1937 Olds French model Bb trumpet
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The Olds French model was the top of the line model for Olds trumpets in the mid 1930's. It only shows up in one catalog posted on Olds Central and it is gone from the lineup by the time of the catalog listed as 1939. There has been some speculation that the Recording model Super Trumpet (aka Super Recording) replaced the French model, but neither is in the 1939 catalog, so there is no direct correlation between these two models, other than they were the top of the line for Olds in their own eras.
Similar to the Super Recording being a variation of the Super the French model was a variation of the Olds (or Standard) model. It is a Large Medium bore (Olds terminology at the time for a .460 bore) and has a traditional Besson style wrap and configuration.
We've have the pleasure of playing several French models over the years, and when in good playing condition are some of the best Olds we've ever played.
Although not noted in the catalog, most of the French models we've seen have a gold brass bell or at least higher copper content in the bell than the other brass parts of the horn. That is also the case with this one.
The valve compression was weak and the lacquer was mostly gone when we acquired this horn, so we sent it to Charlie Melk for the works... valve refit/replate with a precision valve alignment and complete restoration with new lacquer. The end result is a stunning appearance and a fantastic player.
Does not come with a case or mouthpiece.