, open blow and a projecting sound. $2300 without case SOLD
Here's a really nice Bach Soloist Stradivarious: gold brass bell, open wrap F attachment, lightweight nickel slide. The strad soloist model was made for special dealers but is basically a rebranded Stradivarious model 42 with a different engraving. This one plays very well and is identical to a LT42GO. $1700 with original case SOLD
Professional inline bass trombone, made by Holton in Elkhorn Wisconsin.The 181 is a versatile instrument that can be used ina varied of musical settings. Most players like them for wind ensemble and commercial playing because they get a clear brilliant sound. Valve action is fast, a bullet brace is included to help the ergonomics of the instrument. Will be sonic cleaned and have lacquer touched up. $1800 without case
Probably one of the finest bass trombones in the world. No longer made, these Greenhoe Custom bass trombones are highly sought after. This one is inline, red brass bell, nickel crook. In excellent condition. $7000 SOLD
Highly desirable vintage Bach trumpet, made in Mt Vernon, New York. This is a medium large bore, model 43 leadpipe, two piece valve casings, lacquered. In excellent condition, sold without case. $1850 sold
Nearly new Ken Larson custom C trumpet, all yellow brass, unlacquered, extended bell ferrule and custom leadpipe. $1600 without case. SOLD
Made in the 1970s by Bohm&Meinl for Giardinelli, this is a decent playing alto sackbut. It doesn't compare to the modern high end sackbuts made by Egger, E.Meinl and Leuchter but it is a solid instrument that would be good for players on a budget looking to get into a historic alto. With the right mouthpiece, I think it would work very well. SOLD $700 with case.
This is a bit of a rare bird, it is becoming more difficult to find a nice vintage Bach 16G with the lightweight nickel slide and .509" bore "M" slide. This is quite a good playing instrument. I imagine this would be the perfect trombone for a trombonist who really likes the free blowing nature of a 3B but after something with a bit more pop and color. In very good condition with some cosmetic lacquer blems and a few small pings. $1700 with case SOLD
Recently restored Shires orchestral tenor with axial flow valve. The bell is a 2YM 8.5", TW47 slide, counterweight included. We removed all of the dents, full cleaning, a light buffing and a full relacquer. The instrument looks fantastic. REDUCED $2800 without case
Very early King Silvertone jazz model, made in the late 1920s. It has a solid silver bell and has the most incredible hand engraving on the flare. People will be stunned at the detail and beauty of this bell. It has a small bore and small bell (7"). It is a classic timeless trombone sound, very clear and brilliant with a lot of overtones and vibrancy. It has recently been restored by Robb Stewart and is in both excellent operating and cosmetic condition. SOLD $1225
King model 4B, large bore tenor, silver sonic anniversary model. Solid silver bell with gold wash. This horn really projects, big sound with a dense centered tone. It can take a lot of energy and doesn't break up. Good instrument for strong players. $1350 with case SOLD
Here is a late 1950s Conn 10H, which is the same specifications as the famous Conn 6H. The difference being the 10H has a solid copper bell flare. The specs are .500" bore, 8" bell diameter. These 10Hs are as rare as hen's teeth, which their not as desirable cousins the Coprion director and the 12H are plentiful. These things have a SOUND to them. They really cut and work great in situations when you need to pump out some volume. This one does have some chrome wear on the inner tubes but the slide action is good. We'll do our best to tune it up before shipping out. $1200 SOLD
Up for sale, a beautiful custom King 3B plus with removable F attachment. Very nice conversion done on this one to give you the option to play it valved or straight. This is a .525" bore with a 8" bell. Very versatile instruments that work well for commercial, broadway shows or principal in orchestra. Sold without case. REDUCED $1850
I'm so glad that Shires is producing this trombone, which is nearly identical to the Friedman model that is no longer in production by Bach. The bell is a one piece lightweight gold brass bell, based on the taper from a Mt Vernon 42. It has a Shires axial valve and a lightweight nickel .562" slide with the X model tuning slide. This is not a trombone for the average player and it does like to be played a certain way. Approaching it with the sound concept of the classic Chicago brass section will yield great success. I personally play a setup very similar to this one and I can share a few tips to achieve the maximum benefit of an instrument like this one. Mouthpiece selection is very important, I recommend the new Hammond Friedman line (which is available to order through the Ark). The cup shape and depth of your piece is crucial to get the most efficient energy transfer from your embouchure to the instrument. The Hammond piece has a V cup with a smaller throat to give the sound nice clarity and create bit of a resistance point, which in conjunction with the open bore of the bass slide allows you to have amazing control over the timbre and dynamic without getting tight or forced air. The concept that I find that works: It is the big "tenor" trombone but play it like its an alto trombone. Thinking of the instrument in that way, you will have a focused core that projects all the way to the back of the hall even in a dead space. This one is lightly used and in great technical and cosmetic shape. Comes with a protec case. SOLD
Professional bass trombone with inline thayer valves made by Getzen. These are very popular Edwards style instruments, made to the same specs as the most popular Edwards model. This one has been recently tuned up and prepped for sale and is a great playing instrument, especially for the budding bass trombonist or established veteran. New, they run around $4800. This one is available for $3000 with case. SOLD
Bach New York model 6ii, which means that it is the second variation of the model 6. The ii version has a more focused leadpipe with a more open tuning slide and neck pipe. This is a good combination that gives sparkle and clarity to the tone but doesn't blow tight or restricted. The 6ii was one of the more popular variations despite being very rare. This one is interesting, in that it seems to have the original lightweight slide, but not in nickel but gold brass rather. I've not seen this before and the only reason I speculate that it is original is because of the stamped oversleeves which have matching serial numbers (photo 8). Regardless, it is a killer playing trombone and my guess is that it has more soul and sound, in addition to a vintage cool factor, than any new jazz trombone you could buy. Don't let the .485" bore fool you, this this puts out volume! $1750 with case SOLD
Stunning craftsmanship on this Thein Universal trombone. Thein has been making fine brass instruments in Bremen since the 1970s. Many of their trombones are used all over the world and are regarded as one of the best makers anywhere. Mostly known for their traditional German trombone hybrids, The Universal model was created to offer another option more familiar to players who use American made trombones like the Bach 42 and Conn 88H. The first thing I noticed when I took a spin on this Thein was how comfortable I was immediately on it. The horn feels very familiar, like an old friend, and within a few minutes I was getting a gorgeous warm and colorful timbre with some serious core and density. It is a resonant trombone and the tone just wants to fly out of the bell flare. The Hagmann valve is a nice touch, gives a good even blow without being too open. Build quality and materials are some of the best I've seen. What's not to love about this instrument, it has some flair and personality, it feels like a Bach 42 and it feels expensive and fabulous in your hands. Comes with 3 different weight valve caps which all drastically change the instrument. Also has a modular bell, so I suppose you could order different parts from Thein at a later date. $4000 with gig bag.
The Shires trubore valve offers trombonists a fully straight passage through the valve on the open side of the instrument and gentle turns on the F side, giving an even blow and consistent color regards of where you are on the instrument. This tenor valve section is in great lightly used condition. $1500 SOLD
Very nice playing Bach model 42T with original Thayer valve. Gold brass bell flare and nickel silver slide. I had it cleaned up and it's looking great and playing great. This is an ideal trombone for orchestral playing with a big sound, lots of core and lots of clarity. $2250 with case. SOLD
Ok, this is officially the coolest alto trombone ever. The ideal trombone for you to backpack through Europe or just pull this out at the gig and instantly get the street cred you deserve. This thing is seriously badass, it is a dual bore .500"/.547" alto, yes I said .547" bottom tube!!! But surprisingly it really works and still retains a clear and brilliant alto sound. If you're looking for a free blowing Eb alto, look no further. Did I mention it has a screw bell :) In all seriousness, this alto plays great and is well made by one of the master trombone makers in German. It is really easy to play, almost to the point where you don't need to practice alto to sound good anymore… almost… $2400 with case SOLD
Yes, this is the holy grail of jazz trombones. Yes, this is the earliest Williams model 4, stamped as such. Yes, it is all original. SOLD
One of the rarest bell flares made, this is an Earl Williams model Ten flare fabricated in Donnelson, TN. It has a 10" diameter and is the same model flare that was used by Ed Kleinhammer. This bell has never been played or mounted on a trombone. It has no hardware. It is unlacquered and has a patina. These bells never come up for sale, be the only kid on the block with one. SOLD
This trombone is absolutely gorgeous. The bell flare is stunning with crisp engraving, no dents and practically looks like it did the day it came out of the factory. It's the choice vintage for 3bs, late 1960s and from the Cleveland era. Slide action is excellent and the tone matches the looks on this trombone. SOLD $2400 with original case.
Nearly new condition Conn 34H alto trombone, pitched in Eb. A very easy to play alto with familiar bell to slide relationship, good open blow and a nice clear alto trombone sound. Excellent for the frugal trombonist looking for a high quality professional alto on a budget. $1300 with case. SOLD
The workhorse .500" bore jazz trombone from Bach. This one has a lightweight nickel slide and is in good condition with some cosmetic scratches and a few other blems. I had it cleaned and touched up where I could. $1250 with SKB case SOLD
Here is a killer vintage Miraphone model 186 CC tuba. Overall in great shape with some dents removed from the bottom bow and the bell flare (leaving a few battle scars). It's a great player and hard to find a nice 5 valve model from this vintage in this kind of shape. $5000 sold without case
For the trombone player not looking to impress anyone with their shiny trombone, but rather with the awesome sound that they create on it. This is a fine playing Elkhart Conn 6H but it will not be winning any beauty contests anytime soon. The slide action is very good and it plays solid. SOLD
This one is a bit of a "gigmeister" trombone and is a very nice playing vintage Bach 36. It is one of the more orchestral sounding 36s that have come through the shop and would be a terrific instrument for principal players. Interestingly, it's a bit of a mismatch but I think in a good way. The bell section is an early 1950s Mt Vernon while the slide is from a 1940s New York. This gives you the clarity from the thin refined bell of the Mt Vernon and the nice orchestral weight from the New York slide. The slide is all original and has gold brass outers with a yellow crook. Overall in excellent condition with a few cosmetic scratches and a tiny dent in the tuning slide. The Mt Vernon case is also in above average condition condition. $2300
Here's a nice condition Holton TR181 bass trombone. These basses are great sounding instruments and are quite versatile leaning a bit towards the "commercial" slide. The tone is easily colored and has a great punch and sizzle to articulate playing. Would work great in dead sounding halls and I think would do well in studio situations too. Inline rotary valves, yellow outer tubes with yellow crook and 10" red brass bell. Recently cleaned and tuned up. $1800 with original case
A nice workhorse Bach 36B from a good 1970s vintage. In average condition with some worn lacquer and discoloration. Functions as it should and is a solid worker horn, not a polisher. Good sound and will serve a trombonist well looking for a quality .525" that won't break the bank. $1100 with case.
This is a Generation II Conn 88HO, open wrap F attachment. Built in Eastlake, Ohio factory. In very good condition, lightly used. Lacquer is in good shape, valve and slide action is very good. This one has the standard weight red brass bell. SOLD $1650 with case
Here's a Conn 112H bass trombone bell section, in used but good condition. Inline rotary valves, red brass bell. Standard Conn slide receiver. SOLD $850 with case.
Here is a nice vintage Conn Elkhart pre-letter (600,000 serial) model 8D French Horn. It has had the bell cut, includes a custom Patterson leadpipe with Saturn water key installed and has had a valve job so it will last for many years of playing. Curious, it looks like the original engraving was buffed out and someone tried to re-engrave it and did a mediocre job. Regardless, you can tell that the bell tail is original from the material and the location of the brazing seam. The horn has been cleaned and is ready to play. Comes with a protec case. $3600 SOLD
Ultra rare medium bore tenor trombone with F attachment made by Vincent Bach Mt Vernon. This instrument is in very excellent condition and comes from a prominent pedigree. The model 34B has a .522" bore slide, as opposed to its cousin the 36b which is .525". Model 34s are very rare, not many were made. $3000 SOLD
This is one of the most free blowing and excellent playing Elkhart Conn 88Hs I have seen. The sound is dark and dense and has a great clarity. The instrument is in fantastic condition and even has the original custom factory trigger setup. Very rare and very special. sale pending
A beautiful German tenor trombone, model Kuhn, made by Laetzsch. It is gold brass, has a F attachment and a standard tuning slide (without valve) and plays very well. It is a smaller dual bore, traditional German style and takes a small shank mouthpiece. Thin nickel garland. These are some of the highest quality trombones made. $1800 with case and straight tuning slide
A beautiful German tenor trombone, made by Scherzer. Would be an excellent instrument for a trombonist looking to play a traditional German Romantic trombone but without spending the big bucks on some of the highly collectible brands. This one plays as well and has a F attachment as well as an additional straight tuning slide. $1400 SOLD
Every once in a while a unique and special instrument comes into the Brass Ark. I was floored and speechless when this one arrived. This is the FINEST Bach bass trumpet I have played (and I've played a lot!). Original Bach Mt Vernon model 488 bass trumpet in Bb. The C slide was optional (but not included) but all of the valve slides have hash marks where to put them for C. If you wanted to play in C, I'm sure a new tuning slide could be fabricated for you (we could probably do it at our shop too). I've never played a more even instrument… yes I am talking about a bass trumpet… and the notes just pop out of this horn with projection, core and little effort. The original case is included in stunning condition, just like the instrument. Even the original "instructions on caring for your Bach" literature is included. Here's a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a special bass trumpet. $4200 sold
One of the most desirable German made romantic trombones, this is a Robert Schopper instrument, made around 1910 in Leipzig. Schopper took over the shop from the famous J.C. Penzel who made some of the finest trombones of the late 1800s, so you can expect the quality of this instrument to be superior to most. It is traditional style, no water key and no tuning slide. Raw brass inner tubes, soldered on stockings and a floating top tube. Slide is a straight .500" bore with a medium "euro" shank mouthpiece receiver. It plays great with a beautiful sound. If you're looking for an authentic original German Romantic Posaune… here it is. SOLD $1600
Near new condition Bach model 42B, traditional valve with closed wrap. This one is silver plated and it is a phenomenal player. Very responsive bell, open blow, open valve register and brilliant core and clarity. It was owned by a prominent player in the midwest, so you can rest assured it comes from a good pedigree. $2000 with Bach case sold
Ed Kruspe instruments are from arguably the most famous German brass maker. The shop is still around today making instruments… but the original ones from pre WWII are the most sought after. When many of the European trombonists moved to the United States to play in our orchestras, most brought along large bore Kruspes, just like this one. In fact, many of our modern large bore tenors have some roots in these big bore German romantic trombones. This particular kruspe is especially rare, as it is a large bore. It is silver plated. The slide is raw with soldered stockings and floating top tube. Certainly a piece of trombone history! REDUCED $1900
Here's a very nice playing Besson euphonium, 3+1 valve configuration, compensating with large shank mouthpiece received. Overall, this is in very good condition and has a beautiful warm sound. It is a desirable vintage and certainly will make someone very happy to own it. The only downside, there is some plating wear on the valves and while very playable as is, eventually you may want to have the pistons replated. The price reflects this. $1900 with case SOLD
Professional "Artist" model medium bore trombone made by Conn. The model 7H is similar to the Conn 78H but with a slightly larger 8.5" bell flare. This gives a more expansive tone but still retains the clarity of a medium bore slide. Very good instrument for principal orchestral players or studio players looking for a bigger sound without losing the bite. This horn hasn't been played much, and was in the stable of one of the prominent LA studio trombonists. $1200 with case. SOLD
Professional large bore tenor trombone, model 5B made by King. I was told by a trombonist who would know, that the model 5B bell was based around the old C.F. Schmidt trombones made in Germany. The flare is 9" and the slide is a .547". It's a terrific playing instrument with a lot of core and focus and would be an excellent instrument for a trombonist looking to get that timeless dark and dense sound. Works well for 2nd trombone playing too. These 5Bs are often overlooked and underrated… they are really nice playing instruments. This one is in excellent condition. $1200 with case. SOLD
These are most excellent modern recreations of the famous Elkhart Conn 62H trombone, updated with open and oversized rotary valves as well as a variety of material options. Tuning in the slide trombones offer a unique response and sound quality due to the fully conical back bow bend. Usually notes speak more resonant, intonation slots better, a warmer and more vocal sound is easily achieved and they look really cool! This 1662 is in very good condition. It has had a brace removed to lighten up the bell section even more, the slide is nickel silver. Very fine playing instrument and comes with a nice protec case. $2995 SOLD
Up for sale is a nice English Besson EEb compensating tuba. Very versatile instrument for players looking for a soloist type of tuba but with a bigger sound than an FF tuba. This one is in decent shape but does have some good sized dents. Comes with a Yamaha hard case. $2700 SOLD
One of the original double valve bass trombones, this is the rare E185 Holton. Designed with Ed Kleinhammer from the Chicago Symphony, this instrument features a removable "plug in" 2nd valve in Eb/E. Similar specs to the famous Holton 169. The previous owner has spent extensive time modifying the split triggers so they work well. The 2nd valve linkage has its own fulcrum point that keeps the long linkage from flexing and giving it a proper pull, works very well. Overall in great shape for a vintage bass. The slide crook has had some repair work done to it (we could replace with a modern Holton crook on request). Original case included. SOLD $3050
Mr Bach always thought his model 36 was the pinnacle of orchestral trombone performance. Here's a nice one! In overall great condition, the bell is gorgeous. Valve section is free blowing and the action is short and fast, has a nice wood thumb lever upgrade. Interesting, the slide has yellow brass outer tubes with a gold brass slide crook (looks to be original). It's a nice playing Bach 36B from a great vintage and includes the original case in very good shape as well. $2400 SOLD
This instrument is a beautiful trombone indeed! I've not seen another 12H from this era in this kind of original condition. The 12H was very popular and lots of them were made, however, most were made in the late 1950s and had the "marching men" engraving on them… marketed more towards the band clients. This instrument, however, is a top notch quality trombone. The instrument feels much more substantial and quality that most 12Hs I've come across. The bell has the awesome half moon deco engraving. Slide action is great and the tubes are top quality. I think it has a killer sound. If you're a fan of copper bells, don't pass this one up. $1200 with case SOLD
The Monke bass sackbut in F with "tortil" extension to Eb. This is an easy playing bass sackbut, nice quality purpose built instrument. Has a full length slide to accommodate either tuning setup. Some minor bell rim repairs. Includes a Geert van der Heide bass sackbut mouthpiece and a slim hard case. Polished raw brass. $2900 SOLD
The Reynolds Contempora was the professional model instrument introduced in the late 1940s and produced through the mid 1960s. This one is a model 30-L, features a .520" bore slide, 8.5" bronze bell with nickel silver tone ring. Nickel silver neck pipe and tuning slide. It has a focused sound with clarity and brilliance and can take a lot of sound before breaking up. This one includes the original case. REDUCED $675
Here's a nice vintage Bach New York trumpet, medium large bore, two piece nickel casing, french bead rim wire. Probably a model 37 bell taper, but not marked. Narrow tuning slide. Original mother of pearl finger buttons. Overall in used but good condition. This trumpet has been played, but not worn out. Brass is in good shape with no patches. All stamps are still visible and clear. A thumb ring has been added aftermarket. $1900 SOLD
Beautiful Elkhart Conn 8D with a custom Lawson bronze bell flare. This is a really fabulous playing instrument and has a pedigree to one of the major US orchestras. It is in very good condition. Comes with a case and the original bell flare. $4500
Here is a brand new instrument: Antoine Courtois Paris model AC410 Legend with Rene Hagmann valve and open wrap F attachment. This horn reminds me a lot of a Bach 42, excellent core and projection with solid slotting and dependable range. The sound is brilliant and crisp with a nice delivery package. Articulations speak clearly and nothing is veiled. The valve register is fantastic. A great deal for a brand new instrument, REDUCED $3400 with a nice lightweight case SOLD
Basically the same thing as an Edwards, this is a Getzen Custom 3062AFR. Getzen owns Edwards trombones and decided to mass produce their most popular option from the Edwards line without all of the customization. The 3062AFR has inline thayer valves, 9.5" red brass bell and a dual bore slide. It's one of the most dependable and easy to play professional bass trombones available. This one is in very good condition, has some wear on the contact points and a few dents that have been repaired. $3000 with case SOLD
Yamaha YEP-321 4 valve euphonium in good condition. This is a model from the 1980s and it does play well. Lacquer is in decent condition and has a few cosmetic dings and scratches. Comes with the original hard case. $950 SOLD
This contrabass trombone has spent its whole life in the Hollywood recording studios and has been heard on probably hundreds of film scores. It was handpicked by Tommy Johnson and played by him until his passing. In the later years, the cimbasso had replaced the contra trombone double for the tuba players so this horn saw less use. Normally, I'd say that these Miraphone contras are clumsy and hard to play… and I'd say the same thing about this one too, but it is noticeable that it is a better instrument than most as it is actually playable. The instrument is lighter weight than what Miraphone currently makes and the bell taper looks a bit different too. Own a piece of Hollywood history! $4500 with case and a few mouthpieces. SOLD
Here's a nice early Eastlake Ohio made King 3B silver sonic with sterling silver bell flare. In very good condition with an excellent slide and no signs of major damage. One of the better playing 3BSS I've tried in a while. Comes with a case. $1750
A shires 1Y Tenor Bell. The bell is in very good condition with no major dents or wear. The bell was custom engraved by Shirley Huntley with an Eagle. The text is from Old Testament: "They shall mount wings as eagles" REDUCED $600
This is a gorgeous Elkhart Conn 8H straight .547" tenor trombone from the early 1950s. The slide is a modern Conn 88H slide with threaded leadpipes. The bell section has the beautiful deco "half moon" engraving and is extra thin and responsive. The tuning slide bow has a nickel silver guard. The sound is really good quality, a velvet tone that isn't too edgy but has a clearly defined front to the note. I always appreciate when a nice vintage Conn trombone comes into stock, and this one is a real treat. REDUCED $1700 with case
Another rare trombone, this is a Larry Minick alto trombone in Eb, made in the 1980s. It has a beryllium bronze bell and .500" bore slide. The slide tubes originally were Conn director, but these have been upgraded with new Kanstul outers. Additionally Kanstul lacquered the instrument. It's in very good condition and has a beautiful alto sound, on the bigger side with a unique color and clarity that all Minick trombones seem to possess. Comes with the original modified tenor sax case also made by Minick! SOLD $2200
The King 6B or Duo Gravis is a wonderful bass trombone for commercial players or for big band trombonists. It has a punchy and brilliant quality to the sound that is not easily reproduced by other bass trombones. This one has the optional D valve tuning in the 2nd trigger. The instrument is in nice condition and was recently cleaned. I had Don Sawday build a custom set of triggers to modernize the instrument to split triggers and also had him update to minibal linkage. The results are excellent.
Here's a nice modified Bach C trumpet, with custom upgrades by Osmun. The trumpet is in great shape and is a terrific playing instrument. SOLD
Used tenor sackbut, made by Frank Tomes. It has flat bell and slide stays and includes an imitation ivory sackbut mouthpiece and a nice case from Kingham cases UK. It's a good playing sackbut, not quite as solid as the top tier Meinl, Egger or Leuchter but very good. Tomes was one of the first makers doing historic brass instruments, and there are some "handmade" qualities about this sackbut that I particularly appreciate looking at. Overall, a nice instrument for a first sackbut or sackbuttist on a budget that was a real one and not a "hackbut". $1500 with case SOLD
Extremely rare Larry Minick custom trombone, circa 1980s. This horn has a one piece beryllium Minick bell, custom Minick open wrap valve, Elkhart 88H slide with removable leadpipe and straight neck pipe. Robb Stewart recently restored this instrument and did the relacquer work. What can I say, it's a stunning instrument to hold in your hands and play. Not many of these out there anymore. $3700
This is a larger German made rotary F tuba, by Meinl Weston. Very similar in design to the PT-10, this model is appreciated for its larger dimensions when compared. This one is in very good condition and has a few small dings and wear but overall very clean. Great tuba for someone looking for a bargain F tuba. REDUCED $3300 without case
This is a newer Miraphone model 186CC Tuba. It is about 8 months old and in excellent condition. One dent removed from the bell flare. These are the most popular rotary CC tuba in the world and always in demand for their sound, versatility and quality. Includes a newer Cronkhite gig bag. Save some money on a practically new tuba. $6700
Gebr Alexander Mainz French Horn, model 103 double horn. In very good used condition. I'm not sure what year this one dates from, but my guess is the 1970s. It has the hand engraved valve caps and the badged maker's mark. $5000 with a yamaha case
This is a BAT (Big Ass Tuba)! Made in Italy by Kalison, this is their model Professional 2000, or a compact 6/4 sized tuba. Don't let the compact fool you, this thing is a giant. For as big as it is, it has a surprisingly clear and flexible sound. The instrument is also quite lightweight compared to some of the other similar sized 6/4 out there… possibly one reason why it plays so well. It does have some worn spots on the contact points through the silver. Overall in good used condition. Comes with a gig bag. $4500
Here's a rare one! This is an Elkhart Conn 8H (pre Conn 88H) with "optional" F attachment. At the time this trombone was made, the 88H was not in standard production yet and .547" tenor trombones were just starting to become the gold standard for orchestral tromboning. I've seen a variety of these early special order 8H with valves and have heard that the influx of these being produced in the early 1950s was directly related to Emory Remington's push on all of his Eastman students to order this instrument. It was so popular that Conn put it in the catalog in 1954 and well… the rest is history. This instrument came to the Brassark in well worn condition and we did a full overhaul on it here to get it back into prime condition. The instrument had all dents removed, full cleaning and servicing and was lightly buffed and relacquered. It's not perfect, but it's darn nice looking and will certainly be the envy of your section mates. Some nice features on the early 1950s horns: the tuning slide bow guard, thick slide braces, gold brass outer slide tubes, hand bent valve wrap and of course the beautiful "half moon" art deco bell engraving. This is a super nice Elkhart 88H and a rare one. $2500 no case included. SOLD
This is a lightly used Bach Omega "Intermediate" model trombone. It has a closed wrap F attachment with standard rotary valve. It has a .525" bore slide and 8" bell flare. Very decent first F attachment trombone that is good for a high school player or serious amateur. $700 with case REDUCED
Professional alto trombone made by Conn. The 34H is a really easy to play alto, the bell to slide relationship is where you'd expect it and partials line up easily. It's not a tight blow like some altos can be and I think one of the best choices for a player who needs to have a good sounding instrument that doesn't require a lot of maintenance. $1150 without case
This is the Yamaha "Sullivan" Xeno tenor trombone, their high end professional model large tenor. It is similar to a Conn 88H but a bit more of a dense core and predictable sound. This one has a gold brass bell, open wrap, precision vented rotary valve and narrow .547" slide. It is in good shape with some dents removed (the lower crossbar is slightly egg shaped from having a hand brace over tightened). A very good playing instrument that is free blowing and quick responding. $1550 without case
Nice playing, used Shires large tenor trombone. This one has a 7Y bell, axial valve, gold brass tuning slide, TW47G (gold brass) slide and one leadpipe. It has a really nice clarity to the sound with a dense core and projecting timbre. I really like the sound of the gold brass slide with the yellow brass bell and gold tuning slide if offers a nice balance of articulation and warmness. Lacquer is worn in parts, but I will include leather grips to cover those areas. $2950
The 1688CR is based on Conn 88H tapers but features a fully conical back bow and tuning in the slide. I really like these instruments a lot, and think Kanstul did a good job creating a modern version of the Conn TIS tenor trombones from the 1920s. While this isn't quite the same as the rare and elusive Conn 14H, the 1688 reminds me of some of those qualities: warmth, vibrance, color, rich etc. Being slide tuning, the bell is lightly braced and creates an aesthetically pleasing trombone. It's well made and offers traits you can't find in other brands. I tend to think trombonists that gravitate towards a big warm bass trombone sound would feel very comfortable on this one. $2600 with case and 3 leadpipes. SOLD
Beautiful Conn 100H jazz trombone, .500" bore, 8" bell silver plated. The 100H was designed by Larry Minick and was the production version of his jazz trombone. It replaced the 6H in the Conn line and is still in production today. It was one of the first commercially available professional trombones with removable leadpipes. This one is in very nice condition and has a nice sound. I like the silver plated finish on it because it looks good but also gives a bit more vibrancy and warmth to the sound.
The King 2B plus was the answer to a .500" bore King 2B. It has a lot of the nice character of a traditional 2B: easy slotting, flexibility, good tone color, clear articulation.. but the 2B plus gives you a little more wiggle room to seriously hurt the sax players sitting in front of you. I think these are great little horns and fill the void in the market for trombonists looking for that 2B sound but wanting something with bigger cojones. In very good condition. $1050 with case
Beautiful Schilke 4-valve piccolo trumpet from a prominent retired LA Philharmonic trumpeter. It was used on a variety of the recordings with the orchestra including the Bach Magnificat. It's in fabulous condition and the gold plating is in fine shape. This one was made in the late 1970s and is a fine player. Medium (.450") bore with a 4" bell, includes a leather specialties gig bag. Might be one of the best piccolos with pedigree on the market right now. $3400
This is an exotic and beautiful large bore tenor trombone. Made by Schagerl in Austria (known for their high end brass instruments and sponsorship of the Mnozil Brass), this trombone is a work of art. It has a .547" lightweight nickel slide, 8.5" one piece yellow brass bell, Rene Hagmann valve with open wrap gold brass tubing and 3 removable leadpipes (different length and material). I think it plays fantastic, I've not tried another .547" tenor that is as versatile as this one. It is a model Troja (not to be confused with the academic troja student model) it was designed with the trombonists from Mnozil brass and is the same as their Aurora line but with bell tuning instead of tuning in the slide. The sound is clear and brilliant but also easily warm and teutonic. The flexibility and playability is stunning, high notes pop out with no effort and low tones are easily centered. I thought about keeping this one for myself and had the lacquer on the bell stripped (only the bell) which freed up the blow even more, a good modification. The bell is polish raw brass now (as shown in the photos). This is a real head turner. $3400 without case SOLD
Don't need to say much about these wonderful trombones other than that it is a shame they are no longer made. This one was built for a prominent trombonist as his backup instrument and is still new. $5500 SOLD
Probably one of the best pocket trumpets you can buy. Here is a L.A. Benge pocket in very good condition. It plays extremely well and certainly doesn't feel like a toy. Ergonomics are also excellent. Comes with the original vinyl sack for the horn. $1200
High quality professional Bb Trumpet, the Bach 37ML, the most used Bb trumpet in the world. This one has had a few modifications notably the new improved bell ferrule that connects the bell tail to the valve casing. It is in very good condition and a terrific player. $1650 with gig bag SOLD
This really gorgeous jazz trombone even gets me excited. I think if I were to set up a .500" with Shires, these would be the specs for me. I love the 7 3/4" 1R bell, soldered rim red brass… and while I know that is not traditionally a popular bell for jazz, I really don't see why. The sound is warm and colorful and a soft dynamic and rips and roars when you push it. I love the response of the bell too, lots of good feedback on your chops. This horn looks practically new and the slide action is a dream. Includes 3 leadpipes. $2600 without case. SOLD
This is a nifty studio Conn euphonium, it has a removable recording bell and a terrific main tuning slide trigger. 4 front action piston valves. This instrument has spent most of its life in the LA recording studios. Ideal for a studio player. $1200 with case
Beautiful Conn 8D, N Series, made in Elkhart. This instrument has a cut bell and a really nice older Atkinson yellow brass bell flare. It has a solid upper register and low register and a beautiful tone in the mid. Takes a lot of volume before breaking up. Includes a Marcus Bonna MB8 cut bell case. $3800
From a local studio trombonist, The Conn 48H aka Connstellation. This is basically a Conn 6H with a nickel plated bell, .500" bore slide. They have a great following among the trombonists in the know. Great commercial instrument and versatile. SOLD $975 with case
Here's a lightly used professional double horn made by Mark Atkinson in Burbank, CA. Mark has been making some of the most popular french horns recently, especially his Geyer AG-2000, which was being used by Andrew Bain of the LA Philharmonic. This model is the A-800, which is modeled after the Conn 8D. Like the Conn, it is nickel silver, has a 12.5" bell flare and a large bore. This particular instrument has a cut bell for ease of traveling which is a nice upgrade. Overall in very good condition with no dents. Its been recently cleaned and has a mouthpiece and case included (the case has a broken zipper on the outer pocket). A nice touch, the valve caps are gold plated. Price is $2550 with case. SOLD (This is a great deal!)
One of the most celebrated alto trombones ever made was the Conn 35H (now discontinued). These tuning in the slide altos were played by many of the top trombonists and have recently become very popular again with the emerging of both the Shires and Rath alto trombones which also feature tuning in the slide. The advantage of a TIS trombone is the full conical back bow yielding a warm and focused sound with superior slotting due to the consistent taper expansion at this critical part of the instrument. Interesting story about this particular 35H. The bell and the back bow are unstamped and are both original new/old stock. Both parts had the correct Conn ID part numbers on them and were acquired directly from the factory. As previously mentioned, the 35H is no longer in production, so the rest of the instrument was reconstructed by famous repairman Eric Swanson. The slide on this one is .500" bore, using the smallest size tubing Conn currently offers (100H). It's a really beautiful sounding alto trombone and the sensation of playing a TIS is something that every trombonist enjoys (if you've not tried it, I suggest you do!). Price is $2300 with a modified Conn case. sale pending
My first bass trombone was a dependent Bach 50B2 and I still miss that horn to this day. This model is one of the best and most classic sounding bass trombones out there. I love that they have a warm vibrancy with that old school compact articulation, a characteristic that is really prominent with these older Bach basses. The offset valve design is one used by Shires/Greenhoe and other high end makers, the reason being… well it just looks cool! or maybe it sounds better too! This one is in really nice condition and has had triggers split by The Brasslab in NYC. It is unlacquered and has some wear on the contact points. Lots of life left in this horn and for the trombonist looking for that bass with the vintage vibe, look no further. Price is $2300 without case. Sold
Vintage pre-letter Elkhart Conn 8D French Horn in very good condition. Bell has been cut by John Mason. Valves are original with good compression. Locally played in Los Angeles by one of the first call studio hornists, this one is a good one. $3600 with case. sold
Early 1930s production, this is a rare model 8 trombone from the New York years. Serial number is in the 400's, this trombone has some unique features. It has a .490" bore slide, 7" bell, french bead, nickel silver neck pipe, no slide lock, non-typical bell lock nut and ferrules and tuning slide bow guard (which appears to be original). Lacquer looks like it was redone a long time ago, as it has a beautiful honey patina. It's a terrific playing instrument with a lot of color and character, warmth and brilliance. Sold without case. REDUCED $1700
Here is a nice playing straight 42 trombone with gold brass bell, nickel silver slide. It is in great shape and has a beautiful colorful and predictable orchestral sound. $1500 SOLD
Beautiful vintage King 3B Silversonic with sterling silver bell (gold wash inside) with F attachment. Perfect trombone for a player looking for a versatile commercial instrument that has the flexibility of an F attachment but the brightness and edge needed for studio and live pop work. Not only does it sound good, but it looks great too! This particular instrument has been well treated and recently had the valve rebuilt by Osmun Music. This process involves replating and lapping the rotary until it has 100% seal again (shown in the photo that the core has been nickel plated). $1700 with case. SALE PENDING
This is an unusual 6H and one that I'm sure you will find interesting. It's an early 1950s vintage, deco engraving on the bell (the best 6Hs) and has all brass trim. The outer slide tubes are gold brass and the entire horn is raw unlacquered. It looks and sound fantastic, with an open and even blow, fast response, cutting tone and power to spare… This is a phenomenal Conn 6H, Rosolino would approve. $1350. SOLD
The Courtois trombones are becoming more popular these days, with some prominent players including the Metropolitan Opera trombone section using Courtois. This particular instrument is about 5-6 years old and has been owned by one of the legendary LA studio bass trombonists who has recently retired. It has been used on movie scores, at the Hollywood Bowl and with some of the big symphonies in the LA area. Overall in very good condition with some wear on the contact points. Comes with a BAM case. $4000
This is a professional 3/4 CC tuba made by Kanstul in Anaheim. This one is a few years old and hasn't been used much at all. It features a CR controlled resistance rotary with 4 front action piston valves. It has a 16" bell flare and is an excellent tuba for a musician looking for a compact horn from shows, pit work, studio work, quintet, chamber music or small orchestras. Includes a Cronkhite gig bag. $5000 REDUCED
Very nice condition vintage Miraphone model 186, 4 valve BBb tuba. Some minor dents from use but overall a very clean example. Owned locally by a professional low brass studio player in Los Angeles. Sold with a case, $3400 sale pending
The Schmidt French horns made in Weimar before WWII are some of the finest horns ever built. Recently, this design has become quite popular being copied by some of the biggest custom horn makers in the world. It is a non traditional design, having the double change valve be a piston instead of a rotary, but that also gives quite a lot of advantages when looking for a smooth transition from one side of the horn to the other. This particular instrument is in very good condition. It was built in the 1930s and shows no signs of serious repairs or damage. The lacquer is about 80% intact and has patina to a beautiful honey color. The valves seal well and have a lot of life in them left. $5000 with case REDUCED
Here's a nicely restored vintage Bach Bass Trumpet. Recently overhauled and brought into excellent playing condition. Bach bass trumpets are some of the best sounding and most in-tune options in the bass trumpet world IMO. They use a true trumpet chassis and the bell is one piece and formed like a trumpet bell, making this instrument much more a bass trumpet than a marching trombone. $1650 with case
This is one I haven't seen before. A beautiful vintage Holton bass trumpet, smaller size with a stunning gold brass bell. Lacquer is in good condition with a beautiful color. Valves are super fast. Good playing instrument for a bargain price. $1100 with case
Vintage Holton TR180 converted to open wrap and split triggers by Larry Minick. The bell section is unlacquered. This is a big sounding bass trombone with a classic old school orchestral tone. It projects and has some nice definition to the articulations without sounding tubby. In very good condition with no major dents or other issue. Comes with a protec case. $2200 SOLD
Here's a very early Bach New York model 6, serial number 311. It has a few unique things about it. Most notably is the "zipper seam" on the bell, which is an old school German style way to make a one piece bell. The metal has "grooves" up and down the seam that overlap like a zipper and is then brazed together. I've not seen another bell like this on a Bach before. These early Bach trombones also had nickel silver neck pipes and no slide lock. This particular instrument has been well used over the years, but it plays freakin' fantastic! The previous owner had a smaller hand brace installed on the slide to lighten the action, the original brace in included should you want to go back to stock.SOLD $1200 without case
Think of the 48H as a 6H with a nickel silver plated bell and a much more kick ass attitude (I bet you didn't think a 6H could be more kickass… well it can and it's called a 48H). These horns have an amazing amount of volume they can put out as well as how much energy they can take. While being a boss, you can also play nimble and light passages with ease. This one is in very good shape and is made right after the move from Elkhart. $1200 with case SOLD
This is a trombone you will fall in love with right away. There is nothing in the world more classy than an Elkhart Conn 8H… ok maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but it is darn classy you can admit that right? These babies are becoming harder to find, especially good playing ones like this one for sale. The bell is fantastic, in great shape with no signs of damage, a crisp engraving and appears to be original lacquer. The bell I estimate from the early 1960s, my guess from looking at the engraving and lacquer. The slide is also an Elkhart from an earlier period and has been slightly modified. It has a press fit leadpipe and has had the nickel over sleeves removed from the outer tubes, lightening the slide actions. The sound on this is full and cuts and would be ideal for a principal player or studio cat. $1450 without case
Here's a nice medium bore .525" slide made by Shires. It is nickel silver and has no over sleeves, 3 leadpipes are included. Slide action is great. Some minor lacquer wear from use. $725 SOLD
Before Earl Williams was the trombone making legend he became, he had a partnership with Spike Wallace, bass trombonist of the LA Philharmonic. Spike was pushing Earl to build larger bore instruments and many of these early Williams trombones are in fact .525", as is this one. The wonderful things about these early Williams horns are the engraving. This particular trombone has one of the more rare engravings, the one of Earl's dog! This is a nice sounding trombone, but it is a vintage trombone as as a result does not have a lock ring on the bell to slide connector tenon. It needs a slide job, and I will send this one out to Bruce Belo to get it tuned up to it's full potential. Could be not only a great collectible trombone, but also a piece of playable art. $1500 with case. SOLD
I've been told that the Wunderlich brass instruments were mostly all assembled by the legionary horn maker, Carl Geyer, in Chicago from German imported parts. I can't say for sure that this one was made by Geyer, but I can say that the build quality is quite decent and could be a bargain German Romantic style tenor trombone. The valve needs some attention with the uncomfortable "leather thong" linkage doesn't always work as planned.
Regarded as the best .500" jazz trombone ever made. This one is an early Bob Williams instrument, who was Earl's son and took over the business after Earl passed away. Personally, I prefer the Bob horns for their more rounded bows which I find suit the instrument in a good way. This particular instrument is a single owner trombone and was purchased new from Bob directly. I've had it sonic cleaned and tuned up and it plays better than it looks, and looks pretty darn good. I always enjoy a good Williams spit valve too! SOLD $2500 without case.
Top of the line professional trombone made by Courtois in Paris, France. It features a one piece rose brass bell 8.5" diameter. The valve is a Rene Hagmann with open wrap. It is a great playing instrument and in very good condition. Has been owned by a professional studio trombonist here in LA. $3000 with Bam case.
Here's a nice playing vintage Bach model 16, the standard model with the dual bore slide. It's in used condition. Has been previously owned by the trombonist with Jay Leno Tonight Show. Recently tuned up and sonic cleaned. RECENTLY RELACQUERED (Pics are prior to work)
One of the nicest Olds Recording trombones I've seen in original condition. Lacquer is in nearly new shape and appears to be original. One of the most beautiful engravings of any modern maker in my opinion. You'll not find a nicer Olds. This one has the octagonal slide tubes and they are in great shape. REDUCED $950 with case
Here's an oldie that has seen some use. We lovingly restored it in house at The Brass Medic, rebuilt the slide, remounted the bell and had a new Brassark 36 pipe installed press fit. It's quite a nice player and a bargain price because of the finish. $950 with case. sale pending
Vintage Bach 12 from a studio player here in LA. It has a custom nickel slide with yellow brass crook. The bell flare is nice and thin with an even response. Nice clarity and articulation, probably because of the combination of metals on the slide. $1300 without case
Top of the line Wllson F Tuba, 5/4 slze, very similar to the Yamaha Jim Self model. This one is in fantastic condition with no dents. The valve buttons have been upgraded with abalone buttons. Silver plated finish in perfect condition. Comes with a gig bag. $7400
Really nice vintage Bach New York model Mercury Trombone. These were made as less expensive options to the stradivarius line, keeping the price down by having all brass trim instead of nickel accents. The bell however is identical to the finest Strad models. This one has a beautiful one piece bell with french bead rim. In very good condition, with a cleaning and slide job. Original case included. $650 SOLD
Vintage Courtois Eb alto trombone in very good condition. A nice playing professional alto trombone for a bargain price. These are well made instruments. Comes with a case. $950 pending
"Don't make him angry!", yes that is what your colleagues will say when you pull this beast out of the case. This might be the biggest cimbasso I've ever seen. Rudy Meinl cimbassos are highly regarded around the world as the best, and I must admit I am impressed by the craftsmanship and quality of this giant. Its spent its entire life in the scoring stages of Hollywood making "tunable farts" and monster sound effects, playing long sustains for pirate adventures and love songs… ok, maybe not so sure if it has played many love songs… at least not yet! Your next door neighbor bought a fancy new car to show how awesome he is… show him how awesome you are with this bad boy! The instrument is in raw brass, no dents and comes with a hard case and mouthpiece. I can have it lacquered on request for a small additional charge. $13,000 SOLD
Here's a nearly new condition Conn 8D double french horn. Made in Eastlake Ohio, it is about 3 years old and has maybe 5-8 hours of playing time on it. For all intents and purposes it is a new instrument. Lacquer is 100% $2700 with case. I can have the bell cut for you for an additional $450
Here is a Conn Artist model medium bore trombone, it has a .525" hand slide and 8" yellow brass bell. Very similar to a Conn 78H but is not stamped as such. A good bargain professional medium bore of quality in this instrument. With case. $850
Back in the day… Vincent Bach was making some of the finest trumpets ever built in his New York factory in the Bronx. When approached about offering a "student" line of instruments, Bach responded by using the same parts as his professional "Stradivarius" line but assembling them with all brass parts (instead of the nickel trim of the high end model) and stamping them "Mercury". Basically, that makes this a bargain New York Stradivarius trumpet with all brass trim. This one is in great shape, showing not much wear for it being from the 1940s. Has a nice "French bead" rim and mother of pearl finger buttons. High quality instrument and about 1000 times better than the student horns offered today. $950 with case.
I believe this beauty is from the 1950s. The King 2B Liberty has been one of the most popular jazz trombones of the last century. Every self respecting jazz trombonist has owned one at some point in their lives. They are versatile and extremely flexible. The tone is bright and tight and is the weapon of choice for top lead trombonists. This one appears to have been relacquered, but probably year ago judging from the patina in the lacquer. Someone has also added a weight to the tuning slide (similar to some 60s Getzen trombones, the part may have been sourced from a Getzen), but tastefully done. It's easy to remove with a little heat should you want it stock. It has the two tone slide grip that was made on a select vintage of King trombones. Original french style alligator case included in great shape. $1100
Very nice professional BBb tuba made by Cerveny in the Czech Republic. It is a 4 valve, 3/4 size tuba. Ideal for versatility it's great for concert bands, Om-pah bands, orchestras, bar-mitzvahs, and of course the circus band. In all seriousness, this is a great all around BBb tuba that is easy to play, has great intonation and is well made. Would be a nice choice for the working doubler, advanced student or weekend warrior. In good used condition with a few cosmetic dings of love and some contact wear in the lacquer. Includes a nice Cronkhite cordura gig bag. $340 SOLD0
One of my personal favorite small bore trombones: the Conn 32H was Jake Burkle's, Conn's chief trombone developer and designer, magnum opus to trombone design. It has interesting specs and is not an instrument for the faint of heart. The 32H has a dual bore .500"/.522" with a 7.5" bell. Adored by symphony trombonists trying to pretend to be jazzers and "poo-pooed" by jazzers playing tiny pea shooters, the Conn 32H is not for everyone but should you decide to give it a try, be prepared to be amazed by the velvety yet brilliant tone of this rare trombone. This particular instrument has been well loved by many over the years. Its like an old baseball glove, very worn in but lots of character. The slide has some patches that were done to cover worn out spots from hand contact on the grips and oversleeves. It is currently unlacquered and the slide is in good but not amazing condition. $800 with protec case.
Believe it or not, but I actually have two of these instruments in stock right now. I will spare you from another wacky description. This 32H is super nice, it is in great shape and has been owned by a local LA studio musician. Slide is fast and the blow is terrific on this trombone. $1250
This is a nifty trombone project, the idea of trombonist Barry Kierce in Arizona. The bell is an 8.5" Beryllium Bronze one piece bell made by Larry Minick that was originally mine. Barry mated this bell flare to an Elkhart Conn 78H neck pipe and slide and made a killer instrument in the process. Its definitely an orchestral ax and would be at home with any principal player in the symphony. The sound is sonorous and teutonic in nature with lots of overtones. Articulations speak well… it's not quite as big a sound as a .547" tenor but its bigger than most .525" trombones. Price TBD
Gorgeous Elkhart Conn 88H made in 1963/64, some say the best year of production for Conn 88H trombones. This one is in fantastic condition, recently overhauled here at The Brassark. It was lightly buffed and relacquered, dents removed, valve serviced and slide aligned. You don't find them much nicer than this. Its like looking at a classic corvette… this trombone oozes classy. $2500 without case.
Elkhart Conn 8D double horn from the late 1960s. This horn is in very good condition with original lacquer (I think) and excellent seal on the valves. The sound is full and clear with a nice fast response. It has a solid core with predictable slotting. Very few dents and no signs of major damage or trauma. Overall a solid vintage Conn from a desirable year. $3900 with original case. SALE PENDING
Vintage Alexander model 103, I estimate circa 1970s. Recently cleaned and tuned up by John Mason in Los Angeles. The horn is in fabulous condition with excellent lacquer and free of dents. Valves are fast and seal well. Instrument is located in Los Angeles. I do ship and offer a one week trial period. $5400 SOLD
This is a good quality intermediate tenor trombone with F attachment. It has a medium bore slide at .525" and a gold brass bell flare. Ideal for an advanced student or professional looking for a smaller instrument with valve that won't break the bank, check this horn out. Benge are often overlooked but are really well made and great sounding trombones. $850 SALE PENDING
This is one of the earliest vocabell tenor trombones I've seen available. It is in very good condition and has been restored in house by Brad Close. Quite an exquisite playing example as well. $1100
One of the most sought after modern jazz trombones in the world, these handmade works of art are built in Switzerland by a team of artisans. The Piccola model is an interesting design, sharing many of the same specs as the beloved Conn 32H Burkle trombone of the 1930s-1950s. The Piccola has a dual bore .500"/.525" slide with a top tube of nickel and bottom of brass. The one piece bell is a 7.04" flare with a gorgeous darkened patina inside the bell. It has a brushed lacquer finish. While this trombone has been gigged, it really is in great overall shape and it plays just spectacularly. You will certainly have the most eye catching instrument in your section with this one. $2800 without case.
Restored vintage Josef Lidl rotary flugelhorn from the most desirable production years. If you have a polka band, you probably need this. Recently overhauled and relacquered, only a few small dents remain. Plays great! $850
Professional 3 rotary valve Bb bass trumpet made by Josef Lidl in the Czech Republic. This instrument is practically in new condition and comes with a red leather Glenn Cronkhite gig bag. For bass trumpet standards it is very easy to play and intonation is quite acceptable. $1250
King model 2280 four valve euphonium. It has a large shank mouthpiece adaptor and .580"-.600" bore. This is an easy baritone/euphonium to play. Excellent for doublers, professionals or students. In very good used condition. Price is $1350 SOLD
Here is a unique instrument! This is an Olds bass trombone circa 1968 that has been customized with a single Thayer valve. It has an amazingly warm and sonorous tone and a beautiful singing voice. It is in excellent condition with no dents or signs of damage. It has an extra wide slide and would be a nice choice for the bass trombonist with a wider neck that is looking for a thayer horn. It is a bit front heavy and Brad is working on some kind of clip on counterweight which will be included in the price. Includes a press fit Minick leadpipe. SOLD $1500
This is a really nice playing Shires tenor trombone, handpicked by one of the local LA professionals. It has a 7Y bell, thayer valve, TW47 slide with 4 lead pipes. It is in very good condition with some minor wear and tear from use. REDUCED $2800 without case
Here is the epitome of class, the Conn 8HT (thin bell) with a .525"/.547" dual bore slide. The string players in your orchestra will love you when you show up with this trombone. It is easily colorful and dynamic with lots of control and flexibility all the while retaining a classic orchestral sound. This is an excellent choice for the principal trombonist looking for that extra brilliance but not wanting to sacrifice the teutonic concept. This trombone is in near new condition and comes with three leadpipes including the one that takes a large shank mouthpiece. REDUCED $1650
Isn't it cute! A Miraphone soprano trombone, model 63 in gold brass with nickel slide. This is one of the nicest slide trumpets/soprano trombones you can get. It is easy to play with good overtones and top notch craftsmanship in construction. Takes a standard trumpet mouthpiece. Sold without case. REDUCED $1300
Really great condition Olds Super trombone. Gorgeous rose brass bell with nickel tone ring, nickel neck pipe and tuning slide, deco braces and octagonal slide tubes in very good condition. This is quite a special instrument and one that does not pop up for sale often in this kind of condition. I can only express playing it as a cathartic experience… if you are a fan of Olds trombones, you will know what I mean. Having said that, it is an old school trombone and does not play like a modern Shires or Rath… but if you're after that familiar sound you have in your head, this might be your horn. $1050 with case
It pains me to part with this trombone, as it is one of my own personal instruments. As most of you can probably tell by viewing my website, I have a bit of a trombone hoarding, I mean collecting problem. I've decided that I should thin out my large bore tenor trombone stable a bit and this fantastic trombone is up for sale. Last year, I had Laetzsch in Bremen Germany install one of their composite "full flow" rotary valves on the instrument and graft it onto a Minick open wrap I had. The bell of this trombone is an Elkhart and according to Mr. Nienauber is a sterling silver bell (I cannot confirm this, as I've not heard of any Elkhart bells being made of sterling)… regardless it is a stunning trombone to play and to look at. I find the sound to be very rich with all of the good things that make Elkhart 88Hs special. Articulations are clear and the timbre is round and colorful. The valve register is superb with the Laetzsch valve (which is carbon fiber inside and never needs oiling, as well as being one of the fastest valves on the market) as well as being even on both sides of the trombone. The slide is original to the bell section and is in good condition with some dings in the crook from use. This trombone is one of my favorites and is totally unique in every way… you will not find another one like it. $3100 without case.
This is a nice vintage 1970s Bach 42B that has been customized. The valve linkage has been rebuilt with a Mt Vernon trigger updated with ball and socket linkage. The slide has had a nickel M&K bow with a custom long spit valve by Brad Close. Robb Stewart did the relacquer. Plays very well! $2000 with case.
This is a stunning trombone to both see and play. The George Roberts bass trombones were based on the old Conn bass trombones. The P22 was originally a single valve model (with 9" gold brass bell). This instrument has been customized with new open wrap and Eb 2nd valve. Slide action is great and the horn has a unique brilliant sound. Sold with newer Bam Classic case. $2350 SOLD
This is a model Drewelwecz tenor sackbut made by Geert van der Heide in the Netherlands. It is a very accurate copy, made completely with the traditional technique. Many players believe that VDH instruments are as close as you can get to an authentic renaissance sackbut, and I tend to agree with that assessment. It is incredible to play this sackbut at a soft volume, the sound is so interesting! The bell is paper thin, hammered and scraped and it gives an incredible resonance. The inner slide is raw brass and as a result the slide is scratchy and action is not like a modern instrument (but for a 1595 replica, the slide works darn well). The Drewelwecz is one of the most popular sackbuts, and it works well for Renaissance work as well early Baroque repertoire. The instrument is tuned with bits and includes a "tortil" crook for A=415. Price is $1600 with protec case, no mouthpiece. REDUCED
Here is a great inexpensive quality inline bass trombone. Made by Blessing in Elkhart Indiana. Basically it is a copy of a Bach 50B3 bass trombone. This one is in very good condition and perfect for a doubler or a young trombonist looking for a first bass trombone. $1050 with case
Here is something you don't see often. The Olds Military model featured a "hammered" finish which is quite unusual. This trombone is being sold mostly as a collectible. It needs a slide job to be made playable. Sold as is $350
Based on the Paxman 40 double descant Bb/high F horn. This 12D is in excellent condition. It has not been played much. Includes the original case. $3700 SOLD
Used Bach 42 bell, solid sterling silver. In excellent shape with a few small pings. Mounting hardware for Bach installed. $700 SOLD
Here is a .508" bore trombone made by Selmer Paris. The Bolero is like a beefier more kickass King 3B. Built like a tank, these are really fun trombones to play and highly underrated for how great they are. $750
Greenhoe trombones are regarded as some of the finest orchestral trombones ever made. Last year, the Greenhoe shop was closed and these special instruments are no longer available. This instrument features a thin gold brass Greenhoe bell, Greenhoe slide with nickel crook and Greenhoe valve. It is set up to be Bach style. Includes on leadpipe and lexan valve cap. The instrument has had some bell repair but is in great shape with only some minor wear on the contact points in the lacquer. Includes black leather Reunion Blues case. $4700 ($4500 without case) sold
This is the top of the line Bb trumpet made by Yamaha and designed by Bob Malone for John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony. It is about six months old and in fantastic condition. New, these trumpets are over $4000. This one is $2900 with case.
This is the top of the line C trumpet made by Yamaha and designed by Bob Malone for John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony. It is about six months old and in fantastic condition. New, these trumpets are over $4000. This one is $2900 with case. SALE PENDING
Here is a used Gen II Conn 62Hi inline bell section. It is in very good condition with some slight contact wear from use. Inline rotary valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. Price is $1000 without case. Will fit Conn bass slides
This is an unusual instrument in the bass trumpet/marching trombone genre. It is in good condition with some signs of repair and lacquer wear. Sound is dense and powerful… this thing can put out some sound! Comes with case. $525
Here is a nice Los Angeles made Benge Bb trumpet in excellent condition. The Benge trumpets were based on the famous French Besson trumpets that were very popular for orchestral players. Comes with the original case and assortment of mutes.
Totally beautiful boutique bass trombone made by Michael Rath in England. This one has some unique features to it not usually seen, most notably the nickel silver bell. I find the nickel silver really terrific, as it takes a tremendous amount of sound before becoming edgy but responds very quickly and has a good center and core to the tone. The bell by the way is an 850N with a French bead rim. This bass trombone has inline Hagmann valves and they are terrific. Open low register and fantastic pedal B naturals and Cs. The valve action is quiet and fast. The slide is a standard .562" straight bore yellow brass with nickel crook. There are a few small dents in the slide crook. It includes a Rath hand brace. Price is $3800 without case
Here is a trombone worth of the Chicago scene. This setup is similar to the style in the CSO, Bach 42 bell section with a Bach 50 bass trombone slide. The original bell on the 42 was destroyed in shipping unfortunately, but luckily we had a new Kanstul 1570 bell flare (which is a copy of a Bach 42) available, which Brad swapped out with the damaged bell. We then did a brushed lacquer finish on the bell, to make the horn look like the boss that it is. Price is $1000 with case.
Here is a nice condition standard closed wrap Bach 42B with lightweight nickel slide. It is in good condition with some wear on the contact points. Some minor cosmetic scratches and blems. The horn plays well and would be ideal for a young trombonist looking for a good playing professional horn at a friendly price. $1350 with the most amazing homemade gig bag ever (which I didn't photograph, as I didn't want to ruin the surprise).
This is one of the nicest playing Bach 42 trombones I've tried. In fact it is so good, I really considered keeping it for myself. This trombone was made in the mid 1990s and is in pretty much newish condition. It had one dent in the slide that was removed and now has a very fast slide. The bell is gold brass and has a terrific medium weight to it. The sound is very dense and dark with great projection and clarity, especially for a gold brass bell. You don't see many stock closed wrap Bach 42s from this period as the open wrap was all the rage at the time. I've always been a big fan of the traditional wrap trombones and this one proves my theory that a really good closed wrap Bach can't be beat. Price is $1750 with case.
Somewhat rare coprion bell trombone from Conn Elkhart. The 12H was a very popular trombone with the solid copper seamless bell. The 10H is it's obscure cousin, being basically a Conn 6H with copper bell. It has a .500" bore slide. This one had seen lots of use and needed a lot of work, but we felt it was nice enough to have it restored. It received a new top inner tube, had all dents removed, full buff and relacquer. It's quite a stunning trombone now! $925 with case. Comes with a brassark 32H leadpipe.
These euphoniums have always been the standard for professional bandsmen. Pretty much every compensating euphonium in the world was based on this model Besson. This particular instrument is in very good condition with some "dents of love" on the bottom bow and some cosmetic scratching from being played. It has recently had a Bob Reeves valve alignment and plays particularly well. Includes the original case. $2300 SOLD
One of the more rare models from the Bach Mt Vernon factory. The 34B is the cousin of the very popular model 36 trombone. I have a theory that the model 34 was developed with its slightly smaller .522" bore size to compete with the popular .522" Conn 78H. Alas, the 34 never really caught on and only a handful of them were made. This one is an even more rare model with an F attachment. It is in very good condition with some minor wear. When the horn arrived at The Brass Ark, it was missing the valve cap. Brad Close modified a modern cap to fit. The horn has had a cleaning and service as well as a slide job. It is now quite a nice example of a classic 34B. $2300 with case. SOLD
WOW! A beautiful vintage Bach Mt Vernon model 12 trombone from the early 1960s with original case. This trombone is in great shape with the only blem being some wear on the neck pipe from use. It has a gorgeous bell that has never had any repairs done to it. Original case is in great shape too. $1700 SOLD
Here is a workhorse model 6vii trombone made in the Bronx, NY Bach factory. It has some dings and wear but has many years of life left in it. Slide action is very good for an old trombone. Has a small patch on the slide crook. Bell engraving is super crisp. $1000 with case
Here is a used Edwards model T-302 Jazz Trombone with gold brass 9127CF. It is in very good condition with some wear on the contact points from use. The slide has very smooth and fast action. Comes with interchangeable lead pipes. $1600 without case
This is an unusual but very special trombone. The model 45 is a special order dual bore small bass trombone. It has a 9" gold brass bell, open wrap F attachment and narrow width dual bore .547"/.562" slide. This particular instrument was hand assembled from parts at the Bach factory with assistance from Joe Alessi. It has had one original owner and is in really fantastic condition. I've not seen another one like this before. $2100 with case
The Olds Opera was the professional large bore (.554") trombone offered in nickel silver. This one was made in Fullerton California and is in very good condition. There is a little tiny bit of wear on the inner tubes and a few cosmetic scratches but overall a very clean and good playing example. Comes with a case. $900
A lovingly used Bach 50B30 inline rotary bass trombone. Overall in very decent playing condition with some minor cosmetic blems. Quite a nice playing bass with a solid focused sound, typical bach response and some nice slotting partials. SOLD
This really nice Conn 88H came in as a total wreck and was restored by Don Sawday in Long Beach. I had Don replace the inner slide tubes with new ones, remove dents from the trombone, new tuning slide bow, remove the leadpipe to press fit, and gently buff and relacquer the whole instrument. It really came out nice! This 88H is from the late 1950s and is an 800,000 serial number. It has a thin responsive bell with a clear and brilliant sound. The only real blem on the horn is a slight flat spot in one area on the rim wire (shown in the photo). Price is $1800 without case.
This Bach 36 trombone has been modified to be a more commercial instrument and would work well for jazz playing or other styles that need a brighter sounding trombone but for a trombonist looking for a larger bore and more free blowing instrument. The modifications done to this horn pertain to the slide. It has been slightly narrowed to take a rounded King slide crook, as well as been made into a lightweight brass slide. It is in very good condition and the bell is quite nice, as well as unlacquered with a beautiful patina. $1100 with cronkhite gig bag. SOLD
This is an unmounted Bach 50 bell flare, gold brass heavy gauge, unlacquered. In like new condition with a patina. $500
This is a mounted Edwards 985 20 gauge red brass bell with soldered rim. It is in very good condition and had hardware to mate to Edwards valve sections. $450 sold
This is an unmounted Edwards gold brass bell in thin 18 gauge material. It is in excellent condition $400 sold
This is an unmounted Bach 50 bell in heavy gauge yellow brass, unlacquered in excellent condition with a very cool looking patina. $500 sold
This is an unmounted Bach 42 bell flare in yellow brass, used condition. It has lacquer that is cracking. From a mid 1990s vintage. $300
The Bach 229 C trumpet is regarded as one of the most popular models for orchestral trumpet playing. The 229 bell taper was made famous by the Chicago Symphony trumpet section, led by Bud Herseth. The 25H leadpipe was developed for Herseth and is a shorter and more open blowing pipe. This trumpet is in lacquered finish with some cosmetic scratches and blems. It is a great playing instrument though and has excellent intonation and response. Sold without case, $1500
Near new condition Thein F contrabass trombone, Ben Van Dyke model with Meinlschmidt rotary valves. Tuning system is setup D/BBb. This is the high end model contrabass trombone. Totally beautiful and stunning piece of trombone artwork. Thin responsive gold brass bell, lightly braced. This thing sounds fantastic and is easy to play. Includes the original case. SOLD
This beautiful vintage King 2B Liberty has been restored and relacquered and is in stunning condition. Has a light and bright tone with a well defined edge. Classic vintage feel and sound, really a lot of fun to play. The restoration work was well done with only some rippling on the contact point on the hand slide from pitting under the lacquer. Includes the original case. $1000 SOLD
The original "R" Trombone, this is a rare Reynolds Argenta, made from all nickel and featuring a .515" bore slide with 8.5" bell. These are great medium bore trombones for players that are looking for a big powerful sound but needing a more efficient instrument. The mouthpiece receiver has an original tapered design, so your standard small shank will not work. Your best bet would be to order a custom mouthpiece with the Reynolds shank from one of the custom mouthpiece makers. $500 without case. REDUCED
Here is a Bach 42 .547" bore tenor trombone with Orla Ed Thayer valve section. The instrument has recently been overhauled and restored by my tech, Brad Close. It has a heavy gauge gold brass bell flare. This is a great playing orchestral trombone with a big powerful focused sound. It also comes with a convertible straight neck pipe. Sold with a gig bag. $1650 sold
This is a beautiful recently restored Bach 50B bass trombone, early elkhart serial 22,xxx. It's a fantastic playing instrument with a thin responsive bell, classic sound and vibrant color. Robb Steward did the relacquer job and Brad Close installed the nylon ball and socket linkage. It has one removable lead pipe which is the original. Sold with case $2000 REDUCED
A work of playable art, the Thein trombones are some of the most beautiful trombones in the world. They are a combination of old style German posaune with a modern spin and updating, making them more easy to play but still retaining the qualities of the German trombone. This one is interesting. It has a 9" gold brass bell with nickel bell kranz, .508"/.520" dual bore slide with removable lead pipes. The original pipe takes a standard large shank mouthpiece, an aftermarket Brasslab pipe is also included. $2800 with wolf pack case. SOLD
The rarest of the rare… the holy grail of bass trombones… the Bach Mt Vernon model 50B with gold brass bell. Yes, this is it and ain't she a beauty. In very good shape with some wear to lacquer. Valve and slide function well. Includes a Holton case. $4500 SOLD
Here's a nifty trombone, the Holton model TR-256, features a .547"/.559" dual bore slide, 9" rose brass bell with screw off flare. This model was said to be developed with Jay Friedman. Price is $850 with original flat case.
Here is an interesting Bach jazz trombone made in the Mt Vernon factory. It is a model 16, so it has a 7.5" bell and dual bore .491"/.509" slide. The instrument has been modified with a custom bell shock mount, removing the original bracing. It's cool looking and not sure if it helps… but I can say the horn does play well. If you don't like the mount, it is an easy fix back to stock. The slide has also been modified with what looks like custom nickel outer slide tubes. The original brass crook seems to be intact. The instrument also comes with the original Mt Vernon case. Overall the trombone is in really fantastic condition with hardly any wear and no dents. $2500 SALE PENDING
Brand new in plastic, demo condition, King 2B plus. This model features a 7 3/8" yellow brass bell and a .500" lightweight brass slide. They are versatile jazz trombones and offer a size that King wasn't making for a long time. I think the result is very successful… this is a great .500" bore jazz trombone that can do almost all styles of small bore playing. SOLD
In excellent condition, this is a rare art deco trumpet made by Conn in 1938. It features many design elements that make it a special instrument. The valves are octagonal, inlaid water keys, deco bell engraving, deco braces and decorations and the famous rimless "vocabell". I doubt you'd find a nice example from the period in original condition than this one. Comes with original case. $850
Here is a brand new, demo condition, Courtois Xtreme Jazz Trombone model AC430. It features a lightweight design, .500" bore and 7 3/4" bell diameter. Would be a good match for those trombonists looking for a modern style Conn 6H but with a bit more zip and edge on it. Has a nice comfortable ergonomic grip and build quality is good. Includes a Bam France case. SOLD
Really nice professional Bb trumpet made by Courtois Paris that features a .459" medium large bore, 5" bell diameter, and mouth pipe gap regulator. This particular instrument is brand new, demo condition. Valves are super smooth and look sharp with black valve buttons. $1800 with case.
Here is a modern Generation II Conn 62H inline bass trombone. This is a good bass trombone, but despite it's name, shouldn't be confused with the Elkhart TIS Conn 62H. This one has inline valves, bell tuning a 9.5" red brass bell, red brass tuning bow and narrow slide with removable lead pipes. Unlike it's dependent Gen II cousin, the inline version of the modern 62H is actually comfortable to hold and to play. It has a quick response, balanced sound and warm color. Overall, a really nice inexpensive double plug bass bone. $2000 with case. REDUCED
This Conn 88HO is in excellent condition with only a few minor tiny cosmetic pings in the flare. It hasn't been played much at all. This one has the standard weight bell flare and open wrap valve section. REDUCED $1675 with original case
Here is a very early Elkhart made Bach model 36B. The serial number is 99xx, dating it to the late 1960s. It has a very nice thin responsive yellow brass bell flare. The valve is the Marsten rotary valve. Cosmetically some of the original lacquer is worn or ugly but overall the instrument is in good condition with no signs of poor repairs over the years. SOLD $1650 and It has been sonic cleaned and tuned up.
In excellent condition, the newest professional inline bass trombone from Yamaha. Lacquer in great shape, overall a really great playing bass trombone that sounds good and is easy to navigate. $3000 with original case.
This is a really nice example of a great playing Conn 88H. It is an early Texas model and has had some nice modifications. The slide has been rebuilt with Shires inner tubes and been set up for threaded shires receivers. The bell is in excellent condition and has a thin and balanced response. SOLD
Usually these old 6Hs are a bit rough to use for modern playing but this one is a really great example of an exception to that thought. It is in very good condition for it's age with hardly and wear and no major dents or previous damage. The slide works well, but it is an older slide with original inners, which have been chrome plated. Action is fast but not as fast as a modern shires slide by comparison. The lead pipe has been replaced with a modern 6H lead pipe and it improved the response significantly. At some point along the way the outer slide and inner slide were exchanged, so serials do not match. $725 with original case
Here is a brand new, demo, Bach Artistan Bb trumpet, model AB-190. It is in silver plated finish and comes with the original deluxe case. This model was designed to evoke the Mt Vernon era trumpets. It is Bach's top of the line model. $2800
This is a perfect small 3 valve Bb tuba for the doubler. It's just the right size for pit work and it is easy to play for bass trombonists looking for that easy to play tuba. Comes with three mouthpieces that have been adjusted to fit the receiver. It does have some dents, which could be removed for an extra cost. No case. $1000
Gorgeous vintage King 3B silver sonic, with Sterling silver bell flare. This is one of the most desirable vintages and this particular one is in great shape and a terrific player. It has the original bond letter dating it to 1960 production. UPDATE: we performed a slide job on it and while the action is a solid 8/10 it would need new outer tubes to be a perfect slide (someone did poor slide repair to it as some point in its life). Sold in current condition for $1800, we can put new outer tubes on if desired. It's a heck of a good playing trombone. SOLD
Often regarded as the holy grail of bass trombones, the 62H is one of the best classic bass trombones ever built. This one is not only a special instrument but it has a pedigree as well. It is an L series serial number, which puts it as an early production model… perhaps from the first batch. You can also tell it is an early one because of the "opera wheel" tuning mechanism on the slide (which does add weight but I think adds a nice character to the instrument and also keeps slide alignment perfect). This horn was originally B.B. McCulloh of the Pittsburgh Symphony. At some point along the way it was modified from a dependent valve setup to the current independent system standing in: Bb/F/Gb/D. The work was very well done and some of the tube bending is impressive. Shires built the valve linkages and paddles and everything works quite well. It also has a press fit leadpipe but having tried it with both of the Brass Ark MV50 and BH62 pipes, I'd highly recommend our pipe and will include one of your choice with purchase. Price is $4200 without case
This is a very rare model 82H New York Symphony model Conn trombone from the 1920s. It is basically a slide tuning version of the Conn 78H. This one is in fantastic condition with the silver finish in great shape and the engraving very clear. No major dents other than the usual small stuff around the back bow. Robb Stewart replaced the inner slide tubes with exact modern replicas and the slide action is great, especially for a horn of this age and with the extra weight from the TIS (tuning in slide) mechanism. Beautiful gold wash inside the bell. Original case is included… this is a rare opportunity for a classic. $1200 SOLD
This is a rare Olds Recording trombone in all red brass with the exception of the neck pipe and tuning slide. I've not seen another with these specs before. It is an Los Angeles made instrument and is in very good condition for the age of the trombone. I think it has a great sound, warm when you want it, zippy when you need it and it feels great in your hands. The bell engraving is stunning. $975 with case.
Top of the line professional trombone made by Conn in Eastlake Ohio, features the Y ported oversized Christian Lindberg rotary valve. This one is in great shape, almost practically new condition. Has a warm sound with focus and core and a little bit more weight than most 88Hs. The valve action is incredibly fast, even allowing for trills. $2200 with case. SOLD
Special order Bach model 6 trombone, made in Elkhart. The model 6 was the most popular trombone built by Bach in the 1930s and 40s and was played by many of the top jazz players of the time. This one is not very old and was special ordered (as the 6 is no longer in regular production). I think it's pretty darn great… has the character of the old New York horns but feels a bit more substantial and modern. Would be ideal for a trombonist looking for something reliable but still with a vintage quality and feel to it. $1600 with case. SOLD
Here is an unusual bass trombone. It seems to have been assembled by Larry Minick using Bach 50 parts and reconfiguring to what you see here. The bell flare appears to be an original Minick one piece bell (I think it is an early Larry flare because of the way the seam is constructed), the valves are Bach valves but have been modified with Minick inline open wrap. The slide is original Bach. UPDATE: The Minick bell had some poor repair work done to it, which I've had Robb Stewart go over and do his best to save this rare bell flare. Robb did some careful work, fabricating new much more elegant patches, removing poor soldering jobs and excess solder crystals. The bell looks much better now and I think is playing better too (check out the before and after pics). Price is $3600 for this unique bass trombone. REDUCED
Like new condition, Bach model 39 alto trombone in Eb. It's as close to being never played as you get on a used instrument. Sound is clear and brilliant as you'd expect from a Bach alto, which is a smaller bore than more typical alto trombones. The Bach 39 is not for the faint of heart, these altos take practice to be played well, but the sound is most excellent. $1400 with case. REDUCED
This trombone was designed for young players that cannot yet reach the outer positions. This trombone features a C ascending rotary valve, which is used as an extension for the outer positions. This is also a nice trombone for people who travel often and need a small instrument to bring along to keep chops in shape. This one is in very good condition with no dents or anything detracting. Price is REDUCED $650 with case
This trombone was setup specifically for me. I had the slide built by Shires special order with tuning in the slide and with real bronze outer tubes (not gold brass) and a Conn 88H connector. The slide will fit any Conn 88H. The bell section was a really nice playing early engraving 1R (soldered rim, red brass) bell flare I had at the shop. The valve section is from an Elkhart Conn 88H. The tuning slide is seamed red brass. I had Brad Close expertly assemble the components. My concept for this trombone was to try to recreate my beloved 1939 Conn 66h, but with a modern vibe. I was quite happy with the results and I played this trombone on some gigs around town with great success. However, I simply couldn't get away from my 66H and sold this trombone to a deserving adult student who really loved it. He has since decided to focus more on his guitar playing and less on his trombone… so this trombone is available for sale. It is totally unique and there is not another like it in the world. $2750 with case. SOLD
This Getzen 1062FD bass trombone is in excellent condition, showing little signs of use. It's great playing bass trombone for someone on a budget. Dependent rotary valves in Bb/F/D and 9.5" yellow brass bell. Dual bore orchestral weight slide .562"/.578". Includes the original case. $2200 sold
This is the top of the line premier euphonium made by Yamaha, and arguably one of the very best playing euphoniums in the world. It is a 3+1 compensating instrument with large bore mouthpiece receiver. Silver plated finish with gold plated trim. Sound and intonation is excellent on this euphonium. I've not played a more consistent model. It's in very good lightly used condition with some minor cosmetic blems. It's been cleaned and is ready to go.
This was the top of the line C trumpet from Yamaha prior to the release of the Xeno line. Many professional trumpet players still use this model and agree that it's one of the best C trumpets ever made. This one is in very good condition showing some signs of use. Price is $1050 with original double case. SOLD
Professional model from Kanstul, similar specs to a Conn 10H, .500" bore slide with solid copper bell. This one is new condition. The bell had some minor damage that was rolled out. It's a rare model that I'm not sure is in production anymore. REDUCED $1100 without case
This was the top of the line Bb/A piccolo trumpet from Yamaha prior to the release of the Xeno line of horns. It is in excellent like new condition with the original case. $1600 sold
This is a great playing King 2B Liberty. I'm not certain of the date of manufacture, but looks to be 1950s. This trombone in particular stands out as quite a fine playing example of a 2B. Price is $950, sold without case.
Here is a nifty old Conn trombone for the collector. This trombone was built in 1907 and it is in good condition being over 100 years old. It is all original and includes the original case and mouthpiece. Slide lock is on the bottom tube, original inner tubes are plated brass with brass stockings. The bell has a beautiful floral hand engraving. It's a low pitch model with tuning extensions in, remove them to be in high pitch. Overall quite a conversation piece that still plays. $400
This is an unusual orchestral tenor trombone, and it has a unique sound and playing quality to it. It started off as a straight 8H from around 1957 (700,000 serial with half moon engraving) and somewhere along the way, a thayer valve was added to it as well as a removable straight neck pipe (which I assume to be the original). The horn was lightly buffed and silver plated. The engraving is still fairly sharp. This has that classic thin responsive bell that the 1950s Conn trombones have. The thayer valve keeps the instrument from becoming too bright, probably due to the extra mass it adds. Slotting is easy and the trombone has a quick response. It has removable lead pipes. The slide is narrow, so trombonists with larger necks may have trouble with the thayer poking them in the side. Inner slide tubes are worn on the ends of the stockings, but the slide action is very good without any catches or scratchiness. They may look bad, but I don't think the inner tubes need to be replaced. Comes with a wolfpak case. $1700 SALE PENDING
Here's a great little trombone for the trombonist looking to find a smaller bore jazz trombone with an F attachment. Look no further… here it is. The Olds Recording was the top small bore trombone that Olds made. It had all the cool features, octagonal inner slide tubes, gold brass with lots of nickel trim and parts and a beautiful hand engraved bell design. This particular instrument has an F attachment which are becoming harder to find these days. It's in very very good condition with the original case and with two Doug Elliott custom mouthpieces with proper shanks to fit this trombone. $1150 ON HOLD
This beautiful Conn 8D was built in 1958 and is a 700,000 series serial number. It has had some custom work done to it to improve it's playing characteristics and make the horn more even. The lead pipe was replaced with a Jim Patterson custom and the bell has been cut to make travel easier. It has recently been cleaned and tuned up and is ready for it's new home. Comes with a black leather Marcus Bonna case. $3600 with case.
In fantastic like new condition with the exception of a little acid bleed around the bell rim, this is a Yamaha model 681G .547" orchestral tenor trombone. It is a model no longer produced but was one of the top of the line straight professional trombones of it's day. This model improved intonation and build consistency over the previous models. It's a nice playing straight trombone for someone looking for one on a budget. With case, SOLD
This Blessing trombone has similar specs to the famous Conn 78H, 8" yellow brass bell and .525" slide. While not the top notch quality of a Conn trombone, this instrument is certainly a fine inexpensive trombone in a somewhat hard to find spec range. $600 with case
Here's a rare opportunity, own a piece of handcrafted artwork by famous poet/trombonist/artist/penmaker DJ Kennedy of Chester Hills, IL. These are made from railroad copper and are signed by the artist on the rear of each piece. I usually only sell brass instruments on this website, as you all know, but I like supporting my pals that make cool stuff… DJ's handmade pens sell for lots of money, here's a very special piece that you won't find anywhere else. $75 per pair (2 available)
This is a vintage SE Shires model B1 1Y 9.5" yellow brass bell flare. It features the old style hand engraving that I think is the tops. Be the envy of your colleagues with this beautiful somewhat rare bass trombone bell! Oh yeah, it plays great too. $600 SOLD
The Brass Ark is proud to offer this new alto trombone from maker, Markus Leuchter. This instrument is handmade by Markus in his shop in Herzogenrath Germany. This instrument is an alto trombone for the purist. This alto was designed starting with the original Glassl alto trombone, but making it improved with a 7th position, better partial slotting and intonation. It is a true small bore alto and it lets you know it. Your air needs to be focused and measured and the horn rewards finesse playing with the most beautiful trombone sound. This is not an alto for the faint of heart, as it will also bite you the second you lose your focus or alter your embouchure in any way. For me, that's the fun of alto playing... it's a challenge to play as lightly and with the most grace you can... standard price is $2800 with case and mouthpiece. Stock model is with friction fit connection and without slide lock (these can be added on request, but the purist will prefer the instrument set up as ision of the exchange rate. For current rate, email me. Pictured with gold brass bell, nickel slide with gold crook, friction fit tenon. $2800. Optional Bb rotary valve is available for an additional $950.
Here is a special instrument! This is the very last contrabass trombone made by the late Heriburt Glassl before he retired from instrument building. It is the famous "opera model" contra, meaning that it has a compact wrap with an extra coil instead of being elongated like other contras on the market. Based on the traditional German contra designs, it is in F/C/Eb/BBb but has extensions to make the Eb valve into a Db valve. It's not stuffy, in fact it has a nice balanced feel and the sound is simply incredible. This instrument creates the orchestral contrabass trombone sound, not a slide tuba. This model is the one used by Phil Teele for many years, and I personally own and play a Glassl contra just like this one (I play mine with the Eb valve configuration for those who care to know)! Some notable features, it appears to be entirely hand bent tubing. The back bow is red brass and most of the larger tubes appear to be from thin brass with seams. The bell is very thin and has a medium wide nickel kranz (rim tone ring), there is a place for a handle (but no handle is included, with both valves you don't really need it). This is truly an epic trombone and a rare trombone. Perhaps it will be your trombone? $8500 with custom dark brown leather Cronkhite gig bag.
An excellent beginning Bb tuba or a fine instrument for a tuba doubler. This is a compact 3 front action piston valve Bb tuba. The model YBB-103 has been regarded as this choice inexpensive good quality tuba for many working musicians around the country. This one is in good shape but has a lot of cosmetic lacquer wear and some minor dents of love. Sold without case. REDUCED $650
Very rare French made "classical style" tenor trombone. Small bore and bell flare, similar to the German made classical tenor trombones from the late 1700s, early 1800s. With a proper period mouthpiece, this instrument would work well for the classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Handel. Inner tubes are original, overall in very good condition. $700
This is a rare orchestra tenor trombone made by Conn in the 1920s. The larger bore orchestral instruments were influenced by the German makers who had been making instruments with F attachments and larger bell flares with bigger bores. You can see the influence of the German design in this instrument: leather thumb trigger on the F attachment, closed flat wrap valve tubing, larger throat bell flare and tuning in the slide. This is a medium bore instrument, meaning that the slide tubing has a .522" bore. The tuning slide is built into the hand slide, letting the back bow of the trombone remain conical, a feature that gives a unique warmth to the sound. Overall, this trombone has seen better days, but is playable in current condition. The valve knuckle has had a quick and dirty repair but it functions, although not attractive. There are some dents here and there but nothing major on the bell or back bow. The slide tubes seem to be original, at least the top tube which is nickel plated brass. The bottom tube made by original but has been chrome plated. The slide is working, but is certainly not comparable to a modern "shires" or similar made slide. Overall, a beautiful vintage trombone that needs a little bit of love… but a rare model and a great candidate for restoration or just a fun trombone to play! $700 with original case. SALE PENDING
This is a very nice Besson British Baritone, 3 valve compensating. The compensating system reroutes tubing to correct for inaccurate lengths and create a more uniform tuning system. These Besson horns are somewhat of the industry standard and this one is a good player. Comes with case. $1000
Every once in a while a trombone comes in stock that I've never seen before. This is one of those trombones… a time capsule original Earl Williams tenor trombone. I am venturing a guess that this horn was made in the 1940s, probably after Earl went back into producing his trombones on his own. It has some unique features. The tuning in the slide mechanism is one I haven't seen on many Williams horns before. It is a wing nut that tightens the over sleeves, which hold the slide in place. The beautiful cast arrowhead counterweight is epic. This horn also has the famous curved handgrip that Williams is known for. It's in amazing condition, pretty much the cleanest original Williams I have seen… The only blem being some lacquer spots around the back bow. Another unique feature, this trombone comes with the original case and the original Williams mouthpiece… yes you heard me, the original WILLIAMS MOUTHPIECE! Besides all the geeky talk about Williams for my collector friends, I should also mention that it is a fantastic playing trombone. The slide action is top notch (despite being a bit heavy from the TIS) and the sound is glorious and brilliant. It's roughly a Williams 4 sized horn, around a .485" bore. This is something special. $2200 SOLD
This is the industry standard professional tenor sackbut. Made in Switzerland by Egger to the highest level of craftsmanship. It's a beautiful instrument, combining modern construction with traditional manufacturing techniques to create a replica instrument that is robust enough to stand up to professional use day in and day out. This particular instrument has a 4th position bell, kruspe water key and comes with tuning extensions for lower pitch and a nice Brass Bags case. It is decorated in a similar fashion to the original Hainlein tenor sackbut from which it is based. $3700 SOLD
The ultimate single valve bass trombone, here it is ladies and gentlemen! This is the Mt Vernon model 50B and let me tell you this one has A SOUND! It is an early Mt Vernon, being built shortly after the move from the Bronx factory. It is in very very good condition with hardly any signs of wear and tear or repairs from abuse. Sold without case, $4400 SOLD
Here is a very rare early elkhart Bach model 16G dual bore jazz trombone. It is fantastic… I think it plays extremely well. The sound is dense and focused and the instrument is easy to play. It responds! Condition is very good with good slide action and the bell section is free of major dents or repairs. $1500 with original french case. SOLD
Top of the line professional bass trombone made by SE Shires in Massachusetts. This one was originally put together for Bob Sanders. It has inline trubore valves, BII 1Y bell, dual bore B6278 slide and a C tuning slide. It's been relacquered and is in very good condition. SOLD
One of the most famous makers and models of double French Horn in the world. The Alexander 103 is a top of the line professional double horn made in Germany. If you're looking at my website, you probably already know what a 103 is, but for those that don't: it features a special 6 port thumb valve and is wrapped with thumb on top of the valve cluster. This gives a balanced and brilliant sound, somewhat in between the Geyer style and Kruspe style horns. This one I believe was made in the 1990s. It has a screw bell flare that has some small dings from use. The body of the horn is free of dents. Valves are super fast and awesome. Comes with a nice compact case. $5800 SOLD
Here is a nice professional Meinl Weston Euphonium, model 451, with 4 valves (3+1 configuration), large shank mouthpiece receiver, compensating system and spit catchers. This euphonium hasn't seen much use. It's in very good shape (obviously tarnished, but can be polished) with silver nearly 100%. No dents or major cosmetic blems. It's quite a good playing instrument with an even scale, smooth fast valves and a clear singing tone. I'd say it's along the lines of a more consistent British style "Besson" euphonium. $2300
A used Conn 88HTO (thin walled bell flare) that is in very good condition. Some cosmetic lacquer wear on the hand grips and other contact points. 8.5" thin red brass bell, narrow .547" slide. Plays very well and is quite responsive with the thin bell. Includes case SOLD
The trombone community mourns the closing of the Greenhoe factory, which arguably made some of the finest orchestral trombones in the world. These are real works of art, perfect assembly and craftsmanship. This is a Bach 42G gold brass bell that has recently had a Greenhoe conversion (about 2 weeks ago actually) and has a brand new valve section on it. The trombone overall is in near new condition with only some minor lacquer wear on the hand slide contact points. The Greenhoe trombones will become increasingly rare now that production has stopped. Here's a chance to get a fine example. $4500 with Bach case. ON TRIAL
This is the base model professional bass trombone from Getzen. This particular instrument features the 9.5" red brass bell and dependent rotary valves with open wrap. Probably one of the most popular doubler and big band bass trombones on the market, the 1062 offers a lot of instrument for a lower price. It's well assembled and plays in tune and predictable. This one is in very good condition with some minor wear on contact points and a bit of acid bleed of a few spots. Comes with a bullet brace for extra hand support and the original hard case. $2200
The Conn 88HCL features the oversized "Christian Lindberg" valve, a 8.5" standard weight red brass bell, gold brass slide and fixed lead pipe. This one is in excellent cosmetic condition with the exception being a dent in one of the valve port tubing. The valve has an amazingly short throw and the response is even on the open horn and the F side. This is a well balanced instrument and a lot of prominent players are using this model. It's on special at $1700 with case.
This is a solid playing bass trombone made by Vincent Bach in Elkhart, serial number is in the 40,xxx. It has the larger diameter bell flare, inline rotary valves with classic wrap and is totally silver plated. Used for many years by a prominent LA studio bass trombonist, this trombone puts out some SOUND! Despite it's epicness, the tone isn't woofy and the response is surprisingly fast. Don't let it's grandeur fool you, this is a great playing instrument that would give majesty to any bass trombonist looking for a cool looking vintage bass bone. $2500 with case
This is a beautiful vintage Conn 72H single valve bass trombone in excellent condition. It seems to be original lacquer and with original case. It is a C series, dating it to around 1962 (my personal favorite year for Elkhart Conns). It plays great with a classic "George Roberts" type sound. Great for big band, ballads, solos, church playing. It's lightweight and responsive and if you have back problems it won't hurt your back! It's a deal at SOLD.
A beautiful example of a sterling silver bell King 3B. The gold plating inside the bell is totally intact and gorgeous. The King 3B is one of the most versatile jazz trombones made. It works well in a variety of playing situations: big band, combo, commercial studio, band etc. The solid silver bell not only looks sharp but gives a broad and powerful tone that won't break up in loud dynamics. This instrument was made in the late 1960s. It's been a while since I've seen an original 3B Silversonic in this kind of original condition. $2000
Really nice condition Bach 42BO, open wrap F attachment, .547" bore slide, 8.5" yellow brass bell. The workhorse of the orchestral trombone world. $1600 with case
Here's the deal! Excellent playing, but not looking Bach 50 inline bass trombone. It has a 10.5" yellow brass bell, inline rotary valves in Bb/F/Eb/G setup with open wrap tubing. The slide has a press fit Kanstul Bach 50 pipe. The whole horn is unlacquered. Includes protec case. $1500 SALE PENDING
Here is an inexpensive Getzen Bb bass trumpet. Plays well with a few funky notes, good sound. The bell flare has been crunched and repaired and shows scars. Includes a case, $500 as is.
What a beautiful instrument! Here is a vintage 1970s Bach model 440 bass trumpet in Bb. It's in nearly new condition with a beautiful golden patina on the original lacquer. The sound is fantastic, brilliant and trumpet like with clarity and body. Intonation is excellent (can you believe it!) and the blow and response is even and balanced. With the original case. $1900 and won't last long
A nice 1970s vintage Bach 36B with lightweight nickel silver slide. It has a closed wrap F attachment (for non trombonists, that means the valve tubing is wrapped inside the body of the instrument). This trombone is a very good player. The valve is the highly desirable Marsten made rotor, which I find play more open than later Bach rotary valves. I feel like the closed wrap on this trombone helps the balance and response. It is assembled very well and as a result yields a clean articulation and focused tone. This is a single owner instrument and has been in storage since the 1970s. It has a few minor dings that will be removed and the horn will be cleaned… it's a great opportunity to buy a vintage 36B that has yet to be broken in. Includes original french case. $1500 SOLD
Beautiful inline rotary Bach bass trombone in very good condition. It has been updated with linkage conversion by Chuck McAlexander and has had the lead pipe pulled and replaced with a press fit Brasslab 50 pipe. Valves are tuned to Bb/F/D/Gb. Plays very good with a strong bass trombone sound, good intonation and slotting. The bell has had one minor dent rolled out, but otherwise the instrument shows no signs of repairs. $2400 without case. SOLD
Stunning German made contrabass trombone in F, fabricated by the Thein Brothers in the 1990s. It has interesting tuning F/D/BBb/AAb and is constructed of gold brass with nickel slide. Rotary valves look like they might be made by Meinlschmidt. Old style wrap compared to the new models from thein. Surprisingly lightweight and responsive. Comes with a case and a slide to make the 1st valve into Eb. $7000
Excellent condition Bach Greenhoe Optimized bass trombone. Inline Greenhoe valves, 9.5" yellow brass bell, standard weight slide. The bell has had some repairs and has a few scars but dents are out and it looks great. Very good playing instrument! $4650 without case. SOLD
Very rare! Here is a special order Edwards straight tenor trombone. It has a 321CF bell in sterling silver with special order hand engraving (The bell alone is worth $1500). Has a straight neck pipe, red brass tuning slide, dual bore .547/.562 slide. This trombone plays amazing and it's stunning to see. REDUCED $2100 without case. I will part it out.
Nice entry level professional bass trombone. Has some lacquer wear and some pitting on the contact points. Will be cleaned and tuned up prior to sale. Includes original case in "meh" condition $2000.
Restored mid 1960s Bach model 42B. This instrument was built just after the move to Elkhart from Mt Vernon and most likely is built using Mt Vernon parts. The slide is nickel silver (the bottom tube has an over sleeve that seems to have been added. The previous owner modified the instrument to have a reversed tuning slide (a modern and the original tuning slide is included). The instrument was restored and reacquired by Robb Stewart. $2000 REDUCED
Totally restored Vincent Bach model 12ii, made in New York. This is a rare model from one of the most desirable vintages of Bach trombones. The model 12 has a .500" bore slide. This one has been refurbished and is in very good condition. My understanding is that the model ii designation means it has a different neck pipe than the standard model 12. Includes SKB case. $2400
Here's a great playing bass trombone from Edwards Custom Trombones, made in Wisconsin. This is a rare model with dependent rotary valves in Bb/F/D. It is currently set up with a 1033R red brass bell, and dual bore .562/.578 slide. It has the "edge bracing" setup on the valve section. Plays great with a big broad orchestral sound, response is immediate and intonation is consistent throughout the overtones. Nice quality professional instrument. $2100 without case. SOLD
From the collection of Rob Roy McGregor, this is a custom Schilke P7 piccolo trumpet with 4th valve added by Bob Malone. It's in great shape and has an amazing sound. Very similar to the high end model Yamaha is making today, but better because it's a schilke! It is in fantastic condition with no dents. Silver is in good shape. You won't find a nicer playing piccolo trumpet. $2300
Here's an amazing time capsule trombone! Bach model 16, made in Mt Vernon, NY. It appears to be in original condition, with original lacquer intact. Has one small dent in the slide crook, otherwise it is about the nicest vintage condition I've seen for a Bach trombone this old. The 16 is a desirable size and I think it's one of the best playing models that Bach made. It has a dual bore .495"/.509" slide and a 7.5" bell. This one has the original case and the case is beautiful! $2500 ON TRIAL
Here's a bargain of a C trumpet. It's a great playing model 239 bell, large bore, in silver plated finish. Recent vintage and in great shape. Sold without a case $1200. SOLD
Professional Yamaha Bb Cornet, in silver plated finish with single shepherd's crook. In like new condition with a case. Very consistent intonation with a classic conical sound. Model YCR-6335S. $1100 SOLD
Unique professional bass trombone made by Shires in Massachusetts. The valve section is a custom build by Chuck McAlexander at the Brass Lab in NYC. The valve is a Rene Hagmann valve from Switzerland. This bass is in excellent condition and is quite an excellent playing instrument. The valve register is open and quick responding and the trombone has a wonderful singing quality to the tone. It has a BII 2RT7 bell flare that matches to the valve well. The slide is a B6278YC, dual bore with yellow brass end crook. $1950 without case. Sale Pending
Up for sale is a nice newer Conn 88HTO, generation II bell section. It features a thin wall red brass bell and open wrap rotary valve. The slide is a custom Edwards standard tenor trombone slide (wide style) with Conn 88H connector (shown with elkhart slide in pics). It has removable leadpipes and comes with a #2 brass pipe. The slide is in very good condition and I find that this trombone plays amazingly well with this Edwards setup. This is a great playing orchestral trombone that has a modern sound with a vintage blow. Sold without case $1700 SOLD
Totally restored Conn 72H bass trombone from the late 1960s. Made in Elkhart, Indiana during one of the most desirable periods of production. The model 72H is similar to the famous 70H, the difference being it has tuning in the bell instead of in the slide. You'll notice the short bell section with the longer slide, which allows for a solid low C and an E pull for the low B natural. Lightweight yellow brass bell with 70H bell taper. It's a beautiful instrument and has been meticulously restored. Inner tubes are perfect, slide action is excellent. It has a great blow and sound that is colorful and vibrant with a nice bite. REDUCED $2100 with new protec case.
This is a new B stock Antoine Courtois bass trombone made in France. It's a model AC502B, inline rotary valves with minibal linkages, 9.5" yellow brass bell, .562" straight bore slide. A good playing instrument that would be a versatile choice. Seems to be easy to color and has a nice bark to the loud dynamics. Valve register feels open and even. Includes a Bam Softpak case. $2800 SOLD
Shires axial (Thayer) valve F attachment section. Lacquer has been touched up. Leather guard is included to cover up the cosmetic blems and keep it from wearing further through the lacquer. $1150
Here's the beloved Burkle model Conn 32H dual bore trombone. These are some of the best smaller/medium Conn's ever made, and a totally unique size and design concept. The 32H has a 7.5" bell with a dual .500/.522" slide. This is one from the early 1950s, one of the last years of production of this model. It shows some signs of repairs, but is in overall good shape and has that classic Conn sound. These 32Hs work really well for people who like open blowing jazz trombones, as well as symphony guys looking for a small bore trombone that won't feel like a toy to them. $1000 with case, sale pending
This is a straight model 36 with lightweight nickel slide from Bach. It's been well used and has some cosmetic wear in the lacquer. The serial number on the hand slide grip has been worn through but the serial is still intact on the outer slide tube. $1200 with chem cleaning and slide job. ON TRIAL
It's rare to find New York Bach trombones with lightweight nickel silver slides. This is a nice playing Bach model LT6 made in the Bronx factory in New York during the "67" production period. It is in very good condition overall and has recently had a good chem cleaning. All parts are original and matching.There is a patch on the slide crook, although not sure if thats because of a crack or previous repair or as reinforcement on a weak spot in the metal. Slide action is very good and fast, as to be expected. Big broad sound for a small .485" bore trombone. The model 6vii was the largest variation of the model 6 and also the most popular and common size. The nickel lightweight slide is a rare special order option. Price is $1500 and includes a King coffin case. sold
Beautiful recording model King euphonium with 4 side action piston valves. This was the top of the line euphonium from King back in the day, the model 1165. This one has spent most of it's career in the Los Angeles recording studios and was previously owned by one of the first call players here in LA. It's a great playing instrument and in very good condition. Sold with original case. $1250
Entry level professional model Eb alto horn from Yamaha, model YAH-202S. In very good condition with the original case. Price is $1000
This is a nice late 1970s vintage Bach model LT12. It has been 24K gold plated and is a stunning trombone to both see and play. I'm a big fan of gold plated horns, I feel that it helps protect the brass but also gives the tone of the horn a nice color and character. This trombone has been well used by a local professional here in Los Angeles, and you will notice some wear on the contact points. It's a great playing instrument and perfect for someone looking for a great lead trombone. It's one of the sweetest sounding Bach 12s I've played. $1900 with Bach french style case. sold
One of the rarest trombones ever made, the Conn 26H Ballroom Trombone is a beautiful piece of artwork. It's a .500" small tenor with 7.5" bell out of pre war brass, this one was built in 1930. Think of these trombones as the ultimate 6H, built at a time when a Conn trombone was the absolute top end custom trombone... that's what this horn is. Each 26H has it's own unique personality and characteristics. The sound on this instrument is totally stunning, warm and brilliant that cuts. The tone has some body, but doesn't sound like anything else. This is a trombone for the player that appreciates the small details and uniqueness of something special and rare... kinda like a vintage british roadster, this trombone reminds me of that... think classic Aston Martin. If you're that guy or gal who seeks out the very best and unique trombones, read on. This 26H is in very good condition. It seems to have had no serious repairs or trauma and the bell is intact. The neckpipe had some paper taped on, which I removed and lightly buffed out... it is mostly unlacquered on the neckpipe with some remnants of the original lacquer. Inner slide tubes are excellent. It will be cleaned and have a slide tune up prior to sale. REDUCED $1800 with case.
Here is an early production Shires bass trombone in very good condition. It features inline O.E. Thayer valves in Bb/F/D/Gb a BI 1Y bell with original hand engraving, B yellow tuning slide and a B62GLW slide. One lead pipe is included. Overall a great playing bass trombone. Has a great bark and bite and would be cool for big band playing, studio work, or light orchestral work. If you wanted to darken up the sound, consider adding the used BII 1GT7 bell I have (for additional $550). This bass is listed for sale at $3400 with protec case. sale pending
This is a newer King 2103 trombone in like new condition. The 2103 replaced the model 3B, but is the identical trombone, just a different naming system. King 3B's are regarded as one of the best commercial small bore trombones you can get. The medium .508" bore gives a little bit more open response and blow but still feels and reacts like a small bore trombone. This one plays very well and is super clean. It's a great deal for a like new professional trombone! Comes with the original case. sold
The Brass Ark is honored to be representing the collection of the late Warren Luening. Warren was regarded as one of the best commercial trumpet players of the last generation. He was often seen playing for the Academy Awards, on Dancing with the Stars, heard on Family Guy and over 1500 movie scores and television shows. This collection was given to Warren when he was a member of Barbara Streisand's Millennium Tour. It is a matched set, a 24K gold plated Bach model 43 trumpet and a 24K gold plated Bach flugelhorn. Both horns reside in a custom made "Bach" Walt Johnson case. If these trumpets look familiar to you, perhaps you might remember them from the famous poster with Gary Grant, Warren, Jerry Hey and Lew Soloff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ7ZmiIRa4k). These horns were made as a set, and will only be sold as a set. SOLD $3800
This was Warren Luening's C trumpet, used whenever he had an orchestra call or a legit solo on a movie score. It's a custom made horn, features a Bach 229 bell flare and Besson made by Kanstul valves and slides. The whole horn is silver plated. REDUCED $1000 with gig bag. SOLD
This was Warren Luening's main Bb trumpet for a number of years. It's a Bach model 43 with a lightweight bell. The horn is silver-plated and overall in good used condition. I would estimate that this particular trumpet was played on around 1000 movies and TV dates. There is some wear on the contact points and a few spots on the lead pipe. It's a good blowing trumpet and comes with a case and a fantastic pedigree. $1800
This is a Burbank Piccolo trumpet, made by Kanstul. It was Warren Luening's piccolo and is a decent professional instrument. Would be ideal for someone on a budget looking for a quality 4 valve piccolo. Includes an A pipe with case. $950
The trombone has been sold, but the Red Brass bell is available by itself for $500
This is an extremely rare trombone made by the H.N. White company around 1925-1930. It has no slide lock, is a friction fit bell connection and has the original Lion's head engraving on the slide. According to the H.N. White website, Sterling silver bells were introduced in 1928… meaning that this might be one of the very first King trombones with a sterling silver bell flare. Not only is it rare, but this trombone is in fantastic condition. Playing wise, it's on the smaller side, 7" bell and probably a .485" slide. It has a dated sound, but a fantastic sound… would be perfect for someone looking for that classic dixieland color or for the King aficionado that wants to have one of the oldest King Silvertone trombones around. $2000 without case. Sale Pending
Here is a Shires straight bell section. It has a 2RM bell (unsoldered red brass, medium weight), straight neck pipe and standard tuning slide, with counterweight. A BAM Xlite case comes with it. In very good condition with some minor mute dings in the bell from use. $975
Here is a Shires 7G bell flare, in very good condition with a protec case. $680 REDUCED
Talk about an epic trombone! This is a nearly new Rath contrabass trombone in the key of F. It is a beautiful instrument and sure to inspire any trombonist lusting for a new toy. It is about one year old and has only been played a handful of times. It features a removable red brass bell, inline hagmann valves, Rath hand brace, tuning sleeves for alternate tuning systems, 3 gold plated Rath contrabass trombone mouthpieces and a Glenn Cronkhite gig bag. Plays great, but I don't need to tell you all that. REDUCED $8700 with all the goodies.
This is the Bach 42BO large bore tenor trombone. The 42BO has long been the orchestral workhorse for the professional trombonist. It features a one piece 8.5" bell, open wrap valve and .547" orchestral weight slide. This one is in very good lightly used condition. Some minor lacquer wear and a few cosmetic dings. $1500 with original case.
A great jazz trombone, the model 12 is the .500" bore model from Vincent Bach. One of the most widely used small bore models by professional jazz trombone players around the world. This one is a nice older model in very good condition. Recently chem cleaned and lacquer touched up. The new ones don't have as sweet a sound as these old classics. $1250 with case. SOLD
This is a small bore Amati alto trombone, made in the Czech Republic. It is a decent copy of the model 39 alto from Bach. This is a good instrument for someone looking to learn alto, pick it up as a hobby or looking for an inexpensive decent instrument. I think these are a step above the ubiquitous Jinbao altos on ebay. $425 with case. ON TRIAL
This one certainly won't be winning any beauty contests but despite it's worn appearance it plays quite well! It's an older 2B that's been well used and loved over the years. Played so much that some of the bar stock on the slide has been worn through and replaced… but that's how you know it's a good playing horn! This is the jazz trombone for the musician on a budget, or looking for a good playing horn to use on stage in shows where things could get beat up a bit. This is a trombone that deserves to be called a "gigmeister" $450 as is, $600 with a cleaning and slide job.
The Conn 88HCL features a special rotary valve designed by famous trombonist Christian Linberg. It's loosely based on the original Larry Minick rotary valve, but has some design changes. This valve is very free blowing with a nice even response on both sides of the horn. The action is quick and short, probably the shortest of all rotary valves. Overall, this instrument is in good condition with some cosmetic lacquer wear in various places on the trombone, most notably the contact points. It's a great player and a nice professional trombone for someone looking for a lot of performance out of a trombone under $2000. This one is priced at REDUCED $1900 with a case.
This is a large 5/4CC tuba made by B&S in Germany. The PT6 is one of the most successful and popular orchestral CC tubas in the world. More tuba players have won orchestral auditions on PT6s than any other model. This instrument is finished in silver plate. It has recently had a full overhaul, valves removed and tuned up. A full chem cleaning, all major dents removed, solder joints refinished. It is in very good used condition. Includes a Cronkhite gig bag. $7500 with case.
This is a nice custom Holton bass trombone. It has been modified and in my opinion, for the better! The TR180 was one of the first professional bass trombones with 2 valves on it. For many years it was the orchestra standard bass trombone, all the old time classic bass bone players used a TR180. Notorious on this model was the "magic bar" thumb trigger that operated both valves… luckily this instrument has been modified with modern split triggers. Additionally, the original 10" Holton bell has been swapped out for a 9.5" red brass Getzen 1062 bell flare. The hand slide has also had a custom curved hand brace installed for ergonomics, as well as a Edwards bullet brace included for the bell section. Lastly, Robb Stewart fabricated a Minick style open wrap D slide for the 2nd valve. This is a fantastic playing bass trombone. $2000 with original case.
>Very good condition for it's age. This is a good playing BBb helicon from C.G. Conn. Perfect for those crazy polka or dixieland gigs. $1200 without case. Prefer not to ship this one.
Excellent condition, lightly used professional jazz trombone from Kanstul. Modeled after the famous Earl Williams model 6 trombone, this trombone gives you that classic 70s LA studio sound. Comes with interchangeable lead pipes and a wolf pack case. This particular instrument has the .025" thickness bell flare, which is similar to the original Williams bell thickness. It's a great player with a big sound, perfect for lead or section playing. Open blow with an even response. SOLD
Professional bass trombone with inline rotary valves. It's one of the best affordable inline bass trombones around, the sound is big with the 10" bell flare, wide slide with nickel outer tubes and yellow crook give a fast response with a dark sound. Ergonomically, not the best, and the F trigger might hit you in the face. Some minor dents and a small (but removable) dent in one of the valve knuckles. Could use a slide job, but for the bass bone player on a budget, check this one out. REDUCED $1350 with gig bag, sold as is.
This is a rare jazz trombone from the 1990s, made by Vincent Bach in Elkhart Indiana. It features a seamless sterling silver bell flare. These bells were made on special electroplated mandrels, which let them be thinner and more vibrant than sheet sterling silver material (ala King Silversonic), thus giving these sterling bells a resonant and responsive sound. They are quite hard to find, as many were not made. This one is in excellent condition. The 16M is a .509" bore instrument with an open neck pipe. It has a big sound with a lot of punch. The slide is set up for removable lead pipes and comes with two. $2300 with wolf pack gig bag. On Trial
Like new condition Eb alto trombone made by K&H in Germany. This is the Slokar model 175, designed specifically to ease intonation and make partial slotting more stable. It has a nickel silver .480"/.488" dual bore slide and a gold brass 7" bell. This is one of the best professional alto trombones available. SOLD
Here is a really nice used Bach C trumpet, model 239, large bore in silver plated finish. The lead pipe is a Bach 7 pipe, which gives the horn a more open and responsive character. The tuning slide is also a custom modification, coming from trumpeter Boyde Hood. REDUCED $1500 with a gig bag.
Top of the line jazz trombone from boutique trombone maker, Steve Shires. This model features an 8" gold brass bell, soldered rim. T00NLW, .500" nickel silver lightweight slide. Overall trombone is in excellent condition with some minor wear around the contact points. This is one of the best modern small bore trombones you can get. SOLD
This is the new one piece bell flare from Shires. The bell taper was modeled on a vintage bach flare from a prominent orchestral trombonist. I find it to be a little wider in the throat which gives a warm and rich sound… think Chicago Symphony. It is gold brass with a soldered rim, 8.5" flare. This bell is in new condition. New they cost over $1200, this one is $900.
Custom Shires professional orchestral trombone for sale. Has a 1G bell (soldered rim, gold brass), trubore valve, T47G slide (gold brass) and yellow tuning slide. This is a very flexible and full sounding trombone. The narrow T47G slide gives you a bit more control over articulation and tonal colors, but still maintains a big broad sound. The 1G bell is particularly responsive on this instrument (usually I find them a bit stiff, but this one is well balanced). The trubore valve is open and free with good exchange on both the open side and F side of the trombone. Condition is good overall. The previous owner had acidic skin and the horn is worn as a result on the contact points. It looks bad, but is easily concealed with inexpensive leather grips (www.leatherspecialtiesco.com). It is sold without a case and only one lead pipe. $2800 REDUCED
Here's a nice used Bach model 42 with Greenhoe valve. The slide is an early model, serial 40,xxx, the bell is yellow brass and looks to be from the 80s vintage. The valve is in very good condition with little wear. The action is working as it should and plays very even and open on both sides of the horn. The bell has had a few ripples removed. The slide has been cleaned and tuned up but has some lacquer wear. Overall a great playing orchestral instrument. $2500 without case. Sale Pending
Here's something I've never seen before! This is a vintage Bach model 16 trombone from the 1950s. It was made at the New York factory and has the "67" stamp on the bell. Interestingly enough, this Bach has a two piece bell flare made in the style of the pre WWII Conn trombones. That means it has a cross brazed seam (the bell stem is made from sheet brass, the flare is also made from sheet brass and is hammered and brazed. The two are them brazed together creating a X at the bell seam. This is different than most two piece bells which have a flare spun from a disk). I've heard rumors that Bach made a few two piece bells before, but I've never seen one until now… and I wasn't expecting this kind of fabrication. That makes this horn very rare, but in addition to being very rare, it also plays freakin' amazing! It has the warmth of the pre WWII Conn trombones but the edge of the New York Bach small bore trombones. It's vibrant and just inspiring to listen to. Condition is try good, some wear on the contact points as to be expected. Cosmetic lacquer wear and scratches and a few pings in the bell, but I think all that adds to the beauty. Original NY case included in very good shape. $2400
This is certainly one of the most rare trombones in the world. This Conn Elkhart 88H is from 1952 (390,xxx serial), prior to the official release of the model 88H. As a result, it is stamped 8H which officially makes it an 8H special with custom F attachment. Not only is the F attachment a hand bent custom job, but this particular 88H has a 9" bell flare. This isn't like the 9" K bell flares, this is a thin responsive 88H bell spun to 9". It's fantastic and might be one of the best playing Elkhart 88Hs ever made (I'm not exaggerating). The sound is big and warm with a dense core. It can take a lot of volume before breaking up. This trombone is 100% original and in excellent condition, the slide action is near perfect with no wear. This is a one of a kind trombone, you will not find another one. $4000 with hard case. SOLD
The Thein bass trumpet is regarded as the best bass trumpet you can buy in the entire world. This design is based on the Alexander bass trumpet but with much improved intonation. This instrument is constructed of gold brass and is one of the highest levels of brass craftsmanship I've seen. It has 4 rotary valves, a custom main tuning mechanism and interchangeable lead pipes. The instrument has a custom Bb slide (shown in the photos) but also comes with the original C slide. Plays excellent as a C instrument. A pelican hard case is included. SOLD $4300
Beautiful custom C trumpet made by boutique trumpet builder Ken Larson. Great orchestral sound and in excellent condition. I believe the valves are made by B&S, the bell by a maker in Germany and the rest of the parts are fabricated by Ken. His lead pipe, tuning slide and braces are all original designs. Ken hand builds each one of these trumpets. This is a Legacy model. Unlacquered raw brass. without case. SALE PENDING
For sale, a lightly used Kanstul Piccolo trumpet in Bb/A in silver plated finish. It has 4 valves and is basically a copy of the Schilke P5-4. It is in very good condition and is a great professional piccolo trumpet for not a lot of money. $1000 with case. SOLD
Here's a very lightly used Schilke Bb trumpet, model B5. It is silver plated finish and all stock. Excellent condition $1100 without case. SOLD
Rath R4F with 750Y yellow bell, Hagmann valve, nickel slide. Plays very well! Beautiful warm and dark sound, the valve register is excellent. Includes Marcus Bonna tenor case $3400 sale pending
Excellent playing vintage Elkhart Conn 62H bass trombone, factory stock with no modifications. It is an M series serial number, dating it to 1969. It has the original D tuning slide for the 2nd valve. Original side by side trigger layout. Unlacquered finish, has had some repairs and a few dents remain. The bell shows some wrinkle scars. Plays and sounds AMAZING! $2900 with hard case. Triggers can be split (custom linkages and paddles by Brad for $250 additional). SOLD
This is the newest model Xeno orchestral trombone to be released. It was designed with Larry Zalkind from the Utah Symphony. It features a new open ported rotary valve, orchestral weight yellow brass bell with special bracing, and wide Bach style .547" slide. This trombone was designed to project in a hall while still being easy to play, have near perfect intonation and top notch assembly and craftsmanship. It's really a wonderful trombone and is one of the best you can get on the market right now. This horn was a demo instrument and is in near new condition. Priced to move quickly at $2200 with original case. Sold
Original condition Bach model 42 Mt Vernon. Circa early 1960s and made in Mt Vernon, New York. 6xxx serial number. Lightweight nickel slide, yellow brass bell with french bead rim. In excellent condition, no repairs. A few small dings in the bell which can be rolled out of left, up to the buyer. Original case. Price TBD
Here's a really nice vintage 2B from Cleveland production. In good shape and a good player with a brilliant and clear sound. Lacquer appears to be original. Sold without case. REDUCED $850
Here is a newer Gen II Conn 62H bass trombone with inline Greenhoe valves. Gary Greenhoe makes one of the best boutique rotary valves in the world. This bass trombone features these valves. This model is assembled at the Greenhoe factory in Wisconsin using the OEM Conn parts. It is assembled with perfect precision to avoid stress and tension on joints, yielding a very responsive and nuanced instrument (oxymoron for a bass trombone, I know). It's a beautiful piece of playable artwork! It's in fantastic shape, I'd say nearly new condition. Price is $4850 with protec case. SALE PENDING
Bach 50B3O bass trombone in excellent condition. The bell is a 9.5" yellow brass flare. It has inline rotary valves with open wrap tubing. This trombone is all stock. It has had a few small dents rolled out of the bell, but the flare is perfect right now, just showing a few lines in the lacquer. Very good player with a powerful bass trombone sound. Easy to play and open valve register. Includes the original case. $2500 SOLD
I love when a rare and special instrument comes into my shop. This is one of those instruments. It was picked out at the Conn factory in 1950 by a professional hornist. He's used the horn until recently and the miles show on it. The bell has had a lot of rippling and the bell wire split in one spot. Despite that, this horn sounds freaking amazing! The valves have been replated by Bob Atkinson and are sealing well. The lead pipe is also an original Bob Atkinson pipe. 300,000 series Conn 8Ds are regarded as the holy grail of Conn french horns. This one deserves to be in that category, even with it's well worn condition. Price is $2300 with original hard case. REDUCED
This is a new Bach 42BO. It is in demo condition, with a few minor cosmetic blems and one small dent. This is the newest model stradivarious from Bach. It comes with a threaded lead pipe receiver and 3 interchangeable lead pipes. It also has a sleek hard case that is included. New this trombone is over $2700, this B stock model is available at a great deal for $1700.
This is a beautiful instrument! The Perantucci PT-3 Tuba is a compact CC tuba made in Germany. It features a 16.5" bell flare, 5 rotary valves and a graduated bore .748"-.825". This tuba gets a fantastic sound. It is big and rich but clear and precise. Perfect for smaller orchestral work, bands, chamber music or studio recording. Because the bell is closer to the body, this is a great choice for musicals or pit work when you don't have a lot of overhead clearance. The condition is excellent on this tuba. The previous owner took excellent care of it and as a result it's almost like new. There are two dents, one in the bottom bow and one in the body both are pictured in the photos. This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a CC tuba from one of the prestige brands of tubas but are on a budget. We've found that this particular tuba plays on the sharp side and think that the tuning slide will need to be lengthened to get the instrument to play consistently at 440. Having said that, it is very well in tune with itself so an easy modification by a good repair tech can make this tuba a fabulous instrument. It will be sold as is, so MAKE AN OFFER and nab this tuba at a great deal
The Conn 5J Tuba is a professional model BBb tuba that is 4/4 sized. It features a .658" bore and an 18" bell. The tuba has 4 piston valves on the front for ergonomic playing position. This is a great instrument for a doubler, student or band musician. It is in very good condition with a few cosmetic scratches and some dents of love. Overall very clean. $3250 without case, REDUCED
Here's a beautiful vintage Elkhart model 88H orchestral tenor trombone. It's a nice vintage, being an M serial number, which dates it to the late 1960s. Condition is excellent with no dents or evidence of repair. This one was kept in great shape and stored away for many years, subsequently it has a lot of life in it and is ready to be broken in by the next owner. Valve register is even and predictable. Slide action is excellent. This is a fine instrument ready to be played in an orchestra. $2200 with original case. SOLD
This is an early Elkhart made Bach 37 trumpet. It shares a lot of the same design elements with the famous Mt Vernon Bach 37 trumpets that are regarded as the best trumpets ever made. This one has two piece valve casings with nickel and brass. A side seam one piece bell and hand stamped engraving. It is in very good condition with hardly any wear, it has been cleaned and is ready to go. The serial number is 39,xxx. Sold without case $1500
Here's a beautiful instrument from Conn made in the 1920s. It is a model 78H medium bore orchestral trombone. In the 1920s, with the popularity of the German trombones in the orchestras in America, Conn offered a few of their larger trombone models in red brass with nickel trim… copying the style of the German trombones. This 78H is one of these special models. It is entirely made from red brass (the good pre WWII stuff!) and has generous amounts of solid nickel trim. It is simply stunning to see. The patina is also perfect on this horn. It has been used but not abused and is in fabulous condition… the bell is one of the nicest bells anywhere. The horn is all original, meaning it has friction fit bell section and the original inners with soldered on slide stockings. The slide action is passable but not great and would probably need new inners to be used as a daily driver. The sound is amazing, velvety and warm with great clarity and definition. Original case and mouthpiece is also included. Just received new inner tubes (because of the original tubes having thicker stockings, the new tubes make the slide on the looser side. Also, has removable leadpipe now) $700 sold
The Earl Williams model 8 trombone was the largest tenor trombone model designed by Earl. It is a medium bore .525" wide slide with an 8.5" bell flare. It also featured rounded tuning slide and slide crook, along with the patented curved grip and spit valve. This particular horn is gorgeous. It is in like new condition. Unlacquered brass, no wear, no dents. This instrument was made after Earl had passed and was built by his son, Bob Williams, in Burbank. These model 8's are rare, not many were made. $2900 with hard case. Sale Pending
What else is there to say about the Bach 42B that hasn't already been said. This is the classic orchestral trombone workhorse that, along with the Conn 88H, set the standard for large bore tenor trombones. This one has been well used but is in very good condition after a good tune up by my repairman, Brad Close. I always liked the way closed wrap 42s sound, to me they have a more dense focused core. This one has some minor lacquer spots on the bell and some cosmetic wear on the slide. A great large bore trombone for a player looking for a quality instrument on a budget. $1300 with case.
The Bach LT16M is one of the most popular professional small bore trombones available. It's the same model that is used by Bill Watrous. The LT16M is different from the standard 16. It has a .509" lightweight nickel slide and an open "M" neck pipe. Comparable to a King 3B, the Bach LT16M usually has a more direct and focused sound. They are easy to play and very nimble to control. Works well in live and studio settings. This horn is in like new condition. Price is $1675 with case. SOLD
One of the classic small bore jazz trombones, the Olds Recording was the top of the line trombone made by Olds. It has fluted inner slide tubes, generous amounts of nickel silver and a stunning hand engraved bell. It has a .495"/.510" dual bore slide. This one is a serial number 227,xxx and was made in the late 1940s. It is in excellent condition with nearly perfect inner tubes. The only blem is some acid bleed on the bell rim. REDUCED $950 with Conn vinyl gig bag. ON TRIAL
This is a beautiful trombone made by Manfred Schmelzer in Germany. The ENTIRE trombone is 24K gold plated (that's like 2 ounces of gold!) and features a straight bore .547" slide and Rene Hagmann F attachment. The bell is made from ultra thin brass and responds very quickly. It has beautiful hand engraving details and is stunning to see. The blow is a bit different than an American horn. I find the sound to be bright and colorful and the response point is deep in the horn. You need centered air and good direction to get it to perform at maximum potential. A beautiful horn indeed, it will certainly get attention when you take it out of the case. $2200 with SKB hard case.
Perhaps the most famous small bore trombone ever made, the Earl Williams model 6. This is an original Earl horn made in the late 1960s. It is in most excellent condition and is ready to be put to work. Earl Williams made custom trombones by hand from the late 1920s up until his passing in the early 1970s. The most desirable horns, like this one, come from his 1960s period in Burbank. Many of the greatest studio trombonists and jazz trombonists played Williams trombones. They are still regarded as some of the best horns ever made. Many companies have tried to copy them, this is an original. The original water key is intact, the curved handgrip is in excellent condition, the bell has had no trauma. Simply one of the nicest Williams 6s I've seen in a long time, and all original. There has been one repair: the bottom outer tube had a small pin hole right near the octagonal hand grip. It has been patched as shown in the photos. $3300 with old green vinyl Conn gig bag. SOLD
This is a great playing vintage King 3B silver sonic with solid sterling silver bell. It started it's life as a valved model but I had my technician Brad Close remove the valve and put new parts on it to make it a straight horn. It's much better and is one of the best playing sterling 3Bs I've had. The sound is big and punchy and you can play super loud before it breaks up. Slide action is great (Brad did a tune up). Vintage is from the 1970s and it's a desirable horn. Comes with leather gig bag and the unattached original F valve section. $1800 REDUCED
Ed Kruspe was known for making some of the finest brass instruments ever to be crafted. This instrument is an early example and probably dates from the 1930s. It is made from ultra super thin brass and might be one of the lightest trombones I've held… quite stunning. It has a quart valve (F attachment) that is actuated by a string linkage/ leather strap. The original slide tubes were raw brass, the bottom is still intact. The top tube was destroyed and has been replaced with a .547" Yamaha YBL-605 German bass trombone tube (along with the German Bass lead pipe) Originally, no lead pipe would be there, but the addition of one helps stabilize the playability of the horn and doesn't change the sound. The sound… simply amazing. It has a beautiful bloom and tonal color, unlike anything modern you will find. The valve register is stuffy, but remember this trombone is old school… you can't compare it to a modern instrument. This is a horn you have to work at to play, it has to be a labor of love but I think that's what is interesting about these romantic trombones. It's also very mouthpiece specific and you need a small mouthpiece to really get the most potential out of the horn (A marcinkiewicz is included, but I think better pieces are out there). Takes a standard morse taper large shank. Not sure if I'd call this a tenor or bass trombone… so I'm going to call it a quart posaune. I think it would work as a bass trombone but has a 9" bell and dual bore slide… top tube is .547" (I haven't measured the bottom). It's a rare opportunity to own a instrument like this as they don't come up often. Price is $1750 and includes a German style hard case. REDUCED
I must admit that I have a special place in my heart for the King Duo Gravis bass trombone. They might not be the best for orchestra work… but they are killer horns in a big band. If you need to peel some paint and keep up with a buzzy bari sax player, this is the bass trombone you've been waiting for. Nickel slide with yellow brass crook, stacked valves and a bitchin' attitude is what you get with a King DG. This one is in good shape with no dents, it's a bit stinky but we're going to chem clean it and make it like new. The triggers are stock right now, but I can have Brad do a split conversion on it for around $250 extra (includes ball and socket linkage, hand bent triggers and custom paddles). Price is $1650 without case.
Here is a lightly used Vincent Bach model 37 trumpet in silver plated finish. It is in very good condition with no wear or dents. The 37 has long been the standard model for trumpet players. The new price for these horns are well over $2000, this one is available at $1300.
Deal of the day, here is a great playing, ugly vintage Conn 4H from the 1920s. Friction fit bell connector, old school inner slide tubes. Had the slide tuned up, it works well! The lead pipe has also been pulled. It's a good player and inexpensive. The bell has a wrinkle, which can be removed upon request. $250 with case.
Here's a great deal for someone looking for a new large bore orchestral trombone. This is the model 1570CR by Zig Kanstul. Made in Anaheim, this professional trombone features the Controlled Resistance open ported rotary valve, a thin gauge gold brass bell and includes an extra straight bell section. The 1570 is based on the Bach 42 and is set up to mimic response and sound of that venerable instrument. Build quality is good and the slide action is fast and quiet. The rotary is oversized and offers even blow on both sides of the horn. The straight bell section is included in the price. All parts are in excellent condition with only light use. The bell was moved slightly on the straight section for ergonomics of the crossbar and the lacquer is burned around the area. I can have this buffed and cleaned upon request at my repair shop. Price is $2050 for the full trombone and straight bell section. Sold with Protec Case. REDUCED
This is a Bach 72LW professional trumpet in yellow brass, lacquered finish. The lightweight refers to the thickness of the brass used in the bell, the lighter material usually lets the instrument respond faster and sound more brilliant when played loudly. This particular trumpet has been well used, but it in good overall condition. It will be cleaned up prior to sale. The lighter bell is an option that is very desirable for most players (and is signified by the * marking on the bell). $1000 with reunion blues leather gig bag. SOLD
This is a vintage Miraphone Bass Trumpet with 3 piston valves. It is stinky and it has some funk... but it's a total bada#s horn. The entire instrument is made from rolled seamed tubing. You look grizzled and hard when you play this beast. Won't last long $650 without case
This is a custom made Gen II Conn 8H, built for Ralph Sauer. Mr. Sauer picked out these parts at the factory himself. The bell flare is one of a handful of 8" red brass 8H bells made specifically for orchestral principal players. The slide is a straight bore .525". Included are 5 leadpipes (all hand picked by Ralph) and a second "A" annealed tuning slide. Mr. Sauer used this instrument in the LA Philharmonic as well as on various movie scores...most notably "The Matrix". Price is $2200 for this one off custom orchestra trombone. ON TRIAL
This is a custom made slide made at the Conn factory. Normally this slide is a lightweight model, but this particular slide has nickel silver oversleeves. Additionally it comes with a full set of leadpipes and is in near new/factory fresh condition. $675 sold
Here is a really nice and consistent Yamaha large tenor trombone. This model has a .547" slide and rotary F attachment with a hybrid open wrap/closed wrap. Gold brass bell. It's a nice instrument and great for a young player looking for a professional trombone at an affordable price. $875 Sale Pending
Here is a very good playing New York Bach model 6vii. A lot has been said about the quality and mystical characteristics of the New York Bach instruments. This one is a fabulous player... although not the prettiest girl at the ball, she makes up for her looks with the amazing character and sound she produces. Did I mention her slide action is very good! The model 6 has a .485" bore slide and 7" bell, but don't let the size fool you... These horns play much bigger than they actually are. $1100 without case. This particular NY6 might be one of the best I've ever played. Looking for the ultimate lead horn... look no further
The Conn 32H was Jake Burkle's (lead trombone designer at Conn) masterpiece. He designed this trombone (and the model 30H) from the ground up. As a result, it was called the Burkle model. The 32H has some unique features. It has a dual .500"/.522" bore narrow slide, a 7.5" yellow brass bell and special designed tuning slide bow. This particular instrument is an early production model from the 1930s... in my opinion, some of the best trombones ever made. This one, being a pre WWII model, has a two piece bell flare with cross brazed seam and different brass alloy when compared to some of the later models. The 32H is one of my favorite trombones... and I happen to own and play one myself. $1100 with original case.
The King 3B is the commercial standard for versatility in a trombone. The 3B works well in many settings: pop, rock, band, church etc. It has a .508" bore slide with 8" yellow brass bell. This one is in very good condition. It hails from the UMI days and has the "King" engraving on the inside of the bell flare, so everyone knows what you're playing. In very good condition with case. $1100 REDUCED
This is a .500" bore jazz trombone, model 6H, from Conn. It was made in the late 1950s and is from the Elkhart factory. It has the marching men engraving. The inner slide tubes have some gnarly wear spots... surprisingly the slide action is still quite passable. $800 as is with protec case. New inner slide tubes are available for an extra charge.
The Bach 42BO has been the orchestral trombonist workhorse for the last 50 years. It has an open wrap F attachment, large bore .547" slide, and comes with a case. As you will see in the photos, this one has been well used and has some worn spots in the contact points. It's a very nice player and a good deal at $1000 without case.
This is an inexpensive copy of the Conn 88HO large bore tenor trombone. It has yellow brass outer slide tubes, open wrap rotary valve and red brass bell. $595 with case.
This is one of the early prototype bell flares made by Steve Shires around the time he was developing the model 7 bell. It is a wonderful sounding flare with a very fast response. There are some thin spots in the flare. It has been used and has some minor mute pings in the usual spots. $400
Like new condition, Gen II King 3B Silversonic with a sterling silver bell. Slide is .508" bore nickel silver outer tubes with yellow brass crook. This is a newer instrument, maybe around 7-10 years old. It has little use and is quite a good player. Includes the original case. $1800
This is a great opportunity to buy a fabulous and versatile professional trombone in like new condition from a great price. This set up features a 2RVE 8" (vintage conn style red brass, unsoldered rim) bell, a shires standard rotary valve, TW25 slide, gold brass straight neckpipe, counterweight and a bunch of leadpipes for both small and large shank trombone. This shires plays great and with all of the parts you can use it for a variety of applications. It is wonderful for chamber music and brass quintet playing, great for chuch work where you need a variety of styles, great for orchestral work (especially with the large shank leadpipes). The .525" bore slide makes it a little bit less work than playing a .547" tenor, but using the large shank leadpipe gives a very similar sound. This horn is in very good condition with only a few spots of lacquer wear on the slide. Comes with case.
Here is a beautiful Conn 8H large bore symphony trombone from the early 1930s. It has an 8" bell and a .547" bore slide. The instrument is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear to the finish. The trombone is free of dents and shows no signs of repairs. The inner slide tubes are nickel plated and getting quite thin on the plate, the stocking are also soldered on... slide action is decent but not like a modern slide. Has a great sound with a classic principal timbre. It is stable and slots well, in addition to being easy to color and nuance. The bell is hand engraved and quite beautiful. It has my favorite block style Conn maker's mark. New inner slide tubes from Conn may be possible for parts plus labor. $750 with original case. REDUCED
The Besson Imperial Euphonium is considered by many professionals to be one of the best models of compensating instruments available. Many of the great newer horns are modeled after the original Besson instruments. This one was made in the late 1970s and was fabricated in England. It has a smaller bell flare than some modern euphoniums like Willson or Miraphone... but I really dig the sound of the smaller bell. It has a warm singing color with a classic brass band presence. It has been well used and loved and is showing signs of cosmetic lacquer wear. It has some minor dents here and there... but don't let that deter you. This horn has a lot of character and I really enjoy playing it, I think you would too. $1800 with case ON trial
This is not something you see everyday. It's a 4 valve professional euphonium in C from Amati out of the Czech Republic. This is an ideal instrument for a C tuba player looking to pick up a euphonium that uses the same fingerings. Also for players looking to play hymn parts in Church. The instrument is nickel plated brass, features 4 valves and a tuning coil extension to put the instrument into Bb. This euphonium is in like new condition and has the original case. $800 REDUCED
The Stomvi Master Bb piccolo trumpet is the top of the line professional piccolo from Stomvi Brass in Spain. This one is the titanium model, featuring titanium valve caps. It has two interchangeable bell flares, one of gold plated brass and the other solid sterling silver. It has 4 valves, additional leadpipe to A and accepts a cornet shank mouthpiece. Comes with original case. The instrument is in like new condition with only a few hours of use on it... consider it new old stock. Price is $2400 REDUCED
Conn 6H .500" jazz tenor trombone from the 1920s. It's a good player and has a smaller bell than later 6Hs from the '50s and '60s. Slide action is decent, but it's the old style nickel plated tubes with soldered on stockings... will never be as good as a modern slide. Condition of the instrument is excellent with nice detailed hand engraving and silver plating with gold wash in the bell. $600 with original case
Here's a rare bird! The elusive Bach model 9 trombone. The legendary dual bore .485"/.500" slide. This one is from the Mt Vernon period, often regarded as the best period for Bach brasswinds. It has a 6vii bell section in very good shape, with french bead rim wire. The slide is a model 9 and has very good action. This horn plays like a million bucks. It's one of my all time favorite small bores because it has a beautiful singing clear high register but a super beefy and punchy low end with the dual bore. Condition is very good and slide action is smooth and fast. $1800 with old Conn style case
The Conn 6D has long been overshadowed by it's bigger cousin, the Conn 8D... but size isn't everything. The 6D design comes from quite interesting origins. Back in the 1920s, the best french horns were coming out of Berlin from the Schmidt factory. These double horns have 3 valves with a piston thumb valve and are still some of the finest instruments around today, if you can find one. Conn decided to copy this instrument in the 1920s and produced a similar model called a Conn Schmidt or sometimes a 2D. The piston thumb proved to be uncomfortable for some players with smaller hands and Conn began producing the Schmidt model with a rotary thumb valve. As the larger Kruspe style Conn 8D became the flagship model horn in the late 1930s, the top brass at Conn (pardon the pun) decided to introduce an intermediate double horn that was less money than the 8D. The tooling already existed for the schmidt horn and it was a smaller bore making it easier for younger students to maneuver, so it was put into production as the 6D. The 6D has enjoyed a long career as an intermediate horn... at least that's how it was marketed, but people in the know all understand how great these horns can be and that they are really professional instruments in disguise. This one is a newer Eastlake made Conn 6D. It is yellow brass and in near new condition. $1700 with case. SOLD
This is a fabulous playing instrument! It is one of my favorite in the shop at the moment. I like it so much, I'd gladly take it to work with me, simply a terrific orchestral instrument. This horn has the "K" bell flare, which means that the bell diameter is 9" and standard gauge red brass. This bell was mounted on the closed wrap F attachment and a fixed leadpipe .547" slide is included. I'm a big fan of closed wrap horns. I feel that they hold the center of the instrument together better and give a good balance of diffusion to vibrancy (while I sometimes feel that some open wraps sometimes contribute to an instrument sounding a bit thin... who knows if I'm right or not... probably not! haha) Regardless, most of my own large tenors are closed wraps and I find no significant resistance or stuffiness encountered on the valve side. I find this 88HK particularly responsive and the valve register is very full and even. It's a great one, someone deserving of a terrific orchestral instrument will certainly pick this one up. $1750 without case.
Up for sale, a good condition Conn .562" bass trombone slide. This is a newer Gen II model slide (Part SL6262) with interchangeable leadpipes, comes with 2. The slide is clean and has fast action. The outer tubes are without nickel oversleeves. $400 REDUCED
The King 608 is a medium bore .525" tenor trombone with F attachment. These are good playing instruments, similar to King 3B+ with F valve. This particular instrument is in very good condition all around. Price is $700 without case. REDUCED
The Olds Super was the top of the line small bore trombone made by Olds in Los Angeles. It is easily one of the most ubiquitous small jazz tenors of the 30's and 40's, as it was one of the highest quality trombones built at the time. These instruments are treasured by the players in the know... they have a unique sound, a little warm and a little bright at the same time... kinda reminds me of a fine wine, complex on many different levels and very different from player to player. I always tell people that come try Olds trombones at my shop that these instruments tend to pick their new owners... if you find yourself gravitating towards these horns you probably enjoy a focused blow with a lot of tactile feedback on the face. They are capable of an amazing volume but also have a unique personality in each horn. If you've been following my site, you've noticed the other Supers I've had for sale... each played differently. This horn is interesting, it's in really good vintage shape and the inner tubes are free of wear (important because Supers have the fluted octagonal inner slide tubes). A few character blems on the finish, but overall this is a clean example. I'm not sure on the bore size... I speculate it's larger than most but I'll need to reconfirm the bore size. Price is $830 with case.
Wow! This is a stunning small bore tenor trombone. The silvertone was the top of the line King trombone back in the 1930s and 40s. It features a solid sterling silver bell flare, gold plated inside the flare and hand engraving on the bell. This particular horn has been modernized with a new 2B slide, which helps this horn handle the demands on modern commercial trombonists. I think it's great, and sends a cool message... if you're into the hippest vintage gear but want a horn that feels and responds like a new instrument, check this one out.
This is a nice used Getzen Custom bass trombone model 3062AF. It has a 9.5" yellow brass bell, inline thayer valves and a dual bore slide. Brad restored this one and rebuilt the valve section to it's original configuration of Bb/F/D/Gb. The bell has been stripped and buffed and remains unlacquered. Slide was cleaned and rebuilt. All dents were removed. It plays great, as you'd expect it is very even with a big orchestral sound. Valve register is open and free blowing. Slide is missing the slide lock. Sold without case $2500
Here is the old classic jazz trombone, the Conn 6H. It has a .500" bore slide with 8" bell. As played by Frank Rosolino, this model is from the 1950s and has the desirable deco engraving (not the marching men). It is in very good condition and has a nice patina. Includes a case. $950
This bell is a 10" yellow brass Edwards bell flare. It has no mounting hardware on it, but includes the parts to mount it to a shires valve section. $400. We can mount the hardware for you for an additional fee.
Professional 4 valve piccolo trumpet. This is the model 196. It is in near new condition.
Top of the line professional C trumpet from Vincent Bach. This orchestral C trumpet was designed using the Chicago Symphony Mt Vernon C trumpet as a model. It features a lightweight 229 bell with french bead rim wire (french bead is a flat half teardrop rim which helps projection while still giving the player freedom of nuance and flexibility). This trumpet also has Mt Vernon style pull knobs and braces and uses a narrow vintage style tuning slide. It is silver plated and in like new condition. Ken Larson removed the bell and cleaned out the solder and replaced perfectly without scarring. $1850 with case.
I believe this 2B Liberty is from the 1970s. It is in very good condition with some minor cosmetic blems. The bell is slightly beefier than other 2Bs, giving it a very strong sound and blow. Sold without case, $850. It's been cleaned and is ready to go!
Single valve bass trombone from the late 1950s, it has a 900,000 serial number. In very good condition overall with few dings. The bell is very thin and responsive yellow brass, great for light classical repertoire and nuanced playing styles. The 72H is a bell tuning version of the famous 70H. They can be some of the most fun single valve bass trombones around. Slide is longer to give you a true low C. The slide tubes have some minor conn wear, typical of this period (shown in the photo, this is the bottom of the tube). Slide action is still very good. Will be cleaned and tuned prior to sale. $1200 with case.
Stunning custom .508" tenor trombone from Manfred Schmelzer in Germany. If you can imagine a King 3B mixed with an Earl Williams, this would be the horn. It has a thin hand engraved gold brass bell, lightweight slide and Williams style bracing and grip. Slide action is top notch. The sound is great, warm in the softs and punchy in the louds. Sold with original case. $1700 ON HOLD
Wow, I love when a really special horn comes through the shop. If you've been searching for a vintage Conn 88H, here it is. This one was made in the late 1950s and has all the characteristics that make these early 88Hs desirable. The bell is thin and responsive red brass with the half moon deco engraving, the slide has bronze outer tubes with thick cross braces, the tuning slide has the nickel silver bell guard and the entire horn is in very good vintage condition. It plays fabulous, not edgy like some Conns can be...this one has a classic old school orchestral sound. The kind we all grew up listening to and admiring. It will have a full cleaning and slide tune up prior to sale. $2500 with original case
Here is a beautiful late 1960s King 2B Liberty in excellent condition. It was made at the Eastlake Ohio factory. Has original lacquer and is very clean with only a few cosmetic spots of contact wear. The bell is in very good shape with no signs of damage or repair. The sound is brilliant, a fabulous lead trombone sound. The lacquer has a beautiful golden patina. The original 3 piece counterweight is included, as is the original coffin case in great shape. $1200, on trial
Here's an interesting bass trombone bell from SE shires. It is a lightweight red brass bell with soldered rim. Conn style BI taper. It is unlacquered. $500
Here's an interesting bass trombone bell from SE shires. Special order 10.5" red brass bell, BII taper, thin brass with a thin rim wire. Very responsive and not woofy like some larger flares. In excellent condition. $850 sold
Nice used leather gig bag for bass trombone, black and green two tone leather. Handmade by Glenn Cronkhite in Berkeley California. Glenn no longer has access to green leather... so this one is a bit rare. $250
Very cool custom single valve bass trombone built by Larry Minick. It features a 9" red brass George Roberts P22 bell flare, Elkhart Conn 60H valve, tuning slide and neckpipe made from the Elkhart 60H (seamed red brass), lightweight yellow brass slide with 60H nickel crook. Plays and sounds like a lighter bass trombone with a big sound and some sparkle. Not something you see often, a beautiful instrument made by one of the trombone making legends.
The instrument has been parted out and sold. The rotary valve section is available as well as the lightly used T47GLW slide. Email for prices
I've never been a huge fan of the Yamaha alto trombones, as I usually find them to play and sound sterile, but I had to think about keeping this alto for myself. The 8710 is the Japanese only model and has some unique features not offered on the American models. I'm unsure what the bell alloy is, but I've been told it is a special blend made to replicate the German red brass of Kruspe/Heckel etc... and it's fabulous. The control over dynamics on this horn is really amazing. The upper register is super solid and you can get the most beautiful high Eb (schmann 3rd) at such a controlled piano. Intonation is excellent. Slide action is excellent. It also has a trill valve, which is only marginally helpful for trills but spectacular as a half step valve. For example, you need a true 7th position use the slide in 6th with the valve... perfect 7th position. Overall clean horn. Slide had some pitting on the contact points that has been relacquered. $1700 without case. sold
Beautiful Conn 8H from the collection of the late Bruce Otto. This one is an early Texas made 8H. It is in very good condition with a slide tune up by Bruce Belo. Oddly enough, it has a rare red brass tuning slide. Plays very well. $800 with case. sold
Bach 42 straight large tenor trombone, serial number 40,xxx series. This horn is a nice player, but not a nice looker. It has cosmetic scratches, lacquer wear and has been well used. Think of it as an old shoe, well worn but comfortable to play. Brad will spruce it up and give it a cleaning and slide job prior to sale. $850 with case. Sale Pending
Here is a great instrument for a trombonist looking to upgrade from their student horn into a good quality inexpensive trombone with F attachment. It has a 8.5" bell, .547" slide. This one has been restored by my repair technician Brad Close and is ready to go out of the box. $700 with case.
One of the most rare trombones around, the Earl Strickler trombones were popular in the 1930s. Strickler was an assistant to the famous maker, Earl Williams, and he produced a small amount of trombones under his name... using some of the same designs as Williams. You'll notice a Strickler horn has a pronounced bell flare which gives the horn a tight and bright sound. The slide is a small bore, .485" and has a nice even balanced blow. It's perfect for the old timey ballads and swing bands... just like you'd expect it to sound. Slide action is fabulous, one of the nicest slides I've seen. This horn really sings and it's in amazing condition with no dents. It was relacquered about 20 years ago and well done. $2500
Here is a beautiful pre letter vintage Conn 8H, circa 1955. These early Elkhart Conn 8Hs have some features that are different than later models, and does make them play different. Notably, the tuning slide has a nickel silver guard which gives weight and adds stability to the sound, especially when you get in the louder dynamics. Also, the slide has thick braces, which some people prefer as it feels solid in your hands. This horn plays great! It has a classic vibrant Conn sound with projection and articulation clarity that is hard to find in modern instruments. Obviously, it's been well used with cosmetic scratches and lacquer wear. The inner tubes are burned pretty well, but slide action is pretty good despite the plating loss. New inner tubes can be installed for parts plus labor. This horn is for the professional trombonist looking for that magical straight large tenor trombone for principal orchestral playing. REDUCED $1400 with new inner slide tubes. Sale Pending
This is a Benge model 290 inline bass trombone. It is a professional model and features a 10" gold brass bell and independent rotary valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. Benge trombones play very dark and powerful. If you've ever listened to Jim DeSano of the Cleveland Orchestra, you'll know exactly what this trombone sounds like. Overall, the instruments is clean, it has some cosmetic lacquer wear in the usual spots. A few signs of repairs and a could small dings remain in the valve tuning slides. The leadpipe is press fit, removable. It's a terrific double valve professional instrument that is reasonably priced for a bass trombonist on a budget. $1600 with case.
My favorite single valve bass trombone is the Conn 70H and this is a beautiful example. This instrument dates to the early 1950s and is in fabulous vintage condition. Slide action is very good despite being worn, the horn is free of dents and the valve is fast and accurate. The 70H was one of the most popular single valve bass trombones Conn ever produced. It features a 9.5" yellow brass bell, .562" slide with tuning in the slide and "opera wheel" tuning mechanism. The 70H has a warm and inviting tone, it fills a room and provides a dense foundation when used in an ensemble. Play it loud and it really barks and comes to life. George Roberts played a 70H for years, and most of the horns he designed were based on his 70H. Here is a great opportunity to buy a beautiful 70H from a great year. Relacquered in good shape with a nice patina. Price is $1850, sold without case. New uninstalled tubes are included and can be installed upon request
Up for sale, a very rare Bach Mt Vernon 42B large tenor trombone with gold brass bell. This is an interesting and rare instrument. The serial number dates it to 1965 and it may be one of the very last Mt Vernon made trombones. Byron Peebles mentioned to me that after the move from New York to Elkhart, Bach had a stash of Mt Vernon horns in backstock that were available to prominent players, these were stamped in the 8000 serial number range. I believe this is one of those instruments. This MV 42B has an amazing sound. The gold brass bell was a special order, so you don't see them often from this vintage. This is one of the nicest playing and sounding bells I've come across. It is warm, focused, vibrant, responsive, colorful and intense, all of the qualities you want in an orchestral trombone. It has an original nickel lightweight slide. There are a few issues to be noted with this horn. The bottom slide tube was replaced at some point with a non Bach tube. Additionally, the valve bearing plate is worn and will be replaced (I will have my repairman Brad fabricate a new bearing plate). Lastly, the threads on the valve are worn and care should be taken when removing and replacing the valve cap. Other than those things, the horn is in good vintage condition. Of course there is some cosmetic wear, but overall this is a fine example of a vintage Mt Vernon 42B. If you'd like, we can replace the bottom slide tube with a new Bach LW outer tube for parts plus labor. This horn is sold without case. $3750
Here is a really nice intermediate tenor trombone made by Yamaha. It is a high quality instrument, excellent fit and finish. Slide action and valve work well. This model features a dual bore .500"/.530" slide and has a rose brass bell flare. Similar to the very popular Kanstul 760. While this is an intermediate horn, it plays very well and is in a hard to find size. If you're looking for a small bore horn with F attachment, but want something a little bit bigger than a 3B plus, this could be an ideal instrument. $625 with case. PICS are not the same horn for sale.
The Elkhart 6H trombone is one of the most popular small bore tenor trombones ever made. It has a .500" bore slide, 8" yellow brass bell. This one was well used, my repairman Brad Close restored it and I think it came out quite well! Includes case and priced at $775 On Trial
Nice playing vintage single valve bass trombone, model 72H, from Conn. Made in Elkhart in the late 1960s, the horn is a good player. The entire instrument is unlacquered. It is in very good condition with no dents or dings. Slide action is good with some very minor pits on the end of the upper stocking. The horn has a classic warm sound, typical for Conn bass trombones. The bell is thin and vibrant. The 72H is a bell tuning model based on the famous Conn 70H bass. It has a short bell section with a longer handslide. Comes with a hard case. REDUCED $1000
Here is a very exciting trombone, a custom made Conn Gen II 88HKO for Ralph Sauer. This horn was built for Ralph to double on bass trombone when needed. It is set up with an unlacquered 9" model "K" bell in red brass, open wrap F attachment and custom string linkage on the rotary valve. The slide is a dual bore .547"/.562" and has custom nickel oversleeves (normally these slides have only lightweight outer tubes). The K bells tend to be on the thick side and Ralph has John Sandhagen thin the bell to make it more responsive. The horn is in like new condition. Mr Sauer, being a principal player, rarely used this instrument. It plays great! $2200 with case
Here is a beautiful vintage Bach 42B tenor trombone, from the early elkhart period. Serial number is in the 12,xxx range. This horn is very clean, showing no signs of serious trauma or evidence of repairs. The bell flare is thin and responsive and the horn overall has a nice even blow. I feel like the sound of this particular 42B is warm and very broad with a lot of color, similar to the sound of the German trombones. The tone has a nice carry to it and I feel like the core of this trombone is what most people desire out of a vintage Bach 42B. Comes with a case. $1500 REDUCED
This is the king 3B, one of the most versatile small bore trombones around. It's a .508" straight bore slide with 8" bell. This one is a combination of two horns. The bell is from a silver plated 3B and the slide is a lacquered standard 3B slide (nickel outer tubes, yellow brass crook). It is in very good condition and comes with a case. $950
The YBL-830 Xeno bass trombone is one of the hottest professional bass trombones on the market right now. it's a redesign of the classic 613H bass with improvements in response, new free blowing rotary valves, new designed slide crook and tuning slides. All in all, one of the easiest to play and most even sounding bass trombones. This one is in nearly new condition. It is about a year old, has some very minor wear on the handslide grip. Other than that, super clean, no dents. Comes with the original Yamaha french style case. $2750 (pics are not of the current instrument, but the horn is in like new condition similar to the horn shown. It has a quarter installed on the middle finger paddle and a wooden thumb paddle installed)
Something you don't see everyday... a vintage Olds G bugle with two valves. It's an Ultratone model and is in overall nice condition. Some wear points through the silver on the contact points. $250 with case
Here is a really medium bore trombone from King. Similar to a 3B plus with F attachment. It features a .525" bore with F attachment, rose brass bell. This horn is silver plated and in really nice condition. Obviously, the horn is tarnished in the photos... I can polish it up for the next seller or leave the patina for the new owner. It's a bargain at $800 with case
Maybe the best sousaphone ever made. This is the Elkhart Conn model 20K, professional sousaphone. Has offset piston valves and shoulder guard. Has had some dents and been well used, however this horn is a fabulous player. Sold without case. $1400. Sorry, I can't ship this one, local pickup only. I can have dents repaired by my repairman Brad Close, and he is a miracle worker, so I have confidence the horn would look great.
Edwards B454 Bass Trombone in very good condition. It has a gold brass 9.5" bell (1238CF), inline thayer valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. Dual bore slide with orchestral weight nickel oversleeves. Removable leadpipe. In very good condition with some cosmetic wear in the usual spots. The valve linkages have just been upgraded to metal ball and socket linkages. Dinosaur stickers are included at no extra charge. Sold without case. $3400
Custom made inline thayer valve section by LA based repairman, Justin Jerome. These are original Ed Thayer valves. This set is currently set up with a "G" 2nd valve. It is in very good condition and is set up with Bach receivers. $550
One of the nicest medium bore trombones I have seen. This is a super nice vintage Bach New York model 36B. This trombone was made in the final years, arguable the best years, at the Bronx, NY Bach factory. It is in fabulous condition with only minor wear and a few spots of lacquer discoloration. The bell is in great shape. It has a french bead rim, sharp engraving and no signs of repair. The valve action is fast and quiet. The outer slide has been rebuilt by Bruce Belo with new Bach outer tubes, it has amazingly fast action. This horn has everything going for it. I don't think it will last long... and I never see them for sale. If you've been looking for a horn like this, jump on this one. $2000 with original case in excellent condition and with no stink.
H. Laetszch tenor sackbut in Bb, A=440. This sackbut is a fine professional instrument. It has a unlacquered bell section with nickel silver handslide. Made in the 1960s, I think. It has a modern bell to slide relationship with a 3rd position bell. The slide is wider than other sackbut models. The horn takes a smaller mouthpiece shank than normal. I will include a mouthpiece that works with the horn, but I would recommend a Geert Van Der Heide mouthpiece, which can be had to fit this instrument exactly. Heide mouthpieces work very well on this instrument. This is a nice instrument for a player looking for an affordable professional instrument with a good sound but not looking to drop a fortune on the elite brands from Egger and Ewald Meinl. This historic trombone is in very good condition. It has a tuning slide to aid in playability. Price is $1500 with case.
Here is a Bb tenor sackbut for sale, pitch A=440. I think it is made by Finke in Germany, but it is unmarked so I cannot confirm that. This instrument is not a cut down modern trombone, but an actually purpose made sackbut. It is an affordable instrument and a good bargain for a player looking for a fairly accurate (more so than a cut down trombone) instrument that will work in an early ensemble. It is in very good condition with good slide action and no dents. Has a smaller than small shank mouthpiece receiver. I have a non authentic Olds trombone mouthpiece I will include that has had the shank turned down. I will also include a more authentic JK historic mouthpiece (with standard shank) that you can have turned down to fit by a competent machinist. Case is included. $750
Shires might be making the best orchestral trombones in the world right now. They have a small shop of highly trained brass makers in Hopedale, MA. Led by Steve Shires, the shires shop puts out a high quality instrument. This one is a solid player and I think it plays very well. It has a 7GM bell, which is a gold brass bell with soldered rim. The 7 bell is designed to mimic the sound of a one piece bell but with the stability and predictability of a two piece bell. It has the standard Shires rotary valve, a open ported rotor that blows even on both sides of the horn as well as having fast short action. The slide is a TW47LW, which is a yellow brass slide with a nickel tenor crook, without nickel silver oversleeves. Sold with one #3 leadpipe, without case. Overall very good condition, some minor acid bleed on the bell and minor wear on the contact points. $2700 On Trial
First off, this is a fabulous playing modern Conn bass trombone. It might be one of the nicest GenII Conn 62Hs I've ever played. It was handpicked by the previous owner at the Conn factory. It is in very good condition with minor wear and a few pings and scratches. The F trigger shows signs of being resoldered. It has dependent rotary valves in Bb/F/D, 9.5" red brass bell, open wrap tuning slides. Removable leadpipe single bore .562" slide, in very good condition with no wear to the inner tubes. Slide action is fast. Also included are a handful of leadpipes, some Kanstul, Conn and unknown. $2400 without case
Based on the single valved Conn 70H and similar horns, the George Roberts Olds P22 is regarded as one of the best single valved bass trombones around. It's a beautiful instrument and one of the first bass trombones to feature an oversized rotary valve. It is a stunningly beautiful horn. The red brass bell with nickel neckpipe, valve tuning and tuning slide is striking. This horn plays great. It has a warm sonorous sound with a colorful vibrant timbre. It barks in the low dynamics, which will cut in a big band. It sounds very voice like, perfect for ballads. Overall in very good condition. Slide action is very good, no wear on the inner tubes. Hardly any wear on the horn, just some minor cosmetic scratches. Includes the original Olds case. $1350
The classic small bore tenor trombone from Vincent Bach's original factory located in the Bronx, New York. Often regarded as the best trombones ever made, these early Bach trombones certainly have a mystique about them. Ever single one of these early 6s I've had come through the shop, or played, have all had a personality of their own. This is another nice example of a vintage 6. Slide action is very good, no slide wear. The bell has had some impact from an errant slide in a case, you'll see what I mean in the photos. The damage isn't bad and since the bell is so thin already, I wouldn't recommend removing them. It's a roman number i, the roman numerals denoting the seven variations of the model 6. Each variation is different and could be a larger or small neckpipe, tuning slide, or combination of either. The model 6i tends to show up as earlier models, with the 6vii becoming the most popular model. In case you wanted to know, the model 6i has these specs: .485" bore slide, #412 leadpipe, .522" slide crook, #401 bell, .721" large tuning slide, .582" small tuning slide, #411 tuning slide bow, #411 neckpipe. Vintage King threaded counterweight is included. Two NY mouthpieces can be included for an extra price (NY 7C, NY8, $60 each) Sold without case. $1350
You're asking yourself right now... what is a trombonium. A trombonium is a valve trombone in the shape of a euphonium. The Conn 90G was the only large bore trombonium made, to my knowledge and is a rare model from the late Elkhart Conn period. These are interesting looking instruments. The 90G uses a bell section from the Conn 8H (you can see where they solder on the locking ring connector to the valve cluster), the valve and leadpipe are specifically designed for this model. It is a large bore .547" instrument with the 8.5" bell flare. It is nickel silver plated. Obviously from the photos, this horn for sale is a time capsule. It is in new condition, yes I'm not exaggerating, NEW CONDITION. It comes with the original shop card with date of purchase in 1972 as well as the original case. Ok, I have your attention... you want to know why you need a horn such as this one. If you play in a brass quintet, I'm sure there are times when you'd really like the clarity of a valved horn (i.e. Bach fugues, etc) but a euphonium is too present and changes the sound of the ensemble too much. This 90G would be the perfect horn for you. Look at how cool it looks, everyone will want to talk to you when you pull this thing out of the case! Ok, enough goofiness. Here is your change to buy a new 1972 Conn 90G large bore trombonium, don't hesitate. REDUCED $1650 PENDING
Here is a great playing example of a vintage Conn 8D. It is in very good used condition with some minor pitting on the contact points. It is unlacquered. I am having a hard time dating the vintage of the horn for a few reasons. The valve levers have been modified by George McCracken to lower the throw and maximize the hinge point. It looks like he used a King valve stem instead of the original Conn part, so the serial number is not from a Conn. The bell is unstamped, leading me to believe that it was an aftermarket swap, I cannot confirm if it was an Elkhart flare or later. The bell has been cut and the work was well done (probably by McCracken). The guts look to be from a vintage 8D, which could be a late N series or an early Texas R series... it's hard to tell. What I can tell is that this is a terrific playing 8D and will surely make any professional hornist looking for this type of large bore kruspe wrapped instrument happy. $3300 with case.
This is a fantastic bass trombone. It's the pro select model from Steve Shires in Massachusetts. The pro select was a less expensive option to the Artist custom model. It uses the most popular components from the Artist line and assembles them to make a horn. The result, a less expensive bass trombone with less options but still a capable player that lives up to the shires reputation. This horn is in like new condition. It was bought about one year ago and has been played very lightly since then. There is no noticeable wear on the trombone with the exception of a tiny spot on the hand grip. It has inline shires rotary valves, a 9.5" gold brass bell and straight .562" bore slide. It is sold with the original shires case (which is similar to the Marcus Bonna case) and a full compliment of mutes. $3900
Made famous by Glenn Miller, this is the Bach New York model 6vii trombone. The roman numerals differentiate the seven variations of model 6 trombones made by Vincent Bach. Each one has a slight difference: larger or smaler tuning slide, neckpipe, slide crook or a combination of both or all three. The 6vii was the most open and popular variation, and the one played by Miller. This particular horn is in very good condition. It's one of the brightest playing NY6s that's come through my shop. Usually I find these horns to be dark and play surprisingly open for their size. This one feels more like a .485" bore trombone and really cuts, ideal for lead playing. Slide action is excellent. There is some wear on the neckpipe and a few spots on the slide crook, but nothing to worry about. Overall a very clean vintage trombone. The original case is included but has the musty smell to it. The horn will be fully cleaned before shipping. $1500
Here is a bell section, the Conn 88HTO. It features the thin walled 88H red brass bell and open wrap F attachment with standard rotary valve. The bell section is in excellent condition. It has recently been serviced and cleaned by my technician, Brad Close. It's a nice player and comes with the original case. Slide is not included. $800
Professional orchestral trombone from Conn, this is a Gen II 88HO. This model features a standard weight red brass bell, open wrap F attachment with standard rotary valve, slide upgrade with removable threaded leadpipes. This horn is in excellent lightly used condition. It's also a great playing example of a newer 88H. Solid sound with quick response, lots of dynamic color and easy slotting scale. Sold with original case and a full compliment of mutes. $1650
The king 2B valve trombone is regarded as one of the best valve trombones ever made. Many of the great valve bone players like Bob Brookmeyer and my good friend, Barry Mosley, play this model. This one is great, certainly one of the finest playing valve bones that's come into my shop. The leadpipe has some corrosion showing. I don't think it's a big deal and the horn plays so well as is, I wouldn't recommend changing out this tube. The horn will be cleaned prior to sale and that should neutralize any future corrosion. $1100 with case
This is a beast of a bass trombone! The Bach 50 bass trombone with 10.5" gold brass bell, open wrap inline rotary valves and a custom heavyweight slide (build by my tech Brad Close), removable press in leadpipe. Custom nylon ball and socket linkage. How does it play? It's amazing! The sound is huge and warm but still retains qualities of a light responsive instrument. Nimble excerpts like the Haydn creation sparkle and blow the walls down excerpts like Fountains kick ass. This is a nice one. Sold without case. $2000 SALE
Beautiful vintage Bach alto trombone in Eb from the 1970s. This alto plays great with a clear and crisp bright sound. Bach alto trombones have a shorter bell to slide relationship than other brands, which can be visually challenging if you are unfamiliar with this setup and look to the bell for reference. It doesn't take long to adjust and the sound of this horn is worth it. This one has a lovely darkening patina on the lacquer, has a great look to it. It is in excellent condition with hardly any wear. With original case. $1200
The big boy, Bach 50BL is the beast of Bach bass trombones. It has a 10.5" bell flare and dependent valves in Bb/F/D. This particular instrument was modified by the legendary brass maker, Larry Minick. Minick built the D slide and converted the triggers on this horn. It has a big bell and a big sound. The articulations are broadened on a larger bell horn. I also find that projection is enhanced. This particular instrument also has a lightweight nickel slide, which I think helps its playability. Comes with a Bach case. $2100
The King 5B Symphony tenor trombone often gets overlooked, but it's a wonderful large bore instrument. The 5B has a .547" slide with a 9" bell flare. It has a dark singing tone. The blow is focused and quick responding. I don't feel like these horns project as much as a Bach 42 or Conn 88H, but it is still a top notch large bore tenor trombone... ideal for a player looking for a big warm sound.The valve action is great and the valve section has a good blow to it. This particular 5B has a nice thin responsive bell and it one of the best playing examples of this model I have come across. It will be cleaned and tuned up prior to sale. $1100 REDUCED
Classic orchestral tenor trombone, the Conn 88H Elkhart is one of the most in demand vintage trombones around. This one is an N series, from 1970. It is in good condition with some cosmetic wear in the lacquer, surface scratches, some evidence of minor repairs. It is a good playing horn with a lot of character. Easy to play, solid upper register, warm tone with beautiful colors. $2100 with case
Offered for sale, the Bach 50B bass trombone made in the early 1960s in Mt Vernon, New York. The Mt Vernon horns are prized for their sound and mystique as well as their collectible status. This Mt Vernon 50B has been modified (the work was well done) to add a 2nd valve in the classic off set dependent wrap. That gives you bass trombone in Bb/F/D. The horn is a beautiful piece, with a fantastic bell flare. The bell is thin and responsive but still have a full colorful sound. Cosmetically, there is a some acid bleed in the lacquer on the bell rim, the valve section is unlacquered. Overall the horn is in excellent condition with no dents, good slide tubes and light use. This one has a lot of life left in it. $5000 without case.
The second of two contrabass trombones made by the legendary brass maker, Larry Minick. This is an epic trombone! I'm totally enamored with it and the sound that comes out of it, which is stunning to hear and play. Larry made this instrument after the first one (which was used by Jeff Reynolds in the LA phil). I've played that first instrument and I think this 2nd one is much better. It's a BBb contra with double slide and valves to F and D. Unlike the Miraphone BBb contra, this horn has a 2nd valve... so it plays exactly like a normal dependent bass trombone down an octave. The bell is really cool. It's made in two pieces with the back bow being hand bent and the flare being brazed on. I'm not sure if Larry used a mandrel or did this free form. Rotary valves appear to be bored out 62H valves. The double slide is very well done and works good for having 4 slide tubes. There is a removable Minick leadpipe. This is a unique instrument and might be the best playing BBb contra I've come across. It's also about the coolest looking trombone ever, $8500 with tuxedo gig bag and modified tuba mouthpiece. SALE PENDING
A rare one, the Conn 48H Connstellation trombone was the top of the line Jazz horn in the 1960s. This model features .500" bore slides with a nickel silver bell and neckpipe. This particular horn is in fantastic near time capsule condition. It almost looks new. It is a single owner horn and has been stored since purchase. It plays huge with a bright edgy sound. It you want to be heard, try playing this trombone. I don't think there is a saxophonist that could keep up with the energy that this horn is capable of putting out. If you find yourself searching for a .500" bore horn that really cuts through a band... the 48H is what you've been after. $1300 with original case.
King 3b trombones are so great... there hasn't been another small bore instrument made to match the versatility of a 3B... lots have tried. Most used 3Bs have been played a lot and subsequently are usually in rough shape. This particular one is a pristine example from the 1960s. It is super clean! Some minor cosmetic lacquer wear and a few tiny dings, otherwise this horn is in stellar condition. The slide action is excellent with no wear on the tubes. Now the exciting part... it plays better than it looks. I mean this horn really plays great. Has a big sound with lots of detail, clear articulation and a subtle warmth to it in the soft dynamics. This one is lovely. Comes with the original King coffin case. $1650
I might be in love with this bass trombone... it has all of my favorite things going for it. First off, it's a 70H which IMO is the classic single valved bass trombone. Second, it's an Elkhart Conn from the early 1950s, some of the best horns were made during this period. Third, it's been modified by the legendary Larry Minick. He rebuilt the slide, added a custom leadpipe and modified the trigger linkage, as well as silverplated the slide grip. Fourth, I just love the patina on this horn. It's dark, crusty, and has the perfect vintage wear on it to be super cool. People will gasp with enthusiasm as you pull this horn from its case. People will notice that this 70H is a special horn. Did I mention it's a monster player too with a thin responsive bell, balanced articulation and quick response. Comes with a Conn case. $2100
This is a Gen II Conn 62Hi bass trombone. One of the top of the line professional bass trombones produced by the Eastlake Ohio Conn Factory. The 62Hi features an inline rotary valve section in Bb/F/D/Gb with Minick style open wrap, interchangeable leadpipe .562" bore slide, 9.5" red brass bell, in bell tuning with red brass tuning slide. This Gen II 62H is not the same design as the classic TIS model 62H, but it is still a quality bass trombone. To me, the sound is more modern, packs a more compact punch and is a bit cleaner with distinct clarity... sure, it's not a vintage 62H, but it gets the job done and it does it well and with style, all while maintaining the magical warmth of the "Conn Sound". The valve section is open and even blowing, the action of the valves are fast and short. This particular horn is in very good condition with some minor surface wear on the contact points. $2500 with original case and leadpipes. SOLD
The YEP-321 has always been a favorite amongst working professionals. It is a wonderful playing euphonium and thousands less than some of the top of the line compensating instruments. The YEP-321 is a 4 valve non compensating euphonium. It is easy to play, has excellent intonation, a beautiful sound and is well assembled to last a long time. It takes a small shank trombone mouthpiece. Before you buy a Chinese made Euph... consider picking up a used 321... it's a much better instrument. $1000 with case. The horn pictured is sold, but I have another for less money, also a good player and same vintage.
This Edwards orchestral tenor trombone is in fabulous condition. It has seen light use and has only had one owner since it was new in the mid 1990s. It has a 321 yellow brass, unsoldered, bell flare, thayer valve, yellow tuning slide and lightweight .547" slide. It has a single leadpipe, that is removable. It's quite a good player, having a warm expansive sound that is easily colored. The trombone is even and predictable throughout, the F attachment is free blowing with little color change. Comes with the original Edwards hard wood case. $2800
King model 3B with F attachment. Nice playing small bore trombone with a .508" nickel silver handslide. 8" bell in yellow brass with F attachment. Great instrument for professionals looking for a small bore with a valve. Also works well for concert bands, quintets, chamber music, church orchestra etc. One of the most versatile trombones ever made. The one pictured has been sold, but I have another in a similar vintage for less money. $900 with case.
The model LT12 is one of the most popular small bore trombones in the world. It features a .500" bore lightweight nickel silver slide, 7.5" one piece yellow brass bell. This particular instrument is in very good condition. It shows signs of minor repairs over the years and a little scarring in the bell from dents removed. Lacquer is in good condition. The slide has been modified to take press in leadpipes. $1250 with case. It's quite a good player.
A bit older than the other Los Angeles Olds Super listed. It is also in fantastic condition. The Super Olds were the pride of the line and have a signature design to them. The earliest models have lightweight red brass bells with nickel silver neckpipes and the signature "fluted" slide tubes, to reduce friction. These slide tubes are quite interesting, having normal stockings but ridges on the inner tube itself. It actually works quite well, the action is superb on these slides. Most super olds are .485"/.500" dual bores. They also feature the nickel silver tone ring, which is a striking visual feature of this model. This one includes the original coffin case. It's one of my favorite playing horns in the shop, with a dark and cathartic sound. $950
Here is a beautiful model Super trombone from Olds. It is in fantastic condition and even includes the original purchase certificate. The Super Olds were the pride of the line and have a signature design to them. The earliest models have lightweight red brass bells with nickel silver neckpipes and the signature "fluted" slide tubes, to reduce friction. These slide tubes are quite interesting, having normal stockings but ridges on the inner tube itself. It actually works quite well, the action is superb on these slides. Most super olds are .485"/.500" dual bores. They also feature the nickel silver tone ring, which is a striking visual feature of this model. Quality horn that plays great. $800
Intermediate trombone from Bach, it is a good quality instrument with an F attachment. Overall in good condition with some minor corrosion spots on the bottom of the outer slide tube, won't be an issue for many years. Plays well and would be an ideal instrument for a student in high school or college that is looking for a quality made in the USA instrument that is affordable. $800 with case.
This is the 18H, Tait model trombone made by Conn. It has been well used and is not in great condition. I have had the slide tuned up and it is working about a 7/10. Having said that, it plays quite well! It's a .500" bore tuning in the slide horn, has a big sound and is super lightweight and responsive. If you can get past the serious oxidation on the finish and the mediocre slide action, it's a nice horn. Price reflects condition. $250 with case (in rough shape) SALE PENDING
Professional double horn from Hans Hoyer, this is the model 6802 in nickel silver. This line was developed with input from Myron Bloom and Vince DeRosa. It is a Kruspe style french horn, being modeled after the original Kruspe Horner model and the subsequent Conn 8D. It is a large bell, large throat, large bore, fixed bell double french horn. The 6802 has enjoyed great popularity over the last 10 years, and has earned the nickname "the 8D killer" because of it's similarity to the 8D but also improvements to the original design. This particular horn is from an early production run of the Heritage line. It is in excellent condition with hardly any wear, some minor cosmetic scratches in the lacquer. It has string linkage and has had a hand brace for comfort. This is a top notch professional instrument. SALE $3350 with case.
Professional double horn from Yamaha in F/Bb. The model 668N is the "Kruspe" model in the Yamaha line of horns. A kruspe model means the instrument is patterned after the Kruspe Horner model, one of the first large bore double french horns made. The notable feature of the horner model was the placement of the change valve, on top of the valve set rather than at the end of the block (Geyer or Knopf style). Kruspe style horns also have larger bell flares with wide throats and larger bore tubing. This gives this style of horn a powerful and warm sound that is able to fill a concert hall. Nickel silver is used on large bore horns to temper their sound and make it more uniform than a yellow brass horn (which can sound bright and thin). The nickel makes the instrument more stable and also an added bonus, less likely to corrode or wear. This horn has been used quite a bit, but is in good condition. It has some pitting from use on the hand guard and inside the bell from contact. No major dents, some cosmetic scratches in the remaining lacquer. The horn will be cleaned, tuned up, aligned and restrung prior to sale. Case is included. Price is $1900 SOLD
Quite a unique instrument from the 30s! This is the Olds Radio model, a small bore tenor trombone that was designed for Radio broadcast in the 1930s. It is an old style tenor trombone: small bore, narrow slide, friction fit and no slide lock. It has heavy stylized nickel trim and one of the coolest hand engraving I have ever seen! The radio broadcast tower is featured prominently on the bell with floral engravings. The horn plays bright and tight and would be excellent for someone looking for the classic radio trombone sound of the 30s. It would be great in a dixie band or similar recreation group. Price is REDUCED $675 and the original case is included.
Beautiful vintage bass trombone from Elkhart Conn era. The 73H was the yellow brass cousin of the famous model 62H. In addition to being yellow brass, the 73H also was a bell tuning model which differed from the 62H. I've heard that the flare is also slightly different on the 73H, a bit of a tighter flare, giving a more brilliant and bright sound. This particular instrument is a beauty! It was modified by Robb Stewart (the best brass technician in the world, IMO). Robb custom made an open wrap D slide and converted the triggers to thumb and forefinger, as well as minibal linkage. Inner slide tubes are perfect and the action is great. This is an N series serial number, which dates the horn to 1970. There are some minor mute dings in the bell flare (it is quite thin and responsive, thus prone to mute dings, which are present in the bell flare). A custom tuning slide brass guard has been added also (minick?) which I have seen on some Minick trombones, but cannot confirm that he installed this piece. Case is included $2350
Custom made Conn 62H, built from a variety of parts by the late brass maker Rick Blanc. Originally, this horn started its life as a single valved Elkhart Conn 60H. It was converted to a double trigger horn by Rick in the mid 1990s, with 2nd valve being fabricated to match the original valve by Joe Marcinkiewicz. Rick did the Minick style open wrap F and D trigger and converted the triggers. The bell is an unstamped 62H bell that was in Larry Minick's shop. I'm not sure of the vintage, but it was from the batch of parts that Larry acquired from Conn. This is a great playing bass trombone. Comes with a "gig" backpack bag. Price is $2900 REDUCED
Beautiful vintage french horn in Bb/high F double descant horn from Alexander. This is the model 107, their most famous double descant model, which features independent slides per side of the horn and two thumb valves. This particular horn dates from the 1960s. It has a cut bell flare and is in very good condition. It has been played professionally its whole life, most recently in the San Diego Symphony. The upper register is secure but still maintains a full sound, unlike other descant models. Price is $6000 with case.
A rare model made by Reyolds in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the model 48 Reynolds Argenta, a medium bore trombone made from solid nickel silver. Argenta trombones were made into the 1970s, this is an earlier and more desirable model. It is in good condition with not a lot of wear. The is some wear on the inner slide tubes. It's a medium bore .520" slide with 8.5" bell. Original case is included. Email for price.
The famous Conn 62H, one of the most desirable vintage bass trombones ever made. This one was made in 1973 and is a single owner instrument. It has been played, but not abused and is in good condition with some minor wear and small dings from use. It's not an Elkhart model, but an early Texas horn (stamped Made in USA on bell). 9.5" thin red brass bell, .562" slide with tuning in the slide, stacked rotary valves in F/E. This horn is stock and unmodified. It has the original string linkage split thumb trigger. I can have it modified by repairman, Brad Close, prior to sale if buyer desires. Also, no D slide is included. An after market open wrap D slide can be provided upon request. Overall, a classic bass trombone that plays great. Original case included, $2950
I just love the patina on this horn! Here's a beautiful King 2B liberty model from the 1940s. It is in very good condition with some minor lacquer wear. Shows signs of a few dents that have been removed over the years, but no major trauma. The horn sounds like it looks, warm with a lot of focus and color. Tons of character in the sound. The original King "screw" counterweight is included. Comes with a case, $1100
Nice playing euphonium from King. This is the model 2280, a 4 valve non compensating euphonium with an 11" bell flare, top action valves. This is technically an intermediate instrument, but is quite a good player. It is in very good condition with some minor wear in the usual spots. A hard case is included. A nice instrument for the doubler, serious amateur, weekend warrior or promising student. It was made in 1991, case is included. Price is $1300 and will be cleaned with new pads installed prior to sale.
Here is an oldie but a goodie. This is an early compensating euphonium from Boosey and Company (before they became Boosey and Hawkes). It was made in England and it's quite a good player for its age and shows little signs of wear. Valves work well with fast action. This is a compensating instrument, which means when the 4th valve is used a 2nd set of tubing is engaged to compensate for the extra length needed on the extended low register. This euphonium is a smaller instrument than some of it's modern counterparts. The bell flare is around 10" and the bore is smaller, taking a standard small shank trombone mouthpiece. The sound is bright and colorful with much clarity. Would be an ideal instrument for someone looking for a compensating euphonium that is more affordable than some of the newer horns. Price is $800 REDUCED without case, as is. We can fit a large shank mouthpiece adaptor on the horn for a small upcharge.
A very special instrument, this was one of the last trombones made by Heribert Glassl before his retirement from instrument building. It was owned and used in the Los Angeles studios by legendary trombonist, Phil Teele. This Glassl contra bass trombone is pitched in F/Eb/Bb. The slide has a full 7 positions with the use of the handle. The instrument is gold brass with nickel silver accents and hand slide. It's a beautiful instrument. Full bore specifications, etc coming soon (after I measure them). The instrument includes a new Glenn Cronkhite gig back in black cordura. This is a fabulous contrabass trombone made by a legendary maker. It is an orchestral instrument with a dark sound and mellow color, blend would be perfect for Wagner or other similar Germanic repertoire. Price is $7500. SOLD
This trombone will not win a beauty contest, but don't let its looks deceive you. It's a killer playing medium bore (.525") professional trombone! It has been well used over its life span so far. The handgrip is worn, the inner tubes have wear, the lacquer is gone but a beautiful dark patina has replaced it. This 78H has character. It has a warm sound, good projecting color and easy flexibilty. Slide action has been overhauled. Even with the worn inner tubes I'd put it at an 8.75/10. If you're looking for an inexpensive medium bore trombone that plays its A%& off, then this could be the horn for you. $750 no case. OnTrial
Here is a beauty! Restored Conn 72H bass trombone, made in Elkhart Indiana. The 72H was a bell tuning version of the famous model 70H single valve bass trombone with tuning in the slide. Because of the extra weight of a TIS slide, Conn developed more ergonomic bell tuning version which became the 72H. Some features of this instrument: a short bell section with a longer hand slide, 9.5" thin yellow brass bell, E pull closed wrap F attachment. This particular bass trombone is in nice shape and ready to be played. It comes with the original case in very good condition. Slide action is excellent. $1400 on trial
The Hirsbrunner euphonium is one of the best 3+1 compensating instruments you can buy. It is made by the Hirsbrunner company, a small maker in Switzerland. Hirsbrunner instruments are the finest tubas and euphoniums you can buy. They have been made by the Hirsbrunner family for the past century. The euphonium is a large bore instrument, taking a standard large shank trombone mouthpiece. It is a compensating instrument, meaning there is an extra set of tubing on the valves. When the 4th valve is used, the tubing is activated, adding the correct extra length of tubing for an in tune extended low register. That means you have an in tune low C and low B natural (Yes, the low C rocks on this horn!). The intonation on this euphonium might be the best of any I have tried. It plays amazingly free blowing and is easy to slot. The upper register is solid and the low register is focused. It is in excellent condition with only a few minor pings. The silver plated finish is in very good condition with no wear spots or thin plating. The valve action is very fast and feels good under the fingers. No case included. $3800
Custom bass trumpet built by Hermann Ganter in Munich, Germany in the late 1970s. Ganter is regarded as one of the master builders of rotary trumpets and his instruments are played all of the world in many of the major orchestras. His bass trumpet is in the key of C, it is yellow brass and has 4 rotary valve. It is a fine professional instrument and has a lovely sound. I rattled off a few Wagner excerpts on it the other day and found it to be a superb instrument. It is a larger bass trumpet than other models like the Thein and Alexander, which will be more comfortable for the trombonist (the instrumentalist who usually plays this instrument). It slots well and is easy to maneuver throughout the range. Now the fun part... this instrument has a tuning mechanism on every slide except for the 2nd valve. This gives the player total control over the intonation of the instrument. I'm not sure who did the custom work but it is well done and in an ergonomic layout (as ergonomic as a bass trumpet can be). Totally slick and classy. This Ganter is sold without case, but the previous owner built a case for it out of cardboard, which I will include. Surprisingly, the case works quite well... just don't get it wet. $3000 SALE, ON TRIAL
Here's a Bach 42 professional large bore tenor trombone with a Rene Hagmann valve. The Hagmann valve is a specialty valve fabricated in Switzerland and for this particular trombone, installed at the Bach factory. Hagmann valves play very well and have an open blow with even response on both sides of the horn. The valve core is made from tubes, similar to a trumpet valve, which allows for the vibrations of the instrument to continue rather than being dulled by a solid brass valve. I find Hagmanns to play somewhere in between a thayer and a rotary, free blowing with a little bit to blow against. This horn is in good shape overall. It has some lacquer wear, a few tiny dings and shows some evidence of bell repair. The neckpipe and valve cover has had the lacquer worn off, which you can see in the photo. I can have this buffed and relacquered if the buying party is interested. Sold with a BAM France case. $2100
Here's another excellent Conn 6H tenor trombone from the early 1950s, made at the Elkhart factory. It is a professional model, .500" straight bore slide with 8" bell flare. Interestingly, it has the full deco engraving on the bell instead of the marching band design, making this particular vintage a more desirable 6H. Plays great and the slide action is good. No dents and the horn comes with the original case. It's a 400,000 series serial number, dating it to 1953. $1000 SOLD
An interesting model from the Bach New York factory. The Mercedes line was developed as an intermediate model to the more expensive Stradivarius trombones offered. Bach was a one quality shop back in the 30s and 40s and as a result the student and intermediate instruments share a lot of the same components as the top of the line instruments. The differentiation came in the finish and decorative trim. The Mercury trombones (a few are shown on this website in the sale section) use all brass trim, but share the same bell and crooks at the NY bach model 6. This Mercedes feels like a bigger instrument to me when playing it... more along the lines of a Bach 12. The bell is a one piece and looks to be identical to other New York small bore bell flares. The instrument is in very good condition. It is unlacquered and is free of dents. The slide has no wear and has excellent action. The original case is included. $725 SOLD
One of the most sought after orchestral trombones ever made, the Mt Vernon 42 is the epitome of trombone perfection. Not many of these instruments were made during the Mt Vernon years, it is truly hard to find these instruments for sale. The model 42 was introduced in the early 1950s to compete with the growing trend of .547" bore instruments as the "go to" orchestral trombone. This particular instrument is in fantastic condition. It has an early 7000 serial number, which puts it in the early 1960s. The bell section is very clean, showing no signs of damage or repair. The bell is one of the most vibrant I've encountered and is perfectly spun. The slide is in good condition with no red rot. Additionally, the original case is included and also in great shape. Overall, a beautiful and rare trombone. $4200 with original case. Sold
Meinl Weston's 4/4 piston tuba is known as the "Hojo" developed with jazz tubist, Howard Johnson. This is a really good and interesting instrument. It is at home in a variety of settings. Works well in pit orchestras, bands, quintets, jazz combos, pretty much anything and it does it well! Meinl Weston's quality is top notch. The craftsmanship and detail is very high on this instrument. The pistons are precision machined and have great action. Intonation is very strong. This instrument is in lightly used condition with a few small dings and some cosmetic scratches. $4300 without case. REDUCED
One of the best deals around, The Getzen 1062FDR is a great playing professional bass trombone for a nice price. These instruments have dependent open wrap rotary valves in Bb/F/D and a dual bore .562"/.578" slide. This one is in nice condition with very minor surface scratches and a few small pings in the bell. $1600 without case
Here is a nice example of the Conn 78H from the early 1930s. It is in very good condition and has a nice patina giving it a classic vintage look. The slide has minimal wear and works well. Notably, the early 30s 78H slide has shorter cork barrels then previous or future models. Not sure why Conn changed the slide design, but this is one of those. It does not affect bell to slide relationship. includes a Cronkhite black cordura gig bag. $1000
Conn 4H trombone from the early 1950s in very good condition. All brass look, nice bell engraving. Slide is in very good condition. Nice playing 4H with a strong sound. .484" straight bore. Includes the original case. $550 Sold
The Conn 12H is also known as the "Coprion" model because of it's solid copper bell flare. The copper bell is a seamless bell. The 12H has a straight .484" bore, similar to the specs of a 4H. It has a barky sound with great presence and excellent flexibility. I love the look of the copper bell with the nickel silver trim. It is a beautiful and striking instrument. This trombone was made in the 1930s and is an excellent vintage and terrific player. The slide on this particular instrument is smoking fast! $650 with original case, On Trial
Another ultra rare .525" medium bore Conn trombone. This is the 1939 Conn 78H SPEC, a one off one of a kind specimen. What is a SPEC horn? I believe it means that this horn was a special order, or perhaps a prototype design handmade by the expert trombone builder at Conn just before WWII. I've only seen a handful of horns with the SPEC stamp and they all seem to be unique and all built around this time period. This 78H is all red brass with gold brass bell, hand bent nickel crook, soldered stainless rim wire. I've recently had this horn restored by my repairman and friend, Brad Close. He did an amazing job. Cosmetically, you will notice the horn has a lot of patches. Sometimes patches over patches. I could have had these braces replaced with new ones... but you know what, that's what makes this horn what it is... something special and unique with lots of character. I love the fact that the horn has patches over patches, it would be wrong if it was anything else. Having said that, this is hands down one of the best, if not the best playing 78H I've ever come across. Maybe I'm partial to it because it is a few serial numbers away from my beloved 66H SPEC I personally play. So, why don't I keep this one for myself, you ask... well I would, but I have a rare red brass 78H from the 20s already and this horn should be out making music being played by a killer player. $1800 with original case SOLD
Egger makes of the best playing bass sackbut models in the world. This instrument is fashioned after the original built by Issac Ehe (1612). It has a dual bore of .452"/.472" with a flare of 4.9 inches. The craftsmanship of this sackbut is incredible, stunning to see how Egger incorporates the subtle decorations into the instrument design. The balance between playability and authenticity is perfectly matched. Includes an Eb tuning slide and a beautiful Brass Bags UK bass sackbut case (The best sackbut case, IMO). This is one of the premiere bass sackbuts made in the world today. The horn is about 2 years old. New, they are over $8500 as the dollar drops, it only gets more expensive. This one is reasonably priced at $6500.
I actually have a matched pair of horns available, identical instruments made at the same time. These are handmade natural french horns with full set of crooks and slides. They were used together professionally in Los Angeles for many years. They are in excellent condition and are rare brass. Each horn comes with a case. REDUCED $4000 each or $7500 for the pair.
King Duo Gravis double valve dependent bass trombone with 2nd valve slides to E and D. This one is in very nice condition, having had a bell dent removed at some point. Also, some sloppy soldering on the slide crook. Otherwise she plays well and is in very good condition. I will have Brad Close perform a slide tune up before shipping. Comes with the original case. $1500 Pending
Arguably one of the best playing .500" bore jazz horns ever made. The Earl Williams 6 is a legendary trombone used by some of the best trombonists of the century. This instrument was made after Earl and his son Bob had passed away and the company was sold. The Tennessee Williams horns, like this one, were made using the original tools and are very close to the original LA and Burbank instruments. This one is in fabulous condition and is a terrific player... I can attest to that, I've seen and played a lot of Williams 6, this is a good one. It has a strong sound, excellent slotting and a beautiful upper register. $2400 without case.
Beautifully crafted rotary flugelhorn from Josef Lidl in the Czech Republic. This horn is made from seamed red brass. It has a beautiful sound and is a wonderful piece. $550 with case. Pending
Another Burkle model, this is a later vintage 32H Conn trombone. It has a dual bore .500"/.522" with a 7.5" bell. This horn is from the early 1950s. It has less nickel silver trim and looks more plain... however it plays very well. A broad open blowing sound that still sounds like a small bore trombone. These 32Hs are great instruments and work well for all types of playing. They are especially fun for guys used to blowing big bore horns looking for a small trombone. In excellent original condition with case. $950 SOLD
Originally owned by John Cerminaro, this 8D was purchased by one of his students. It is an L series serial number. The horn is in excellent condition with valves that seal well and no dents. The bell flare is vibrant with a lot of life. The leadpipe has been changed to a custom Atkinson A3 nickel silver leadpipe. This is a fabulous instrument that is just entering it's prime. $4000 with reunion blues fabric case.
Assembled at the Greenhoe factory, this 42G is an amazing playing trombone. It is perfectly assembled with no stress or pressure on any joints. The Greenhoe rotary valve is excellent with practically no change in color or response on either side of the horn. Thicker nickel silver stock is used throughout the horn, as well as the trademark Greenhoe ribbed ferrules. Interchangeable leadpipes are included. The horn is in very good condition overall. It's a powerful and dark sounding trombone with a lot of presence and core, very orchestral. Sold without case. $3700 SOLD
For a short time period, Shires offered the Pro Select series of tenor and bass trombones. These instruments were an assembly of the most popular Shires parts, but with minimal options to keep the price less expensive than the Artist Custom series. Basically, these are the same parts as the Artist line but assembled with different spacing so the parts are not interchangeable between the two lines. This particular horn has the yellow brass bell, standard shires rotary valve and Conn style slide. It is in very good condition and has had one dent in the bell rolled out. It comes with the original Shires case (which looks like a Marcus Bonna). $2500 SOLD
This is pure TIS goodness. The Kanstul 1662i is a modern take on the classic Conn 62H trombones of yesteryear. The bell taper used on this model is similar to the taper of the original Conn Fuchs bass trombone. It has a wide throat with a slow taper. In combination with the conical back bow, this trombone has a warm but snappy sound... think George Roberts. This model features inline CR valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. CR valves are oversized vented rotary valves that blow with even response on both sides of the horn. One of my favorite features of this model is the use of minimal bracing, which gives the horn a striking look. It's lighter weight than most double plug bass bones too. This particular 1662i is about one year old. It is in like new condition with hardly any blems anywhere on the horn. It has the standard weight .020" bronze bell with a narrow Conn width bronze slide. $3100 without case.
Here's a Conn 88H for the trombonist who loves Conns but wants the clarity and evenness of a yellow brass bell. This model 88HYO was made during the UMI period of Conn trombones. I find the yellow brass bell changes the sound of a Conn 88H significantly. The yellow bell brings out more of the overtones and gives a broader more consistent sound color. The color changes normally associated with a red brass bell are dulled and less present on a yellow bell. This horn is in excellent condition. It has hardly been used, lacquer is excellent and the slide is clean and free of dents. This is a nice orchestral trombone and might be perfect for the bach player looking to wade into the glory of Conn trombones... ok, maybe I'm a little partial to Conns myself... Priced at $1600 with original case. SOLD
The original Yamaha alto trombone, this is the model YSL-671. This instrument is rumored to be a copy of a fine playing Laetzsch alto trombone. It's a dual bore instrument. The Yamaha's are consistent and easy to play. Bell to slide relationship is easy to adjust to and intonation is where you'd expect it. This model was replaced by the newer model, but I do enjoy some of the qualities of the 671 alto. The horn is in like new condition. $1300 with case.
The Conn 32H was designed by Jake Burkle and went into production in the mid 1930s. Burkle thought it was the best trombone he'd ever designed. It's a unique horn and features a .500"/.522" dual bore narrow slide and a 7.5" yellow brass bell. This horn has been well used and loved. It's one of the earliest examples, a late 30's horn with a 325,000 serial number. The slide has been rebuilt by Robb Stewart and he installed a few nickel patches on the lower tube to fortify the stability of the brass. I personally play a 32H for my small bore horn. $750
The famous Art Deco model from Conn. The 44H had some unique features. It has decorated Deco bracing and ferrules. It also has a vocabell flare, which meant that the rim was left sharp without a rim wire. The horn also has a beautiful deco engraving on the bell. These are cool horns and this one is in very good original condition with the case. $600
Four valved non compensating euphonium with removable bell. The bell at the moment is recording bell (meaning it faces front). This is an interesting model euphonium, one I was not familiar with prior to receiving this horn in on consignment. It takes a small shank mouthpiece and is a smaller bored horn. The sound is very good and the valve action is short and precise. It's a great inexpensive 4 valved euph. Did I mention it is in like new condition? $1200 Sold
Similar instrument to the Bach New York model 6, the Mercury was the student version. It used all brass trim to differentiate from the more expensive Stradivarius model. The bell flare however is the same as on a strad, just stamped Mercury. This horn has seen some use and has a few dents, most notably on the slide crook. It plays well and the slide action is fairly good. $400 as is with original case.
Here's a nice one! This is a vintage Bach model 16 jazz trombone in silver plated finish. It's from the 1970s and has a 30,000 serial number. It's a dual bore .490"/.510" with a 7" bell flare. Works great for an all around jazz horn, bright enough to cut but big enough for players to be comfortable coming from a larger bore trombone. This one is in good condition with a few minor dings around. It's a great player. I do enjoy a fine vintage Bach in silver plate sometimes... It's a bargain at $1100 with case. Sold
The Conn 6H is a legendary .500" bore trombone. This model was played by some of the greats. They are a free blowing small tenor trombone with a big sound and easy flexibility. This one is from the late 1950s, it's an 800,000 series serial number. The bell has been modified to have a matte finish on the exterior, polished and lacquered inside of the bell flare. The slide is great, it was recently serviced by the slide doctor and is extra smooth. No dents and super clean. This is a great playing .500" bore tenor trombone. $950 without case SOLD
The 79H is one of those mystery horns that Conn produced for a short while and then suddenly discontinued making them somewhat rare. Basically the 79H is a 78H with a valve section. It has a medium bore .525" slide with 8" yellow brass bell and traditional closed wrap rotary valve. This one is an N series from 1970 and is in very good condition. It's not the cleanest I've ever seen, but shows no signs of serious damage or wear. Slide action is good and the horn blows well. These are great all around instruments for trombonists looking for a horn that can do both commercial and orchestral work and has a F attachment. The 79H works great for pit work as well. $1400 with original case Sold
This is a Mt Vernon 50B single valve bass trombone, stamped as an Elkhart. Bach moved production to the Elkhart factory from Mt Vernon, NY in 1965. Some of the earliest instruments produced in Elkhart were assembled from Mt Vernon parts. Some of these horns were even made in New York and stamped Elkhart. This particular bass trombone is one of those early Elkhart instruments. Check out the trademark "under the thumb" Mt Vernon trigger mechanism. It was made in 1965 and you can see that it uses Mt Vernon parts. It plays incredible and it is in fantastic condition. It shows no signs of major repairs or damage. Slide action is good and clean. The sound is stunning. $2300 without case. SOLD
This is a beautiful playing trombone! I love the sound this instrument gets. It is warm and dense with a poignant clarity. The backend of each note has a colorful resonance. The instrument is flexible and slots well... one of the nicest Edwards I've played. The specs are: 319CFB bell (red brass), red brass tuning slide, Edwards thayer valve, sonic suspension and TBC bass crook slide. Overall ths trombone is in very good condition with some minor surface lacquer wear. Very nice trombone for a serious player. $3100 without case SOLD
The 72H was designed to replace the famous Conn 70H. It uses much of the same designs and tapers of the 70H but features bell tuning instead of in slide tuning. These bass trombones are wonderful single valve horns for lighter repertoire. They have thin yellow brass bells, a nice compact valve wrap and a slide long enough for E pull. The 72H is responsive and colorful with a crisp articulate sound and they are fun to play. This particular horn has been well used over the years. It's a C series serial number (People who read my forum posts know my love and admiration for C series Conn trombones) which dates it to the early 1960s. I'm going to leave the horn as is for now in case someone is looking for a great playing single valve on a budget. If you'd like repairs on it, I can have my associate Brad do as much restoration as you'd like. Comes with the original case. Price is $800 as is. Sold
I love a good frakenhorn and this one was made by the master, Larry Minick. This bass trombone is an assembly of Holton and Conn bass trombone parts. The bell is from a Conn Elkhart 62H, the dependent valves are from a Holton and have open wraps and triggers built by Minick. The slide is stock Holton. It's not a beauty by any argument but it does play well. Has a big orchestral sound that is on the darker side. Slide action is good despite the wear on the inner slide tubes. The horn has some dents, scratches and a patch on the bell. I will have the horn chem cleaned and tuned up prior to sale. Includes case, $1700 Reduced
Professional compensating 3+1 large bore euphonium made by Kanstul in Anaheim, California. This is an early custom euphonium that was made to be more British band sounding than the normal stock model. It has a bronze bell flare of a smaller diameter with a faster taper. The body is lacquered brass (as opposed to the silverplate they use now). It plays well with a direct and articulate sound. It is soloistic with good resonance and timbre. Intonation is good with an easy blowing lower register. The horn is in like new condition. It hasn't been played much and the valves are still not broken in. Includes the original Kanstul hard case. Price is $3000 REDUCED.
The Reynolds Contempora double valve bass trombone was one of the first of its kind. It was developed in 1964 and produced until 1979. It has a 10" bell, .565" bore slide with dependent F and flat E .585" bore valves. Earlier models had a bronze bell, this one has a red brass bell. It is in nearly new condition complete with the original shop card. I was shocked at how well this horn plays (the only Reynolds bass bones I've been familiar with are the nasty ones that every high school seems to own). The sound is warm and fat with a lot of punch. The horn would be great for commercial work, tenor trombone doublers and bass trombonists on a budget that want a really good playing instrument. I don't think the small valves hold up to the modern shires or greenhoe, but for what this horn is, I think it's a great one. Sold without case, $1250 SOLD
If you've ever imagined what a Conn 88H style horn with a thayer valve would be like check out this Kanstul 1588T. It features Kanstul's one piece gold brass bell using the 88H style taper with an authentic Orla Ed Thayer valve. The slide has a tenor sized end crook (bach width to fit the thayer valve around your neck). the instrument is in very good used condition with a few minor dings and lacquer wear. Plays very well in all registers. Has a warm conn style sound with some extra weight to the sound from the density of the thayer. F attachment is open blowing and thayer valve moves about as fast as a thayer moves. Includes the original protec case. The horn will have a chem cleaning before sale. $1750 Reduced SOLD
Here's a rare bird. Earl Strickler was a fellow trombone builder at the LA Olds factory contemporary with the famous jazz trombone builder, Earl Williams. Most Williams scholars agree that Strickler helped build some of the early Los Angeles Williams trombones. He also made a handful of his own instruments. Interestingly, they share many of the same features of the Williams trombones. You'll notice the similarities: the famous Williams braces in a different configuration (one of the braces has been dented, possibly from a ill fitting counterweight), the early williams spit valve, Williams turning on the cork barrels and the engraving that looks almost identical to a Williams Los Angeles branding (with Strickler instead of Williams). The horn is stamped on the lower cork barrel 157. The horn is overall in good vintage condition. The bell had been damaged at some point and has been repaired and lightly buffed. The horn is unlacquered and has some scratches and pitting in the finish. Plays very well, very tight slotting and a good focus. Has a classic vintage sound... not surprisingly it reminds me of the excellent playing Olds trombones from the 30s. Sold without case. $1600
This bass trombone is breathtakingly beautiful. I've honestly never seen such attention to detail on a brass instrument. Shout out to the Greenhoe shop, you guy's know what you're doing! This bass trombone plays awesome. This Greenhoe Custom model has a standard weight red brass Conn style bell, tuning in the slide (TIS), Greenhoe slide crook in nickel silver, inline Greenhoe valves in Bb/F/D/Gb. Interestingly, the back bow (which is fully conical thanks to the tuning in the slide) is built from sheet brass and is rolled and brazed just like the vintage pre WWII Conns. I could go on and on, but this horn has it all going for it. In like new condition with a set each of solid brass and lexan valve caps, 3 leadpipes. No case included. $6600 SOLD
Like new condition, Bach 43 medium large Bb trumpet in silver plated finish. The horn has not been used much at all, it has been chem cleaned and is ready to play out of the box. Includes the original case. $1500
This is the newest orchestral trombone to join the Xeno line from Yamaha. Designed specifically for the professional orchestral trombonist, it features a rounded slide crook (bach 42 width), edge style bracing for maximum bell resonance and a one piece hand hammered bell flare. This particular instrument was built for Ken Thompkins of the Detroit Symphony and was modified for him by Bob Malone (head of R&D for Yamaha Brass and trumpet guru). Needless to say, it plays great! They horn is in like new condition. $2500 with the original Yamaha case. SOLD
This is one of my favorite instruments. I must admit that I am a fan of closed wrap trombones. I feel that the closed wrap gives a centered and focused articulation and tone to the large bore tenor. As an added bonus you won't hit your F attachment tubing on stuff behind you. This instrument plays very well. The combination of the gold brass bell and lightweight nickel slide gives a balanced tone with good weight and crisp articulations. The sound is dark but not diffused and projects strongly in a big space. The instrument is in excellent condition, almost new actually. Comes with hard case. $1600 SOLD
This is the same instrument as the King 3BF but with more bling! The silversonic trombones feature a solid sterling silver bell flare with gold plating inside. The silver horns tend to play with a stronger and more broad sound when compared to their brass counterparts. The bells are slightly heavier and take more sound before breaking up. The slide is a .508" bore and the bell flare is 8" in diameter. This one is in excellent condition and is a good vintage being from the 1960s. $1650 with case
1922 Conn 8M Straight-Neck C-Melody New Wonder Series I, Serial Number C 94786 L, made in Elkhart, IN. This is a straight-necked model, and the neck has been modified to use an alto saxophone mouthpiece. The Micro-Tuner is in working condition. This horn was recently adjusted and is completely playable. Body features rolled tone holes, brushed silver plating and gold-plated bell. It has no dings. The case is not original but a replica of the original. It is rare to find a vintage C-Melody in this condition for this price. $600
The model 36 was originally designed by Vincent Bach in the late 1930s to be the pro symphonic tenor trombone of his line. It has a medium bore (.525") slide and a one piece 8" bell flare. This particular instrument is from the 70s and has a serial number of 21,xxx. It's a beautiful instrument and plays well from top to bottom. Slide is in excellent condition, as is the rest of the horn. For sale at $1350 without case. SOLD
Professional jazz trombone, the King 2102 is the same as the legendary King 2B. This instrument is a dual bore .481"/.491" nickel slide with brass end crook, 7 3/8" yellow brass bell. These horns are at home playing lead and make upper register playing brilliant and clear. This instrument is in like new condition. It is a new old stock horn, originally purchased from a music store that forgot about the horn in a closet. It's a great player. REDUCED $950 with case.
Professional compensating euphonium, 3+1 valve setup. I can see what Besson euph's are popular. This is a fantastic playing euphonium with a classic British sound. Intonation is good and it has a tuning mechanism on the main tuning slide that enables you to adjust any note as needed. This horn is in excellent condition. All slides pull easily. Silver plated finish, this is a winning euphonium. This Besson is for sale at $3500 with deluxe case. SOLD
Here is an early production model King 2102 Legend, which is the same as a model 2B. This instrument is in good used condition. It has some worn lacquer around the contact points. It plays well and has very good slide action. $750 SOLD
Here is a vintage Bach 36 trombone, circa 1970, so it is an early elkhart production. Bach trombones built in the early 1970s are some of the most sought after Elkhart made trombones. This instrument has been restored and relacquered by Kanstul. There are a few small dings in the flare but otherwise the instrument is very clean. The handgrip on the slide was slightly worn before relacquering. As a result, some of the lacquer on the instrument is of a different texture. The slide action is fantastic. $1300 without case. REDUCED
This Bach 42T was originally a rotary valved instrument. It was converted to a thayer sometime in the early 1990s. It has a gold brass heavyweight bell flare, which is great for strong players looking for a focused and dark orchestral sound. The lacquer is worn around the instrument and it has been used but well maintained. The horn is set up for press in removable leadpipes. A Kanstul "MO" leadpipe is included. The Amado water key is installed on the slide. I'd recommend updating to a Saturn Water key (which I can have done at an extra charge prior to shipping). Does not include a case. $1400 Sold
The Gronitz F tuba, model PF 125) is one of the best and most desirable F tubas in the world. Somewhat rare in the USA, think of this F tuba as the BMW of the tubas. It's nimble, flexible, easy to play, predicable and in tune! This particular instrument is about 3 years old. It has had little use and is in like new condition with no dents or lacquer blemishes. Comes with a Glenn Cronkhite cordura case. $8350 SOLD
The ultimate .500" bore trombone, The Earl Williams model 6. This trombone was made in the late 1960s and seems to be all original parts, along with the original lacquer. The lacquer is worn in spots, and has darkened to a beautiful patina with age. There are scratches in the finish and some evidence of minor dings and dents that have been rolled out. The inner slide tubes are in good shape with a few tiny thin spots on the plating, however the slide action is quite good (Earl knew how to draw the best tubing!). There is one minor dent in the slide bow. The original Williams spit valve is in good working order.Having said that, the horn itself is in very good condition. It's been played but not overplayed and you can tell that it's just about reaching it's prime playing condition when you have a blow on it. It's a strong horn with a lot of character, a beautiful upper register and an even blow and response. It's the real deal. For sale without case. SOLD
Vincent Bach moved from the Mt Vernon, New York factory in 1965. The earliest trumpets and trombones produced at the Elkhart factory were fabricated either in Mt Vernon and stamped Elkhart or built using parts from the Mt Vernon factory... making these early Elkhart horns nearly identical to a Mt Vernon Bach. Here's a rare one, a 50B single valve bass trombone that is almost certainly built from Mt Vernon parts. You'll notice the "under the thumb" trigger which is characteristic of the MV trombones. This bass trombone has been well used and it's not the cleanest example I've come across... however, it has the classic Bach magical sound. There is some slide wear on the inner tubes. The slide is totally usable as is, but if you're a stickler for smooth as glass slides it will need new inners and probably new outers. The bell section and flare are in good shape. This would be a great candidate for the vintage lovers out there, or for someone to make the ultimate bass trombone with upgraded modern aftermarket valves. $1600 with original case. SOLD
Officially, this is an intermediate level french horn for an advancing player. Don't let the classification fool you, it's still a top notch high quality instrument and has many features that make it a desirable horn for excellent students, weekend warriors, young professionals, etc. The horn is a full double in F/Bb and is a geyer style instrument. Carl Geyer was a pioneer in the development and evolution of the modern French Horn. He was a custom horn maker out of Chicago and is credited with this style of valve wrap and horn design. A geyer style horn has the change valve at the end of the valve cluster, as opposed to the "kruspe style" instrument which has the change valve at the top of the cluster. Geyer horns tend to be brighter and have an even scale and are prized for their orchestral character, which is why most professional symphony players use this style of instrument. This horn is in very good condition. It hasn't been used much and only shows minor wear and a few dings here and there. It would make an excellent horn for anyone looking for a quality full double horn on a budget. Reduced $1700 with original case. Reduced
The King model 2102 tenor trombone is the modern version of the famous 2b trombone. It features a dual bore .481"/.491" slide with a 7.5" bell flare. This one isn't the most beautiful instrument, but it's a good player and a good professional quality trombone. This size is great for lead players. $650 sold
Getzen used to make a full line of professional instruments designed and marketed with the help of the Canadian Brass. The tuba, the model getzencb50, was designed for Chuck Daellenbach and was built in the style of the famous York tubas. Besides being an excellent playing instrument, this tuba has a compact wrap that makes it ideal for players looking for a big sounding tuba that's going to be used in small places. It's the perfect pit tuba. It also works great in brass quintet, smaller orchestras, concert bands and most everything else. Really a top notch all around instrument. It's in very good condition. $5900 without case
Generation II Conn 88HO is the professional model large tenor from Conn out of Eastlake, Ohio. It features an open wrap, standard rotary valve, standard weight gold brass bell, .547" orchestral weight slide. The 88H has long been the orchestral standard along with the Bach 42. This is a very good quality instrument. It's been used and is in good condition. It's had some dents removed and the slide has been tuned up and chem cleaned. $1050 with gig bag. SOLD
Wow, another closet horn! Up for sale, a near mint condition 1966 Elkhart Conn 88H. It is an H series serial number. This horn is about as clean as you can find, and it's remarkable that a 45 year old trombone has surfaced in this condition. It has no dents and has never had any dents, original lacquer is 99% with the only marking on the slide grip. Slide tubes are perfect both inside and outside with no wear or dents. Tuning slides are perfect. The build quality on this horn is outstanding. Everything is perfectly assembled with no stress. As you can imagine, this horn plays amazing. If you've been following my site for a while, you know I don't throw this comment around unless it's true... this is that closet elkie 88H you've been up at 3am searching for on the internet... original case is included with original documents. $2800 SOLD
Conn 62H bass trombone with dependent valves in Bb/F/D, circa 1972. This is a beautiful bass bone in excellent condition. It is more or less totally stock with the exception of the custom D slide and tuning mechanism modification on the slide, both of which are excellent upgrades. This horn is clean and shows no signs of major repairs. The build quality is excellent and of a high standard. This horn is an R series serial number, dating it to the earliest production after the move from Elkhart, Indiana. I find it to be an excellent player with a nice clean front articulation and resonant back-end. It has the classic TIS bass sound, a dark timbre with some "farty sizzle" when you need it. The triggers are stock. I can have the triggers split to modern thumb and forefinger for an extra price (probably around $200-$250). Price for this beauty is $3000. SOLD
The Holton H200 descant horn is the top of the line descant from Holton. It is based on the famous Paxman model 40L descant. It features F-Bb/High F with 5th valve being a Bb-F and the 4th valve being a 3/4 step muting valve for stopped notes. The horn is tuned to A=445 with independent tuning. Bore is .468" with a 12.25" large throat yellow brass cut bell. Waterkeys are installed on the needed parts. This horn is in demo condition, like new, and includes the original case. $3500 SOLD
Professional full double french horn from Hans Hoyer, the model 6802NSA-L is based on the vintage Conn 8D horns from Elkhart, Indiana. The 6802NSA-L features precision rotary valves with string linkages, full nickel silver construction, cut bell flare with screw ring and is fully lacquered. This one is a demo horn in new condition. Normally $4572, this one is a deal at $4250 with Hoyer flight case. SOLD
Another beautiful straight Bach 42 trombone! This one is an excellent playing instrument with a strong sound, good flexibility and great projection. Most notably, it has maybe the best slide action of any Bach 42 slide I've come across. Comes with the original Bach case. Circa 1990s. REDUCED $1000
Up for sale, a beautiufl vintage 3B silversonic concert with a solid sterling silver bell with gold plate inside the flare. This one was purchased in the early 1970s and has a serial number of 693xxx. It is in very good condition with some minor mute dings in the flare and a few small indentations in the back tuning bow. Mild lacquer wear on the bell section neckpipe and tuning connectors. The slide has no wear on the inner tubes. I will have the slide chem cleaned and aligned prior to sale. This one plays very well. The sterling silver bells tend to play with more heft in the sound and take a lot of volume before breaking up. I find this one to slot well and gives good feedback on the face. Included is the original king coffin case. This one is reasonably priced at $1600. SOLD
A Brass Ark exclusive! Finally, a beautiful solid wooden trumpet stand available to proudly display your instrument around the house. These stands are custom made to order. Each piece is handmade and signed by the maker. The disk base allows for a stable platform that won't tip over. The trumpet sits on the post perfectly and "hovers" just over the disk... it looks cool! These one of a kind stands will be made to order with delivery in two weeks. Your choice of available woods, email me with your requests. Look for a solid wood trombone stand in the future! Pictured in tiger maple with walnut inlay. $225
Beautiful Burbank Earl Williams model 8 trombone. The 8 was designed to be Earl's symphonic trombone. Since he was mostly know for producing jazz horns, they were never as popular as his famous model 6, making 8's quite rare. The 8 is a medium bore horn, .525" bore with an 8.5" bell. It's counterpart, the even more rare model 9 has an F attachment with a 9" bell flare (you can check out pictures of mine in my gallery section of this website). This instrument offered for sale was built after Earl's death in 1976 by his son Bob Williams. I find very little differences between Earl's horns and Bob's horns, I think they are of equal quality. You can differentiate the two makers by a few notable features. First, Burbank horns made starting with a serial number of 3xxx are Bob's horns. These horns also feature more rounded, king style, tuning and slide bows and have nickel silver slide crooks. Otherwise, Bob's instruments are identical to Earl's. This one is in fantastic condition and is raw brass. It has one of the best slide's I've come across. SOLD
Gerhard Schneider instruments were made in the 1950s and 1960s by the B&S factory in Germany. These instruments were high quality copies of other famous instrument designs being manufactured by rival German makers. The Schneider instruments are stencil B&S french horns and tubas (at least, that's all I've ever seen). This particular Schneider is a copy of the famous Alexander model 103, complete with 6 port rotary change valve. It's a fine horn with top notch craftsmanship. Valves have an excellent seal, the horn is free of dents and recently had a full cleaning. It is in near perfect condition. The bell is beautiful, a one piece brazed yellow brass flare. You'd have to spend twice the money to get a similar instrument of this quality in today's market. Included is like new Marcus Bonna MB2 fixed bell case. $3300 REDUCED
The model H283 is the same as the Holton model H183, which is the yellow brass Merker model designed by hornist, Ethel Merker. It is the top of their line professional double horn in F/Bb, being comparable to a Conn 8D with regard to quality and size. The 283 is the same horn with a cut bell. The horn has a .468" bore with a large 12.25" bell with large throat and string linkage valves. This particular instrument is in very good condition with little wear and no evidence of repairs. Included is a new protec screw bell case, branded Hans Hoyer. $2700 REDUCED
This is a very solid, easy to play, great sounding bass trombone. It's a LT50B3O meaning inline traditional rotary valves, open wrap tubing, .562" straight bore nickel silver slide with valves in Bb/F/D/Gb . The previous owner took excellent care of this horn and it's in good condition even though it's been broken in. The lacquer is in excellent condition with only a few cosmetic blems around the contact points. The rotary valves have been modified by Osmun Music in Boston to have the ports opened up, which helped the blow become more even and free. With the original Bach case. $2650 SOLD
Gebr. Alexander has been making brass instruments in Mainz, Germany since the 1700s. They are most well known for their french horns, notably the model 103 double horn. The 103 features the Alexander 6 port thumb valve, making the horn totally unique and unlike a kruspe or geyer wrap instrument. It retains tonal qualities of both styles of horn but maintains it's unique color and resonance. A truly beautiful instrument! This one is special. It was picked out by famous French hornist, James Stagliano, in the 1960s at the Alexander factory. You will not find a finer example of a vintage Alex 103 anywhere. In great shape, no dents or corrosion. The valves have excellent seal. The instrument is unlacquered. A Marcus Bonna MB2 fixed bell case is included in black nylon. $5500.SOLD
Calicchio trumpets are popular among the professional commercial trumpeters, with notable players like Chris Botti, Lee Thornburg and Freddie Hubbard playing Calicchios during their careers. This particular instrument has a 3 bell with a 7 leadpipe. The 3 Bell is the larger of the flares offered by Calicchio. The bell has an extra long bell ferrule, which adds stability to the pitch and blow. This horn was made in the 1990s at the Los Angeles/Hollywood factory. It is similar to the horns being currently offered by John Duda. $1600 with a single gig bag. SOLD
This is the hot Bbtrumpet these days. The professional Yamaha Xeno model 8335RGS Bb trumpet features a gold brass bell with reversed leadpipe, silver plated finish. A lot of players are using this horn. This trumpet is in good shape. It's been used but the wear is minimal. I will have it chem cleaned prior to sale. SALE PRICE $1450 no case.
I'm a bit stumped on this one... I've not seen a Holton model 160 before and this is certainly not a TR-160. I'm estimating the horn is from the 1950s and looks the same as the Holton 65/69 trombones from this period. Perhaps it is a 65 in a 160's body? If you have information, I'd love to hear about it. Regardless, this is a nice small jazz bone... ala 2B on steroids. It's a good quality professional instrument. My only complaint with these Holton's are the quality of inner tubes. This one has some peppered wear on them and despite the appearance the slide still works well. Did I mention the horn is in fantastic condition? Anyway, enjoy the pics of this rare holton jazz horn. $650 with case
Nothing says style like a 1920's Conn TIS (tuning in the slide) trombone. These TIS horns were all the rage in the dance bands of the 20's and 30's but because they tended to be front heavy, Conn decided to slowly phase out the TIS trombones for the popular bell tuning models. If you've never played a TIS trombone before, you are missing out. Yes, they are usually front heavy but the sound is totally unique. Because of the fully tapered neckpipe the partials tend to slot more easily and predictable. The sound is warm and vocal with a lot of core and brilliance. The 40H is the smaller cousin of the model 42H ballroom (also a cool horn!) It's a .500" bore with a 7" bell flare. This one also have a beautiful hand engraving, check it out. $450 SOLD
Vintage French flugel horns are the best, if the valves aren't trashed. Here's a beautiful example of a 1960s Couesnon Flugel, arguably the most popular and desirable flugel horn. This instrument has had some upgrades, notably the addition of Amado water keys and a third slide kicker trigger. The horn is unlacquered brass and is in good condition with no pitting in the brass, dents or flaws. There is a patina starting from contact points... which I think looks cool and adds to the appeal of this instrument. It includes a newer Walt Johnson trumpet/flugel combo case in black. $1400 with case. $1100 without case SOLD, case available for $300
What can I say... this is a rare gem of a trombone! The Conn G bass trombone is always one of those instruments you have heard about but never actually seen unless you go to a brass museum and they are lucky enough to have one. Well, here's perhaps one of the most rare trombones I've ever come across and in AMAZING original condition. This would be the crown jewel of a Conn trombone collection. This instrument is pitched in G with an extended length hand slide. A throw rod is used to reach the outer positions (and this rod is original with the original pivot connections). The instrument is frosted silver plate with a beautiful hand engraving on the bell, the inside is gold wash or plated. It's a smaller bore instrument, which was typical of the time, and includes the original mouthpiece, which is a standard small shank taper. The overtones are well aligned and the instrument blows evenly and open. There are two small cracks in the top inner tube. Currently, there is aluminum tape covering these cracks, and the horn works as is (although you do feel the bump in the slide action from the tape). The buyer has some options: A very good repairman could fill these cracks with solder to repair the original tube. This instrument includes a new set of inner tubes, which could be installed by a good repairman. The choice is up to the buyer. The original case and lyre are included! $1900 REDUCED
I am super excited to be able to offer this instrument for sale. It is a rare model Weschke Kruspe trombone from the early 1900s, pre WWI, and it is in excellent playing and collectible condition! Kruspe brass instruments are some of the finest crafted brasswinds ever produced. They are still being made today, but the early models made before WWII are regarded as the best examples and the highest quality. Kruspe trombones were famous for their "kruspe" metal, which was a ultra thin red brass alloy made specifically made by kruspe for their trombones and low brass. It's been said that they "threw in whatever metal was lying around" when making the alloy, which adds to the mystic of this special material. Modern companies, such have Thein and other German makers have tried to duplicate this alloy. I personally find it inspiring to play this kind of kruspe, as the instruments are so lightweight and thin that they vibrate in your hands and encourage you to be as expressive as you can imagine. This particular model was designed in conjunction with trombonist, Paul Weschke, who was one of the most famous German trombonists of the era. This is a soloist model, being about a .500" bore size slide with a large 9" bell. It has a tuning slide, which may or may not have been added but seems to be original, The instrument takes a "euro" shank or middle sized mouthpiece taper. Most interestingly, this instrument has the original "kruspe" water key. I've never seen another original kruspe water key in person, very nice feature! You simply push down and the water drains. The slide is raw brass and works well for an unplated brass slide (I find that a brass slide actually enhances the warmth and expressive nature of these instruments, what you lose in slide smoothness you will gain in tonal color). $2900
Josef Lidl has been making brass instruments in the Czech Republic for many years. They are known for their excellent rotary valve flugelhorns, but also make a wide variety of other brass instruments. This is a 3 valve Bb bass trumpet, similar to the Conn 4B bass trumpet design. It's not the best instrument in the world, but it's not the worst either. It's fun to play and is a good option for a trombonist looking for a less expensive quality horn to use as a doubler... just don't show up to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with this one to play Götterdämmerung and not expect to get dirty looks... LOL. $300 with case. SOLD
The model 36 is Bach's medium bore trombone. This particular instrument is a convertible model, which means that the valve section is removable and a straight neckpipe is included, giving the trombonist the option to play the horn valved or not. This horn also has a gold brass bell, which is a nice feature, as well as a lightweight nickel silver slide. The gold brass bell model 36's tend to have a warmer sound in the soft dynamics and a biting sound in the louds. Medium bore horns work great for broadway shows, when you want a smaller brighter sound but still have a need of an F attachment to belt out a few low notes. They work great in concert band setting, brass quintet and principal trombone in orchestra. This one is in good condition. There is some lacquer wear on the usual contact points, but the slide is excellent and has had a Bruce Belo tune up. The original bach case is included. $1100 SOLD
Medium bore trombones have a special place in my heart. They are lifesavers when you have to play a broadway show or want that extra sparkle on the principal trombone part and can't get the clarity you want on your large bore tenor but need a horn with a valve and some meat to the sound. Medium bore trombones are good for stress levels, they help trombonists relax. This is a nice one and quite rare. It's an M series serial number, late 1960s, Conn 79H... which is a 78H with a rotary valve. The horn is in fantastic condition, some minor things but overall it's the cleanest example I've seen in a long time. It's got a compact symphonic sound and really picks off high notes like crazy. Comes with a case. $1700 SOLD
Here's a really nice geyer style french horn from Hans Hoyer. It's an older model, not to be confused with the new model G-10, this horn is probably about 20 years old. It has a fixed bell, and is more similar to an actual Geyer than the new stuff being offered today. It's yellow brass with a red brass leadpipe (red brass is more resistant to corrosion). The valves are lightening fast! It's a had a full chem clean and brite dip, it's unlacquered and has no dents or damage of any kind. It's a lovely horn at a great price. REDUCED $2400 SOLD
Yes, another NY6!!! These are great horns... what more can I say about them. If you're looking for a warm sounding, singing small bore trombone with clarity and brilliance, the NY6 is the horn you'd want. The model 6vii was the most popular variation of the model 6. It was used by the original Glenn Miller trombone section. The model 6vii tends to play the most open and has a wide sound. This one has been well used, but it's in good shape and is a killer playing instrument. The slide has had a tune up by Bruce Belo and it's working great, despite the wavy appearance of the outer tubes. Some minor dents in the slide crook, easily removed by a good technician... or not. The bell is a beauty, very vibrant! Includes a case. $1400 SOLD
Up for sale, the German made Besson model BE983 EEb 4 valve compensating tuba. This model was designed in conjunction with famous tuba soloist, Pat Sheridan. It's unique front action 4 piston valves offers a comfortable valve set-up for tubists looking for an Eb with a similar ergonomic valve setup to their CC or FF tubas. EEb tubas are becoming popular for the tuba soloist, as the intonation is more stable than an F and the sound is big like a CC tuba, making it an excellent all around gigmeister tuba. EEb tubas work well in quintet settings too! The compensating system allows for the extended register notes to be rerouted though an extra set of tubing for better intonation on notes below the staff. Additionally, a new leadpipe was implemented on this tuba to give a free blowing, responsive and resonant character. This particular instrument is in near new condition... basically this is a new tuba. There are no dents and the finish is 100%. It is silver plated and has been wiped down by the previous owner after each use. The original Besson hardcase is included, along with the fabric storage bag. Also, a custom two tone leather Glenn Cronkhite case is included. If you're in the market for an EEb tuba, then you'll want to check out this one $8400 SOLD
Ah, the New York Bach model 6... a special place in my heart exists for these fine small bore trombones. You will not find another .485" instrument that plays as open, free blowing or sound as good as a terrific model 6, and this is one of those. This horn was made in 1935 or 1936 and is one of the earliest model 6s I've seen. It's a 600 serial number trombone, has the nickel silver neckpipe (standard on early NY6s) and has no Roman numerals on the bell flare. The slide is in excellent shape with no wear to the inner tubes. The previous owner had the slide brace modified to be lighter weight, ala Alan Kaplan style, by Bruce Belo. The slide action is fantastic and the mod makes it all the better (the original brace is included for the purist). Another impressive aspect of this horn, the original case is included and in great shape. It has Bach emblems on both sides of the case and inside. The original canvas case cover is included as well. This one is both collectible and it's one of the best playing NY6s I've come across. $1650 SOLD
The Bach 42 straight trombone, a much loved workhorse of the principal orchestral trombonist. This horn is in like new condition, with some minor wear around the bell to slide connector. There are no dents and the lacquer is in fantastic shape. A letter from the original owner explaining that this horn has been named, loved and used on a slim number of occasions (including one graduation ceremony) is included. You'll not find a cleaner example of a used 42 around... oh it plays great too! $1400 with original case. SOLD
The Hans Hoyer 6800 and 7800 horns are based on the Elkhart Conn 8D french horns. Famous LA studio hornist, Vince DeRosa helped design these horns and many people find them to be the closest modern horns to the vintage 8D. This model has string linkages, nickel silver body and flare, cut bell and is lacquered. The valves are machined to the most precise standards and give a 100% seal. It's a great horn. The horn is in like new condition, one minor dent on the 3rd valve slide. Original Protec case included. $3900 SOLD
Paxman makes some of the best handmade french horns in the world. Based out of England, Paxman horns have been crafting a variety of models played by hornists in major orchestras all over. This is a model 20M, which is a geyer style full double F/Bb horn. It has a fixed yellow brass bell and has the large tapered flare. The 20M is Paxman's best selling instrument. This one is in fantastic shape with no major dents or damage. The valve action is the best I've tried on any french horn. Intonation is even and predictable. A hard case is included. $5500 SOLD
Time capsule alert!!! Here is an early 1960s King 2B silversonic in time capsule condition. The trombone is totally stock and has no dents, very very minor wear on the contact points and perfect inner slide tubes. The bell is solid sterling silver with gold plate inside the flare. The slide is nickel silver with a yellow brass crook. The original king counterweight is intact (and looks to be gold plated). It's rare to find these instruments in this kind of condition. It has a great sound, full of core and very directional. This horn cuts! This silversonic is so new it's not been broken in yet. The upper register feels small on the face, but I think once the horn gets blown in it will open up. Original King coffin case is included. $2000 Sold
An orchestral classic. Up for sale, the Conn 8H made in Elkhart, Indiana. This one is an L series serial number, which dates it to 1968. It's had some repairs to the tuning slide and bell flare, but it is in good shape. The inner tubes are in excellent condition with no wear. The horn will have a slide tune up before shipping. Includes the original Conn (stinky) case. $1400 SOLD
I'm super excited to be able to offer this instrument for sale. This alto trombone was owned and played by Ralph Sauer in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and used on his Trombone Excerpt CDs published by Summit Music. It is a 1916 Conn "model Alto" in Eb with tuning in the slide. The bell is beautiful Conn red brass. The slide has been modernized by Larry Minick with new outer and inner tubes (.500" bore). The original slide was used as the chassis. It's a phenomenal alto trombone. The slide has almost a full 7 positions. If you have time to hang it right on the end of the stockings you can get a perfect E natural. It is in excellent condition, raw brass bell, lacquered slide. The original 1916 case is included. $4000
Yamaha developed this professional large bore trombone with Peter Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Symphony. It's a great playing trombone, easy response and terrific colorful sound. This model is like a hybrid cross of the best sounding Bach 42s and the ease and flexibility of the Conn 88H. The horn has a .547" narrow yellow brass slide, 8.5" gold brass bell and open wrap F attachment. Original case and Peter Sullivan signature mouthpiece is included. $1300 SOLD
Meinl Weston is known for making some of the best tubas in the world. The model 551S euphonium was developed to compete with other high end professional horns and I think does the job well. It's a large bore instrument and takes a large shank trombone/euph mouthpiece. There are some lovely qualities of this model. The sound is warm and dark, similar to what you'd expect on a Willson euphonium. I think it would make a good cushion of sound in a band setting and would be able to step out of the mass on a solo passage. There have been some internet reviews of this instrument as being too flat to play. I spent some time tuning it up, and while it certainly is on the flat side, I was able to get it to 440 pitch with the tuning slide pulled out about a half an inch. If you tend to play on the lower side of the pitch, you may find this horn would need to be slightly cut (which is an easy modification). Intonation is stable for the most part on the model 551, with variations on the expected notes and nothing that can't be over come with lipping or alternate fingerings. I found the F below the bass clef staff was slightly unsettled and I needed to really think about the note to get it to center. No other notes stuck out like that for me. Compensating euphoniums have longer and heavier valves (more ports) so the action will not be as nimble as a non compensating instrument. What does compensating mean: It's a valve porting system developed to add tubing when the 4th valve is used. It's quite helpful when you have to play low register notes using the 4th valve extension (you have an in tune low B natural with 1,2,3+4). This horn is nearly new. The valves have not yet been broken in. Comes with a stock 4G mouthpiece and the original case. $3400 ON SALE
Steve Shires custom trombones are made in outside of Boston, Massachusetts and are some of the finest crafted trombones in the world. Steve Shires pioneered the modular system of interchanging bells, valves and slides; allowing players to customize the trombone to their own playing styles. This particular instrument is a 2YM bell (unsoldered rim, medium weight yellow brass) with a Shires Trubore valve. The trubore valve reminds me a lot of the original Minick valve, but the Shires model is a bit more polished and elegant. The slide is a TW47G (wide Bach 42 width, gold brass outer tubes and tenor nickel silver crook). One Shires Vintage Elkhart pipe is included. A BAM France case and burgundy Reunion Blues SF case is included. $2800 SOLD
Hirsbrunner tubas have always been my favorite. The first time I had the privilege to play in an orchestra with a tubist who had one, I instantly fell in love with the sound and tonal qualities (He played an early HB-6, what a horn!) Here is a model HB2-P, which is a larger 4/4 tuba with piston valves. The HB2 is a great all around CC tuba. It's perfect in both orchestra, brass quintet, studio... even polka band! LA studio tubist Doug Tornquist plays a HB2-P as do many other professionals all over. It's a tuba that has been copied by many manufacturers, but the copies always seem to lack the characteristic sound of a true hirsbrunner. This horn was made in 1997. It is in good condition with some minor "love dents" on the back bow and bottom bow. The bell flare shows some repair scares and has the usual scratches you would expect of a tuba that has been played. Valve action is excellent. As with most of these models, the middle and upper register is solid and slots incredibly easy. The low A and Ab are mildly unstable but an easy work around with the use of alternate fingerings. Tonally, this horn is smooth and fluid. Included is a Cronkhite black cordura gig bag. $8600 plus shipping costs SOLD
This vintage Sanders F tuba was made by the B&S company prior to the "Perantucci" line of tubas. I believe this is an early predecessor to the model PT-9, and it's a 5 valve small bore F tuba. This horn shouldn't be confused with the intermediate "Sanders" line being produced nowadays for Custom Music. This a real vintage old school professional B&S tuba handmade in the original B&S factory. Pitch is excellent, tone is excellent and the horn responds very well. This is the real thing, hard to find a sound like this in a modern F tuba! The old funky linkages have been replaced by Robb Stewart with minibal mechanical linkages. Cronkhite cordura gig bag included, $4500 plus shipping SOLD
Up for sale, the coveted Bach LT16MG. This model is a .509" bore lightweight nickel silver slide, open gooseneck, one piece gold brass 7.5" bell flare. I don't see the LT16MG combination often, and frankly I'm not sure why. The horn plays freakin' great. I love the gold bell and nickel slide. It's warm and colorful in the soft dynamics and has some snap and sizzle in the louds. This particular instrument is lightly used and in great shape. Slide action is fast and nimble and the horn is free of dents. A saturn water key has been added, which I think is a great modification. A new slim protec case is included. $1300 SOLD
The Hollywood classic trombone! The rare Earl Williams model 4 trombone is one of the famous custom trombones made by the master craftsman, Earl Williams. Earl began producing custom trombones in the late 1920s and 1930s in a joint venture with Spike Wallace, the bass trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the time. These horns were known as Wallace-Williams trombones and featured some of Earl's innovative designs, such as the patented "Williams curved handgrip" and tuning in the slide mechanism. Eventually, the partnership was dissolved and Earl began producing his own line of custom trombones, more suited for the commercial players in Hollywood. Some of his most prized instruments came after he moved his shop to the Burbank location. This model 4 is from that era, the 1960s. It was built for and played by Billy Byers during his career. Byers played trombone for Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones as well as arranging many of the charts for Count Basie and many others. He toured with Frank Sinatra in the 70s and also with Bing Crosby... those tours and recordings were done on this model 4 Williams. The trombone is in excellent shape overall with no dents or major cosmetic issues. The bell section was gold-plated over silver, but was originally brass lacquer. The slide is the second slide built for this horn, as the original one was worn out from use. It has a custom Burt Herrick leadpipe installed. A french style hard case is included. Documentation providing the pedigree of this instrument will be included. SOLD
Classic inline Bach bass trombone with traditional wrap. This model has standard rotary valves and mechanical linkages, one piece yellow brass 9.5" bell flare, and a lightweight nickel silver slide. The leadpipe has been made removable with a press in fit. Traditional wrap vs. open wrap... I find that the wrap usually doesn't make much of a difference in the blow of a horn. More importantly is the assembly and this particular instrument is a really open blowing and terrific sounding example of a Bach bass trombone. The slide on this horn has fantastic action, close to shires quality. Excellent cosmetic condition with no dents, some minor acid bleed around the rim. Includes the original giant Bach case or your choice of a used Bam France gig bag. $2300 SOLD
Used B&S PT20P silver CC Tuba. A newer model from B&S and the Perantucci tuba line, built to compete with the Hirsbrunner HB-21, Miraphone 1291 and similar medium large 4/4 CC tubas. This instrument is lightly used and in near new condition. A custom two tone leather Glenn Cronkhite tuba case is included, as is the original custom music gig bag and 2 mouthpieces. Specs are: 4 stainless steel piston valves and one rotary 5th valve (whole step). 19” bell flare, .748” bore with .827” 5th valve bore. $8000 SOLD
A review of this particular tuba will be coming soon by professional tubist, Aubrey Foard