I have some questions about my Benge trumpet that I hope someone out there
can help me with.
The trumpet was made in 1974 according to the serial number I provided to
UMI. They indicated that since they did not own Benge at the time my trumpet
was made, they could provide no other information. The markings on the
trumpet are as follows:
Bell stamping: Resno-Tempered Bell
(pretty standard) CUSTOM BUILT BY
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Serial Number: 12427
Bore Stamp: L
(on 2nd valve casing)
Bell Diameter: 4-3/4"
Finish: Silver plate
I would like to know the following if it is possible:
Make/model -- Benge CURRENTLY makes 2 large bore models, a 6X and a 6XM.
The 6X is a large [0.468") bore trumpet while the 6XM is a also a large
bore trumpet with a different lead pipe and a 0.464" "choke in the
bell tail. I am not sure if they made any other large bore trumpets in
Lead pipe -- is there a way to tell just by looking or measuring?
Benge CURRENTLY offers a #53 leadpipe as their standard, and they also
offer a #63 which has more resistance and a #73 which is more free
blowing (their words from their brouchure). I do not know if they
offered other, or even as many, choices in 1974.
Bell style -- they have a variety of bells and I am not sure if this is
a "standard" bell for a large bore trumpet or if it has the choke in it.
Again, is there any way to tell by looking?
Anything else I can determine by inspection.
I know that this is a far-fetched request, but I would like to know more about
the trumpet I have been playing (and allowing to take up space for "someday" --
which has finally arrived!) for the last 20 years. If any other information is
needed to help, let me know and I'll try to provide it.
Thanks ever so much for any help yopu can provide.
Interesting to note about the "Burbank" trumpets -- I tried one several months
ago, and I remarked to the dealer that it felt a lot like my Benge, but a
heavier. Note: the dealer's comment was that the Burbanks were "a lot like
Bach trumpets." Is this an example of the "tastes like chicken" comparison?
Also, my teacher informed me that another Benge (Kevin? I believe it started
with a "K") is making trumpets for Kanstul in California.
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