Martin Committee 1946
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An instrument that needs no introduction, the Martin Committee was famously designed with the input of a number of influential brass manufacturers and musicians, including Reynold Schilke and members of 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 more. The Committee captured the sound and style of a generation, with its streamlined profile, minimal bracing, side-mounted water keys, 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.
This particular instrument dates to 1946, from the "golden age" of production at the Martin Factory in Elkhart, IN. This is a "standard" Committee model, meaning it has all brass tubes, unlike the nickel-trimmed "deluxe" models. The all-brass Committees have a slightly warmer sound and are excellent for small group jazz. This trumpet is a medium bore model, measuring at .453" at the 2nd slide. The valves are in excellent condition and have great compression. The slides are smooth and fast, and this trumpet has just received a full service ultrasonic cleaning at Beverly Music. There is evidence of a minor solder on the top leg of tuning slide, the 3rd valve pearl is chipped, and one of the bottom caps is not original. We can supply a replica bottom cap if necessary. 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.