Before and After Page

Here you will find before and after pictures of various instruments I have worked on. Check back for new additions.

Metzler Circular Cornet

While to my knowledge I'm not related, the English firm Metzler & Co. interests me for obvious reasons. I believe that the company was primarily a dealer, and sub contracted the manufacture of most, if not all, of the brasswinds that bear their name. This instrument was disassembled in order to facilitate dent removal. A new main tuning slide was fabricated to replace the non original slide. A new fingerbutton and mouthpipe shank were also made. The finish was left bare brass, as would be appropriate for a circa 1870 instrument.  Click on the images below for more pictures of the instrument.

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Conn Ultimatum Cornet

Besides the usual dent removal and resoldering, the list of parts needed for this restoration was considerable. It was unlikely that a suitable "donor horn" would present itself- the Conn Ultimatum model is not nearly as common as the later Wonder. The decision was made to fabricate the missing parts, including the finger buttons, caps, mouthpipe shank, Bb slide extension, and pistons. The instrument was originally gold plated, though quite worn, so the instrument was prepped and sent to Andersons Plating.      

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Gautrot Tuba 

This unusual tuba can be converted from an over the shoulder style instrument to an "upright" instrument by pivoting the mouthpipe and locking it into position. This extensive restoration involved making a new mouthpipe and fingerbuttons, much dent removal and patching, a valve refit, and removal of a mummified mouse from the bore of the instrument! Restored for Mark Elrod.

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Bach Stradivarius Trumpet #174

This trumpet has been through a lot. It had been played a great deal, and was probably overhauled at least twice. Fortunately, those past refinish efforts did not buff away the bell or valve casing markings to a great degree, as so often happens. There were many crude patches on it, most of which I replaced with better fitting and less obvious ones. This trumpet had been converted into a lamp (!) at one point. A hole had been drilled in the bell crook during that process, and then patched when it was "de-lamp-ified" in the 1960s. I wanted to avoid a patch on that part of the bell, and spent a lot of time fitting a flush patch in, with good results. Polishing was very light in order to preserve the metal, and it was left unlacquered as originally sold.

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Boston Musical Instrument Manuf'y Cornet

At some point in its life, the main and third tuning slide tubes were shortened on this cornet. There was also a poor solder repair to the third valve lever, in addition to the usual dent removal and soldering needed. After removing the solder on the lever it was apparent that a small portion of the lever was missing, so a piece was grafted into place. Tubes of the correct length were installed, and new hub screws made.

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Conn "Besson Model" Cornet

Conn made cornets patterned after other makers models as a lower priced alternative to his own designs. This early Conn was made circa 1880. Work included dent removal, light polishing and replating in silver. Owned by Niles Eldredge.  

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Boosey Echo Cornet

Echo cornets have a fourth valve that directs the airflow to a second bell, which tapers down to a small opening, giving a mute effect. This design is quite compact and comfortable to hold as opposed to some echo cornets. Work consisted of the usual dent removal, soldering, and some alignment of slide tubing. All four valves were refit, and then the instrument was polished and silver plated. Four triangular patches had been applied long ago, presumably to cover cracks, and these were left on. This cornet belongs to Richard I. Schwartz- creator of the excellent site, The Cornet Compendium.

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Conn 48B Trumpet

This trumpet appeared to be in fairly good condition initially, but the bare brass was good camouflage for a lot of etching and small dents and wrinkles. Several tubes were replaced due to red rot. It was decided to go from brass to silver finish, with excellent results.

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Conn and Dupont Four in One Cornet

The Conn and Dupont Four in One cornet is so named because it can be set up to play in Eb, C, Bb, and A. This example was nicely engraved, though the engraving was worn in the hand held areas, and required re-cutting. The plating was also quite worn, so after the usual dent and solder work it was prepped for replating in silver. As found the instrument only retained the Eb shank, so the rest of the crooks and shanks needed to complete the outfit were fabricated. This beautiful cornet is owned by Bill Faust.

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Besson Pocket Cornet

This Besson pocket cornet was somewhat abused, and had some previous poor repairs. It was disassembled to facilitate dent removal. Cleaning and polishing was kept to a minimum to preserve the metal. With the addition of shanks/alternate main slide it will play in C or Bb. Restored for Bill Faust.

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Conn Wonder Cornet

The Conn Wonder cornet was patented in 1886 and made as late as the early 1900s. This 1902 example was replated in silver with gold trim, and the valves were refit. Restored for Steve Gruver.

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Conn 80A Cornet

Conn made variations on this design, utilizing the "Opera Glass" tuning mechanism, for over 50 years. This cornet was disassembled to facilitate dent removal. Restored for Bob Woodard.

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Circular Cornet

Circular cornets were popular in the Civil War era. This example is unmarked, probably made in Germany for the US market. Hub screws and two stop arms were fabricated, along with the usual dent removal and soldering. The finish was left bare brass, appropriate for the period. Restored for Eric Totman.

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Gilmore, Graves and Co. Bugle

This short lived Boston company was in business from 1864-65, with bandmaster Patrick Gilmore partnering with the established instrument maker Samuel Graves. Owned by Mark Elrod.

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Conn Victor 'Specially Small, pocket cornet conversion

This project attempts to answer the question, "what if Conn made a Victor Special pocket cornet?" Starting with a full size Victor Special, tubing was rearranged, the bell was bent, and the third slide reconfigured.  Once a successful design was realized, the instrument was polished and lacquered, and of course renamed- The Victor 'Specially Small".  Commissioned by Ron Redding.

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Pellison, Guinot, Blanchon & Cie Trombone

This trombone was made between about 1905 an 1931, according to the New Langwill Index. It was found in the attic of a barn in Thauvenay, a small village about 45 minutes from Bourges (where it may have been originally sold by J. Kochly, according to the bell markings), and given to Aidan Lombard by the property owner. Aidans father Joseph had it restored for him as a Chistmas gift.

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Selmer Paris Trumpet

This is the Balanced Model, 23A, so called because the valve section sits farther forward than most trumpets. Restored for Trent Austin.

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Conn Dupont Eb Cornet

This early Conn Dupont cornet dates to about 1878. Restored for Bill Faust.  

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