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Martin Committee Deluxe

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1963 Martin Committee Deluxe
An instrument that needs no introduction, the Martin Committee was famously designed with the input of a number of influential brass manufacturers: Vincent Bach, Elden Benge, Foster Reynolds, Reynold Schilke, and a handful of players from the Chicago Symphony. When asked about the design process, Reynold Schilke would later call it: “a Committee of one… me!”. The Martin Committee would go on to become an era-defining instrument, played by Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Roy Eldrige, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Lee Morgan, Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Bill Chase, Conte Candoli, Red Rodney, Wallace Roney, and many, many more. The Committee captured the sound and look of a generation, with its streamlined profile, hand engraved bell, and intimate sound. Renowned for its ease of play and smokey, dark sound, the Martin Committee is without a doubt the most popular trumpet in the history of Jazz and improvised music.
The serial number dates this instrument to 1963, from what is referred to as the “RMC” era of the company. The Martin company was acquired by Richards Music Corporation (along with E.K. Blessing and F.A. Reynolds) in 1959 to form the “Roundtable of Musical Craftsmen”. During this era, Martin Committees were built to the exact same specifications as they had under previous ownership, but the bell and occasionally valve block featured an engraved RMC shield logo. The RMC era Committees were favored by Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Wallace Roney, who provided one such horn to Schilke when developing the Handcraft line.
This trumpet is in fantastic condition, with original lacquer, excellent valve compression, a near-mint case, and original warranty card. It appears to have had a precision valve alignment as well. There are minor signs of repair at the bell braces and bell bow, with one tiny ding in the bell tail (pictured). The rest of the horn appears original and without repair. The lacquer is spotting on the body and leadpipe, but there is no red rot or corrosion internally. The previous owner is a prominent trumpet player based in New York City, who used this horn on appearances at a host of venues, including the Lincoln Center. This horn is a fantastic player, with an incredible fluidity and sweetness to the sound that modern horns just can’t replicate. Intonation is excellent and the upper register feels open and easily accessible. The timbre in the middle register is warm and lush, typical of a Committee.
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Category: Bb Trumpets
Item price: $2,500.00
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