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Murray Peden QC DFC wrote at 2008-10-16 06:20:06
Apart from their other instruments, Whaley Royce

made trumpets ( straight trumpets, no valves )

for the Canadian armed services. I have one in  my possession. As a young lad in the mid-thirties, I was the trumpeter for a militia

regiment stationed in Portage la Prairie,

The Manitoba Mounted Rifles.  The cavalry trumpet

is not to be confused with an army bugle;  it is

a longer instrument with quite a different tone. Whether Whaley Royce also made army bugles I do not know.

keith may wrote at 2008-12-13 12:15:43
Its true about Whaley royce trumpets. They were generally a little better than student quality ,but in the 60's they manufactured Imperial Instrunemts ob the fifth floor of 310 Yonge St. Toronto

They mainly supplied the drum corps bands.

A unique instrument they made was a valve trombone.

Rob Mcconnell and the Boss Brass played these horns professionall.

The owners at the time were Bill Shepherd and Frank Lewis around 1969.

I know because I used to work there as a salesman.

Keith May


Kim Lewis wrote at 2012-07-02 05:43:10
Frank Lewis was my grandfather. Nice to see someone actually new that!

Doug Farmer wrote at 2013-04-15 20:25:32
I just acquired a Whaley & Royce Class A Imperial cornet made in Toronto with serial # 1490.  This is a shepherd's crook small cornet in exceptional condition.  What is most unusual is the case - it's rectangular and the instrument sits on a special holder that keeps the instrument suspended in the middle of the case.  I've been a player for over 50 years and never saw anything like this.  Does anyone know how I could find a list of serial numbers.  I can send photos to help describe the cornet and the case.


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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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