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Halflip
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:23 am    Post subject: It's Back! Reply with quote

I may be the only one for whom this is news at this point, but the documentary video about Domenick Calicchio is back on YouTube (and not broken into two parts). I wanted to watch it again several years ago, but for whatever reason, I couldn't seem to find it.


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I love the fact that Mr. Calicchio preferred to drive a fine old Packard rather than a more modern car.

Someday I may try to acquire a 1s2 or a 1s7, but I do have a Calicchio already -- one of those Calicchio pocket trumpets with the wild low-hanging main tuning slide. Based on the serial number, it is virtually certain that Domenick himself made it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was really cool, thanks for sharing! I wonder who has the SN 2135 horn he’s working on in the video!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice documentary of Mr. Calicchio. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"During the war, there was no brass, so I make my own."

I wish he had elaborated on that one.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberty Lips wrote:
"During the war, there was no brass, so I make my own."

I wish he had elaborated on that one.

Me too!

It takes a furnace capable of around 1200 degrees Centigrade to make brass alloys from copper and zinc. I don't know how prices were 'back in the day', but small lab furnaces rated at 1200 to 1500 degrees Centigrade can currently be purchased for around $3000, so making your own brass is theoretically possible.

Of course, Mr. Calicchio might have had a friend who owned a foundry . . .
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. I have that video saved from many years ago and always enjoyed it. Someplace I saved the Calicchio owner serial number listing. The film was shot in 1973, which is the same year his wife, Cecelia, passed. They were married 46 years.

I have enjoyed owning and playing many Calicchio models, and currently play a 1980's 1s2 Lite.

Here is a archived link to more of, Domenico's achievements and patents.
https://trumpet.cloud/calicchio/tradition.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberty Lips wrote:
"During the war, there was no brass, so I make my own."

I wish he had elaborated on that one.


I suppose this might help explain why King (and later Reynolds) made so many sterling silver-belled trumpets in the 30s and 40s, a phenomenon I've always been curious about.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The closest serial number I can find to the films #2135, is serial number 2150. Since each trumpet took 4 or 5 days to make, #2150 would maybe be 75 days after Domenick's #2135 from the film.

Here is the description from the Calicchio Club pages regarding the owner, at the time, for #2150



Model: 3L Bell # 7 lead pipe
Serial Number: 2150
Date Purchased: 12/12/2000

I purchase this horn on ebay in 2000 sight unseen. Worth every penny and more. 20 years before that I was touring and one of the guys in the section had a horn about the same vintage. I tried his and couldn't put it down. When I saw this horn I told the seller about my search for that "special horn" and asked point blank "should I by this horn". He had a one word answer " yes". I had previously tried a few Calicchios and owned at least 10 other horns all excellent but had never made such a purchase especially without trying the horn. The insanity got the better of me. I bought it. Well - the seller turned out to be Alfred Dutt. The horn did it all for him and he been as faithful to me as well. A real pleasure to play. Feels very similar to one of my pre war Bessons.
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