Trumpet/Martin trumpet


Chris Holtz wrote at 2012-04-24 00:40:29
Dear Owner,

You might punch up the following webpage which speaks specifically about Martin and The Indiana Band Instrument Co.

My grandfather joined Martin in 1921 and was president from 1931-1948.   Your horn is of 1955 vintage.  There is indeed a serialnumber list on website.  

Head2wind wrote at 2012-12-04 06:46:58
wrong...wrong...and wrong....

Your horn was made in 1955 by the Martin Band Instrument Co (my Grandad was head of the firm) who produced some of the finest and most highly prized trumpets ever made.

Martin (my grandad and the owner) created the Indiana Band Instrument Company in late 1928 as a wholly owned subsidiary.  They used yesterdays top-of-the-line products reborn to market at a lower price than current premium horns.  This widened their market.   The term 'student horn' didn't happen til decades latter when in the 60's, sales were diminishing throughout the industry and babyboomer schools became a target market.   We own several INDIANAs including a 1949 trumpet and a 1938 version.   Indiana horns after 1942 carry the 'Indiana by Martin' logo while earlier horns have the IBICO engraving.  


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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.

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