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Kanstul 1520 Piccolo Trumpet - Bb / A / G

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Kanstul model 1520 Piccolo Trumpet - Bb, A, and G EDITED

Selling my Kanstul 1520 Bb / A / G piccolo trumpet. Gold plate. 1st valve trigger.

I recently bought a Kanstul 920 picc which fits the kind of work that I now do the most - musicals. Musicals are usually written for picc in Bb, but some cues lay better on picc in I prefer to play picc in A.

The one downside to the Kanstul 1520 does not lend itself to quick key changes. That means this horn has been sitting in its case when it should be owned and played by someone who can appreciate it.

The horn plays wonderfully in Bb and A. Quite honestly, I have only played a few notes on the G side. My knowledge of G trumpet literature is practically nil, so I have never given the G side much of a workout.

The gold plate was done at Kanstul in Sept., 1999, shortly after I purchased it direct from the factory. Anyone with knowledge of gold plate knows that it can streak and wear thin rather quickly. That is what has happened with the gold plate on this horn. My photography skills are such to where I can’t take pics that show any streaking or thinning. However, the streaking and thinning is minimal, and does not affect how the horn plays. It does shine up rather nicely!

Valves were aligned by Bob Malone when he was still in his shop in Van Nuys. This was one of the last valve alignments done by Bob before he went over to Yamaha.

The 1st, 3rd and 4th valves have been vented to better facilitate working the 1st & 3rd slides and removing the 4th slide. Venting was done by me.

The valves were ported by Don Sawday when he had his store (Sawday & Holmes) in Long Beach, CA. Don apprenticed under Bob Malone, and is a highly respected brass technician. He is one of the few guys who I trust to work on my horns.

Legendary brass technician Byron Autry also did some tweaking to the horn. He would not tell me specifics on what he did, but they sure helped!

The horn comes more complete than it did from the factory. About 10 years ago, I had Wayne Tanabe make a custom “A” tuning pipe for me that takes a trumpet shank. That pipe is in raw brass (it’s the one in the horn in the pics). That pipe plays very nicely. Works especially well when using a Greg Black “Picc” back bore that is the length of a cornet shank but has the outside diameter of a trumpet shank.

The case. The interior of the case was custom made by A&S Cases in North Hollywood, CA. A&S is known for their custom travel cases that are practically indestructible. I have modified that interior to fit a TrumCor piccolo practice mute & just about any brand of piccolo straight mute (those are the two holes you see in the pic).

There is a compartment in the lid of the case to hold a Spyder stand and oils.

The actual “case” is a generic one I purchased at a Fry’s Electronics store. It works quite nicely. It has handles on two sides. It does not come with keys.

Sadly, Kanstul is no longer in business. Their last price list (effective Jan. 5, 2019) had this horn at $5,225 in silver. But that’s with no case and no custom “A” pipe made by Wayne Tanabe.

To have it gold plated, the price quoted to me in Oct., 2018 at Kanstul would have added $3,568 to the base price, or $8,793.00 for this horn.

The condition of the horn. There have been 2 small dents removed, one from the “A” 3rd slide and on the 1st “A” slide, both from stupid floor drops (all my fault). Both dents were removed by Josh Landress in NYC.

I had the Bb and A 3rd slide rings moved to better suit my hands. That work was also done by Josh Landress. The slides were not re-plated (see pics). Other that those two open/non-plated sections, the horn plating is perfect. The pic shows only the Bb 3rd slide ring. The “A” 3rd slide looks the same.

More pics on request.

The price. What a deal I’m gonna do for YOU!

$3,500 for the horn
$75 for shipping - sales for CONUS addresses only.
$48.50 Insurance.
$3,623.50 total

CONUS shipping only.
PAYPAL payment only.

Local pickup (Union, NJ area) is an option. That would eliminate shipping and insurance.

You will get 5 days from delivery to try the horn. If you want to return it, I must be notified no later than the end of that 5th day that you will be returning it and it must be shipped within 2 business days from that notification. You must return it in the condition it was sent. It must be packaged as it was sent. It must be insured for the same amount of insurance with which it was sent. You must pay for shipping and insurance both to you and the return shipping and insurance. Failure to pack, ship and insure as it was sent will result in a $250.00 reduction in refund.

After I have inspected it I will refund the purchase price of $3,500, minus PayPal fees.

Horn specs:

.460 bore valve section.
3 bells - Bb, A, G
3 sets of slides - Bb, A, G
Short slide for the 4th valve that can function as a trill key.
Tuning pipes (5):
Cornet and trumpet shank (2 each / 4 total) for Bb & A. The A pipe is also for playing the G side of the horn.

Custom “A” pipe made by Wayne Tanabe, trumpet shank (raw brass).

Case with custom interior made by A&S Cases, North Hollywood, CA.

For more specifics on the horn, please visit the Kanstul web site:
Category: High Trumpets
Item price: $3,500.00
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