A very nice vintage trombone that has some character and won't break the bank. Extremely rare German romantic trombone made in the late 1800s by one of the most famous and influential makers of trombones, J. It is gold brass, extremely thin material, with a wide nickel garland that is engraved and decorated with the traditional shell stamps.Interestingly, this particular trombone has a tuning slide incorporated in the slide.Extremely rare gold brass bell Mt Vernon New York Bach model 16.One thing I love about this trombone is the makers stamp, it is an early Mt Vernon so the signature still looks like the New York factory stamp, I love that.
This one was made in the early 1980s for John Englekes (of the San Francisco Symphony) and further modified by the next owner who has had it since then.The Mercury slide is .485" same specs as a Bach 6 slide but all brass.Robb Stewart did the conversion with a custom slide tenon connector. Penzel was the apprentice of Sattler, who is credited with creating the large bore trombone, and this instrument is made in the same style as those original models.This is a unique playing trombone, it reminds me a lot of a Holton, that big warm enveloping sound that gets a touch bright when you lay into it. Has an unsoldered red brass bell, B62 slide (one leadpipe).There is some minor wear and tear, lacquer wear and scratches certainly not perfect cosmetically but a really nice playing instrument at a great price. My guess is this Ophicleide is from the late 1890s judging by the number of keys and lever system.
It was repadded and corked by Robb Stewart and has quite a nice sound.