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Trumpet/French LeBlanc Hirt model


Steve H Bosang wrote at 2015-07-19 03:31:26
Yes Mike - the Al Hirt model LeBlanc  707A  was built by Courtois from the  early 1964 time period to the mid to late 70's.They are large bore .468  and  very free blowing and came with gold lacquer and ornate ferrules on the slides and valvebutton rims.The quality was  superb and Al Hirt played ONLY the french built courtois version after Holton started building the ST550 lower build  american version Hirt model.There is confusion as to when Jumbo parted ways with LeBlanc  but when he did he continued  with COURTOIS


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Mike Pawul


I am familiar with most trumpets, cornets, and flugelhorns. I can answer most questions about playing and musicality. Best of all, if I can't answer it directly I play regularly in several bands and have many "old timers" that are familiar with most things that I am not. I collect, repair, and refinish old and new horns and have sold over 1700 with more than 900 on ebay


I have played since 1965 and studied with many directors and trumpeters. I have been collecting since 2002 and have over 150 horns in my personal collection. I have done repair and refinsh since 2003 and have done work on over 2500 horns.

Kosair Shrine Brass Band and Dance Band, The Notables, The New Tones, Bourbon City Brass Band, River Cities Concert Band, Derby City Brass Band, University of Louisville Community Band, Member of Trumpet Players International Network (TPIN), Bugles Across America (BAA), Member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT)

I played at Brunswick High School. I played through college and have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College. Of course, I am still learning from all my friends that play and work on trumpets around the world.

Awards and Honors
Without being vain, numerous awards and have played in several honor bands.

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