Benge LA 3X 1977
The Benge 3X is a classic American trumpet design that was based on the French Besson. Elden Benge was principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before he started building his own trumpets in his garage. His trumpets would become one of the most popular makes, and Benge trumpets were used by jazz musicians like Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, countless LA studio and lead players, and classical soloist Timofei Dokshizer. Benge trumpets are known for their lively sound, quick response, and pure tone. They are fantastic instruments for jazz and commercial music, and they sound great in wind ensembles and brass quintets.
This 3X was made in 1977, from the golden age of production at the LA facility. It appears that the trumpet has had the leadpipe replaced, and the leadpipe has no red rot. The valves are in excellent condition, and are fast, smooth, and with great compression. this trumpet is as clean as a whistle inside and out, and is ready to be played for decades to come!