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Vintage Olds Ambassador Professional (that's right) Bb trumpet. Great original shape

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Olds Ambassador Professional Bb Trumpet
4 5/8 inch bell- .459 bore measured inside second valve slide
Serial Number 126,XXX-
Excellent original Condition
Fast smooth valves with good compression pop when slides pulled against the valves
Beautiful Honey Gold patina
From the Los Angeles plant- the best days of Olds

If you ask 95% of trumpet players today what an Ambassador trumpet is they will tell you it is a student trumpet built to take a beating. And they would be right if they were talking about Ambassadors from later years. However when these trumpets were introduced, they were a regular part of the Olds trumpet line and designed and played as professional instruments. Among trumpet luminaries that played Olds early Ambassadors were Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Lee Morgan, Louis Prima and Mike Vax. If you look up you will see listings for Ambassadors at $1000.
I am selling a few instruments for a friend that is thinning his lifetime collection- he says this horn has the quickest most reliable valve block he'd ever felt on any trumpet. The web indicates it is every bit of horn and sound as the entire range of Olds trumpets up through Mendez – same basic construction.
It is in very good shape as it approaches 80 years of age. Not perfect but I would call 90% plus with a bit of acid bleed around rim, a bit of lacquer wear on bell throat and mouthpiece receiver and a few pinhead or pinpoint dings. It does look like the brace on the middle valve was resoldered. Overall you would be hard pressed to find a better condition trumpet of this vintage. Olds lacquered instruments darken a bit under the lacquer giving them a beautiful honey gold patina- you can see the beauty.

Comes with the original compact case, very solidly made of wood and a bach 10 1/2C mouthpiece also in very good condition.

My friend is asking $599 for this horn plus shipping - $35 to lower 48 states and actual usps elsewhere
Call me at 253 241 0932 or
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253 241 0932
Category: Bb Trumpets
Item price: $599.00
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