We Go the Extra Mile

Osmun Music Trumpet Specialist Jim Becker

Osmun Music Trumpet Specialist Jim Becker

Jim Becker, our ace trumpet tech, just got a nice shout-out from a happy customer on the Trumpet Herald (Here’s the link):

Hi All — Last year I had Jim Becker at Osmun do a valve job on my 1968 Olds Special. He turned a “Special” into a “Fantastic.” This past week, he did a valve job on my 1954 Olds Recording, with the same result. The horn is the off-the-map good. In my view, for a vintage horn, there’s no bigger bang-for-the-buck than a valve job, as long as the rest of the horn is sound. Jim also goes the extra mile, always finding other things to correct along the way (my Recording came back with the bell straightened out and with O-rings on the third valve slide). He’s an expert’s expert, fair in pricing, and a nice person to boot. Thanks, Jim!

Be sure to check out the Trumpet Services page at osmun.com.

A Visit From Kruspe

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Jim Becker, Jim Engele, Katsushi Sakaino, and Bob Osmun check out the new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” model double horn.

This morning, Osmun Music welcomed Katsuchi Sakaino, the owner of Ed. Kruspe Metallblasinstrumente. Mr. Sakaino is in the US showing his new horn to interested players and dealers all around the country.

The firm Ed. Kruspe has been in existence since 1833. It was bought by Katsushi’s father Tatehiko in 2012 and they continue the tradition, building all brass, with an emphasis on horns, in their workshop in Bavaria.

You can read about the history of the company on the Kruspe website.

The new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” horn is a direct descendant of the horn Kruspe developed for legendary Philadelphia Orchestra hornist Anton Horner, in 1904. The Horner model was the first successful wide taper horn and was a big part of the “Philadelphia sound” made famous by Stokowski. In the late 1930’s it was copied by Conn and became the Conn 8D.

Contact the shop if your interested in more information, and be sure to check our new and used horns, accessories, and mouthpieces at osmun.com.

New Atkinson Horn

Atkinson AG2K horn

Atkinson’s new Geyer-style double horn.

We’re pleased to have the new Atkinson AG2K horn in stock. Mark Atkinson is a 2nd generation horn maker. He makes everything, bells, valves, mouthpipes, in his Burbank, California workshop with one assistant and his brother Jim, who makes parts in between Hollywood studio sessions. These horns are among the most “Geyer-like” of the various Geyer style horns out there. The principal horn players of both the LA Phil and the Boston Symphony are currently playing this model. (At last count, there were three in the BSO!) So, if you’re in the market, or if you’re just curious, we have the AG2K as well as Geyer style horns from Dieter Otto (Jeff Nelson model) and Hoyer in stock for you to try.

Blueprinting

Why Are Some Trumpets Better Than Others?

As far back as I can remember, it’s been an article of faith for trumpet players: To get a good trumpet, go somewhere where you can try a lot of identical instruments and pick out the good one. That used to work, sort of. Years ago, large stores, and even some smaller ones carried multiple samples of the same instrument which they would dutifully roll out to be tried. The problem was that, unless you happened to be there when a new shipment arrived, you could safely assume that the trumpets you were trying had already been picked over by numerous players. Plus, it can be very difficult to access small differences in a short time span and in an unfamiliar acoustic. Now days it’s pretty much a moot point. The economics of the music business make carrying a large stock of instruments a losing proposition. Continue reading

Abbie Conant and the Munich Phil

By William Osborne

In 1980 trombonist Abbie Conant auditioned and one the principal trombone position with the Munich Philharmonic. The audition was held behind a screen and, due to the vague gender identity of the name “Abbie”, the orchestra did not realize that they had offered the job to a woman. When they found out they immediately recinded the offer, triggering an almost twenty year legal battle. This is the story. Continue reading

What About Your Mouthpiece?

One of the reasons that people rely on Osmun Music is because we understand “Mouthpiece Limbo” and how it can affect any brass player. If you are having problems with your mouthpiece(s) or are looking to improve your current set-up, please feel free to contact us. Our ever-growing experience with student, amateur, and pro musicians makes us a great resource for pointing you in the right direction.