Olds Super Bb Trumpet 1952
The F.E. Olds company was one of the premier manufacturers of brass instruments in America for most of the 20th century. The "Super" model was the top-of-the-line trumpet when it was released in 1938, and this particular trumpet is a post-WWII example from the LA plant.
The Olds Super is a lightweight “west coast” style instrument. Olds has faded from the limelight since shutting their doors almost 50 years ago, but these surviving instruments are a testament to the quality and dedication that went into every instrument. The bells were lightweight and reinforced with the nickel ring, and the nickel trim on the body adds some “pop” to the sound. These horns are fantastic for jazz, commercial, and lead playing and really sizzle in the high register.
This trumpet is in excellent condition and looks to have been relacquered. The valves are smooth and fast with good compression. The lacquer is in good shape and has a little bit of clouding around the bell rim, but there is no major lacquer loss. The leadpipe and tuning slide appear to be free of red rot. All slides are straight and true with no dings or dents. This trumpet is a great example of a classic vintage design!