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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: F.E. Olds & Son
model name / number: Ambassador

F.E. Olds & Son Fullerton CA "Ambassador" Trumpet

Very good original condition, plays well.

For your consideration I offer this very nice example of the "Ambassador" student trumpet in Bb by F.E. olds & Son of Fullerton, CA. (This is the ORIGINAL Olds company, not the 2nd-rate trade name stencil line currently in production.) Serial number 187430 indicates manufacture sometime in 1956. Brass with nickel-silver trim. Original clear-lacquer finish. Bore size mics out to .456". 4-3/4" diameter bell. This instrument has had one owner since new, who played it in a Shriner's band in Rochester NY. It's clear by the condition that he took good care of it. Olds was a "one-tolerance" shop, and the Ambassador shares many parts and features with the professional Mendez model. Many pros have used vintage Ambassadors as their back-up horn over the years.

CONDITION: This instrument is in very nice condition for a 63-year-old horn. It is both collectible AND a player. There may be a miniscule ding here or there, but I see no signs of dents or repairs. The original lacquered finish is about 90%+ intact, with light, honest play wear and some small areas of loss on the bell bow, throat and rim, and some spotting around the bell bead. I rarely see an Ambassador in this nice a condition, as they tended to get used up by beginners. All slides and caps are free. 3rd slide throw functions pretty well. Pistons are fast and have mild blow-by. All-brass valve guides. Playable right out of the box. It is sold AS-IS with no warranties. See pictures.

PLAYING QUALITIES: It plays very well, even better than most vintage Ambassadors. I wouldn't hesitate to take it on a gig. NOTE that I make no representations made about its suitability for your intended use. WYSIWYG.

ACCESSORIES: Sold with original case in excellent condition with a few minor surface blemishes; original Olds 3 mouthpiece in essentially mint unplayed condition, original lyre with a repaired spring, an odd lyre extension, original Olds inspection card (I've NEVER seen one with that!!!), a dried-up Holton Electric Oil bottle, and case key envelope but no case keys. See pictures; WYSIWYG.

THE STRAIGHT DOPE: This 1956 Olds Ambassador is in very nice cosmetic and playing condition, and would be a great addition to your collection and playing arsenal. All sales FINAL, cash and carry, IN PERSON. I'll be happy to answer any questions about the instrument itself.

ATTENTION SCAMMERS: I've seen it all. NO bank drafts; NO "agents"; NO meeting you at some parking lot; NO text messages; NO blind Gmail addresses. I was born at night, but not LAST NIGHT.

All you nice honest folks out there in Craigslistland, please contact me if you have an interest in this instrument. I'll be glad to email/text more pics and details. Thanks for looking!
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