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N.Y. Calicchio, ca. 1941

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:48 pm    Post subject: N.Y. Calicchio, ca. 1941 Reply with quote

Here's a bit of history I got to work on:

And here is why I think this horn was made in 1941:

Notice the five digits in the serial number. When I saw this, I laughed, thinking, aw, Dominic had one too many and missed. But then, when I went through the process of overhauling this other ancient mariner, I realized that it could mean something more:


The serial number is a date, IMO. It could be Dec. 2, 1941, or it could be Jan. 22, 1941. This instrument is a transitional one to the point at which Signor Calicchio came to the design that we know today.

There is no third slide push rod or throw, The first slide has become one assembly, no peculiar secondary pull slide like my older instrument. The valve appear to have been made by him, unlike my older horn that has a Wm. Frank valve section.

Wonky, maybe small stuff, but I find it fascinating to see a great maker's evolution.

More pics here:

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