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absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trombone

Postby bloke » Tue May 14, 2019 3:33 pm

It's not a tuba, and this probably fits in the "repairs" forum...but I'm not showing any before/after...

It was handed to me in equally-bad condition as the case, and repairing it was somewhat of a "barter" situation. I didn't re-silver plate it, because that would have covered up the gold inside the bell flair, and it would have also screwed up the equity in the barter.

It's now fully functional. The slide is up to 100-years-ago standards (yuk), with freely-moving, no-dents, and parallel tubes, which is all that could be expected. The playing slide crook and tuning slide crook are no longer two-dimensional, and closely resemble o.e.m. shapes, as does the bell and gooseneck...and hey: the tuning slide even moves freely with parallel and coplanar tubes.

I thought you might enjoy (even though Pan American was a cheapo line) the bright-against-satin-silver engraving, and - EVEN MORE THAN THE TROMBONE - the :arrow: interesting (c. 85 year old...??) stickers on the case (pictured below).

This instrument was bought (2nd hand, at that time) by someone who eventually became the choir director at a nationally-prominent church. His son (a retired band director) asked me to make it back into a trombone.
The serial number is 7717, which should place it's manufacturing date around 101 years ago.

Don't waste posting space praising the work. The work was "good enough", "within budgetary constraints", and "far from my best"...and the instrument - arguably - wasn't worth the effort put into it...yet it's interesting.

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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby bisontuba » Tue May 14, 2019 5:06 pm

Very nice!
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby Three Valves » Tue May 14, 2019 5:14 pm

I think the mouthpiece was designed by Mr. Played Daily for Decades...
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby bloke » Tue May 14, 2019 7:46 pm

The mouthpiece looks like someone polished it with a meat tenderizer, but it definitely has the curved-to-supposedly-fit-against-the-face design.
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby Three Valves » Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm

Like a wedge... :wink:
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby bloke » Tue May 14, 2019 10:16 pm

Three Valves wrote:Like a wedg...[ie]


yeah...my point: ' nothing new under the sun. Over the years, there were several manufacturers of curved-surface mouthpieces.
Art Hovey made himself one, and has been using it for decades.
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby WC8KCY » Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 pm

Thanks for posting this, bloke--you mentioned this horn in an earlier post and I was curious as to how it turned out (or didn't). I've owned two '20s Pan American alto saxes with a bell rosette in the same idiom as on the 'bone pictured here. Even early Cavaliers came with nifty engraving. Great stuff.

Perhaps someone will chime in on best practices to conserve the stickers...
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Postby iiipopes » Wed May 15, 2019 2:21 pm

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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby bloke » Fri May 17, 2019 12:51 pm

back in its owner's hand...
big smiles...good riddance...
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby WC8KCY » Fri May 17, 2019 3:52 pm

I am happy for you, bloke.

Perhaps we should start a sticky: "Musical instrument models that are OK to nail to the walls at an Applebee's."
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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby Three Valves » Fri May 17, 2019 5:29 pm

I hope the owner plays it donned in a coonskin coat and boater!!

“Who got bounced ar Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown?? Freddie the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!!”

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Re: absolutely trashed (now back from the dead) Pan Am' trom

Postby bloke » Fri May 17, 2019 7:33 pm

Three Valves wrote:I hope the owner plays it donned in a coonskin coat and boater!!

“Who got bounced ar Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown?? Freddie the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!!”

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