Trumpet/Kingston brand?


George Craig wrote at 2010-02-27 20:52:02
I have a Kingston trumpet that I was given in 1952 by an older cousin who played it for several years.  He was not the original owner and could only tell me that it was made prior to WW2.  It is heavier brass and has tighter bends than than "modern" trumpets of the 1950's and produces more brilliant tones.  It has the number 014086 stamped into the number 2 valve case.  It is silver plated brass and has some intricate engraving behind the bell including the name Kingston.  The carrying case is wood covered with black oilcloth and lined with purple velvet.  I see nothing to indicate the country of origin, but there are no ideographs that might indicate oriental ancestry.  I played this horn for over 20 years during which I also had several cornets and trumpets.  They are all gone now, but I kept this one because it was my first and because the only other one that approached its tone in brilliance was a herald trumpet I used for a couple of years.

Deadbolt wrote at 2012-04-29 12:54:44
From my research, concerning the Kingston trumpet, there is nothing to suggest that it is Chinese made and therefore an "inferior" instrument. First of all, the only ones I've ever seen are more than 50 years old. Then, there's the design of the trumpet. The one I have has only one water key and is very close in design to a trumpet I found on made by the Huttl Co.. Huttl was started in 1877. So while I too search for more definite answers to the lineage of my Kingston trumpet, I can only state that the test of any good horn is found only in blowin' it, Man.

Azuka wrote at 2012-07-15 14:59:50
Without photos hard to tell.  Kingston was probably a stencil line.  There are a number of examples of such horns produced in the 1920's through 1940's.  I have no clue who made them though or level of quality.

BRBQ wrote at 2015-11-18 13:49:34
KIngston horns are definitely not Chinese! Have been made since the 30's,maybe before.Possibly a Buescher 'stencil'.I have a Kingston small bore narrow wrap trumpet,that is almost identical to my Buescher model 2 'peashooter',,Very thick silver plating that includes the slide surfaces .Has gold wash bell ,exellent intonation.valves are copper plated...

gregster wrote at 2016-05-13 21:51:28
Kingston trumpet is definitly not a Chinese horn! I have one ,it is a "peashooter" That is ,long and narrow,much like a Buescher model 2. Bottom sprung valve with a 0.436 bore.Lead pipe is reversed,that is ,enters the third valve on the left side of the valve cluster...The water key, stanchion supports and cylinder tops and bottoms are indicative of a 1930s era horn, perhaps a student line of H.N. White.Mine slots nicely and perdictably to 'E' above 'C'(A 10th above tuning "c''Speaks well in the lower range also!...Worth putting a few bucks into !!  


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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.

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.

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